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What does it mean to be double-minded?

Discussion in 'Baptists' started by iLove, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. iLove

    iLove Newbie

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

    The desire and plan of the enemy is to cause unbelief, doubt, questioning, reasoning, wavering and confusion to rule your life. Demons, principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places will come to attack you because the devil knows that without faith it is impossible to please God. Without faith, you are unable to receive from God, and you will constantly strive to fulfill these voids selfishly and through immediate gratification.

    We live in a world of instability. What far too many Christians do is mix a little of God with a lot of the world. If you lack stable faith, and misplace your faith, you become double-minded—two opinions, two wars working inside you. This sin of self-ability or self-righteousness resulted from the fall and characterizes the war that constantly rages between God and man. With our faith properly placed and maintained, the Holy Spirit, who works entirely within the parameters of the finished work of Christ, will then mightily help the believer. The Cross of Christ is the key (Romans 8:1-11).

    This is why in James 4:8 we learn that those who are double-minded need their hearts purified: "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (Once again and ever so, this is done only by Faith which ever makes the Cross its Object.) Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (Without a proper knowledge of the Cross regarding the Sanctification of the Saint, it is impossible for the Believer to live a Victorious, Christian life.)

    Acts 2:36 says, God has made Jesus Lord and Christ. The slave to Christ becomes the Lords freeman - 1 Corinthians 7:21-24. In other words the more you become a slave to Jesus the freer you become as a person. The less you are a slave to Jesus the more bound you become as a person.

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  2. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Repartee Animal: Quipping the Saints! Supporter

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    Our modern term is "ambivalent," wishy-washy.
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  3. Long Beard

    Long Beard Judeo-Christian Supporter

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    I'm so glad you brought that point out... yes, God does not like 'mixing'... never has... you know that was the problem all the way back to the beginning... The Tree of the Knowledge of Good AND Evil... it was a mixture...

    Syncretism. Golden Calf.

    Yes, we are to be single-minded with Christ.
  4. Handmaid for Jesus

    Handmaid for Jesus You can't steal my joy Supporter

    Being indecisive , halt between two opinions.God hates that.
    1 Kings 18:21
    And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
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  5. SavedByGrace3

    SavedByGrace3 Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved Supporter

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    The Greek translates this as "two souled." Your soul is the part of your that says "I."
    It is like having a car with two steering wheels and two drivers. You become unstable and fall all over the place.
    You will get nowhere.
    James does not stop there. Later in the same chapter he says:

    17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

    Now if you have a confused image of God, you will also be two souled. You will not know what to believe.

    There is no variableness with God. He does not change, and He is the source of all good gifts from heaven. If a person thinks bad things come from heaven... how could they possibly have faith in a God that is so inconsistant and variable? You cannot have faith for anything. Having a twisted "Good God/Bad Good" will have you unsure and confused. Two souled.
  6. iLove

    iLove Newbie

    One cannot really know Christ fully unless one knows and understands the Cross.
    Otherwise, he is serving and trusting “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4), which means that Christ cannot truly and properly be to that person what He wants to be because his faith is misplaced. Let’s say it in a stronger way: No believer can know Christ exactly as he should unless he knows Him in relationship to the Cross. Only there can he find more abundant life (John 10:10).