Cosmic System – Satan’s plan and process for controlling the world, and his attempt, using his organization of fallen angels, to counteract the plan of God in all respects.

by Mark Perkins, Pastor, Front Range Bible Church, Denver, Colorado USA

The term “cosmic system” refers to Satan’s plan and process for controlling the world, and his attempt, using his organization of fallen angels, to counteract the plan of God in all respects. In his plans and programs, Satan will ultimately and certainly fail. Jesus Christ is the victor in the spiritual warfare, the “angelic conflict”. The Lord Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, where all His enemies shall be made his footstool.

The cosmic system has a great impact on the history of a nation. History has certain downward trends which signify the cosmic influence on a nation. For example, Israel at the time of the birth of Christ had been on the downward side of history for quite some time. It is important to take a look at the principles of the cosmic system related to history in order to fully understand the period in question.

General Principles of the Cosmic System

Human history is the resolution of the prehistoric angelic conflict. In order to vindicate himself and His judgment of the fallen angels, God conceived a plan by which sinful human beings could glorify Him.

In order to justify his rejection of the prehistoric grace offer from God, Satan conceived a system designed to counteract the plan of God.

Therefore, the purpose of the Satan’s cosmic system is as follows:

  • To keep unbelievers from believing in Jesus Christ.
  • To destroy the believer’s relationship with God.
  • To bring in his own millennium through internationalism and a centralized world government.
  • To prevent God’s millennium from arriving.

There are three plans in Satan’s cosmic system.

  • The World Plan
  • The Individual Plan
  • The Propaganda Plan

The World Plan of Satan

The world plan is Satan’s plan to bring in His own millennium, and to prevent God from bringing in the Divine Millennium. The world plan is a highly organized international conspiracy of demons.

Eph 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Although the world plan is highly organized through the genius of Satan Himself, the human side is not so. Demons do control human beings through demon possession and demon influence, but the humans themselves are rarely well informed. Often a world conspiracy theory will arise, but these are due to the demonic side and not the human side. There is no Biblical documentation for a human world conspiracy. Humans are simply pawns in Satan’s world plan.

The Individual Plan of Satan

The individual plan is an integral part of the world plan, since human participation in the demonic organization is absolutely essential. The means to the end of the cosmic system is power.

The world branch is constantly grasping for power over the human race and its organizations. Power in the form of human government is of the utmost importance in the world branch of the cosmic system. The more power that the enemy has, the greater he thinks he can be. The more power the enemy has, the more effectively he can carry out his plan.

In every human life and human organization, Satan is grasping for more power, so he can wield it to carry out his plan. Every time that someone or some organization depends on a human viewpoint solution, Satan gains power over their lives. Every time that someone or some organization comes to believe a cosmic counterfeit or lie, Satan gains power over their lives.

The Satanic “Millennium”

As a part of the angelic appeal trial of human history, Satan has developed his idea of a millennium, which is designed to prove his point. In order to bring in his millennium, Satan must have total control of international human authority. This is why there is so much influence towards internationalism in the world.

God ordained nationalism after Satan’s first attempt at internationalism at the tower of Babel, Gen. 11:19.

Satan will bring in his “millennium”, known as the Period of Great Tribulation, which will only come after the rapture of the church. The Satanic millennium can only be put into place when there are no believers on planet earth.

This ‘millennium’ will be the most chaotic, disastrous, and miserable 7 years in world history. It is the tribulation of the book of revelation.

The intent of the Satanic millennium.

  • To prove that the prehistoric sentence of God which condemned the fallen angels to eternity in the lake of fire was unfair.
  • To prove that Satan is God’s equal, Isa 14:14, “I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.””

The characteristics of the Satanic millennium.

  • Counterfeit righteousness and injustice under the veil of justice.
  • Constant change and lack of dependability
  • Treacherous motives and cruel slavery behind the mask of mercy.
  • Wrong approaches to problem solving and false solutions which always make the problem worse.
  • Chaos and confusion.
  • Bad decisions from a position of weakness and a society saturated with evil.
  • Dishonesty, obfuscation, evasiveness, and a lack of veracity. (All this sounds like U.S. politics today).

The Fight Against the Divine Millennium.

Satan is constantly fighting against the Divine plan for human history. Satan thinks that if he can destroy or delay the Divine millennium, he will somehow gain an advantage in the angelic conflict. He is wrong. He does not have the power to do either.

The Divine Millennium will come at the second advent of Christ, and it therefore immediately follows the tribulation. There have been two attacks in history against the Divine Millennium: the attack against Christ, and the attack against the Jews. These attacks are tantamount to murdering the witnesses of a trial, so that they cannot testify.

The Attacks against Christ.

Jesus Christ will be the world ruler during the Divine Millennium, and His rulership will be fantastic.

There was an attempt to destroy the mediatorship of Christ.

  • In Genesis 6 there is a record of an attempt to destroy the human genetic purity of the line of Christ.
  • In order to be the perfect mediator between God and man, Christ had to be both fully God and fully man in the hypostatic union.
  • Satan attempted to destroy the human side of this equation.
  • Demons seduced human women and impregnated them. Their children were angelic-human half breeds, and no longer genetically pure.
  • Only Noah and his family resisted this demonic conspiracy. This is why the rest of the earth had to be destroyed.
  • God considered this attack so great, that he imprisoned the angels who participated under the surface of the earth, where they still reside, waiting for their release in the tribulation.

There were attempts to kill Christ before He could fulfill the purpose of His life.

Satan knew that if he could kill Christ before His time, the plan of God would be stymied. Therefore, there were several attempts on His life.

  • The attempt of Herod, Mat 2:13,16, “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.”Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
  • The attempts of the Pharisees, Mat 12:14, “But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

• The attempts of the chief priest and elders, Mat 26:3,4, “Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him.” Of course, all of these attempts failed completely.

The Attacks against the Jews

The Jews are God’s chosen people, and they are going to be Christ’s subjects in the Divine Millennium. Therefore, Satan is constantly plotting against the Jews in his attempt to exterminate them as a race of people. There is a tremendous amount of Satanic propaganda against the Jews. The Jewish world conspiracies, etc.

In every generation, there is an attempt through the Satanic world conspiracy to eliminate the Jews as a race. In the 20th century, there have been at least three attempts at genocide against the Jews.

  • In Soviet Russia, from 1917 to the present.
  • In Nazi Germany, from 1933-1945.
  • By various Arab nations, today.

During the tribulation, the genocidal attacks against the Jews will reach their crescendo.

We are to judge the present nation of Israel by the standards of Divine establishment.

We are to judge individual Jews only when they come under our authority or they break the law.

In all other instances, we are to give Jews maximum respect and reservation of judgment.

As a national entity, we are to provide a haven for the Jews, so that they might be free from racial prejudice.


Although these demonically inspired attacks are terrible in their intensity and genius, they have no chance of succeeding. God will protect the Jews until the return of Jesus Christ. He will succeed, easily.

*The Propaganda Plan of Satan

The purpose of the propaganda plan is to promote the cosmic counterfeits and lies, and to attack the word of God. The propaganda plan integrates and cooperates with both the individual and the world branches of the cosmic system. The propaganda branch is an expression of Satanic genius and the demonic organization. Human beings are an important element in the propaganda branch.

The Promotion of the Cosmic Counterfeits and Lies.

The cosmic system has an elaborate scheme of counterfeits and lies. These counterfeits and lies are designed to supplant the truth. The counterfeits and lies match up with every category of truth possible, including:

  • The Gospel.
  • The plan of God.
  • The power of God.
  • The person and work of God the Father
  • The person and work of Christ.
  • The person and work of the Holy Spirit.

These counterfeits and lies are promoted by every means possible. is a great emphasis today on the media, and especially television. Those who are heavily involved in the cosmic system inevitably become cosmic propagandists.

The Attack against the Word of God

In order to make the promotion of the cosmic counterfeits and lies fully effective, the cosmic system attacks the Word. The attacks against the Word come in two basic categories.

Attacks to destroy the Word outright. There have been many attempts throughout history to destroy the manuscripts of the Bible.

Attacks to undermine the credibility of the Word. These are usually attacks on the supernatural nature of the Divine inspiration of the Word. Liberal theologians are mainly responsible for this branch of the attack on the Word.

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Reversionism – a comprehensive study of the doctrine showing how the Lord deals with recalcitrant and implacable Christians.

Portions of this study are taken from the teachings of Pastor R. B. Thieme, Jr., Berachah Church, Houston, Texas

Definition and Description

Reversionism is an act of reversing or turning in the opposite way, or a state of being so turned. As believers we were designed to execute the plan of God. But in reversionism we turn the other way and cannot be distinguished from our pre-salvation status. We are believers thinking human viewpoint.

Reversionism is the act of reverting to a former state, habit, belief, or practice of sinning.

Reversionism is the status of the believer who fails to execute the plan of God for the Church Age. He returns to his pre-salvation modus operandi and modus vivendi.

Reversionism is a reversal of priorities, attitudes, affections, the object of personal love accompanied by the destruction of impersonal love, and the change of modus operandi and personality. Inside the cosmic system there is a complete change of personality.

The process of reverting begins with implosion, or exploding within, by yielding to the temptations of the sin nature. Implosion leads to explosion or fragmentation. Fragmentation unchecked leads to reversionism.

Reversionism is maximum control of the sin nature over the life of the believer so that the believer functions under the dictates of the sin nature exactly as he did as an unbeliever.

The reversionistic believer is classified as a loser in the Christian life. He doesn’t lose his salvation; that’s impossible. But by failing to execute the plan of God, the loser loses his escrow blessings for time and eternity.

Reversionism is a series of related failures in the spiritual life which results in failure to execute the plan of God, terminating in Christian degeneracy.

Christian degeneracy is defined as the decline from the normal standards of the plan of God for the Church Age through the process of implosion, explosion, and reversion. In this process, the Church Age believer remains unchecked by the utilization of confession of sin, and by other post-salvation problem solving devices of the plan.

Therefore, the believer unchecked by confession of sin sinks into subnormal categories of personal sinning.

Reversionism is lack of spiritual growth, apostasy, failure to attain the three stages of spiritual adulthood: (1) spiritual self-esteem, (2) spiritual autonomy, and (3) spiritual maturity.

Reversionism is the believer’s retrogression because of negative volition toward the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, which both defines and reveals God’s plan, will, and purpose for your life. Reversionism is recession from any stage of spiritual growth through negative volition to doctrine. Reversionism is characterized by negative volition to doctrine, being influenced by evil, and results in perpetual carnality causing a life of perpetual discipline.

Reversion is a technical theological term used for rejecting absolute truth, and drawing into your mind or accepting relative truth.

Reversion is a technical theological term for the results of fragmentation.

Fragmentation results in eight stages of reversionism.

  1. Reaction and distraction.
  2. Frantic search for happiness.
  3. Operation boomerang.
  4. Emotional revolt of the soul.
  5. Permanent negative volition.
  6. Blackout of the soul.
  7. Scar tissue of the soul.
  8. Reverse process reversionism.

While the carnal believer can still be positive toward doctrine and faithful in using the confession of sin technique, the reversionistic believer is negative toward doctrine, has entered the vacuum of the soul, and does not consistently use the confession of sin technique. It takes only a moment to recover from carnality by the use of confession of sin, but it takes years to recover from reversionism.

  1. The reversionist cannot be distinguished from the unbeliever in mental attitude, modus vivendi, motivation, and modus operandi.

Reversionism can occur in both unbelievers, who reject the laws of divine establishment, or in believers, which is analogous to being under the influence of evil or being apostate.

The reversionistic believer is under demon influence. The believer cannot be demon possessed, but he can come under demon influence. In demon influence, the soul of the unbeliever or reversionistic believer is infiltrated by false doctrine, called the “doctrine of demons” in 1Tim 4:1. This comes through the vacuum of the mind, described in Ephesians 4:17 to 19.

Reversionism is a simple means of explaining that there are degrees of failure in the Christian life, just as there are degrees of success.

Reversionism and Carnality.

Reversionism must be distinguished from carnality.

Carnality is an absolute which describes the believer out of fellowship with God and in a state of sin under the control of the sin nature,

Rom 7

Reversionism is relative. It is a relative state of apostasy and decline described by the various categories of retrogression. In reversionism, you are perpetually carnal.

A carnal believer is generally positive to doctrine, faithful in the use of the confession of sin technique, and never loses interest in Christian doctrine.

The reversionistic believer follows the pattern of implosion, explosion, and sinks into the various stages of reversion unchecked by confession of sin.

While all reversionists are carnal, under the control of their sin natures, not all carnal believers are reversionistic.

Carnality can exist temporarily while the believer is advancing in the plan.

The believer is in an absolute state (spiritual or carnal) while growing, just as he is in an absolute state while declining.

Carnality can be either a temporary or permanent setback in the execution of God’s will, purpose, and plan for your life.

1 Cor 3:1-3, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual persons [believers filled with the Spirit], but as unto carnal [fleshly, belonging to the sin nature], as childish in Christ. I gave you milk [basic doctrine] to drink, not solid food, for you were not able to receive it, and you are still not able [to perceive it]. For you are still carnal, belonging to the sin nature [self-fragmented], for since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not carnal and keep walking in conformity with men?

  • Carnality is manifest in implosion or self-fragmentation, and then in explosion or polarized fragmentation.
  • You walk in conformity with men when in the stages of reversionism, indistinguishable from unbelievers.

categories of sinning related to reversionism.

Frequent sinning is the status quo of the believer who follows the pattern of implosion, explosion and the first four stages of reversionism. Frequent sinning is characterized by ignorance; therefore, failure to utilize the confession of sin technique.

Continuous sinning is the status quo of the believer who follows the pattern of implosion, explosion and the last four stages of reversionism.

Sporadic sinning is when the believer checks implosion, explosion and reversion by consistent use of confession of sin of 1 Jn 1:9, followed up with the use of the other problem solving devices. This is the status of the believer on his way to spiritual adulthood.

Occasional sinning is when the believer checks implosion, explosion and reversion through rebound and the other problem solving devices. This is the status of the believer in spiritual adulthood.

The Eight Stages of Reversionism.

1. Reaction and Distraction.

By the time the believer has gone through implosion (self-fragmentation) and explosion (polarized fragmentation), he has become negative toward the teaching of Bible doctrine.

There are two categories of negative volition in the first stage of reversionism: reaction and distraction.

Negative volition from reaction is linked to polarized legalism, in which you react to the conflict between legalism and antinomianism.

Other forms of fragmentation cause reaction to Bible doctrine. Subjective fragmentation includes unrealistic expectation which is arrogant preoccupation with self, and role model arrogance which is arrogant preoccupation with others. Human relationship fragmentation is illustrated by frustration in Christian fellowship and marriage.

On the other hand, distraction from Bible doctrine can be caused by apathy, indifference, wrong priorities, and the arrogance complex of sins.

Many people believed in Christ at an early age. But as they grew older and more sophisticated, they began to change their thinking due to peer pressure and education. Then they reacted to Christianity, Christian people, or a local church. They became distracted by something or someone. Distraction to the plan of God is based upon reaction.

This reaction and distraction leads to fragmentation. Every believer is a walking grenade, who pulls the pin of his grenade by the use of his own volition. Pulling the pin comes from committing a sin related to the arrogance complex in some form of reaction. Once you fragment your life, the first thing you do is react to everything that was once important to you spiritually.

Arrogance is the number one distraction to Bible doctrine.

Rom 12:2-3, “Stop being conformed to this world [peer pressure], but be transformed by the renovation of your thought, that you may prove what the will of God is; namely, the good of intrinsic value achievement [advance to spiritual maturity], the well-pleasing to God, the mature status quo [manufacture of invisible hero]. For I say through the grace which has been given to me to every one who is among you, stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity [absolute truth] for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.

Absolute truth is always related to reality. There are boundaries in which you must think. To be rational without illusion is the fantastic result of the daily perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine. God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from two categories of doctrine: the absolute principles of theology, and the applications that are given from those principles. Obviously, we cannot progress in the Christian life without the standard of thinking from doctrine. If we are not progressing through perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine, we are retrogressing. No one stands still in the Christian way of life.

In this stage, it is possible and even probable that the believer can recover through the use of confession of sin. At the same time, something may challenge him back to right priorities, and learning and using the problem solving devices. It may take divine discipline to wake him up.

The presence of reactor factors in the life result in distraction from doctrine. Reactor factors are closely related to the believer’s initial and subsequent distraction from Bible doctrine. The reactor factors include many antithetical concepts which follow the trends of the believer’s sin nature. Reactor factors include the following.

  • Wrong priorities, in which the believer places money, success, pleasure, loved ones, friends, social life, sex, material things, or normal things, over God. When these things take priority over God, then the believer is in trouble. He develops a personal scale of values that excludes God, God relationship, love of God, and occupation with the person of Christ.
  • Rejection of authority in general or rejection of the authority of the pastor-teacher results in rejection of the Church Age message regarding God’s will, plan, and purpose for your life.
  • Personality conflict often comes from hypersensitivity and other forms of fragmentation.
  • A lack of objectivity when reprimanded, either by the Scripture or by someone in authority.
  • Reaction to gossip, maligning, or unjust treatment of one kind or another.
  • Blaming self-fragmentation on others rather than on yourself. None of us ever grow up until we take the responsibility for our own bad decisions.
  • Lack of concentration on Bible doctrine due to drug addiction, a drinking problem, mental illness, criminality, or grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit.
  • Bad decisions from a position of weakness.
  • Subjective arrogance fragmentation is arrogant preoccupation with self and others to the exclusion of reality.
  • Lack of motivation from a personal sense of destiny, personal love for God the Father, or occupation with the person of Christ.

In summary, reactor factors include the modus operandi of fragmentation, as well as boredom, disillusion, loneliness, self-pity, frustration, hypersensitivity, lack of enforced and genuine humility, objectivity, and teachability.

Arrogance means lack of humility, objectivity, or teachability.

All of this results in cosmic involvement and subsequent demon influence of the soul. Of course, demons cannot indwell the body of the believer, because the believer is indwelt by all three persons of the Trinity. Therefore, demon possession is limited to unbelievers only. But demons can influence the thinking of believers, which is accomplished through reversionism.

See Topic: Cosmic System

Once negative volition sets in, there is a vacuum in the soul, which is the beginning of reversionism. The beginning of reversionism is always related to reaction and distraction because of negative volition toward Bible doctrine.

The first stage of reversionism includes not only the arrogance of cosmic one, but the acceptance of false doctrine as a result of rejecting true doctrine.

  • 1 Tim 4:1, “But the same Holy Spirit explicitly communicates that in latter periods of time [between first and Second Advents of Christ], some believers will become apostate from doctrine, paying attention to deceitful spirits and concentrating on doctrines of demons.
  • 1 Tim 6:3-4, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not concur with sound doctrine, even doctrines pertaining to godliness, he has received arrogance, understanding nothing. Furthermore, he has a morbid obsession about controversies and verbal conflicts from which originate jealousy, discord, evil speculation.

Therefore, in stage one, distractions to Bible doctrine result in negative volition. Negative volition creates the vacuum in the soul that sucks in all the false doctrine.

2, The Frantic Search for Happiness.

Once you have become negative toward doctrine and created the vacuum of the soul, you begin to suck in false concepts which result in the frantic search for happiness.

Once a believer goes negative toward doctrine, he becomes frantic in his search for happiness. The frantic search for happiness is described in one phrase in 2 Tim 3:4: “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

The frantic search for happiness has many directions: power, influence, approbation, success, status symbols, money, pleasure, social life, friends, health, sex, material things associated with happiness. There’s nothing wrong with many of these things, but when they have number one priority in your life, Bible doctrine will inevitably be neglected and rejected.

If you are not content or happy with what you have now, then you will never be content or happy with what you will have in the future. So if the reversionist is not content with what he has at the moment when the vacuum of the soul is first opened by negative volition and distraction, he will never be content with anything more in the future in reversionism. If you are unhappy with what you have at the moment of implosion, explosion, and reversionism, you will be the same if every wish and desire of your soul were given to you at the moment you entered into reversionism. This is why the frantic search for happiness is frenetic.

Happiness or contentment is based on capacity for life from metabolized Bible doctrine in the right lobe of the soul, not from prosperity. In other words, once you believe in Jesus Christ, happiness is not what you have and unhappiness is not what you have not. Happiness is based on capacity for life, which is based on mental attitude, which is based on the amount of metabolized doctrine in your right lobe.

Prosperity, success, power, approbation, status symbols, money, sex, pleasure, social life, or material things are really not a source of happiness. They are enjoyed by people with capacity for happiness and life, but they are a distraction to believers without capacity from doctrine.

The only true source of happiness for the believer in Jesus Christ is metabolized doctrine in the soul, which develops +H. +H is that problem solving device where we share the happiness of God. You must develop capacity to share the happiness of God. God only sends His happiness to the soul that has doctrine resident therein. The soul in reversionism is no home for God’s happiness.

The advance through each stage of spiritual adulthood increases capacity for life. Advance in the plan of God always provides a balance between capacity for what you have and the enjoyment of what you have.

+H or sharing the happiness of God must be distinguished from the misery encountered in the frantic search for happiness. Happiness comes to the believer who executes the plan, but there is no happiness to the believer involved in the frantic search for happiness.

The frantic search for happiness finds the believer going in the direction of the trends of his sin nature. Legalism unchecked results in moral degeneracy. Antinomianism unchecked results in immoral degeneracy.

Heb 13:5, “Let your lifestyle be free from the love for money; be content with what you have, for He Himself has said, `I will never leave you nor forsake you.’

  • You cannot be content with what you have unless you have maximum doctrine resident in your soul.
  • This contentment begins with spiritual self-esteem, moves into spiritual autonomy, and reaches its peak in spiritual maturity.
  • To be content with what you have is +H, which comes from capacity in the soul. Capacity in the soul comes from Bible doctrine. The vacuum in the soul is the opposite of this, and inevitably results in the frantic search for happiness.

1 Tim 6:6-7, “But godliness is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment [+H]. For we brought nothing into this world, with the result that we can take nothing out of it. And if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

Phil 4:11, “Not that we speak on the basis of want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

Contentment is something you learn through perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.

The only thing that improves with spiritual growth is your capacity for life, love, and happiness. The only thing that is different with the attainment of spiritual adulthood is that you have capacity to enjoy whatever you have.

Advance in the plan of God always provides the balance between your capacity for what you have and the enjoyment of what you have.

The priority solution to the problems of life is occupation with Christ which provides this capacity.

  • The mystery doctrine of the Church Age must be your number one priority.
  • Concentrate on priority number one.
  • Organize your life around priority number one.
  • Organize your thinking around priority number one.
  • Then you have capacity which increases, producing contentment, not with what you have, but with the doctrine in your soul.

Wrong priorities cause the frantic search for happiness.

  • If your number one priority is romance, friendship, business, success, social life, etc., you concentrate on that number one priority.
  • You organize your life around that number one priority.
  • You organize your thinking around that number one priority.
  • You become involved in the frantic search for happiness.

The vacuum of the soul which produces emptiness, futility, and nothingness creates a demand for happiness in your life to replace what is missing in your life; i.e., the mystery doctrine for the Church Age.

The frantic search for happiness becomes the alternative to the daily perception of Bible doctrine and execution of the plan. Reversion and the frantic search for happiness replaces your desire for Bible doctrine. The presence of the vacuum in the soul replaces the hunger for doctrine with the lust for happiness. Once you lust for happiness, you’ll never find it.

The frantic search for happiness follows the trends of the sin nature in polarized fragmentation.

  • The trend toward legalism results in moral degeneracy and no happiness.
  • The trend toward antinomianism results in immoral degeneracy and no happiness.
  • The trend toward legalism includes crusader activism, self-righteous, arrogance, personality arrogance, the arrogance of Christian service, irrational (emotional) arrogance, the arrogance of unhappiness (subjective preoccupation with self), iconoclastic arrogance (role model arrogance, the feet of clay syndrome), so-called “victorious living,” the arrogance of asceticism, using Christian service as a means of spirituality.
  • The trend toward antinomianism is related to multifarious sexual sins, drug addiction, violence, criminality, total self-indulgence, or debauchery.
  • Others seek their happiness in a false emphasis on experience, the so-called “victorious life commitment,” holy rollers speaking in tongues, fundy flagellation and self-denial, or in giving gimmicks like tithing for blessing.

The frantic search for happiness includes moving toward either moral or immoral degeneracy depending on the area of weakness of the sin nature, trying to find stimulating circumstances or people, and trying to be entertained as much as possible. In this stage, true objects of love are discarded for pseudo-love objects.

3. Operation Boomerang

The boomerang, an Australian weapon used by the aborigines of Australia, is a missile-type weapon, shaped like an elbow. When thrown with accuracy, it can hit the target and kill the animal on the spot. But if they miss, the boomerang comes back to them so they can try again.

Christians who miss the target and fail to execute the plan of God experience the boomerang effect of the frantic search for happiness.

In this stage, the frantic search for happiness boomerangs and returns to the believer in reversionism, intensifying the original reactor factors and his unhappiness, so that the believer loses control of his life.

When the frantic search for happiness boomerangs, frustration becomes greater frustration, misery becomes greater misery, and unhappiness becomes intensified unhappiness.

Every search for happiness makes happiness more elusive. Therefore, the believer is bored, disillusioned, frustrated, and miserable.

Pleasure, social and sexual distractions, and drug addiction only intensifies his problem in life. The same intensification of problems occurs with the distractions of the morally degenerate believer. All these only remove the believer farther away from happiness.

So the pursuit of happiness results in bad decisions from a position of weakness, and intensifies the unhappiness of the believer. This results in intensified frustration.

So operation boomerang means loss of control of your life and the intensification of fragmentation and reversionism.

Operation boomerang destroys any use of the problem solving devices of the plan of God. Instead of +H (Joy, divine happiness from God) as a problem solving device, the believer has –H (human unhappiness).

  • Under -H, you cannot build your happiness on the details of life; e.g., money, success, pleasure, sexual life, social life, friends, family, loved ones, or materialistic things.
  • Under -H, you cannot even build your happiness on changing the devil’s world through crusader arrogance, social engineering, violence, civil disobedience, or revolution.
  • In the arrogance of unhappiness, the believer assumes that marriage is a state of happiness, and all too often makes a bad decision with regard to marriage. This boomerangs, making the marital state one of terrible unhappiness.
  • -H depends on involvement with some form of success or stimulation which is related to a moment of time, pleasure, success, power, or approbation.
  • But all this boomerangs, and the believer discovers that romance, friendship, sex, promotion, or prosperity does not mean happiness, but the intensification of an already miserable life.
  • Promotion cannot make you happy. For in operation boomerang, you will be promoted beyond your capacity. Then you are unhappy from knowing your limitations too late.
  • Marriage cannot make you happy. For in operation boomerang, you have no capacity for love. Then the relationship intensifies and sours, so that your problems become greater and greater in marriage.
  • Success, prosperity, sex, or pleasure cannot make you happy. For in operation boomerang, they intensify your misery. This is because the reversionistic believer has neither capacity for success nor any use of the problem solving devices.

4. Emotional Revolt of the Soul

The soul is composed of certain characteristics.

  • Self-consciousness means you are aware of yourself.
  • ((2) Mentality is composed of the left lobe, where you store academic and technical information, and the right lobe, where you store Bible doctrine.
  • Emotion is designed by God to respond to what you have in your soul’s precordial frontal lobes as an appreciator.
  • Volition has positive and negative poles.

The mentality is the male part of the soul. Emotion is the female part of the soul. God’s design is the mentality dominate the soul, including the emotion. But when the emotion dominates the soul and takes over, the person becomes irrational and cannot think.

Emotion has no doctrinal content, no mentality, no rationality, and no virtue. Emotion is in its proper place only when it is under the control of the mentality of the soul, where doctrine resides.

As an appreciator, emotion is wonderful. But as the controller, emotion is a monster. Emotion takes control of the soul through such things as drug addiction.

In the spiritual life of the believer, emotion is designed to respond to metabolized doctrine in the right lobe. But once emotion revolts, it becomes the aggressor and loses all normal function, becoming distorted. Then the believer becomes irrational and a flunky to the sin nature.

Rev 2:23, “And I will kill her children [Church Age believers] with death [sin unto death], and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the emotions and the right lobes.

Listing emotions first before the right lobes shows that the two are out of balance.

When emotions revolt, they become the dictator and aggressor of soul, doctrine in the soul is neutralized or distorted, hindering the execution of the plan.

Emotional revolt of the soul is described in Phil 3:1Whose destiny is destruction [sin unto death], whose god is their emotion, whose fame comes by means of dishonor, who keep on thinking about earthly things.

Emotional revolt of the soul divorces the believer from reality, and substitutes irrationality combined with arrogance to produce mental illness. Therefore, emotional revolt of the soul can quickly lead to psychopathy.

Emotion is a hindrance to the perception of Bible doctrine, to consistent post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.

2 Cor 6:11-12, “O you Corinthians! Our mouths [means of communication by Paul, Apollos, and Timothy] have been opened face to face with you; our right lobes have been enlarged [we were prepared]. Therefore, you have not been hindered by us [Paul, Apollos, Timothy], but you have been hindered by your own emotions.

Emotional revolt of the soul becomes a distraction to the execution of the plan.

Rom 16:17-18, “Now I urge you brethren, be alert for those who are causing dissensions and apostasies [false, reversionistic teaching] contrary to Bible doctrine which you have learned, for such believers do not obey our Lord Jesus Christ, but they obey their own emotions, serving themselves; and by smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the right lobes of the stupid [reversionists].”

Emotions have no capacity for thought, reason, or discernment. Therefore, the soul becomes blind, unreasonable, unrestrained, arrogant, immoral, legalistic, antinomian, and anti-doctrine.

Emotional revolt of the soul means loss of a personal sense of destiny, failure to execute the plan of God, failure to understand and utilize the problem solving devices of the plan as well as the unique characteristics of the Church Age, and failure to understand and use your portfolio of invisible assets.

Therefore, emotional revolt makes it impossible to become an invisible hero and thereby glorify God.

5. Permanent Negative Volition Toward Doctrine or Permanent Cosmic Involvement.

As a result of the reactor factors, the frantic search for happiness, operation boomerang, and an emotional revolt of the soul, the believer suffers loss of Biblical priorities, Biblical norms, and Biblical standards resulting in bad decisions from a position of weakness. This means the believer loses control of his life and a personal sense of destiny, if the believer ever had it. The believer can no longer be distinguished from an unbeliever.

So stage five is the malfunction of post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation. It is the beginning of Christian degeneracy.

Negative volition does not metabolize doctrine, so that operation Z malfunctions. This permanent negative volition is gradual.

Negative volition toward doctrine means that the believer can never understand God’s will, plan, and purpose for his life. Therefore, he cannot grow spiritually. As a result, all his works are dead works and human good, totally unacceptable to God. He is operating in the energy of the flesh rather than in the power of God the Holy Spirit.

The believer in stage five has lost complete control of his life. He has replaced any doctrine he ever had with false doctrine and human viewpoint. In his thinking, he cannot be distinguished from his unbeliever counterpart.

The road to degeneracy is now guaranteed and even motivated by this permanent negative volition.

The only destiny we have as Church Age believers is related to the plan of God, which we must therefore understand.

  • Every believer has a destiny. But the experience of having a personal sense of destiny comes only to those believers who grow in grace and function under operation Z.
  • The believer’s destiny is always associated with the execution of the plan of God in becoming an invisible hero.
  • With negative volition toward doctrine, the believer has no fulfillment of his destiny.
  • You cannot build your destiny, which is the plan, on talent, human ability, dreams, or experiences.
  • You have no destiny apart from God who has given to you the plan for the manufacture of invisible heroes and the execution of God’s will for your life.
  • Understanding our destiny and what follows salvation depends on our understanding of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
  • Through physical birth, we have a purpose in life. But through regeneration, we have a destiny in life.
  • God gave us eternal life in regeneration. This means we have a twofold destiny.
  • We have a destiny in time which is the execution of the plan, by which we become invisible heroes.
  • We have a destiny in eternity related to our resurrection bodies.
  • Negative volition toward doctrine cancels the fulfillment of our destiny in time.

The final three stages of reversionism are the result of permanent negative volition toward doctrine and subsequent ignorance of the plan of God for the Church Age.

Characteristics of negative volition toward doctrine.

  • Indifference or apathy toward Bible teaching from a pastor-teacher.
  • Wrong priorities means you’re too busy to consistently hear or teach doctrine. There are so many distractions today to pull you from Bible class. Wrong priorities doesn’t mean the things we like and do are wrong, but that they’re wrong when we put them before Bible doctrine.
  • Antagonism or personality conflict with a pastor who is actually teaching doctrine. Due to having your eyes on the pastor and resenting him in some way, you don’t hear what he’s saying and so miss the content of the message. The Holy Spirit is the solution here, for He gives you the power and ability to hear what is said rather than how it is said, or by whom it is said.
  • Failure to learn and to utilize the problem solving devices of the plan of God. For example, spiritual phenomena cannot be understood by the believer who fails to use rebound.
  • Lack of concentration and ignorance of good manners. Poor manners is a manifestation of thoughtlessness of other people. You cannot listen and talk in Bible class at the same time. Talking also distracts other people and breaks their concentration.
  • Inability to cope with prosperity or adversity. When people become prosperous, they often are distracted from doctrine. Or when people cannot cope with adversity, they often seek psychological solutions.
  • Failure to understand your very own portfolio of invisible assets includes your very own palace, the place where you execute the plan of God.

6. Blackout of the Soul

Eph 4:17 gives the technical Greek word for the blackout of the soul: MATAIOTES. MATAIOTES is a vacuum that sucks in false doctrine. Negative volition creates a vacuum in the soul. “Therefore, I communicate this, and because of the Lord, I insist that you no longer walk as Gentiles [unbelievers] walk in the vacuum of their mind.

  • Through this vacuum comes the doctrine of demons, including religionism, liberalism, crusader arrogance, and anti-establishment thinking, 1 Tim 4:1.
  • The false doctrine passing through the vacuum of the soul is called demon influence, or being influenced by evil. This is not the same as demon possession; in many ways, it is worse.
  • The believer cannot be demon possessed because he is indwelt by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • But demon influence comes through false teaching.
  • The believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit whether he’s out of or in fellowship.
  • So although the believer cannot be demon possessed, he is vulnerable to demon influence which comes from permanent negative volition, stage six of reversionism.
  • Infiltration of the doctrine of demons results in the blackout of the soul. This comes from failure to be filled with the Spirit, and lack of consistent exposure to Bible doctrine.
  • The blackout of the soul is tantamount to God relationship fragmentation. God relationship fragmentation is failure to execute the plan of God through neglect of post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, and failure to learn and use the portfolio of invisible assets and the problem solving devices.

The apostle John describes blackout of the soul in:

  • Jn 12:35, “He who walks in darkness does not know where he goes.
  • 1 Jn 1:6, “If we contend that we have fellowship with Him and we keep on walking in darkness, we are lying and we do not live the truth.
  • 1 Jn 2:11, “When anyone hates his fellow believer, he is in darkness and he walks in darkness, and he does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

The blackout of the soul indicates ignorance of Bible doctrine, cosmic involvement, and the replacement of Bible doctrine with false doctrine.

The vacuum of the soul mentioned in Eph 4:17 is the channel created by negative volition and implosion, through which false doctrine enters into the soul of the believer.

The mechanics of the blackout of the soul include:

  • Implosion or self-fragmentation.
  • Explosion or polarized fragmentation.
  • Reversion.

Even the unbeliever, by being negative toward the Gospel, has blackout of the soul.

2 Cor 4:3, “Even if our Gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world[Satan] has blinded the minds of those who are unbelieving that they might not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.

7. Scar Tissue of the Soul

Eph 4:18, “They are darkened in their way of thinking; they have been alienated from the life of God because of ignorance which is in them, because of the scar tissue of their right lobes.

Scar tissue of the soul is prolonged residence in the cosmic system. It is prolonged fragmentation unchecked, reaction to any form of accurate Bible teaching, and strong reaction to those who communicate accurately the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.

This is tantamount to freezing the valves of the heart or right lobe, so that there is no more circulation of doctrine in the frame of reference, memory center, vocabulary storage, categorical storage, conscience, momentum department, wisdom department, and subconscious mind.

The Scripture calls scar tissue of the soul “hardness of heart,” “hardening of the neck,” or “hardening of the face.

  • Hardening the heart” is found in Jn 14:20.
  • Hardening the neck” is found in Neh 9:16-This is insubordinate to the point of revolt. It is failure to be authority oriented in spiritual things, Jer 7:25-27.
  • Hardening the face” is found in Prov 21:29-31.

At this point, the believer cannot be distinguished from the unbeliever. Not only that, but he is very anti-authority in both the spiritual and temporal realms of life.

In this stage is where reversionism becomes a reality. Remember that reversionism is the act of reverting or returning to a former belief or practice.

Blackout of the soul plus scar tissue of the soul equals Christian degeneracy or reverse process reversionism.

Scar tissue of the soul is the status of cosmic involvement, and therefore a violation of

John 2:1Stop loving the cosmic system or anything in the cosmic system. If anyone keeps loving the cosmic system, the love of the Father is not in him.

Scar tissue of the soul is the final step into Christian degeneracy, because scar tissue of the soul is motivation for degeneracy.

Scar tissue of the soul is the enemy of evangelism, Jn 12:40.

  • In 2 Pet 2:22, the unbeliever who is controlled by the cosmic system with scar tissue of the soul is described. “It happens to them according to the true proverb, `The dog returns to his own vomit.’
  • Scar tissue of the soul is the enemy of evangelism.

Rom 2:5, “But because of your hardness of heart and unrepentant right lobe, you gather up and accumulate wrath for yourself against the day of wrath, even the manifestation of the just judgment of God.

The mechanics of the unbeliever’s scar tissue are described in

2 Thess.2: “And with every deception of evil for those who perish [unbelievers], because they did not receive the love for the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason, God sends to them a deluding influence so that they might believe a lie, in order that they all might be condemned in judgment who do not believe the truth, but take pleasure in unrighteousness.

_8. Reverse Process Reversionism_

This is the final stage of reversionism, a combination of the sixth and seventh stages.

Everything that is worthwhile and valuable in life is rejected; everything that is useless and nonsense is accepted. Prolonged residence in the cosmic system causes a complete reversal of all mandates, all priorities, and all norms and standards related to the plan of God.

Christian degeneracy reaches its peak in reverse process reversionism. The believer in reverse process reversionism cannot be distinguished in any way from an unbeliever, though he cannot lose his salvation.

In reverse process reversionism, degeneracy is defined as decline from the normal standards of the plan of God. Therefore, the believer retrogresses into below normal stages of reversionism, and totally reverts from the divine standards found in the Word of God.

  • The believer in moral degeneracy declines from the normal standards of the plan, and sinks into such sub-normal standards of self-fragmentation, polarized fragmentation of legalism, and continues through the stages of reversionism.
  • The believer in immoral degeneracy declines from the normal standards of the plan, and sinks into the sub-normal standards of self-fragmentation, polarized fragmentation of antinomianism, and continues through the stages of reversionism.
  • “Reverse process” means to face in the opposite direction either spiritually, mentally or physically.

Reverse process reversionism is an inverted position of degeneracy by the reversal of objects. Bona fide objects of love and priorities which include doctrine, personal love for God the Father, occupation with Christ, having a right pastor, right spouse, and right friends are all reversed. In reverse process reversionism, pseudo-love objects replace Biblical priorities.

The believer reverses the objects of his love, attention, concentration, and priorities. Reverse process reversionism is characterized by the reversal of love objects. Rev 2:4-5 describes this as “leaving your first love.” “But I hold this against you [believers], for you have abandoned your first love. Therefore, recall to mind from where you have fallen, and change your mind [rebound], and execute the most important production [execution of the plan of God]. Otherwise, I am coming to you, and I will remove your lamp stand [dying discipline].

  • The first love refers to the Lord Jesus Christ as both the living Word and the written Word or doctrine.
  • Reverse process reversionism leaves a true object and gravitates toward a pseudo-love object. The believer in reverse process reversionism rejects everything related to true love and God. His standards are antithetical to those of Bible doctrine.
  • He seeks his own personal glory instead of love of God. He seeks any false lover instead of his right woman. He seeks anyone who can help him or that he can use, instead of true friends.
  • He has a total reversal of all true objects of love.

Christian degeneracy blots out and reverses all of the mandates, all of the norms and standards, and all of the doctrinal understanding of three Biblical categories.

  • The laws of divine establishment.
  • Salvation by grace through faith.
  • The plan of God for the Church Age.

_Seven characteristics of reverse process reversionism_

  1. Prolonged residence in the cosmic system is the inevitable result of unchecked fragmentation, which is parlayed into reversionism.
  2. The believer in this stage is described in several ways.
  1. Reverse process reversionism is a status quo of unrestrained and perpetual sinfulness, fragmentation, reversionism, and extensive cosmic involvement. This believer is brainwashed by satanic propaganda.
  2. The manifestations of reverse process reversionism are many. The believer branches out into the various categories of reversionistic activity.
  • Legalistic fragmentation or polarized legalism becomes reversionism, Col 2:16-18; Heb 5:11-6:16.
  • Phallic fragmentation or polarized antinomianism becomes reversionism, 2 Cor 12:21; Eph 4:19, 5:5; Col 3:5; Rev 2:14, 20-23.
  • Ascetic fragmentation becoming reversionism is characterized by self-sacrifice and the Trappist monk syndrome, 1 Tim 4:5
  • Mental attitude arrogance becomes reversionism and locked-in arrogance, 1 Tim 6:4,17.
  • Monetary fragmentation becomes reversionism, Jas 4:13-14, 5:1-6; Rev 3:14-20; Eccl 5:10-16.
  • Drug addiction and alcoholic fragmentation becomes reversionism, Isa 28:1, 7-9; Gal 5:20.
  • Anti-establishment fragmentation becoming reversionism is seen in those who reject such establishment principles as free enterprise, freedom through military victory, the divine institutions of family, home, and the true function of government. Such believers do not understand that freedom without authority is anarchy, and authority without freedom is tyranny, Rom 1:18-32.
  • Verbal fragmentation becomes reversionism, James 5:9,12.
  • Psychotic fragmentation becomes reversionism, 1 Pet 2:15-19.
  • National reversionism, Hos 4:1-6.

Biblical Nomenclature for Reversionism.

Gal 5:4, “drifting off course from grace.

Phil 3:18, “the enemy of the cross.

Jer 9:25-26, “uncircumcised of heart.

Heb 12:15, “falling from grace” means total malfunction of any grace modus operandi, and total ignorance of the grace policy of God in the plan.”

2 Pet 2:7-8, “the tortured soul.

2 Pet 2:14, “the unstable soul.

Rev 2:5, “fallen.

Rev 2:4, “left your first love.

Rev 3:15-16, “lukewarm.

1 Tim 1:19, “shipwrecked.

John 15:23, “He who hates Me [Jesus Christ], also hates My Father.

1 Pet 5:8, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Devouring” is accomplished when you change your priorities by reverse process reversionism.

2 Tim 2:26, “they have entered the devil’s trap.

Profile of the Reversionist,

Psalm 7:14-16.

Psalm 7:14, “Behold, he shall have labor pains of vanity because he has become pregnant with frustration. Therefore, he has given birth to a life of deceit

Labor pains of vanity describe the many sins in the arrogance complex. Labor pains of vanity result in distraction, the first stage of reversionism.

To become pregnant with frustration describes the first three stages of reverse process reversionism.

The life of deceit describes the last four stages of reversionism: permanent negative volition toward Bible doctrine, blackout of the soul, scar tissue of the soul, and reverse process reversionism.

The use of male pronouns in a pregnancy and birth illustration is sanctified sarcasm in the Hebrew.

Psalm7:15, “He has dug a grave and he has explored it; therefore, he has fallen into the pit which he made.

Digging a grave refers to self-fragmentation by pulling the pin of the grenade. First you frag yourself, and then you polarize in your fragmentation according to the trend of your sin nature.

Digging a grave refers to implosion, wherein you answer the call of temptation from your sin nature. Then you explode or fragment. Digging the grave refers to the first four stages of reversionism.

Exploring the grave you dug refers to the last four stages of reversionism.

Falling into the pit or hold refers to believer degeneracy. He has made it himself by his own self-determination. This believer will eventually die the sin unto death.

Psalm 7:16, “His frustration will return on his own head; and his violence will descend on the crown of his own head.

Reversionism leads to the destruction of the client nation,

Hos 4:1-6.

Hos 4:1, “Hear the word of the Lord, you citizens of Israel [Northern Kingdom of Israel as a client nation to God],because the Lord has a [legal] case against the inhabitants of the client nation; because nothing of doctrine is being taught, and nothing of grace is being applied. There is no knowledge of God.

Hos 4:2, “Instead, there is lying [dishonesty, lack of integrity and virtue], deception, murder, rape; therefore, violence[criminal violence and terrorism].”

Hos 4:3, “Consequently, the land mourns and all who live in it languish [loss of strength and dynamics], along with domestic animals [birds, fish].”

Hos 4:4, “Yet let no one find fault; let no one offer criticism. For your citizens are like those who are contending with doctrinal communicators [Levitical priesthood].”

Hos 4:5, “Therefore, you have stumbled in the daylight, and even the false prophet will stumble with you in night darkness, and I will destroy your mother [client nation].”

  • The daylight refers to clear doctrinal teaching, to great warnings from both prophets and priests alike. The people had heard the truth and had been warned, yet they stumbled in that daylight. They stumble even as they see the problem.
  • The false prophet is worse than the people. He is in darkness and reversionism, knowing no doctrine at all. He’s in total reversionism in night darkness.

Hos 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge [of doctrine], I will reject you from being a priest [client] nation. Since you have neglected the doctrine of your God, I, even I, will neglect your sons.

  • Sons refers to the next generation, which would become enslaved after the destruction of the client nation.
  • This client nation of the Northern Kingdom of Israel was destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 B.C.

Evil is a major factor in the function of reversionism.

Remember that God is holy, which means God has perfect integrity.

The integrity of God demands the perpetuation of the human race until the course of history and the prehistoric angelic conflict have both been completed.

Since the fall of mankind in the Garden, Satan has replaced man as the ruler of this world.

The policies of Satan as the ruler of this world are called “Evil.” Evil comes in many forms, both sweetness and light as well as darkness and terror.

The policy of God is revealed only in the Word of God. The policy of God is Grace.

The two antagonistic forces of grace and evil have preexisted the creation of the human race and the beginning of human history. Now they continue in human history.

The absolute truths of Bible doctrine versus the relative concepts of Satan are always at war on the battlefield of human history.

Relative truth versus absolute truth is as part of the angelic conflict, now perpetuated in human history.

Bible doctrine portrays the grace plan of God, while evil reveals the genius of Satan’s administration of the rulership of this world.

Satan’s policy of evil includes sin and human good, immoral and moral degeneracy, and all the sins of arrogance.

Therefore, evil is a major factor in the function of reversionism.

See Topic: Evil

Illustrations of Reversionism.

In Rev 3:14-21, believers became involved in gnosticism and grew lukewarm toward the Lord.

In the story of Hosea and Gomer, Gomer ran off with a prince of Israel in her reversionism.

Jeremiah had to buy his right woman from slavery after she had become a prostitute.

James 2:1-5 presents the case of the short-sighted usher who gave the rich man the best seat.

In 2 Cor 10:10-11, the Corinthians rejected Paul, their right pastor, for the Judaizers.

Paul’s reversionism occurred when he went to Jerusalem, even though he was warned by the Spirit not to go. This cost him four years in prison.

David’s reversionism with Bathsheba and murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite, cost him the death of a child, the rape of a daughter, the death of his favorite son, and a revolution in his kingdom.

Elijah’s fear of being murdered and not trusting in the protection of the Lord was his manifestation of reversionism.

The Warnings and Mandates to Avoid Reversionism.

The warning to avoid reversionism is found in

2 Jn 7– “Because many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This person is the deceiver and an antichrist. Look out for yourselves, that you may not lose your momentum which you have accomplished, but that you might receive a full reward. No one has fellowship with God who keeps advancing out of bounds and does not remain on the playing field through the doctrine of Christ. He who resides in the divine dynasphere by means of doctrine, this same one keeps on having fellowship with both the Father and the Son.

1 Tim 3:6, “Do not be an immature believer, lest having received blind arrogance [self-fragmentation], you fall into the condemnation of the devil [explosion and reversion].”

The mandate to avoid reversionism is found in

1 John 2:1, “Stop loving the cosmic system, or anything pertaining to the cosmic system.

Characteristics of Reversionism.

Reversionism concentrates on false teaching, and therefore possesses the spirit of error, 1 Jn 4:5-People in reversionism will always believe the lie, false doctrine, gossip, or anything else that is untrue.

Reversionism contaminates others.

Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one falls back from the grace of God, that no root of bitterness sprouting up causes trouble, and through this many be contaminated.

Reversionism causes the believer to lose his escrow blessings for both time and eternity,

Heb 3:10-12.

Reversionism leads to perversion,

Rom 1:26-27.

Reversionism produces national disintegration,

Rom 1:29-32

Hos 4:1-6.

The cosmic system is a trap for the development of reversionism.

2 Cor. 2:11, “In order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Eph 4:27, “Do not be giving opportunity to the devil.

1 Tim 3:6-7, “fall into the snare of the devil.

2 Tim 2:26, “that they should come to their senses.

Gal 5:4, “you have drifted off course from grace.

Discipline for Reversionism

In stages one through four of reversionism, the believer receives warning discipline. This discipline may come in the form of either adversity or prosperity. For example, you may have love and then have it removed. This is the warning discipline of Rev 3:20 and Jas 5:9.

In stages five through seven, the believer receives intensified discipline, Psalm 38:1ff; 2 Thess 2:11.

In stage eight, the believer receives dying discipline or the sin unto death, Jer 9:16, 44:12; Phil 3:18-19; Rev 3:16; 1 Cor 10:13-14; Psalm 118:17-18; 1 John 5:16.

Reversionism intensifies suffering, Ps 77:1-10.

Reversionism was a major subject of the writer of Hebrews to the Christians living in Israel.

The believers who received the book of Hebrews were in reversionism, Heb 5:11-14.

Reversion recovery is impossible apart from the daily metabolization of basic doctrine, Heb 6:1-3.

Reversion recovery is impossible when religious reversionism is perpetuated in the life, Heb 6:4-6.

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Promotion – Personal advancement in the Bible; if God does not promote you, you’re not promoted!

Luke 14:11, “For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled. And he who humbles himself shall be promoted.” Everyone who exalts himself refers to the believer involved in self promotion, degeneracy and the lust pattern of the sin nature, the believer with vacuum in the subconscious.

The believer is humbled through the law of volitional responsibility, in which the believer takes the responsibility for his own bad decisions and responds well to divine discipline.

Humbling oneself involves several steps: First, confession of sin resulting in the control of the Holy Spirit; next, intake of Bible teaching through self discipline in study; finally, many decisions to learn and apply doctrine to life.

There are two kinds of humility: self imposed humility and spiritual humility. God only promotes on the basis of spiritual humility. You are not humble because you think you are humble or say you are humble.

James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will promote you.

Spiritual promotion is not related in any way to man promoting himself or being promoted by some other man.. All promotions in the Christian life are completely and totally fair, because all promotion is accomplished by God and God alone.

God does not promote anyone without humility. Humility only comes from knowledge of Bible doctrine and accepting God’s plan even when we do not understand it. You cannot make yourself humble; self-effacement is not humility.

1 Pet. 5:5-6, “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble your selves therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you at the proper time.

A humility and grace orientation are always related to grace promotion. This is because with humility comes teachability and from teachability comes doctrinal orientation, and from doctrinal orientation comes grace orientation and execution of the plan of God.

Doctrinal orientation plus grace orientation equals promotion. Promotion implies the execution of the plan of God.

Promotion occurs through the distribution of blessings for both time and eternity by our Lord Jesus Christ. These blessings remain on deposit in heaven forever for every believer and are always available. Eph. 1:3.

Promotion implies that you have become grace oriented, which means he has capacity for every divine blessing associated with promotion. The arrogant believer involved in degeneracy can be classified as one who is in high visibility carnality, a Christian who is self promoting. The arrogance of self promotion results in failure to execute God’s plan.

The believer who lives in the world is always involved in self-promotion. The arrogance of the self promotion results in failure to execute God’s plan. This believer is classified as a loser.

Prov. 16:18, “Arrogance precedes destruction, and before a fall [there is] a lifestyle of destruction.

Prov. 11:2, “When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor. But with the humble there is wisdom.

Prov 29:23, “A person’s arrogance will bring him low, but with the humble is wisdom.

Humility is something you have to acquire. No one is born humble, naturally humble or humbled by their circumstances.

With humility, objectivity, and orientation to authority comes teachability. Teachability means doctrinal orientation. From doctrinal orientation comes grace orientation. Doctrinal orientation plus grace orientation equals promotion.

2 Cor. 10:18, “For not he who promotes [commends] himself is approved, but whom the Lord promotes.

Humility is related to the spiritual skills of the filling of the Holy Spirit; cognition of doctrine; and execution of the protocol plan of God.

Principles of Promotion

Never covet what God has not provided in grace.

The arrogant person becomes involved in the lust pattern of the sin nature and covets all kinds of things that God has not provided. But humility and grace orientation set aside the lust pattern through perception of doctrine, and therefore, develop a great capacity for life, love, happiness and grace blessing from God. As we develop capacity, God provides more blessing and greater promotion.

No church age believer can be promoted without at least five things:

  • Knowledge of the plan of God.
  • Knowledge of our catalog of spiritual blessings – our logistical support.
  • Knowledge of the unique characteristics of the church age.
  • Understanding and using the problem solving devices for Christians in the church age.
  • Understanding of principles of suffering for blessing and its contribution to spiritual growth.

Promotion in the plan of God is based on applied doctrine in the soul and never comes from Christian service or good deeds.

Christian service and Christian works is the result of functioning within the plan of God, but never the means. of promotion. Therefore, do not confuse means and result in the Christian life.

If God does not promote you, you are not promoted!

God promotes the humble believer who is classified as a grace oriented Christian. Humility is not self effacement or putting yourself down.

Grace orientation comes through applying Bible doctrine, which can also be called cognition of Bible doctrine. Cognition is an act of process of learning or perception, hence, something known or perceived. We do not withdraw from this doctrine under stress, pressure, or adversity.

Divine promotion in the plan of God requires humility, authority orientation, objectivity, teachability, flexibility and grace orientation. All of your thoughtfulness, tenderness, kindness and love in life have to be based on motivation.

Promotion from God begins in spiritual adulthood. No believer is promoted until he or she reaches spiritual self-esteem. Spiritual adulthood has three stages:

  • Spiritual self esteem, which is self confidence.
  • Spiritual autonomy, which is independence.
  • Spiritual maturity, which is invincibility.

When God can promote you, God is glorified. Promotion is always based upon the grace of God, and when God acts in grace, He is glorified. Divine promotion is always fair.

The promoted believer has maximum historical impact in the church age toward people and angels.

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Redeeming Time – A Christian is obliged to make the most of time here on earth, living with eternity’s values in view.

Have the Time of Your Life!

Every day that we live is a grace gift from God. We do not earn or deserve the time that God gives us in life. The only time that we have to honor God in this life on earth is the number of days He provides for us in the Christian life. The fact that we are alive each morning is a sign of God’s grace and faithfulness.

James 4:13-15, “Come now, you who say,”Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Instead, you ought to say,”If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that.

Lam. 3:20-25, “Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me.

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.

The Lord’s loving-kindness indeed never ceases, For His compassionsnever fail.

They are new every morning; Great is Thy” faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.

Every day is given us by God; therefore, every day is very important. A growing Christian thinks of every day as alike and lives one day at a time.

Rom. 14:5, 6, “the man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind.

He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.

Ps. 90:12, “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.

God has provided spiritual assets in the form of Bible truth to make each day count for His glory. Therefore it is important to learn God’s word every day.

Jer. 15:16,“Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

Matt. 4:4,But He answered and said,”It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’

Since there is no suffering in eternity, God can only demonstrate His grace provision for suffering while we are alive on earth. The testing that we undergo gives God the Father maximum opportunity to show His grace provision while we continue to live one day at a time.

2 Cor. 12:7-10, “And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me– to keep me from exalting myself!

Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

And He has said to me,”My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ps. 1:1-3,How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Our time must be used wisely.

Eph. 5:15-17, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise,

making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

1 Cor. 7:29-31, “But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;

and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess;”

and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.

John 11:9,10,”Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.

Do Not Waste Time!

A Christian wastes time when he is out of fellowship and under God’s chastisement also called divine discipline. Every day that you are under God’s discipline is a day that you have lost.

Ps. 102:2-4,Do not hide Thy face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Thine ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly.

For my days have been consumed in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth.

My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.

Ps. 102:23-28, “He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days.

I say,”O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Thy years are throughout all generations.

Of old Thou didst found the earth; And the heavens are the work of Thy hands.

Even they will perish, but Thou dost endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing Thou wilt change them, and they will be changed.

But Thou art the same, And Thy years will not come to an end.

The children of Thy servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before Thee.

Ps. 90:7-9, “For we have been consumed by Thine anger, And by Thy wrath we have been dismayed.

Thou hast placed our iniquities before Thee, Our secret sins in the light of Thy presence.

For all our days have declined in Thy fury; We have finished our years like a sigh.

Consummate human pride also called arrogance destroys a Christian’s ability to profit from the divine provision of each day.

Prov. 27:1, “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Redeem the Time!

It is important to purchase time each day. Eph. 5:15-17 is above.

Days are meaningful and prosperous when there is spiritual growth through learning and applying the word of God.

Ps. 90:14, “O satisfy us in the morning with Thy loving-kindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Jer. 15:16, “Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.”

Matt. 4:4, see above

Each day that God provides by His grace only has meaning as it is devoted to fulfilling the plan of God.

Ps. 34:11-14, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who is the man who desires life, And loves length of days that he may see good?

Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.

Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.

1 John 1:6-9, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Prov. 3:1-2, “My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of life, And peace they will add to you.

A Christian’s day by day life only has meaning as it is related to the principles and doctrines of God’s word.

Prov. 3:13-17, “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding.

For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold.

She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace.

All of the dynamics of daily living are related to Bible truth.

Ps. 25:4-6, “Make me know Thy ways, O Lord; Teach me Thy paths.

Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, For Thou art the God of my salvation; For Thee I wait all the day.

Remember, O Lord, Thy compassion and Thy loving-kindness, For they have been from of old.

Ps. 119:96-102, “I have seen a limit to all perfection; Thy commandment is exceedingly broad.

O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day.

Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine.

I have more insight than all my teachers, For Thy testimonies are my meditation.

I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Thy precepts.

I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Thy word.

I have not turned aside from Thine ordinances, For Thou Thyself hast taught me.

Prov. 23:17-19, “Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the Lord always.

Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.

Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

2 Cor. 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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Mystery Doctrines

The word “mystery” in the New Testament refers to the doctrine which is specific for the Church Age. It is called “the mystery” because there things were never revealed in Old Testament times.

Paul states in Rom 16:25-26, Col 1:25-26 and Eph 3:3-6 that this mystery is now revealed. Especially in the Ephesians 3 passage, he points out that there is no excuse for ignorance. Ignorance of what the Bible says is the greatest occupational hazard for a Christian believer.

Ignorance of the plan of God causes a believer to make wrong assessments in life, to establish wrong priorities, to make wrong decisions, and fail to solve problems correctly. The many New Testament commands to “grow in knowledge”, to “grow in Christ”, to “be edified”, to “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” are pleas by the holy apostles to us Christians to overcome our ignorance with knowledge of Bible doctrine.

The content of the mystery doctrine was first prophesied by our Lord Jesus Christ during His life on earth, in John 14:20 and Acts 1:5-8.

None of the following mystery doctrines were known to the Old Testament writers of Scripture:

  • The baptism of the Holy Spirit with its results
  • The Union of a Christian with Jesus Christ (Positional Truth)
  • The new spiritual organization called the family of God
  • The unique plan of God with its precisely correct procedures
  • The equal privilege and equal opportunity of every Christian to execute God’s plan
  •  Our portfolio of assets, “all blessings in heavenly places in Christ
  • The unique commissioning of Christians as priests and ambassadors
  • The indwelling in each Christian of each member of the Trinity

The main job of pastors, teachers, elders is to communicate mystery doctrines. Communicating Bible truth is the primary focus of the command to elders in 1 Peter 5:2 to “Feed the flock of God which is among you…

1 Cor 4:1, “Let a person regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

1 Cor 2:7, “But we communicate God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden assets which God predestined before the ages to our glory.

1 Tim 3:9, “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

So it is the pastor’s job to uphold the mystery, to inculcate, to repeat and teach the mystery.

Etymology and Historical Context

The Greek word (musterion) means “mystery”. This noun had originally been used in reference to the secrets of ancient mystery cults. Paul used it in technical, theological sense to indicate that the Church Age doctrine was totally unknown in Old Testament times. This noun is generally in the plural, referring to a number of doctrines not known in the Old Testament.

This noun was originally used of the ancient fraternities during the 7th through 4th centuries throughout ancient Greece which employed secret doctrines and secret ceremonies. Only those who were initiated into the fraternity knew the mystery doctrine or their secrets.

Some of the famous mystery cults included Elusis adopted by Athens. Isis, the cult of Egypt, spread to Corinth and included as one of its initiates the famous doctor Opulais. The mystery sorority of Dionysus for women only included dancing, drinking, drugs, ecstatics, madness, lesbianism, ritual shouting, and human sacrifice. The mystery cult of Mythris was for men only; the male worshippers of Sybille castrated themselves in the frenzy of the rites.

The Orphic mystery cults centered around the singer Orpheus; it was adopted as a mystery system called Orphic theology. It emphasized purification, and the means whereby the soul might escape the body and ascend into the realm of the blessed. A tremendous amount of human sacrifice was related to these cults.

The mystery cults of the ancient world were based on Greek, Egyptian, and Roman mythology. Most of these mystery fraternities were related to the gods or goddesses of the underworld like Dimetre, Dionysus, Sybille, Adonis, Isis. They are related to the growth of crops: they die in the winter, come back in the spring. Thus, human sacrifices were offered in the winter so that in the spring everything would come back.

Every Hellenistic fraternity had secret doctrines and cultic rites in which the destinies of the gods were portrayed, and those initiated were supposed to share the fate of these gods.

Therefore, a vocabulary was developed in the Attic Greek.

The Greek word (muew) means to be initiated into the mysteries of the fraternity. This initiation involved teaching someone the secrets and doctrines of the fraternity which were never to be revealed to outsiders. So to be initiated meant to learn so as to pass the test, so that you know what your fraternity stood for.

The Greek word (muste) referred to those who were initiated, to those who persevered until they actually learned all the fraternity doctrine.

The word (mustikos) was used for the secret rites of the doctrines that had to be learned. So all the doctrines were called (mustikos).

The word (musterion) came down into the Koine and is the word used in the New Testament. (musterion) refers to the content of the doctrine, the actual principles and points that had to be learned.

(musterion) was used to describe the false doctrines of these ancient Greek fraternities. But the apostle Paul took this noun away from the Greek fraternities and gnostic cosmology and gave it, under the ministry of the Holy Spirit, a Biblical definition which stands in the Word of God forever. It now becomes a part of our vocabulary.

While most of the attic Greek words remained in the realm of demonism, false doctrine, cults, promiscuity, human sacrifice, yet our noun (musterion) is a Biblical word used twenty-three times in the New Testament. Paul uses it twenty-one times.

Jesus Christ used the noun for the first time when He first presented Church Age doctrine to the disciples in Mt 13:11 and Mk 4:10-11. A parable is a story about some common event designed to teach something. The disciples were trying to understand why our Lord taught in the form of parables. Our Lord answered in Mt 13:11, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them [unbelievers] it has not been given.

Col. 1:26-27; Rom 16:25-26

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Peace of God, and Peace with God

Christian Peace

Peace with God, and the Peace of God

The word peace in the Bible, from the Greek word (EIREINEI), refers to a mental attitude of tranquility based on a relationship with God in the Christian way of life. It is a word which describes the result of a person’s correct response to God’s grace.

The Bible uses peace in two ways. There is personal peace with God which comes when a person accepts Jesus Christ as savior. Then, there is the peace of God which is available on a daily basis as the believer participates in the Christian way of life according to the plan of God.

So, where you find peace mentioned in the Bible it refers either to the reconciliation of a Christian in salvation, as in Ephesians 2:14,17, or to the mental attitude found in the believers described in 2 Timothy 1:7.

Peace with God – Peace in Salvation

Peace with God is never available apart from grace. The cross of Christ is the focal point of grace and is the source of peace. Jesus Christ is our eternal peace.

Romans 5:1Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace removed the barrier and made peace between man and God. So, when the unbeliever responds to grace by faith, the result is peace.

Ephesians 2:14-18 provides a good illustration of how God made it possible for anyone to have peace with God, with special emphasis on the fact that such different people as Jews and Gentiles have a clear opportunity for accepting Christ.

Verse 14 deals with peace as a product of reconciliation. Verse 15 explains that the enmity between God and man, that which we call the barrier, was abolished once and for all. Verses 16 to 18 explain that the enmity has been slain for both Jews and Gentiles so that now those who were near to God, the Jews, and those who were far off, non Jews, have been brought into union with Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Peace in the Christian Way of Life

In our lifetime we can experience peace on a daily basis. When the believer responds by faith to grace, God provides many blessings which can result in great inner happiness.

Isaiah 26:3,4Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.

In the Christian way of life, peace comes through fellowship with God followed by daily growth and advancement in spiritual things which brings stability, a relaxed mental attitude, orientation to the plan of God, occupation with Christ and the ability to employ faith rest principles in all areas of life.

Read Philippians 4:6-9

Peace or tranquility, precedes the enjoyment of prosperity. It is part of the preparation for prosperity. One must have peace to have the capacity for prosperity. God may hold prosperity back until there is the capacity to enjoy it.

Acts 9:31Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied.

Read Jeremiah 29:1-7

Any loss of peace is followed by adjustment to the plan of God. Confession and restoration to fellowship, faith rest a relaxed mental attitude and peace will appear in the new situation from God’s viewpoint and follower of Christ can choose to accept God’s best plan for you.

The man or woman who receive grace and peace from the Lord is in perfect position for spiritual production and reproduction.

Read James 3:13-18

The peace of God is shown through wisdom. The Christian has to choose to follow God’s wisdom which is first pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits which is unwavering without hypocrisy. The Christian can choose to follow the wisdom of the world which is leads to bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder and every evil thing. Choosing God’s wisdom leads to peace in every day decision making. God allows you to make this choice of which source of wisdom to follow every day.

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Negative Volition – Stern warnings to believers “not to walk as other Gentiles walk”.

The Hazards of Negative Volition (-V)

The apostle Paul issued a stern warning to mature Christian believers living at Ephesus when he told them to beware of falling into a state of indifference to, or antagonism to, the word of God. He stated that if they were to become to become negative to the Lord’s teachings, their lives would very quickly become indistinguishable from those of unbelievers in terms of fruitfulness and Christian character.

Ephesians 4:17-19,This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their minds,

having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

From –V to Total Misery

  1. The darkness referred to in Ephesians 4:17-19 begins with a negative disposition (indifference) toward the word of God.
  2. The decision not to follow the scriptures leads immediately to a breakdown in the faith system of understanding divine viewpoint.
  3. There is a cessation in the spiritual growth process; and there is actually a total reversal in progress in the Christian life also called backsliding or reversion.
  4. As a result of the lack of divine viewpoint in the soul, the negative person begins to entertain human standards, human criteria, human doctrine, human programs.
  5. These choices plus the full range of Satanic doctrine, are substituted for the plan of God.
  6. The further result is subjectivity, unhappiness and deep frustration in trying to live by techniques which do not work.
  7. These conditions lead to a frantic search for happiness through details of life such as riches, friendships, possessions, human approbation, personal influence and power, and so forth.
  8. The believer on this treadmill is a slave to these details of life rather than being a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  9. While the believer thus engaged is still in Christ positionally, he is actually no better off that an unbeliever as far as this life is concerned. In fact, he is destined to be far unhappier than the unbeliever, as will be shown in the following paragraphs.
  10. The time, energy and emotional commitments to this person’s search for happiness lead to further isolation from the teachings of the word of God.
  11. He is spending maximum effort trying to find happiness through other means. Thus, the very method for reversing the downward trend is ignored!
  12. During this process, neuroses and psychoses are being developed, aggravated by the self induced misery.
  13. These accompany chronic and unrelieved sins of the mind such as pride, jealousy, envy, vindictiveness, worry, fear, mental adultery, implacability and the like, from which there is no relief outside of the plan of God.
  14. Because of these sin patterns, divine discipline is compounded daily.
  15. This believer has a horrible life composed of (1) his own failures, (2) doubled and redoubled chastisement, (3) his self-induced unhappiness, and (4) the fact that he has no defense against the attacks of Satan and his demons.
  16. His human righteousness has replaced the divine righteousness of God.

But this whole miserable situation is avoidable by returning to a life of living in the Word of God and being occupied with Christ.

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The “Much More” Care of God

There is a great deal more to salvation than eternal life. There is a depth of experience here on earth that is unbelievable to anyone who does not live through it. It is the much more provision concept of personal happiness and prosperity during life on earth for the believer who is occupied with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom. 5:6-10, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

“For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.”

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Matt. 6:25-34,“For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?”

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?”

“And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,”

“yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these.”

“But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?”

“Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’”

“For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

“Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

We are objects of God’s love.

Eph. 2:4, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith He loved us….

Eph. 5:2, “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given Himself for us…

1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us…”

We are objects of His grace.

Eph. 2:8,9, “By grace you are saved…

1 Peter 1:5, “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Titus 2:11, 12, “For the grace of God that brings salvation to all men has appeared, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world,”

We are objects of His power.

Phil. 2:13, “For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

We are objects of His faithfulness.

Phil. 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

We are objects of His peace.

John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives peace, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We are objects of His consolation.

2 Thess. 2:16,17, “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.”

We are objects of Christ’s intercession.

Heb. 7:25, “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.”

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Jealousy is a mental attitude or emotional sin which is characterized by resentment of another person’s accomplishments, recognition, attractiveness, or possessions, or by hostility towards someone else who is believed to be enjoying some advantage.

Jealousy is a common result of the sin of pride, or arrogance. Jealousy can be thought of a part of a collection or complex of sins which begin with pride.

A prideful attitude is the opposite of a grace attitude. A person who is filled with pride is blind to the grace of God. Pride makes a person think of himself with a lofty self-esteem that is far apart from reality, and has a source in some imagined or real superiority to others.

Prov. 14:30, “A sound heart is life to the body; but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.

Jealousy is one of the strongest mental attitude sins.

Prov. 27:3,4, “A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty, but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both. Wrath is cruel (fierce), and anger is outrageous, but who can stand before jealousy?

Pride is synonymous with vanity, which is empty pride in regard to one’s person, attainments, or possessions, coupled with an excessive desire to be noticed, to be recognized, to receive approval or praise from others.

Jealousy, then, is the result of discontent with the blessings, successes, or possessions of other people, or of their attractiveness, or of the attention that they receive.

Jealousy also comes from the fear of losing another person’s friendship or love, a mood that is based on self-centeredness, that suspects that the other person’s love has been diverted to a rival.

Jealousy, then, brings about a frantic competition in love, business or professional life, social life, athletics, as well as in the religious life.

Scriptural Teaching on Jealousy

Jealousy is one result of false teaching.

1 Tim. 6:3,4, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and disputes of words, from which come jealousy, strife, railings, evil suspicions.

James 3:14,16, But if you have bitter jealousy and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth, This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demoniacal. For where jealousy and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work.”

When a person is jealous, he is contentious, and he tries to build up self. To do this, he must lie against Bible truth.

Jealousy rejects Bible teaching.

Acts 13:45,But when the Jews [in Antioch of Pisidia] saw the multitudes [listening to Paul and Barnabas], they were filled with jealousy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

Acts 17:5, “But when the Jews [of Thessalonica] who believed not, moved with jealousy, took unto them certain vile fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city in an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

Jealousy motivates religious people.

Mark 15:9,10,But Pilate answered them, saying, Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews? For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for jealousy.

Joseph’s brothers were motivated by jealousy to sell him into slavery.

From Stephen’s speech: Acts 7:9, “And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy, sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with him.

Jealousy split the nation of Israel.

Isa. 11:13, “The jealousy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

Special offerings were made for jealousy in Israel.

Numbers 5:11-31

Jealousy destroys a persons capacity for personal love for a member of the opposite sex.

Song 8:6,Set me a seal on your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, jealousy is cruel as the grave (Sheol); its coals are coals of fire, with a terrible flame.

Jealousy is self-destructive.

Job 5:2, “For wrath kills the foolish man, and jealousy slays the silly one.

Prov. 14:30, “A sound heart is life to the body; but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.

Jealousy is the trigger for false motivation and discord.

Phil. 1:15-17, “Some, indeed preach Christ even of jealousy and strife; and some also of good will; the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds; but the other, of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.

Here we have human good, a right action produced from a wrong motivation, jealousy. Arrogance creates this false motivation and competition. Pettiness is closely related to jealousy.


Jealousy is a major function of self-righteousness and arrogance; therefore it is a major factor in Christian backsliding and degeneracy. Jealousy causes a Christian to develop a system of legalism or false spirituality, to set himself up as a role model for what Christianity should be, then to try to get others to accept their model of false self-identity.

While jealousy is part of the pride complex of sins, it generates its own suite of sinful reactions, including: bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, ambition, competition, verbal sins, and revenge tactics.

Jealousy is a system of self-justification. You cannot solve your problems when you are trying to justify yourself.

The filling of the Holy Spirit cannot co-exist with jealousy; they are mutually excusive. Therefore, jealousy keeps a person from glorifying Christ.

Jealousy is a discontent with the blessings of successes of other people, a resentment of other people for what they have received. Therefore, it is total selfishness and is incapable of love. Love and jealousy are mutually exclusive.

Jealousy is tyranny, in that it comes from an attitude of possessiveness of another person, and therefore stifles the other person’s volition. Jealousy destroys freedom because it intrudes upon privacy.

The Solution to Jealousy

Occupation with Christ is the ultimate problem solving device regarding pride and jealousy. [Refer to the notes on Occupation with Christ}

Prov 8:11, “The respect for the Lord is to hate evil, to hate pride and pride and the evil way. And I hate a perverted mouth.

Daily attention to the techniques of the Christian Way of Life will give you a grace mental attitude that becomes more and more free of jealousy as you grow in Christ and in the knowledge of His Word.

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The Importance Of Doctrine

A Christian’s desire for the Truth, the Word of God, must be avid. A believer must give the highest priority in his life to learning Bible facts and principles. There are many examples in the Bible of the great effort made by people of God to obtain truth.

John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

Matt. 6:28-34

Psalm 119:72The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.”

Psalm 119:127, 162.

Prov. 23:23Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction and understanding.

Psalm 86:11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth; unite my heart to fear thy name.”

Examples of Eagerness for Truth

Temple worshipers in the time of Christ: Luke 21:37,38

Samaritans: John 4:39-42

Cornelius: Acts 10:30-33

Bereans: Acts 17:10-13

Col. 1:9-13, 21-23; 2:1-8

Eph. 1:17-23; 3:14-19; 4:11-16

Reasons Why Bible Teaching is Important

The Bible is the only source of knowledge of how to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no such thing as “love at first sight” in spiritual things. The believer must get to know Christ very well, and this requires the daily intake of knowledge about Christ through the Word of God, which is “the mind of Christ.”

I Cor. 2:16 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Phil. 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto his death.

John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keeps not my sayings; and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”

Daily Bible study leads to occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ, a daily walk with the Saviour.

Heb. 12:2,3 “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Bible doctrine, learned under the faith principle of applied teaching, produces confidence during the believer’s lifetime.

2 Cor. 5:6-8 “Therefore, we are always confident, knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, and not by sight). We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

See also Job 5:24-27

The Bible is the only source of God’s viewpoint.

Isaiah 55:7-9 “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Bible doctrine is the basis for orientation to God’s plan during the believer’s lifetime.

Isaiah 26:3,4 “The one who is steadfast of mind thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in thee. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting rock.”

Bible knowledge produces sanity and stability of mind. It is very important to get the Word of God into the mind before the times of pressure come. It is not too likely that an unstable person will respond to the Word of God. God’s deals with the pressures of life using “preventive maintenance”.

James 1:8 “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Bible doctrine is the basis for divine guidance.

Romans 12:1,2 “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Without the Word of God, the believer’s mind will be corrupted by Satan and will become a repository of world-viewpoint and false teaching.

2 Cor. 11:3 “But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

Eph. 4:17-25

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