minded man [is] unstable in all his ways,” James 1:8.
In the scope of what James is referring to here we find that a man who is double
minded is as unsettled as a wave of the sea driven by the wind.
Double minded in
the Greek is “dipsychos” meaning “divided in interest”, or “two-souled.”
It can also mean wavering, uncertain, doubting. Unstable in the Greek is “akatastatos”
signifying unrestrained, unruliness, restlessness, unsettled, and disorderly.
A double minded person, being unstable, is someone who,
no matter what he hears can’t make up his mind as to what is true and what is
false. He isn’t grounded in any particular doctrinal idea, but is tempted by
a melting pot of them all. He can be, and will be tossed around by any change
that comes along. Certainly anyone who falls into this category isn’t fit to
serve God as a pastor, teacher, evangelist, or leader
in Christ’s Church. Christians who’ve allowed themselves to be led or pushed
into all different types of strange doctrines, because of their inability to
recognize the truth of God’s word, are most assuredly “Double Minded”.
this day and age seem to be willing to fall for anything as long as it feels
good or feels right. Our feelings and our senses are not to be trusted. We need
to lean on the inerrant word of God for our refuge. Strange teachings which
are completely unbiblical appeal to those who aren’t familiar with scriptures. I
keep harping on this trend which is subtly creeping into our Christian lives and
is not going away any time soon. The appeal of these grossly false teachings is
getting bigger and stronger all the time. These falsehoods are becoming so main
stream that they have taken on a life of their own.
false teachers aren’t hypnotized and they aren’t forced in any way to believe in
these falsehoods. I find it difficult to believe that Christians who are well
versed in the scriptures would ever allow themselves to be so completely
deceived. If a Christian has not studied
the Bible, he can only blame himself for being unable to discern the truth from
a lie, which is what the enemy is counting on.
people are those who say one thing and do another. The men and women who lead in
the arena of unbiblical teachings are double minded. They have an agenda and it
has little to do with God. It may sound good, even good enough to fall for.
Christians who follow these quacks and adhere to their teachings are being led
into a life that is unstable, and as we read in the verse above they are
“unstable in all their ways”.
I have written
before about the believer’s foundation which is Jesus the Christ. The Foundation
of the Church is being replaced by false doctrines taught by
teachers who are themselves deceived, and those listening to them are allowing
the word of man to supplant the word of God. False teachers abound but that
would not be the case if we would study our Bibles. These charlatans come and
go, and now and then they have such an attractive but deceptive message that
they are able to cut out a niche for themselves from within the seemingly huge
pool of gullible Christians who are wandering around waiting for someone to grab
them and feed them with whatever lies sound the best. “But evil men and
seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived,”
2 Timothy 3:13.
Let me put it
in terms everyone can understand. If I was to say to you that President John F.
Kennedy was assassinated in Rome, Italy, would you believe me? Of
course not. And why not? Because there are still people alive today who saw the
assassination take place in Dallas, Texas.
That historical event is recorded in books for all to read. On the other hand if
we aren’t familiar with what the history books have recorded about the
assassination of John F. Kennedy and someone tells us JFK was shot with a bow
and arrow for example, we might believe that falsehood since we have no
knowledge of the event other than what we were just told, and if we don’t go to
the history books for ourselves then we will certainly believe a lie. The same
is true with the word of God. If we have little or no
knowledge pertaining to the truth of God’s word, then we can easily be
deceived. The whole idea behind these false teachings is that those who teach
them know many Christians don’t, or won’t, study
their Bibles and so the fields are ripe for the harvesting.
I believe the
inerrant word of God is God breathed. I believe it is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. Some of the
readers of this commentary may recognize the above words as coming from Paul’s
second letter to Timothy, but many others will not have a clue they came from
the Bible and they are the ones who run the risk of being led astray by false
teachers. Suppose you were in a Bible class and the class leader was teaching
from the Gospel of John and made the claim that in the beginning was the word
and the word was with God and the word was a God. Should someone in the class
stand up and correct the teacher? Would anyone in the class even realize the
mistake the Bible teacher made? Was that teacher being deceptive in the subtle
change of the first verse of John’s Gospel? Perhaps the students didn’t hear the
mistake. Or maybe no one in the class has a clue of what the first verse in
John’s Gospel says. The latter seems to be the case. Perhaps you noticed I
haven’t pointed out the mistake I’ve alluded to. Anyone who has studied their
Bible will immediately catch the mistake.
Bible teachers say “If it’s not in the Bible, and if Jesus didn’t talk about it,
or if it wasn’t taught by any of the Apostles, then don’t believe it”, that
my brethren is great advice. But if we have no idea whether or not Jesus or the
Apostles spoke about a certain subject then it’s a moot
point and we will be deceived. This goes for everyone on the face of this
planet. If you don’t believe the Bible is God’s Word, then you have already been
deceived. If you only believe what you have been told by man then their
deceptions are already a part of your life. If you are following someone who
says “Don’t worry about reading the Bible it’s too hard to comprehend for simple
lay people, just listen to me, I’ll tell you what the Bible says”, then you are
even more greatly deceived because you belong to a cult.
We believers in
Christ have a sure word, a truth that can’t be disputed or denied. The word of
God is ours to read; to become fully versed in the
Holy Bible is something to aspire to. We aren’t to take man’s word for what the
Bible says, or doesn’t say. As we are told in Acts 17:11, the Bereans accepted
the word with all diligence but searched the scriptures (The Old Testament) for
themselves to make sure of what they were being taught was truly from God. In
other words they weren’t double minded, they were single minded when it came to
searching the scriptures.
minded evangelists use lying signs and wonders, trickery, magic, mysticism,
babble, doctrines of devils, some proclaiming a pseudo Christ without love. They
are unstable in all their ways. Satanism comes in many forms. Some blatantly
worship Satan, and others are unconsciously or subtly
doing so. Only those who have studied their Bibles and know God’s truth can
stand against this abomination. “Speaking lies in
hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” I Timothy
Many of these
false teachers actually have an agenda. They are putting materialism before God.
Materialism is their god. Are Christians to be taught by someone who places
another god, a false god, before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Jesus
Christ is God. If we put anything before Jesus after asking Him into our lives
then we are “double minded or two-souled” divided in our interest.
How then can we
keep from being deceived by all the false claims floating around out there? We
must be constantly in His word. Read it, learn it, and memorize all the
scripture verses you can, relying on the whole council of God. Take a pocket
sized Bible with you everywhere you go. How in God’s name can Christians be so
deceived by these charlatans who are so far off base when it comes to God’s
word? Are they checking their brains at the door of these great halls and
walking in completely unarmed? That’s exactly what Satan is depending on.
Christians from all over the country and from all walks of life are drawn to
these so called evangelistic revivals. Satan is depending on the fact that
they’ve left behind their only source of protection, God’s word.
the end is near; even now we are at a precipice as we hold fast and stand firm
on our faith. We must rely on the word of God to keep us from falling into the
great abyss which is Satan’s domain (temptations and lies). Satan will become
more and more determined to push all his agendas and pigheaded (unstudied)
Christians are no stumbling block for him. He will use whatever means he has at
his disposal to make it seem as though God’s word is being taught, and all the
time he’s satanically encouraging falsehoods to be taught, teachings that at
times will seem biblical but are in all actuality contrary to God’s word.
brethren without hesitation, and with boldness, we should proclaim the true and
correct word of God. We must be ready to denounce the falsehoods as they spring
forth like a flood. Allow God to empower you through His word so that you and I
will be fully equipped with the armor of God. As we are told in Ephesians 6,
only by being clothed with God’s armor can we then stand firm.
on the promises of God should be our good pleasure. Allowing sleight of hand to
permeate our lives will be our disgrace.
God bless you