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The churches have ignorantly approved those things which seemed to us to be godly (like false teachings of men who are approved in the sight of men) and we have in every generation of the church, ignorantly allowed ourselves to be tossed about by every wind of doctrine. We have ignorantly given place to the devices of the enemy by not denying our "selves" (our mind, our own will and our own feelings) -by not submitting ourselves unto God in Christ.
Jesus is the Fountain of Living Water. From Him, by His Spirit flows the Counsel of the Word of God -by the Spirit of Counsel concerning His Living Word. He Himself is the Wisdom of God and the Knowledge of God is in The Face of Jesus Christ and from Him comes Understanding by His Spirit.
If the truth were known, we would have to confess that we have relied more upon our own perception of what is right in our own sight according to our own knowledge of the written word. We have been led by the counsel of the minds of men to do our own will. We have called our own will the Will of God -approving man's good intentions, human love, church fidelity and loyalty to men. And by these we have allowed the soul of man to usurp the authority of the Spirit of God even to the point that we have ignorantly allowed the enemy to use his devices against us to cause us to approve demonically inspired doctrines of demons. "All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits" (KJV Prov, 16:2)
The carnal ways of the soul of man is likened unto a foolish woman who tears down her house with her own hands (versus the things of the spirit-man.) The church has not understood the admonition in scripture: "I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp the authority of the man, but to be in silence."
How often men quote the portion of scripture that says: "resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7b) but how conveniently man tends to forget to quote the preceding, more operative and most essential portion of that verse which is: "Submit yourselves therefore unto God..." (James 4:7a)
As a body of believers if the churches were honest, we would have to admit how severely we have neglected to do the most needful thing in that verse of scripture: submit your "selves" therefore unto God i.e. to God "in Christ" and then, -resist the devil and he will flee from you.
We have foolishly exalted our own "selves" in man's own ways and doings, approving those things which are right in our own sight, calling godly and good those things which are approved in the sight of men. We have neglected the one thing that is most needful: The submitting of our selves to God "in the person of Jesus Christ."
"The self = man's perception, his way of thinking, his mind, his own thoughts and perception of things, his will, his feelings -must be denied, hence: the repeated admonitions of the Lord in the letters to the churches to consider our ways and our doings. Just where do you suppose Satan's seat of authority is? If you have been led to believe he operates from some place out in the atmosphere or from some pit in the earth, you are sadly mistaken.
We are cautioned to be aware of the devices of the enemy in our lives. We are repeatedly warned not to be ignorant even of Satan's influence upon our carnal minds. We are warned not to think of ourselves more highly that we ought -lest through our pride we fall. And we have fallen through our pride in knowledge. We have deceived ourselves into thinking we are exercising godly discernment, while we weigh and measure with the perception or eye of man. And we have done so because of the pride of man's life, the lust of his perception -even by man's own egotistical reliance upon what his eye sees (his own perception) and the lust of man's own flesh. (see 1John 2:16)
In the world of secular humanism (as with all of man's false religions) man has made himself his own highest authority.
In the world of Christendom, man has inadvertently done the same thing. Christianity has become apostate with believers practicing a form of Christianity called "Christianized Humanism" -through man's use of the word of God man has still made himself his own highest authority.
There are examples in scripture where Jesus' own disciples failed in their spiritual discernment (not knowing what spirit they were of ) and lest we fall any further in our own pride, we would do well to consider carefully how easily Satan influenced Peter unawares.)
If allowed, Satan will work his devices against us to exalt his throne above the throne of God and to work his own rebellious will through the will of man even while man is unaware. Satan is able to make his will seem like the will of God. The enemy is extremely spiritual and he works his devices with all appearance of godliness even by cloaking his unfruitful works in self-sacrificing love and religious devotion which seems pure and right in man's own sight.
Through spiritualizing the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life Satan takes full advantage of man's tendency to rely lean upon his own understanding, to rely upon his own perception of what he thinks is scriptural (or decides is incorrect) and he has led man to try to determine what is right in his own sight according to his own highest knowledge of scripture. (Continued on next page...)