We are tested by God and it is through being tested that we grow strong. Or think of the preservative power of salt. If you have a sincere, un-envious heart that wants to help others, your whole personality will shine because of it. It is not difficult to mislead an entire congregation. This is the great lesson the apostle wants the Corinthian congregation to learn, and our own church must have a teachable spirit and learn it too. God wants to free you from the mundane, temporal, passing vanity of this life to seek the things of God. A double minded man is inconstant in all his ways.
Not only do we choose to disobey, we choose to disobey repeatedly in the same areas whether they be anger, lust, gossip, selfishness, etc. But the verse above is very black and white. What is the narrow definition? Even godly men in the Bible sometimes lapsed into double-mindedness. His name is Chris Harmse from South Africa. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
There came a time when, like John and his disciples, Jesus along with His disciples were baptizing many people. In two or three years they had sounded an alarm throughout the whole nation. While all of the qualities that will be discussed in this series are not unique to Christianity and are often promoted and taught in the secular world, many of them are, by their very nature, distinctive to the Bible or biblical Christianity. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. So, exactly what does a mature Christian look like? You can be dead to the Old life.
So this chapter is all about judgment-day integrity. Simplicity in Christ In Paul warns us about double-mindedness. The heart can be purged from self in the crucifixion. Christ talked of imprudent people whose lives are not built on the Rock. In the synoptic gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke the emphasis is on the costliness of following the Lord as a disciple. Why do we squirrel away our nest eggs and throw thousands of dollars into retirement funds? Is the term ever used of unbelievers? Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Then there is no excuse for ever being double-minded or for being insincere. They are not double minded. What you see in God is what you get. A slave in Jesus' day was a piece of property, an asset over which the owner had absolute control. And it's not like this challenge only confronts us once or twice a week. It means putting Him first and thereby seeking first the kingdom of God, i. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
A double-minded man gives in to the flesh. He's filled with God's Spirit. Belief is not enough, he says. He says that both in the world, where there were no other Christians to impress, or when he was in the pulpit he was still one man. Greater is He that is in you.
They are accursed children with hearts trained in greed. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. If you come to this church for a month you will quickly understand that I believe them and teach them too for this one reason, because I am a Christian. You know, just like when you first came to know Christ. We live our lives each day as those who are conscious of giving an account to God in the great day. Worship, prayer, the Bible and sermons are no longer a nonchalant charade but life and death. We are told not to worry — specifically in this case we are not to worry about money.
If you want to avoid the sins that accompany the love of money, Jesus prescribes a single-minded attitude toward wealth and possessions. Adapted from Matthew 1-7, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary © 1985. And the people answered him not a word. The double minded man is unstable in all his ways. There was not a city or town where there were not gathered together people whose lives were changed by their gospel. We only know that the rich young ruler went away sad, but how might he have justified keeping his wealth to himself? Are there various kinds or degrees of discipleship? The Old man is crucified. The joy is mine, and it is now complete.
In other words, he is the sincere God through and through. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. David sent his servants to inquire after the woman. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? For a slave there was no such thing as partial or part-time obligation to his master. What would you have to give up? Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Though all Christians are spiritually gifted differently, we are all called to point others to Jesus.