Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Florida Conference, Part 4.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
The way of Balaam = residence and function in the cosmic system.
The way of Balaam = a constant series of bad decisions related to life in the cosmic system so that he eventually destroys his options as a believer and eventually dies the sin unto death, NUM 31:8.
The way of Balaam is the wasted life of the believer in Christ who by living in the cosmic system fails to utilize the provisions of logistical grace; therefore, fails to glorify God and instead follows Satan as the ruler of this world.
The way of Balaam is the willful involvement of compromise, contradiction and the flexibility of evil.
The way of Balaam is rejection of authority resulting in involvement in the cosmic system and being filled with arrogance and hatred.
Jude 11 Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
1. Balaam made the erroneous assumption that money is a means of happiness.
2. Balaam also made the assumption that money can buy power and authority.
3. Balaam’s third erroneous assumption was that money can buy security.
1. Solomon’s testimony that money does not bring happiness, ECC 5:10-6:2.
3. The testimony of Ananias and Sapphira, ACT 5:1-10, that money causes people to think more highly of themselves than what they ought to.
Because he was involved in the cosmic system, Balaam reverted to his own weakness, as we all inevitably do.
To vanish away – aphanizo = to render unapparent, or to passively disappear.
If Bible Doctrine is not first in your life, your life is not only meaningless, a vapor trail, but it is a vapor trail that will disappear under the principle of the sin unto death.
JAM 4:14 You are such a category (Cosmic believers who lust for money and success or anything you put before doctrine) you do not understand what kind of life is yours tomorrow. For all of you (cosmic believers)are a vapor trail of the sky, being visible for a short time and then disappearing.
Only one life will soon pass, only what is done for Christ will last.
Balaam taught King Balak how to destroy Israel as a client nation.
The old time religion of Canaan was idolatry, feasting, getting drunk and taking off with a girl and worshiping gods through sex.
The phallic cult combined religion with sex, with idolatry, with demonism, with violence, with human sacrifice and emotional ecstasy.
He earned his million-dollar fee and cursed Israel by distraction rather than destruction.
Balaam lost his fortune, his power, his influence, what he thought was going to be happiness and his life.
Balaam found out the hard way that cursing man did not do any job at all.
All you have to do to destroy a client nation to God, all you have to do to destroy the prosperity of a group, is to get the believers in that area involved in the cosmic system.
Teaching – imp-act-ind – didasko = to teach or to inculcate.
Imperfect tense = he did not simply give him one lesson, he inculcated, he taught and taught and taught to the point of convincing.
Being greedy and anxious to commercialize his prophetic gift, Balaam found another way to earn his fee apart from cursing Israel.
MIC 3:11 Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price, And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the Lord saying, “Is not the Lord in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.”
Balaam taught Balak how to involve Jewish believers in the cosmic system through idolatry, fornication, human sacrifice, partying and ecstasy.
NUM 25:1-9 – beautiful women, both the Moab and Midian, were used to lead these men into the cosmic system and thus destroy the effectiveness of client nation Israel.
Unless a man has a great deal of genuine humility with his personality, his attractiveness, etc, if he is just one little bit arrogant, the dumbest woman in the world is smarter than the smartest man who ever lived.
No client nation to God was ever destroyed from the outside.
Decisions create environment, not environment decisions.
Internal destruction precedes external collapse.
The case of degeneracy or homosexuality = in their arrogance, they are making an issue out of their sin.