What Happens When We Reject Doctrine? Scar Tissue of the Soul.
The Teen Tree of Life
BEFORE we begin, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, take a moment to name your sins to God the Father. This will allow you to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as you read this booklet ( EPH 5:18 & 1JO 1:9). IF YOU HAVE never believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity right now. Simply tell God the Father that you are believing on His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you make that decision, you are now a believer and will always be a child of God! When you die, you will spend eternity with Him forever in heaven! (JOH 3:16 & ACT 16:31).
Satan wages war against us and our only defense is the spiritual strength we build through the daily perception, metabolilzation, and application of Bible doctrine. We may sometimes think that we can handle anything Satan throws at us, but the truth is that he is much more clever than we are—he has had thousands of years of practice figuring out ways to get to us. He knows all of our weaknesses and he knows how to exploit them the minute we let our guard down. He will even take advantage of our strengths, getting us to become arrogant and legalistic; bragging about how much better we are than someone who is weak in an area where we are strong. He is always there, ready to pounce when we least expect it. 1PE 5:8 warns us that; "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
Satan promotes a popular way of thinking that is accepted by most people—a way of thinking that is described in the Bible as "darkness.” We call this way of thinking cosmic, or worldly, because it is part of the "cosmos diabolicus," which is Satan's world system, a system in place and functioning because God has temporarily allowed Satan to be the “god of this world,” (2CO 4:4). Let’s take a look at what cosmic thinking is all about.
With cosmic thinking we often become comfortable with sin and become preoccupied with ourselves. Cosmic thinking accepts human viewpoint and any religion no matter how much it may contradict the word of God. Cosmic thinking is that ever-changing, moving target of popular truth that many people accept as a replacement for the stability and clarity of eternal bible doctrine. With cosmic thinking we conveniently reject any of God's doctrines that may interfere with our lifestyle, because the Bible is just too old fashioned. Cosmic thinkers love to dismiss the Bible with comments like “that was then, but this is now.” Like Satan, the cosmic thinker believes that he can accomplish all that is good and worthwhile while remaining totally independent of God.
All of us at one time or another will get the bright idea that we can beat the system, and straddle the fence between living in the light of God's word and the darkness of Satan's cosmic way of thinking. Maybe we sometimes want to go along with the crowd. Maybe we think that we are missing out on too much fun. But the Bible is clear in telling us where we are to draw the line—we are to avoid anything that takes us away from our fellowship with God. 2CO 6:14-15 tells us; "Do not be (unequally) yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?" Here Paul was telling the Corinthians that God's people were to be marked by a different lifestyle than the pagan unbelievers of the time. In today’s world, the message is not that we are forbidden to have friendship with the unbeliever, but our Christian lifestyle (daily application of doctrine) cannot be mixed with a lifestyle that goes against all that Bible doctrine teaches us.
We are to heed 1JO 1:5-7; "…..God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin." Or as Jesus said to His disciples in LUK 16:13; " No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." (or the world)
When we continue to reject bible doctrine, we set ourselves up for a condition described as BLACKOUT OF THE SOUL. Blackout of the soul just means that if we reject doctrine (the light) often enough we will soon become enveloped with the darkness and ignorance of cosmic thinking. Blackout of the soul will occur when we refuse to hear doctrinal teaching, or if we do hear it, we won't take it seriously and we will fail to convert the doctrine into spiritual wisdom. This is what happens to us when we begin to accept the "wisdom" of someone as inexperienced as we are, over the true wisdom of doctrine. Even if we metabolize doctrine but then don't apply it because we seem overwhelmed by what is going on in our personal lives, we risk losing that light which should be shining in our soul. In His parable on the sowing of the seeds, Jesus talked about how people allow the cares of the world to take over their souls. LUK 8:14;“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature."
When we reach a point that we consistently reject doctrine we will begin to accumulate SCAR TISSUE OF THE SOUL. Once again, this is a term that you won't find in the Bible, but it is an appropriate description of what will happen when Bible doctrine is consistently ignored and replaced by cosmic thinking. Jesus Christ described this refusal to accept the word of God as hardness of the heart in MAR 8:17b-18; "Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?"
Hardening of the heart, or scar tissue of the soul, is a description of something much more serious than a temporary lapse in judgment. It is not a condition that cannot easily be remedied by acknowledging our sin to God, because it is a habitual, cosmic lifestyle that cannot be distinguished from that of the unbeliever. Like physical scar tissue, scar tissue of the soul can have a long-lasting effect or do permanent damage. This kind of injury to the soul will take time to heal. In many ways it is like a serious physical injury, only this time, it is your very soul that suffers.
Those who have scar tissue of the soul for a long time will be extremely vulnerable to their sin nature. They may become very confused and unhappy, trying to live by the cosmic rules but dissatisfied with their life because deep down they miss the purity of doctrine and the fellowship they had with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember that your soul is a battlefield. Satan may not bother to wage war against his own unregenerate people because they have already beaten themselves. But there is proof in the Bible that he will be relentless in his effort to destroy the relationship of the believer, the person who according to 2PE 1:4 are "partakers of the divine nature." The fiery darts of Satan will become more intense as you become more spiritually mature, aimed at you and the Person dwelling within you, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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