Summary: People today are easily deceived because they have their minds darkened by flawed thinking, or a reprobate mind. Only God and the Holy Spirit can illuminate these flaws to correct them.
Flawed Thinking: Learn Discernment!
Flawed Thinking: The Reprobate Mind Learn Discernment!
Kelly Durant 10-7-12
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith
2. How many of you remember seeing little kids argue? We often see how kids are unfair but it is the same with adults! For example, if one kid takes the seat of another, and the one who lost his seat gets mad and punches the kid in the arm, then the kid in the seat yells and accuses, “Look, he hit me!”. So the teacher turning around punishes the kid who hit, and hitting is wrong, but everyone that saw it happen knows the one at fault was the one that stole the seat. What is wrong with that picture? It is faulty reasoning and faulty judgment concerning who has guilt. And simple minds just respond without the facts!
3. Today we can apply the scripture concerning reprobate minds to what we see predominating in society today. People who are not interested in God’s truth, are those who have a reprobate mind, they live and promote lies. It comes from flawed reasoning which has been with us since the Garden of Eden. After biting into a lie the mental confusion sets in, flawed thinking skills take over; erroneous deductions cause a lack of discernment and then we invite punishment. Confusion thinking continues until death unless the person sees the light and ceases to resist the truth, and the passing of guilt on to others. The lesson of Eden is: the guilty one accuses the other one of what he or she is guilty of! A person who lies poisons their own brain and they do not even notice the damage!
Reprobate mindsets are seriously affecting the world right now destroying the values of truth, of right over wrong, of Christ over evil. Reprobate minds promote personal agendas damaging the future of nations through erroneous politics. Their persuasiveness even deceives some Christians who are swallowing up lies as truth not discerning the hypocritical malicious intentions behind it.
People with damaged minds are always quick to accuse others and they are influenced by Satan who is known as, “the accuser of the saints”. People who judge without all the facts, or worse, they distort the facts and truth, are of false witnesses. Ex 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Those who never allow for others to reply when wrongly accused are committing an offense. It was worthy of death in Moses day by breaking this law of the 10 commandments.
4. The error is that people today are often choosing to be lazy and simple-minded in their judgments and deductions. People love to get conflictive with others and emotional over certain subjects. But only fools, according to the Word of God in Proverbs, love to argue and put down not knowing the facts. Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners (accusers) delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Here is the sad part, we observe more and more that Christians are becoming simple minded due to their lack of educating their selves with the facts of current matters and with the Word of God and they don’t even recognize their own poor judgment, accusations on others, and bitterness!
Many Christians today rarely open their Bibles and seriously pray and this lack of spiritual depth keeps them simple minded and in danger of forming and expressing opinions that are of the world and not of God. Anyone can get deceived on the issues at hand whether they be matters in the church or in the nation, and be unaware of the truth God wants to reveal!
We must mature and be led by the Holy Spirit! If not the results are illogical thinking skills, and opinions with aggressiveness which brings division, not unity and peace. Sincere God fearing Christians will see clearly what is right and wrong and have the conviction to never accept a lie!
5. In Jesus day do you recall how the self righteous hypocrites accused Jesus? These people had some Biblical knowledge but they had reprobate minds and many of them had demons as they wanted to kill Jesus! They accused Jesus of having the prince of the demons in him, Beelzebub, representing all that was evil, while they were the ones who really had him! All Jesus did was good for others and he healed them and loved them but his purity and love, his holiness, exposed their lack of it and all they wanted to do was get rid of him!