The Victims Of Validation

   
While I do not trust psychology because it is largely based
upon the precepts of men and not on the Word of God, I find certain
repetitive principles in that realm that have bearing on prophetic
truth. Not being educated in the study of the human mind, I am unaware
of any clinical term for the pattern I would like to expose here. The
unfortunate people that have been caught in this deception may be
called, for lack of a better term, the victims of validation.

   
The human mind is a wonderful thing. It is also a dreadfully
vulnerable component to our being in that the Devil knows and
understands our weaknesses better than we do. The Bible instructs us
to "trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine
own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5). Colossians further
cautions us that we can be destroyed through "vain deceit"
and a worldly mindset that functions in accordance with "the
tradition of men [and] the rudiments of the world." (Colossians
2:8).

   
The Bible also informs us that when we are deceived, we become
deceivers as well.
II Timothy demonstrates this progressive
decline when it says "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and
worse, deceiving and being deceived" (II Timothy
3:13). Indeed, this passage is placed in the context of the last days,
when the conditions that have been working to bring about the
inevitable desolation of mankind, will become extreme.

   
Over the years I've found an intellectual device that people use to
help bolster their own decisions. This process is a convoluted
mechanism that people seem to involuntarily utilize to justify
a choice they have found to be uncomfortable. I'm certain the
principle has wide application, but I've repeatedly encountered it
in the context of acceptance or rejection of various prophetic
statements that I've issued. There are many variations on this
theme, but the scenario usually goes something like this:

    
A new listener of our radio broadcasts contacts me with a sincere
enthusiasm for the prophetic message Christian Media is putting
forth. They are frequently very excited to find someone of like mind,
and the joy of their salvation seems to be rekindled as they pursue
the various teachings and predictive revelations that God has given
us. All is well for a time.

    
Eventually, everyone's 'sacred cow' gets gored at Christian
Media.
It can be almost anything, but it's usually a deep-seated
doctrinal position that is held by our new found friend. While they
are disturbed at the discovery that we don't agree with them on
_________ (fill in the blank), they keep that consternation at a low
profile and continue to absorb our radio teachings, as they study the
various printed publications the ministry produces. But something has
changed.

    
The new convert to our cause eventually becomes disillusioned and
disturbed, because the very thing that attracted them to me has now
become an irritation

- and that is the authority with
which I teach prophecy. Because the doctrinal stumblingblock is
simply non-negotiable in our friend's spiritual makeup, he (or she)
begins to generate a resentment that will manifest itself on a
different issue.

    
It may take almost any form, but the pattern is consistent. They
muster up the courage to pick a fight and initiate a conflict over
another issue

- and that issue is never the
true source of their antagonism. Usually it starts with a
disarming letter, or an email. The communiqué can be innocuous. What
do you think about this, they query. Suddenly, the person is outraged
at your answer in a response that is completely disproportionate to
the importance of the interaction.

    
Many people have experienced this veritable storm of pent up emotions
in a similar fashion. What seemed to be a minor disagreement suddenly
mushrooms into a crisis that completely threatens the stability of the
relationship.

    
I first noticed the pattern in the myriad of dealings I've had with
adherents to the pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine. The
Rapturists are frequently attracted to my intensity as many of them
desire a closer relationship with God, and many of them are indeed
troubled by the signs of the times. They sense the power in the
prophetic mantle I have, and they are drawn to it. Then they find I am
not only an adamant opponent of their central doctrine, but
that I am willing to authoritatively tell them they are going to the Lake
of Fire
if they continue to cling to the lying spirit that has
inspired what I've referred to as the theological charade of the
century.

    
Now offended, they are scripturally cornered because they've
unexpectedly encountered someone that speaks with prophetic authority
that has claimed the power of God in no uncertain terms. While this is
not dissimilar to the prophetic gifts that are seen throughout the
Scriptures, modern man is commonly taken aback when he encounters
someone that is willing to actually stand up and say 'thus saith the
Lord.' In a sea of "scholars" and prophecy "authors" putting
forth dozens of toothless theories, the spiritual power
manifested by a genuine prophet is daunting. And it demands a
response.

    
Thus, the subject has become seriously conflicted in that they while
they initially welcomed that spiritual power, the voice they heard has
now come into conflict with their tradition

- the domain of intellect and emotional
familiarity. Something's got to give, and in the Rapturist's case,
because they cannot produce a viable Scriptural argument in favor of
their false doctrine, they routinely pick a fight on more mundane
grounds.

    
I have now seen this same scenario repeated dozens of times.
Actually the issue itself is incidental, as I've seen the formula
re-manifest itself in post-tribulationists as well. Indeed, the
Scriptures poignantly speak of those that mistake the traditions of
men for the pure Word of God

- and subsequently refuse to de-construct
the strongholds that their carnal minds have erected.

    
For example, a repetitious reasoning that I've seen in those that
reject our doctrine is commonly said to be a lack of love
on my part. So called "Christians" say 'where's your love,
brother?'

- postulating that love is
the primary ingredient in a relationship with JESUS CHRIST.
While love sounds like the scriptural essential, the fact is
that truth is the indispensable item if one wants to be
in the family of God.

    
The passage I mentioned earlier in Colossians even deals with
this form of subterfuge where the individual misdirects their
criticism to another issue other than the one where the conflict has
actually been generated. In this instance, the text actually speaks of
those that retreat to LOVE as a substitute in their vain effort to
resist the TRUTH. This is an unconscious effort at internally validating
a difficult decision that involves resisting the truth. Paul writes

    
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the
world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8).

    
The word "spoil" actually means to destroy, so this warning
is about as serious as a heart attack. The word philosophy is related
to phileo

- meaning brotherly love

- and sophia, which means knowledge.
In other words, philosophy is the knowledge of brother love.
Indeed, the Nephilim associated goddess Sophia was the goddess
of knowledge. The statement is completed when it refers to
"vain deceit"

- a reference to the intellectual vanity
that is a requisite component of self
deception.


    
What this incredible verse actually states is profound, and it
directly addresses the present subject. Paul is saying we should
be wary lest we are destroyed by self-deception concerning brotherly
love.
In this instance, we see that people can be deceived
from recognizing the TRUTH, and they validate their
refusal to hear that truth by side-stepping the issue and focusing on
their own version of how the one telling them the truth is deficient
in the area of their love of the brethren.

    
This formula has been, and continues to be, a stronghold for
those in the corporate churches that refuse to receive the truth. I
can't even count how many times people have told me I don't have
enough love. A variation on the theme is the accusation that I have a
root of bitterness

- essentially the same attack. The simple
truth is, the individual utilizing such arguments have demonstrated
that their weapons are derived from the carnal mind, and thus they are
demonstrating the fruit that identifies whose child they are.

    
Paul's statement in II Corinthians concludes the thought
rather succinctly. He tells us:

"...though
we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (for the weapons
of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling
down of strongholds), Casting down imaginations, and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ...." (II
Corinthians 10:4,5)

    
Because JESUS CHRIST IS the truth, this passage says we
must bring every thought captive, and cast down "every high
thing" until all things [read doctrines] in our lives are conformed
to the truth

- a process referred to here as bringing
all things into "the obedience of Christ." If we wish to obey
Christ, we must love the truth. False doctrines are
strongholds of the enemy. Thus, we have to be willing to pull down
the strongholds and remove the stumblingblocks that keep us from
receiving that truth

- and love is never a substitute for the
truth.

February 17, 2003 - James Lloyd

Copyright © 2003 Christian Media Network

See Also

Christianized Psychology

Deceit And The Dialectic

Dragonspeak: The Language Of Lucifer

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