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

 

Renette Vermeulen

 

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Because Jesus fully redeemed, saved, and blessed all sincere believers at their personal and Scriptural rebirth, the idea that the church is a “hospital,” which constantly “nurses” spiritual, emotional, and physically diseased believers, spreads the deadly infection of Spiritual Schizophrenia, which God calls “double-mindedness,” (Eph. 1:7, 12-14, Jam. 1:8-10, KJV.) 

To keep their members dependant upon, or actually addicted to their “ministrations,” the church, (the replica of Jesus’ body of believers and their gathering the ecclesia,) acts as a “hospital” where their clergies supposedly “nurse” completely healthy believers “back to [church] health” by making them believe they are ‘sick’ because they have problems in their lives.  

This is a most dangerous method of mind control.  Believers were indoctrinated to believe that ‘the church’ is their caring, nursing ‘mother.’ But this is naked idolatry because God has no mother and the Man Jesus Christ already did everything they will ever need in their place at the cross, (Heb. 7:3; Isa. 53:3-5, KJV.)  Nevertheless, their clergies insist that the church is the savior or redeemer, where they even assume the right to scream and hit demons out their members.  The church is supposedly their salvation and holiness through their church sacraments and other rituals.  The church is allegedly also their blessing.  So, their members must pay their tithes and offerings to greedy clergies to be blessed.  In this way, churches deceive their members to believe that they cannot live, function, or see heaven without the “hospital” church.  However, Paul seriously warned in Rom. 6:15-23, “Shall we continue [in deception and other sin...]  Certainly not!  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves…  Whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience [to the truth of God’s Word] leading to righteousness?” 

Þ While church-enslaved ‘hearts’ or human spirits must cry freedom because the Holy Spirit must reign in them, churches refuse to renew the “minds” of their members so they can accept the Pure Truth of Jesus’ Word and live as blood-redeemed believers in Christ, (1 Ths. 5:23; Rom. 12:1-3.)  Such confusion or Spiritual Schizophrenia, (“I am a saint... no I am a sinner; I am saved... no I am lost; I am redeemed... no I am in bondage; I am blessed... no I am cursed”) is, therefore, typified by “instability in all their ways,” (Jam. 1:8.)  No wonder that double mindedness leads to double heartedness, double faith, (Mt. 6:24,) double priorities, double-love as in idolatry and adultery, double talk, double ways, and to leading a completely double life. 

Spiritual Schizophrenia or double-mindedness violates all the most important Moral Law commandments of God, as well as Moral-Law ethics among believers, spouses, families, friendships, business, work, etcetera, (Ex. 20:-1-6.)  Double mindedness makes for a very bad character person, who lives in hypocrisy because he or she does not practice sincerity, truth, or fidelity. 

Sincerity is the most basic Godly characteristic of all true believers that manifests in honesty, openness, straightforwardness, loyalty, faithfulness, reliability, trustworthiness, dependability, and commitment. This is not a faultless character, as we are all prone to making mistakes, which can only be rectified by constant repentance from sin to live in fidelity, (1 Jn. 1:9.)  Sincerity is actually a lifestyle of surrendering to Jesus above all else, and to strive to obey His Moral Law to glorify His Name and serve His body of believers as an act of love to Him, (Jn. 13:34.) 

Fidelity follows sincerity, and it is one of the main qualities, which 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 truth of Scripture,]”  (Mt. 22:36-40; Jn. 13:34.) 

Þ 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 always pretends otherwise, but a double minded person] will either hate the one and love the other, [or be loyal to the one and commit treason against 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 not slip-ups or ‘stumbling,’] you will know them,” (Jam. 3:2. KJV.)   

 

Is double mindedness or a double character a life sentence that disqualifies us from following Jesus?  No, thankfully not.  Through our willing repentance from sin through the conviction and leading of His Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word, God specializes in “transforming” our bad character traits into Godly ones, (Rom. 12:1-3; Jn. 16:8-11.)  Us humans were born into 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 according to our personal choices.  I mean, under bad circumstances we can choose either to submit to God or to do our own sinful will.  Because of the fall in Eden, all human character became fallible and tainted with sin, but personal character will always remain a personal choice.  Paul explained in Eph. 4:22-23, “You must [choose to] put off your former conduct, the old man [or lifestyle without Christ,] which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, [your human spirit through the rebirth and your soul or mind, (intellect, will, and emotions,)] and so put on the new man which was created… in true righteousness and holiness [at your spiritual rebirth though faith in Christ,]” (Ths. 5:23.)  Without the constant “renewing” or transformation of our minds though real knowledge of God’s Word to do His will, we will never become “acceptable sacrifices” to God, “which is our reasonable [or basic] service” to Him, (Rom. 12:1-3.)  Church attendance is not “service to God.”  We are the sacrifices He wants. 

Þ So, to summarize, we can say, just as habitual sin forms bad character, habitual morality forms good character — even in those who never accepted Jesus.  Even unbelievers, who refuse filth and the deeper nuances of sin, and choose to do good, choose to better their personal characters.  Similarly, 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 tools that either conform us to sinful character traits, or which shape our characters the way Jesus intended it to be.  

It is a fact that only those who suffered because of circumstances, but chose not to fall away in sin and apathy towards God because of it, (although people and circumstances can make them stumble,) acquire true Godly wisdom and insight as they grow in obedience to God’s Moral Law of Love, (Heb. 5:8-9; Jam. 3:2.)  Blame-shifting does not impress God at all.  In The Day of Reckoning, no one will be able to blame other people or bad circumstances for a lack of obedience to God, (Mt. 7:21-24.)  God does not allow bad circumstances over us to destroy us or push us into unbelief and sin, but so we can choose to grow emotionally and spiritually despite our circumstances.  This is how God “turns everything that is bad into good for those who love Him [and prove their love by obeying His Moral Law commandments, and Holy-Spirit leading,]” (Rom 8:28; Jn. 13:14.) 

Thus, Paul proclaimed in Rom. 2:13, “Not the hearers of the [Moral] law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified… [Not because good works can redeem, save, or bless us, but because obedience to God is the sum of our practical love for Him,]” (Jn. 13:34; 14:15.)  Paul taught in 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 consciences also bearing witness…  accusing or else excusing them…” 

What Paul was saying 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.) 

 

It is apparent that, instead of forming Godly characters according to Jesus’ entire truth, the ‘hospital church’ confuses and controls 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; beginning with prayerfully studying the Bible for themselves. 

Þ 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. 1:13-14.) Here, everyone, according to the gifts that the Holy Spirit had entrusted to them, (1 Cor. 12:4-11,) must partake in serving, with the Truth of The Word and sincere prayer, etcetera, the other members of Jesus’ spiritual body under the guidance of the Holy Spirit Himself, (1 Cor. 12:14-31.)

Þ Therefore, true believers cannot 'become' or 'achieve' anything in Christ. Spiritually, they are already “complete in Christ,” (Col. 2:9-10.)  So, life in Jesus is about worshipping, praising, and following Him "in spirit and in truth" as dedicated disciples, in spite of circumstances beyond their 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." 

Þ Spiritual Schizophrenia is not a circumstance beyond our control.  It is a personal choice.  Once informed about this danger, we will be able to see that it means two different spirits could be steering us.  This is why God warned in 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. 5:23)]  [Choose to] put away from you a deceitful mouth… Let your eyes look straight aheadPonder 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.) Therefore, it seems impossible that true believers can live in schizophrenic “doubleness” and remain oblivious to it’s terrible dangers, because Jesus Who is living in them Is “All Truth.” 

Yet, none of us is 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 knows it all. So, occasional wavering on two thoughts is human, not schizophrenic. We are all still on our way to eternity, we will only arrive That Day when God calls our names, (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 disciples, that the Spirit gave His gifts and “anointing abiding [or constantly staying] in every believer,” (1 Jn. 2:20;27.)  It is only through the power and truth of the indwelling Holy Spirit that believers can minister to the world and to other believers, (Mt. 18:20; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.) 

 

Nevertheless, because “doubleness” is a ‘progressive disease,’ which we choose for ourselves, (like drug, alcohol, money, sex, and other addictions,) 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.

A great step in healing from double-mindedness is to realize that Jesus is not into "nursing" but into complete "renewal," (Rom. 12:1-3.) Contrary to what they do in churches, the Spirit is continually ‘maturing’ us spiritually and emotionally through our obedience to His Scriptural truth, (Heb. 5:12-14: Rom. 12:1-3.)  We ourselves must decidedly obey Him to be healed from the dreadful disease of double mindedness to become the “new man” of sincerity that lives in fidelity. 

Firstly, to "renew our minds" from spiritual ‘illnesses,’ it is our personal responsibility to seek Jesus, The Truth, and to let Him renew our “hearts” or human spirits through the rebirth, (Jn. 1:12-13.) 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 seriously repent from clinging to church doctrine and whatever else we choose to hold dear, while neglecting the “transformation [or renewal] of our minds” through knowledge of and obedience to Scriptural truth. God requires that we “crucify the flesh” (Gal. 5:24; Jude 1:20.) This means, we must spiritually kill (not nurse) the ungodly things we choose to believe, justify, and do, (Rom. 12:1-23; 1 Pt. 1:13-15; 22-23.)

Thirdly: if we sincerely ask to follow Jesus, He 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; 1 Jn. 2:4-5.)

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, “Know that you were [past tense] not redeemed [or spiritually set free and saved] by corruptible things… [such as] your aimless conduct received by tradition from our fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ...” 

Þ We cannot be redeemed while Jesus’ complete redemption, salvation, and blessing are not realities 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.) 

Þ Similarly, we cannot remain in a blessed position in Christ if we believe we are cursed by not giving our 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 [or delivered] 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.) 

Þ 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.) The blood of Jesus already completely made us holy as spiritually well. We must simply occupy our holy, 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 and 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, etcetera,) 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 spiritual body, and Spiritual Kingdom through Moral obedience to His Word. This is "fighting the good fight of faith:” the "fight" of growing in 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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