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Beware Ye Double Minded
by Bonita M Quesinberry,R.C.
01/24/04
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excerpt TRUTH GATHERING, Volume II, chapter: 'Beware Ye Double Minded' ©copyright 2003 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C. in response to TSaS question posed by member Manya of California, "James 1:8 tells us that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Since all sin and fall short of his glory doesn't that apply to all?" — solution 4 pgs, all scriptures hereinbelow from Authorized King James Version Bible

(James 1:5-8) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth [scolds] not [for asking]; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

As often done, we shall begin with Webster's New World Dictionary, Collegiate Edition, to determine the definition of double minded: this practice often aids in better understanding of God's Word.

DOUBLE MINDED: adj. Undecided in mind; vacillating. VACILLATE: v.i. 1. to sway to and fro; waver; totter; stagger. 2. to fluctuate. 3. to waver in mind; show indecision; be irresolute. SYN: see hesitate. HESITATE: v.i. 1. feel unsure; pause or delay in acting, choosing or deciding; waver; hence. 3. to be reluctant; not be sure that one should. Implies a delay signifying indecision or reluctance; waver suggests especially a holding back or hesitating after a course or decision has been adopted; vacillate implies a shifting back and forth in a decision.

In reviewing the passages in James, found are the words wavering, tossed like waves of the sea, which fit the above definition of to and fro as well as back and forth— for and against— and double-minded. While James specifically is referring to seeking God's wisdom, God's Word always is much broader than the obvious: for, overall, a double minded Christian is one who appears to live God's requirements yet, at the same time, fails to live all of it, therefore still living in sin; validating the latter behaviour with various excuses— i.e. "I don't believe that's really required anymore," OR "Well, my church doesn't teach that," OR "Well, we all sin. It says so right there in the Bible. It's human nature. That's why we have the grace of Jesus," OR "God understands that I can't help it."

Indeed, God does understand; thus, such contradictory actions directly relate to Revelation 3:15-17, speaking of this last church age of Laodicea in which we now live, together with Revelation 13:16— I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. And he [Lucifer] causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to RECEIVE a [LUCIFER'S] MARK [seal, sign, token] IN THEIR RIGHT HAND, OR IN THEIR FOREHEADS.

Having referred to Satan's mark symbolically being in the hand or the forehead, we must include Revelation 7:3— Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have SEALed the SERVANTS OF our GOD IN THEIR FOREHEADS.

Add to these the fact the Bible is written not for the world, rather only for God's chosen of Israel and Christ's sheep: the church. These marks are symbolic, demonstrated by a person's behaviour. Those with the seal of God upon their forehead completely fulfill Revelation 12:17~ — Which obey the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Those who bear the beast's mark either seemingly fulfill Revelation 12:17, yet their actions deny, therefore they the mark is in the hand to symbolize action as opposed to total belief— in other words, they vow belief but actions say otherwise. See? Even God says, "Actions speak louder than words". OR, they blatantly do not fulfill Revelation 12:17, thus demonstrating the mark in the forehead: behaviour matching no belief at all.

The hand, as noted, implies a Christian appearance and a claim for Jesus yet certain behaviours do not live up to such claims: "a form of godliness but lacking the power thereof" and "even the demons profess Jesus." These people fail to abide by ALL of God's doctrine, usually living part of His canon according to the Bible and the remainder according to denominational false teachings. Israel all over again.

The forehead denotes a person lacking Christian behaviour altogether and/or laying no claim to God, Jesus, and Christianity. These utterly reject God either in blatant wicked behaviour—violating El's Law left and right— or by claiming to be atheistic or agnostic. Certainly many atheists and agnostics might well live up to certain moral codes similar to those of Yeshua's. Alas, they do so strictly by laws of the land— which is true legalism— as opposed to doing so for Adonai because of a belief in and love for Him and His Son as well as trusting that obeying His doctrine is in our best interest.

Now, it should be apparent that double mindedness might occur amidst two different groups within the church: cold and lukewarm. Obviously, the hot are those members who are on fire for the Lord, have the faith of and in Jesus, believe He is the Son of God, obey God's commandments, and teach others to do the same, as noted in Isaiah 8:16,20 paraphrased: "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. They speak only my testimony and teach only my law, because there is light in them." Therefore, double mindedness does not apply to the hot.

Cold are those confused; but because they are cold, they actively seek warmth: as it were, God's wisdom and knowledge. Being cold denotes this person believes, yet distinctly feels as though something is missing in his or her walk with the Lord. The hot can aide in bringing this person fully into El's warmth. During this phase of being cold, it is possible for this person to appear to be double minded: in that he or she may vacillate between pure and false doctrines until God's Truth finally is both found and understood. Then, he or she adamantly will accept and wholly obey.

Lukewarm are those who have heard and know the Truth— being God's Law, doctrine— believing this to be all they need. This was very true amidst the Pharisees during Christ's ministry. Today's lukewarm Christians, however, are very passive about speaking God's testimony and teaching His Law, not wanting to disturb the world around them: "There's two things I don't get into discussions about, politics and religion." Sound familiar? This smacks of preserving convenience and peace in an individual's life. Jesus didn't come to bring peace. He came with a sword to divide and conquer, instructing that His disciples carry the same sword of Truth.

Lukewarm might pay tithes but will not go out of their way to help others, either financially or with their time. Lukewarm is the only spiritual condition where obeying God's Law could be referred to as legalism. As Jesus accused, "You didn't feed the hungry, house the homeless, cloth the naked, visit the sick and those falsely imprisoned. Therefore, you did nothing for me. I do not know you." To not be known by Christ is to reap Satan's token of twice dead.

Lukewarm distinctly is double minded, obeying only part of God's will and, like the Pharisees, leaving out the weightier matters of El's doctrine. To such attitude, Yeshua says He will spew them out of His mouth. In any day and age, this means a second death for them: IF they do not repent and change their ways immediately.

According to Revelation 3:18-19, these are the only humans, during these end days of Laodicea, who still have the option to repent: mainly because they answered the call to salvation prior to Laodicea and do know the truth. Otherwise, salvation no longer is on offer, to anyone not previously called, in this church era: "…for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly." (Revelation 22:10~,11, ~12)

Amos 8:12— They [the unjust and filthy] shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

While Amos is speaking of Israel's utter collapse following Christ's ministry, the warning applies equally to this Laodicea era and fully harmonizes with II Timothy 3:5,7— Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [They are] ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

About now, a few might be exclaiming in horror, "But, I'm just now learning God's truth and I've believed for years and years. And, I'm obeying His truth as I learn it!" Then he or she must be one of the cold seeking El's warmth: having been called to salvation sometime prior to February 1991: possibly through a denominational organization, but now find his or her self currrently realizing something definitely is missing. So, he or she began seeking what was missing. Welcome to the elite. God never said He would spew out of His mouth those who are cold: for with them He sees hope, even in these end days.

To fail to do any part of God's Doctrine and His Will is to commit sin: as we discovered when learning God's viewpoint regarding tithe. Those who bear the seal of God, DO NOT SIN: for sin is transgression of the Law. It states in Revelation 14:12 that the wisdom of the saints are they who obey God's Precepts and have the same level of faith as that of Jesus. The term double minded could not, in any way, apply to those persons. They are people who, no doubt, sinned in the past— therefore, will continue to be called a sinner as long as in this flesh— but, for love of the Father and His son, he or she chooses to no longer sin: for they understand what is the weightier matters of sin and have chosen to sacrifice their body, therefore no longer giving in to sin.

To sin is to choose to sin. We either override the flesh, which can be tempted, by allowing our spirit being within to dominate, which cannot be tempted; or, we choose to give in to temptation, thus violating one or more of Elohim's Statutes: which is to willingly commit sin.

Proverbs 21:6— The getting of [worldly] treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek [the second] death.

To knowingly sin, after learning El's Truth, is to set one's self up for a certain fearful awaiting of judgment: for there is no further atonement. As scriptures state, Christ's atonement blood was shed to cover our PAST sins, those things we did without understanding before accepting His call and His blood: He died only once and will not die again for humanity.

Before James ever existed, Elijah defined double-mindedness in I Kings 18:21— And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal [Lucifer], then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

{Baal was an Egyptian false god, therefore it is proper to refer to Baal and any other false gods as being the various forms Lucifer manifests: just as within Christianity, he takes on the appearance of light— a wolf in sheep's clothing— represented by his great whore and her harlot daughters, his ministers who appear as ministers of light.}

His Law and His Sabbath. This was and remains today an abomination to Elohim, for which the Jews were and have been mightily punished: as an example to us of what Adonai hates with a perfect hate. So, Elijah was telling them that it must be one or the other. It cannot be both. To do both is to be double-minded or, as Revelation indicates, to be lukewarm. This is akin to having one foot in El's camp and the other in Satan's world. As far as Ishi is concerned and unless both feet are in His camp, then both feet are in Satan's. Riding the fence is unacceptable and goes recognized only by Beelzebub, for which he gladly will render token.

Despite having been warned time and again, the people continued as they wanted, instead of in accordance with Jehovah's message through various ancient prophets. Christendom does the same thing today, despite Jesus having both taught as well as lived His Father's doctrine as our living example to follow, the same illustration performed by His Apostles and disciples as well as proselytes of that day; yet, Christendom justifies its abominations in the name of saving heathens who worship no god or numerous false gods. This didn't work for the Jews: as history painfully chronicles. And, it won't work for us Gentiles, any more than it did them.

Paul also clearly describes double mindedness in Ephesians 4:14— That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

(James 4:2-4,7-8,17) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye ADULTERERS AND ADULTERESSES, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the ENEMY OF GOD.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. CLEANSE YOUR HANDS, ye sinners; and PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YE DOUBLE-MINDED. Therefore to HIM THAT KNOWeth TO DO GOOD, AND DOeth IT NOT, TO HIM IT IS [COUNTED AS] SIN.

James adds clarification to what is a double-minded person: one who knows what is sin yet does it anyway. There is not a shadow of doubt that Israel knew God's Truth: after all, it came by way of Israel. Still, man's arrogance got in the way. We are told to clean our hands— which is to change our behaviour, actions— and to purify our hearts, which is first to acknowledge and admit sins committed then change our heart to one wholly desiring to please thus obey Ishi.

So too, leaders of Christ's church are cautioned in I Timothy 3:8— Likewise must the DEACONS BE grave, NOT DOUBLE-TONGUED, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.

To be double-tongued is to say or teach what people want to hear while at the same time knowing God's Truth— speaking either El's doctrine or mankind's or a little of both— as opposed to what they need to hear by keeping strictly to El Elyon's policy. What people want to hear are smoothly spoken words to ease guilty consciences. The great whore and her harlot daughters do this quite well through their corporate Christendom leaders of myriad denominations, whose creeds are just as widely varied. Appropriately, church leaders are cautioned not to become greedy: which greed we see in abundance today among denominational and evangelical leaders. They even pay great homage to Hollywood: in fact, all forms of worldly entertainment.

The remaining part of the question here deals with the fact we all are sinners. Sadly, corporate Christendom has caused confusion regarding the fact we all are called sinners: as though no matter what we do we are destined to continue sinning. They twist the term called to mean we will continue to sin once saved; so, they falsely teach a once-saved-always-saved dogma and blasphemously lay it at the foot of Christ's cross: blasphemy, pure and simple. As the chapter about Grace revealed, we can lose our salvation at anytime before achieving the sixth step of grace.

Biblically, if we committed so much as one sin during our entire life but never sinned again once saved, we still are known as sinners— which is to say, we are called sinners— as long as we wear this corruptible flesh: because this temporary body bears the scars of a sin or multiple sins. Corruptible flesh is another of God's two-fold messages: it was destined to sin before coming fully into compliance— if the Father called such person to Jesus— AND it is destined to decay and die because of sin.

Consequently, while we might take on Christ like perfection, obeying henceforth in all things, we were not perfect to begin with— as was Christ who was not born of sin and never sinned in His lifetime— thus, we wear a scarlet letter upon our damaged flesh. Whole perfection will occur only when we are given new, incorruptible garments— which never will sin and is destined to eternal life— in exchange for this tattered one. Our new clothing will match our clean hands and purified heart. Once we repent and change our ways, this old garment no longer matches. It fit perfectly the filthy ways.

Once a person commits to total obedience, his or her mindset changes as well. Like Paul, as long as he or she is in this flesh, it is to be absent from the Lord and he or she longs to be in heaven with Him instead of here in this sick, dying world; yet, he or she willingly remains until El Shaddai deems his or her mission complete and grants rest, or Christ returns to take him or her up: whichever comes first is irrelevant to His servants.

Hebrews 10:22-31,35-39— Let us draw near [Christ] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promise); and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting [encouraging] one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching [of Christ's return].

For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries [wicked and filthy and their father Lucifer].

He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence [promise] of reward.

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry [delay]. Now the just shall live by faith [that Christ will return]: but if any man draw back [into sin], my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition [deadly sin]; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

* * * * * In closing, be not double minded: for it is a deadly wide road with only utter destruction at its end.

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