THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND
FOR THOUGH WE WALK IN THE FLESH, WE DO NOT WAR AFTER THE FLESH: (FOR THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONG HOLDS;) CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST. 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-
Back in the 1960's a man named E.J. Potter put a V8 motor into a motorcycle frame and became famous for a time among the drag racing community. He was nicknamed the "Michigan Madman" (imagine that) after he made several trips down the track amidst flame and tire smoke at over 160 mph. Not many others were willing to attempt such a ride. When asked how he was able to accomplish such a feat, he said he just ignored all the people that told him he why the idea was crazy and why he couldn't do it. Then he made an interesting statement, "Ignorance is a powerful tool if applied at the right time, even usually surpassing knowledge..." Of course his tongue-
The truth never changes because all truth ultimately stems from HIM who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (Jn.14:6-
We have established in the past the certainty of the fact that the redemption and justification of GOD's elect children is effected totally outside of themselves by the mediatorial work of JESUS CHRIST in their behalf. So the "salvation" of which we are speaking here is that which is brought to pass in the minds of the LORD's own as HE opens their understandings that they might "see" and "believe" the gospel. GOD does not save HIS people through ignorance but through a knowledge of the truth. In fact the LORD JESUS said "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Jn.8:32) It is not the truth itself which produces this freedom but rather the "knowledge" of it, which is comprehended and subsequently acted upon.
In Gethsamane's garden, the LORD JESUS prayed, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (Jn.17:3) JESUS CHRIST purchased for us not only the right to be justified in the courts of heaven but to be reconciled to GOD in this mortal body by coming to a knowledge of HIM. So HE is at work in the present hour through the person of HIS HOLY SPIRIT to lead us into all truth. He has sent preachers into the earth who are taught of this SPIRIT. " For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom.10:13-
The Pentecostals say that a man can come to this knowledge through an unexplainable experience that controls his faculties. The Charismaniacs say that he can arrive here through receiving the blessings of health and material wealth. Most Evangelicals today say that a man can arrive at this knowledge by making a "decision" to do so. Humanists tell us that man arrives there by the power of positive thinking. Counselors agree and say that each man has it within his power to arrive where he needs to be by following a few steps. The natural man thinks he can know and choose GOD's way when and if he wants to.
The truth is that GOD awakens dead sinners and causes them to see and understand, "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:That, according as it is written, "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." (1 Cor 1:30-