Showing posts with label Worldview. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Spiritual Blindness - A Thorough Understanding of Error – Purity 973

Spiritual Blindness -  A Thorough Understanding of Error – Purity 973                         

Purity 973 02/22/2023 Purity 973 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the sun shining over the Atlantic Ocean from the point of view of the Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach SC comes to us from yours truly as this New Yorker was delighted to be experiencing 80 degrees and sunshine and had to capture the moment as my wife and I checked out the immediate surroundings of what will be our home away from home for three nights. 

Well it’s Wednesday, and even though we just got here yesterday, we will have already reached the midway point of our stay by day’s end and so I would remind each one of us to appreciate today for what it is because no matter where this last “hump day” of February finds you physically, emotionally, or spiritually, time will keep on marching forward. So we should appreciate where we are and try to find peace now, joy now with a sense of gratitude and contentment.

No, my vacation will not last forever but I get to enjoy it today. And as hard as it may believe, for those of you working, some day your job and career will come to an end, even if it means your life should expire before you retire!  So whether you are working or not, realize that the joy we have in life is greatly affected by our perspective or our world view.  

Last night after surveying the lay of the land near our resort, I lead the participants of  the Freedom in Christ course that I facilitate on Zoom to consider the “world’s view of the truth” and how it presents false equations of how we can feel accepted, significant, and secure.  The lesson demonstrated this with the following equations:

·       Performance + Accomplishments = Significance

·       Status + Recognition =  Security

·       Appearance + Admiration = Acceptance

These equations can seem to make sense and cause us to try to earn our significance, security, and acceptance in the world but the truth is revealed when those equations don’t add up.  The biographies of over achievers and the best and brightest among us often reveal that even the ultra rich and successful can be thoroughly dissatisfied with their lives even after they accomplished all their goals, were admired by the masses, or had all the financial resources to keep them in the lap of luxury for the rest of their lives. 

The reason why these equations don’t add up is because they don’t seek to answer the big questions of life and death and their ultimate purpose and meaning according to the Creator of Life, God.  

This weeks lesson also looked at the different world views in regards of science, spirituality, and relativism by examining the western, non-western, and post-modern world views and how they present a false picture of reality.  According the lesson:

The Western view generally bases their view of reality based on what can be determined by science (what’s observable) and it tends to all but deny the spiritual or supernatural possibilities of life. 

The Non-Western worldview – on the other hand while it may believe in science and what’s observable, not only believes in “spirits” or the supernatural aspects of life but believes that those forces should be respected and can be manipulated for good or bad.   

The Post modern world view tends to be relativistic because it tends to define its “own truth” based on personal experience.   

All of these views offer up an explanation of reality that would deny the truth of God’s word and the Biblical worldview.  The rules of science, the practices of animistic or pantheistic religions that seek to manipulate the “spirits”, and “doing whatever is right in our own eyes”  would not lead one to the conclusion that eternal life is secured through faith in Jesus Christ.  The truth of God’s word, in the Bible, is the only source of truth that would lead one to the ultimate acceptance, security, and significance that we all were made to experience.  God’s equation for obtaining acceptance, significance, and security is for us to receive them from Him, the creator of all things and the author of life and truth, through the way He established – through faith in Jesus Christ.    

As Christians, we understand this and we are increasingly experiencing the reality of it as we grow in our faith.  Our deepest desire is to help other people to “see the truth” too!

In our discussion, we addressed the fact that our modern society has muddied the waters of “seeing the light” because it presents the view that “all roads lead to heaven” and that one view of reality is as good as any other.  But as nice as the idea of ‘coexistence” can be, the fact that all the different religions and world philosophies about life present alternate explanations for “the way things work” indicates that they can’t all be true.  

One of the men who works with youth as a counselor was particularly concerned about how several of the youth has counseled seem to have a well grounded understanding of the various religions and philosophies out there but seemed to be completely oblivious to the possibility of the objective reality that there really is a God that they could have a relationship with or to consider that they will be accountable with what they do with their lives to Him.  

This man’s description of his counselees indicated that everything is just a theory to them., that they seem to have a such thorough understanding of all the possible explanations of reality out there but it doesn’t seem that they have considered that only one view could be true, and that they would thus be subject to that truth.  On the contrary, their lack of concern of being “right with God”, would indicate that they are incapable of believing that any of the possibilities are “real”. They can tell you what the various religions believe but they couldn’t tell you whether or not what they taught was true. Their thorough understanding seemed to stop shy of evaluating the truth claims of each possibility to determine what was true.   They essentially have a thorough understanding of error and thus are all the more spiritually blinded to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Their “open minds” would in effect keep them closed off from salvation because they have made the personal decision that there is no absolute truth, that somehow the contradictions and inconsistencies of the belief that all points of view are equally valid when it comes to ultimate reality didn’t penetrate through the accumulation of understanding the different views of life.  

This all of course reveals the reality of the spiritual forces of darkness, the powers and principalities, that would raise up any other possibility except Jesus to lead the people of this world to destruction. 

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)
4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

While only the Holy Spirit can reveal the truth of the gospel to anyone to bring them to salvation, our part is to lovingly stand in the gap and to point out the inconsistencies of the world’s various views of reality and lead people to consider the truth of God’s word and to apply it to their lives personally.   We are to cast down the arguments the world makes by telling the truth of Jesus Christ and imploring them to make a personal decision to apply it to their lives by making Jesus the Lord of their lives.   

There are various theories of how to do evangelism of course but the emphasis should always be to present Christ as God’s answer for life and how we individually must examine this thing called life and choose what we will believe, not in theory, but in practice because it will be what we do with what we have learned that will be what determines the quality and future of our lives.   

So keep walking and talking with God and be ready to give an explanation for the hop you have in Christ because when you can tell someone why you believe and what your faith in Christ has done in your life, you may be used by the Lord to open the eyes of the blind and to set the captives free.


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verses are:

Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT2)
8  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
9  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Today’s Bible verses remind us how to think as Christians and calls us to be “real” in our faith to receive the fruit of the Spirit of peace.   

The Apostle Paul presents us with the means of having peace. We are to think on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, and lovely, admirable excellent, and worthy of praise, the things of God as revealed in the Bible,  and to put everything we learn from it into practice.  TO have peace, we need to believe and practice what the Lord teaches us.  

That’s what being a disciple of Jesus and finding peace is all about. So think about those things and do those things that the Lord would have you do and share the recipe of peace that comes through faith in Jesus Christ to the world that desperately needs it.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.





2. The Bondage of the Human Will

In any treatise that proposes to deal with the human will, its nature and functions, respect should be had to the will in three different men, namely, unfallen Adam, the sinner, and the Lord Jesus Christ. In unfallen Adam the will was free, free in both directions, free toward good and free toward evil. Adam was created in a state of innocency but not in a state of holiness, as is so often assumed and asserted. Adam’s will was therefore in a condition of moral equipoise: that is to say, in Adam there was no constraining bias in him toward good or evil, and as such Adam differed radically from all his descendants, as well as from “the Man Christ Jesus.” But with the sinner it is far otherwise. The sinner is born with a will that is not in a condition of moral equipoise, because in him there is a heart that is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” and this gives him a bias toward evil. So, too, with the Lord Jesus it was far otherwise: He also differed radically from unfallen Adam. The Lord Jesus Christ could not sin because He was “the Holy One of God.” Before He was born into this world it was said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Speaking reverently then we say, that the will of the Son of Man was not in a condition of moral equipoise, that is, capable of turning toward either good or evil. The will of the Lord Jesus was biased toward that which is good because, side by side with His sinless, holy, perfect humanity, was His eternal Deity. Now in contradistinction from the will of the Lord Jesus which was biased toward good, and Adam’s will which, before his fall, was in a condition of moral equipoise—capable of turning toward either good or evil—the sinner’s will is biased toward evil, and therefore is free in one direction only, namely, in the direction of evil. The sinner’s will is enslaved because it is in bondage to and is the servant of a depraved heart.

In what does the sinner’s freedom consist? This question is naturally suggested by what we have just said above. The sinner is ‘free’ in the sense of being unforced from without. God never forces the sinner to sin. But the sinner is not free to do either good or evil because an evil heart within is ever inclining him toward sin. Let us illustrate what we have in mind. I hold in my hand a book. I release it; what happens? It falls. In which direction? Downwards; always downwards. Why? Because, answering the law of gravity, its own weight sinks it. Suppose I desire that book to occupy a position three feet higher; then what? I must lift it; a power outside of that book must raise it. Such is the relationship which fallen man sustains toward God. Whilst Divine power upholds him he is preserved from plunging still deeper into sin; let that power be withdrawn and he falls—his own weight (of sin) drags him down. God does not push him down anymore than I did that book. Let all Divine restraint be removed and every man is capable of becoming, would become, a Cain, a Pharaoh, a Judas. How then is the sinner to move heavenward? By an act of his own will? Not so. A power outside of himself must grasp hold of him and lift him every inch of the way. The sinner is free, but free in one direction only—free to fall, free to sin. As the Word expresses it: “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness” (Rom. 6:20). The sinner is free to do as he pleases, always as he pleases (except as he is restrained by God), but his pleasure is to sin.

In the opening paragraph of this chapter we insisted that a proper conception of the nature and function of the will is of practical importance, nay, that it constitutes a fundamental test of theological orthodoxy or doctrinal soundness. We wish to amplify this statement and attempt to demonstrate its accuracy. The freedom or bondage of the will was the dividing line between Augustinianism and Pelagianism, and in more recent times between Calvinism and Arminianism. Reduced to simple terms this means that the difference involved was the affirmation or denial of the total depravity of man. In taking the affirmative we shall now consider,[1]


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[1] Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 143–144.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Importance of Worldview and Knowing the Truth - Purity 848

The Importance of Worldview and Knowing the Truth - Purity 848

Purity 848 09/28/2022 Purity 848 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a breathtaking mountain top view comes to us from a friend who paid a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, and shared this scene on social media on Tuesday. 

Well it’s Wednesday, and I thought our friend’s photo of the Great Smoky Mountains was a great way to visually represent our arrival to another “hump day” and to suggest that we use discernment when deciding on our “worldview” and to not straddle the border of the world’s view of the truth and the truth of reality that is revealed in God’s word. While we recognize the truth of what is going on in the world and in our daily lives, as travelers on the path of Christian discipleship, we want to interpret our experiences with the wisdom that the word of God teaches us.  

Without an objective standard of truth, our thoughts and opinions about various aspects of life are not necessarily qualitatively better than anyone else. Without an objective standard of truth, everything becomes relative and confusing as people will put forth beliefs and ideas that logically contradict one another and then demand that we must affirm that they are all somehow equally true. 

Last night in the Freedom in Christ Course Men’s group that I facilliate on Zoom, we examined the course’s teaching on the importance of knowing the various types of worldviews and how they contradict the Biblical worldview. 

According to the lesson - the Western world view generally bases its view on logic and scientific observations, but all but denies any spiritual realm that may influence events on the earth.   It can range complete Atheism, with no god all, or be deist, the belief that there is a God who created everything but has since left it to its own devices and does not intervene in the lives of men. 

The lesson also presents the “Non-Western worldview” – that generally believes that the universe is controlled by a kind of universal power that runs through everything and by spirits of many types.  This view can range from animistic (God is in everything), to pagan (there are local or tribal gods that can work for or against you) and spiritist – there are good and bad spiritual entities and those of the departed that can be communicated with).  Where the western view generally denies the spiritual realm, the non-western view has many forms and expressions that affirms it and seeks to manipulate it.  

And finally, the lesson presented the “post-Modern” worldview which is a reaction against past generation’s reliance on science and “experts” because, after all, the experts have often proven to be wrong.  Whereas previous generations have seen truth as something revealed by God or discovered by science, “post modernists” seek to test whether ideas are valid based solely on their own personal experiences. If it feels good to me, it’s okay.  

And thus we can have political and social movements and special interest groups, that deny aspects of objective reality or flies in the face of facts but who collectively promote and reinforce each other’s outlandish views on social media because it is “true for them”. 

And thus Christians are under constant pressure to “be loving” and to affirm other’s beliefs and lifestyle choices as not only “possible” but as equally valid and true, even though logic, reason, and the word of God indicate otherwise.   

The lesson points that none these worldviews- Western, Non-Western, or Post-modern give us a true view of reality. When they all make different claims about things like our eternal destiny it becomes a little clearer that they all can’t be right, because they contradict one another.   The following excerpt comes right from last night’s lesson:

Consider the most important question facing everybody in the world: What happens when you die?

• Hinduism teaches that when a soul dies it is reincarnated in another form.

• Christianity teaches that souls spend eternity in either heaven or hell.

• Spiritists think we float around as ghosts.

 • Atheists believe that we have no soul and that when we die our existence simply ends.

Can all those things be true at the same time?

To put it another way, does what you believe will happen to you when you die make any difference to what will actually happen?

 Or will the same thing happen to everyone when they die regardless of what they believed before the event?

Surely, if Hindus are right, we will all be reincarnated. If Christians are right, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. If atheists are right, all of our existences will come to an end. If spiritists are right we’ll all float around as ghosts. But they simply can’t all be true at the same time.

So it’s clear that there is such a thing as real truth that exists whatever individuals may choose to believe.

(Anderson, Neil T.; Goss, Steve. Freedom in Christ Participant's Guide: A 10-Week Life-Changing Discipleship Course (pp. 73-74). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.) 

So how can we know what is true? 

Christ came to tell us the truth. He lived a sinless life, taught wisdom and affirmed the truth of the Old Testament scriptures that predicted His coming, performed miracles as a sign that He was heaven sent, died on the cross for our sins,  and proved that everything He said was true and that He was God by not only rising from the dead, but also literally ascending to heaven in the presence angelic witnesses.  

The truth of Christ’s claims are seen in the spread of Christianity throughout the world and the transformed lives of the millions that have put their faith in Him and live according to His teachings.  

What’s even more amazing is that while other religions won’t name Him as Lord and Savior exclusive, every faith system from, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and others pay homage to Christ some way – either as “a god” among many”, a prophet, or a wise teacher.  Christ is special enough that even the religions that deny Him want a piece of Him.  

But Christianity doesn’t do the same because they believe Christ when He said:

John 14:6 (NLT2)
6  … “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.   

So as Christians know the truth and live by it. And we shouldn’t be surprised if the world hates us for it. For Christ said:

John 15:18-19 (NLT2)
18  “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.
19  The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.

But we shouldn’t hate the world back.  Christ came to save that which was lost and to taught us to love our enemies. Just before He told His disciples how they would be hated He said.  

John 15:17 (NLT2)
17  This is my command: Love each other.

So let’s do that. Let’s love one another, be kind, but also be clear about the truth.  Love doesn’t mean affirming someone when they are harming themselves and don’t know it.

Obviously, this is a hard road to walk on: to love one another but to stand on the truth of God’s word. 

So let’s keep walking and talking with God and see what He tells us as we seek to be the peacemakers and to reconcile ourselves and others to come into His kingdom.  



Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT2)
5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Today’s Bible verse encourages us to trust the Lord and to seek His will in all you do. 

I love it when a plan comes together. I don’t plan these messages but I think God helps bring it together sometimes.  In last nights discussion, we addressed the fact that it was really hard to know what to do when talking to friends, loved ones, or others who don’t have a relationship with the Lord. How do we tell the truth in love? How do we stand for Christ and have peace with those who reject Him?  How do I live this Christian life without losing all the relationships in my life?  

I was honest and told the men to be discerning and to go to the Lord to direct their paths and pointed out how Christ usually answered questions with a question or gave answers that took into account who He was talking to.   So what do you do? It depends. 

While I could give advice to follow in every situation, that strategy doesn’t even work with regular problems on the earth because of the complexity of the realities that we face. That’s why politics is a mess. Life is not one size fits all.  

So I point to word of God every time because I know the author has the answers. As today’s verse directs our path, we should trust the Lord and lean not on our own understanding but we should seek His will in all we do and trust that He will show us what to do.   That’s walking in the Spirit.  So before you speak or act be sure check in with your heavenly Father and listen to what He tells you and trust Him to show the way to go.   


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

Chapter Four

Discipleship and the Cross - continues

So Jesus has to make it clear and unmistakable to his disciples that the need to suffer now applies to them, too. Just as Christ is only Christ as one who suffers and is rejected, so a disciple is a disciple only in suffering and being rejected, thereby participating in crucifixion. Discipleship as allegiance to the person of Jesus Christ places the follower under the law of Christ, that is, under the cross.[5]

When Jesus communicates this inalienable truth to his disciples, he begins remarkably by setting them entirely free once more. “If any want to become my followers,” Jesus says. Following him is not something that is self-evident, even among the disciples. No one can be forced, no one can even be expected to follow him. Rather, “if any” intend to follow him, despite any other offers they may get. Once again everything depends on a decision. While the disciples are already engaged in discipleship, everything is broken off once again, everything is left open, nothing is expected, nothing is forced. What he is going to say next is that decisive. Therefore, once again, before the law of discipleship is proclaimed, even the disciples must accept being set free.

“If any want to follow me, they must deny themselves.” Just as in denying Christ Peter said, “I do not know the man,” those who follow Christ must say that to themselves. Self-denial can never result in ever so many single acts of self-martyrdom or ascetic exercises. It does not mean suicide, because even suicide could be the expression of the human person’s own will. Self-denial means knowing only Christ, no longer knowing oneself. It means no longer seeing oneself, only him who is going ahead, no longer seeing the way which is too difficult for us. Self-denial says only: he is going ahead; hold fast to him.

“… and take up their cross.” The grace of Jesus is evident in his preparing his disciples for this word by speaking first of self-denial. Only when we have really forgotten ourselves completely, when we really no longer know ourselves, only then are we ready to take up the cross for his sake. When we know only him, then we also no longer know the pain of our own cross. Then we see only him. If Jesus had not been so gracious in preparing us for this word, then we could not bear it. But this way he has made us capable of hearing this hard word as grace. It meets us in the joy of discipleship, and confirms us in it.[1]

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[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, ed. Martin Kuske et al., trans. Barbara Green and Reinhard Krauss, vol. 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003), 85–86.