Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Unstable in ALL his ways.....

James 1:8--A double minded man is unstable in ALL his ways.  This is one of my favorite scriptures to describe what I see going on in our culture today, particularly in the body of Christ, which believes they can waiver between two opinions.  The proper translation bears me out on this.

A double minded man
- The word here used, δίψυχος dipsuchos occurs only here and in James 4:8. It means, properly, one who has two souls; then one who is wavering or inconstant. It is applicable to a man who has no settled principles; who is controlled by passion; who is influenced by popular feeling; who is now inclined to one opinion or course of conduct, and now to another.

Is unstable in all his ways
- That is, not merely in regard to prayer, the point particularly under discussion, but in respect to everything. From the instability which the wavering must evince in regard to prayer, the apostle takes occasion to make the general remark concerning such a man, that stability and firmness could be expected on no subject. The hesitancy which manifested on that one subject would extend to all; and we might expect to find such a man irresolute and undetermined in all things. This is always true. If we find a man who takes hold of the promises of God with firmness; who feels the deepest assurance when he prays that God will hear prayer; who always goes to him without hesitation in his perplexities and trials, never wavering, we shall find one who is firm in his principles, steady in his integrity, settled in his determinations, and steadfast in his plans of life - a man whose character we shall feel that we understand, and in whom we can confide. Such a man eminently was Luther; and the spirit which is thus evinced by taking firmly hold of the promises of God is the best kind of religion.

The "Body of Christ" has become so captivated by the trappings of the world that they have come to believe they can participate in the things of the world with no consequence.  Where did that come from?  When did the Disciples of Christ begin to believe that what they do, where they go, and what they watch and listen to has no effect on them?  Do you remember that little song we used to sing as kids, "Oh be careful little eyes what you see....?  As children we were trained, and then trained our children, that what you put into your soul makes a difference on who you are and on your testimony.  Jesus warns us in Luke 12:1 to be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, He calls it hypocrisy. 

If we are to have influence in this world we must "come out from among them".  No, that doesn't necessarily mean move to a mountain top in Tennessee and cut off all connection with the outside world.  It does mean, however, don't do what they do, don't feed your soul what they feed their soul, and don't trust in whatever they trust in.

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