DOUBLE MINDED CHRISTIANS
“It is not enough to yield assent to the divine word unless that is accompanied with true and pure affection, so that our hearts are not double or divided” John Calvin (ref#164, March 2nd).
Double minded Christians are “babes.” They have the right actions but are only actors. They are yet fleshly but preform spiritually. They are “…people of the flesh…infants in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1 ESV).
“…you can’t have it both ways, banqueting with the Master one day and slumming with demons the next. Besides, the Master won’t put up with it. He wants us—all or nothing. Do you think you can get off with anything less” (1 Cor 10:19-22 MSG).
“…they flattered him [the Most High God] with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues. Their heart was not steadfast toward him…” (Ps 78:36-37 ESV). “…they were carnal, and not qualified to understand the deep mysteries of the gospel…” Albert Barnes (ref#299).
“Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh…” (Ps 78:38-39 ESV).
“…when we come to Jesus, a marvelous exchange takes place….He first lifts our burden and then lays his upon us instead. But too many people, influenced by the ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ mentality of postmodernism, want the rest without the yoke; they want to lose their burden but not to gain Christ’s. Yet the two invitations of Jesus [Matt 11:29-30] belong together; we have no liberty to pick and choose between them” John Stott (ref#258, p128, brackets mine).
“It is possible for us to do the right action from a wrong motive…Holiness has to do with more than mere acts. Our motives must be holy, that is, arising from a desire to do something simply because it is the will of God” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p43).
“’Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit….For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt 12:33-34 ESV).