These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.
As discussed in the past few weeks the vocabulary used by Christians today to describe deep problems such as addictions, subconscious behavior, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, etc is drawn primarily from science and not from scripture.
This substitution of man’s concepts for God’s concepts has “medicalized” and excused a whole variety of sinful attitudes and behaviors. Our culture has paid for this, but what is worse is that the Church is paying for it too.
An understanding of the deep and hidden dysfunctional parts of a human begins with these truths: The world is in darkness, God is light and in Him there is no darkness, humans are blind, Satan blinds humans, the human mind is in darkness and God gives light. Here are some sample verses:
1. 1 John 5:19: “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in darkness.”
2. 1 John 1:5: “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
3. John 14:17: “I will send you the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.”
4. John 9:38-41:”And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped him. And Jesus said, for judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, we see; therefore your sin remains.”
5. 1. John 3:19: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil”.
6. 2 Corinthians 4:4: “The god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
7. Ephesians 2:2: “In time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.”
8. Ephesians 4:16-18: “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”
9. Jeremiah 17.9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
10. Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
Thus today the Church is attempting to fight divorce, children in rebellion, luke warm Christians, heresies, compromise and worldliness with watered down sermons and a misguided desire to not offend anyone. It isn’t working.
Rather than send our “tough cases” to psychologists and recovery groups we should be fighting the spiritual war ourselves.
Rather than look to the medical profession for the latest psychoactive pill we should be confronting people with spiritual truth.
It’s fine to be reasonable. It virtuous to be broad minded. It’s OK to use antidepressant medications. Doctors are not evil. Psychology and cognitive therapy are useful. But these approaches are limited and people must go beyond them into the spirit world, and have their eyes opened, if they want to be really free.
A person, even a born again person, who is blind to their sin needs their “eyes opened” before they can feel contrition and enter into repentance. Therefore we preach the Word to the lost (and the Christian in denial), and God brings illumination and contrition, moving them into moral reform.
But what about the Christian who has tried, and is trying, to stop sinning, yet is unable to break certain habits? What are they blind to?
The answer is found in the teachings of “Inner Healing”, which we will take up starting next week.