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The “Nursing Home” or “Hospital Church” causes Spiritual Schizophrenia or Double Mindedness

 

Renette Vermeulen

 

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The notion that the church is a “hospital” that constantly “nurses” spiritual, emotional, and physically diseased believers, causes the detrimental phenomenon of Spiritual Schizophrenia.  Spiritual Schizophrenia is what God calls, “double-mindedness.”  It causes “instability in all our ways,” (Jam. 1:8.)  So, double mindedness leads to double faith, double idolatry, (Mt. 6:24,) double priorities, double talk, double ways, double marriage relationships, double-handedness, and therefore, to leading a double life. 

Spiritual Schizophrenia violates all the most important Moral Law commandments of God, as well as all the most important Moral-Law ethics among believers, spouses, families, friendships, business, work, etcetera.  Double mindedness makes for a very bad character person, who may be hypocritical while in reality, he or she never practices sincerity or fidelity. 

Sincerity or fidelity is the basic Godly characteristic of all true believers that manifests in honesty, openness, straightforwardness, loyalty, faithfulness, reliability, trustworthiness, dependability, devotion, and commitment.  This is not a faultless character, because all humans are prone to making mistakes, which can only be rectified by constant repentance from all sin  to live in fidelity, (1 Jn. 1:9.)

Fidelity is the main quality God seeks in all believers.  Therefore, He commanded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, [mind or thoughts, intellect, emotions and will,] and strength.  [To be single minded is therefore] the First and Great commandment.  And the second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang [the entire Gospel and Moral Law of the Lord Jesus Christ — and the entire truth of Scripture.]”  (Mt. 22:36-40; Jn. 13:34.) 

A healthy, single-minded character is so important in serving Jesus reverently and our “neighbours” ethically, that Jesus warned, “No one can serve two masters…  [He might pretend otherwise, but such a double minded person] will either hate the one and love the other, or be loyal to the one and despise the other...” (Mt. 6:24.)  “Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes and figs from thistles?  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit…  Therefore, by their fruits [or constant behavior, which define their characters,] you will know them.” 

 

Is double mindedness, Spiritual Schizophrenia, or a double character a life sentence that disqualifies us from following Jesus?  No, thankfully not.  God, through the conviction and leading of His Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word, specializes in “transforming” our bad character traits into Godly ones, (Rom. 12:1-3; Jn. 16:8-11.)  All humans were born in a fallen state or position of sin without Jesus, (Rom. 3:9-25.)  However, personal character is a learned trait, not an inheritance.  Of course, circumstances can help to shape either good or bad character.  Because of the fall in Eden, all human character became fallible and tainted with sin, but personal character is mostly a choice. 

Just as habitual sin forms bad character, habitual morality forms good character — even for those who never knew or accepted Jesus.  Even unbelievers, who refuse filth and sin, and choose to do good and better themselves instead, actually better  their personal characters.  The opposite is also true.  Circumstances of all sorts are the best character shaping tools that exist.  The bad or good moral choices we make in “handling” our circumstances, become the tool that either conforms us to sinful character traits, or shape our characters the way in which Jesus intended it to be.  

It is a fact that only those who suffered because of circumstances and chose not to fall in sin because of it, acquire true Godly wisdom and insight as they grow in obedience to God’s Moral Law of Love, (Heb. 5:8-9.)  In The Day of Reckoning, no one will be able to blame his or her circumstances for a lack of obedience to God, (Mt. 7:21-24.)  God does not allow bad circumstances over us to punish us, destroy us, or push us into unbelief and sin, but so we can make the choice to grow emotionally and spiritually despite our circumstances. 

Thus, Paul proclaimed in Rom. 2:13, “Not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the [Moral] law will be justified… [Not because good works can save us, but because Moral obedience to God is the sum total of our practical love for Him,]” (Jn. 13:34; 14:15.)  Rom. 1:18-21, “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…  Because since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes [or character traits, which show Who He Is,] are clearly seen, [and thus declare that He is God,] being understood by the things He had made, even His eternal power and Godhead [of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Col. 2:9,] so that [all] are without excuse…”  Rom. 2:13-16,  “...For  [even] when Gentiles, who do not have the [written] law, by nature do the things in the [Moral] law, these… are a law to themselves, who show the work of the [Moral] law written in her hearts, their conscience also bearing witness…  accusing or else excusing them…” 

What Paul was saying here, is that, if God Himself is known for Who He Really Is through His works, how much more are we humans without excuse to follow the precepts of His Moral Law, which is written on every human “heart?”  What’s more, all people also have the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Who testifies in the “hearts” of everyone about “sin, righteousness, and judgement…”  (Jn. 16:8-11.) 

 

In the same way suffering and circumstances beyond our control shape our characters by our personal choice, false doctrine and twisted perception mould our behavior and thus our “spiritual” characters.  Opposed to most of the very important truth of who true believers really are in Christ, and the spiritual position they all occupy in His Spiritual Kingdom, (Jn. 18:36,) stand the dogmas, norms, and forms of “the church, our nursing ‘mother.’”  And so, we will remain bound to "doubleness" or Spiritual Schizophrenia as long as we look to “the double-minded church” for salvation, (the church is our savior) for redemption, (allowing false clergy to scream and hit 'demons' out of us,) for holiness, (through church sacraments and other legalism,) for blessing, (paying our tithes to clergy to be blessed,) and for healing, (the church is the ‘hospital’ where bound, diseased, cursed, unholy, demon possessed believers are continually ‘treated.’) 

Instead of forming Godly characters according to Jesus’ entire truth, the ‘hospital church’ confuse and control believers through false doctrine and their useless church forms and norms — not that believers would be able to blame the church for their double mindedness.  All people, believers especially, have very clear beacons to guide them to Jesus, The Light, Truth, and Life. 

Different from the "constantly nursing church," the ecclesia or assembly of true believers is not a hospital for diseased believers, but a living body of already spiritually healed disciples of Jesus, (Col. 1:23-14.) Here, everyone, according to the gifts the Holy Spirit had entrusted to them, must partake in serving the members of Jesus’ spiritual body under the guidance of the Holy Spirit Himself, (1 Cor. 12:14-31.)

Therefore, for true believers, the issue is not about 'becoming' or 'achieving' anything in Christ. Life in Jesus is about following Him "in spirit and in truth" as dedicated disciples, in spite of circumstances beyond our control, (Mt. 4:21-24.) Jesus declared in Jn. 8:12, "If you follow Me, [as My born-again disciples, Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,] you will never walk in darkness, but will have [present tense] the Light of life." 

 
However, Spiritual Schizophrenia is not a circumstance beyond our control, but a personal choice.  Once informed about this danger, we will be able to see that it means two different spirits are steering us. Prov. 4:23-27, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life. [Our 'hearts' are our ever-living human spirits, because man is a tri-part being of spirit, soul (or mind, intellect, and emotions,) which live in a physical body: (1 Ths. 5:21)  So, choose to] put away from you a deceitful mouth… Let your eyes look straight ahead… Ponder the path of your feet... Do not turn to the right or the left; [you yourself must] remove your foot from evil.” (Prov. 4:23-27.) “Out of the mouth proceed blessing and cursing… These things ought not to be so… Can both fresh and bitter water flow from the same spring?” (Jam. 3:10-11: Jn. 4:14.)

Jesus Himself is the Spring of Living Water inside true believers; He is The "Water" or Word of God “dwelling” in them, (Eph. 5:26, Col. 3:16.) So, it seems impossible that true believers can live in schizophrenic “doubleness,” because Jesus Is “All Truth.” 

Yet, none of us are immune to spiritual “schizophrenia” - may God have mercy on us all. “For [although this should not be so,] we all stumble in many things…” (Jam. 3:2.) None of us know it all. So, occasional wavering on two thoughts is human, not schizophrenic. We are all still on our way to eternity, whichever way we choose for ourselves, (Jn. 1:12-13.) 

 
It was mainly to heal the spiritual disease of 'doubleness' through the purifying truth of His Word, (Jn. 8:32,) (apart from preaching God’s true Gospel to the world to make more disciples,) that the Holy Spirit gave His gifts and “anointing abiding [or constantly living or staying] in every believer,” (1 Jn. 2:20;27,) to minister to His body of believers, when as few as "two or three are gathered together in His Name," (which is then the assembly or ecclesia, no matter where they are, Mt. 18:20; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.) 

Nevertheless, because “doubleness” is a progressive “disease,” which we also choose for ourselves, (like drug, alcohol, money, sex and other addiction,) we must seek God’s face continually on all issues, all the days of our lives. As with everything else, “healing” spiritual schizophrenia is a matter of dealing with the cause of the disease.

Jesus is not into "nursing" but into complete "renewal." (Rom. 12:1-2.) In this case, He will not do it for us, because the Spirit is continually ‘maturing’ us spiritually and emotionally through obedience to His truth, (Heb. 5:12-14.) 

Firstly, to "renew our minds" from double-mindedness and all other spiritual ‘diseases,’ it is our personal responsibility to seek Jesus, The Truth, to let Him renew our “hearts,” (Jude 1:20.) We must totally surrender ourselves and everything that pertains to our lives to Him. We cannot belong to “Mammon” (or the dual world system of politics and religion,) and to God, (Mt. 6:24.) 

Secondly, we must continually ask and allow Jesus to “renew” our “souls” or minds. Are we neglecting the “transformation [or rebirth] of our minds” through obedience to Scriptural truth (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pt. 1:9;13-14) to cling to church doctrine and whatever else we choose to hold dear? God requires that we “crucify the flesh” (Gal. 5:24.) This means we must spiritually kill (not nurse) the ungodly things we choose to believe, justify, and do.   

Thirdly: if we sincerely ask and follow Him, Jesus will cut through all deception so that we can see the truth about all things, (Jn. 16:13.) Unless we choose to be radical doers of “all truth,” we are not really following Jesus and will therefore never conquer spiritual schizophrenia, (Jn. 8:12.)

We cannot be saved while we, by legalistic works and church sacraments, add to Jesus’ full atonement in our place. 1 Pt. 1:18-19, “Knowing that you were [past tense] not redeemed [or spiritually set free and saved] by corruptible things… from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ...” 

We cannot be redeemed while Jesus’ complete salvation and redemption is not a reality in our minds. “He has [past tense when we accepted Him,] delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed [or spiritually transported] us into [His] Kingdom...” (Col. 1:13; Eph. 1:7.) 

Similarly, we cannot remain in a blessed position in Christ if we believe we are cursed by not giving your money to the church. “For as many as are of the works of the [ceremonial church] law are under a curse, [because] Christ has [past tense, fully] redeemed us from the curse of the law, [which is a position of cursedness without Christ,] having become a curse [in our place on the cross,]" (Deut. Chapter 28; Gal. 3:10-14.) 

 
We cannot be sinners that need to be continually “loosened and healed by the church to become holy,” and at the same time be “the beloved saints of God,” (Rom. 1:7, etc.) The blood of Jesus already completely saved, redeemed, cleansed, made us holy, and blessed us. We must simply occupy our spiritual place in Him as His born-again disciple-saints, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) 

What’s more, we cannot be completely delivered from our sin and be ruled or possessed by the devil, sin, or “the [ghost of the] old man” that died in the kingdom of darkness when Jesus gave us new life through the rebirth when He brought us into His Kingdom of Light, (Rom. 6:1-14; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.)

We ourselves, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by completely surrendering and submitting to Him, and by becoming doers of the Truth of His Word, must constantly crucify the “flesh.”  This is a lifelong battle we all have to face, (Rom. 12:1-2.) 

Naturally, we must continually and consciously submit to God to withstand the devil. But we ourselves must “flee these things,” (deception, greed, lust, perversion, lies, etc.,) and “pursue” with all our might Jesus, The Truth, to grow in “faith and lay hold on eternal life." 

We ourselves must work on our Godly, single-minded characters by deciding to remain in our spiritual position in Christ; in His true body and Spiritual Kingdom through Moral obedience to His Word. This is "fighting the good fight of faith:” the "fight" of growing in [righteous thoughts and deeds,] faith, [Godly] love, patience, and gentleness, [thus cultivating a heart, mind, and life set unwaveringly in Jesus.]” (Jn. 13:34; 1 Tim. 6:11-13.) 

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