Before you begin your Bible study, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, be sure you have named your sins privately to God the Father.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [Known, Unknown and Forgotten sins] (1Jn 1:9)
You will then be in fellowship with God, Filled with God the Holy Spirit and ready to learn Truth from the Word of God.
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth. (John 4:24)
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES OF TRUTH
Vocabulary is absolutely essential to ALL THOUGHT: you cannot think without words! Vocabulary may be classified as either technical or non-technical, but by definition all categorical subjects are technical. Every occupation or professional sphere of life — medicine, philosophy, law, engineering, music, art, science, military, etc. — requires its own technical language. Every invention, every scientific or technological advance originated in a specialized field and necessitated the formation of new terminology.
The same Principle is true in the categorical study of the Bible. It is impossible to advance in the knowledge of the Word without the development and use of descriptive categories from a technical vocabulary. Yet, when confronted with unfamiliar nomenclature, many believers immediately criticize or reject this terminology, either because it is new to them or because they fail to understand it. It must be remembered that much of the Biblical expository teaching today reflects the stylized and limited expressions of Reformed Theology, which date back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and which may well have had the same unfavorable reception then.
Because of the philological changes in the English language, many of these terms have since become meaningless, and there has been little attempt, to replace the traditional terms or to establish suitable Theological designations that relate to the contemporary mind. It has been one of the aims of this ministry to take up the slack in this respect and to develop a meaningful technical vocabulary with which to expedite categorical teaching.
Throughout this book, I will refer to technical categories of Scripture which are basic to the study of reversionism. To comprehend what is being communicated; we must become familiar with these specialized terms. If you have ever been told that you can advance Spiritually simply by reading a chapter a day from the Bible, you have been completely misled. No believer is capable of completely understanding the Word of God by reading the King James or any other version! If you were competent to interpret the Word on your own, there would have been no necessity for the Spiritual gift of pastor-teacher. Both the communication of the content of the Scriptures by the pastor and the assimilation of Truth by the positive — God the Holy Spirit-filled believer; are a necessity for Spiritual comprehension and growth. The mechanics that lead to this objective is called “Operation Z”
In grace, God has provided the means by which every believer can understand the whole realm of Scripture and advance to Spiritual maturity, regardless of education or human IQ. As in any learning situation, however, the student must begin with the simple Precepts and develop a frame of reference and vocabulary before he attempts to assimilate the more complex Spiritual Thoughts. Failure to comprehend a Thought often indicates a lack of the necessary background or vocabulary to grasp its significance. All Biblical Thoughts are meant to be understood; however, in any given passage there may be “addition,” “number theory,” “geometry” and “calculus,” which must be mastered before the believer can fully-comprehend the “equation” of the Passage. The Divine Plan is so designed that you learn all of these Doctrines Precept by Precept, through Operation Z. (Eccles 7:27)
When, by the filling of God the Spirit, you take in Truth on a daily basis through exegetical, categorical and isagogic teaching, ICE. God the Holy Spirit makes this information understandable.
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God has supplied us with everything for learning His Word: The completed canon of Scripture, a pastor-teacher, books, the MP3 player, the DVD player and now the Computer, the filling of God the Holy Spirit, rebound, (1Jn 1:9) the human soul, the human spirit, physical life, Spiritual life and protection in the devil’s world. (Isa 41:13) These grace provisions are part of the grace apparatus for perception, which is “Operation Z.” To summarize, the believer filled with God the Holy Spirit, (1Co 4:20) concentrates on the pastor’s message, resulting in gnosis, “Knowledge,” in the mentality of the soul. The mentality has two parts: the human spirit or right lobe, God's Knowledge, and the kardia, “heart.” or left lobe, human knowledge. (Jer 17:9) And is the home of gnosis; the right lobe is the repository of epignosis, “Full Knowledge.” (Eph 3:19) Gnosis in the left lobe is receptive comprehension: “academic knowledge” which is not usable for application in the Spiritual life. A believer may be able to quote many Verses or talk at length about many Biblical subjects, but if his knowledge is only gnosis, it is not edifying. Academic arrogance can exist in Theology as easily as in any other field of learning. (1Co 1:19-21; (1Co 2:14; (1Co 3:19-20; (1Co 8:1) If Truth is not believed, or not understood or not used, it is removed! (Matt 13:19-23; Luk 8:11-15) The application of gnosis is misapplication, and the Word misapplied generates legalism, inflexibility, insensitivity, intolerance, pride and arrogance. (Heb 3:12; Heb 4:2) The believer clearly perceives a point of Doctrine and now faces the issue of faith: does he, or does he not believe what he has learned? (Prov 3:5-6; Matt 7:7-11) If he believes: that Truth is transferred to the right lobe and becomes Spiritual Thoughts and Spiritual Words! (1Co 2:13) By means of faith, it becomes genuine understanding of Divine Thoughts. (1Co 4:20) Only God's Thinking can be applied as Spiritual Wisdom and Spiritual common sense. (2Co 10:5) Epignosis is also the building material for the edification complex, (The Temple) of the soul. (1Co 3:10-14) The process of transferring the Truth from the heart to the spirit is faith-perception. Truth always has the merit; we who believe IT do not!
According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [Salvation] Now if any man builds on the foundation [Growth to Spiritual maturity] with gold, silver, precious stones, [God's Thoughts] wood, hay, straw, [Satanic and human thoughts] each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, (Mark 9:49) and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. (1Co 3:10-14)
REBOUND, RECEPTION, RETENTION, RECALL, RESIST SINNING, REPEAT!
According to, (Jas 1:22) you are at this point a “hearer of the Word” only. You may be able to recite all the Reasons for the Church Age, and you may know every characteristic of the Millennium, but as long as this knowledge remains in the staging area of the soul as objective information only, it has no real value to your Spiritual growth or application to experience. To be usable toward Spiritual maturity, Truth must be transferred by faith into the human spirit where it is converted into Spiritual Thinking.
While the meaning of epignosis (Spiritual Thinking) is generally said to be “full knowledge,” this word actually becomes a descriptive technical designation for a Concept or a category. Formed from two Greek words — epi, “over” or “beyond,” and gnosis, “knowledge” — “over or beyond knowledge” is Truth that is understood and believed and has therefore been transferred by faith to be processed in the human spirit. (1Co 2:12) Epignosis is the building material for the construction of the “edification complex” (Temple) in the soul. From the human spirit, Truth is also cycled into the right lobe to enter the frame of reference with its memory center; here, the application of Truth actually begins.
As epignosis Thinking filters from the frame of reference into the conscience, Divine norms and Standards accumulate. The vocabulary, from which Concepts are formed, plus the norms and Standards of Truth, shape the Divine Viewpoint of life and fulfill the Principle of “bringing every Thought into captivity for Christ.” (2Co 10:5) At this stage, you possess Wisdom; the application of Truth to experience. You now become a “doer of the Word”!
EDIFICATION COMPLEX OF THE SOUL
In compliance with the Command to “grow in grace, [Fellowship] and in the knowledge [Spiritual Thinking] of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2Pe 3:18) The first objective of the Christian life is the construction of the edification complex in the soul. (ECS) I have coined this term from the literal meaning of “edification” in the Greek. A compound word composed of the noun oikos, which means a “house” or “structure,” and the verb demo, “to build” or “to erect,” oikodemos describes an immaterial “Temple” constructed of Truth in the soul of a Spiritually mature believer! (Heb 13:10)
From the foundation of Spiritual Thoughts in the human spirit, a seven-story superstructure is erected in the soul:
(1) The Faith Rest Drill; (Thinking with the Promises, Doctrines and Commands of God)
(2) Grace Orientation; (The proper perspective of your place and purpose in the Plan of God)
(3) Doctrinal Orientation; Mastery of the details of life. (The right scale of values regarding Truth, people, circumstances, self and things)
(4) Personal love toward God; Capacity to love God as a Reality.
(5) Impersonal love for ALL mankind; A relaxed mental attitude, which is freedom from mental sins and a stabilized attitude toward other members of the human race.
(6) Inner happiness; (Termed “plus-H,” or sharing the happiness of God: a total spectrum of happiness which is not dependent upon things, people, self, circumstances or people)
(7) Occupation with Christ; is Personal love for our Lord Jesus Christ through maximum metabolized Scripture circulating in the stream of consciousness by means of the filling of God the Holy Spirit.
These seven “floors” form the inner structure that characterizes a Spiritually mature believer. (Eph 4:13-14)
Truth cannot be applied to its optimum capacity apart from the edification complex in the soul and the resultant Spiritual maturity. This Principle is verified in, (Rom 15:2; (1Co 14:12; Eph 4:29) for the edification of the Church, that is, believers with Truth in their souls, is stated as the supreme goal in the Christian life. Constructed through the function of Operation Z, to furnish the believer with stability for every circumstance in life, the ECS, (Temple) becomes the backbone of the soul and the bridge to Maximum Spiritual maturity.
The Adult Spiritual life
The moment you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation, you become a member of the royal family of God forever, (Gal 3:26) and you immediately advance from “saving grace” into that phase of the Christian life called “logistical grace” — the means by which God protects us and keeps us alive in the devil’s world. (2Pe 1:3) This is God’s provision of the temporal necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, air to breathe, and transportation, as well as the Spiritual requirements for assimilating Truth. These include the church as a classroom and or the computer, CD, MP3, etc. The Bible as the textbook, and a pastor to study and teach the Word of God. Every item of logistical grace is supplied so that we can move into that greater sphere of grace, the adult Spiritual life and the mature Spiritual life.
Although a completed edification complex indicates Spiritual maturity, it does not indicate that you have once and for all “arrived.” You never stand still in the Christian life! Either you progress into ultra-maturity and beyond, or you begin to retrogress into reversionism, depending on whether or not you continue to function under Operation Z. As the initial stage of Spiritual maturity beyond the edification complex and as the tactical victory of the angelic conflict, the mature status is the normal Christian life, the normal exercise of the believer’s royal priesthood, and the place of glorifying God. The nomenclature is derived from the literal Greek of (Jas 4:6) “But He gives greater grace.” [Spiritual Maturity]
The believer who continues to progress beyond Spiritual adulthood will pass through “no-man’s-land,” a period of intense pressures and rigorous testing, before he reaches maximum maturity, the most advanced stage of Spiritual growth. This status is characterized by continual maximum satanic and human opposition. But because the ultra-mature believer is totally Occupied with Christ, these concentrated cosmic pressures only serve to intensify his happiness. The mantle of opposition is offset by Divine blessings! The ultra-mature believer not only glorifies God but pleases Him as well. (Prov 29:3)
ADJUSTMENT TO THE JUSTICE OF GOD
The essence of God is the key to all blessings. His integrity, often called His holiness, is composed of two attributes from the essence of God — righteousness and justice; righteousness as the Principle motivation of His integrity, justice as the function. What the righteousness of God demands, justice executes. Omnipotence makes it possible for the justice of God to provide both blessing and cursing, but God’s essence cannot be compromised. God’s righteousness must be satisfied, therefore, His justice must curse sinful man. In order for God to bless us through grace, we must adjust to His justice first by believing in Jesus Christ and thereby receiving the imputation of God’s righteousness. (Rom 3:22)
By its very definition, justice is fairness; therefore, since we cannot adjust to God’s justice on the basis of our own merit or works, God always makes it possible for us to adjust on the basis of His merit. This provision is threefold: the instantaneous adjustments of Salvation and rebound, and the gradual adjustment of Spiritual maturity and or Spiritual growth.
The crowning demonstration of God’s justice was the Cross, where our guilt was transferred to Christ and all personal sins — past, present and future — were once and for all judged in Him. The judgment was total. Everything that justice demanded against us was poured out on Jesus Christ; who took the place of the entire human “race” (1Jn 2:2) Satisfied by the effective sacrifice of Christ, the justice of God is now free to pardon anyone who, through non-meritorious positive volition, adjusts to His justice by believing in Christ. (Acts 16:31) On the other hand, God is also free to condemn to the Lake of Fire those who by their own volition reject the saving work of the Cross and thereby fail to adjust to His justice. (John 3:18-21; John 3:36)
Since God did not compromise His justice in providing Salvation, we may be sure that He will never violate His own integrity at any point; thus, He will always be fair to us throughout our lives as believers on earth. Although we have eternal life, we nevertheless continue to possess our old sin natures, and we will continue to be tempted to sin as long as we live in this world. (Rom 7:22-25) Every time we choose to function under the old sin nature by committing a sin, we are maladjusted to God’s justice. Rebound, however, provides instantaneous restoration to fellowship with God and recovery of the Filling of God the Holy Spirit. (1Jn 1:9; (1Co 11:31) This is the initial temporal adjustment to God’s justice. When we simply acknowledge a sin privately to God, His justice is free to forgive us because that sin has already been taken to court and judged at the Cross. (Col 2:14)
Spiritual growth is gradual adjustment to the justice of God; and Spiritual maturity is maximum conformity with and dependence upon His justice. Hence, God is free to bless the mature believer. God’s fairness will not permit Him to bless us in time; unless we have the capacity of soul to appreciate the blessings and, more important, the One who blesses! How do we develop capacity? Again, God provides everything necessary. As in Salvation, non-meritorious positive volition toward Christ is the mechanics, but this time the object is Truth. God’s justice demands that we adjust to the Reality of His essence and His Plan through the consistent, daily function of Operation Z; under the Filling of God the Holy Spirit.
The believer who seizes and holds the high ground of Spiritual maturity receives the blessings of two special sections that were written into the Plan of God specifically for him.
And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the Word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. (Mark 4:20)
Included in “blessings for time” are five categories of blessings: first, Spiritual blessings of Occupation with Christ, sharing the happiness of God, capacity for life and love, and the inner resources from Truth to meet every exigency of life.
Second, there are temporal blessings of promotion, success, wealth, and various areas of prosperity — social, sexual, economic, cultural, mental, technical, military — as well as leadership dynamics.
Third is blessing by association for those in the periphery of the mature believer.
Fourth are historical blessings to the nation, which means that a mature or ultra-mature believer becomes the Spiritual Atlas holding up his generation of history.
Fifth, when a Spiritually advanced believer makes the PCS, (Permanent change of station) from time to eternity, he crosses the high golden bridge of dying grace and is blessed by a period of great happiness prior to or coterminous with dying.
On the other side of the bridge, the Spiritual adult believers receive their second section — the surpassing grace rewards and blessings over and above the normal blessings of eternity.
That in the approaching ages [Eternity] He might demonstrate His surpassing grace riches in generosity toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:7)
When a believer possesses, Spiritual Self-esteem, (Thirty) Spiritual-Autonomy, (Sixty) or Spiritual Maturity, (Hundredfold) capacity; God can pour out fantastic blessing by which He is glorified in time and eternity. Spiritual Maturity is a marvelous goal to reach. Here, you reap what God sows, not what you sow. On the other hand, the believer in reversionism reaps what he sows — self-induced misery and Divine discipline. Moreover, reversionism eliminates the special blessing sections both now and in the future. (Heb 3:10-12) Exactly what is reversionism?
DEFINITION OF REVERSIONISM
Many terms in fundamentalism have been used to describe reversionism, such as “backsliding” and “falling away from God,” but these terms have failed to fully define the Concept.
Reversionism is maladjustment to the justice of God. For the unbeliever, the basic maladjustment is rejection of Salvation. For the believer in carnality; it is failure to rebound, (1Jn 1:9) and continue in the sphere of Spiritual growth. (Prov 1:23) Maladjustment is reversionism, a state of Spiritual decadence brought on by rejection or neglect of the Word of Truth. When a believer fails to grow Spiritually or recedes from any stage of the partial or completed edification complex or the status of adulthood, it is evidence of reversionism. Consequently, reversionism is the condition of the believer who is negative toward Truth and refuses to function under Operation Z. As a result, he remains in a state of carnality, (Out of fellowship with God through failure to confess sin) and is therefore under perpetual Divine discipline! (Rev 2:22-23) Mankind must either adjust to the justice of God, or the justice of God adjusts to him in cursing or punitive action. (2Ch 21:14-15)
Reversionism and evil are actually two sides of the same coin. Evil is what the reversionistic soul thinks; (Satan's thinking) reversionism is the condition of that soul. In both believer and unbeliever, reversionism is a revolt against God and or His Plan. For the present, the discussion will be confined to the believer’s reversionism.
EVIL (Is motivation) AND SIN (Is function)
It is important that we recognize certain Biblical distinctions which relate to the subject of reversionism. First and foremost, we must differentiate between evil and sin. Although Satan is the author of both evil and sin, (John 8:44) they are not substitutable. Evil encompasses the entire thinking of Satan as the ruler of this world and reflects his motivation: Evil is Satan’s thinking! Sin is part of his and evil's function! But evil also includes the function of the old sin nature as the sovereign of human life.
While it is true that evil involves sin, the Word of God makes a distinction between them because of their differing treatments at the Cross: personal sins were imputed, while human old sin nature morality and evil were not imputed. Sins were judged, morality and evil were rejected. Morality and evil could not be imputed to Christ because they must remain an issue throughout the angelic conflict. Sin is the product of the old sin nature, when the Law of God is transgressed and results in carnality. Evil also originates in the sin nature, but it is essentially a system of thought by which Satan seeks to capture and control the soul. (2Ti 2:26)
Evil is applied in the human race through the intensification of sin; and or moral and immoral degeneracy! Whenever one or both disrupt or adversely affect an entire system or society, they become evil! When even legitimate good deeds (That are performed out of fellowship) are parlayed into a system that stifles Truth; Divine establishment or the Spiritual growth of an individual, the “good” turns to evil. Satanic evil, therefore, is the total inclusion of human ability, human talent and works on the one hand; and it is the total exclusion of Virtue and Truth on the other!
A believer can be carnal as a mature believer or as a reversionist; but in reversionism, he falls under the influence of evil and becomes entangled in Satan’s thinking. Every believer sins, (1Jn 1:8-10) but not every believer is a reversionist or under the influence of evil. Only when his failure to rebound becomes a pattern, preventing the intake of Truth, does the negative volition of the believer end in reversionism and conformity to satanic policy. (1Sa 28:7; Gal 2:14)
CARNALITY AND REVERSIONISM
The distinction between carnality and reversionism parallels the contrast between Spirituality and Spiritual maturity — the absolute versus the proportional. At any given time, a believer is either Spiritual or carnal. Both are absolutes in which either God the Holy Spirit or the old sin nature controls the soul. Spiritual Maturity and reversionism, on the other hand, are relative conditions of the soul that vary according to Spiritual growth or Spiritual decline. All reversionists are carnal; but not all carnal believers are reversionists. The carnal believer is under the influence of the old sin nature: the reversionistic believer is under the influence of evil (Satan's thinking) as well as the old sin nature! While the carnal believer can be positive toward Truth, the reversionistic believer is always negative toward Truth.
Although a relative Concept, Spiritual growth has an influence on the believer’s absolute status. Growing believers run the gamut from Spiritual infancy to adolescence and Spiritual maturity. Any believer, the mature as well as the adolescent or Spiritual infant, can be carnal. In carnality, the advancing believer is out of fellowship for a relatively short period; he recovers quickly by rebound and moves on. The reversionistic believer, on the other hand, perpetuates his carnality indefinitely by repeated failure to rebound. He thus intensifies the carnality through the various stages of reversionism until he gravitates into the sphere of maximum discipline; the sin unto death; and is removed before his time without benefit of dying grace. (1Jn 5:16) He recovers only through a change of attitude toward Truth and the renewed function of Operation Z.
Under the Concept of Spirituality, a believer in any stage of growth may be filled with God the Holy Spirit through the application of. (1Jn 1:9) However, the baby, devoid of the necessary Truth in his soul, is controlled by God the Holy Spirit only a minimum amount of time and shows little or no evidence of Divine Virtue and production in his life. (Gal 5:22-23; Eph 5:9) As the believer matures and achieves a balance of residency, in which the filling of God the Spirit and the residence of Truth eventually complement each other in his soul; there will be harmonious Divine production manifest in all areas of his life!
You should be warned that it is possible for a mature believer with an edification complex well established in his soul to completely lose his Spiritual status and succumb to reversionism. But just as the ECS was not built in a day, so reversionism does not occur overnight. Rather, it is a gradual process, usually imperceptible at first to the one involved. It becomes imperative, therefore, that we examine in depth the various stages of reversionism. Although they frequently overlap, the stages must be isolated for analysis.
STAGES OF REVERSIONISM
As a believer, we can either respond to circumstances, things, self, people or Truth, or you can react to them. You may be extremely susceptible to reactor factors in life, such as disillusion, (False expectation) self-pity, boredom, loneliness or frustration. These factors might occur in every believer’s life at one time or another. You can meet them head on with Truth or you can react to them. Reaction sets in where there has been a haphazard or indifferent attitude toward Truth, or even when you have simply been unable to understand what is being taught.
Reaction creates a veritable “Pandora’s box” — a productive source of troubles! The reaction period of reversionism has both primary and secondary phases. Disillusion is often the initial challenge to confront the soul. Basically a reaction to people, disillusion gives rise to personality hang-ups with, for example, members of the congregation or the pastor, as you begin to think, (Real or imagined) that they have let you down. If you react to these circumstances, (Truth, people, things or self) you become discouraged and withdraw from those who have disillusioned you or depart from the church entirely.
This hypersensitivity and lack of objectivity leaves a void in your life and invariably leads to boredom or the inability to cope with loneliness. Unchecked, it activates secondary reactive forces — frustration, self-pity, and the accompanying mental attitude sins of jealousy, bitterness, pride, implacability, vindictiveness, a guilt complex, etc. These trigger Operation Vengeance or the attempt to build your happiness on someone else’s unhappiness through gossip, maligning or bad-rapping. When this negative attitude prevails in a congregation, objectivity and true worship are destroyed.
The reaction stage can include all manner of distractions, even such bona fide-pleasures of life as entertainment, family, social life, health and business. These distractions become detrimental when they lure the believer from the routine of consistent intake of Truth. The reactor factors are persistent snags to the believer in Spiritual infancy. While the mature believer may experience one or more of-these attitudes from time to time, he overcomes them quickly; but the immature believer is often overpowered by them. If reaction characterizes your pattern of life, you can safely conclude that you are not yet in the area of Spiritual maturity!
The presence of any one of these types of reaction in your life is your first warning signal to intensify your intake of Truth. If you ignore the warning and, in effect, blame your circumstances on Truth or use it an excuse to remove yourself from all Bible teaching, you will only compound your problems and embark on a frantic search for happiness.
FRANTIC SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
As an antidote to the reactor factors, the frantic search for happiness becomes compensation, (Honest in one area, to fulfill the lusts in other areas) escapism and “accepted solutions” for the problems of loneliness, boredom or frustration. The frantic search can be a stimulus for either, Operation Lasciviousness (Self-indulgence) or Operation Asceticism, (Self-denial) depending on the trend of the old sin nature. Although one trend may appear to be more respectable than the other, both are equally devastating!
The sin nature has trends toward sin, morality and evil. Which trend dominates at a given period in your life is often influenced by your background. For example, if you have been reared in a legalistic Christian home, you will lean toward asceticism, for any tendency toward lasciviousness will have been repressed. Should your environment have been more on the liberal side, the trend could be toward lasciviousness. However, reaction to your environment can alter this common pattern.
The greatest danger of these trends lies in their deceptiveness: the ascetic is often misconstrued as a Spiritual giant, whereas the lascivious type is explained away as an unbeliever. Furthermore, the trend toward asceticism generally leads to a false emphasis on experience, in which Christian service for example, is construed as Spirituality or even Spiritual maturity. If you are in this bracket, you will go for the legalistic “victorious life” conferences with their “faggot-on-the-fire” gimmicks and one-shot decisions. Or you will become involved in works programs, false Spirituality, tabooism, discipleship, pseudo-love and social action. You will succumb to a desire for the emotional stimulation of super-experiences, like the holy rollers and their pseudo-tongues, which are at best energy-of-the-flesh works, and at worst satanic and evil. Indeed, many of these signal the first entrance of evil in reversionism.
Under the trend toward lasciviousness, you may take the road of drunkenness, debauchery, chasing, sexual promiscuity, perversion, drug abuse and or crime. Whatever direction you choose, your search for the Utopian paradise becomes the alternative to the daily function of Operation Z. This search always results in self-induced misery!
The failure to assuage the reactor factors and to achieve the desired happiness only causes the initial reaction to be intensified. When you lack true capacity for life, which for the believer comes only from the Word of Truth, and seek happiness through some other means, your attempt will inevitably backfire in an escalation of the reactor factors that initiated the misdirected search for pleasure. In other words, frustration becomes greater frustration; discouragement becomes depression; loneliness becomes gloominess. You lose your common sense and operate only on emotion! Thus, the nightmarish search for happiness boomerangs and leads to a fourth stage in the process of reversionism, where Spiritual factors enter the picture.
EMOTIONAL REVOLT OF THE SOUL
By the time you move into Operation Boomerang, evil is expanding in the soul, and the first signs of Spiritual revolt appear. God’s order is reversed, and the emotion no longer functions as the appreciator; but as the dictator of the soul.
Just as God created the man to rule the woman, with Truth; (Gen 3:16) so He has designed the right lobe filled with Truth to dominate the soul. (Prov 2:10-13) Under this Concept, the right lobe is analogous to the right man, while emotion is comparable to the right woman. As the right woman responds to her right man, so the emotion is intended to respond to and appreciate the content of Truth in the right lobe!
While all normal people possess emotion, the stimulations which elicit individual responses vary. For example, I always respond emotionally to beautiful music, like “Dixie” or “The Eyes of Texas,” but this emotion is simply a response to music already in my frame of reference.
Emotion in itself is empty; (No ability to think) it is entirely dependent on knowledge resident in the right lobe. Since emotion contains no Doctrinal content, no mentality, no character, no norms and Standards, no common sense, it reflects the character of that to which it responds. If the right lobe Thinks Truth, the emotion responds with appreciation for Truth and the Divine Viewpoint; the result is great capacity for life! However, if the emotion responds to the old sin nature, it rejects the authority of Truth; and comes under the influence of the sin nature.
In the ancient world, the functions of the soul were described in terms related to various parts of the body. For instance, emotion is illustrated by the Greek words splagchnon, rendered “bowels” in the King James Version but meaning “intestines”; koilia, “belly”; and nephros (kiljah in the Hebrew) which is literally “kidneys” but usually translated “inward parts.” (Lam 3:13) Just as the kidneys are destroyed by reflux from the bladder, so the emotion is corrupted by revolt from any of the old sin nature’s three trends, whether, by mental attitude sins or by human old sin nature morality, or by some involvement in evil.
Emotional revolt of the soul; is equivalent to fornication of the emotion with the sin nature and with the satanic policy of morality and evil; the true function of the emotion is reversed. In a state of revolution, the emotion begins to dictate to the right lobe. Instead of a “responsive woman,” the emotion becomes a “bossy female,” and a monster is created in the soul; also in a marriage and if there is a large amount of people and families in this condition; the nation is destroyed! (Lam 3:42-48)
Once the emotion assumes the role of aggressor, it not only becomes a tool for the old sin nature but loses all capacity for life and replaces happiness with the misery spectrum. Even though the believer may have accumulated-a great deal of Truth, under emotional revolt; the function of Truth in the soul is neutralized! This was the case with the Corinthian believers who, although they had the benefit of four great Bible teachers, they resisted Truth and suffered from it. (Prov 8:33-36)
Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. [Sentimental and emotional lust pattern of the old sin nature] (2Co 6:11-12) This is the correct mental attitude. I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your Commandments. [Thoughts] (Psa 119:131)
They were in emotional revolt. Believers who are controlled by their emotions or use them as the criteria for the Christian life are disoriented, reversionistic and apostate. They are not living according to God’s Plan for their lives. (Rev 2:23) As Truth is neglected or rejected, Christendom becomes increasingly apostate; and emotional activities become the order of the day. Christian experience must be based on Scripture; otherwise, it is merely “experience.” The Christian life is designed for optimum blessing and Spiritual dynamics, but people in emotional revolt are seeking a “rosy glow,” or pseudo-blessing, from hyper-emotional experiences. Frequently they become suckers for such movements as the “charismatic” heresy or various organizations outside the church that offer no provision for Spiritual growth. Believers with such chaos of soul become first-rate troublemakers, and other believers are Commanded to separate from them.
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions [Problems] and hindrances contrary to the Teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; [Old sin nature] and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. (Rom 16:17-18)
For the believer, the power and dynamics of life reside only in Spiritual Thinking. Apart from Truth permeating the soul, there can be no capacity for loving God, no capacity for life, happiness or love in any area. When you turn your back on Truth, you cause an avalanche in your soul which no emotional experience in the world can halt and you have had it! Emotional revolt of the soul, or Spiritual anarchy, paves the way into the fifth stage of reversionism: the believer’s negative volition toward Truth.
NEGATIVE VOLITION TOWARD TRUTH
While negative volition toward Truth is present in every stage in the downward plunge of reversionism, it now appears as a full-blown revolt. In the beginning, negative volition is characterized by apathy or indifference to Bible teaching and at this point is frequently as subtle as tuning out a subject that is familiar and thus tedious to you. You shrug it off as needless repetition.
Subject matter can be a primary reason for indifference. There are literally hundreds of Doctrinal Themes in the Bible. Some may be of interest to you; others may bore you. Some may be so contrary to your background that you will react in violent disagreement. Yet all of them are profitable for instruction in righteousness, (2Ti 3:16) and the command to the pastor-teacher is to communicate the entire realm of Truth. This demands exegetical teaching of the Word Verse by Verse, Chapter by Chapter, and Book by Book! (Isa 28:10)
A second cause for negative volition pertains to antagonisms or personality hang-ups with regard to the pastor and his authority. The Spiritual gift of pastor-teacher provides the ability as well as the authority to communicate Truth; it does not include what you might consider to be the “pastor profile.” Most people think of a pastor as a stereotyped personality — a kindly, self-effacing, pious individual who always makes the right noises, whatever the occasion. This engenders the erroneous concept that in order for a pastor to be properly prepared, he must assume a certain image. Unfortunately, the cinema has generally broadcast this myth by casting some spineless model of sweetness and light as the minister.
There is no standard personality for the pastor. The fact that God uses many dissimilar persons can be demonstrated by the apostles, who are a study in vivid contrasts. Peter, for example, was impulsive and overhasty; John, aristocratic and reserved; Thomas, intellectual and humanistic. Paul’s personality was characterized by forcefulness, sarcasm and brilliant skill in the communication of Truth. There was also a wide variation in vocabulary, presentation and use of idiomatic expression by these individual teachers of Truth.
If you have been accustomed to hearing the Bible taught in a certain manner, you will always expect it to be presented that way. You may be shocked to hear some pastor articulate in common “Koine English.” However, the main concern is that he fulfills his responsibility by communicating Truth accurately yet within the framework of his own personality. Your personal preferences are never the criteria for the proper function of the pastor. The issue for you is, does he have the Spiritual gift of pastor-teacher, and does he expound the whole realm of Scripture? This is one reason why the filling of God the Holy Spirit in the function of learning is so important: it helps us to concentrate on the message without becoming entangled with the personality of the pastor.
A third cause of negative volition is antagonism or personality conflicts with other members of the congregation. You might attend church regularly yet still be negative because you are jealous or bitter or competitive concerning someone in the fellowship. Your absorption of Truth always suffers when you are hung up with mental attitude sins toward other believers.
A fourth problem resulting in a delinquent attitude is failure to utilize the grace provisions, which include assembly in a local church and application of the rebound technique. Even when you are present at class and positive toward learning Truth, it is impossible to assimilate the Word unless you are filled with God the holy Spirit. (1Co 2:14) You accomplish this by confessing your known personal sins privately to God in accordance with. (1Jn 1:9)
A Fifth explanation for a lack of response to Truth is failure to recognize the Source of prosperity. With many people, difficulty and adversity are the only reinforcers for attending Bible class. When the pressure subsides and prosperity surfaces, these believers disappear until another catastrophe brings pain and suffering. Then, distraught and frustrated and aware at last that the only solution is Truth, they scramble back to class. Unfortunately, however, prosperity or lack of it becomes their gauge for determining whether or not they need Truth, and this on-again, off-again type of thinking develops into a syndrome of inconsistency, instability and the erroneous conclusion that Truth really does not work. Prosperity should never become an excuse for departing from Truth — the very basis by which you enjoy prosperity! Your capacities to appreciate everything worthwhile in life depend on Truth in the soul; therefore, the more prosperous you become, the greater should be your desire for Truth!
The sixth reason for rejection of Truth is disorientation to the many facets of logistical or living grace. God graciously supplies all the Spiritual-and-temporal provisions you need in order to remain alive, to take in Truth and to grow in grace even in the devil’s world. Negative volition to Truth inevitably results in failure to appreciate these temporal and Spiritual assets.
Seventh, the malfunction of the faith-rest technique can lead to negative volition. If under adversity or testing you fail to remove roadblocks or hang-ups in the soul, you will be unable to apply Truth; because the hurt and or temptation is more real than the Word.
Eighth, if the details of life (Food, sex, money, entertainment, human security or job etc.) are more important to you than Truth, then obviously you will be too preoccupied to avail yourself of Bible teaching. (Matt 13:20-22; Luk 8:13) Your time and energies are immersed in the push toward sex, success, status, wealth or power, to the total exclusion of Truth. The allurement of pleasure, which may be anything from hobbies and sports to social life, can also take the place of Bible class. Your friends or family may drag you away. Even health and climate can be used as excuses: you don’t feel well; the weather is too good (A perfect day for golf!) or too bad. (You will be rained out or snowed in!) In other words, any detail of life, no matter how pleasant or innocent, that takes precedence over Truth eventually spells disaster! Once entrenched, unchecked negative volition catapults you into the final stages of reversionism.
BLACKOUT OF THE SOUL
The blackout of the soul is produced directly by the malfunction of Operation Z through willful rejection of Truth, and indirectly by the believer’s participation in the previously described stages of reversionism. By definition, blackout is that reversionistic state in which the left lobe of the mentality, (The nous) devoid of Truth, is attacked directly by evil thoughts, concepts and ideas.
In the mechanics, negative volition toward Truth opens in the left lobe a vacuum called mataiotes in the Greek. Translated “futility” in, (Eph 4:17) mataiotes is a technical word which must be related to the context. In this case, since it pertains to the soul, the term refers to emptiness in the soul. Into this void are drawn those thoughts which are contrary to the Divine Thoughts. Satanic propaganda, the “thoughts, doctrines, and teaching of [From] demons,” (1Ti 4:1) and every distortion and human viewpoint of life are sucked into the soul. Demons function as a kingdom of darkness, through the old sin nature, (Eze 38:10; Eph 5:11; Eph 6:12; Col 1:13) and is therefore transferred into darkness of the soul!
When satanic thoughts or evil moves to the right lobe (The kardia) and corrupts the entire thought pattern, the BELIEVER is under demon influence. (1Ti 6:8-10) Since the body of the believer is permanently indwelt by God the Holy Spirit, he can never be demon-possessed. However, the infiltration of evil into the believer’s soul is in some ways more devastating than the demon possession of an unbeliever. The cover of evil in the soul renders the believer incapable of using the Divine viewpoint. Objectivity is blacked out in every area of life, from the Spiritual Principles of Scripture to the laws of Divine establishment, and is replaced by subjectivity, confusion, instability and frustration.
The most destructive people in the world are believers in reversionism. Their thinking is under the influence of evil, (Satan's thinking) and is totally distorted. In the Spiritual realm, subjective thinking is expressed in such activities as blaming God for adversity, or taking one or all of the escapism routes in life, such as alcohol, food, drugs, social life, entertainment, and or fornication etc. It manifests itself in the inability to maintain a relaxed mental attitude of love toward anyone, extreme inconsistency, obsessive-compulsive and even paranoid behavior. In the realm of establishment, subjectivity is the basis for all the ivory-tower liberal operations: world peace and disarmament programs, pseudo-love and universal brotherhood propaganda, “the greatest good for the greatest number,” social action to aid the downtrodden, unrealistic schemes that promote the Welfare State.
When the blackout of the soul reaches the right lobe or heart, scar tissue begins to form in the soul — the seventh stage of reversionism.
SCAR TISSUE OF THE SOUL
Synonymous with “hardness of heart” in Scripture, scar tissue develops from the influence of evil on both the left and right lobes. Blackout of soul originates in the left lobe; scar tissue, in the right lobe; from there, they spread throughout the soul. As scar tissue accumulates, Operation Mataiotes draws false Truth (The Word twisted) ever more rapidly into the left lobe, which exerts increasingly greater pressure on the right lobe.
You might imagine, for the sake of illustration, that the right lobe contains a number of valves for the intake and distribution of Truth. In the frame of reference there are two valves, one on each end of the memory center. One feeds into the chambers of the conscience where the norms and standards reside; the other enters the vocabulary storage for the development of the ability to Think with Truth. Next door to this is categorical storage, which retains Ideas and Concepts by means of expanded and technical vocabulary. This system of valves connects all the storage areas, by way of the memory center, to the launching pad where Divine Viewpoint is applied to experience.
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When the effects of the blackout of the left lobe reach the right lobe, these valves freeze so that Truth can no longer circulate in the soul. This means that Truth cannot be fed into the vocabulary; categories wither; norms and Standards degenerate. The ability to utilize the frame of reference as a source of Thinking evaporates, and there is no Divine Viewpoint on the launching pad for application in the believer’s life. Without the influx of Truth into the right lobe, all Spiritual functions are paralyzed. Truth in the subconscious mind is abandoned. Reversionism closes the door so that this information is no longer available for application or growth. (Matt 13:12) This is the prelude to the sin unto death. Scar tissue and the sin unto death are companions!
Hardness of heart becomes the curse for both the believer and the unbeliever. There are numerous illustrations in Scripture of unbelievers and believers who departed this life under the Principle of scar tissue of the soul. Amenhotep II, the Pharaoh of the Exodus, hardened his own heart through constant resistance to Truth (Exo 7:22; Exo 8:15, Exo 8:32; Exo 9:34) Although he was repeatedly exposed to the Truth from Aaron and Moses by both word of mouth and spectacular demonstrations of God’s power, still Pharaoh remained calloused toward grace. With negative volition toward the Gospel, a vacuum was created which-adsorbed demon doctrines into the left lobe. The result was blackout-of the soul, the wasting away of all Spiritual information in the right lobe and finally, hardness of heart that eventually became irreversible. (Rom 2:5; (2Co 4:3-4)
At that stage, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart in the sense of sending His Word and allowing him maximum opportunity to resist grace. (Exo 9:12; Exo 10:1) The purpose of permitting Pharaoh to exhibit such vigorous rejection was the evangelization of the world in his generation. (Rom 9:17; cf. Exo 9:16) Each time the obstinate Pharaoh expressed his hardness of heart, a unique and extraordinary manifestation of God’s omnipotence awed unbelievers who heard the Gospel; and were motivated toward a positive response. One of the best-documented conversions was that of Rahab the prostitute who, in distant Jericho, came to know the Lord as a result of Pharaoh’s stubbornness. (Jos 2:10-11)
The Jews of our Lord’s Day, including Judas Iscariot, (Matt 27:3-10) followed the same pattern as the Pharaoh of the Exodus. They repeatedly rejected their Messiah, despite the overwhelming evidence of our Lord's identity, which was clearly revealed in His Messages, (John 7:46) in His fulfillment of Prophecy (John 1:45) and in His miracles. (Mark 6:52; John 12:37) Each time they rejected the Savior, the hardness of their hearts became more complete until they were locked in total reversionism. Consequently, the majority of that generation remained in unbelief as their nation went into the Fifth cycle of discipline!
HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM. (John 12:40)
In quoting from, (Isa 6:9-10) the Lord made it clear that while the Old Testament prophet was addressing himself to his contemporaries, his message applied to all people in every age who rejected Salvation and or growth to Spiritual maturity. “He has blinded their eyes” is a description of the blackout of the soul the opening of the mataiotes and the attack on the left lobe. “Hardened their heart” in the Greek means “scar tissue” or “calluses” — the attack on the right lobe as the inevitable result of blackout in the left lobe.
Thus, following the classic reversionistic pattern, the Jews on the whole had reacted toward Christ with mental attitude sins of resentment, jealousy and hostility. They became disillusioned because He did not immediately establish the Messianic Kingdom by defeating their enemies and resolving their national grievances as Prophesied in the millennial Passages; they willfully hastened down the road of reversionism. Their own stubborn volition blinded them to the Truth. They could neither understand nor respond to the ministry of our Lord on earth. Instead of accepting grace, the Jews continued to bow to the tyrannical legalizing of their religious leaders. They refused the Light, (John 12:36) and accepted the darkness of reversionism; their resultant scattering was a just and due punishment!
Scar tissue among believers is perfectly illustrated by the Meribah incident. At this desert camp, the Israelites complained and revolted against the Lord’s provision during their wilderness journey. (Exo 17:1-7) All the reactor factors were present, particularly disillusion, (When we do not get what WE expected) discouragement, frustration and self-pity. The Jews did not know enough Truth to cope with these problems, and their reaction spearheaded a frantic search for happiness which later culminated in Operation Golden Calf. (Exo 32:1-8) The rebellious Jews were annihilated on the spot when, upon his return from Mount Sinai, Moses broke the tablets of stone, demolished the golden idol and forced the offenders to drink a concoction of their own evil! (Exo 32:19-28)
The combination of the first two reversionistic stages and the Jews’ blatant disrespect for the authority of Moses continued to afflict those still alive. Ignoring the warning discipline and judgment near Sinai, they too suffered blackout of soul and hardness of heart until finally, at Kadesh-barnea, many of them had completed the full cycle of reversionism, which they expressed by denying God’s ability to bring them into the Land. (Num 14:1-11) Divine discipline quickly overtook the stubborn Jews, and many were killed by the Canaanites when the Israelites defied God’s Command — this time, His order that they were not to enter the Land. (Num 14:40-45) After thirty-nine years of desert wanderings, the chapter closed on that disobedient, stiff-necked generation when they all eventually died the sin unto death. (Num 14:31-37) Only the Spiritually mature believers; Caleb and Joshua remained to launch the next generation on the successful conquest of the Promised Land.
“Hardness of the neck” is a term for negative volition and hardness of heart, but they emphasize insubordination against Divinely established authority, to the point of revolution. (2Ki 17:14; Jer 7:26-27; Jer 19:15)
But they, our ancestors, acted arrogantly; they hardened their necks, [Revolution or rejection of authority] and would not listen to Your Commandments. [Bible Teaching] Therefore they refused to listen, and they did not remember Your wonderful deeds which You performed among them. Therefore, they hardened their necks and appointed a leader to return them to their slavery in Egypt... (Neh 9:16-17)
Hardness of the neck is also related to evil.
Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent You all my servants, the prophets, daily rising early and sending them. Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but hardened their necks. They did evil more than their fathers. And you [Jeremiah] shall speak all these Words to them, but they will not listen to you and you shall call to them, but they will not answer you. (Jer 7:25-27)
You shall say to them, This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or accept correction; Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.
Because they rejected God's Thoughts, they came under the influence of evil! (Satan's thoughts) Evil is often accompanied by certain types of sin, but sin in itself does not tear down what Truth has built up in the soul of the believer. Since sin was judged at the Cross, the problem of carnality is quickly solved by the rebound technique; (Isa 55:7) evil, on the other hand is something that we think; that can totally block our effectiveness as believers! Yet the distinction between sin and evil has been obscured in our apostate generation.
The wages paid by hardness of heart are threefold: “strong delusion,” which is actually a blending of: blackout of the soul, hardness of the heart, (2Th 2:10-12) and the continuation of reversionism, resulting in the practice of reverse process reversionism; (2Co 11:3) and intensified Divine discipline, eventuating in the sin unto death. (1Jn 5:16)
REVERSE PROCESS REVERSIONISM
The eighth and final stage in the descent into reversionism is characterized by the total influence of evil rather than of Truth, and the substitution of God’s Plan for Satan’s plan. The way of thinking of a believer in reverse process reversionism cannot be distinguished from that of the unbeliever!
By definition, “reverse process” means to face in the opposite direction, to change or reverse a judgment of a criticism, to appear in an upside-down position by a reversal of objects. Related to the Word of God, reverse process reversionism is the reversal of the objects of the believer’s affection on one hand and scorn on the other, in other words, reverse process reversionism manifests itself when the reversionist rejects that which he should love and loves that which he should reject. (Rev 2:4) All true values are pushed aside and priorities are reversed.
In the mechanics, the reversionistic believer experiences a reverse process in regard to the true objects of his love or affection in love. He becomes infatuated with counterfeit-objects of love compatible with his distorted Spiritual condition. Instead of Personal Love, directed toward God, the reversionistic believer seeks personal glory; instead of Occupation with Christ in Personal Love. He also cultivates personal, hypocritical and superficial acquaintances, rather than true love for God and fellowship with other growing and or Spiritually mature believers. (Prov 13:20) Under this process, the bona fide object of love or fellowship becomes the target of indifference, hatred, bitterness, cruelty, implacability, maligning, judging and revenge tactics, while inconsequential people become the recipients of attention, flirtation, social or sexual advances, etc.
To the believer who is in total reversionism and is obsessed with self-gratification, the rightful object of affection or love is unimportant.
Pride and blind arrogance render the reversionist susceptible to flattery. The male reversionist readily assumes that he is God’s gift to women. The more inflated his ego, the more easily he can be deceived so that even a dumb woman can wrap a very smart man around her finger! In his arrogance, such a man becomes entangled with an inconsequential woman. He may be of little significance to her, but blinded by approval lust, he believes what she tells him because it is exactly what he wants to hear! A woman in reversionism also follows the reverse process. She gives her attention or even her body to some other man, while she ignores or scorns her true love.
The Jews of Jeremiah’s day practiced reverse process reversionism toward God and toward their right man or right woman. Immersed in the idolatry of the phallic cult, they transferred their love for the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of Israel, to Baal, whose evil worship involved degenerate sexual abuses. A similar situation existed with the Corinthian believers, who demonstrated their reverse process reversionism when they rejected the Apostle Paul as their right pastor and communicator of Truth in favor of the Judaizers the false apostles, and teachers. (2Co 11:4) The Corinthians lavished their wealth and affection on the Judaizers but heaped criticism, maligning, animosity and cruelty on Paul. They paid the Judaizers a large salary; Paul received not one penny! (2Co 11:7)
I have presented the stages of reversionism separately; in order to portray the major aspects of Spiritual retrogression in a logical sequence. Chronologically, however, these factors in the downward process overlap and intertwine to form an intricate fabric of degeneracy, each one of us, in his own way!
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isa 53:6)
THE PROBLEM OF SCAR TISSUE IN EPHESUS
To illustrate these Principles, I have selected a passage from Ephesians, chapter 4. The chapter outline is simple: verses 1-16 depict the royal family on the road to Spiritual maturity; verses 17-19 describe these believers on the road to reversionism; and verses 20-32 teach reversion recovery. Our study will focus on verses 17-24, in which Paul launches his admonition to these tottering believers in the Ephesian complex of churches.
This, therefore, I explain and testify [Make an emphatic demand] by means of the Lord that you all no longer continue walking just as also the Gentiles [Reversionistic unbelievers] keep walking by means of the nothingness [Vacuum] of their mind. (Eph 4:17)
The demonstrative pronoun, “this,” draws attention to his message regarding the serious problem of apostasy and reversionism. The use of the verb marturomai, “testify,” with lego, “say” or “explain,” strengthens this warning, and introduces an emphatic demand that they discontinue “walking” according to the thinking of the reversionistic society in which they lived. Paul then establishes the Source of his warning and confirms his apostolic authority by the phrase, “by means of the Lord.” “Gentiles” is technical nomenclature to designate unbelievers. Believers in reversionism are always easily influenced by other believer or unbeliever reversionists in their periphery.
“In the nothingness [Mataiotes] of their mind” indicates the stage of reversionism they have reached. As we have seen, mataiotes is a vacuum that forms in the soul after negative volition becomes the consistent mental attitude. This vacuum sucks false Biblical and non-Biblical thoughts (Evil) into the nous, which generally refers to the left lobe, though in this context it applies to both the left and right lobes.
Having become darkened in their way of thinking, [Blackout of soul] having become excluded from the life of God [The Spirit and Truth] because of the ignorance [Of Truth] which keeps on being in them, because of the hardness [Arrogance] of their heart. [Soul and spirit] (Eph 4:18)
The perfect passive participle of skotizo, “darkened,” followed by the present active participle of eimi, “having,” means literally, “having become darkened.” Of their own free will, the Ephesian believers had produced the action of the verb (Active voice) and have, as a result, received (Passive voice) darkness — blackout of the soul. The intensive perfect tense recognizes that-reversionistic stages one through four have already occurred, while five through eight are just now developing.
The Greek word dianoia (Thinking) confirms that this darkness is in the left lobe. The Kittel’s Theological Dictionary states: “that dianoia can be used as an alternate for nous.” And further explains the meaning of dianoia in terms of thought as a function: “the activity of thinking; the ability to perceive; a way of thinking.” When a person thinks only with his left lobe, (Human reality) he becomes subjective. (All of your experiences that determine how things appear to you) And corrupt thinking, (2Co 3:14; (2Co 4:4; (2Co 11:3) replaces objective Spiritual Thinking. The darkened perception adequately describes the blackout of Truth in the soul.
As the Word of Truth is excluded from the activity of thinking, the mentality of the soul is thrown open to twisted thinking, false standards and a perverted false viewpoint of life. The result is reversionism, manifested by subjectivity, (Emotion ruling Truth) pseudo-sensitivity, soul fainting, (Heb 12:3) frustration, unhappiness, a frantic search for happiness, slavery to the details of life, scar tissue and reverse process reversionism.
It follows that the believer whose thinking has become darkened will inevitably be in a state of alienation (Apallotrioo) from God. Used only three times in Scripture, (Eph 2:12; Eph 4:18; Col 1:21) All three apply to the unbeliever and or believer with a blacked-out soul.
“The life [zoe] of God” — Spiritual life — denotes a Concept of life related to Truth. In our passage it is linked to the Spiritual growth and progress that God provides for believers through Truth. Notice that alienation from this Spiritual life is not the result of any misbehavior or sin, but of ignorance of Truth. Agnoia, “no knowledge,” and arrogance is the root of all failure in the Christian life. (Rom 2:5) It is a perfect description of a believer who is suffering from blackout of the soul. There is never a legitimate excuse for ignorance of Truth. By providing the grace apparatus, God anticipated everything that would be necessary to make Truth available and easy to learn. We simply supply the positive volition!
If the problem of blackout of the soul stems from ignorance of Truth, then obviously the solution lies in Understanding. To go from ignorance to knowing requires a process found in a Greek verb related to agnoia: metanoeo and its cognate metanoia. Traditionally translated “repent,” this word actually expresses: the change in the mental attitude toward Truth. To recover from any of the eight stages of reversionism, the believer must change his mind about the importance of the Word of Truth in his life. However, no one-shot decision will do the trick! Such a change “of mind” requires a continuous series of positive decisions to take in Truth in spite of distractions, hindrances or increasing pressures. (Eph 3:16-21; Eph 4:11-16; Heb 6:1-6)
If Divine warnings are repeatedly ignored, if no change of mind occurs and if blackout of the soul continues, then the right lobe becomes crippled by the insidious advance of scar tissue. Hence, the last phrase of (Eph 4:18) “because of the hardness of their heart,” portrays the reciprocal action between hardness of heart and blackout of soul. Porosis actually means “hardness” and represents the paralyzing buildup of scar tissue in the right lobe.
The devastation of soul which negative volition, blackout and scar tissue produce is illustrated in the next verse.
Who, [Reversionists] while having become calloused [With scar tissue] have betrayed themselves to promiscuous debauchery, resulting in the practice of every kind of fornication the sphere of insatiable lust. [Intensified frantic search for happiness] (Eph 4:19)
Once in a state of callousness, (Apalgeo) or total lack of sensitivity, the reversionist moves in one of three directions, depending on the current trend of his old sin nature. He may be guilty of blind arrogance and the accompanying mental attitude sin activity, as characterized by Hymenaeus and Alexander in. (1Ti 1:19-20; (2Ti 2:16-17) He may take the route of extreme nonindulgence or he may accelerate his quest for happiness, as in our context, and commit himself to sensuality.
In its intensive stage, this headlong rush for happiness results in self-betrayal, in which inner-misery triggers the desire for overt stimulation, stated in this Verse to be aselgeia, “sensuality.” This Greek word encompasses all forms of promiscuity; adultery, fornication, debauchery, seduction, rape, lewdness, and such sexual perversions as incest, bestiality, homosexuality and autoerotism.
Sexual expression in the right man-right woman relationship is a gracious gift from God that not only preexisted the Fall but continues even though mankind is in the state of sinfulness. It can still be a basis for true happiness. Nevertheless, when a reversionist whose soul is covered with scar tissue faces a reactor factor like frustration, any sexual activity for him will inevitably be empty. But promiscuity or sexual perversion only adds to the scar tissue! When sex fails to produce the happiness for which it was properly designed, the reversionist becomes further frustrated and resorts to other forms of escapism, such as alcohol, drugs or even the more desperate extreme of suicide.
“The practice of every kind of impurity” refers to promiscuity and denotes all types of mental and overt fornication. The addition of pleonexzia, “with greediness or insatiability,” conveys the insatiable lust which only becomes worse in the futile pursuit of pleasure!
(Eph 4:17-19) actually describes the interaction between the stages of reversionism. Scar tissue and blackout of the soul intensify negative volition, the frantic search for happiness and the reaction syndrome. These, in turn, reinforce the scar tissue and blackout of the soul. It is extremely difficult to free oneself from this maze of Spiritual anarchy, yet the Word of God never presents a negative situation without offering a positive solution. The next four Verses outline the conditions for recovery from scar tissue of the soul and reversionism.
THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING TRUTH
Any remedy to a Spiritual problem must be associated with the Word of God; therefore, learning Truth is paramount as the only answer to reversionism.
But you, members of the royal family of God. [Church Age believers] have not been taught Christ in this manner. (Eph 4:20)
The conjunctive particle de, translated “but,” sets up a contrast between their present practice of reversionism and the alternative — the Plan of God regarding the function of Operation Z. Members of the royal family of God should be self-disciplined in the constant intake of Truth so that they are advancing up the road to either Spiritual self-esteem and or Spiritual maturity. This passage reveals the royal family at its worst: negative believers, in Ephesus and throughout the Roman province of Asia, trapped in a reversionistic tailspin. The verse implies that their condition is strictly the result of their own defiant attitude of disobedience to the Word of God and insubordination to their Royal High Priest, Jesus Christ.
Indeed, this was not the manner in which they were taught! The verb manthano relates the process of learning; to the categorical instruction from a pastor, and it is employed as a technical term for the academic study of Scripture. Since the correct and accurate teaching of the Word of God discourages any phase of reversionism, neither Truth nor the pastor-teacher can be blamed for anyone’s reversionistic status. The responsibility lies squarely on the unruly volition of the reversionist himself. In other words, there is no excuse for reversionism! The accusative case of direct object, coupled with the definite article, ho Christos, is literally “the Christ” and relates all Truth to Him. He has established not only the system by which Truth is communicated but also the content of Truth to be taught. To reject Truth — the “mind of Christ” (1Co 2:16) — is to renounce the authority of Christ.
Inasmuch as you had begun to hear Him, and had been taught by Him, since the Truth is in Jesus. (Eph 4:21)
While verse 20 focuses on the communicator, verse 21 directs our attention to the receiver. Believers “hear” Christ through their own God the Holy Spirit-filled concentration on the pastor’s teaching of Truth. The system of Operation Z is the method by which Christ communicates today to the believer-priest in the royal family of God, and the pastor-teacher is the Lord’s representative in the teaching function of Operation Z. That the believers in Ephesus had been previously taught is affirmed by the aorist passive indicative of the verb didasko. Counterparts, didaska and manthano encompass the entire system of Biblical indoctrination: manthano denotes learning under authoritative, categorical instruction; didasko refers to communication by monologue, to a group under strict academic discipline in the classroom of the local church or some other means, the computer, MP3 etc.
The phrase, “since the Truth [Aletheia] is in Jesus,” again stresses that Truth has its source in Christ and is the very Thinking of Christ. To place themselves back under manthano and didasko is, therefore, essential if they are to remove the scar tissue that constricts the soul!
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF REBOUND IN RECOVERY
That with reference to your former manner of life, [Way of thinking] you put off [Lay aside through rebound] the old man, [Human reality] which is being corrupted [Depraved] according to the lusts of deceit. [Reversionism] (Eph 4:22)
Depending on the context, the “former manner of life” can refer to the thought pattern typical of either a believer or an unbeliever. In this instance, it describes believers in carnality or in reversionism. Lengthy negative volition and carnality without rebound have placed these believers in the final stages of reversionism, a status from which they can escape only by first utilizing rebound.
Rebound or confession of sin, (1Jn 1:9) is essential to any type of recovery in the Spiritual life. As the key to the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in the believer, rebound sets in motion the system of learning; and is therefore prerequisite to advancement in the Christian life. “Put off” is the aorist middle infinitive of the compound verb apotithemi, “to take off,” used in the figurative sense of laying aside or ridding yourself of something obnoxious. What the believer must lay aside is that deadly distorter of the soul, identified in the next phrase as palaios anthropos — the “old man” or “the old sin nature's way of thinking.”
In order for God the Holy Spirit to execute the Christian life in the believer, the sin nature's thinking must be cut off! While the sin nature can never in this life be eradicated from the soul, certain of its functions can be instantly halted by the rebound technique and more consistently nullified; by Thinking with Truth and staying in fellowship!
As one of the designations for the old sin nature, the term “old man” links carnality with its origin at the Fall of man. It is in fact “as old as the Fall!” Totally corrupt and depraved, the old sin nature contains a many-faceted lust and thought pattern which can become a source of motivation when the sin nature controls the soul. (Eph 2:3) These range from approval and power lust to sexual and materialism lusts.
Because reversionists are carnal virtually all the time, lusts are woven into the pattern of reversionism and are called in this verse “lust of deceit.”
...Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes. For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. [Think with Truth] He plans [Thinks] wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil. [The old sin nature's way of thinking] (Psa 36:1-4)
In other words, a believer in reversionism fires up the lust activity of the old sin nature, which must be controlled before Doctrinal intake can resume.
THE RESUMPTION OF OPERATION Z
And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind. (Eph 4:23)
The continuative usage of the particle de, “and,” indicates a logical progression toward recovery from the reversionistic deterioration outlined in the previous verse. When the “old man” has been brought under control by rebound, the next step is to reestablish. The present tense of ananeoo, “to be restored,” is the iterative present, a tense of repeated action, which describes that which recurs at successive intervals. It refers to the consistent exercise of, the intake of Truth, by means of God the Holy Spirit.
And put on the new self, [New Spiritual species] which in the likeness of God has been [And being] created in [Imputed and experiential] righteousness and holiness [Integrity] of the Truth. (Eph 4:24)
There are three infinitives in (Eph 4:22-24) which describe the process of dissolving scar tissue in the soul in reversion recovery: (1) the aorist middle infinitive of apotithemi in verse 22 — to lay aside the old sin nature by the rebound technique: (2) the present passive infinitive of ananeoo in verse 23 — to operate consistently under the reception Principle; and (3) in verse 24, the aorist middle infinitive enduo — to construct or reconstruct the edification complex in the soul.
In contrast to apotithemi, “to take off” the old man, we now have endue, “to put on,” or literally, “to clothe yourself” with the new man. Kainos is “new in species” rather than in point of time; and when linked with anthropos, “man,” it indicates that the real person is located in the soul. Consequently, to become a new person, there must be a transformation on the inside! (Matt 23:26) However, this change must be “according to the Standard of God.” And what is God’s Standard? THE WORD: Truth! Through Truth and God the Holy Spirit, order is brought out of chaos, and the soul can begin the process of reconstruction. (John 4:23) The Holy Spirit and Truth create the Temple in the soul! The completion of the Temple: means full recovery from the control of the sin nature and or reversionism; and is the believer’s entrance into the mature Christian life! The once-crumbling edifice in the soul is restored “in the sphere of absolute righteousness.” [Dikaiosune]
While the believer is filled with God the Holy Spirit; or in fellowship with God, he is in a status of absolute righteousness, the actual “sphere of righteousness.” Experiential righteousness is maximum time and growth in the Spiritual life. There must be righteousness in the soul by way of imputation and growth before there can be righteousness in the life by way of application. Thus, dikaiosune means the total fulfillment of Spiritual progress and adjustment to the justice of God! Experiential righteousness is the nobility of the Christian life; hence, members of the royal family of God are expected to live up to their royal status.
Without the filling of God The Holy Spirit and maximum Truth applied to our Thinking; there can exist only a relative righteousness, which is self-righteousness at best, and legalism or religion at worst! The perfect balance of Truth in the soul and the filling of God the Holy Spirit changes righteousness into experience. This balance prevents the superimposition of pseudo-righteousness, (Legalism) over grace righteousness. (Grace Orientation)
“And true holiness,” kai hosioteti tes aletheias, is literally “devotion to Truth.” In the Greek, “true” (Aletheia) is a noun rather than an adjective. Arndt and Gingrich define aletheia as “the embodiment of knowledge and Truth, especially the content of Christianity as the absolute Truth.” The derived meaning, then, is maximum Spiritual Thinking in the soul and human spirit of the believer! Ignorance of Truth, (Eph 4:18) must be replaced by Thinking with Truth. (Eph 4:24) How do you know when you are on the road to Spiritual maturity? You love Truth above all else; you cannot survive without it, even for one day. Truth becomes your very life! (Job 23:10-12)
THE PRINCIPLE OF REVERSIONISM
You reversionists have become a casualty [Ineffective, useless, neutralized] from Christ, whoever are being justified [Vindicated] by means of the Law. [Energy of the old sin nature] You have drifted off course from the grace. [God’s Plan] (Gal 5:4)
This verse in the original text begins with a good Texas expression; “Y’all.” Addressing the reversionists in Galatia, Paul declares them to be “casualties from Christ” in the angelic conflict. The verb katargeo has several connotations in the Greek: “to be useless, powerless, unprofitable, nonproductive, ineffectual, null and void.” In other words, the believers had become neutralized as far as their effectiveness in the royal family of God was concerned. The constantive aorist of katargeo indicates that the Galatians had declined through seven stages of reversionism and were tottering on the brink of the eighth — reverse process reversionism. Each stage carries its own characteristic of ineffectiveness, and as a believer retrogresses, his Spiritual dynamics and production decrease proportionately.
The tragic flaw of the Galatians was legalistic reversionism. They were trying to be vindicated on the basis of the outward ceremonies of Mosaic Law. (Luk 11:40) Although they had been saved by grace, (Gal 1:6; Gal 2:16) they were now adding the works of the Law to the non-meritorious gift of Salvation. The Judaizers had slipped into town behind Paul and sold the Galatian believers a fraudulent bill of goods: “Believe in Christ and be circumcised! Believe in Christ and keep the Law!” But the Mosaic Law was never intended to be an instrument of Salvation or the Spiritual life. While it reveals the sinful condition of man and directs his attention to his need of Salvation, it can neither save nor provide Spirituality. (Rom 7:14) The non-efficacious works of the Law would be equivalent today to joining or giving money to the church, being baptized, feeling sorry for sin, giving up something you enjoy in order to obtain Salvation or Spiritual status. Anything and everything thought or done apart from the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Truth! (John 4:24)
The very meaning of the word justification (Present passive indicative of dikaioo) means a total grace function. God found a way in His justice through the mechanics of the Cross to vindicate sinners. Justification; a judicial act of God whereby at the moment of Salvation He imputes His own perfect righteousness to the believer, and is based on the fact that God must keep His essence uncompromised and intact. God does not love us on the basis of whether we are good or bad, moral or immoral. He loves us because He has credited His own righteousness to our account — because of Christ’s work on the Cross! Man’s works have no part in God’s work. God cannot change His nature to accommodate Himself to you or to me; nor can He compromise His integrity by a mushy, sentimental love that takes no cognizance of sin. In order to be true to His righteousness and justice, God must pronounce a penalty on sin: “The wages of sin [Adam’s original sin] is [Spiritual] death.” [Imputation of Adam’s sin to every old sin nature] (Rom 6:23) Yet “not willing that any should perish,” (2Pe 3:9) Jesus Christ voluntarily became “sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2Co 5:21) Christ paid the penalty of sin by His own Spiritual death as He bore our sins in His body on the Cross. (1Pe 2:24)
The righteousness of the Father was propitiated, or satisfied, by the impeccability of Christ’s humanity as He hung on the Cross, and the justice of the Father was satisfied toward us by the Spiritual death of Christ. Because the penalty for sin has been paid in full, the justice of God is free to pardon and to vindicate the sinner who accepts His saving grace by believing in Christ. But He is equally free to justly condemn all who reject the Divine provision of Salvation. In spite of the continued presence of the old sin nature in the soul, God credits to the believer’s account His own righteousness. Regardless of his subsequent behavior or Spiritual status.
The Galatian believers received the only true justification at the point of their Salvation; yet in their reversionistic thinking, they did not recognize the efficacy of God’s grace. By adding their own works, they have taken the road of legalistic reversionism and Paul tells them, “You have fallen from grace” The aorist active indicative from ekpipto means “to fall away from,” or “to drift off course.” This nautical analogy implies that they had departed from the charted sea-lanes — God’s Plan for their lives — and were heading toward the shoals of disaster — the sin unto death. (Gal 5:4) The culminative aorist of ekpipto emphasizes the results of the constantive aorist of katargeo: they had become powerless and had therefore drifted off course they had moved in the opposite direction from grace. To stay on course requires that the believer function daily under Operation Z. To drift off course is rejection of Truth, which leads to reversionism.
Now although the Galatian believers were legalistic and reversionistic, they had not lost their eternal life. They had failed to appropriate the grace provision from God for the Christian life and had become nonproductive. The same grace Principle not only produces, but sustains and advances the Spiritual life of the believer. Ultimately, all reversionism is the rejection of grace. The grace course mapped out by the Divine Planner is designed to glorify Him: from saving grace to logistical grace; through logistical grace to Spiritual adulthood; from Spiritual adulthood to Spiritual maturity; and across the high golden bridge of dying grace into surpassing grace. This is sailing into the sunset of glory! At some point, the Galatians disregarded the Divine compass and were caught in the swirling currents of the reversionistic maelstrom!
THE DISCIPLINE OF REVERSIONISM
THE PRINCIPLE OF DISCIPLINE
The renegade believer who persists down the disastrous path of reversionism is subject to ever greater Divine discipline with each stage of his decline. Divine discipline is the sum total of punitive measures by which God judges and corrects the believer. In the final analysis, it is the justice of God adjusting to the erring believer and represents the alternative to blessing. Technically, discipline, or correcting, refers to punishment for the believer in time only, while judgment usually designates the punishment of the unbeliever in eternity. (John 3:18) During Phase Two, Divine discipline is imposed for two reasons: carnality and reversionism. In the sphere of carnality, the discipline is temporary and canceled by the rebound technique. (1Co 11:31) However, if after rebound the suffering is neither removed nor diminished, its purpose is simply converted from cursing into blessing. (Job 5:17-18) On the other hand, Divine discipline for reversionism is a more intensive warning signal to halt the errant Christian.
When the reversionist realizes the purpose of discipline, it is profitable; in fact, it provides the only hope for the believer to gain the perspective necessary to recover from reversionism. (Heb 12:7) Believers who are not teachable by Truth are only teachable by discipline! The purpose of the Divine “woodshed” is to correct the straying believer, not only to bring him to the point of restoration but also to encourage him to advance to Spiritual maturity. To become disturbed or upset when punitive measures are applied is to forget this vital Thought.
And so, you yourselves have forgotten the Principle of Truth which teaches you as sons: MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM (Heb 12:5; quoted from Prov 3:11)
The believers to whom this was addressed were in reversionism and were apparently complaining about the Lord’s disciplinary actions. Because of their persistent attitude, they needed admonition and instruction concerning the purpose of discipline and their proper response to it. In quoting, (Prov 3:11) the writer of Hebrews cautioned them against a flippant attitude toward corrective measures from the Lord. Why? All discipline from God is designed to train, to teach and to strengthen the believer. Paideia connotes teaching via corrective discipline. As long as the believer remains in reversionism, appropriate types of reproof or correction will be administered by the Lord.
Reversionists are susceptible to fainting in the soul, or discouragement; therefore, the writer redirects their attention to the Lord and Truth.
FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES [Punishes] EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. (Heb 12:6; quoted from Prov 3:12)
For whom the LORD loves, He reproves by punitive action; therefore, like a father to a son in whom He delights. (Prov 3:12)
For these immature, reversionistic believers the Lord must express His disciplinary policy in simple terms. Such individuals lack Truth and have no frame of reference for comprehending Divine justice, so God graciously encourages them with an illustration that they can understand. A parent is responsible to discipline his child — with the goal of training him to become a mature, responsible adult. Normal parents love their children and know that the frequent but short-lived pain of the paddle is much better for them than the perpetual self-induced misery of a life without self-discipline or respect for authority. Thus, God ascribes this type of illustration to Himself to encourage “fainting” reversionists to take heart even under His severe discipline. Even the reversionist can get the point: God has the believer’s growth and Spiritual advantage in mind! The love of a parent, however, is not actually the Divine attribute with which God deals with us. Since the Fall of Man, God’s point of contact with us has been His justice. Justice is the function half of God’s integrity; the other half, absolute righteousness, is the Motivation of His integrity. What righteousness demands, justice executes, and because God never violates His integrity, all actions He takes toward us come from His justice in Virtue love.
Justice can either bless or discipline: if righteousness approves, justice blesses; if righteousness disapproves, justice curses or disciplines.
Justice is the channel from the essence of God through which come all man’s blessings and all man’s discipline. This means that as believers we now receive blessings from God that are permanent. Christ satisfied the justice of God once and for all on the Cross, and God is therefore free to give His own perfect righteousness and eternal life to anyone who believes in His Son. Likewise, even the blessings from God in time are encapsulated against the changing tides of history and, moreover, will be “doubled up” into eternal rewards. Thus we are secure, as the children in a family are secure, because He treats in justice all members of the royal family of God. Even those under maximum Divine discipline in the final stages of reversionism, possess in Christ an eternal relationship with the integrity of God.
An anthropopathism ascribes to God human feelings, passions or thoughts. It is designed to explain God’s Policies, Thoughts, actions or Decisions in human language, easily understandable within a human frame of reference. Although God loves His own righteousness which we as believers now possess, His true attribute of love is not the source of our blessing or discipline; but is His motivation. (1Jn 4:8) Instead, the human love of a father toward a noncompliant son is attributed to God in order to picture God’s justice and to encourage the reversionist to respond to discipline with renewed positive volition toward Truth. The anthropopathism of human love illustrates the function of justice blessing the mature believer, disciplining the reversionist, but in all cases expressing the function of Divine integrity.
The word translated “SCOURGES” in, (Heb 12:6) means “to flog” or “to skin alive with a whip” and vividly depicts the concentrated punishment reserved for the reversionist. In, (Heb 12:5) the rebuke or reproof is less extreme, such as God would administer to the carnal believer.
Paradechomai, “receives,” has several meanings in the Greek, but here it corresponds to the Old Testament word translated “delights” in, (Prov 3:12). Ratsah in the Hebrew has the same connotation as paradechomai and means “to welcome home,” or “to receive favorably.” A child in whom a father delights is always welcome home; likewise all believers are welcomed back to fellowship. (Isa 55:7)
God keeps believers alive for two reasons: to bless them or to spank them. (Deut 28:63) God is glorified by blessing believers who are adjusted to His justice and are advancing toward or maintaining Spiritual maturity! Again, the believer must adjust to the justice of God, or the justice of God will adjust to him! Maladjusted believers in reversionism are kept alive often simply to be disciplined. Before the final axe falls and the believer loses his opportunity to glorify Christ in time, God gives sufficient warning: grace always precedes judgment. Thus, there is discipline in every phase of reversionism until the believer departs to be with the Lord. (2Co 5:8) So even the most severe chastening cannot be spared if the reversionist is to learn the lessons of Truth; now while he is on earth.
THE STAGES OF DISCIPLINE
THE WARNING STAGE
Of the three stages of Divine discipline, the First warns the believer that his negative volition to Truth has drawn him away from the Plan of God. The caution signals are generally flashing during the first four stages of reversionism: reaction, the frantic search for happiness, Operation Boomerang and emotional revolt. Warning discipline can occur in either adversity or prosperity, but the removal of the prosperity can be a test, (Job 2:6) or sound the alarm. Standing or knocking at the door — a most gentle reminder — expresses this first phase of punitive action.
Stop criticizing, brethren, against others of the same kind [Fellow members of the royal family] that you be not judged. Behold, the Judge-stands at the door, with the result that He keeps on standing at the door (Jas 5:9)
If you habitually gossip, malign and judge other believers, your discipline is a warning that you are in reversionism! When reversionism is checked in its early stages, before the loss of Truth becomes critical, recovery is relatively simple: rebound followed by the consistent reception, retention, recall, resisting sin, and repeating! (Rev 3:20-22)
For the believer who rejects the Lord’s disciplinary knocking on the door of the soul, the next step is intensified misery, again with or without overt prosperity. This second category of Divine chastisement is generally found in the last four phases of reversionism: negative volition, blackout, scar tissue and reverse process reversionism. The pattern of discipline is individually designed for each reversionist, but it is often characterized by alternate periods of suffering and blessing. (Gen 42:28) This contrast is designed to alert the believer to the fact that there is no advantage to prosperity or success without the advantage of Truth! When the prosperity turns into adversity, the reversionist is in the intensive stage, as portrayed graphically by. (Psa 38:1-14) Also part of the discipline during this period is the “strong delusion” of, (2Th 2:11-12).
THE DYING STAGE
The third stage is the final discipline of the reversionistic believer before he arrives in eternity; the sin unto death. (1Jn 5:16) Instead of crossing the golden bridge of dying grace reserved for Spiritually adult believers, the reversionist transfers from time to eternity under agonizing and miserable conditions to use the military idiom, a low-crawl over ground glass! The sin unto death is administered only after prolonged and unchecked reversionism, and only after the reversionist has failed to respond to the previous stages of discipline. (Jer 44:9-12; Eze 20:13; Rev 2:16; Rev 19:21) Dying can be the most elevated or the most shocking experience in the life of a believer! The period of dying might be a few seconds or several years, but whatever it is, the Spiritual adult or mature believer will enjoy it immensely, while the reversionist will experience maximum physical and or soul suffering. (Rom 2:9)
Under certain circumstances, Satan is permitted the power of death, and the New Testament records two instances of believers who were turned over to him by the Apostle Paul for the administration of intensive discipline and the sin unto death. No greater disaster could befall any individual than when Satan is allowed to do his worst. Only Satan’s evil genius could devise such a torturous death!
I [Paul] made a command decision to deliver such a one [Incestuous reversionist] over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, in order that his spirit might be delivered in the day of the Lord. (1Co 5:5)
Be having and holding the Spiritual life and a good conscience, [Freedom from the influence of fasle thinking] which certain ones [Reversionists] having rejected have suffered shipwreck concerning their Spiritual life. Among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered over to Satan in order that they might be taught by discipline; not to blaspheme. (1Ti 1:19-20)
In both cases, Timothy, the pastor, had failed to live up to his responsibility and had allowed these divisive individuals to run rampant through the congregation. (1Ti 5:20) Finally, the Apostle Paul was compelled to step in and lower the boom! During the First century, apostolic authority included the power to deliver a believer to Satan for discipline, but so far as we know only Paul exercised this prerogative. Nowhere in Scripture do we find that the pastor-teacher today has such authority. The apostolic gifts and power have been replaced by the completed Word of God. (1Co 13:10)Undoubtedly, there are times when God Himself delivers believers to Satan for maximum discipline. It is, however, within the pastor’s authority and duty to administer discipline in certain situations to unruly members of the congregation (Tit 1:10-14) — certainly a most unpleasant task and one that most pastors avoid. Yet when he faithfully discharges his obligation to teach Truth, discipline will be minimal. (2Ti 4:2) Should he consistently fail to communicate the Word of God, the problem is only compounded.
These three believers — Hymenaeus, Alexander and the incestuous Corinthian — were placed in the intensive and dying stages of discipline as a final warning to straighten out or die miserably! Many times suffering awakens people to their reversionism and spurs them back to Truth and complete recovery, as was the case with the believer in Corinth. (2Co 2:6-8) But progress under discipline is slow and painful. How much better to learn the easy way — by Truth
It is always characteristic of reversionists to reject the authority of Bible teachers. The Jews of the Exodus generation resisted Moses; (Exo 17:3) the Mizpah remnant under Jeremiah became totally apathetic to his ministry; (Jer 42:1; thru Jer 44:30) and the constant rejection and harassment of Paul by the Corinthian believers is well documented. (2Co 10:1; thru 2Co 11:33) A classic Old Testament example of a bitter and tormented departure from this life is the record of the last days of King Saul, a reversionist who died the sin unto death after rejecting both Truth and the one who communicated it. (1Sa 28:3-25; 1Ch 10:1-14)
All three phases of discipline are found in: (1Co 11:30) “For this cause many are weak [Warning discipline] and sick [Intensive discipline] among you, and many sleep.” [Dying discipline, the sin unto death]
Before the final stage is reached, punitive action can be headed off, according to the next verse, by means of rebound: “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1Co 11:31) Rebound must be followed by the resumption of maximum reception of Truth, retention, recall, resisting sin and repeating; for a complete restoration!
THE PROFILE OF THE REVERSIONIST
(Psa 7:1-17) views the profile of a reversionist — “Cush the Benjamite,” or King Saul. In writing this Psalm, David recounts Saul’s unjust persecutions against him but leaves retributive justice in the hands of the Lord. Well aware of the three stages of discipline, David draws on the verbal imagery of his day to illustrate the certainty of judgment.
If he [The reversionist] does not repent. He [God] will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and prepared it. [Drawn back the bow and loaded it with an arrow] (Psa 7:12)
In order to impress his readers as to the seriousness of the offense, the last stage of discipline is presented first. If the reversionist does not repent or change his course from a negative to a positive attitude toward Truth, God will “sharpen His sword” — the sin unto death. Drawing the bow and aiming the arrow depict the warning and intensive stages of discipline. To be completely effective, each arrow must be constructed for its own bow; and just as every bow required a certain type of arrow, so God has prepared a special form of discipline for every category of reversionism as well as for every individual reversionist!
He [God] has appointed for him [The reversionist] the weapons of death; He shapes His arrows, the burning ones. (Psa 7:13)
“Weapons” in the plural, indicates that God has many ways by which He can remove the reversionist under the sin unto death. Whatever manner God chooses will be a traumatic and painful experience! The “burning ones” (Dalak) are God’s arrows aimed at those under Divine discipline. When God shoots, it constitutes a warning. Please note that God shoots all the arrows! He is the Divine Archer, and He will not tolerate amateur archers — believers who take the judgment of a reversionist into their own hands. (Rom 14:4; Rom 14:10) After all, God’s flaming arrows are far more effective than anyone’s vicious little tongue! Avoid judging others — leave the shooting to God! David applied this Principle when he refused to touch Saul.
Behold, he shall have labor pains, [Warning discipline] of emptiness, [Frantic search for happiness, intensification of reactor factors, emotional revolt of the soul] because he has become pregnant with frustration; [Reaction, warning discipline] therefore, he has given birth to a life of deceit. [Negative volition, blackout of the soul, scar tissue, reverse process reversionism] (Psa 7:14)
This verse begins a dissertation on the gestation period of reversionism — from conception to birth. “Behold,” the exclamatory Hebrew word hineh, is used to focus attention on the importance of what is to follow, i.e., the consequences of involvement in reversionism. It dramatically introduces an analogy between a reversionistic life and the birth-pangs of a woman in labor. (Chabal in the piel imperfect) perpetual pain! Each stage of reversionism carries its own labor pain in the soul. Suddenly, in the midst of the labor pangs, the “baby” issues forth! And what is this progeny called? Aven — “nothingness!” After all the agony of birth, what is there to show for it? Only emptiness, the production of reversionistic evil!
The likening of reversionism to labor pains forms an apt analogy because there must be a pregnancy before there can be a birth. In reversionism, “pregnancy” occurs when there is negative volition toward Truth. Usually some outside factor must fertilize the negative volition. The two most common agents of conception are emotional revolt and the frantic search for happiness. At first, pregnancy is generally associated with pleasure, just as sublimation for the reactor factors usually consists of some enjoyable activity. In the beginning, the intoxicating pleasure-whirl is all fun. When you are emotionally stimulated, the frustration, disillusion, self-pity or boredom is forgotten for the moment. Forgotten also is Truth, and you will soon become pregnant with reversionism!
Once you disregard Truth, the emotional revolt is soon accompanied by pain. The “labor pains” are comparable to warning discipline. Whatever generates the lack of response to Truth carries with it the agony of discipline. The qal perfect of harah, “and hath conceived,” is literally, “because he has become pregnant,” i.e., before he had the labor pains. The labor pains were mentioned first to give them emphasis. The pregnancy is called “mischief” in your English Bible, but the Hebrew word amal means “frustration” or “sin.” It illustrates the inner frustration and anguish that result from the frantic search for happiness, intensification of the reactor factors and the emotional revolt in the soul, when these fail to produce the desired pleasure.
When you persist in the early stages of reversionism, the pregnancy eventually “gives birth” (Qal perfect of jaladh) to a life of deceit, duplicity and hypocrisy. (Shaqer) Every reversionist lives a lie. His soul is dishonest, and his life follows suit. He has no capacity for life and thus inevitably destroys his relationships with others by his own divisiveness and deceptiveness. This is the area of reverse process reversionism, where some form of self-gratification pushes aside the Lord Jesus Christ and Truth. When you devote yourself to some person, pursuit or object to the exclusion of Truth, you accumulate to yourself all the misery that accompanies the later stages of reversionism!
Whatever reactor factors caused you to become pregnant will in time develop into a habitual life-style. If you originally succumbed to minor frustrations, you will ultimately emerge an obsessive-compulsive person. If, in the early stage of reversionism you began with indifference, by the time it is “born,” indifference will have reached mammoth proportions.
He dug a grave and explored it’, therefore, he has fallen into the ditch which he made. (Psa 7:15)
This Verse draws a new analogy, which explains the volitional aspect of reversionism. The reversionist of his own free will digs (Karah) a grave for himself. Every time he makes a Satanic and or human decision; based on boredom, disillusion, (Not to get what we expected from someone or something) apathy or frustration; to go over the hill into escapism, and when he tries to satisfy his self-pity by getting involved in emotional activity, he enters into a pattern of life that if perpetuated solidifies indifference to Truth! By the time he is in the advanced state of negative volition, he is also in the intensified phase of discipline. He is caught in his own trap!
Not only does the reversionist dig a pit for himself, but he goes down and explores (Chapar) the hole. In other words, he is getting ready to bury himself in his own grave! As the discipline increases, so does his annoying quest for happiness and his emotional revolt. Negative volition has opened the mataiotes, and the delusion of satanic twisted thinking which is drawn in; accounts for his course of action. Now he moves quickly into the last three areas of reversionism — the blackout of the soul, scar tissue and reverse process reversionism.
To fall into the ditch is the last stage of discipline, or the sin unto death. By his own negative volition he has manufactured his own torture chamber and miserable death! He can blame only himself; he alone is accountable for rejecting the grace and blessing of the road to glory!
His frustration shall return upon his own head; his violent oppression of others shall descend on the crown of his head. (Psa 7:16)
What began one day as reaction to a little boredom, a little apathy, (An absence of enthusiasm for Truth!) a little self-pity, a little frustration, will the next day become a horrible nightmare? The thoughts and activities of reversionism can produce only frustration. The double meaning of shub forms a humorous paranomasia (Play on words) in the midst of a serious dissertation. The word means “to return,” which implies Operation Boomerang, and “to repent,” the means of breaking out of reversionism. The pun suggests that since your own frustration is turning back on you, why shouldn’t you turn back to positive volition toward Truth and thereby be restored? Otherwise, your self-induced misery will keep returning to haunt you with ever-increasing intensity!
A “violent oppressor” (Chamas) is the reversionistic believer who refuses to accept the responsibility for his own failure and takes it out on others in vengeance, gossip, maligning, vindictiveness and is also unmerciful. His meanness toward others, however, will fall upon his own head to form a portion of his discipline. He reaps what he sows! (Gal 6:7) Every believer is responsible for his own decisions which are contrary to Truth. On the other hand, God faithfully supports all decisions the believer makes in accordance with Truth. Thus, blessing upon blessing is multiplied to the adult or Spiritual mature believer.
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and Truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations. Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. (Exo 34:6-8)
Since we can neither earn nor deserve such blessings, we reap what God has sown!
BIBLICAL NOMENCLATURE FOR REVERSIONISM
There are many terms and descriptions for reversionism in the Bible. As you become aware of the Doctrine of reversionism, you will begin to recognize certain words and phrases which indicate the entire Thought. It might be just one or two words, such as “wicked” (Prov 15:9) or the “unstable soul,” (2Pe 2:14) or it may be a phrase like “drifting off course from grace,” (Gal 5:4) which we have already discussed. We should note in detail other examples of this terminology.
NEGLECTING THE GRACE OF GOD
See to it [Take the personal responsibility] that no one falls back from the grace of God; that not one root of bitterness sprouting up cause trouble, and through this the many be contaminated. (Heb 12:15)
Mental attitude sins, represented in this verse by bitterness, are the most devastating category of sin because of their detrimental effect on the soul. Unchecked by rebound and Operation Z, they become a major contributor to reversionism. The failure to confess any mental attitude sin is to fall short, to be below standard or to fall back from grace! (Hustereo) All reversionists are characterized by failure in the sphere of grace, by refusal of the grace provision of the rebound technique, and in effect retreat from Spiritual adulthood. Even though reversionistic believers are kept alive by logistical grace, they have failed to recognize that fellowship with God is maintained by the rebound technique, equally a matter of grace. Rebound means simply to name the sin. “Admit we are out of fellowship” and want to get back in! The Scriptures do not specify that a believer must feel sorry for sin, compensate (Make up for it) or do penance (Hurt ourselves) in order to be forgiven. Confession is a total grace concept! (Prov 1:23) If the believer has slipped down through the latter stages of reversionism and if he is to halt his own retreat from grace, it becomes necessary to function under Operation Z to the point of maximum resident Truth in the soul where God can pour out to him the blessings of Spiritual maturity.
The root (Riza) of bitterness draws an analogy between the root and mental attitude sins. The root develops from a seed which is dead and buried in the ground. (1Co 15:36) The seed is an illustration of sin, and the death of the seed pictures a sin which has been confessed and permanently forgiven under the rebound technique. The reaction situation arises if the believer begins to think about the sin after it is confessed. From that root of remembering the sin springs a mental attitude sin cluster of more bitterness, jealousy, vindictiveness and implacability. When any sin or failure has been blotted out through rebound, any chain reaction or “chain sinning” that might result in a relapse; should be ended!
The sprouting upward of reaction to a previously forgiven sin has two devastating results. The first is the believer’s potential for causing trouble (Enochleo) for himself by relapsing into reversionism. The “trouble” is the self-induced misery of reversionism. While all sin originates in the old sin nature, it is nevertheless linked with the volition. (Jas 1:14) In other words, any time you are sinning, it is because you want to!
Through a recurrence of reversionism, there is a second result. “The many” — those who are in the periphery of the reacting believer — are defiled. (Miaino) Remember, the Bible must be interpreted according to the time in which it was written. In the ancient cities, sewage was collected in chamber pots and simply dumped over balconies or from windows into the street below. Anyone passing by was drenched! The victims were said to be miaino — “contaminated!” Reversionism is like dumping sewage into the soul, and no one can have a soul polluted with the sewage of reversionism without corrupting other believers with whom he associates. Under his influence, they too are drawn into reversionism.
ENEMIES OF THE CROSS
For many keep walking, concerning whom I have told you many times and now, even weeping tell you, they have made themselves [By negative volition] the enemies of the Cross of Christ: whose end [Reward] is destruction, whose god is their emotion; [Old sin nature] their glory is in their dishonor, [Shame at the Judgment Seat] who keep thinking about earthly things. [Satanic and or human realities — thoughts] (Php 3:18-19)
The “many” were the large number of reversionistic believers in the first generation of the Church Age. The believer’s “walk” is his function and progress (Or lack of progress) in the Christian life. Paul constantly warned those first century believers concerning the danger of reversionism. So intense was his concern that he was often compelled to figuratively weep over their grievous condition! While these believers had accepted the grace of God in Salvation, they had subsequently rejected the Principle of grace and turned to the old sin nature; rather than the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Truth. Grace begins at the Cross; in fact, the Cross represents grace! Those who substitute legalism at any point in their Phase Two experience, (After believing in Jesus) become enemies of the Cross and therefore of God. (1Sa 28:16; Jas 4:4)
There were four characteristics of reversionism related to the Philippian church. First, those “whose end is destruction.” “End” is the termination of Phase Two for the reversionist. Here, “destruction” is no reward. (1Co 3:15) Second, there are those “whose god is their emotion.” Koilia describes the emotional pattern of the old sin nature. Reversionists in emotional revolt of the soul become slaves to their emotions, and the proper function of Truth is neutralized. A third snare to those who have become hostile to grace is shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ: “whose [Own] glory is their dishonor.” (1Jn 2:28) The fourth, those “who think about earthly things,” describes reversionists whose thinking becomes enmeshed in human viewpoint — the satanic policy of evil. (Acts 17:29; Jas 4:4-5)
A TORTURED SOUL
And if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men. (For by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds) (2Pe 2:7-8)
The context of this passage is the judgment of the ungodly cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, a believer, was virtually dragged out of the midst of danger. The word kataponeo, translated “oppressed” in verse 7, means “to be exhausted by labor, suffering or pressure,” hence, “to be overpowered.” Lot was helpless in the face of lawlessness and lasciviousness. Although Lot should have separated himself from reversionism, in grace God rescued him and secured his separation before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. (Gen 19:19-22)
FAINTING IN THE MIND
For begin Thinking about such a Person as Jesus Christ, having endured such opposition by the sinners against Himself, in order that you do not become exhausted, [Fatigued, enfeebled by reversionism] fainting in your mind. (Heb 12:3)
The Command to concentrate on Christ (Analogizomai) can be obeyed only by the steadfast function of staying in fellowship. Truth in the soul is the source of Divine Thinking and your sole defense against reversionism and the influence of evil. Nobility, impact for Christ, Spiritual dynamics, stability, confidence and glorification of the Lord are all related to what you Think — the proper function of the soul and human spirit. A Divine Thought can make us, or a satanic thought will break us! As a believer, you are literally a walking battlefield: you are continuously engaged in an inner conflict of mental attitudes — human reality versus Divine Reality (Isa 55:8-9)
The Lord Jesus Christ endured (Hupomeno) unprecedented pressure throughout His ministry on earth. By carefully considering the Lord’s mental attitude under adversity, your own attitude is invigorated. The perfect Thoughts of Christ are contained in the Word of Truth; (1Co 2:16) Scripture must be your Thinking in life. (Php 2:5)
When you succumb to pressure, complain and fall apart, your soul becomes “exhausted” (Kamno) and “feeble.” (Elkuo) Both of these are expressions used to describe reversionism. In this state of soul-exhaustion, your own thoughts become your worst enemy. (Isa 65:2) Such mental activity adds up to malfunction of the human spirit, and the result is a miserable, neurotic or psychotic individual. As the believer retrogresses through the various stages of reversionism, his soul is increasingly enfeebled, and he becomes a casualty in the angelic conflict. (2Pe 2:15-17)
As Jesus Christ endured or persisted in Thinking with Truth, (John 7:16; John 8:26; John 12:49; John 14:24; John 17:8) even under the greatest barrage of human and satanic pressures in history, so your day-by-day perseverance in assimilating Truth will enable you to meet and overcome every problem, every disaster, every difficulty that you will face in life! (John 17:18; Rev 22:6-7)
UNCIRCUMCISED OF HEART
Behold, the days are coming, decrees the Lord, when I will punish all the reversionists, being circumcised, yet possessing a foreskin. (Jer 9:25)
The prediction of impending doom for Judah’s reversionism will finally result in the fifth cycle of discipline for that nation and the sin unto death for many of its people. “Being circumcised, yet possessing a foreskin,” is an oxymoron, which combines contradictory or incongruous words for a particular effect. These Jews had been physically circumcised as a sign of their Salvation and also as a sign of reaching Spiritual maturity: “the cutting off” the thinking of the old sin nature! Nevertheless, in reversionism, they still possessed “uncircumcised hearts,” or “foreskins in the soul,” which allowed the filth of mental attitude sins, emotional revolt and scar tissue to accumulate. In other words, reversionism and satanic thinking had not been cut away from the soul!
...For all the Gentiles are uncircumcised; but all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart. (Jer 9:26)
The Jews prided themselves on the ritual of physical circumcision, but they had neglected the Reality behind the ritual; Truth in the soul! Without realizing it, they had become like the nearby heathen nations who possessed no Truth and whose uncircumcised males they haughtily disdained. To be thus linked with the Gentiles was a gross insult to the Jews!
Reversionism always destroys the distinction between believers and unbelievers. The difference between Jews and Gentiles does not depend on the rite of circumcision; but on the function of Operation Z, and the construction of the edification complex in the soul: the adult and Spiritually mature life. These Spiritual accomplishments represent “circumcision in the soul” which removes the dead skin of reversionism and the thinking of the old sin nature. Ritual without Reality is meaningless!
LEAVING YOUR FIRST LOVE
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Rev 2:4)
In contrast to their former status of Spiritual maturity: Personal love for God, and Occupation with Christ, the Ephesian church had forsaken (Aphiemi) their love for the Lord Jesus Christ and were practicing reverse process reversionism. In rejecting Christ, they had given Him the brush-off, transferred their Personal love for Christ; to themselves and were in apostasy.
Recall to mind, therefore, in what way you have fallen, and change your mind [With Truth] and do the first works. Otherwise, I Myself will come to you [For punishment] and will agitate and remove your lampstand [Impact] from its place, unless you change your mind. [About and with Truth] (Rev 2:5)
The term for reversionism in this verse is stated in the Command to reversion recovery, which begins with “remember.” (Mnemoneuo) To regain their former status, the Ephesians must call to mind some particular Truth, some specific Divine Thoughts, temporarily obscured, that will stimulate their motivation toward renewed Occupation with Christ! The fragrance of memory of Personal Love for God; is revived only through Truth. “Fallen” (Perfect tense of pipto) is used in connection with reversionism almost without exception. The perfect tense is a state of completion and indicates that they have regressed through every stage of reversionism.
“To repent” (Metanoeo in the aorist active imperative) calls for making a decision a mental, not emotional, process of changing the mind. They must make constant decisions to rebound and to avail themselves of Truth in order to recover. Poieo, an ingressive aorist, means “begin to do.” The “first works” was the construction of the edification complex in the soul by which they reached Spiritual maturity. (1Co 3:10-14)
Unless these reversionists make the decision to recover, Christ will come to them. (Present middle indicative of erchomai) Although erchomai is sometimes used for the Second Advent, in this context it refers to the immediate certainty of discipline which Christ Himself will administer. Punitive action will not only affect the individuals involved in reversionism, but it can dissolve an entire local church or even a nation. (Isa 21:9) Their “lampstand” (Preserving and protecting impact) will be permanently extinguished (Matt 5:13) unless they change their minds. This time metanoeo is in the aorist active subjunctive. Above, the ingressive aorist in the imperative mood Commanded them to begin to recover; now the constantive aorist implies that they must make a series of positive decisions toward Truth. They may or may not comply: the subjunctive mood is the mood of free will. Will we obey? (1Sa 15:22) To OBEY means that we must learn and Think with every Thought from the Word of God! (God's Reality) Even when our eyes, sin nature, pride, people or circumstances would get in the way! (Human Reality) (2Ti 2:4) Because: Ritual, (Reading, praying, giving, etc.) without God's Reality (John 4:24) is meaningless!
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, Nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. (Isa 55:7-8)
And unto the pastor of the local church in the area of Laodicea, write. The One who is the Object of faith, [Jesus] the Witness, the faithful and dependable One, the originating Source of the act of creation from God, communicates these Spiritual Thoughts (Rev 3:14)
While Jesus Christ is the Source of all Truth. He did not convey this message directly to the church but to the Apostle John. John in turn relayed the message to the Divinely appointed pastor of the local church at Laodicea, one of the three cities, along with Colossae and Hierpolis, in the Lyons Valley of what is now western Turkey. In every generation, Jesus Christ is faithful in warning reversionists — not directly, but through pastors teaching the Word of Truth. This passage contains as clear a warning concerning reversionism as can be found anywhere in the Word of God.
I am aware of your production, that you are neither cold nor hot. I desire that you were cold or hot. (Rev 3:15)
The Lord Jesus Christ in His omniscience knew that the Laodiceans were not producing according to (Jas 1:22-25) — where the believer is Commanded to be a “doer of the Word” and not a “hearer only.” A “hearer only” is either a reversionist or a believer who suffers from roadblocks of the soul which prevent his application of Truth. A “doer” is one who, is learning and Thinking with God's Word continually! HOT!
The Laodiceans were a church of believers! Had they been, cold — ignorant and or arrogant — (Luk 12:47-48) the solution to their problem would have been simple: Start learning Truth! Had they been hot — adult or Spiritually mature believers — there would have been no problem in the first place. (Luk 12:37-44) This passage is therefore addressed to believers somewhere between these two extremes. (Luk 12:45-46)
So therefore, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit you out from my mouth. (Rev 3:16)
“Lukewarm” (Chliaros) implies that they had once been hot but had now cooled off. Chliaros also denotes water mixed with salt which causes vomiting. The Laodicean churches were made up of x-number of believers who, in a status of reversionism, were nauseous to the Lord. Nauseous, yes; but dead, no. Where there is life. There is hope! The recovery begins with a warning of Divine discipline. A combination of anthropomorphism and anthropopathism, vomiting expresses the Principle of Divine discipline, both national and personal.
Because you say, I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, (Rev 3:17)
While “rich” includes having money, it encompasses much more. The Laodiceans possessed an abundance of the details of life; which had accrued as they received their mature blessing for time. Any time THE SOURCE is ignored and the details of life (Money, materialistic possessions, social life, success etc.) are given priority over Truth, even for a day, you have become lukewarm; you have your foot on a banana peel, and you are beginning the slide toward reversionism! (1Co 7:29-31)
Such a believer is unaware of his true condition. His delusion (Satanic and human thinking) are confirmed by five descriptive adjectives:
(1) “He is wretched.” The compound adjective talaiporos is formed from the Attic verb tlao, meaning “to endure,” and the noun poros, “callous” or “scar tissue.” “To endure scar tissue” is to be wretched or distressed — the First stage of Divine discipline. The Laodiceans, with all their wealth, succumbed to the outward prosperity and had plunged headlong into pleasure-seeking escapism. (Prov 1:32) Spiritually mature blessings in themselves, can neither purchase nor guarantee happiness. The awakening occurs when the mature believer’s happiness turns sour or when some catastrophe hits.
(2) “He is miserable.” Eleeinos denotes the second or intensive stage of Divine discipline.
(3) “He is poor.” Ptochos is best translated “beggar” or “destitute” and connotes a dependence on others for support or happiness. A person becomes destitute when the indulgent rat race does not produce the desired result. Under Operation Boomerang, he escalates his frenzied pursuit of that elusive happiness only to fall into emotional revolt of the soul!
(4) “He is blind.” Tuphlos, mental or Spiritual blindness, refers to the blackout of the soul. At this stage, the believer is incapable of Divine Thinking or common sense. Negative volition toward Truth has opened the mataiotes; the influence of evil has penetrated both lobes. The believer is thus under strong delusion! (2Th 2:10-12)
(5) “He is naked.” Though generally used for lack of clothing on the body, here gumnos is employed figuratively for nakedness of the soul. The nakedness results from the stages of reversionism and represents the opposite of the capacity for life which is acquired only through Truth resident in the soul. A believer in this state always practices some form of reverse process reversionism.
I strongly advise you to purchase from Me, (Isa 55:1-2) [FREE!] From the immediate source of Christ] (Prov 3:14-15) gold, [Truth] having been refined from the fire, [A pastor who has reached Spiritual maturity] that you may become rich [Reach Spiritual adulthood] and white clothes that you may clothe yourself, [Adult adoption, including the right to inherit] and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. (Luk 4:18) [Maximum Spiritual maturity] (Rev 3:18)
God never issues discipline without ample warning — the Principle of grace before judgment. Divine advice to the reversionist therefore is that he reaches Spiritual maturity! “Gold” (1Co 3:12-13) is from the always-available source of Christ! Gold is the Word of Truth, and it is the pastor-teacher who refines it and prepares it for you!
Those whom I love, [Believers, sons and daughters] I punish and correct by discipline. Get hot, therefore, and repent. (Rev 3:19)
Again, the love between parent and child is ascribed to God to illustrate His righteousness having been imputed to them. If the warning Command to recover goes unheeded, God provides further motivation through discipline. Reversionism does not negate God’s justice, but the manifestation of His justice varies with the individual’s Spiritual status. To the Spiritually mature believer, Divine justice is expressed in mature blessings; to the reversionist, in reproof. Corrective discipline refers to the warning stage of discipline and is designed to alert the lukewarm believer during his first stages of revolt against God. More severe punishment is required to jolt a reversionist out of strong delusion; consequently, the punishment described here is the intensive stage of discipline.
The present active imperative from zeleuo conveys a command which, if obeyed, would rectify the lukewarm condition: boil or get hot; put the fire to it! In other words, turn on to Truth and stay with it! The road to recovery is difficult and painful and demands much time and effort; yet it can be conquered. The reversionist must first repent: (Metanoeo) change his mind about the value of Truth in his life. Then he must make constant decisions to ingest it into his soul.
Behold, I have stood up to the door with the result that I keep on standing up to the door, and knock repeatedly. [Divine discipline] If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, [Rebounds, and acquires Spiritual maturity] I will enter face to face (Gen 32:28-30) with him and have dinner with him, and he with Me [Friendship with God is the reward for Spiritual maturity; for time and eternity!] (Rev 3:20)
It is essential to bear in mind that this passage is addressed to believers; therefore, verse 20 is not a Salvation appeal but an exhortation to reversion recovery. Here the believer is pictured as a house; inside there should be the friendship and presence of Jesus Christ. However, Christ has been evicted by reversionism: “…Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?” [Reversionists] (2Co 13:5) Unlike the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, which is permanent, the indwelling of Christ is conditional, since its only purpose is friendship and fellowship. (Jas 2:23) While you are in reversionism, Christ cannot fellowship with you!
The believer has been adequately warned; now Jesus Christ stands ready to aid him in recovery. The Lord would rather come into the soul through Truth than impose Divine discipline. The fact that you have a “door” or volition of the soul is an example of a Divine provision of grace for Phase Two. The Lord will continue to knock or warn until you either recover from reversionism or die the sin unto death.
“Hear,” a word which means “to listen and concentrate,” represents an affirmative mental attitude toward the Word. The Word of God the Father, the Voice of God the Holy Spirit, and the Thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ; is heard today through Truth! (1Co 2:16; Heb 3:7; Heb 4:12) Repentance and positive response to Truth “opens the door” and leads to restoration. As a result, there is renewed fellowship with Christ!
“Will dine” denotes excellent food and wonderful fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere. The food is the best Truth; the relaxed atmosphere, THE REST: SPIRITUAL MATURITY. The Lord Jesus Christ, as the Host, pours blessings into your “soul, cup” fashioned out of mature Spiritual capacity, while you, as the guest, receive the blessings by which God is glorified!
He who overcomes, [The world, the flesh, and the devil] I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame, (John 14:30) and sat down with My Father on His throne. (Rev 3:21)
Any believer who reaches and maintains Spiritual maturity, by overcoming the world, (John 15:19; (1Jn 4:17) satanic and human reality, the flesh, (1Jn 2:16) and the devil, (Twisted doctrine) (2Ti 2:26; (1Jn 3:10; Rev 12:9) receives the paragraph of surpassing grace blessings designed exclusively for him in eternity past; and will receive the over and above blessings of eternity!
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Rev 3:22)
Anyone who so desires can fire up a lukewarm soul! All he needs is Spiritual ears. The lukewarm believer is Commanded to hear and or read, and assimilate Truth. God the Holy Spirit will perform His proper function in illuminating the Truth. (John 4:23-24)
FALSE TEACHERS (2 Peter 2:1-22)
Like animals that live by the inherent instinct of their nature, these reversionic believers--false teachers operate on the impulse of their old sin nature.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, [The Word of God: twisted] even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the Truth will be maligned. (2Pe 2:1-2)
Divorced from Divine Reality they think with evil; satanically twisted Scripture. And use the Word of God to make money!
And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (2Pe 2:3)
For if God did not spare angels [Demons] when they sinned, but cast them [Some of them] (Job 1:6-7) into hell [In the Greek; the deepest abyss. Tartaros] and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; (Luk 8:31; Rev 9:2; Rev 9:11; Rev 11:7;(Rev 20:1-3) and did not spare the ancient world, (Gen 6:1-8) but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; [Demons, and demon-men; Nephilim] (Job 38:17) and if there existed reversonistic believers, [They are in Paradise until the last judgement] (Rev 20:12-15) and unbelievers, (Luk 16:23) and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter! and if He rescued righteous Lot, [A Spiritually adult believer; Gen 19:9) oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men, [For by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds] Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly [Spiritually mature believers] from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous [Believers and unbelievers] under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, (Gen 19:5) whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord. But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, [A believer, Num 22:12; Num 24:2) the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; (Num 31:16; Jud 1:11-13; Rev 2:14) but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness [Reversionism] of the prophet. These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. (Jud 1:13) (2Pe 2:1-17)
The objective of true communication is the inculcation of Truth so that believers can attain the mature Spiritual life provided in Christ; but the apostate teacher focuses attention on his own power [Tongues, fake and demonic healing, “signs and wonders” feelings and emotion] in order to entice the unguarded into accepting his false message. However, the issue is not the “signs and wonders” of a pastor-teacher, (Matt 24:24) but whether or not he communicates the Truth! (Matt 24:45-47) Yet personally charming, socially scintillating and externally virtuous, (2Ti 3:5) these deceitful communicators receive a wide hearing. Since false teaching requires little time for preparation, with characteristic lack of self-discipline, they indulge in frivolous distractions which guarantee that their unstudied messages will be superficial and inaccurate! (2Co 11:13-15)
The general trend toward apostasy and negative volition to Truth is revealed by the fact that the false teachers’ outward manner of life is praised as commendable. Yet God evaluates them as a discredit to the Word of God; and a disgrace to society. The hapless victims of their heresy are the real suckers. Such people not only accept the satanic Truth, which leads to the strong delusion of reversionism, but they lavishly entertain the very ones who lead them down the path to destruction!
For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, [Unbelievers] promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. (John 8:34) For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, [BELIEVERS] they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy Commandment handed on to them. (Jud 1:11-13) It has happened to them according to the true Proverb, A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT, and, A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire. (2Pe 2:18-22)
While the apostate preachers are undeniably attractive, the lack of restraint on their old sin natures spawns carnality and reversionism. Self-discipline and Spiritual Virtue are essential for the function of a country, family, church and a pastor; but these people are non-disciplined and self-seeking, a further manifestation that they are antiestablishment, anti-gospel, anti-grace and anti-Truth! Who is always deluded and trapped by this type of individual? The unstable person; the one who is negative to Truth or who rejects it as a Standard; (Psa 138:2) and depends instead on his own thoughts, feelings and emotions! (Prov 28:26)
The hearts or right lobes of corrupt ministers have already been trained for hedonism (“GREED”) through emotional revolt and reversionism. The soul sets up a series of conditioned reflexes when it rejects authority. Once a person becomes insatiable in his desire for pleasure, he puts himself under his own curse — the self-induced misery of reversionism.
These reversionists are wells without water, [Truth] and clouds being driven along by a squall, [Unstable] for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved (2Pe 2:17)
In a figurative sense, water represents Truth and Salvation in; (Isa 55:1-2) the Holy Spirit in, (John 7:38-39) and Truth in. (Eph 5:26) The water of the well stresses Truth. The disappointment of finding a well in the desert devoid of water, filled with nothing but sand is analogous to the inability to quench one’s thirst from the perverted message of a false teacher. Rather than being refreshed by Truth, his disciples are parched by reversionistic philosophy. (Jud 1:17-19)
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit [In fellowship] and Truth [Learning and Thinking with the Word of TRUTH] (John 4:24)
All reversionistic believers, whether teachers or pupils, are unstable people who have no anchor — clouds driven by a squall. Those who are overtaken by the storm, (2Ti 3:13) suffer from impaired vision. Zophos, “blackness,” is the blackout in their right lobes, and in grace; instead of the eternal torment of the Lake of Fire, (Rev 20:15) these reversionistic believers, are in danger of spending Eternity in a dark pit, with Cain, Balaam, and Korah; and with those who refuse to use the Spiritual life and or turn back from it! (Matt 22:2-14; Matt 24:48-51; Matt 25:24-30; Luk 12:45-46; Jud 1:11-13)
The treacherous teachers offer enticing promises of freedom, or Salvation, yet they themselves are in bondage to their old sin natures. Enslaved in all the stages of reversionism, apostate ministers are unable to free anyone. In fact, they actually set up a system of: ETERNAL SLAVERY!
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness [Staying in fellowship] is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. (1Jn 3:10)
Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. (John 8:34-35)
For if you are living according to the flesh, [The old sin nature] you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds [Thoughts] of the body, [The old sin nature] you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Rom 8:13-14)
CATEGORIES OF REVERSIONISM
The detours by which you can be sidetracked into reversionism are numerous. When you drift off course from grace, your individual area of weakness invariably launches you into the frantic search for happiness and ultimately establishes your own reversionistic pattern. Such a pattern might fall into one of many categories, areas in which you become obsessed with certain details of life. The Word of God in your soul, however, will guide you safely past these pitfalls if you heed its warning signals. Therefore, you should be aware of several representative types of reversionism in order to avoid becoming ensnared by them.
Money in and of itself is not sinful; it is, in fact, an extremely useful item. To not enjoy what money can do would be abnormal. As a medium of exchange, it is necessary for the efficient function of an economy and is therefore related to the laws of Divine establishment. Monetary transactions are recorded from Genesis to Revelation as a normal activity of life. To possess, to save and to spend money are all absolutely legitimate as far as the Word of God is concerned; but when any of these activities is magnified out of proportion and the love of money becomes an obsession, it is evidence of monetary reversionism. (Jas 4:13-17; Jas 5:1-6)
Monetary reversionism is well documented in Scripture. A few outstanding case histories are those of Solomon, (Eccles 5:10; Eccles 6:2) Ananias and Sapphira, (Acts 5:1-10) and Balaam. (Jud 1:11) The “error,” or “deceit of Balaam” connotes three areas of delusion regarding money: (1) that money is a means of happiness; (2) that money brings security; (3) that money can buy anything! Yet apart from Truth resident in the soul, there can be only superficial happiness in possessing money or any of the details of life. Security is provided through logistical grace, not through the accumulation of money. (Matt 6:24-34) Salvation, peace, stability and love are functions of the soul and cannot be purchased!
Let us note the Principle of monetary reversionism as found in, (1Ti 6:3-17).
If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the Doctrine conforming to godliness, [Becoming a Spiritually mature believer] he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the Truth, who suppose that godliness [The Spiritual life] is a means of gain. [To make money] (1Ti 6:3-5)
As in all forms of reversionism, monetary reversionism is characterized by the neglect or rejection of Truth! Paul therefore begins his discourse on this field of reversionism by stating the great fundamental issue of the Christian life: sound Truth is the lifeblood of Spiritual growth, while false Truth is the poison that stunts the growing process!
By rejecting the Truth, the reversionist has reversed the correct priorities and has assumed that material prosperity implies godliness. “Godliness” (Eusebeia) expresses the duty toward God of every believer to reach Spiritual maturity by establishing a balance of residency in the soul between the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Truth. Godliness is synonymous with the mature Spiritual life; in which material blessings accrue to the believer under God’s grace provision. But in his inordinate occupation with wealth, the reversionist distorts the true meaning of godliness by going through the motions of functioning under Operation Z. His motivation is not Occupation with Christ but material reward. This is using Truth for illicit purposes. (Anything he can get) While temporal blessing is one of the characteristics of Spiritual maturity, every well-off believer cannot presume that he is in maturity. Remember, the devil is also in the prosperity business. As long as it advances his cause, he exercises his ability to promote reversionists under the influence of evil. But while the reversionistic believer may receive temporary happiness, promotion or success from cosmos diabolicus — Satan’s world system — all this can be removed by Divine discipline or used against him for discipline where he does not have the capacity to enjoy it.
But godliness [Spiritual Maturity] actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. (1Ti 6:6).
Now we have the true Principle in contrast to the false in verse 5.
Wealthiness does not signify godliness, but godliness itself is Spiritual prosperity. The believer is godly because of maximum time filled with God the Holy Spirit and maximum Truth resident in his soul! From this resident Truth, not from money, come the capacities for life, love and happiness as well as the capacity for genuine material prosperity.
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. (1Ti 6:7)
We entered the world without things or the capacity for things. Things are the possessions of life associated with happiness; capacity is the inner soul attitude which is developed under the Grace Plan of God through Spiritual growth in Phase Two. (2Pe 3:18) The capacity for life, a dividend of spiritual maturity, goes with us in Phase Three because of its relationship to God Himself: His Thinking! The only possession we can carry on our trip to heaven is what is already stored in our souls by way of the Word of Truth!
For the sake of the Truth which abides in us and will be with us forever! (2Jn 1:2)
Make sure that your character [Thinking] is free from the love of money, [Wanting things!] being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU, so that we confidently say, THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME? (Heb 13:5-6)
Now, having sustaining food and a change of clothing, let us be content with these things. (1Ti 6:8)
What is the source of your food and clothing? They are DI — “Divine Issue,” not GI! (Government Issue) God marked out your logistics in eternity past. They may consist of little else than food and clothing, but they will be sufficient to maintain life. If you advance all the way to Spiritual maturity, additional blessings are issued to you which glorify God. Verse 8 states the minimum standard for contentment. It is not necessary to accumulate an abundance of materialistic possessions--to be happy. If you are not content, it is because” you are minus Truth applied to your Thinking; if you are in fellowship and have Truth in your soul, you will be content with food and clothing!
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires [Thoughts] which plunge men into ruin and destruction. [The sin unto death] (1Ti 6:9)
The lusts and thoughts of false priorities are disastrous in the life of a believer. If verse 9 describes you, your priorities are reversed. Money becomes your master, and you scheme; work all hours or cheat to obtain it. (Psa 127:2) While “temptation” is enticement to sin, the “trap” is the self-induced misery of reversionism. You may possess money and everything that money can purchase; but with all your money, prosperity and success, you will be miserable and depressed. The trap becomes a life of Divine discipline, and the reversionistic believer who departs from the world by way of the sin unto death has lived a wasted life. Wealth, success, prosperity and promotion attained in reversionism do not glorify God, nor can the monetary reversionist ever be satisfied with any of his gains.
For the love of money [Greed] is a root of all those different kinds of evil, through which [The love of money] certain ones, [Reversionistic believers] by intensely desiring it, [That is, giving money the number one priority] have swerved [Gone astray] from the Truth and have impaled themselves with many types of pains. (1Ti 6:10)
This verse is often and mistakenly interpreted to say that money in and of itself is the root of all evil. But notice, it is the love of money which creates the problem of monetary reversionism — the greed, covetousness and inordinate lust for wealth! “The root” (Riza) is actually “a root”; there is no definite article in the original text. The tree of evil has many roots. The love of money is the root of certain categories of evil thinking; especially materialism lust.
One of the most dangerous snares in life is the love of money. The minute you begin to love money and think about it all the time; instead of Truth, that is when wealth has become your master, and you have succumbed to monetary reversionism. Money is a useful servant but a cruel master. You corrupt money when you allow it to dictate to you; in turn, it corrupts you and motivates you to use it illegitimately for bribery, to buy power or even love. When believers are caught up in these diversions, they swerve off course from Truth. In defecting from the true source of prosperity, the monetary reversionist has pierced himself with Divine discipline — the pain of mind and body which accompanies the last four stages of reversionism.
But flee from these things, [This way of thinking] you man of God, and pursue, [Be hot!] righteousness, [Experiential] godliness, [Staying in fellowship, as God would have it] faith, [Learning and Thinking with Truth] love, [Spiritual maturity] perseverance [Keep moving] and gentleness. (1Ti 6:11)
Teach those that are rich in this present world not to be arrogant, nor to fix their security on the uncertainty of riches, but to fix their security on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy (1Ti 6:17)
Timothy had both rich and poor in his congregation. Paul charged him specifically to warn the wealthy members against monetary reversionism. It is a real temptation for the wealthy to feel secure in their material possessions; yet the poverty-stricken are not exempt from monetary reversionism. In fact, poor people are often more greedy--than the person of substance whom they use as an excuse for harboring resentment and jealousy. The poor are also frequently more devious and dishonest about money; furthermore, not having it, they assume that money is a panacea. Thus, they easily become the pawn of politicians to demand socialistic legislation, higher taxes to “soak the rich,” (A heinous fallacy) and other systems to redistribute the wealth.
In view of the uncertainty of life, it is essential to cling only to that which contains intrinsic value — Truth. God cannot give everyone money; most people would blow it! Instead, He has given every believer grace capital — Truth — by which to purchase time! For believers who utilize Divine capital, God hooks up temporal prosperity which they can enjoy to the utmost! If we would just SIT DOWN and TAKE IN TRUTH and invest God’s capital, the dividends would pour in, and we would have capacity for them!
As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you must realize that you are His guest on this earth. By His sovereign decision, everything you possess could be swept away in a moment of economic or natural catastrophe. On the other hand, whether in time of national prosperity or of national adversity, God in His sovereignty can provide all that you count wonderful. Regardless of our circumstances, the issue is not the possession of money or the lack of it but Truth in our soul. The only believers, who are ever truly bankrupt, are those without Divine Thinking!
Three categories of personal sin exist in the human race: (1) Thinking sins, which include envy, greed, lust, jealousy, pride, bitterness, vindictiveness, relentlessness, hatred, anger, guilt reaction, self-pity, etc. (2) Verbal and thinking sins like gossip, lust, slander, maligning, judging, lying: and (3) overt and thinking sins, such as murder, adultery, theft, drunkenness. All are a result of what we think! (Prov 23:7)
Each category of sin originates in the old sin nature, and your volition is involved every time you sin. You transgress Divine Standards, knowingly or unknowingly, because you want to! That portion of the anatomy known as the tongue is the instrument of verbal sins. The habitual practice of the sins of the tongue is the manifestation of verbal reversionism. (Jas 4:11; Jas 5:9)
Of the seven items on God’s “abomination list” in, (Prov 6:16-19) three are verbal sins. These are categorized as slander, lying and the use of the tongue for trouble-making. The three thinking sins on the list are directly related to evil: pride, a right lobe devising evil conspiracies and feet which run to evil. Murder, the only overt sin listed, can also be committed with the tongue character assassination. (Psa 64:3-4) The most devastating weapon any individual possesses is the tongue. Yet no country has ever enacted laws to remove it, although that would undoubtedly benefit the nation far more than the shortsighted folly of anti-gun legislation!
Sins committed with the tongue — one of the most vicious and vile forms of carnality that emanates from the soul — is motivated by mental attitude sins. (Psa 5:9)
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man. (Matt 15:18-20)
People indulge in verbal sins casually, thoughtlessly, almost haphazardly, and are often vindictive and unappeasable, as the follow-through of some mental sin. Verbal sins in the local church are commonly regarded as inconsequential and are generally excused, yet they can wreak havoc with an entire congregation. (Jas 3:5-6)
Believers are Commanded to separate from anyone in the local church who is repeatedly guilty of sins of the tongue (Rom 16:17-18) since this type of individual is designated as a troublemaker. (Psa 52:1-2) Often Christians find pseudo-compatibility with other believers and band together to criticize, slander or malign some mutual, often innocent victim; they work each other up in a relentless attack to destroy this person’s reputation. Such activity eventually becomes a psychopathic social life, and these tragic believers slide from one stage of reversionism to another!
Many people think that some shocking overt sin must be committed before Divine discipline is administered. But we can find ourselves under triple-compound discipline very quickly as a result of verbal sins.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For by which judgment you judge, you shall be judged, and by which measure you measure, it shall be measured back to you. (Matt 7:1-2)
First, there is discipline for the mental attitude sin that sponsored the sin of the tongue. Second, the verbal sin — gossip, slander, judging, criticism — also carries discipline; now the punishment is doubled. Third, God transfers to us whatever judgment would have gone to the one whom we accused of sinning — and we are under triple-compound discipline. Furthermore, if the sins we reported were real, our victim is relieved of the punishment. If we merely imagined the sins we so viciously enumerated, our innocent victim is blessed. If we would just keep our mouth shut and our nose out of the other person’s business, whatever sins he commits will receive God’s undivided attention and judgment, which, I can assure you, is far more effective than our petty criticism or maligning. (Psa 64:7-8) However, when we persist in verbal sins, our fate is sure: the sin unto death!
(Jas 5:9-20) is an illustration of verbal reversionism and its resultant discipline — physical illness, (Jas 5:14-16) national catastrophe, (Jas 5:17-18) and the sin unto death. (Jas 5:20)
Stop criticizing, brethren, [Members of the royal family of God] against others of the same kind [Fellow believers] that you not be judged. Behold, the Judge stands in the past with the result that He keeps standing before the door (Jas 5:9)
The present active imperative from stenazo means “to vent, to complain, to murmur, to malign, to slander, to criticize”; in other words, to be guilty of the sins of the tongue. The customary present tense indicates a constantly recurring activity. In the active voice, the action is produced by a reversionistic believer whose frantic search for happiness involves belittling others by means of his wagging tongue. Verbal reversionism operates on the Principle of building our happiness on someone else’s unhappiness!
The believer who persists in this type of reversionism will most certainly be judged, (Krino) or disciplined. The Judge, or krites, is God Himself. The English word “critic” is derived from this Greek word. The believer who was critical of others must now face the Divine Critic! This is not the judgment of carnality; the solution for carnality is rebound. The judgment of this passage is strictly for reversionism, which results from negative volition toward Truth. The pattern of discipline for reversionism is gradual: first comes warning adversity — standing or knocking at the door; then increased pressure, such as illness; and finally, the sin unto death. When the believer is in reversionism, God has no recourse other than to shock him or to shake up his soul as a warning to rebound. (1Jn 1:9)
During Phase Two, the believer has the choice of recognizing one of two authorities: the authority of his right pastor who teaches Truth; or if he ignores Truth, the direct disciplinary authority of God. When you absent yourself from the jurisdiction of your right pastor, the only way God can capture your attention is to inflict punishment. If you remain insensitive to the cause of your suffering or if you strike back, you will go right on out of this life by the shameful sin unto death.
However, (Jas 5:10-11) is parenthetically inserted to remind us that not all adversity is punitive action. The growing believer or the one who is in Spiritual adulthood often experiences suffering for the purpose of blessing, and this is always true for the mature believer. When the storm clouds are overhead, you should take stock of your Spiritual status to determine whether you are taking a nose dive into one of the stages of reversionism or whether the pressure is being applied to help your Spiritual growth. If you are positive to Truth, then the latter will be true.
The discourse on verbal reversionism is resumed in verse 12.
And more important, [Before all things] members of the royal family of God, stop making promises with a solemn oath neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath, but your yes keep on being yes, and your no, no that you not fall under judgment. (Jas 5:12)
In this passage, swearing falsely (Lying) is employed as the illustration of a sin of the tongue. The present active imperative from omnuo means “to make a promise with an oath.” God’s name is often used as a means to cover a lie. The oath “as God is my witness” can make a fabrication more impressive; the false can masquerade as Truth when declared in the name of heaven or in the name of some honest or respected person. Verbal reversionists are dishonest in their souls; thus, their entire lives are characterized by pretense, deceit and treachery. (Psa 12:1-8)
“Let your yes be yes, and your no, no” is idiomatic for honesty and integrity of soul. It demands that-the expression of the soul’s content in speech be candid, true, without deception. We in this country are constantly being duped by dishonest, reversionistic politicians — be they believers or unbelievers — who are seeking an easy ride to power through hypocrisy and deception. With half-Truths and fraudulent promises, many of these political people feed on the so-called minorities, alleging to champion their greedy demands while actually using this cause as a stepping-stone to power.
Any believer who becomes embroiled in the final stages of reversionism, whether verbal or any other type, is subject to severe Divine discipline — a life of untold misery and suffering. (Psa 77:1-10) The cursing can be turned to blessing only through the Principles of reversion recovery.
Verse 13 again interrupts the exposition of reversionism with a welcome interlude. In contrast to the reversionist, a Spiritually mature believer is now described as being oriented to life and possessing true happiness in either adversity or prosperity.
Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. (Jas 5:13)
The reversionist utilizes his voice for spreading deceit; the mature believer expresses his capacity for life in prayer and in joyous singing! The control of the tongue is often a manifestation of Spiritual maturity. (Jas 3:2) In fact, a believer can actually lengthen his life and find greater blessings by avoiding the sins of the tongue (Psa 34:12-13)
While the fifth chapter of James primarily stresses certain facets of prayer, three categories of reversionism are brought into focus. We have covered briefly monetary and verbal reversionism; now, beginning with verse 17, James records the experience of a Spiritually mature believer in a national crisis. In this third illustration, the prophet Elijah, a fantastic Spiritual giant, patriot and mature hero, stemmed the tide of national reversionism by his prayer. (1Ki 17:1)
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, [The old sin nature] and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. (Jas 5:17)
Elijah faced maximum apostasy and reversionism, which threatened his nation with catastrophe. Aware that Israel was on the verge of the fifth cycle of discipline, Elijah entreated God on behalf of the people. What was the content of Elijah’s prayer? That God would “knock on the door!” And for three and a half years God knocked on the door of the Northern Kingdom to warn them of impending disaster. (Deut 28:23-24) Elijah had fearlessly announced God’s warning to Ahab, the king of Israel, who promptly ignored it. Just as promptly, the rain ceased and economic depression set in. The drought devastated the agricultural economy and ultimately served to spur the nation to repentance and reversion recovery.
While believers and unbelievers alike had been wasting time in reversionism and the practice of reverse process reversionism, (1Ki 16:30-33) Elijah had redeemed (Purchased) time through prayer and learning Truth and became the man for the crisis! At the termination of three and a half years of famine, Elijah, who by now had a price on his head, went back to Ahab (1Ki 18:17-20) and issued his demand to the people of Israel:
Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. But the people did not answer him a word. (1Ki 18:21)
Elijah’s heroic challenge to the prophets of Baal is well-known. (1Ki 18:25-40) In a period of great national apostasy, a Spiritually mature communicator of the Word stands almost alone. (1Ki 18:22; Rom 11:2-5) Elijah was no exception: he was by himself as he ordered the four hundred prophets of Baal to offer their sacrifice and call down fire from their gods. When they were unsuccessful, Elijah called down fire from his God. Just as in the two instances of prayer offered for the reversionists in, (Jas 5:14-16) so after preparing his sacrifice, Elijah prayed for the repentance of the nation. (1Ki 18:36-37) Should the people respond, he would then be able to finish the prayer begun three and a half years before. The prayer for the reversionist does not become operational until he has a change of attitude toward Truth. In answer to Elijah’s prayer, the fire from heaven, which: consumed the sacrifice, sparked the necessary change of attitude. (1Ki 18:39)
Elijah had begun his first prayer in Ahab’s palace; the prayer, interrupted by three and a half years of national depression, would be concluded on Mount Carmel. (1Ki 18:43-45) This is explained in, (Jas 5:17) where Elijah began to pray. (Ingressive aorist of proseuchomai) In verse 18, the same word structure, proseuchomai, is used; but this time, it is the culminative aorist he terminated his prayer.
Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. (Jas 5:18)
“And he prayed [Proseuchomai] again [Kai plus palin]” This grammatical construction indicates the resumption of the original prayer after the elapse of three and a half years. As soon as Israel repented, or changed its’ mind, Elijah went into action. First, he ordered the prophets of Baal seized and executed. That was a manifestation of true love for his nation: as insurance against further corruption of the people, the traitors must be removed. Then, upon removing the useless, reversionistic king from the scene, (1Ki 18:41-42) Elijah’s prayer for rain became effectively operational, (Jas 5:16) the rains came, the land revived, and the nation was delivered. In place of the fifth cycle of discipline and slavery, God provided national prosperity so that the inhabitants might recover from reversionism, be evangelized where necessary and function under Operation Z to Spiritual maturity.
One of the marked advantages of the believer in Spiritual adulthood or the one, who is advancing toward the high ground, is the ability to pray for himself in time of adversity. His prayers have great power, and he can also pray effectively for the reversionist. This is a vital function of the mature believer, for there comes a time when the reversionist is in such an advanced state of strong delusion, severe illness or dying that he can only suffer!
Is it indeed possible for an entire nation to sink into reversionism? The answer is found in Hosea 4. We will look briefly at the first six verses in which this Principle is declared.
Hear the Word of the LORD, you sons of Israel; [Northern Kingdom] for the LORD has a case against the citizens of the nation because there is nothing of Truth being taught, nothing of Virtue being applied and nothing of knowing the LORD being accomplished in the Land (Hos 4:1)
“Hear,” the qal imperative of the Hebrew verb shama, connotes respect for the authority of the one who teaches Truth as well as concentration on the message. Shama is equivalent to the function of Operation Z. The indictment concerned the fact that there was an obvious case of reversionism and evil in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. God was presenting evidence against them — not for the purpose of prosecution, but as a warning to change their present course! Should His grace be rejected, God would have no alternative but to exercise His righteousness and justice by removing the nation from history! Not only did the Jews fail in their responsibility to distribute Truth to other nations, but they neglected it themselves; and finally rejected the Truth altogether. As a result, Israel began to decline, both Spiritually and materially. Truth is the very lifeline of a nation as well as of the individual believer in Jesus Christ. In ancient history, both Assyria and Rome exemplified this Principle. SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus) is the record-holder for the longest period of time as a national entity; in all of human history, for it existed, first as a republic, then as an empire, for over a thousand years. But the outstanding period in its history occurred during the era of the Antonine Caesars, from A.D. 96 to A.D. 192. For one hundred years, the Romans were free from warfare. Why? No one dared to challenge them because they possessed the strongest and best-disciplined army in the world.
An even more significant factor was the presence of a superb unit from Cappadocia — the Sixth Legion, known as the “Thunderbolts” — which was recruited from believers only. Truth gave them a fantastic mental attitude and made them fearless. Just before the short punitive expedition against the Quadi in 174, this warlike tribe had ambushed a Roman detachment, including the Thunderbolts. But these fantastic believer-soldiers fought a rear guard action under almost impossible odds, and by sheer courage and unconquerable will, they not only reestablished their lines but soundly defeated the enemy! Their bravery and example bolstered the entire populace and contributed to the tremendous prosperity of Rome, which has never been equaled by any other nation. None of the Antonine Caesars were believers. Yet during this period the canon of Scripture was completed, and the impact of Truth was being felt.
In the Northern Kingdom at the time of Hosea’s writing, circa 700 B.C., religion and legalism had replaced Truth and fellowship with God. When this condition prevails, it inevitably results in confusion, anti-military concepts, loss of freedom, and slavery for a nation. The worst disaster that could befall any people is outlined in: (Hos 4:1) no Truth, no Spiritual life, and no Friendship with God!
Instead, there is lying [False swearing] and deceiving; murdering and stealing; they break in to commit adultery, [Sex crimes] and blood reaches out and touches blood [Unrestrained violence] (Hos 4:2)
Verse 2 cites condemning evidence of the fact that the Northern Kingdom had violated the established norms of Truth, Virtue, and Knowing God! (Jer 9:23-24) False swearing is a violation of the third Commandment, (Exo 20:7) which prohibits the use of the name of God for evil purposes or as a front for unworthy causes. Also forbidden by this Commandment is false testimony or perjury in court sworn in the name of God to be true — to say, for example, “as God is my witness.”
In addition to being devoid of honor and integrity, people in reversionism are themselves susceptible to deceit, so that a reversionistic land abounds in con artists and liars. A man’s word is no longer his bond; business and professional malpractice is the order of the day. (2Ti 3:13) Once a country loses Truth, it also forfeits its Principles, and trust is a thing of the past.
In the second pair, murdering (Ratsach) and stealing (Ganav) are infractions of the sixth and eighth Commandments, (Exo 20:13-15) and refer to crime — a combination of sin and evil. Crime increases in a nation in direct proportion to the decrease in the knowledge of Truth and enforcement of the Laws of establishment. (Freedom, privacy, property, and protection)
Wrongly translated “adultery,” the next phrase is much stronger in the Hebrew: it connotes sex crimes, adult and child sexual exploitation and pornography including rape, and is a symptom, when abundant, of a sick society, and a breach of the seventh Commandment. (Exo 20:14) In a reversionistic nation, murder and violence reign, and there is neither Truth nor establishment to stem the tide. But when human freedom is therefore in jeopardy, God Himself steps in and purges the land through five cycles of discipline. (Lev 26:14-39) Under the fourth cycle of discipline, an enemy power invades the land; under the fifth, the nation is conquered.
For this cause, the Land shall mourn, and everyone who lives in it shall lose strength, along with the animals of the field and the birds of the sky; and also the fish of the lakes shall be destroyed. (Hos 4:3)
Where there is chaos of soul, chaos of the economy is a predictable consequence. “Mourn,” the qal imperfect from aval, is the vocal lamentation for economic depression brought about directly by the destruction of free enterprise and indirectly by the infiltration of reversionism and evil. In the beginning, the Northern Kingdom was a society of highly successful and prosperous people; but as they succumbed to reversionism, they began to think in terms of evil. This eventually overflowed into the economy. The government instituted those systems which stifle and destroy freedom and rob a nation of both its character and its vigor. Israel, originally a Theocracy, eroded into an evil monarchy! Even the environment, particularly animal life, is adversely affected when a nation is judged for reversionism.
Only let no one [Reversionistic believer] try to destroy the authority of someone who communicates Truth i.e., prophet or priest nor impugn [Reprimand] anyone who teaches Truth; since your people resemble those who try to destroy the authority of the priest (Hos 4:4)
Turbulence and revolt in a national entity is symptomatic of a saturation of reversionism and evil. Especially guilty are the believers of that nation, since they have rejected the authority of the communicator of Truth as well as his message. In the case of our passage, the communicators were prophets and priests. The prophet imparted the spoken Word of God; the priest, the written Word. When a majority of believers in any dispensation resist the Doctrinal teaching and the authority of their right teacher, the Laws of establishment are abandoned in favor of satanic policies of evil, and national degeneration sets in!
Once the authority of Doctrinal teachers has been ridiculed and set aside in a nation, that nation has cut its own throat! No one can extract sufficient Truth to grow Spiritually and become a preserver and stabilizer of his country simply by reading the Bible for himself! The single hope for a people is Divine Thinking, and this must be supplied by communicators with the proper Spiritual gift. (Eph 4:11-14) Without the communication of Truth, a nation has no future! Little wonder, then, that the believer’s attitude toward Truth determines the state of the nation! Whether or not the United States survives the liberalism, abandonment of Truth, reversionism and evil which today threaten to submerge it, depends on positive or negative volition toward Truth. The reversionistic Assyrians, on the brink of national destruction in 754 B.C., responded to Jonah’s ministry, recovered and prospered fantastically for 143 more years. The Northern Kingdom of Israel rejected Hosea’s ministry, crashed and burned!
Therefore, you have stumbled in the daylight, and even the prophet will stumble with you in night-darkness; and I will destroy [Silence] your Motherland [Northern Kingdom] (Hos 4:5)
“Therefore” begins to amplify the consequences of negative volition to the Truth and authority of the true communicator, in this case the True teacher was Hosea. Just as God supplies an abundance of daylight, hajon, so He had made Truth equally available to the Jews under Hosea’s ministry. (Hos 8:12) He even allowed them a grace lag of three years to take it in. Yet they squandered their days in frivolous pursuits, reveling in a fool’s paradise of reversionism until they were defeated by the Assyrians in 721 B.C. Even though there was daylight all around them, the uninterested believers were stumbling in darkness because they refused the light. Every day is an opportunity to advance Spiritually and to help save the nation because “daylight” must be in the souls of the believers if a nation is to solve its reversionistic problems!
The false teachers, foolishly influenced by the people, stumbled along with them. These communicators followed the course of greed, religion, and least resistance and told the people what they wanted to hear. (Hos 8:13-14; (2Ti 4:3) The blind were simply leading the blind! As a result of their failure to fulfill their responsibility to study and teach, the unfaithful preachers were largely responsible for tranquilizing the national mental attitude by advocating disarmament, world peace and compromise with the enemy. The Assyrians would overtake the nation, and the reversionistic teachers would be put to silence permanently, dragging the nation to ruin along with them! Their fate should be a warning to this country and to the false teachers who are primarily responsible for undermining the thoughts in the souls of many!
My nation is destroyed from lack of knowledge of Truth. Because you have rejected the Principle of knowing and Thinking with Truth, therefore I will reject you from being a priest to Me. [No impact, no ministry] Since you have neglected the Truth [Spiritual Thinking] of your God, I even I, will neglect your sons. [Citizens of the Northern Kingdom] (Hos 4:6)
You may wonder, why, if Jesus Christ controls history, does He allow evil nations to continue and better nations to be destroyed? Why do the wicked so often prosper while the “good” suffer? There must be a certain amount of pressure along the way, both personally and nationally, to put sinew in your new Spiritual nature and to maximize your role in the angelic conflict. You must see the reversionist appear to prosper in order to test your Priorities. An ambush by friends or loved ones, for example, forces you to draw upon the Spiritual assets of Truth resident in your soul and serves to reinforce your determination to continue your advance. Does Truth indeed have First place in your life? At this period in her history, Assyria was kept around as God’s whip to discipline His chosen-nation should they fail, despite His warnings, to grow in grace.
God set up the nation Israel as a priest nation (Exo 19:6) to be the keeper of Truth, to be the primary agent of evangelism throughout the world and to be an example of the Principles of freedom and privacy, (Deut 4:1-9) and it had utterly failed on all counts. Consequently, the nation would suffer total defeat and slavery! When a priest nation becomes reversionistic and negative to Truth, that nation is doomed. The word maas, translated “reject,” is even stronger in the Hebrew — “despise, scorn.” Because they despised God’s Word and scorned it as the solution to their reversionism, God will renounce them! There will be no one left to teach Truth, for He will overturn and blot out the nation.
Believers are the “salt” of the earth, (Luk 14:34-35) and as go the believers, so goes the nation. If enough believers in a nation are pursuing Truth and advancing to the high ground of Spiritual maturity, the nation and its freedoms will be preserved in spite of destructive foreign policies and decadent politicians.
Two nations in history faced the Assyrian crisis: Israel and Judah. In grace, both were warned. The Northern Kingdom failed to heed the warning and was destroyed. The Southern Kingdom turned back to Truth, survived the “overflowing scourge” and continued to exist as a nation for 140 more years. However, they too eventually succumbed to reversionism and were defeated by the Chaldeans in 586 B.C. Judah’s situation in Jeremiah’s day so closely parallels conditions in the United States of America today that we should examine a few verses from Jeremiah 8 and 9.
The wise have been dried up, disgraced; [Reversionism] they have become terrified and snared; [By false Biblical and non-Biblical thinking] they have rejected the Word of the Lord: what kind of wisdom is in them? [Satan's] (Jer 8:9)
The “wise men,” chakam, were believers who once had an edification complex of the soul and were in a mature status, but had dried up Spiritually. Without the inner fortification of Truth, the Jews became frightened when they came to the realization that they were on the verge of a great catastrophe. And well they should have been, for when national disaster finally overtook them, they were either killed or captured and their Land was devastated.
What caused the disaster? They had rejected the Word of the Lord and were taken in by false thinking! “Rejected” means that they refused it to the point of despising it. This is maximum negative volition. Therefore, “what kind of wisdom is in them?” The answer is satanic wisdom. The mataiotes opened up, and cosmic thinking infiltrated their right lobes.
Therefore I will give their wives to others, Their fields to new owners; Because from the least even to the greatest Everyone is greedy for gain; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone practices deceit. [Uses satanic and human reality] (Jer 8:10)
This verse summarizes the disintegration of Divine establishment in a nation going out under reversionism and anticipates chapter 9. First, they lost their women to the invaders. Under an agricultural economy, a field represents business; so they lost out in their industry. A third loss was military defeat. God has ordained the military as the basis for protecting human freedom. (Neh 4:14)
The blame for the national disaster is laid directly on the false prophets and priests! Why? They failed in their responsibility to communicate Truth! Instead, “out of demonic influence, or false Truth, they manufactured lies.” What were their lies? They advocated the satanic policy of human morality. (The energy of the old sin nature) It is not the responsibility of the ministry to clean up the tenements, to equalize the races or to improve the environment! Ultimately, change in social and economic conditions can be brought about only through Truth in the souls of individuals. The responsibility of the pastor is to crank it out!
THE DIVINE SOLUTION IS THE ONLY SOLUTION! THE HUMAN SOLUTION IS NO SOLUTION!
They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, [Outward human morality] Saying, Peace, peace, But there is no peace. [No Spiritual maturity and Virtue] (Jer 8:11)
And therefore the priest and prophet, (“Pastors”) and the people will be destroyed! Truth and the chance of Spiritual maturity “fruit” will pass away. (Jer 8:12-14)
The pseudo-pastors were pacifists, and their message is identical to the “peace at any price” propaganda so prevailing today. “Brotherly love” never stopped an invasion; it has never prevented war and never will prevent war, as demonstrated by, (Jer 8:15-17). The only way for a nation to find peace in the world is to maintain Spiritual and military strength and preparedness; and, when necessary, to kill the enemy! (Neh 4:9; Psa 127:1)That is the manner in which Jesus Christ delivered Israel from the Assyrian invasion of 700 B.C., (2Ki 19:35) and that is the means by which He will usher in millennial peace! (Rev 19:11-21)
The time of the harvest has passed on; the summer has been wasted; we have not received deliverance [From; slavery to their old sin nature] (Jer 8:20)
Reversionism begets false security. The “time of the harvest” was, when they were to have had “fruit” Spiritual maturity. But notice, the Scripture says, that time always passes on. No anti-Biblical system has ever worked for a Spiritual life or a national entity; nor ever will work! The word for “summer” is the gathering of the harvest at the end of the summer; wasting it refers to human viewpoint methods employed in formulating foreign policy.
For the brokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken; I mourn, dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? [Balm was worth twice its weight in silver] Is there no physician there? [Lots of them, selling IT] Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored? [Truth IN the soul; restores the soul not money IN the pocket or balm ON the body] (Jer 8:21-22)
But He answered and said, It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, [Human reality] BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD. [God's Reality] (Matt 4:4)
O that my head was dissolved into water and my eyes were a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people. (Jer 9:1)
Jeremiah was shocked as he beheld the future of his own homeland steeped in reversionism and evil. He expressed his sorrow and concern idiomatically: Oh, that he might be blinded by tears so that he would not have to face the Reality of what was ahead for his nation! So traumatic was the revelation of Judah’s discipline that Jeremiah preferred to forsake his mission rather than declare the tragic consequences of his countrymen’s reversionism. Yet to remain true to his prophetic office, he had to faithfully proclaim the message entrusted to him. He therefore disregarded his personal feelings and lowered the boom! In the remainder of chapter 9, he outlined the devastation which would increase to the nation under Divine discipline: social decay, (Verses 3, 4, 8) loss of integrity, (verses 5, 7, 9, 11) economic disaster, (Verse 12) and military destruction. (Verses 13, 14)
They bend their tongue like their bow; Lies and not Truth prevail in the land; For they proceed from evil to evil, (Mark 4:24-25) And they do not know Me, (Jer 9:24) declares the LORD. Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer. (Jer 9:3-4)
SOCIAL DECAY was manifested by sins of the tongue by — maligning, slandering, judging, condemning, and gossiping. After rejecting Truth, the Jews went from one evil to another — from the early phases of reversionism to the stages in which evil permeates the soul. In the state of strong delusion, it is impossible to know the Lord. He cannot be understood apart from Truth. Their verbal reversionism elicits Jeremiah’s warning to be on guard against their neighbors. Why? Verse 8 states the answer:
A murdering arrow is their tongue; it speaks from deceit [The old sin nature] with his mouth one speaks friendship to his neighbor, but in his thoughts, he devises a plot or an ambush. (Jer 9:8)
Out of one side of the mouth they expressed brotherly love, while out of the other they laid plans for destruction. Once Law enforcement is relaxed, then out of the cracks emerge all the criminal types. All but forgotten is the Biblical axiom that it requires Lawful violence to subdue lawless violence. There must be a righteous restraint on people’s old sin natures, which are always potential time bombs! Without Laws of establishment, “freedom and privacy, ” cannot apply. Instead, you must be on guard against those in your vicinity. LOSS OF INTEGRITY is another characteristic of the downfall of a nation.
Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips. For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man's enemies are the men of his own household. (Mic 7:5-6)
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. (Matt 10:34-35)
But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My Name. [The Lord Jesus Christ] (Luk 21:16-17)
They will deceive [Cheat] each one his neighbor, and will not speak the Truth. [And or be honest] They have trained their tongues to speak lies; they wear themselves out thinking about sinning. [Human sin nature reality] (Jer 9:5)
May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED. [God is always right!] (Rom 3:4)
With the restraint of neither Law nor Truth, reversionistic people will deceive or cheat each other; they will be unfaithful in business as well as in their social and sexual relationships. When apostasy is the order of the day, they literally “wear themselves out perverting their thoughts!” This is the story of, (Rom 1:24-32).
Your habitation [Place of protection and blessing] is in the middle of deceit--[Moral and immoral degeneracy] -- in deceit, they refuse to know Me: declares the LORD. (Jer 9:6)
Although God had blessed them exceedingly in the Land, yet His chosen people refused to know Him! Negative volition toward Truth led to blackout of the soul, scar tissue and reverse process reversionism. So what did God do? He put them in the Divine refinery!
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will refine [Discipline] them and assay them; [Examine to remove the false thinking and or people] For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people? [Members of My family] Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly [His thinking] he sets an ambush for him. (Jer 9:7-8)
The Lord would keep them in the furnace until the unclean thoughts were removed or they died; by not trying. Military action is used by God not only for the defense of freedom but as a punitive measure to correct and or remove nations. This is the fifth cycle of discipline. A nation which has declined Spiritually and has become degenerate and reversionistic has forfeited its right to exist. When the majority of the inhabitants in a nation are in reversionism and under the influence of evil, Divine retribution is a certainty!
Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD. On a nation [And or person]such as this Shall I not avenge Myself? (Jer 9:9)
God adds a very interesting clause: “Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation?” [Goi] He calls them Gentiles! To categorize the Jews as a Gentile nation is the worst possible insult! Obviously, then, they were on the verge of Divine excommunication. However, the complete significance of the term Goi is gleaned from other passages. It actually affirms that the phallic cult (Sex cult) was in full operation in Judah. The Jews had become irrevocably integrated into the Canaanite practices and, like the Canaanites, would go out under the fifth cycle of discipline.
For the mountains I will lift up mourning [Weeping] and elegy, [Song of wailing] and for the pastures of the open fields a song of lamentation because they are destroyed by fire so that no one can pass through them, nor hear the voice of the flock. Both the birds of the heavens fly away, and the cattle are gone. And I will give Jerusalem to a heap of stones, a den of jackals. And I will give the cities of Judah to desolation, [Heap of ruins] without habitation (Jer 9:10-11)
ECONOMIC DISASTER, the third result of national reversionism, affects both its cities and the outlying countryside. Either from natural disaster or at the hand of invading armies, the pastures where the sheep industry of Judah was concentrated; would be burned up. The cities would be reduced to rubble, a den of jackals, without inhabitants. Again, reversionism among the people of a nation is traced to its pastors, who have ceased to declare the Word of God! Ultimately, the overriding Principle which staves off Divine discipline is the communication of the Word of Truth — not the social gospel, or religion, not emotion, not “getting involved,” not human morality or Madison Avenue gimmicks, but a Spiritually mature pastor; with the true message. (God's) (Jer 1:9-10; John 3:34) Our country, like Judah, has been blessed by historical grace but is being destroyed by Theological evil! (Religious false thinking)
Who is the wise man that may Understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so that no one passes through? (Jer 9:12)
These two questions indicate the necessity for a communicator to Know and Understand Truth, particularly prior to national disaster! A man may possess the Spiritual gift of pastor-teacher; but if he is devoid of Truth and or Spiritual maturity in his soul, he is disoriented to contemporary history and is therefore totally inadequate and ineffective as far as the crisis situation is concerned. While he may speak with eloquent language and say nothing beautifully, it is still nothing! Unhappily, this is true today of the majority of preachers.
MILITARY DESTRUCTION is the finale of the reversionistic nation. (Jer 9:12) Along with military defeat comes the loss of freedom; as those who are the victims of the invading army are destroyed or enslaved. All privacy and property, and all rights disappear, it happened in 586 B.C. in Judah. It is a real possibility today in the United States! The only way to avert disaster is the advance toward Spiritual maturity! This illustration of national reversionism in Juda; is comparable in our own country now, and should alert us to our desperate need of Truth — and this does not mean just once a week! We must ingest it, as well as digest it every day!
The LORD said, Because they have forsaken My Law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My Voice nor walked according to it, but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, [Child sacrifice and sex cult] (Deut 18:10-11; Jer 32:33-36) as their fathers taught them. (Jer 9:13-14)
In order to forsake or desert something, it must have once been possessed. These people knew Truth at one time and had either constructed or were constructing an edification complex and were moving to Spiritual maturity; but they went negative and lost what they had gained. This will certainly be the case with those of you who forsake face-to-face teaching and or do not consistently take in the Word of God! Without the regular feeding of Truth into your soul, you become vulnerable to the stages of reversionism, and reversionism must be met with Divine justice. The Jews of Judah were judged because they went the entire route and ended up in the phallic cult and Baal worship.
Phallic reversionism is degeneracy through self-indulgence, sensuality and eroticism. It is found throughout the Bible, (2Co 12:21; Eph 4:19; Eph 5:5; Col 3:5; (1Pe 4:3; Jud 1:4) but its practice first flourished as a religion with the idolatrous Canaanites before the Israelites occupied the Land. Despite the direct Divine Commands and strict warnings against “socializing” with the Canaanites, the Jews repeatedly compromised with them and “went a-whoring” after Baal. While the Jews conquered the Canaanites on the battlefield, the Canaanites conquered the Jews through the apostasy of the phallic cult! (2Co 6:14-18)
This cult, was a virtual kaleidoscope of moral and immoral degeneracy, (Lev 18:1-30) and was practiced in groves of trees along with the worship of a nude female idol, variously called Ashtoreth, Astarte, Ishtar, Venus or Aphrodite. Inspired by demonism, which is always found where idolatry exists, (Lev 20:6) the worship included frenzied group sex (Lev 20:23) autoerotism, bestiality, incest and human sacrifice. (Deut 12:29-31) Balaam, the reversionistic prophet employed by the enemies of the Jews, was able to cast a stumbling block in their path because of their tendency for the phallic cult. (Num 25:1; Num 31:15-16; Rev 2:14) Fifteen hundred years later, certain believers in Pergamos were charged with phallic reversionism, following after the twisted thinking of Balaam.
But I have some concise things against you, because you have and hold there ones holding fast to the twisted doctrine of Balaam who taught Balak to throw a trap [Enticement] before the sons of Israel namely, to eat animals sacrificed to idols [False worship] and to fornicate. [Moral and immoral Degeneracy] (Rev 2:14)
False worship toward anything including self; produces moral and immoral degeneracy toward God. Human morality toward people and circumstances produces self-righteousness toward God! Worship toward God produces Virtue-morality toward people and circumstances! The Divine solution is the only solution! The human sin nature solution is no solution! A supernatural Spiritual life demands a supernatural Spiritual means to accomplish it! (Rom 8:4; John 4:23-24)
The earlier Jews had become so occupied in sexual activity with the Moabite and Midianite women that they fell into the entire pattern of reversionism. Their idolatry was reverse process reversionism in, Category One Love: Personal Love for God, while their fornication was reverse process reversionism in Category Two Love: Impersonal Love for all mankind. The reason the phallic cult was so devastating was that it attacked both of these categories of love and destroyed capacity for loving either God or the opposite sex. Both idolatry and fornication are Spiritually destructive to the individual and to the nation.
The church in Thyatira was likewise indicted for harboring a woman, who called herself a prophetess, but was in fact a phallic reversionist. (Rev 2:20-23) A counterpart of the famous Jezebel, who brought the phallic cult and worship of Baal to Israel when she married King Ahab, this unnamed woman of Thyatira was also leading other believers into phallic reversionism. The passage records her just retribution.
Often associated with phallic cult activity is the use of narcotics or alcohol as added stimuli for licentious orgies. To seek stimulation or happiness through chemicals is another form of reversionism. Phallic reversionism-is linked with narcotic or alcoholic reversionism in: (Gal 5:19-21)
Now the deeds from the source of the flesh [Old sin nature] are evident, which are such a category as the following: fornication, [Body unfaithfulness] impurity, [Mental unfaithfulness toward God] sensuality, [Spiritual unfaithfulness] idolatry, [False worship] sorcery, [Drug addiction] enmities, [Personal animosities] strife [Disorder] jealousy, tantrums, contentious self-seekings, dissensions, [Conflict in a group] factions, [New leaders] jealousies, inebriations, lascivious parties and similar things to these of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, [Reach Spiritual maturity; body, soul and spirit; no lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, or pride of life!] so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. (Rev 22:14-16)
Believers living continuously in carnality, that is, having an uncontrolled old sin nature; will not get into the city: the New Jerusalem; or have a reward; at the minimum! (Php 3:18-19)
The Greek work pharmakeia can mean sorcery or witchcraft, but it more specifically refers to the misuse of drugs; stimulation through chemicals. A similar situation to that in Galatia existed in the Southern Kingdom in Jeremiah’s day.
Therefore, thus says the Lord of the Armies, the God of Israel, behold, I will cause them — this people [Judah] — to eat wormwood, and I will cause them to drink the water of gall. [Tears] (Jer 9:15)
When Jesus Christ was rejected as the God of Israel; and the worship of Baal and the phallic cult were substituted, the decline of establishment was inevitable, along with Spiritual and social decay. “Lord of the Armies” all the armies angelic and human; this signifies the function of establishment in Israel, particularly the role of the military in the maintenance of human freedom. “God of Israel,” on the other hand, represents Jesus Christ in the operation of the Spiritual Principles of grace. Together, the Lord’s titles stress the two areas where recovery is required. First, by means of an awakening agent such as a great national catastrophe, the people must be brought back to the Laws of Divine establishment. Second, the believers in the nation must return to their daily intake of Truth!
Wormwood, a poisonous plant, depicts the self-destructiveness of negative volition. While a person might derive some pleasure or satisfaction from eating the plant, at the same time he poisoned himself by eating it. When the Jews became unfaithful to the Lord and sought pleasure in the phallic cult, they poisoned their own souls with self-induced misery! “Wormwood” is the Spiritual disintegration of the soul. Gall was also a poisonous plant. In building up wormwood of the soul, they tried to compensate with alcohol or drugs. (Gall) But such abuse only destroys the brain chemically, which, in turn, impairs the ability of the soul to function.
The Bible is inflexible in prohibiting the use of drugs except for medicinal purposes. Abuse of drugs and alcohol is not only a sign of reversionism, but it also creates the possibility of permanent limitation and abnormality of the soul. To recover from drug addiction is a difficult road, many times impossible without Truth. The reason is that narcotics temporarily and often permanently knock out the neurons in the brain which print information. There is neither blessing nor genuine stimulation in becoming involved in narcotics. There is, however fantastic blessing and excitement related to Reality on the road to glory with Truth!
Between wormwood and gall, the Jews neutralized their own souls while rejecting their only hope — Jesus Christ and Truth. “Tears” are the realization of their failure and form a part of their discipline. Social anarchy and departure from the Laws of establishment will cause people who are not stabilized by Truth in their souls to desperately seek happiness and substitute some form of artificial stimulation. Drug addiction is always a factor in national decline, and Israel was no exception. It therefore became necessary for God to administer the fifth cycle of discipline.
And I will disperse them among the nations, which they did not know, neither they nor their fathers, and I will send the sword after them, until I have destroyed them. (Jer 9:16)
The Lord of the Armies next turned His attention to the anti-military female peaceniks who, fearful for those they loved personally, had contributed their share toward the demoralization of the military establishment in Judah.
Thus says the LORD of hosts, Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; And send for the wailing women, that they may come! (Jer 9:17)
They had better reconsider their precarious position! “Funsville” was over, and those who had been living it up were Commanded to assemble for a lesson in weeping for the country. Also ordered to appear were the professional wailing women, who were to teach the reversionistic crowd how to lament for those they loved; those who in vain attempts to protect their women would be killed in thirty days.
Such lessons were designed to abruptly awaken the women to what they had done in reversionism. Not only had they brushed aside their right men and gone after paramours, (Male prostitutes) but they had worshipped Baal instead of the God of Israel. They had listened to the false prophets, and refused the Word as communicated by Jeremiah. They must now learn to face Reality, for the Chaldeans would shortly invade the Land to rape and pillage, torture and kill. Most of these women would soon die or be forced into a slavery worse than death. Gone would be the voice of Bible Teaching and in its place only the sound of the wailing voices of the reversionistic women. (Jer 9:18-19) Yet regardless of how forbidding may loom the future, there is always a ray of hope.
For hear, O you women, the Word of the Lord, and seize and possess with your ears the Word of His mouth, [Doctrinal Teaching] and train your daughters elegy [Song of lamentation for the dead], and each one her neighbor a death song (Jer 9:20)
Truth must be first in importance, for Divine Thinking in the soul is the “glory inside us, Christ the Living Word and our protection; and He is also the wall of fire on the outside” that protects in personal and national catastrophe, and IT is the only hope for these women, and our ONLY hope as well! Truth alone is the basis for happiness and recovery from reversionism and the sole way to pass the prosperity test should they and or we survive. But why must they continue the death song? Because it will be a testimony to the approaching fifth cycle of discipline — a means of alerting people to the importance of Truth while it is still available!
Closely akin to national reversionism is the antiestablishment Principle which focuses on individual rather than mass reversionism. To be in antiestablishment reversionism is to reject the Divine institutions: to misuse one’s freedoms and rights; to set aside the institutions of marriage and family; to reject a nation’s authority, represented by its police and military forces; to condemn its system of Law and order and its policy of free enterprise; and to favor instead some form of internationalism, socialism, liberalism, communism or revolution. In other words, antiestablishment reversionism resists, either mentally or overtly, Divinely constituted authority, ranging from self-discipline to the authority of the local, state and national governments. It fails to take awareness of the fact that without authority the human race would be in utter chaos. Some of the worst kinds of antiestablishment reversionists are draft-dodgers, conscientious objectors, revolutionists and sex perverts, all of whom contribute to the decadence; and, if not restrained, to the collapse of a nation. (Rom 1:18-32; Rom 3:13-18)
Because when they knew God [God Wrote it in our minds at birth; Rom 1:19) they did not honor Christ as God; [Negative volition] nor did they feel obligated to thank Him. In fact, [As a result of their negative volition or maladjustment to the justice of God at Salvation and or in Spiritual growth] they received worthless thoughts: evil speculations, and their ignorant right lobe received darkness [Blackout of the soul] (Rom 1:21)
Corruption runs rampant in a nation, when, in spite of a saturation of evangelism; the Gospel and Truth are rejected. God never judges a nation nor sets in motion the punitive measures which express His perfect justice until He has given that nation every opportunity to accept the remedy. The solution must begin with regeneration, (John 3:3) the entrance into God’s Plan. The previous two verses in this chapter dealt with God-consciousness — the point at which a person recognizes through the function of his own mentality the existence of God. In response to positive volition at God-consciousness, God must, and always does, provide Gospel information. Negative volition at God-consciousness and at Gospel-hearing leaves the individual without-defense at the Last Judgment (Rev 20:11-15)
No matter how self-indulgent a national entity may be, that nation will have had the opportunity of deliverance through response to the Gospel and believers growing to Spiritual maturity. Thus, God in His grace first offers the individuals in a declining nation the opportunity to adjust to the justice of God for Salvation and Spiritual maturity, and then uses that nations Spiritually mature believers as a means of arresting the nation’s downfall. However, they failed to make the necessary adjustment to the justice of God. Their emotions revolted against and suppressed all establishment Principles so that they fell in line with the policy and philosophy of evil. Their souls were in darkness, and their reversionism was complete. (Eph 4:18) Any nation saturated with such individuals is finished!
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. (Rom 1:22)
Their thinking that they were wise was evil thinking. (Ignorance and arrogance)
Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance [Ignorance of Truth] that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; [Arrogance toward Truth] (Eph 4:18)
Darkness in the right lobe from reversionism can be applied to life only as foolishness — worthless thoughts and evil rationalizations. (Human reality) The reversionist cannot solve the problems of life because he is himself one of the main problems — he can think only in terms of human reality. We are plagued in this country today with people who think what they are doing is wisdom — government leaders who advocate disarmament, military cutbacks, welfare and socialism. Free enterprise, privacy and freedom are disappearing from this land, and no one dares to sit down and start taking in Truth and reach Spiritual maturity; and then stand up and speak. What is the result? They exchange common sense for a monstrous type of evil — idolatry and religion. (Moral and immoral degeneracy)
And exchanged the glory [Essence] of the incorruptible [Immortal] God for an image in the form of corruptible [Mortal] mankind and birds and quadrupeds and reptiles. (Rom 1:23)
Will we trade, what is Eternal and Perfect for what is temporary and corrupted?
For we walk by faith, [The Spirit and Truth; God's Reality] not by sight [The old sin nature; in ignorance and arrogance, human reality] (2Co 5:7)
God’s structure of Divine Laws is designed to protect the entire human race. In addition, He has a series of Spiritual Laws which make it possible for the believer to grow Spiritually and to act as a preservative in the human race. “Exchanged” means to transform that which is glorious into a state of depravity by a process of alteration and decline. There are certain factors which contribute to the alteration in this case, negative reaction to Truth and rejection of the Laws of Divine Establishment. The glory, or essence, of the incorruptible God is found in the Laws of Divine establishment; which apply to the human race. The darkness of the reversionist has no Spiritual Understanding of the essence of God nor of His Laws; he distorts these Divine Laws by setting up a system of idolatry, worshipping symbols of God’s creation while at the same time failing to recognize the Creator. The arrogance of reversionism seeks to corrupt the power and glory of God by substituting some other object of worship. (Money, self, family, power, pleasure, social life, etc.,) Whatever we spend our money and time on is what we worship! (Rom 1:23)
Systems and institutions are not distorted until those who live under them have refused to use them. The remedy, therefore, must be in the souls of the people. When the unbeliever or believer refuses to make the proper adjustment to the justice of God, then the justice of God will adjust to him, first, in temporal judgment, and finally, in eternal judgment. (Mark 14:21; Jud 1:11-13) Thus, because of their indifference either at the point of God-consciousness or at Gospel-hearing or at the teaching of God's Word; that segment of humanity is delivered by the justice of God to a succession of Divine Laws of punishment. (Rom 2:9)
(Rom 1:24-28) Presents three “deliveries” of reversionists to the consequences of their reversionism. The first is the delivery to moral and immoral degeneracy; (Verses 24, 25) second, to perversion; (Verses 26, 27) and third, to the function of evil. (Maximum satanic mental and body involvement) (Verse 28)
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, [Satanic and old sin nature thinking] so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. (Rom 1:24)
In delivering the reversionists to their own lust pattern, God is actually respecting their free will. They have deliberately chosen against the Principles of Divine establishment and the Spiritual life; which protect and perpetuate the human race. When this happens, the old sin nature assumes full control and expresses itself, both in sin and in the satanic policies and thinking of religious human moral and immoral degeneracy. (Prov 7:10-19)
The unbeliever or believer who grows up, untaught and untrained, under permissive parents possesses neither Truth nor Divine establishment in his soul. He has no concept of the Principles of freedom, privacy, protection and the right of private property and respect for authority. If he then expresses negative volition at God-consciousness and again at the point of Gospel-hearing and or Truth; his sole aim in life is to gratify himself. (Luk 4:8; Mark 8:38) In emotional revolt, with nothing in his right lobe to which to respond, he accepts chemical stimulation and other substitutes in a frantic search for happiness. He will wind up in total anarchy and eventually become psychotic. An all too frequent expression of this pattern is the abuse and misuse of the body in the practice of homosexuality and other distortions of God’s design for sex the corruption of right man-right woman.
Thus, when neither Truth nor the Principles of establishment are operational in the soul, the individual lives on a subhuman “normal” level. (Psa 49:12; Psa 49:20; Eccles 3:18)
They [Unbeliever and believer Reversionists] who exchange the Truth of God for a lie, [False Truth of Satan: evil] they [Reversionists under the influence of evil] both worship and serve the creature, [Satan and or self] rather than the Creator [Jesus Christ] who is blessed forever. Amen! (Rom 1:25)
Always a poor exchange for the Bible, reversionism never occurs unless an individual is first exposed to the Truth and rejects it. The “lie,” therefore, is evil propaganda, or any substitute for either the Laws of Divine Establishment, (Freedom, authority, privacy, property and protection) the Gospel or Truth, or the Divine institutions of, (Freewill, marriage, family and nationalism) and is often represented by legal institutions and organizations of degeneracy: religious and civil: the Word of Truth mixed with such corruptions as sexual deviation, health and wealth, “wonders and signs,” tongues etc. The religion of Baal included homosexuality, bestiality, pederasty, pedophilia, autoerotism and fornication. Since God is ONLY worshipped through the filling of God the Holy Spirit and Truth, a person whose content of soul is expressed in these perversions; substitutes the creature, Satan and or self, or something else as the object of highest worship.
God the Father, Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit are the only true Object of worship and will be eternally blessed! Eulogetos means more than the mere praise of mankind. The adjective here connotes the inviolability of the attributes of God but focuses on one in particular justice. This attribute protects all the Divine characteristics from compromise in providing blessing and or cursing for sinful man. Justice is free to bless the unbeliever who adjusts to Divine justice at Salvation; by faith in Christ. The maladjusted reversionist, who exchanges the Truth of God for the devil’s lie, must be judged by that same justice. The validity of this Truth is affirmed by the final “amen.” (Rom 1:25)
The second delivery — to perversion — stems from the distorted soul of the reversionist who exchanges Truth for evil. Once there are kinks in the soul, they are manifested overtly, and wrongful conduct of the body follows.
Because of this, [Reversionism] God delivered them over to sexual passions of dishonor. [Perversions] For not only their females exchanged the natural [Normal] function of sex for that which is contrary to natural function. [Normal use of sex] (Rom 1:26)
Sex is an honorable passion designed to be an expression of Virtue Love between the husband and wife. (Male and female) Any sexual activity outside this Divine structure is dishonorable. Without Truth or establishment in the soul, sex ultimately degenerates into perversion. There are three sexual responses forbidden to the woman: response to herself; (Autoerotism) response to another woman; (Lesbianism) response to someone not her husband. (Fornication or adultery)
And likewise also the males, having forsaken the natural function of sex with the female, have become inflamed with sexual desire in their lust toward each other, [Of the same sex] homosexual males with homosexual males, accomplishing the perverted act and receiving back payment in themselves — that judgment of their perversion, which was inevitable. (Rom 1:27)
There is no double standard. What applies to one sex also applies to the other. Both male and female are under the same Plan of God for right man-right woman. People are not born homosexuals; we are born sinners, (Rom 3:10-12) and therefore, anyone involved in homosexuality or any kind of old sin nature activity; is a depraved and Spiritually abnormal person. (Rom 3:18) The Bible states that homosexuality is not only a sin from the old sin nature, but a disease of the soul; a cancer in society. (Lev 18:22-30) To condone homosexuality is an attack upon human freedom, marriage, the family and the nation. If this contemptible decadence is sufficiently widespread, and legitimatized; society self-destructs, and the nation eventually falls into total obliteration!
There is special judgment and cursing on homosexuality and lesbianism. (Lev 18:22) Society may condemn the behavior of the fixed degenerate, but reversionism or maladjustment to the justice of God actually produces its own judgment of such abnormal sinfulness and evil. The pay-off of sexual perversion is usually some form of mental and or physical disease!
It takes volition to become involved with homosexuality and fornication, etc. and it takes volition to cease and desist from this, and every form of carnality and reversionism. Since sexual degeneracy is an acquired sin and cultivated evil, it is curable by the same process as reversionism — through instantaneous adjustment to the justice of God in Salvation for the unbeliever, or rebound for the believer, followed by maximum adjustment to the justice of God in the persistent intake of Truth. Truth must reside in the soul and motivate the volition to overcome the old sin nature! (Rom 8:13)
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, [Controlled by Satan] (2Ti 2:26) to do those things which are not proper. (Rom 1:28)
In this verse is found the third delivery to the function of evil. God, in grace and justice, revealed Himself to these reversionists who, even after careful examination, (Dokimazo) did not respond. In turn, God, in a humorous paronomasia, (Play on words) examined them closely and disqualified (Adokimazo) them. Finding them worthless, He handed them over to their own worthless, reversionistic mind, which parallels (2Pe 2:20-22)
Rejection of the Gospel and or the Word of Truth opens the mataiotes vacuum, and draws into the mind the evil half Truths of Satan, and blacks out the soul. His and or her thinking is choked by scar tissue and evil, the reversionist is unable to orient to Divine Reality, and openly rebels against all Divine Authority, The evil functions of a person whose mind has been corrupted by reversionistic thinking are listed in the following verses.
Being filled with all unrighteousness, [Staying out of fellowship] wickedness, [Using the old sin nature] greed, evil; [Satanic thinking] full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, (Rom 1:29)
“Righteousness,” dikaiosune, is derived from the Attic Greek and implies the Thinking of a judge. Josephus described this word as “adjustment to the Law.” In bringing it into the New Testament, Paul used it to mean the justice of God. Applied to the believer, dikaiosune does not refer to personal righteousness but is a technical term for adjustment to the justice of God. Now in, (Rom 1:29) we have its opposite, adikia, meaning “unrighteous act,” or “anti-justice,” which is equivalent to maladjustment to the justice of God.
“Being fully influenced by all categories of anti-justice” is actually the title for the remainder of the passage, which lists the pay-off of reversionism.
Pleroo has several meanings in the Greek: “to fill up a deficiency, to fully possess, to fill with a certain quality, to fully influence.” In contrast to the grace wages paid by Truth in the soul, antiestablishment concepts fill the reversionist. The evils mentioned in this passage completely occupy the life of the reversionist: mental attitude sins, crime, anti-establishment; all these fully influence the unbeliever who rejects the Gospel or the believer who thinks contrary and or without the Mind of Christ: Truth! (1Co 2:16)
Paralleling, (Rom 2:4) where three words are used to describe the riches of grace — “goodness, forbearance and longsuffering” — here, three words describe the categories of adikia or maladjustment: evil, [Satanic thinking] inordinate desire, [The frantic search for happiness, which is the link between evil thought: motivation and evil function: sin] When both believers and unbelievers in a national entity are filled with all anti-justice and evil, as enumerated in the rest of the passage, the disintegration of the nation is a foregone conclusion!
Slanderers, God-haters, insolent, [Haughty, overbearing, disrespectful] arrogant ones, boastful presumption, [Braggarts] fabricators of evil thoughts, with reference to parents, disobedient ones. Ignorant ones, [Blackout of the soul] contract-breakers, [Faithless, treacherous] unloving [No instincts of love] implacable. [Relentless, irreconcilable, unforgiving, and unmerciful] (Rom 1:30-31)
Each of the items in the list follows a natural progression and explains how a people degenerate from antiestablishment to reversionism and moral and immoral religion. (Prov 7:14-19)
Such are those who, though they have total perception [Complete awareness] of the legal requirements of the justice of God, [I.E., to make instant adjustment to the justice of God by believing in Jesus Christ] that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only are doing the same things, but also give their approval to those who practice the same evil of: moral and immoral degeneracy. (Rom 1:32)
In God’s eyes, reversionists qualify for death! Both the unbeliever who has rejected the Gospel and the believer who has refused Truth have turned their backs on an issue which they understood: both were aware of the judgment or the sentence of condemnation involved in their actions! Furthermore, those who sanction the practice of reversionism are included in the condemnation. In other words, they have made heroes out of villains! Living out fellowship with God actually consists of both the practice of antiestablishment and the approval of such practices by those who are opposed to the Laws of establishment.
As with the individual, so a nation in reversionism deserves extermination, and so far in all of human history: ALL NATIONS have gone out under this Principle! Part of the function of the justice of God toward living out fellowship with God; or unbeliever reversionism is to abandon degeneracy to its life-style. Such abandonment intensifies the deviancies and develops a self-destructing increased depravity. The most awful disaster that can happen to human beings or to nations is to be left to their own destruction by the justice of God.
Only grace can reverse the situation, for grace gives us what we do not deserve! Right now our country merits death; but because of the grace of God, we have not fully reaped our just deserts. Where grace continues to operate, there is hope! The hope for our country is not in politics or politicians; but in Truth. The door remains open because people are still positive toward Truth.
Reversionism can and frequently does lead to, (Demonism; 1Sa 16:14) neurotic, psychotic or psychopathic behavior. Balaam is also a prime example of this type of reversionism.
Abandoning the straight road, [To Spiritual maturity] they have been deluded, having pursued the road of Balaam of Beor, [Reversionism] who loved the reward of wrongdoing. [Living for the old sin nature] (2Pe 2:15)
A reversionistic believer, who has abandoned (Kataleipo) the straight road, has swerved away from the normal Christian life; that is, he is no longer taking in Truth on a daily basis or advancing toward the high ground of Spiritual maturity. The constantive aorist tense of kataleipo indicates a series of negative decisions toward Truth. In forsaking the “straight road,” the reversionists in this passage; were deluded by satanic Truth which infiltrated the two lobes of the mentality through the opening of the mataiotes. In their delusion, they followed the devious path of Balaam.
Although a Gentile prophet, Balaam was truly born again: (Num 22:18; Num 24:16) but his “road” was the pursuit of reversionism which eventually resulted in madness. He had once functioned under Operation Z but later rejected or neglected Truth and entangled his soul in the turmoil of monetary reversionism. After Balak, the king of Moab, offered him “money” to curse Israel, (Num 22:6-7) Balaam tortured himself with the dollar sign every day for the rest of his life! The lust pattern of his old sin nature amounted to intense and insatiable greed and led to his insanity — but not before he received an unusual warning.
But he received a rebuke for his own transgression, [Demonism: Psychotic and monetary reversionism] the dumb ass, having preached eloquently with the voice of a man, had forbidden the madness [Insanity] of the prophet. (2Pe 2:16)
Under the strong delusion and unabated hardness of heart of reversionism, Balaam became psychotic, described by Peter as paraphronia — “outside objective thinking.” Persistent reversionism is a major cause of a neurotic or psychotic condition, and believers are not immune! A person in this state loses common sense, discernment and even his sense of humor. He becomes totally thoughtless of others, selfish, self-centered and extremely unpleasant to be around. He does not share others’ enthusiasms and has no capacity for compassion or love in any category.
After Balaam explored every avenue in an attempt to find a loophole in the Divine prohibition; and earn the reward offered by Balak, (Num 22:17) God was forced to step in and forbid the prophet from fulfilling his deceitful mission in Moab. A dumb ass had the good sense to obey the Lord, even when the Lord’s prophet did not. Three times the ass turned aside from the path when the Lord, invisible to Balaam, blocked her way. After Balaam struck her the third time for her disobedient behavior, the animal spoke (Phtheggomai) in a forceful or eloquent manner in an effort to prevent the prophet’s death.
God, speaking through the voiceless ass, was actually expressing His anger in grace, for He would give Balaam three opportunities to obey Him — but no more. (Num 24:10-11) While the Holy Spirit hindered Balaam from cursing Israel, forcing him instead to Prophesy blessing, Balaam still found a way to eventually earn his fee. Aware that intercourse with their heathen neighbors would weaken the Jews and bring God’s wrath down upon them, Balaam advised the Moabite women to entice the Israelites into fornication and the rites of the phallic cult. (Num 25:1-18) For their complicity, God disciplined and purged Israel; yet they lived on under God’s blessing and protection in spite of every satanic attempt to annihilate them. Balaam, on the other hand, rejected grace and died the sin unto death. (Num 31:8)
Ascetic reversionism is the practice of severe self-denial, which is assumed to be a means of gaining the approbation of God for either Salvation or Spirituality. A guilt reaction for some embarrassing or regrettable activity often forms the basis for asceticism. For example, a promiscuous woman, or a man who has been a heavy drinker, a woman chaser and generally a “hell raiser,” may do a complete reversal and attempt to compensate for a guilt complex by indulging in a little “self-condemning.” Believers frequently try to “make it up to God” by some form of abstinence or self-denial. These people are not positive to Truth. They are simply keeping their noses to the ascetic grindstone because of the rattling of the skeleton in the closet! Yet guilt feelings are as sinful as any overt sin they may have committed! (Rom 8:33-34)
Everyone has a trend in his old sin nature toward asceticism. This trend is more prominent in some individuals than in others, as well as more pronounced at certain times than at others. Asceticism is often an escape hatch from Reality. On the other hand, many people think they are not accomplishing anything for God unless they are suffering. Anything done by means of the old sin nature is not the Spiritual life! (Rom 8:6-8)
Since Ephesus was noted for its phallic activities, many believers in the Ephesian church were especially open to asceticism as a reaction to their former association with the self-indulgence orgies of the phallic cult. Thus, the Judaizers found ready acceptance for their teaching of asceticism. Two forms of asceticism were employed in the attack on Ephesus: the prohibition of sex and marriage and the abstinence from certain foods.
Men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the Truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the Word of God and prayer. (1Ti 4:3-5)
Ascetic reversionism rejects the legitimate enjoyment of sex in the Divine institution of marriage. Some believers in Ephesus went so far as to forbid marriage altogether. Based on reaction to the sexual excesses that always exist in pagan religion, acceptance of asceticism by many of these believers was the solution to their guilt problems.
The Greek word broma, translated “meat” in the King James Version, refers to food in general; but since asceticism often teaches that eating meat becomes an offense to God, meat is the most commonly prohibited food. Why did the ascetic reversionists consider the eating of meat to be displeasing to God? Because it is necessary to kill a creature which He has created. Paul wastes no time in refuting this erroneous concept.
Because everything created by God is good for food, and nothing is to be rejected as unclean, if the food is received with thanksgiving. (1Ti 4:4)
God created animals, birds and fish for food. (Gen 9:3) The only prerequisite for receiving any Divine provision is that we be thankful, whether for God’s provisions for happiness in marriage or pleasure in eating. A person who becomes an ascetic reversionist is particularly ludicrous because he purposely avoids all capacity for life.
LEGALISTIC AND RITUALISTIC REVERSIONISM
Following the current trend of his old sin nature, a reversionist can go in one of two directions. If he is prone to lustfulness, he will wind up in eroticism or some type of chemical sublimation; if he has a tendency toward asceticism, he will steer a course toward legalism. This latter may take many forms: monasticism, (To be a monk) tabooism (No movies, wearing makeup, dancing etc.) or “holy roller activity,” to name a few. Legalistic reversionism utilizes a system of human morality and self-righteousness for personal elevation. Since it is part of the sin nature, to want to feel superior to others, legalism: (Strict conformity to the letter of the law “outside works” (Luk 11:39-41) rather than its Thoughts “Inside Thinking” with God's Thoughts on every subject! is a common — indeed, an extremely popular type of reversionism. People actually love to be self-righteous; somehow it makes them feel clean and good even great!
The Books of Galatians and Hebrews are both directed toward legalistic reversionism, with Hebrews focusing specifically on the problem of religious ritualism. However, I would like to illustrate legalistic reversionism from a passage in Colossians.
Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day-- things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. (Col 2:16-17)
Krino, translated “judge,” more explicitly denotes an evaluation of other people which intrudes upon their privacy. In context, the source of judging was from legalistic, self-righteous, ascetic believers, who sought to build their righteousness on the legalism of Judaism. The “son of the bondwoman” (Living and thinking by the old sin nature) always persecutes the “son of the free-woman.” (Living and Thinking by the Holy Spirit and Truth) (Gal 4:29-31) In other words, the legalist always judges the Spiritually mature believer not vice versa. (Matt 7:15; Rom 14:4-13) Here, the ones involved in judging were guilty of the worst type of legalism meddling in the affairs of other believers, trying to run their lives or to squeeze them into their own mold of pseudo-Spirituality. We need to learn to Think with God's Thoughts; not each other’s! It does not matter what we think, it matters what God Thinks! (Isa 55:6-9)
The legalistic believers in Colosse sat in judgment on those who violated their false standards in two areas: (1) food and drink comparisons, and (2) the observation of ritual days. While the background of this passage is obviously Judaism, the problem remains existent today.
Fundamentalism adopted a form of legalism around the turn of the century in relation to the observance of Sunday. Like the pharisaical distortions of the ancient Sabbath, certain activities were to be avoided by Christians on Sunday. In addition to the Sunday taboo, other taboos were instituted, such as the restriction of certain foods on specified days or seasons and the prohibition of alcoholic beverage.
Believers with a trend toward asceticism distort eating habits into a system of self-righteous legalism. In this case, reverse process reversionism rejects Truth and substitutes such inconsequential issues as food taboos. In Reality, it is not what goes into the stomach but what enters the soul that counts. (Jer 15:16; Matt 4:4) Where the drinking of alcoholic beverage is concerned, there are certain Biblical prohibitions designed to protect the human race within the framework of each particular society; but these do not determine Spiritual growth or lack of it. Drinking becomes a sin when it escalates into drunkenness or alcoholism, which is always detrimental and potentially destructive to society as well as to the individual. The problem here, however, is the building of personal prejudices into a system of pseudo-Spirituality.
The observance of special holy days is no longer bona fide in the present dispensation of the Church. They were legitimate in the Old Testament as teaching aids to reveal the Plan of God for Israel and the two Advents of Christ. (Heb 10:1) The believer today is to regard every day alike. We are not to remain in the shadows of the ritual; that taught through illustration God's Thoughts for Israel, but are to move into the sunlight of the Reality of Thinking with the New Covenant Truth for the Church! (Heb 10:15-20) The infiltration of obsolete shadows and rituals into the Christian way of life is indicative of legalism, pseudo-righteousness and pseudo-Spirituality. To set apart special days as holy, individually or collectively, bears the unmistakable stamp of reversionism.
To concentrate on the unadulterated teaching of Truth under a system of strict academic discipline requires Thinking! A large segment of society today finds it far less taxing to blindly follow the nonsense of religious ritual, emotion, tongues, signs and wonders, heath and wealth; to even “being God themselves”! The next verse lists some of the phony virtues which have been proclaimed from the pulpits of ignorance as part of the Christian way of life.
Let no one deprive you of reward, taking pleasure in self-abasement [Asceticism] and in worship of the angels, [Demons] taking a stand on those things which he has seen, [Namely: dreams, visions, trances, hallucinations] being inflated with arrogance under the influence of the thinking--from the source of his flesh [The old sin nature combined with demonism] (Col 2:18)
Most people mistakenly assume that what impresses them also impresses God, and “humility” tops the list! However, the true concept of humility has generally been distorted into self-abasement — that is, catering to the asceticism of the old sin nature by a system of self-humbleness. Nothing puffs one up so much as to put oneself down! To interpret humility as some external activity is a counterfeit! Genuine humility is in the soul — saying yes to God: obeying God and His Thinking! (Php 2:3) Those who take pleasure in self-effacement have succumbed to satanic religious evil, thereby disqualifying them from the reward, of blessings from God.
The worship of demons is a form of religious reversionism which attacks the soul and affects overt functions. Remember that in the later stages of reversionism, the twisted Biblical thoughts of demons — expressions of Satan’s policy of evil — influence the believer through the opening of the mataiotes, then the believer has locked in his negative volition toward God's Holy Spirit and Truth.
Whenever a person becomes involved in any system of false teaching or idolatry, necromancy or drug addiction, he is dabbling in demon worship. (2Co 11:13-15)
A further religious activity is implied by the pursuit of the invisible — trances, dreams or visions. These hallucinations are construed to be on a equivalence with the Word; but with the completion of the canon of Scripture, revelation through these communications has ceased. God speaks today only through His Written Word in the filling of God the Holy Spirit! Ecstatics are a snare for the Spiritual moron or the reversionistic believer. The believer who yields to one of these attacks of religion invariably becomes puffed up with arrogance.
Next, we have a description of a believer who has voluntarily subordinated himself to a system of legalism in the vain hope of gaining some blessing from God.
And not holding fast to the head, [Christ — by staying in fellowship] from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints [Doctrines] and ligaments, [Promises] grows with a growth which is from God. [The True Spiritual life is Thinking with Truth not by signs wonders and emotion!] (Col 2:19)
For we walk by faith, [God's Reality] not by sight-- (2Co 5:7)
Since you have died together with Christ from the ultimate source of the basic Principles of the world, [Food, drink, moons, seasons, unclean things and animals] why, as if you were living in the world, are you constantly submitting to legalism such as, “Do not handle, [Ceremonially clean hands for all food] do not taste, [Old Covenant prohibited food] do not touch!” [Asceticism] [Which all refer to things destined to perish with use]--in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? (Col 2:20-22)
Every believer is in union with Christ and is therefore identified with Him both retroactively in His Spiritual and physical deaths and burial (Rom 6:1-23) and currently in His position at the right hand of the Father. (Col 3:1) According to the Principle of retroactive positional Truth, Christ rejected human moral and immoral satanic and human thinking at the Cross and was separated from them in His burial. Under the present control of Satan, the world is filled with satanic propaganda which centers in human moral and immoral degeneracy.
Christians, therefore, are forbidden either to love the world, (1Jn 2:15-16) or to continue to live by this worlds way of thinking! (Rom 12:2) In fact, since Christ has overcome Satan's twisted thinking, (Luk 4:1-13; John 16:33) believers can also defeat the world's false realities, (Rev 2:7; Rev 2:17; Rev 2:26; Rev 3:5; Rev 3:12) and become even more than conquerors! (Rom 8:37) Through retroactive positional Truth the believer is separated positionally (As a child) from the rulership of Satan and the old sin nature, (Rom 6:1-4) but we must become experientially dead to the control of the old sin nature and the thinking of Satan! (Rom 6:11-12; Rom 6:17-18) This is: Experiential Sanctification. (Spiritual Maturity) The Word of God is designed to defeat the evil human thinking of this world, (1Co 1:20; (1Co 3:19) along with its instigator, the devil! (1Jn 2:14)
Paul questions those religious Colossians, “Why wallow in the mire of legalism when you already possess every provision needed to live on the highest plane with Christ?” Yet believers continually place themselves under the false cure-alls of the world — the external and superficial taboos of asceticism or legalism — because they have an elevated opinion of their own thoughts. They are impressed by what they have given up for God!
Legalism and asceticism often go hand in hand. The legalist assumes that “touch not, taste not, handle not” are the means of fulfilling the command to overcome the world. Worldliness is a state of mind and can be conquered only by a right mental attitude: God's mental attitude; that our Lord used! (2Co 10:4-5; Php 2:5)
Which category of thoughts, indeed, have a reputation of wisdom by means of a self-made system of religion based on emotionalism, and by means of self-punishment and by means of unsparing, non-indulgence of the body, [Extreme asceticism] but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. [Cutting off the control of the old sin nature] (Col 2:23)
Taboos become a false system of Truth which passes for wisdom. Yet when legalists or ascetics are put to the test, they blow it every time. Under pressure, they will quickly show their arrogance.
ARROGANCE IN REVERSIONISM
Pride is not only a sin, but the fist sin in the angelic conflict of Eternity-past when Satan’s policy of evil thinking sprang from his original sin of pride, and is the main issue in our life on earth:
But you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. (Isa 14:13-14)
Predictably, therefore, he would appeal to the woman’s pride in his attack on mankind in the Garden. (Gen 3:5-6) The basic mental attitude sins in the human race since that time; have been; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life! Pride is perhaps the most insidious because it always stems from the influence of Satan's thinking — of self-importance! And this is what Satan gave to the minds of the people in the first Babylon:
They said, Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, [I will ascend above the heights of the clouds... (Isa 14:14) and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." (Gen 11:4)
And these same tactics will be used in the last Babylon! (Religion = Moral-Immoral degeneracy; Pornography = Immoral-Moral degeneracy; with Self-worship in both!)
The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations [Religions] and of the unclean things [Satanic and old sin nature thoughts] of her immorality, [Pornography] and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, [A Doctrine] BABYLON THE GREAT, [The great confusion] THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS [The Origin of pornography] AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS [Religions] OF THE EARTH." (Rev 17:4-5)
To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, I SIT [I will sit on the mount of assembly... (Isa 14:13) as A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.' (Rev 18:7)
A CITY DOES NOT THINK, THE PEOPLE IN THIS CITY DO!
This is what the citizens of Satan's false spiritual kingdom are thinking right now! Self: pride of life; satanic and human thoughts: lust of the eyes, and sensuality: (Pornography of every kind) lust of the flesh and mind! (Eph 2:2-3)
But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, [Thoughts] but man's. And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, [Satanic and human thinking] and take up his cross [Lusts of the old sin nature] and follow Me. [Grow to Spiritual maturity] For whoever wishes to save his life [His old sin nature] will lose it, [The new nature] but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel's will save it. [Complete the new nature; and reach Spiritual maturity] For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? [The new nature] For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him [No reward] when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:33-38)
We must learn Truth; to become proud of God and His Thoughts, and when this happens in your soul, YOU ARE A MATURE BELIEVER! (Rom 8:6)
When you walk about, they [God's Thoughts] will guide you; When you sleep, They will watch over you; And when you awake, They will talk to you. For the Commandment is a lamp [To Understand the world, the flesh and the devil; outside] and the teaching is light; [To show and clean the darkness from the soul; inside] And reproofs for discipline are the way of life To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. For on account of a harlot [Porno queen or king] one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life. (Prov 6:22-26)
Now therefore, my sons, listen to Me, And pay attention to the Words of my mouth. Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths. For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain. Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death. (Prov 7:25-27)
Politicians, clergy, football players, astronauts, doctors, lawyers, cowboys, and Indians, you and me; have all been and or are still being robbed by sensuality: PORNOGRAPHY!
Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, [Tempted in all ways and never sinned] arm yourselves also with the same purpose, [Thinking] because he who has suffered in the flesh [Stays in fellowship and Thinks with Truth] has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. [PORNOGRAPHY] (1Pe 4:1-3)
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, [Pay attention] fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; [Thoughts, Words, and Actions] because it is written, YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY. If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear [In fellowship] during the time of your stay on earth; (1Pe 1:13-17)
Invariably, all carnal believers and reversionists are arrogant. When you assume that your thoughts come before God’s, you are arrogant! God’s optimum Plan for your life is centered in Truth: His Thoughts! If you place anything before Truth, you have a false system of thinking, and hence blind arrogance. How many Pentecostals, who regard speaking in tongues to be more important than Truth, will admit that they are arrogant? In Reality, they are on an ego trip.
For any believer to imply that he has achieved what no other believer could, or that he has had some unique experience, or that his life has more significance than anyone else’s, is blind arrogance. Christianity as a whole has replaced the pure teaching of what God Thinks on every subject! Truth! With programism, emotionalism and works, none of which contribute to Spiritual maturity. As a result, believers in our churches today are proud of the way they have hustled in this or that organization, proud of the number of Scripture verses they have memorized, the vows and victorious-life dedications they have made, and all the other pseudo-criteria of Christianity which constitute blind arrogance in our day. (Rom 8:13)
If anyone advocates a different Doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the Doctrine conforming to godliness, [Growing to Spiritual maturity] he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the Truth, who suppose that godliness [The Spiritual life] is a means of gain. [Make money etc.] But godliness [Spiritual Maturity] actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. (1Ti 6:3-5)
Believers in reversionism will not agree with sound Divine Thinking; that is precisely why they are in reversionism. Thus, lacking Divine Thinking, they inevitably become arrogant. It is arrogance to imagine you can get along without something God has provided namely, daily Spiritual food!
Blind arrogance is characterized by ignorance and the inflation of a person’s opinion of himself beyond his true status. Under this thin veneer of pride lurks a multiplicity of inner sins — jealousy, envy, bitterness, resentment, anger, unforgiving, self-pity, guilt complex and a variety of morbid obsessions. Once these latent antagonisms are brought to the surface, they become verbal sins. The reversionist’s pride is exposed in the emergence of its counterparts; he now turns against anyone who poses a threat to his fabricated self-image, and he retaliates with slander, maligning, gossip, judging, and vengeance! The proud individual will exhibit different counterpart sins at different times and in reaction to different challenges to his false opinion of himself.
For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy [Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life!] (2Ti 3:2)
Pride is not limited to adults. Children express this sin early in life, and it often has dire consequences in the teenage period. A teenage girl, whose vanity has been inflated by undue compliments and who perhaps has been chosen the most beautiful girl in her class, is likely to develop a case of arrogance. It may not be obvious until her father, who has keen discernment, forbids her to date a certain boy, whom she regards as a status symbol. The pressure on her pride — causes it to emerge, and its counterpart becomes evident: a mental attitude sin of resentment gives way to anger, deceit or open defiance. Arrogance is a contributing factor to disobedience.
For rebellion is as the sin of divination, [Demonism] And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. [Sin and Satan worship] Because you have rejected the Word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king. [No reward; minimum] (1Sa 15:23)
Since appreciation is a part of capacity for life, an arrogant person, devoid of both, is therefore always ungrateful, “unholy” and advertises a negative attitude toward Truth.
Hang-ups are also counterparts to pride or arrogance. A hang-up is an obstacle in the normal function of life related to pride. Labeled “syndromes” by psychologists, these are symptoms typical of a condition: the condition is pride or arrogance; the syndrome is the counterpart of pride. All hang-ups have their roots in pride. There would be no hang-ups if pride did not exist! Hang-ups or pride syndromes reveal the flaws of the old sin nature, which cause a person to become snagged in some form of subjectivity or abnormality in thinking and function. When pride or arrogance is under pressure, the hang-up or character flaw becomes apparent.
Flaws or hang-ups limit a person’s ability to learn Truth. They run the gamut from legalistic guilt, to emotional cowardice, inadequacy syndromes to socialistic liberal anti-Semitic antiestablishment hang-ups. Pride and blind arrogance reject all authority in life! When a believer, so infected, is put under pressure by the pastor’s message, the symptom is revealed, and the result is resistance to Truth. The hang-up causes the arrogant believer to sit in judgment on the message and to disagree on the basis of his own false, preconceived notions, with no regard for the true exegesis of the Passage being taught.
The solution to the see-saw of pride and its counterpart is, as always, positive volition toward Truth, which insulates the soul against pride and blind arrogance.
Then He opens the ears of men [Operation Z] and seals their Instruction, [Truth resident in the soul] that He may turn man aside from His conduct, and protect man from pride. He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol. (Job 33:16-18)
THE HEBREWS’ REVERSIONISM
No dissertation on the subject of reversionism would be complete without mentioning that very real problem among the Jews in Jerusalem at the time of the writing of the Book of Hebrews; for in this Epistle’s admonition, also is placed the solution to reversionism. Addressed to the believing Jews around A.D. 67, it was the last warning before the fifth cycle of discipline was administered for the second time to the Southern Kingdom.
After Nebuchadnezzar invaded the Land in 586 B.C., the Jews were dispersed for seventy years. Judah was then restored to the Land and continued as a nation until A.D. 70. Now, once again, the nation was on the verge of collapse. The majority of its inhabitants were in reversionism, and they had been steadily moving toward the point of no return. Yet the fact that they were alive signified that God was giving them still another opportunity to recover.
The purpose of the Epistle to the Hebrews was to jar the recipients and awaken them to their reversionism and their desperate need of Truth. Those who Understood and applied Truth would depart from Jerusalem before the legions of Titus invaded the Land.
The main thrust of the book is to teach the high priesthood of Jesus Christ and the universal New Covenant priesthood of believers. This was a procedure entirely foreign to Jewish background. Why? Jesus Christ, the High Priest, was not from the Tribe of Levi but from the Tribe of Judah. Nor was the newly instituted priesthood of the believer dependent on physical birth, as was the Levitical priesthood; it was now a royal priesthood based on the new birth. (1Pe 2:9) This meant that the Jewish believers were under a new dispensation (Period of time) and now had a different mode of worship! If they did not orient to the new way of life, they would be enslaved or perish, along with a million other Jews, in August of A.D. 70 — the last month of the final year of the Biblical recognition of Israel as a national entity until the Second Advent of Christ!
The writer of Hebrews had scarcely begun his subject when he was compelled to interrupt himself. The Truth was too advanced for the Jews in reversionism. He could not continue until he had alerted them concerning their unstable position and had presented the issue of reversion recovery. Consequently, he found it necessary to insert a parenthetical dissertation on reversionism.
Concerning whom [Christ] we have many Truths to communicate and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. (Heb 5:11)
Still untaught were the Truths essential for entrance into Spiritual maturity and the normal function of the believer’s priesthood. The advanced Truths which relate the royal priesthood to being a Spiritually mature believer, requires a foundation of basic Principles. Under repeated acts of negative volition, these believers had gradually receded into reversionism and no longer possessed the necessary frame of reference. All the pieces, (Doctrines) must be grabbed and learned and used for the next growth level. Momentum must be consistent, or you lose the pieces and have to start over! In math we need addition for subtraction, and subtraction for multiplication, and multiplication for division, trigonometry, etc. And if we forget by non use (By not thinking with them) we have to go relearn them!
THIS YOU MUST REMEMBER! OR WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR PIECES! YOU WILL HAVE TO START OVER! OR DIE THE SIN UNTO DEATH!
For though by this time you ought [ARE IN DEBT] to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary Principles of the Oracles [Thoughts] of God, and you have come to need milk [Basic Truth] and not solid food. [Mature Truth] (Heb 5:12)
Many of them had been saved long enough that under normal growth they should have been able to disseminate Divine Viewpoint in the time of national crisis; yet in the various stages of reversionism, they were unable to assimilate Truth even for themselves! Whatever a believer might have originally learned is ultimately lost in reversionism. Since Truth is built on Truth, the “solid food” could not be taught until they had relearned basic Truth!
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, [Mature Truth] for he is an infant. (Heb 5:13)
The reversionist has reverted from Spiritual maturity to Spiritual infancy and can no longer apply the Word to experience. The latter stages of reversionism completely close-down the function of Truth in the right lobe.
But solid food [Advanced Truth] is belonging to the mature, [Growing and Spiritually mature believers] the ones who, because of self-discipline, and practice have their senses [Thoughts] trained to discern good [Divine Thinking] and evil. [Satan's thinking of false twisted Scripture] (Heb 5:14)
In contrast to the Spiritual baby or reversionist, the Spiritually mature believer possesses all the prerequisites for consistent intake of advanced Truth, not the least of which is self-discipline! Lack of self-control is a sign of immaturity in both the physical and Spiritual realms. Under persistent self-discipline, the believer is able to concentrate under the function of Operation Z, and he becomes obedient to the authority of the Word! Therefore, he matures quickly and acquires discernment.
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, [Constantly Think with Truth] you will never stumble! For in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you! (2Pe 1:10-11)
To Understand what are God's Thoughts; and what are satanic and human thoughts! Is the most important distinction in the Word of God! (2Ti 2:15) Only a Spiritually mature believer can distinguish between Truth as the manifestation of God’s Thoughts, and evil as the expression of Satan’s genius, between the honorable function of the mature believer, and the evil function of the reversionist.
RELEARNING BASIC TRUTH
The first six verses of Hebrews 6 indicate just how bad the situation was with the Jews in Jerusalem in A.D. 67.
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching [Basics] about the Christ, [Who Christ is and what He did] let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works [Ritual of the Old Covenant, and also the energy of the old sin nature] and of faith toward God, [Mixing the Promises with faith] (Heb 6:1)
“Therefore” — because the recipients of this Epistle were in reversionism and because the time for recovery was short (Only three years) — a Command was given which would spearhead reversion recovery: “Advance!” Bear in mind that the writer was addressing believers in Jesus Christ. As royal priests, by now they should have graduated from basic training; in reversionism, however, they were back in “boot camp!” Now they were exhorted to resume their advance to Spiritual
maturity; but the mood is potential: it depended on rebound and relearning the basic Truths of Scripture.
These basics are defined as the “elementary Truths of the Christ.” Every item on the list of fundamental Doctrines which follows, refers to Christology; therefore, this phrase is a descriptive title of the list. Christology includes the Incarnation; the Hypostatic Union; the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ; the perpetuation of His priesthood as the King-Priest through resurrection, ascension and session; the strategic victory, of the angelic conflict: and the believer’s relationship to the strategic victory through the baptism of God the Holy Spirit and through positional Truth.
After rebuilding the foundation, they must make strides toward Spiritual maturity. “Let us advance,” pharo, is a military word which has far greater strength than the English suggests. It means to advance in combat, to advance when you are under a barrage of pressure or when you are behind. And indicates that they were not advancing but were in fact retreating. How can they regain their ground? By relearning whatever elementary Doctrine that is necessary to attack and demolish their particular brand of reversionism; which in this case, is legalistic reversionism. They must understand the royal priesthood and how it differs from the Levitical priesthood. Knowledge of the subjects listed in verses 1 and 2 is absolutely essential in order to master the rest of this Epistle.
“Not laying down again” implies a sense of urgency in view of the proximity of the fifth cycle of discipline. There would be no future opportunity to do an about-face should they repeat their lapse into reversionism. The first item in the foundation which must be rebuilt is “repentance [Metanoia] from dead works.” Metanoia always means a change of mind or a reversal in thinking. It has no emotional meaning whatever, not even when used of Salvation. It definitely does not mean to feel sorry for sins!
In context, the change of mental attitude is toward “dead works” energy-of-the-flesh deeds which are dead to God’s Plan. (2Ti 1:9) Any believer who is sincerely working in an attempt to make points with God or who is simply fired up by emotion is producing dead works; human morality. God is not impressed with a facade of human morality. Why not? No matter how good, how “noble” or what end results, human morality is from the old sin nature and is an expression of the satanic policy and thinking of evil! Neither sin, human morality nor evil is acceptable to God. (Isa 64:6; Rom 8:8)
The legalistic reversionist seeks Salvation or Spirituality by his own good deeds, ability or ingenuity (Tit 3:5) But in grace, God has already done all the work. Therefore, in order to carry out the Command to advance, the Jews must change their minds away from dead works (Human works) and toward God’s work. Spirituality! (John 4:24; Rom 7:14; Rom 8:4; Gal 5:22-23)
The second Doctrine in the list, “faith [Pistis] toward God,” has three connotations: Phase One — pistis entrance into the Plan of God: Christ is the object of faith in Salvation; Phase Two pistis — faith in Truth: as the written Word — the object of faith and faith-rest; and finally, that which is believed, or Truth and or the completed body of Scripture in the soul; Spiritual maturity which gives capacity for blessing and victory in Phase Two.
Of instruction about washings [Salvation, confession of sin: Rebound, washing by the Word, and baptisms] and laying on of hands, [Ordination for ministry] and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. (Heb 6:2)
Item number three is Salvation and also rebound. (John 13:3-17) As well as “the Doctrine of baptisms.” The noun baptismos, from the Greek verb baptizo, means “to dip, to immerse, and to baptize” and means identification. There are eight types of baptisms in Scripture, five dry baptisms or actual identifications, Noah, Moses, The Cross, God the Holy Spirit, and Fire; and three wet baptisms or representative identifications. John, Christ, and the Early Church Age Believer; to teach the baptism of God the Holy Spirit. The believer must be able to distinguish between the different baptisms before he can advance to certain other Doctrines.
Fourth on the list, closely related to the Doctrine of baptisms, is the parallel classification of the “laying on of hands.” This refers to three types of ritual identifications. (1) The Old Testament sacrifices in which the sins of the guilty sinner were identified with the innocent animal. (Lev 1:4) As the priest laid one hand on the offering, the other on the offerer and symbolically transferred the sins of the guilty to the innocent victim, he was representing Christ’s identification with our sins on the Cross. (2) The laying on of hands for blessing and healing. (Acts 6:6; Acts 28:8) This ritual was strictly a function of the apostolic period and is no longer in effect. (3) The ordination to the ministry — recognition of the candidate’s gift of pastor-teacher (1Ti 4:14)
The fifth Doctrine on the agenda is “resurrection from the source of death,” (Luk 20:36; John 5:29; (1Jn 3:2)
The final principle to relearn, “and of eternal judgment,” describes the Last Judgment at the Great White Throne where all unbelievers will be resurrected to stand before Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge. (Rev 20:10-15) Since they rejected His saving work on the Cross, their indictment will be based on their own human thoughts. (Rom 2:15-16) Their sins, judged at the Cross, are no longer an issue. (1Jn 2:2)
THE PRINCIPLE OF VOLITION IN RECOVERY
And this we will do, if God permits. (Heb 6:3)
This verse is the spark that kindles reversion recovery. It is one of those passages which demonstrate that human beings have free will, but that free will must choose to operate in accord with Divine will in order for anyone to find true happiness and capacity for life. That is the purpose of the Word of God. The Jews had made a decision to take the road back from reversionism, and they recognized that it would not be easy. “And” connects the two major Thoughts in this paragraph: the reversionistic condition of the believers in Jerusalem in A.D. 67, (Heb 5:11-14) and the challenge for them to recover. (Heb 6:1-6)
In the process of giving up to reversionism, they had rejected the authority of their right pastor as well as his message. To regroup would require determination, persistence, time and the function of the day after day after day after day, rebound, reception, retention, recall, resisting temptation and repetition! Reversionism is not overcome by a simplistic rededication, a one-shot decision or some other emotional claptrap!
“This” refers to graduation from the basic Doctrines of Christology, (Who and What Christ IS) related to Soteriology, (What He did) and the steady unbroken progress toward Spiritual maturity! The aorist active indicative of poieo is ingressive, which means entrance into a state or condition. Therefore, they were actually saying, “This we will begin to do.” However, the third class condition “if” recognizes that the sovereignty of God is always a determining factor in Phase Two. Since it takes time to learn Truth, the believers would gain the tactical objective of Spiritual maturity only if God permitted them to remain on earth long enough to do so. Whenever it is God’s time to remove us from this life, we will depart — period! The writer did not know whether they would live long enough to recover; he knew only that the fifth cycle of discipline was dangerously close! (The same as with us; RIGHT NOW!)
THE HINDERING LIFE-STYLE
After the dissertation on relearning basic Doctrines, perhaps you have said, “I come to Bible class every night. I’m learning all these Spiritual Thoughts, yet I’m no farther ahead. I’m not any happier. I don’t have any Spiritual prosperity. Truth doesn’t work!” If you fall into that category, this next section sounds a note of special warning for you. What is the roadblock that hinders your advance to Spiritual maturity, even though you may be exposing yourself to Truth? The conjunctive particle gar, translated “for,” anticipates this question and introduces the explanation.
While they have the positive volition to Truth which is prerequisite to rallying from reversionism, some routine or lifestyle, some pattern of behavior or thought, is preventing reversion recovery. (Matt 13:22) In modern vernacular, these patterns are often termed “satanic and human thoughts.” This might be some function of moral or immoral degeneracy, some kind of religious activity or self-righteousness or a series of thoughts which combine to form an evil pattern of life.
Rebound provides only a temporary reprieve because the life-style remains unchanged! A person in this status will never know anything of the normal Christian life, a life so fantastic and so wonderful, it almost defies description! Normal Christian function is living as royalty, in a personal friendship with the King of Kings, with the attendant phenomenal Spiritual and temporal blessings, mature happiness, as well as success and contentment! (1Ti 6:6-8) This passage applies to all those in the royal family of God who are not living up to their royal status.
We must remember that the Greeks did not underline, highlight, rubricate or punctuate; instead, to express emphasis, they used a syntactical system, which was far more accurate and lasting. “Impossible” occurs at the beginning of the sentence to give it the greatest possible intensity: “impossible, definitely impossible!”
In the emphatic position, “impossible” underscores and highlights the total impossibility of learning Truth or regaining Spiritual maturity so long as a type of thinking exists which is in conflict with the daily Thinking with Truth. “For those” refers in context to the Jewish believers in legalistic reversionism who have reverted to a life-style of religious activity in the Temple. While they were giving lip service to the Word, their thought pattern contradicted their actions and verbal profession.
And He said to them, Rightly did Isaiah Prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. (Mark 7:6)
For in the case of those who have once been enlightened [By God the Holy Spirit; regarding the Gospel: Common Grace and Efficacious Grace] and have tasted of the heavenly gift [Believed in Christ for Eternal life] and have been made partakers of God the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the age to come, [The Spiritual life] and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, [Change of mind] since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. [Performing rituals and false twisted thinking] (Heb 6:4-6)
Forward progress is impossible, therefore, as long as two conditions persist. The first of these is the present active participle, “they crucify again and again [Anastauroo] the Son of God.” How were they crucifying Christ over and over again? By yielding to legalistic pressure and offering animal sacrifices! They possessed the Reality but were returning to dabble in the shadows. Jesus Christ was crucified once; He never again need suffer for sins. His once-for-all sacrifice was completely efficacious. (Acts 5:31) The believers in this passage had accepted the saving work of Christ. They no longer needed to go back into the Temple with their sacrifices, which in Old Testament times had symbolized the future work of Christ on the Cross, or to enter into the other ritualistic practices of Judaism. To do so was to submit themselves to a priesthood that was now dead — the Levitical priesthood. They were under a new procedure — the Royal priesthood of the New Covenant.
In the Church Age, the royal priesthood is the only bona fide operation for believers. Every believer is commissioned a royal priest with direct access to the Father. The High Priest, Jesus Christ, the God-Man, won the strategic victory of the angelic conflict by His deaths, burial, resurrection, ascension and session, which removes the old Holy of Holies as a worship function.
The second temporal participle is from paradeigmatizo, “to put to open shame,” and means “to hold in contempt, to expose to ignominy, to publicly embarrass.” Every time they returned to the Temple and engaged in its ritual, they exposed Jesus Christ to public shame and contempt. This legalistic operation had become their life-style and was blasphemous to their Lord. Any such thinking reflects negative volition to Truth and sponsors apostasy. As long as a conflict existed between learning Truth and going to the Temple, they could not escape from reversionism. Already they were slated to die a horrible death in the siege of Jerusalem under the fifth cycle of discipline. If they were to avoid the sin unto death, these roadblocks must be eliminated.
While there is no Temple today, by application, whatever a believer does habitually that keeps him from the function of Operation Z — whether it is something as innocuous as television, the bowling league or an association with a male or a female, or the more insidious practice of some form of human moral or immoral degeneracy — this is equivalent to willful disregard of Jesus Christ and obstructs reversion recovery. Attitude toward the Word determines attitude toward Christ! The Living Word cannot be divorced from the written Word!
No believer can move toward his objective while retreating from it! He can regain fellowship temporarily but never make any Spiritual headway so long as his life-style, (Thinking) compromises the Lord Jesus Christ. Maturity is incompatible with a frantic search for happiness. God has provided a superior happiness in the adult and Spiritually mature life, but it cannot be achieved through man’s OWN THOUGHTS ability, schemes, sinfulness or evil practices.
Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the Law of God, [God's Thoughts] for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh [Living by the old sin nature] cannot please God. (Rom 8:7-8)
And without faith [God's Thoughts] it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He IS and that He IS a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Heb 11:6)
SPIRITUAL MATURITY OR REVERSIONISM?
Reversionism maligns God in several ways: first, it rejects His food — Divine Thoughts, and second, it refuses His blessings. God has for every believer — without exception — immeasurable, incomparable blessings; moreover, He desires to pour them out unrestrainedly. But He cannot pour unless the believer possesses the capacity to receive them. Neglect or rejection of Truth destroys the whole package. The believer in reversionism is blasphemous. He says in effect, “I don’t want your blessings. Lord; I don’t want your friendship, your success or prosperity; I don’t want a life with meaning and purpose and definition; I don’t want Spiritual power. Don’t interfere in my life I’ll do it my way!”
Everyone wants to be happy, but we must face the issue: by what means will you seek that happiness? The road to Spiritual maturity via the daily function of Operation Z is God’s way; the path of reversed priorities — seeking happiness and success apart from Truth — is Satan's and man’s way. Perhaps you never realized that you have blasphemed God by your obstinate, self-indulgent life-style. You have never understood that He possesses phenomenal capacity for giving and that He has been waiting possibly for years to shower blessings in your direction. (Isa 30:18) It is His nature to give, and He gives on a grace basis. When you refuse His grace, He has no alternative but discipline. From the moment you are born again, you must make repeated decisions to accept God’s offer of fantastic happiness, or you will wind up in the disgrace column and go out under the sin unto death!
Reversionists are losers all the way! Reversionism and evil are sinister roadblocks in the path of tactical victory in the Christian life; yet there is no excuse for any believer not to be a winner or to live daily in the sphere of Spiritual maturity. God is glorified by winners, and He intends for every believer to be in this category. Truth in the soul not only animates capacity for life, for love and for blessing, but it enables the believer to emerge victorious in the angelic conflict.
The Jewish believers who had reached Spiritual maturity between A.D. 67 and A.D. 70 were delivered from one of the worst national disasters in history and survived to enjoy blessing and prosperity in many far-flung areas of the Roman Empire. The reversionists, on the other hand, were caught in the catastrophe and died the sin unto death. Should our nation continue on its present course, we will undoubtedly find ourselves in the same situation. Likewise, in the Tribulation, only Spiritually mature believers will survive the awesome disasters, culminating in the final conflict at Armageddon, to enter the perfect state of millennial blessing.
It is the Spiritually mature believer who knows what he is doing and where he is going in life. Truth resident in the soul is the exclusive means of maintaining sanity in an insane world! Truth can not only change the life of the believer, but it can alter the course of history, and reverse the tide of carnality, apostasy, reversionism and evil. Yet only when a maximum number of believers are faithfully taking in Truth; is national reversionism and the impact of evil diverted. (Neh 8:8-12)