Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 145. Beware of Idolatry which blinds you from taking advantage of your equal privilege and equal opportunity.
Friday, August 25, 2006
a. Refusing to hear the teaching of the word of God on a consistent basis, which is sin, HEB 10:25-26, called sinning willfully.
b. Hearing the teaching of Bible doctrine but refusing to metabolize it; hence, the failure to convert gnosis [knowledge] into epignosis [wisdom], HEB 4:2.
c. Metabolizing doctrine so that it exists in the soul but refusing to apply it when necessary, JAM 1:22-25.
1. The accumulation of scar tissue formed in the soul.
2. Withdrawal occurs resulting in the accumulation of trash or garbage in the soul.
When a believer has too much garbage or trash in the soul and maximum scar tissue of the soul, that believer is extremely vulnerable to the function of his old sin nature, and he enters into a state of confusion.
This state of confusion overflows from the cosmos diabolicus [the devil’s world system], so that the thinking of the believer involved cannot be distinguished from the thinking of the human viewpoint of the unbeliever.
We are hindered continually by these three enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil.
The world attacks us through people and presents to us temptations on every side to try to discourage us from following the plan of God and frustrate our pursuit of seeking the things above and setting our mind on those things, COL 3:1.
GAL 5:17 The flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
If we overcome the world and the flesh, we will get personal attention from Satan and the kingdom of darkness which will try to destroy our fellowship with God, EPH 6:12.
His schemes are innumerable; nothing but omniscience can guard us against them, and nothing but omnipotence can enable us to have victory over him.
Application of doctrine is the only way to handle people. When believers have too much garbage in the soul and maximum scar tissue of the soul, there is nothing you can do to satisfy them.
From the emotional complex of sins, such a believer may become irrational and confused.
From the arrogance complex of sins, such a believer becomes bitter, implacable, jealous, vindictive, and self-righteous.
Implacable believers must still be treated in grace. Beware that you do not lose your own integrity or spiritual strength in interacting with such persons.
When we talk about shigaon and the mental disorder that believers fall into, we need to note how the Jews in the Old Testament entered into idolatry.
1. The worship of a physical object or objects as God.
2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to something or someone.