THE BATTLE IN THE HEART,
BETWEEN THE OLD MAN AND THE NEW ONE,
CONTINUES THROUGHOUT LIFE.
WE ARE ALL IN THE MIDST
OF UNFINISHED RENEWALS OF THE MIND
The early church, as founded by the apostles, was not perfect. They struggled too with the mind pollution. They remembered the teachings of Jesus, and fought the pollution of sinful thought. Our churches of today are very different though. In the interim time between our church, and the early church, much has happened. The false doctrines in the early church led to a departure from certain primary factors that had given the early church revival and power.
The early church degenerated into such sins as selling indulgences, forgetting the importance of the prophetic message, abuse of others, dogmatic judgmentalism. The protestant reformation changed some of these, but it soon degenerated into a competition for people with the Catholicism that it had broken from, and soon used infant baptism to try to outnumber the other churches. The abuse and false doctrines have so permeated congregations today, that it bears little resemblance to the original foundation of the church. The church, both the protestant, and the catholic, are greatly polluted by evil thinking inserted by the devil through the ages.
We need to step away from the dogmas of denominationalism, and look to the New Testament, and study the doctrines and truths presented by the early church. To hold onto the present adulterated traditions and dogma, does not result in the power and love the church is to have. Many do not want to admit it, but the powerless, impotent, confused, apathetic, ignorant churches of today cannot, will not, and have not made the impact that the Lord intends. To have revival, we must un-pollute the minds of those in the church. We must get back to the purity of truth, to the Word of God, so that the mission, truths, and sincerity that can be received by the mind of Christ will rule our hearts and minds.
The main thing that caused all the degeneration of the minds in the church is the carnal thinking that has overtaken the spiritual understanding that we are to have. The word for "carnal" is the Greek word "sarkikos" which literally translated means: "meathead."
We have a "meathead" mentality in far too many Christians, and this has engendered a "meathead" church. They fought this tendency even in the early church. In our age, we find many churches, many in those churches to have pollution of mind. The meathead mentality is that polluted mind.
Romans 8:6, 10-13
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be ... And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. ...For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."
In Christianity, there are many who have allowed a "meathead" mentality to re-emerge. It has led many to false doctrines, wrong emphasis, and mistaken ideas. Many in Christianity have wrongly emphasized the carnal life. Many teach how to have carnal riches, how to have physical prosperity, but neglect the many Scriptures about spiritual blessings, riches in heaven, and eternal rewards. When the early church was in revival, they emphasized the spiritual, and mostly, they ignored the fleshly.
Most in the early church (Ananias and Sapphira being notable exceptions) did not seek earthly riches, but forsook all and served the Lord. Many of the early church could be put into prison, sacrifice their earthly wealth to give to the poorer saints in Jerusalem. They saw the world as dead souls needing life from the Lord.
Today, many are seeking to be carnally rich, and spend more time counting their monetary wealth than enjoying their spiritual wealth. There are gifts of the Spirit that many are satisfied to not have. There is the fruit of the Spirit that can be totally absent, and yet, un-missed.
Why are we so interested in the natural life, the carnal mammon which purchases only things of this world, and the acclaim of men? It is the pollution of the mind, inserted by the devil, that we need earthly riches, earthly possessions to be happy. We need to put aside this "meathead" mentality, and begin valuing the spiritual blessings of salvation, gifts of the Spirit, and heavenly reward. We need to realize that this earthly life is just temporary, and our real emphasis should be the spiritual life. The polluted ideas of the devils, bring despair, depression, and loss of real joy and peace.
As the revival of the early church subsided, many allowed the pollution of thinking to be more and more on the physical and carnal plane. This led to many problems, some of which we still suffer.
We need to cleanse out, with repentance, the pollution of the mind. Let us now begin to have a spiritual minded approach to the gospel.
Many saints today have not asked of the Lord for spiritual things. They get too taken up with their physical and monetary needs to see the spiritual victories that God wants us to have. To pray in the "name of Jesus" means more than to tack that to the end of prayers. It means to pray according to what He desires for us, and we must therefore get the "meathead mentality" out of control and the spiritual mind into control, so that we can think as Jesus thinks, desire what He desires for us.
We must keep the polluted "meathead" mentality out of our thoughts, as did Paul, and keep the spiritual mind in control. The "meathead mentality", the pollution of mind, has devastated the most of the church today.
We are to ask largely, and not to simply ask God for the minimum. We have a God Who can do "exceeding abundantly above" all our requests.
"Now unto Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think."
We can ask God "whatsoever" (John 16:23) we desire. Too often our minds are too "meat-headed" with carnal, physical, and temporal things. God wants us to raise our prayers to a higher level. We are to ask for even more than the minimum, but do it with un-polluted thinking.
"Ask ye of the Lord rain, in the time of the latter rain."
We can pray and ask for the heathen for our inheritance:
"Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession."
Too many saints try to make their prayers easy for God, they expect too little from the process of repentance. They try to ask God for only what they can foresee Him being able to do, and they have so little faith, that they cannot see the possibility of God doing great things. They are "meat-headed", and shallow in faith. They are allowing the devil to slip in doubt of God’s promises, doubt of God’s power, to pollute their minds.
The prodigal son, when traveling home from his rebellious stay away from the father. He only had faith to ask the father for the position of a slave, but the father gave him a robe, ring, shoes, fatted calf, feast, and sonship. The elder brother complained that the younger brother received so much, and the father told him that he only had to ask, and he could have always had it.
Many of us are like the prodigal and elder brother, and we ask little, we ask for the wrong things, or are too busy to ask at all.
Jonah prayed from sheol (Jonah 2:1-9). He had been dead, and God had to resurrect him to go do his job.
Stephen prayed for the salvation and mercy on his enemies, and as a result Paul became a great apostle. (Acts 7:59-60)