Before we go further with the sermon dealt with in the last three articles, we should set out what the Bible says about the mind. Prince has followed New Thought, Mind Sciences and New Age ideas. The Bible says something different and wonderful about the minds of true believers.We quote:”For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” MKJV (2 Tim.1:7). This is something God has given to us, particularly to those believers who keep on being filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues. It is not that we have to exert works of religion, such as .confession of verses over and over to bring this about. It is not that we have to fabricate and even if we do have evil thoughts, say we do not have them. This verse goes far deeper than human control of the mind and the odd worldly and sinful thoughts that would creep in. We do have memories, naturally.
What is given us is the “spirit of” and that is the Holy Spirit first of all in salvation. It is the grace of the gospel handed out to us in this form. Power comes from dunamis and is connected to Acts 1:8 and 2:4 always. It is power to do a miracle and the miracle itself, which is the speaking in tongues the Holy Spirit provides. Therein is the power. It is a gift that we are meant to be engaged with continually. He has given us the Holy Spirit, “spirit of love” as shown: “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom.5:5). The grace of God has “gushed out, spilt out, run greedily out” in our hearts, or our iinner man, the spirit. The beginning of the verse says “Hope does not make us ashamed”. We do not have shame at our weaknesses or unwanted thoughts in our minds because we hope in the Lord who is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.. We immediately confess them to the Lord Jesus and His blood cleanses us and cleanses us of them. Also, we have been given “a sound mind”. This kind of mind is one that judges right, has a desire to do right, is heavenly-minded, has holy feelings. All this is because we have been given the mind of Christ. It is a Spiritual or Holy Spirit principle of the Divine nature put within us on conversion. We do not need to do anything that Prince suggests because he is following the way of the flesh, carnality and the world. This “sound mind” is not of this world. The three features of the Holy Spirit in the above verse, should be most highly regarded. They should be acknowledged with faith. They must be fostered as one fosters a plant. We must grow in those graces or gifts of our salvation. Despite the rushing after miracle powers to heal the sick (most wonderful and important) we should acknowledge that the gifts of God’s grace in this verse should be a matter of the highest wonder and praise to the Lord for His great salvation. Pastor Prince one hopes will see the light and preach this so wondrous a salvation.
Moreover, we should and certainly he should, lppk at v.9 : “Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began”. True believers and I emphasize “true”, have a holy calling. It has nothing to do with our own works of any description, either before we are saved (born again) or afterwards. Prince is dealing with the “afterwards” but it is obvious that if the “afterwards” is on a wrong footing, one can wonder about the genuineness of the beginning of a person’s experience or what is considered a right experience with God. Prince is always talking about “grace” but he really does not understand that subject at all. What is mouthed, is an erroneous and unscriptural conception. We must follow what the Bible says – and not what he says and that millions appear to be doing wrongly.
Paul states the whole of salvation experience is on account of His own intention and undeserved favor towards each one who is so called. That was before time began and the world was created. None of this salvation, in every aspect of it as applied to a walk with the Lord, is applicable by our works. Yet Prince advocates works in entirety. That means despite speaking of grace he is following works of religion (of another kind). They are the works of wrong ideas and philosophies that protrude into an individual’s mind-set. Such are in accord with Mind Sciences and New Age and not the gospel of Christ. They are works of man and not of Christ. Such often are produced in the (carnal) mind as untruths and confessions, all of which must be spoken. Our words are creative they say. Not so. We do not have power to create anything. Jesus Christ our Savior is our Creator. We should follow what is being spoken to Timothy in the whole passage. Why not go to our Bibles and look it up for ourselves?
THE LAST PART OF THE SERMON, 6 p.m. 20 May 2012:
Supposedly, our thoughts are neither good nor bad as we are “holy, accepted”. Rather, as Prince repeated continuously, it is Satan who is attacking our minds. However, as unbelievers, “You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind” ESV (Eph.2:1-3). As believers, we are not to live that way at all. It does not state that Satan personally was in us. We did not have the nature of Satan. We had a nature of sin, as shown above. If we are believers, it is not Satan who is putting wrong thoughts into our minds. He acts like this: “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” ESV (1 Pet.6:8). He is prowling. This indicates that he is not everywhere at once. As wrong thoughts come into believers’ minds sometimes, perhaps a million believers at a time, how can it be Satan. He is not omnipresent. Only God is Omnipresent (everywhere at once); Omnipotent (all-powerful) and Omniscient (knowing all things). This is how we have wrong thoughts in our (carnal) minds, our physically given minds: “Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death (Jas.1:14,15). It does not come from Satan but from the carnal, sinful nature or old man.
At this point in the sermon, in came a young man dressed in the dress of the High Priest as was Aaron. Prince pointed to the mitre or turban, remarking that it was over the mind (Ex.28:36-39). The whole point of this mitre was missed. It has nothing to do with the mind as was suggested. Rather, it was worn for a certain purpose, as disclosed in v.38 “and it has been on the forehead of Aaron, and Aaron has borne the iniquity of the holy things which the sons of Israel do hallow, even all their holy gifts; and it has been on his forehead continually for a pleasing thing for them before Jehovah” YLT. V.36 informs us that there was an inscription that read, “HOLINESS TO JEHOVAH”. Their iniquity or sin was the reason there had to be all of those offerings of animals, there being four different kinds of offerings. Think of all the blood that would pour out! It reminds us of “Without shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin”. The blood of animals could not take away sin. Only the blood of Jesus can do such a tremendous act as to take away our sin and sins. Those with faith would look forward to the suffering Messiah who was to come. As the Old Testament saints brought their offerings, their sin was still there. It fastened on as it were to such offerings. Aaron, and other High Priests that followed him, were consecrated to the office of mediator. They, under the words “Holiness to Jehovah”, made atonement for those people. The sign was upon a head piece that was dazzling white, speaking of purity. This was intercession as High Priest for the nation so that during the following year after the Day of Atonement, the favor of God could rest upon them. It is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ as our High Priest and Mediator. At that time the grace or favor of God was upon them because in a sense, the atonement brought righteousness or justification before God.
The actual righteousness or justification before God only came under the gospel: “But now a righteousness of God has been revealed apart from Law, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets; even the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ, toward all and upon all those who believe. For there is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness through the passing by of the sins that had taken place before, in the forbearance of God; for the display of His righteousness at this time, for Him to be just and, forgiving the one being of the faith of Jesus” ESV (Rom.3:21-26).
The long-time understanding in the church of these verses is like this and it is according to the Greek meaning of “righteousness” that Prince always misses, as do the others of like mind. After all, we mention this preacher because he is the one we were watching on T.V. In all of the verses above, “righteousness” is “equity, or act”, “justification”. So the character of God, being equity, caused Him to act in a redemption or atonement that would bring justification to those who believe. It does not mean righteous nature. In v.23 the reason is given why God must act and it was because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Our sin has meant that we fall short of receiving honor or the approval of God. It has nothing to do with sickness or lack of riches.
So what did God do? V.24 gives the answer and that is the kernel of the nut, the nut being the verses surrounding it. It was this. We are justified without charge or freely, by His favor or grace alone. This has come to us who believe by the redemption or deliverance that is in Christ Jesus. The following verses speaks of this occurring at “this present time”. This is to contrast with what Paul says in vvs.20,21: “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it speaks to them that are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God: because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for through the law comes the knowledge of sin” RV. Before the whole world was under law of some sort – the Jews under the Mosaic Law and the Gentiles under the law written in their hearts or consciences. Every person was under the judgment of God and that included we believers before we found Christ. It is a shame when preachers do not have the beginning of an understanding of the Bible, particularly of the gospel. Then v.26 reveals what God has done in manifesting His righteousness. He has become “the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus”. This righteousness of God is all about justification.
We were slaves to sin but then came the new birth was next in the sermon. To my understanding, this mention of sin conflicts with the ideas of the nature of Satan. Now we are in a battle for the mind, he said. He mentioned that Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, the place of a skull, Matt. 28:33. His idea was that it had something to do with the mind. However, he overlooked the fact that it had the name of skull because the skulls of those who had been crucified lay around that hill. A skeleton of a skull could have no significance with the mind of a living person.
He quoted these verses, “Though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete” (2 Cor.10:3-6). As is often done nowadays, they are taken completely out of context. What exactly is Paul speaking about? For one thing, he was addressing a certain situation in the church in Corinth. There were false apostles there, preaching another Jesus and another Holy Spirit. Some people were presenting arguments against the gospel he preached in its entirety. In fact, says Paul, they were actually holding their own high opinions as being against the knowledge of God in a way that was most degrading of Him. They held themselves up as knowing more than God. After all, the gospel Paul preached came from the Lord Himself, in a direct manner as seen by: “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you” (1 Cor.11:23). Paul was given the gospel directly from the Lord Jesus. That is why we must obey it and not follow the traditions and false teachings of men today. He shows that the gospel came as a revelation from Christ to him also with: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor.15:3,4). We should ask ourselves, “Is what the preacher saying part of the gospel that Paul taught?” If not and from Charismatic and Pentecostal preachers on Christian Television in the main, it is not. We should shun it. Instead, let us go to our Bibles and concentrate on what Paul has left for us in his epistles.
He said you may remark that the Devil is after you or you are under attack. I have found Charismatic believers prone to make these statements in an unwarranted fashion. That is rarely their personal problem that they experience in trouble, worry, things going wrong, depression etc. And to believe we are under attack in these matters has no Scriptural foundation. The main areas where Satan does attack is in relation to truth, where he brings in winds of doctrine, heresies, delusions, myths etc. through others or what we hear, see and read. Sometimes the attack is through others in persecution of some sort. The Bible says that those who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution, so praise the Lord.
He took the meaning of those verses in Corinthians above totally out of context. He said that the battle is in the mind, in relation to imaginations, thoughts, depression, struggling, cannot focus etc. Now focusing has nothing to do with a spiritual warfare. It is a natural power that sometimes we are able to use and other times not. We could be tired, emotionally upset or just incapable of intense focusing on some subjects. It would be useless for me, as an example, to focus on trying to learn all the names of the bones of the body, at my age in particular. I could not. Is that the Devil? Of course not. So he said “we” must bring every thought into captivity to Christ. He is giving a capacity to us spiritually that we do not possess. That would be a natural exertion of the natural mind. Evil and wrong thoughts can come from our past memories and that is natural. they may arise from our carnal nature. Dealing with such must be done in a Spiritual manner and not naturally. We do it by the Spirit, and faith in the Word as well as faith in the blood of Jesus to cleanse them away.
When we are listening to these preachers and there are many, we should always remember they are coming from a certain base. It is that we had a nature of Satan, were given the Divine nature and that the grounds of their thinking is Mind (Christian) Science. We should take heed of: “O Timothy, guard the Deposit, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of falsely-named science, which some professing have erred concerning the faith” MKJV (1 Tim.6:20,21). According to their beliefs, we have this wonderful position of now being with a Divine nature. We confess that position and it becomes a reality. So “we” must renew our minds. That also is contrary to Scripture. When we were born again, those of us who were truly so, we were “renewed” as: “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” ESV (Tit.3:5). At that moment we also were renewed in our minds. We received a renewed mind that is the mind of Christ, said by Paul in: “But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor.2:16). Who are the we with the mind of Christ? He states clearly who it is as he has addressed this letter to them. It includes us because we call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours” (1 Cor.1:2).
He said rightly that all men were made sinners because of Adam, and so because of one man’s obedience many were made righteous because of Rom.5:19. “Made” is kathistemi meaning “to declare or made to be, appoint or ordain”. It has nothing to do with nature and the true meaning was not even grasped let alone preached. In this manner, believers are restored to the favor of God. He can thus approve of them because of the obedience of Christ. V.16 of Rom.3 shows what this declaration or appointment to the favor of God is called. It is named justification – “the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification”. The action of the first Adam brought mankind the judgment of God or condemnation. Grace through Christ, brought as a free gift following the many sins, justification. This also was missed in the sermon. It was said that all men were made sinners (correctly) but that the Son became a sinner and that we are made righteous (meaning with the Divine nature implanted) because of the second Adam.
It was stated continuously that Satan comes to you and tells you how unworthy you are etc., useless, hopeless, a failure. In reality, we are unworthy, we are useless even as Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing”. Indeed, we are hopeless in ourselves to please God. We are failures being sinners. So it is not Satan whispering. This is where the love, grace and mercy of God come into the situation. In all of these conditions, that surely state our natural tendencies, we go to the Lord, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb.4:14-16). We do have weaknesses, according to these verses. The author has in mind what he wrote in 3:1, that we are to consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, or profession – of the whole faith or doctrines of the total gospel that Jesus began to preach. That is what we profess our faith in. It has nothing to do with us continuing to confess positive platitudes, or even verses of Scripture to bolster us or to acquire something from God. That is error.
The sermon continued on with the statement that we are in warfare when such things are happening in the mind, such as “I am a sex maniac, I have perversions etc.” – anything the Devil comes saying. Don’t believe it, don’t say it, said the preacher. In other words deny it is true. That of course would be lying. If we do have problems in those areas and say we do not, or if we are sick and say we are not, they are lies. We are to confess our sins to the Lord Jesus and seek His pardon, cleansing of the blood and deliverance by the Holy Spirit and the Word that also cleanses.
The end of the sermon was approaching. The young men in the dress of Aaron, the HIGH Priest, who had gone from the platform, re-entered. As he was leaving again, Prince pointed to him saying, “That’s Jesus, only He does not look like it”. This leaves the possibility of could it be stupidity in this preacher who does show intelligence and certain knowledge, even of errors? Or is it something worse, such as a blatant anti-Christ spirit “gone out into the world” as John remarks? Has this occurred that the Lord has “sent a strong delusion that they should believe a lie”?
Any preacher who has studied, would know the following matters. Hebrews 7 treats the subject of the priesthoods. Aaron after being High Priest, died. Each one in continuation afterwards, also ended their term of office in death. So how could anyone in the regalia of a priest of that order, be pointed to as being Jesus. A second thing is that Jesus never was of the order of Levi or Aaron. Those High Priests were merely types of the Lord Jesus. ” For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests” (Heb.7:28). Jesus never had any weaknesses. And this: “For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things” (Heb.8:3-5). It is a shocking thing to say, “That is Jesus” of an Aaronic High Priest. Jesus is declared to be this: “It was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (Heb.7:26).
Was this preacher saying that Jesus, now is like us? Indeed he has said such a thing previously, as recorded in a former article. He did state that “we are the same as Jesus before the throne” but also incongruously, that “As He is so am I in this world” – one conflicting with the other! He believes we now have the Divine nature and are reigning – whereas Jesus is not reigning because He is “waiting till His enemies be made His footstool”. Such beliefs are wholly illogical – and delusional.
These verses state the truth about the priesthood of Jesus Christ: “For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, ‘You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.’ For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God” (Heb.7:12-19)..
From Channel 182, Australia, it has been discovered that this preacher has perverted the grace of our God, denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ, and is a dreamer and that defiles the flesh.There has been blasphemy against the “glorious ones”, Christ and God. Jesus is “the glory”. There is no understanding here and the thoughts as of unreasoning animals, walking in the way of Cain, that of his own ways. Such follows the way of gain, greedy for money by the millions of dollars and perhaps fame? Surely such is a case of a shepherd feeding himself? This means a case of “waterless”, without the true Holy Spirit of God. Verses 14-18 below point a dark picture indeed. These remarks are not a judgment from oneself. If they fit, the Word of God is the judge but “by their fruits you shall know them”, in this case the fruits of true statements from the Word – or otherwise.
Having been sorrowful over these matters for days, we finish off this sermon of the 20 May, 2012 (that we commenced a few articles back) with these dire warnings from the Holy Spirit in the Word of God: Jude 1:4 ‘For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jud 1:5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. … Jud 1:8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. Jud 1:9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” Jud 1:10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Jud 1:11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. Jud 1:12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted. Jud 1:13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
Jud 1:14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, Jud 1:15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Jud 1:16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage. Jud 1:17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jud 1:18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”