Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Phallic cult - walking in darkness. Children of light - walk in light.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The contrast to the phallic cult is the mental concentration on the 40 things received at salvation, which results in a mentality of thanksgiving to God.
“no immoral” — the Attic Greek noun is pornos. Originally this was a male prostitute. But pornos eventually became a pimp rather than a prostitute.
“nor impure person” — akathartos refers to a person involved in abnormal sex.
“nor covetous man” — pleonektes, “greedy.” Pimps were in it for the sex or for the money.
“who is an idolater” — this ties it up with the function of the phallic cult in the Roman world.
This is a reference to those who “worshipped” in the temples of the phallic cult continually and were unbelievers, therefore they do not possess an eternal inheritance.
Idols include: money, sex, success, approbation, pleasure, power, relationships, etc. as well as those who falsely claim to be saviors. Idolatry is spiritual adultery, an attack upon category #1 love (love for God) — Jeremiah 3:8-10; Revelation 17:1-5.
The phallic cult is used in full force by the beast and the false prophet in the Tribulational period and worship is expressed to idols.
Idolatry of mind precedes idolatry of practice. In other words, mental idolatry occurs before overt idolatry — Judges 2:10-13; Ezekiel 14:7.
And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel. Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals,
"For anyone of the house of Israel or of the immigrants who stay in Israel who separates himself from Me, sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity,
Demons function through idols and the practice of idolatry — Zechariah 10:2.
Idolatry is called the devil’s communion table — 1 Corinthians 10:19-21.
Since idolatry is related to the emotional revolt of the soul it often produces psychotic conditions like the phobias, the fear psychoses of Jeremiah 50:38.
JER 50:38 A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up!
For it is a land of idols, And they are mad over fearsome idols.
Idolatry is related to sexual sins under the phallic cult — Ezekiel 22:3-18; 23:37-49. Consequently, idolatry has an adverse effect on both soul and body — 1 Corinthian 6:9.
Idolatry causes national judgment of the fifth cycle of discipline to a nation.
Verse 7 is a command to the believer in reversionism at the time they receive this epistle. It should be translated, “stop becoming (present active indicative of ginomai) partners with them.”
The reversionistic believer becomes a partner with the unbeliever, imitates the unbeliever, and acts and thinks like an unbeliever.
Since believers are members of the royal family of God they must bear the family resemblance, which is imitating the humanity of Christ and operating in love under the royal family honor code.
The family resemblance of nobility and royalty comes from the filling of the Spirit, the daily function of perceiving and metabolizing doctrine, resulting in the completed soul structure plus the entrance into the super-grace life.
There is a list of assets on each one of us in the divine decrees in which are enumerated the blessings of the super-grace life. The great hindrance to this is moving into some phase of reversionism.
If we have been set free from the darkness the condition of the unbeliever type soul should no longer exist.
Light is doctrine in the soul constructing the things designed for us by God in eternity past.
Thy word is a lamp to my feet,
And a light to my path [fulfillment of predestination].
The unfolding of Thy words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
O send out Thy light and Thy truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Thy holy hill,
And to Thy dwelling places.
The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high shall visit us, To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace."
“walk” - peripateo - lifestyle or the Christian way of life. It is progressive. When you pick up your foot to walk you have to put it back down and pick up the other. We never arrive.
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
“children” - teknon - a) children under authority and b) students. We will never grow up if we don’t recognize authority. We are under the authority of the pastor/teacher and we are students of the word of God.
“light” - photos - the result of growing up spiritually is the shining forth of the Shekinah Glory through the production of divine good.
We don’t gain the assets of election and predestination; we already have them and are them, but in time, the mind and the soul, and especially the part of the soul called the heart, have to catch up with the glorious truth of our position.
Fruit refers to production of divine good that results from experiential sanctification (experiential righteousness and experiential sanctification are synonyms).
The fact that we constantly take in doctrine does not mean that we should be concerned about doing something for the Lord.
These things will come at the right time and the right place, whether it is witnessing or prayer or anything else that someone has emphasised to you as being spirituality or virtuous or the Christian way of life.
Production is always a result, it is never the means of spirituality.
And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
“goodness” - agathosune - “agathos” = intrinsic good and the added “sune” makes it the principle of intrinsic good. This is a system that is always good.
“righteousness” - dikaiosune - dikaio = virtue and with “sune” it is the principle of virtue, which in God’s plan is always in grace.
This word can mean justification or positional righteousness. This is experiential righteousness which is the grace virtue of the maturing believer.
“truth” - aletheia - residual doctrine circulating in the soul. This is your storehouse of doctrine which always guides your goodness and grace virtue.
“trying to learn” - dokimazo = to test for the purpose of approval, to test a metal to determine its purity.
1 Cor 2:15
But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man.
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
One of the wonderful benefits of discernment is the believer’s recognition that BD always passes the test of purity and so his confidence in the word grows.