Doctrine of Leadership

October 13, 2015



A. Introduction.
1. The existence of authority demands the function of leadership.
2. The possession of authority carries the responsibility of leadership.
3. The existence of any organized group demands the existence of leadership.
a. Authority in marriage demands the leadership of the husband.
b. Authority in the family demands parental leadership.
c. Authority in the military demands good leadership.
d. Authority in business or professional life demands leadership.
e. Authority in government demands leadership.
f. Authority in the church demands leadership.
g. Authority in other organizations demands the exercise of leadership. The principle of authority demands more than management; it demands the existence of leadership for the proper function of that authority.
4. Historical events produce a need for leadership and only leadership can meet that need. Circumstances produce a market for leadership and leadership supplies that market. Life is a market for leadership, and crisis sets the stage for leadership.
5. Definition.
a. Leadership may be defined as the authority, ability, and capacity to direct, to guide, to lead, to motivate, to control in any organization where legitimate authority exists.
b. The purpose of leadership is to enforce, execute, and motivate policy, purpose, and the objectives of any legitimate organization.
c. Leadership is the responsibility of authority.
d. Being in a position of authority does not mean or imply the existence of leadership or that the person has leadership or leadership ability.
(1) Being a father or husband does not imply the man has leadership ability. The same is true of general officers in the military.
(2) Being a pastor or deacon does not imply the existence of leadership. You are looking for someone who has the spiritual gift, not someone who is popular with the congregation.
(3) Being a government official (President, Governor, Congressman, Mayor, etc.) does not imply that such a person is a leader.
(4) Being the head of a corporation, the captain of a team, the chairman of the board, or the president of an academic institution does not imply that one who has such authority is a leader or possesses leadership ability.
e. Nevertheless many categories of life depend on and demand leadership capability rather than managerial functions.
f. The existence of any organization or organized group of people demands the existence of leadership in some form or some category.
g. Categories of life that demand leadership include: marriage, family, government, the military, professional organizations of any kind, business organizations, academic institutions, athletic organizations, and Christian organizations.
6. Great leadership comes from great crisis. The greatest happiness comes in time of testing by the application of doctrine to experience.
7. When a person has been given command of an organization, he has the responsibility to see that everyone is properly placed in the organization to be effective. At the same time he must see that everyone is challenged and happy with the job which has been given to them. This is also true in the local church.
a. The pastor-teacher has the responsibility of seeing that those who function under their spiritual gift are happy in what they are doing.
b. When someone has a complaint, it is the responsibility of the pastor to objectively listen to their complaints for the overall benefit of the organization.
c. Pastor’s fail because they lust to be respected and to control others under the principle of power madness.
d. The pastor must often realize that members of the congregation are not functioning under their spiritual gift for two entirely different reasons: (1) they have sown to the wind and are reaping the whirlwind, and (2) they are ignorant or rejecting what God has provided by way of a spiritual gift, and reject the principle that all spiritual gifts demand humility for their proper function.
(1) Humility is very necessary in the proper function of an army under great leadership.
(2) Humility removes eyes on self, others, things, and leads to occupation with Christ and spiritual advance.
(3) Under humility, the believer never enters into any form of jealousy, antagonism, vindictiveness, or implacability toward another believer, nor is there any antagonism toward authority.
(4) Under humility, God has provided leadership function and fellowship function. Fellowship function is just as important as leadership function.
e. It must be understood that while no man is a perfect man in leadership, God will deal with that leader when he fails.
f. The pastor’s leadership and responsibility must come from a life of dedication to the will of God. His dedication must be to communicate Bible doctrine accurately.
g. Whether a pastor or member of a congregation, whether a leader or follower, both have the same divine mandate, 1 Pet 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God that He may promote you at the proper time.”
(1) This applies to both leaders and followers.
(2) It applies in the local church, in marriage, in the military, in business, in any organization. It applies to everything in life where there can be great success by loyalty up and loyalty down.
(3) God promotes both leaders and followers, but it demands humility on the part of both. Without humility we are going nowhere in life.
(4) Num 12:3, “(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)” This is why Moses was one of the greatest leaders in all of history.
(5) Humility is the basis for a good student of the word of God. It is the basis for personal understanding of who and what God is and what He has provided for us.
h. In marriage, leadership function is given to the husband.
(1) The husband is mandated to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself as a substitute for her. He executes his authority in the highest form of love.
(2) No man is perfect in leadership, and if he fails in sin and is abusive to his family, then he will be punished severely by God.
(3) The woman is commanded to respect, not love, her husband. This is because respect is the highest form of love.
8. Whether we are leaders or followers, we are here to receive recognition from God by the execution of His plan. Therefore, we must be satisfied with the perfect wisdom of God in whatever category (leader or follower) He places us.
a. After salvation, some of us are leaders and some of us are followers. Followers are not in any way degraded. The blessings of being a follower often exceed the blessing of being a leader.
b. Because of superabundance of happiness, we can be leaders or followers and be happy. Both can have the same fantastic happiness and blessings from the spiritual life.
c. No organization can function without good leadership and without good followership. This is true in marriage as well.
d. The leader directs the follower. The follower represents tremendous character of humility. This is necessary for success and fulfillment of the concept of the power of combining leadership and followership. The great blessing comes from leadership being good in leadership and followers being good in following. Both are necessary.
e. There is no disgrace in being a follower and great responsibility in being a leader. It is God who makes the assignment of pastor-teacher. It is the believer in the local church who either responds or rejects that leadership.
f. Communication from the pulpit of the essence, wisdom, and integrity of God is providing leadership. When a follower responds and grows in grace and the knowledge of the Lord, there is great power in the spiritual life.
g. Marriages never succeed if the wife does not respect her husband as a good follower.
h. The leader is not looked upon as an attractive or unattractive person, in order that no personality conflict can interfere and destroy the function of the organization of the local church.
i. Leaders and followers must work together rather than clash with each other. The leader must be everything he can be as a leader, and the follower must respond in every way he can to fulfill the function of the leaders ability to command.
j. Conclusion.
(1) Proper execution of leadership and followership result in a common bond and not a system of antagonism.
(2) There is no disgrace in being a follower.
(3) There is no disgrace for leadership to fail.
(4) But each must understand his responsibility before the Lord.

B. Leadership must be distinguished from management.
1. Leadership motivates people, management regulates people.
a. Leadership necessitates the establishment of authority, and authority is established through discipline. Self-discipline is the foundation for leadership.
b. Management is the bureaucratic enforcement of regulations without ability and often without integrity.
c. Leadership provides self-motivation from efficient function in the spiritual life. Leadership is destroyed when management mechanics get involved. There is no gift of spiritual management in the Bible, only the gift of spiritual leadership related to the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.
d. The leader does not have the privilege of disliking anyone. Everyone must be treated the same, not based on who the leader likes or dislikes. Christian leadership is responsible to the Lord for their treatment of their employees.
2. Leadership is the proper function of authority. Management is all too often the arrogant and petty enforcement of regulations without integrity, without ability, and with the objective of bullying others. Management bullies and requires no honor or integrity, while leadership motivates even in the dullest of routines.
3. Leadership delegates authority and responsibility, while management abuses authority by failure to allow initiative in subordinates (micro-management).
4. Leadership delegates authority, while management stands over a person and bullies.
5. Leadership produces esprit-de-corps, while management creates dissatisfaction, dishonesty, laziness, and even conspiracy against authority. Management maintains the status quo and then declines from there.
6. Leadership inspires integrity; management inspires hypocrisy and patronizing. Leadership cannot function without honor and integrity while management produces hypocrisy, inordinate ambition, and often dishonesty.
7. Leadership inspires humility, while management creates arrogance.
8. The function of leadership verses management in the local church.
a. In the local church, the leadership of the pastor is related to his faithful and consistent studying and teaching of Bible doctrine.
b. This means that the leader-pastor recognizes the privacy of the royal priesthood of each believer and avoids counseling or dictatorial functions that create dependency on the person of the pastor rather than on the message of Bible doctrine he teaches. The pastor-leader teaches doctrine but does not seek to coerce the volition of the members of the congregation.
c. The leadership of the pastor-teacher is to direct the congregation in what the Bible teaches rather than to establish a dependency on himself or encourage creating a role model out of himself or anyone else.
d. The manager-pastor may or may not teach Bible doctrine, but he does seek to regulate, manage, to rule his congregation to create a dependency on himself. He encourages counseling or leaning on him for advice and counsel. Therefore, he creates a dependency on himself rather than a dependency on the Word of God. The manager-pastor tries to run everything and everyone, and use counseling as a means of expressing bureaucratic, dictatorial tendencies.
(1) When a congregation is under the ministry of a manager-pastor, they tend to react to the dictatorship of that pastor or over-respond to the pastor–both are unhealthy.
(a) Over-response creates a tendency to make a role model out of the pastor.
(b) Reaction means seeking to malign, criticize, or judge the pastor. This distracts from the function of learning doctrine and causes the three stages of Christian degeneracy.
(2) The only role model in the Christian life is our Lord Jesus Christ.
(3) Jesus Christ cannot be the role model of any believer apart from their consistent exposure to and cognition of accurate Bible teaching.
(4) The manager-pastor has a tendency to become the volition for his entire congregation rather than allowing the believer to make his own decisions under the ministry of the leader-type pastor, whose ministry preserves the freedom of the believer’s volition and the protection of his congregation’s privacy.
(5) No believer can attain the spiritual maturity mandated in the Scripture without the continued function of his own volition toward Bible doctrine.
(6) The believer under the manager-type pastor tends to react to religious dictatorship. This results in distraction from Bible doctrine and inevitable involvement in Christian degeneracy.
9. Leadership necessitates the establishment and maintenance of authority, but it is the authority of the word of God and the teaching of Bible doctrine.
a. The leadership pastor establishes his authority by teaching doctrine to the congregation and emphasizing that principle always.
b. The response to authority in the teaching of Bible doctrine is the advance to the high ground of spiritual maturity. This occurs in three areas:
(1) There must be the motivation of Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
(2) There must be the momentum of reciprocal love for God. This is the motivation for staying with Bible doctrine.
(3) There must be the power of God the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
c. The pastor-leader delegates authority to others for the administration and service functions of the local church. Management pastors try to run everything and everyone.
d. By teaching the word of God, the pastor-leader seeks to inculcate self-motivation from Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
e. Leadership pastors teach virtue and integrity from Bible doctrine, while management pastors teach legalism and hypocrisy from their own self-righteous arrogance.
f. The leader-pastor seeks to protect the privacy of the congregation, while the manager pastor seeks to invade the privacy of the congregation. It is not the man; it is the message that is important.
g. Spiritual leadership emphasizes the importance of Bible doctrine, while management pastors emphasize the importance of Christian experience.
10. Leadership constantly teaches and trains; management relies on a pleasing personality and making subordinates feel good. Management gives orders and never explains anything.
11. People under management react and overreact, resulting in a lot of dissatisfied people. Management cannot properly discipline.
11. Management rises to the top without ability. In a leadership system, the best people rise to the top.
12. Leadership is always humble in the sense of virtue. It has selfesteem.
13. Prov 24:6, “Because through the art of leadership you will execute warfare. Therefore, victory resides in the greatness of the one who commands.”
14. When management has authority, it is inevitable that disaster will occur.
15. Leadership necessitates the establishment of authority, while management is the bureaucratic enforcement of regulation without ability or integrity.
16. Leadership delegates authority; management abuses authority by trying to do all the work or take the initiative away from others.
17. Leadership cannot function without honor and integrity. Management can only produce hypocrisy, inordinate ambition, dishonesty, and lack of virtue.
18. Management maintains the statusquo in a crisis or disaster; leadership produces maximum results.
19. There are leaders and there are followers as can be seen in the spiritual gifts given to the Church.
20. There are Christians with God-given authority, and there are Christians under God-given authority.
21. There are pastors and congregations. There are very strong doctrinal principles that apply to Christian leadership which demand wisdom from doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. There are equally strong doctrinal principles assigned to the congregation as followers with regard to their response to the teaching of the word of God.
22. Col 3:22-4:1, “Christian workers, keep on submitting to the authority of the lords according to the flesh according to the standard of all things, not in the sphere of eye-service as men-pleasers, but by means of the integrity of the stream of consciousness, respecting the Lord. Whatever you do, keep functioning from the soul as to the Lord and not to men, knowing from the ultimate source of the Lord you shall receive in return the reward from the inheritance. You are the servant of the Lord Christ. For he who does wrong shall receive the consequences of that wrongdoing, and there is no partiality. Lords [Christian leadership], give from your own resources and power both fair treatment and equal wages to your employees, knowing that you too keep on having the Lord in heaven.”
a. The existence of authority demands the function of leadership.
b. The possession of authority carries the responsibility of leadership.
c. The existence of any organized group demands the existence of leadership. Authority in marriage demands the leadership of the husband. Authority in the family demands parental leadership. Authority in the military, business or professional life, or government demands leadership.
d. The principle of authority demands more than management. It demands leadership, especially in the local church.
23. You cannot lead untrained troops in battle and be successful.
24. Leadership and popularity are not the same. Not all leaders are popular. The basis of leadership is virtue and integrity in life. The basis for popularity is success, personality, personal appeal, or physical attractiveness.
25. Memorial to Hood’s Texas brigade, “Not for fame or reward. Not for place or for rank. Not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it, these men suffered all, sacrificed all, endured all, and died.”

C. The Attributes of Leadership.
1. A leader must possess either human or spiritual self-esteem, or both, so that he does not feel threatened by any form of pressure from personnel or malfunction in an organization.
2. A leader must possess honor, integrity, virtue, loyalty, and sensitivity to those under his command. These come from a relaxed mental attitude, which means total freedom from the arrogance complex and emotional complex of sins.
3. A leader must be organized in his own personal life. His thinking must be organized; his motivation must be consistent; his decisions and actions must follow his motivation consistently. Disorganized people do not make good leaders.
4. A leader must have a sense of responsibility toward his organization. He must have a sense of responsibility toward the personnel, toward fulfilling the objectives, and toward maintaining the policy of the organization.
5. A leader must be free from arrogance and subjectivity. Subjective and arrogant people rarely make good leaders. Arrogance in leadership expresses itself in pettiness, tyranny, lack of fairness to all, and self-promoting. Therefore, he must possess objectivity, humility, teachability, and grace-orientation. Subjective and arrogant people do not make good leaders.
6. A leader must function within his own personality as a self-object and not through imitation of some role-model. You will never be a leader by imitating someone else’s personality. You must stay within your own personality and not try to be someone else. You cannot maintain your poise while trying to be someone you are not.
a. Certain personality imitation should be avoided at all costs, such as the macho personality. You find poise inside your own personality.
b. The leader must examine himself for empathy as a caretaker of others rather than using those under his charge for self-promotion or to stimulate his own inordinate ambition.
c. Leadership demands that the individual utilize these leadership characteristics within the framework of his own personality.
7. Leadership demands cognition and total knowledge of your own leadership environment, whether you are a husband, parent, soldier, pastor, businessman, or politician. You cannot be lazy and be a good leader. Leadership is hard work.
8. As a result of understanding the principle of authority, the leader must possess both objectivity and loyalty to higher echelons of command and to those under his command.
a. In this regard, objectivity neutralizes potential personality conflict, while loyalty produces good command function in a structured organization. Objectivity resolves personality conflicts.
b. Leadership exercises both fairness and objectivity toward those under one’s authority without using that authority to be abusive or dictatorial.
c. A leader does not use his command to attain promotion.
d. Pastors owe loyalty to God, which means fellowship with God at all times and spiritual rapport with God. Pastors owe loyalty to the congregation by being prepared to teach.
9. A leader must possess common sense, some degree of flexibility, and an understanding of people. Common sense is all of his knowledge about the profession, all of his understanding of people, and the importance of relating to all people under his command with some measure of flexibility. Along with this common sense, a leader must have academic understanding of his responsibilities, of the purpose of the organization in which he serves, and their objectives.
10. A leader must be fair to all under his command. He must be free from prejudice of any kind. Prejudice is blind arrogance when it comes to understanding people.
11. Leadership must develop and attain executive ability rather than managerial bureaucracy. This means leadership must learn to analyze, to organize, to categorize, to systematize, to synthesize, and communicate.
12. A leader must also train and teach those under his responsibility to improve their motivation and capacity for life. A good leader must constantly teach those under his authority; for communication and training is a continual process in the function of leadership.
13. A leader should have good health, presence, motivation, endurance, nervous stability, concentration, energy, confidence, poise, dress, carriage, good manners, and thoughtfulness of others. Some leaders have flair, but flair is not a leadership characteristic in itself; it is a personality characteristic. Therefore, if flair does not match your personality, avoid it at all costs.
14. The key to all leadership is impersonal love. Since impersonal love for all mankind is a function of spiritual growth directly related to Bible doctrine, the sooner you arrive at the point of impersonal love for all mankind and spiritual self-esteem the sooner you will achieve leadership in any managerial or responsible area.
15. A leader must understand both self and group discipline. No one achieves true leadership without self-discipline. At the same time, he must understand group discipline and its significance. A leader understands that the organization is more important than he is.
16. A leader must have respect for authority. This is the basic virtue of humility. He must know how to use that authority without abusing it. The leader gets far greater punishment from the supreme court of heaven than the followers.

D. The Distinction Between Leadership and Popularity.
1. Leadership and popularity are not the same thing. Popularity and personality is not as important as leadership.
2. Not everyone who is popular is a leader and not everyone who is a leader is popular.
3. The basis for leadership is honor, virtue, and integrity.
4. The basis for popularity is personality success or charismatic appeal.
5. To be a leader, one does not have to be popular; but one does have to have honor, integrity, virtue, and self-esteem.

E. Leadership must be related to some profession or some system of organization in life.
1. Various professions require variations in leadership function.
2. A husband’s leadership must be related to his wife; a parent’s leadership must be related to children. Leadership must be related to the situation.
3. A pastor’s leadership must be related to the study and communication of Bible doctrine.
4. A soldier’s leadership must be related to his ability to motivate and train troops. Military leadership is defined as that professional soldier whose rank gives him command of a tactical unit in combat, which can include anyone from an officer to a non-commissioned officer to a team leader. Military leadership includes combining your understanding of logistics with your ability to make good decisions under pressure.
5. Business leadership must be related to marketing ability.
6. Political leadership must be related to establishment principles and the communication of those principles to your constituents. Good leadership in a politician makes him a statesman.
7. Good leadership in a labor union must include the highest form of integrity and the ability to have the interest of the union in balance with the state of the economy. Union leadership cannot provide for the union what the economy will not bare.
8. All categories of leadership must relate their objectives to the status quo of the national entity so that they are not in conflict with divine establishment.
9. Good leadership in any sphere always balances the objectives of the organization with the public welfare.

F. Leadership thinks under stress and pressure, Zech 12:5.
1. Zech 12:5, “Then the generals of Judah will begin to think in their hearts (stream of consciousness), ‘My strength is in the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the Lord of the armies, their God.’”
2. Because of maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, these generals will not surrender even though combat stress from a series of battles has led to a new peak in disaster. The faith-rest drill carries these generals, who function in doctrinal rationales.
3. These are eight to ten retired Jewish generals, who will organize the remaining population of Jerusalem into a military organization, and will not surrender. They continue to think in the face of hopeless odds during the siege of Jerusalem at the end of the Tribulation.
4. The faith-rest drill is the basis for their thinking under stress. They lifted the shield of faith by using doctrinal rationales: the essence of God (God does not intend for them to be destroyed), the plan of God (God still has a plan for them since they are still alive), the policy of God (it is God’s policy to protect His people), logistical grace (God will provide the solution), and the a fortiori rationale (If God can do the greater things for us, He can now do the lesser things).
5. Even though two-thirds of the population of the city have been killed, they still know there are believers left alive who they can organize to fight. They also know that the Lord Jesus Christ will return at the Second Advent to deliver them.
6. The believers, who have been anti-military up to this point and have caused the decline of the Jewish military so that they were easily overrun by the king of the North, are now motivated to fight. Therefore, the Jewish believers will now lift the shield of faith in time of battlefield stress, and through the Lord of the Armies they will succeed.
7. In time of disaster, leadership does not collapse but thinks under pressure.

G. Leadership motivates under pressure, Zech 12:6.
1. Zech 12:6, “In that day, I will make the generals of Judah like a pan of fire among the sticks and like a flaming torch in a sheaf. Therefore, they will cut to pieces all the surrounding enemies on the right and on the left. Therefore, the inhabitants of Jerusalem will live in their own homes in Jerusalem.”
a. The pan of fire is the leadership in combat arms and the sticks are the troops being trained, who will win in counterattack under the grace of God.
b. The flaming torch is staff leadership. The sheaf is a general staff.
2. This Jewish army will have freedom through military victory. Jewish leadership will defeat overwhelming odds until delivered by Jesus Christ at the Second Advent.
3. In the Millennium, Jerusalem will be inhabited by the heroes of this army, who used the faith-rest drill and continued to resist under great leadership.
4. Stress does not shorten life. The only time stress shortens life is when you succumb to that stress.

H. The Pattern of Leadership in the Military.
1. The pattern of military leadership becomes the basis for whether we survive and have freedom or not.
2. Authority orientation, which includes use of that authority without abuse of authority, is one of the most important factors in the military.
3. The officer corps must have a self-disciplined life, which includes:
a. Virtue, honor, integrity, self-esteem, a relaxed mental attitude with good motivation which includes love for the profession of arms and freedom from arrogance.
b. There must be a strong sense of responsibility toward one’s command.
c. There must be professional diligence and perspicacity which includes knowledge of all phases of military life: strategy, tactics, logistics, personnel, military administration, and a study in depth of principles in these areas which have not changed in the last 5,000 years.
d. There must be loyalty to authority above and subordinates. Hence, objectivity rather than subjectivity is the key to military life.
e. There must be common sense and good judgment developed from freedom of scar tissue of the soul.
f. There must be fairness and the avoidance of prejudice in dealing with personnel.
g. There must be ability to organize, categorize, synthesize, analyze, and to delegate responsibility.
h. There must also be health, endurance, mental stability, the ability to think under all kinds of pressure.
4. The fine line between officer and enlisted.
a. The military has established precisely correct procedure. There is a fine line between officers and enlisted men. The purpose for this fine line is extremely important. If the fine line is erased, leadership is surrendered. This is why there is a separation between officers and non-commissioned officers.
b. There must always be loyalty up and loyalty down. There must be respect for those under you.
c. The same line exists in business. Not all problems are the fault of labor unions; many are because of leadership failure.
d. Leadership is not your popularity with those under your command, but your wisdom in dealing with every situation as a person set apart to command. Leadership demands wisdom in relationship to those under your command.
e. Leadership can become too dependent on the opinion of those under its command. If a leader is told by those under him what to do, he is not a leader. He cannot think independently. He will cause unbelievable defeat and casualties.
f. Leadership cannot afford to become socially involved with those under its command. There are certain social events which are wonderful and legitimate. But to become “buddybuddy” with those under your command, or to over-socialize, means that when you have to make a decision whereby that man will have to be sacrificed as a part of a greater plan, you can’t do it. Therefore, you shouldn’t be a leader.
g. “I don’t tell my men to do anything I wouldn’t do,” is a mentality that should not rise above company level. This mentality means you cannot properly tell a battalion what to do. You’re supposed to be a cut above them and be able to think. With your higher rank, you’re supposed to do the thinking and tell them what to do. That macho stupidity means you’re a fool and you don’t belong in leadership.
h. The same principle applies to business and to every organization. We are lacking leadership everywhere today because that fine line has been erased by social life, patronizing, flattery, and simply by good ability dying on the vine.
i. Leadership cannot afford to become socially dependent on those you command, because you cannot make objective decisions with regard to them. Leadership under social dependence has a tendency to over-reward good work and to ignore lapses.
j. Eventually a crisis occurs where leadership must make independent decisions. Otherwise, the leader is not really a leader but a spokesman for bureaucratic democracy, which is not leadership at all. Any bureaucrat can take a poll on a decision. Leadership must have something to distinguish him from the rest, e.g., good judgment, moral courage, independent thinking, and the ability to make good decisions which go against the grain. That’s why Douglas MacArthur stands historically as being the greatest soldier this country has ever had.
k. Leadership must never adopt the prejudices of the underlings, which destroys overall objectivity in dealing with personal problems. Leadership, therefore, must lead and not follow. Leadership can take suggestions and listen to opinions and advice from others. But if leadership becomes too dependent on these “conferences with the group,” the ability to make sound and independent decisions is lost completely. Leadership must never be sucked into bad advice, or be manipulated by flattery or patronizing from ambitious underlings.
l. For the good of the organization, leadership must motivate and encourage, but not allow the underling to take advantage of friendship, so that the organization is used instead of served. Manipulatory underlings will often tell you what they think you want to hear. They will become a bad influence in decision making, which means loss of leadership, and the fine line is erased.
m. Leadership must function within the realm of one’s own personality without being used or without being authoritative where there is no need for it. Therefore, leadership can be neutralized and destroyed by over-involvement with those under one’s command. Involvement should be confined to one’s peers within the framework of your organization.
n. If this fine line does not exist, there is equalization, and so there is no leadership, and therefore there is inevitable disaster. We are moving toward this today. Everyone’s a leader; everyone should express an opinion.
o. All this means that we are destroying protocol. When you erase the line between the leader and the followers, you also destroy respect. And if there is no leadership, the followers are selfdestructive.
p. Today, the salute is disappearing. Yet you should never break the protocol. That salute is a part of the fine line. The officer’s club is a part of the fine line. Without that line, there is no leadership.
q. There is just as clearly defined leadership and authority in Christianity as there is in any of our military services and in any wellrun organization of any kind.
5. The essence of military leadership is developed for the leader through his Bible doctrine. It begins with proper respect for authority, the proper use of authority without abuse of that authority. Tacitus said, “An army of stags is more to be feared under the command of a lion than an army of lions led by a stag.”

I. The Pattern of Parental Leadership.
1. Parental leadership is related to one’s own children, not to other people’s children.
2. God has provided a divine system for people to emerge from childhood with orientation to life, capacity for happiness, and human self-esteem.
3. This divine system is based on the authority of parents and their ability to teach, train, discipline, encourage, motivate, and guide their own children into the status of adulthood.
4. This divine system is designed by God for both unbelievers and Christian parents.
5. The divine system of family is often neutralized by parental failure. Causes for malfunction of the family include:
a. Genetic handicaps.
b. Environmental handicaps–this is too much garbage in the subconscious.
c. Volitional handicaps which often develop rebellion of the children or abuse from the parents, Col 3:21.

J. Leadership Flaws.
1. Flaws destroy leadership, Prov 24:1-6.
a. Prov 24:1, “Do not be jealous of evil men, nor desire to be with them.”
(1) You cannot be a good leader and practice any mental attitude sins. You cannot be a good leader and be jealous. Jealousy leads to pettiness, which destroys a leader. Jealousy destroys any form of leadership. Jealousy results in a distorted view of reality and life.
(2) Mental attitude sins destroy both moral and battle courage. Nerve is moral courage in battle.
(3) Jealousy is a flaw of the arrogance complex of sins, and is part of a system of sins, which include: bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, anger, hatred, self-pity, inordinate ambition and competition, revenge motivation and function, and vilification (which is slander, judging, lying, etc.). Jealousy is the greatest manufacturer of misery in your life. There is nothing as bad as jealousy. It is self-destructive. Sin destroys the best of leadership.
(4) You cannot be a good leader until you are authority oriented. You must be willing to take discipline whether fair or unfair. Only arrogance wants to start at the top.
(5) Desiring to be with evil leaders is making a role model out of them. Do not make a role model out of character flaws of a leader. When you copy the character of an evil leader, you copy the wrong thing. Arrogant flaws include all the mental attitude sins.
(6) You should not desire to associate with evil people. The desire to associate with evil leaders indicates wrong values from wrong priorities. The desire to associate with evil leaders often means inordinate ambition.
(7) For the believer, leadership must originate from doctrinal application of epignosis doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. For the unbeliever, leadership must originate from the doctrinal application of the laws of divine establishment.
(8) Leadership is constructed from stability and integrity of soul. Integrity of the soul is maximum Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. Machoism is a flawed concept of leadership. Certain people are attractive to the good leader and can become a distraction. One of the big distractions is trying to emulate a macho jackass. Leadership does not require you to be able to do everything your men can do; it requires you to think.
b. Good leadership doesn’t slander or malign, Prov 24:2, “For their stream of consciousness is obsessed with violence [abuse of power, tyranny], and their lips speak vilification [slander, gossip, maligning, judging, creating a public lie].”
(1) Genuine leadership functions from honor, integrity, right priorities, and a true scale of values.
(2) Tyranny includes anyone who is filled with slander, maligning, and judging others. Verbal arrogance is ruinous to the soul. Anything ruinous to the soul is ruinous to leadership. They use the public lie to protect their own career. Genuine leadership functions from integrity, right priorities, and a true scale of values.
(3) A good leader is not obsessed with violence. A person obsessed with violence makes a poor soldier.
c. The regenerate concept of leadership is found in Prov 24:3-4, “By means of wisdom a house is constructed, and by means of doctrinal insight one prepares himself. And by means of knowledge [intelligence, understanding = daily metabolization and application of doctrine] the rooms [the seven compartments in the stream of consciousness of your soul; it can also refer to the compartments of life the temporal and spiritual] will be filled with something of value and something stimulating.”
(1) Spiritual growth to maturity is the greatest help for leadership.
(2) “Wisdom” is metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness of the right lobe of the soul. The “house” is the edification complex of the soul through the metabolization of doctrine. The “house” is the status of the mature believer through the double column advance to the high ground of maximum glorification of God. The house is almost built when you are in spiritual self-esteem and spiritual autonomy and is completed in spiritual maturity.
(3) You prepare yourself for life, disaster, leadership, and being a follower by execution of the spiritual life. Leadership is something you prepare for all of your life. Preparation for leadership demands accumulating in your soul certain technical data. You must also have doctrinal preparation, if you are a believer.
d. A good leader strengthens his professional ability, Prov 24:5, “A wise soldier [GEBER] lives in the power of doctrine, and a man of knowledge [doctrinal incite] strengthens his professional ability. The Hebrew word GEBER refers to a professional soldier. The use of this word eliminates women from serving in the military.
e. Prov 24:6, “Because through the art of leadership you will execute warfare, therefore victory resides in the greatness of the one who commands.”
2. Prov 20:18, “War plans are formed by wisdom in planning. And by means of wisdom, they make war.”
3. There are twelve biblical principles or reasons why believers should serve in the military.
a. The military profession is an honorable function for believers, Mt 8:5-10.
b. Believers in the military have done well in the past through Bible doctrine. Heb 11:34 gives a summary of believers in ranks of armies of the Old Testament, “… they were courageous in battle, they put to flight the invading armies, they escaped from the mouths of the sword.”
c. Believers have been delivered in battle, Job 5:20, “And in war He will deliver you from the power of the sword.”
d. Believers have great confidence in battle stress situations, Ps 27:3, “Though an army surrounds me, my right lobe will not be afraid. Though wars rise up against me, in spite of this I will keep on having confidence.”
e. Warfare has both a spiritual and an establishment connotation. Spiritual preparation is found in Neh 4:8-9; military preparation is found in Neh 4:13-15.
f. For the client nation to God, the Bible emphasizes the importance of universal military training, Num 1:19-46.
g. The client nation to God should have a mobilization plan, Num 31:3-5. Such planning is honorable.
h. The client nation to God must perpetuate in every generation training in warfare, Jud 3:1-2.
i. God Himself ordained the principle of peace through military victory, Ps 46:7-9.
j. Warfare demands concentration which results in courage. Courage is concentration in stress. Dt 20:1-8.
k. The women of a nation suffer when there is military defeat, Isa 3:16-26.
l. The believer is motivated for military training by the Word of God, Ps 18:34, “He trains my hands for battle so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” Ps 144:1, “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.”

K. Basic Concepts of Leadership.
1. There are basic principles of leadership that apply to believers only.
a. Leadership does not imply a change in personality but demands a change in character.
b. Leadership function demands the removal of garbage from the subconscious.
2. A leader must lead and not follow.
a. Leadership in management must never adopt the prejudices of employees. This destroys objectivity in dealing with personnel problems.
b. Leadership in management must give thoughtful consideration to suggestions from those under your command or responsibility.
c. Leadership in management can take suggestions and advice from staff personnel and others involved, but leadership alone is responsible for all decisions made. Therefore, leadership in management must develop the ability to make good decisions from a position of strength rather than bad decisions from a position of weakness.
(1) In Christian leadership, this emphasizes the importance of maximum metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness, circulated by the filling of the Spirit.
(2) This also emphasizes the removal of garbage in the subconscious of the soul. Garbage in the subconscious neutralizes leadership characteristics and ability.
d. Leadership in management will not be manipulated by flattery or by a patronizing attitude of ambitious underlings.
(1) For the good of the organization, leadership in management must motivate and encourage labor or those under his command or responsibility and must avoid being used by subordinates.
(2) Manipulative underlings, full of inordinate ambition, will often tell you what they assume you want to hear. Hence, by omitting facts and vital information, they become a bad influence on decision making in leadership, so that leadership is neutralized and becomes management.
3. Leadership demands flexibility.
a. Flexibility means adaptability to changing situations.
b. However, there must be no flexibility in attitude toward Bible doctrine, which must have number one priority in the life, and occupation with Christ. Bible doctrine is essential to Christian leadership, for it provides the wisdom for effectiveness in making necessary adjustments to the changing circumstances of life.
c. Those who fail in flexibility are not even leaders; they are management looking for a job.
d. Flexibility is not a compromise of Bible doctrine but the ability to modify and adapt through cognition and application of metabolized doctrine to every circumstance of life including leadership function.
e. Every circumstance of life will require adaptability from time to time. You have to be very alert to do this. If you are not flexible in your lifestyle, you will break into a thousand pieces.
f. Legalistic believers and arrogant type Christians are neither flexible or adaptable in business or professional organizations large or small. Therefore, legalistic management malfunctions through bullying, threatening, and cruelty to employees. Eph 6:9, “And rulers, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”
g. Changing circumstances of life demand flexibility in leadership, and adaptability in the policies that leadership is enforcing.
h. Flexibility in leadership originates from humility and spiritual self-esteem, while inflexibility in management originates from arrogance and power lust. Humility is the ultimate state of flexibility.
4. Leadership in Christian management must not be neutralized or destroyed by becoming over-involved in the personal or social life of the employees.
a. The smaller the organization the greater the danger of loss of authority in this area. When socializing means loss of authority, leadership is neutralized and destroyed.
b. This principle does not destroy leadership’s personal concern and continual desire to help those under his command. This means leadership demands wisdom in relationship to those under one’s command.
c. There comes a time when leadership must make wise and independent decisions for the good of the organization. Leadership must not become too dependent on those under his command, so that he loses the habit of thinking independently. A leader must think independently and adopt independent decisions and policies, which makes him a leader in the first place.
5. Principles of Leadership.
a. Leadership generally establishes itself through superior wisdom or productivity of some kind.
b. There comes a time when leadership must make wise and independent decisions for the good of an organization.
c. Leadership can become dependent upon opinions of others under their command, so that he loses the habit of thinking independently.
d. Good leadership in management should be flexible enough to listen to good advice, to recognize good suggestions.
e. This is not in conflict with independent thinking but is a supplement to wisdom. A good leader with self-esteem never feels threatened by input from others, but he also knows where to cut off input and make his own decisions.
(1) The Christian has the advantage of being totally dependent on the Lord. Being dependent on the Lord and being objective, this objectivity overflows and gives great strength in the function of leadership, so that leadership will be extremely fair. A leader will walk extra miles with a person who is not doing a good job.
(2) One of the most important functions of leadership is to always be very careful of someone who makes great mistakes in an organization. A person who makes a great mistake and recognizes it is going to learn from that mistake. One of the worst things you can do is fire the person; they will never make that mistake again. It is the people who do not learn from their mistakes that you must fire because they are inherently arrogant.
f. Humility in the status of spiritual self-esteem has the ability of independent thinking and the flexibility for recognition of good advice and incorporating it into the organization. Great leaders do not function under herd-bound popularity concepts. Independent thinking and flexibility recognizes good advice and incorporates it in policy and decision making. Taking good advice from subordinates on the one hand, and not being influenced by subordinates on the other hand appears to be contradictory. On the contrary, it is simply the flexibility of leadership.
g. Arrogance and power lust of management combines to provide a personality flaw that cancels leadership ability and good managerial function.
(1) Learn to know your limitations and function within them.
(2) When you know your limitations, you have contentment, and you are marvelously effective in what you are doing and appreciated.
(3) Arrogance and power lust destroy even the potential for leadership in management.
h. The entrepreneur syndrome is a flawed, arrogant person, who labors under the illusion that he has executive ability to organize, to lead, to assume the responsibility for a business or that he can be successful as the employer of productive labor. The problem with entrepreneur syndrome is the arrogance and power lust hindering the potential for leadership, and hence the principle of naiveté in leadership.
6. Naiveté in leadership.
a. Naiveté is used here in the sense of lack of judgment, lack of experience, lack of information; therefore, the simplicity of stupidity from arrogance and power lust.
b. Naiveté is defined for this study as the blind spot of oversimplification that another person may objectively observe but is not apparent to the leader himself.
c. There are three sources of naiveté in leadership.
(1) Ignorance or rejection of the truth related to the reality of a situation or the true nature of a circumstance.
(2) Arrogance as a complex of sins becomes a system of naiveté in leadership.
(3) Motivation from the lust pattern of the sin nature, especially power and approbation lust, crusader lust, lust for revenge, inordinate ambition resulting in inordinate competition. Lust divorces the believer from reality with the following results:
(a) Naiveté in leadership and management.
(b) Lust destroys spiritual self-esteem and replaces it with inordinate desires incompatible with the unique spiritual life.
(c) Lust destroys capacity for leadership.
(d) Lust produces self-centeredness–the desire for self-promotion to the exclusion of a sense of responsibility and concern for those under one’s command.
(e) Lust destroys the believer’s motivation to execute the unique spiritual life and glorify God.
(f) Lust substitutes the false motivation of arrogant ambition for self-promotion instead of the true motivation of glorifying God in the fulfillment of Christian service related to leadership.
(g) Power lust is the main problem in naiveté of leadership or management.
(h) Illustrations. Satan, who was so complimented that he became naive and began thinking that he would take God’s place. Paul was naive when he decided to make another trip to Jerusalem though warned by believers and God the Holy Spirit not to go. Julius Caesar was naive when he refused to have a body guard. Napoleon was naive about the invasion of Spain and Russia. He was naive about the terrain and lacked the information to succeed. Robert E. Lee was naive at the Battle of Gettysburg by not forcing his subordinates to pursue at the end of the first day and by not checking the Federal left flank prior to the attack on the third day. President Wilson was naive when he thought the Congress would support the League of Nations. President F. D. Roosevelt was naive when he thought he could control Stalin.
(i) The greater the power of the leader, the greater the sphere of his naiveté or blind spot.
7. When leadership must supercede management.
a. When historical events produce a need and leadership meets that need. In historical crisis, management will not work.
b. Circumstances of life produce a market and leadership supplies the market.
c. Crisis is a stage for leadership, life is a market for leadership.
d. Leadership is the basis for effective management, therefore, there are some important distinctions between leadership and management.

L. Summary of Leadership.
1. Both self and group discipline, respect for authority, the proper use of authority without abuse is leadership.
2. Leadership should have a relaxed mental attitude at all times.
3. Leadership should integrity, including a sense of responsibility and the function of the military honor code.
4. There must be professional understanding, knowledge of all phases of military science, strategy, tactics, logistics, etc.
5. Leadership demands loyalty to those you command and those who command you.
6. Leadership demands common sense and good judgment.
7. Leadership demands fairness and objectivity toward all who are under your command.
8. Leadership means understanding of people.
9. Leadership means executive ability–the ability to organize, categorize, synthesize, systematize, analyze, and to delegate authority.
10. A leader must have good health, which includes endurance, nervous, and emotional stability.
11. A leader must have presence, which is defined in terms of dress, poise, courtesy, flair, a sense of humor, and constant concern for those under your command.

M. Abraham’s Leadership Against Terrorism, Gen 12:3; 13:5-18; 14:1-24; 15:1-5.
1. Abraham became the greatest leader of the ancient world and one of the greatest leaders of all history. He is one of the greatest military leaders as well as one of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time.
2. The greatest terrorist who ever lived was Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, Gen 14:1.
3. Abraham fought the greatest battle against terrorism that has ever been fought.
4. The background is the decoration given to Abraham in Gen 12:3, “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the nations of the earth will be blessed.” The nation or people that curse Israel will eventually be destroyed. This is the trend of history ignored by terrorists.
5. Abraham is the beneficiary of the decoration in the form of the unconditional covenant that God gave to Abraham as a result of the defeat of Chedorlaomer. It is more than just an unconditional covenant, but one of the highest decorations ever given to a person.
6. Gen 13:5-18; 14:1-24; 15:1-6.
a. Abraham passed the leadership test with Lot by allowing Lot to have any land he wanted. Abraham graciously gives Lot the first choice of the best land, even though this was contrary to the protocol at the time, so that Lot would always have to recognize the fact that it was his decision where to live. Abraham does not react, is not resentful, and does not feel sorry for himself because Lot chose the better land. You cannot be a leader and feel sorry for yourself. Abraham knows that the Lord owns a cattle on a thousand hills, and therefore can provide exceedingly abundantly beyond all Abraham can ask or think. Lot had no respect for his uncle Abram.
b. Therefore, because Abraham depended upon God for his choice of land, God gave him all the land he could see in every direction. This land grant covenant is the decoration given to Abraham, Gen 13:14-16.
c. The punishment of Lot was that he lost all that he owned in the battle in which Chedorlaomer defeated the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah.
(1) There was an invasion of the Mesopotamian kings shortly after Lot moved to the land he wanted.
(2) Chedorlaomer was the leader of the four kings of Gen 14:1. The other three kings were under him. They were great terrorists.
(3) Bera, the king of Sodom, was the leader of the five kings, who gathered against Chedorlaomer and his group. Bera and the group of kings with him had served Chedorlaomer for twelve years, but now rebelled against him.
(4) The five kings of the valley where the Dead Sea now exists lost the battle to Chedorlaomer and his group. Therefore, Lot was enslaved along with his family.
(5) Sodom was a system of evil that was destroyed by a greater system of evil in Chedorlaomer, the greatest terrorist of all time.
(6) Today, the greater evil of Moslem terrorism is being used by God to punish the lesser evil of negative believers in client nation USA.
d. Abraham had trained his small (318 men) group of men for war. It was not a large army, but it was the best trained.
(1) Abraham thought under pressure.
(2) He was prepared for the crisis. His troops were already on alert. He anticipated what would probably happen.
(3) He took immediate action and did not delay. He believed in freedom through military victory.
(4) He was not afraid to take a risk to win in battle. He did the unexpected; he attacked at night. Night fighting tactics are the most difficult tactics in warfare, because it requires the greatest discipline. When a small army makes a night attack against a larger army and wins the battle, it is a sign of fantastic leadership on the part of the army commander.
(5) Abraham also divided his forces, which was very dangerous, but he had to do this to make his forces seem larger than they really were.
(6) He defeated five kings and their armies with a light infantry battalion. When a small group of men defeat a large army, it is a sign of the greatest leadership.
(7) After the defeat of Chedorlaomer, Abram was met by two kings at two separate places. The king of Sodom went to meet Abraham to make a deal, but before he could get to Abraham, Abraham was met by his dear friend and fellow-believer, the king of Salem, Melchizedek, who came to meet him to bless him.
(8) The strategy, tactics, and characteristics of a great leader include certain things:
(a) A leader has a military that is prepared.
(b) A leader has innovation in his training and readiness.
(c) A leader has proper use of terrain and conditions.
(d) A leader uses bold, unexpected forms of attack.
e. Gen 14:18-20. Melchizedek, the king of Salem, a priest of God Most High blessed Abram for what he had done to save the lives of so many people. The “God Most High” is a title of Jesus Christ. The correct title of Gen 14:19 is “God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.” Compare Col 1:16-17. Melchizedek, the pastor of Abram, had a communion service with Abram and demonstrated the importance of the chaplain in the military. Melchizedek helped protect Abram from the slime of the king of Sodom.
f. Gen 14:21-23. After the blessing by Melchizedek, Abram receives a test from the king of Sodom. The king of Sodom wanted to cut a deal with Abram and have him take all the wealth from the plunder. But Abram refused to take any of the booty, so that the king of Sodom could not take any credit from God for what God had done for Abram. Abram made sure his victory belonged only to God and that God got all the glory. Abram refused to take credit for the victory. This was loyalty up to God.
g. Gen 14:24. Abram shows loyalty down to the men who fought with and for him by asking for a share of the booty to the men who fought with him. Abram was loyal to his troops and his troops were loyal to him.
h. In Gen 15:1-6, when Jesus Christ said to Abram “I am a shield to you”, this was a great decoration and reward. In the ancient world, when a person did something great in the military they were rewarded with a special shield.
(1) After great victory, the believer is vulnerable to defeat.
(2) The reason for this vulnerability is that Satan is the great counterattacker. Abraham will abandon his spiritual life by entering into anxiety.
(3) Abram as a mature believer has just won four great victories in Gen 14.
(a) He won the mental attitude victory in his relationship with his nephew Lot. He used the divine solution to solve the problem of strife.
(b) He won the combat victory in the defeat of the terrorist army.
(c) He won the victory of motivation, when he refused to enter into a deal with the king of Sodom. Instead he gave all the glory to God.
(d) He won the victory over self-righteousness. He never made an issue over Lot’s choice of Sodom.
(4) The introduction of Abraham’s anxiety pattern began at this point. Three things seem to be bothering Abram and causing him worry and anxiety. Worry and anxiety resulted in fear. Worry is a major producer of fear in the life.
(a) He began to have a fear of retaliation from the terrorist army. This is why Jesus Christ said, “I am a shield to you.”
(b) He had anxiety about human security. He may have had second thoughts about the king of Sodom’s offer to take all the wealth. Wealth is not security in life. Security for the believer comes from Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
(c) He was worried over the lack of an heir from his own loins. Ten years in the land has not produced an heir.
(5) So Abraham enters into a state of fear, worry, and anxiety.
(a) All rationalization regarding the heir had been cut off from his normal thinking, and the elapse of time was a disaster, as far as Abram was concerned. He was beginning to think, “I will never have an heir from my own loins.”
(b) Worry and fear are mental attitude sins that ignore both the promises and doctrine of the word of God.
(c) Worry causes fear.
(d) Worry is a sin of self-torment. It is anxiety regarding the past, present, or the future.
(e) Once you start to worry, you learn to worry. Worry becomes a habit and you fail to rejoice and be in a superabundance of happiness every day.
(f) Once you learn to worry, you start to feel sorry for yourself.
(g) The unhappiness that accompanies worry will make you do things that are wrong in your life.
(h) Worry puts emphasis on the wrong things in this life, resulting in a downward spiral of the spiritual life.
(i) Abram has gone from being a winner believer to being a loser believer by means of frustration, worry, and fear.
(j) Abram had forgotten God’s promise regarding the heir.
(k) Abram rejected God’s promise. He refused to believe it, and became a failure in his spiritual life. Once he recovered spiritually and recognized the unfailing love of God, then he staggered not in unbelief and lived each day in a superabundance of happiness.
(l) To be consistent with Bible doctrine you have to be motivated.
(m) When you are consistent with Bible doctrine and motivated, you will be tested.
(n) If you fail the test, you will say Bible doctrine does not work and will turn your back on doctrine. You will find yourself in the same situation as Abram before he recovered his spiritual life.
(o) The worst thing that can happen to you as a believer is to follow the pattern of great victory followed by great failure.
i. Abram temporarily became a loser believer because he forgot the unfailing love of God.
ii. Abram should have understood and remembered the unfailing love of God. (Reciprocal love for God is the motivation in our spiritual life.) Instead he became frustrated, worried, full of anxiety, resulting in a change in his own personality.
iii. He finally remembered the concept of Prov 12:25, “Worry in the right lobe of believers weighs it down, but a good word (Chesed = the unfailing love of God) makes it a superabundance of happiness.”
iv. God gave us one good word (CHESED = the unfailing love of God) and it results in a second word SIMCHAH = a superabundance of happiness. You cannot fulfill SIMCHAH until you understand CHESED.
v. People change their way of love when they reject doctrine, but there is no change of love in God.
vi. A superabundance of happiness is reciprocal love for God. You know when you are in fellowship with God when you face each day with a superabundance of happiness because it is the day which the Lord has made, Ps 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and have a superabundance of happiness in it.” Happiness is one day at a time.
vii. If we are not faithful in taking in and applying doctrine on a daily basis, then we destroy ourselves and God’s great blessings for each day and the future fade away.
viii. Time spent in sin and carnality is a waste of time. It hinders us from the greatest blessings God can convey. God provides one day at a time and the doctrine to enjoy that day.
ix. This is how we come to realize that God has a plan for our lives. But if you miss out on Bible doctrine, you will miss out on present and future blessings.
x. Without Bible doctrine you will ruin your life before you are finished.
(p) If you say that you had a bad day, then you miss the boat with regard to the principle that today’s doctrine means tomorrow’s blessing in your life.
(q) The accumulation of today’s doctrine combined with tomorrow’s doctrine means great future blessings in our life.
(r) By missing the blessing of the moment we postpone the blessing of the future. The moment is each day that God has given to us.
(6) The Abram syndrome.
(a) Abram started out as a great believer, a successful warrior, and a spiritual leader in every sense of the word.
(b) But as soon as Abram got away from Bible doctrine, he became frustrated, worried, afraid, and started to complain to God.
(c) The cause of Abram’s failure was that he had rejected the principles and promises of the infallible word of God.
(d) Abram did not hear the promise of God because he was too busy complaining about not having an heir from his own loins.
(e) If you are not thankful for what you do have, you will complain about what you do not have.
(f) Abram’s whining and complaining brought down great discipline upon himself, and he suffered miserably before he finally came to that wonderful place where he would say, “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be in a superabundance of happiness” and stagger not at the promise of God.
(7) God’s answer to Abram’s insecurity and worry is to tell him to stop being afraid by giving him a promise and reward that He will be the shield of his protection. A similar decoration was given to David.
(8) Abram does something he has never done before: he complains in carnality that he does not have a son.
(a) He is occupied with himself and what he does not have.
(b) With his eyes on self, he is out of fellowship, in a state of carnality, and is not rebounding. Instead he has entered into the sin of whining.
(c) God will not be a cause of Abram’s failure. God has never caused any believer to fail. Abram has had the best from God but complains about a detail of life.
(d) The promise given Abram in Gen 15:1 was both defensive and offensive. The shield that God gave him was defensive against all evil and harm. He would always be protected in any situation.
(e) As a reward, God Himself is the greatest reward; for the Source is more important than the gift.
(f) To have the Source is to have everything, but to have everything without the Source is to have nothing.
(g) When a detail of life disturbs your spiritual life, then God as the Source of blessing is not in focus.
(h) When the Source is not the focus of your spiritual life, the believer complains though he has everything in life. Abram had everything in life, yet he has the temerity to ask God to give him something else. He had everything in life, yet was complaining about what he did not have.
(i) Abram is talking to the Source of his blessing but is not occupied with Him.
(j) The neglect of doctrine will cause complaining about what you do not have. Happiness is not in the gift, but in occupation with the Giver.
(k) The gift can only be enjoyed when the believer loves the Giver. Love of the Giver means enjoying the gift.
(l) Abram is not ready for the gift of Isaac. It will be fifteen years for this promise to be fulfilled, because he had no capacity for blessing from his complaining. Abram gets the promise but not the blessing because he does not have the capacity. He is not satisfied with his other blessings and just receiving the promise of God.
(m) How can a man complain, when he has everything? Easily, all he has to do is neglect doctrine and lose his occupation with Christ.
(n) Once you lose the focus of occupation with Christ, then you begin to think about what you do not have rather than what you do have.
(o) You can only enjoy what you have from God when you are occupied with the Source of blessing, who provides these things.
(p) When you count your blessings and one is missing, it is a sign of loss of focus. Instead of being thankful for what you have, you are complaining to God about what you do not have. Abram was complaining about the strongest point in God’s plan for his life.
(q) You have forgotten to count the Blessor in the blessings.
(r) This explains why Abram complained about a missing blessing rather than enjoying all the blessings given to him.
(s) A complaining attitude is a sign of retrogression in the spiritual life.
(t) Complaining is a warning sign that all is not well in our relationship with Christ.
(u) Complaining means we have forgotten the unfailing love of God.
(v) When we forget the unfailing love of God, we cannot serve the Lord with a superabundance of happiness, Ps 100:2, “Continue serving the Lord with a superabundance of happiness.”
(w) Complaining and serving the Lord with a superabundance of happiness are mutually exclusive.
(x) Great leaders have bad moments. There was nothing wrong with Eliezer. He was a good man, a faithful servant to Abram, and loyal to Abram. Lot failed in service to Abram, but Eliezer did not.
(9) Gen 15:3. Abram says that there was nothing God could give him, except a child to be his heir. He is blaming God instead of trusting God, which is blasphemy. He is occupied with himself. He has eyes on self in a state of carnality. He is complaining to God about not having a son. This postponed his blessing. Abram was ninety-nine years old before he finally caught on to trusting God without wavering.
(a) Worry not only produces complaint but makes a patsy out of God. Abram tells God, “You have not done right by me.”
(b) The believer who worries always looks for someone to blame.
(c) To make God a patsy is blasphemous.
(d) Worried believers are never rational in their complaints.
(e) The elapse of so much time and Sarah’s continued barrenness is too much for Abram at this time.
(f) While time is the invention of God, time is never a deadline in the fulfillment of a promise or blessing from God. God’s timing is perfect.
(g) Abram had lack of capacity for the faith-rest drill, but lots of capacity for worry and anxiety. This lack of capacity for faith-rest causes Abram to focus on his timing rather than God’s timing. Abram is demanding blessing from God now. He is arrogant.
(h) God’s promise cannot be fulfilled until Abram has the capacity for God’s promise. Abram has to stop worrying and stop being afraid before he will have the capacity for the faith-rest promise of God. Before God can provide an heir from the loins of Abram, Abram must deal with his own impatience and the reality of God’s promise. The covenant has not happened in ten years, therefore, it is not real to him.
(i) Abram did not realize that the line of Abraham is the subject of God’s unconditional covenant. He should have realized from the beginning that he would have an heir from his own loins. This covenant means that neither Lot nor Eliezer are in the line of Abraham. Abram forgets that he must have the spiritual relationship with God in the advance of his spiritual life to match the high decoration of this unconditional covenant, so that he will appreciate the gift. God’s giving him such a gift as an heir requires that he has the capacity to have an heir.
(j) The delay in time to fulfill the promise is because of a malfunction of Abram’s faith-rest drill. This produced bitterness in Abram’s soul. Abram has bitterness because God has not opened Sarah’s womb and given back Abram his sexual ability in the elapse of time. So time has become a factor to Abram, but time is never a factor to God.
(k) The time Abram spent in carnality was wasted time. God will not give him the blessing he expected in a state of carnality or failure in his reciprocal love for God.
(l) Ps 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be in superabundance of happiness.”
i. God provides one day at a time and the doctrine to enjoy that day.
ii. Today’s doctrine is tomorrow’s blessing.
iii. The accumulation of today’s doctrine combined with tomorrow’s doctrine means great future blessing.
iv. By missing the blessing of the moment we postpone the blessing of the future. This is what happened to Abram.
v. Anticipation without doctrine produces frustration, bitterness, and complaint, destroying both today’s and tomorrow’s blessing. By anticipating the future, we often miss the blessings of the moment. Every moment should be important. Future blessing anticipated must never destroy today’s blessing.
vi. Therefore, God graciously provides today’s doctrine for every believer, so that future frustration becomes a present (hope) absolute confidence.
(m) Dt 31:6, 8, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not cause you to fail or forsake you.” Dt 31:8, “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not cause you to fail or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Isa 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, definitely I will help you; Emphatically I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.”
(10) So Jesus Christ promises that Abram would have an heir from his own body. This was another great test of Abram. Instead of looking east, west, north, and south, the Lord now tells Abram to look up at the stars. Gen 15:6 is a declaration of the faith-rest drill. God credited this faith to him as integrity. He received unique blessing from the love of God.
(a) Abram receives his daily portion of doctrine, which gives great strength and substance to his future hope.
(b) To the believer positive to doctrine, the teaching of the infallible word of God is always timely. Abram did not receive the fulfillment of the promise, but he received the blessing of doctrine for that day. God’s timing is always perfect.
(c) Persistent positive volition toward doctrine is the means of clarifying every issue in life.
(d) Abraham did not receive at that moment the promised heir. But he received something far more important — Bible doctrine. He received Bible doctrine for enjoyment and blessing of every day that the Lord had made.
(e) Abram will have an heir from his own body, but the timing is not yet right. Since Abram did not have the capacity yet for having a son, this is why the blessing of a son was withheld from him. Therefore, there must be a second test of Abraham’s faith at night.
(f) God does not intend for us to be miserable because we have not received instant blessing when we expect it.
(g) God’s timetable is always the best. The interim prior to fulfilling the timetable should be devoted to appreciation of the Source, Jesus Christ. The blessing will not be given for fifteen more years while Abram develops capacity to enjoy each day that the Lord has made.
(h) Abram must appreciate the Son of God before he can appreciate his own son. Abram did not yet have the capacity to have children.
(i) It takes a lot of doctrine in the soul to enjoy a little blessing in life.
(j) Doctrine must come first before blessing; for doctrine resident in the soul is the appreciater of blessing and the Blessor.
(k) Hence, it is Bible doctrine that must come to us in our time of need.
(l) Abram needed clarification about his heir, and through the daily Bible classes he received the clarification.
(11) The Second Night Attack On Abram the Doctrine of Onset, Gen 15:5. God provided today’s doctrine for Abram in the form of a second night attack. This night attack is a test for Abram.
(a) There are many definitions for the English word “attack”, but the word “onset” is perfect for this context. It means the beginning of an attack.
(b) Onset is the second night attack. It is God taking Abram in the night to see the stars.
(c) Onset must begin with Abram’s rebound, which results from God showing him the stars of the sky and their significance in His promise to Abram.
(d) The analogy is the multiplicity of stars and the multiplicity of Abram’s progeny from his own loins.
(e) God began to illustrate to Abram that he would have innumerable progeny throughout all human history. From this progeny will come the great blessings promised Abram in Gen 12:3.
(f) From now on, whenever Abram would look at the skies, he would be reminded of God’s promise and blessing. Just as those stars were real to Abram’s sight, so God’s promise was real to Abram’s soul.
(g) The promise of God in Gen 15:5 was Abram’s personal decoration and reward from the Lord and he was the first man in history to ever receive this kind of reward from God. This is the highest decoration any believer can receive from the unfailing love of God in the fulfillment of serving the Lord with a superabundance of happiness in time of testing. Abraham finally had a superabundance of happiness in time of testing.
(h) We are not capable of fulfilling our own blessings because we try from human viewpoint instead of depending on the Lord.
(i) Divine solutions are vested in God, and Abram now realizes this. The divine solutions are the only solutions.
(j) God’s promise merely reveals God’s plan.
(k) Nothing can change God’s plan; not even Abram’s useless worrying and complaining.
(l) The elapse of time does not hinder the plan of God for our lives.
(m) Isaac is not an ordinary heir, but a blessing.
(n) The blessing will not precede the capacity. Abram will not have the capacity for fifteen more years.
(o) God is perfect; His timing is perfect.
(p) The capacity for blessing must precede blessing, so that Abram can appreciate both the Source and the gift.
i. Rom 4:16-22. Abram believed that God would give him children and grandchildren. He did not waiver in unbelief in spite of the sexual death of his body and Sarah’s. His faith became stronger and he was fully persuaded that God was able to perform what He had promised.
j. It isn’t the fact we are under the attack of terrorism, but the daily testing by God, believing God, and recognizing that God is far greater than anything that could ever happen to us, and that there is nothing too great for God to handle, and that there is nothing better than the system of doctrine He has given to understand and believe God. We can pass one test after another with great happiness as Abraham did.

N. David’s Leadership Against Terrorism.
1. Introduction.
a. Both Abraham and David are recipients of the highest decoration from the Lord Jesus Christ in history. Each received individual unconditional covenants from God. Both were great warriors and fought terrorism with great success. Both were great heroes, then failed in their spiritual life, and then succeeded in their spiritual life. Both had great temporary failures.
b. Israel had freedom through military victory, which resulted in prosperity in time of peace.
c. This meant that prosperity in the time of David resulted in spiritual growth as the Jews learned to enter the house of the Lord to seek God’s will and worship Him through perception and metabolization of doctrine, Ps 122:9.
d. David expressed superabundance of happiness in times of prosperity, Ps 122:1, “I was in superabundance of happiness when they [the people liberated from terrorism] said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”
2. David received a high decoration in the unconditional Davidic Covenant, 2 Sam 7:8-16; Ps 89:20-37; 2 Chr 21:7; Isa 55:3; Acts 13:34.
a. Dr. Merrill Unger, “The covenant with David was in reality but another and more specific form of the covenant of Abraham. And it has been for this main object to mark with greater exactness the line throughout which blessing promised in the Abrahamic covenant was to find accomplishment. The seed royal, henceforth, was to be the house of David.”
b. In 2 Sam 7:12, the Lord speaking through the prophet Nathan said that the line of David would be permanent and would be a kingdom that would last forever.
c. 2 Sam 22:51, “He is a tower of salvation to His king [David], and He shows unfailing love to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever.” You cannot destroy what God has provided for David.
d. Isa 9:6-7 gives us the statement of how this covenant was worked out. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Jesus Christ will have the greatest government in the history of the world during His millennial reign. Isa 9:7, “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”
e. The covenants to Abraham and David were always confirmed with an oath.
(1) Dt 4:31, “For the Lord your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.”
(2) Ps 89:3-4, “I have made a covenant with My chosen; I have sworn to David My servant. I will establish your seed forever and build up your throne to all generations.”
3. In the war against the Philistines, David was the only one who demonstrated spiritual leadership, which led to the defeat of the army of terrorists and their leader Goliath.
4. David’s courage in the crisis was the first sign of leadership skills of the future king of Israel. With this came the title given to him, “A man after God’s own heart.”
a. 1 Sam 13:14, “But now your (Saul’s) kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you (Saul) have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
b. Acts 13:22, “After He had removed him (Saul), He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’”
5. Israel’s military crisis was designed by God to introduce His candidate for the king of Israel (David). Goliath represents the military crisis of terrorism, which Israel faced under Saul’s bad leadership and resulted from rejection of Bible doctrine.
a. No one in the army of Israel was willing to accept the challenge of Goliath except David.
b. Only David was prepared to meet the challenge. He was prepared by facing the attack of the lion and the attack of the bear.
c. David was an invisible hero, unknown as a spiritual leader by his own family as well as all of Israel. David was only known as an invisible hero by God. Being well-known is not the way of promotion in God’s system.
d. If God doesn’t promote you, you are not promoted. You are promoted by God by being faithful in whatever God gives you.
e. God promoted David because through Bible doctrine David acquired the principles of leadership. David learned wisdom, courage, and humility by taking care of the sheep.
6. The first step in introducing God’s man for the crisis was the anointing of David by Samuel the prophet as the next king of Israel. 1 Sam 16:13, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.” David was anointing in the midst of his brothers, who would never amount to much in the army of Israel, while David would become the greatest warrior in their history.
7. The second step in introducing God’s man was the national crisis of the Philistines. National or individual crisis always introduces to the world who and what the mature believer is, and how an invisible hero comes to the front because of the grace of God. God uses the crisis to introduce His hero to the world.
a. Outline.
(1) The military crisis is found in 1 Sam 17:1-10.
(2) Then we have the complete failure of the army of Israel, 1 Sam 17:11-25.
(3) The introduction of the mature believer and invisible hero is found in 1 Sam 17:26-40.
(4) The victory of Bible doctrine in the soul of the mature believer is found in 1 Sam 17:41-58.
(a) Throughout history, terrorism attacks two categories of people: the military and the civilian population.
(b) The terrorists prefer to attack the civilian population. Zech 14:2 tells us what the terrorists do when they attack, “the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women raped and half of the city exiled.”
(c) Generally it is the civilian population that fails in the attack of terrorism. David was an exception. The military had done nothing for forty days. The military was frozen with fear.
i. Helpless civilians become intimidated, so that they surrender to the greatest system of evil in human history (terrorism).
ii. This is the testing the United States is facing right now.
iii. Terrorism has succeeded in intimidating a great number of people in the United States today. We need encouragement from Bible doctrine to recover our freedom from terrorism.
iv. Civilian heroes often come to the rescue, just as they did on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, when they overcame the terrorists.
(d) David was a civilian when he defeated Goliath. The terrorist attempts to intimidate the civilians through fear and the threat of violence. David went from being a civilian to being the hero of the hour, because he had Bible doctrine circulating in his stream of consciousness.
(e) Saul tried to steal the credit for the victory from David by trying to get David to wear his armor.
(f) The regular army in Israel was neglected by lust for power and wealth by the leadership in Israel. There was a lack of Bible doctrine in the souls of the leaders of the army. The leadership in Israel at this time was confusion combined with fear and at an all time low.
(g) Protection of the nation by the military was ruled out as practicing the same violence as terrorism, which in reality was the legitimate function of military service in the protection of the client nation to God. People said that to fight back against terrorism was the practice of terrorism. Confusion prevailed. Confused people said that Israel would be practicing terrorism itself, if it attacked the Philistines.
i. There was great confusion in the military and the government. The only person who wasn’t confused was David.
ii. Therefore, God raised up David as His hero.
iii. The hero was a man after God’s own heart.
iv. The hero was a man of courage, who used the faith-rest drill.
b. The Philistines recognized that the Jews had rejected Bible doctrine and gone soft with regard to their military. Rejection of Bible doctrine has neutralized the army of Israel. They are completely frightened and will not make a move, 1 Sam 17:11.
(1) God opens the door for David’s leadership ability, 1 Sam 17:8. The challenge continued for forty days and not one person in the army of Israel went out to meet Goliath. No one else could take the credit for what David was about to do.
(2) Rejection of Bible doctrine turns believers into cowards.
(3) 1 Sam 17:17-19, Jesse instructs David to look after his brothers and return with news of them. David did not want to hurt his father, so he never came back and told him what cowards his brothers were.
(4) In 1 Sam 17:20-22 we have David’s obedience.
(5) In 1 Sam 17:24 we have the cowardice of the entire army, including Saul, Jonathan, and David’s three brothers.
(6) The believers who reject Bible doctrine are occupied with the problem, not the solution. No believer will ever be successful if he rejects Bible doctrine. You will never succeed if you are occupied with the problem.
(7) The believer who rejects Bible doctrine looks at life from human viewpoint. Therefore, the men of Israel are in a state of conversation without action, 1 Sam 7:25. (8) In 1 Sam 17:26 David expressed the divine viewpoint of the mature believer in contrast to the fear of those who had rejected Bible doctrine. David stated his intention of killing Goliath. He considered the forty day elapse of time as a disgrace to Israel.
(a) David regarded the Philistines as unbelievers rather than as powerful giants.
(b) David regarded God as a living God.
(c) All the members of the Trinity were real to David.
(d) David passed the test.
(e) David was not intimidated by terrorism.
(9) 1 Sam 17:28. When David’s eldest brother heard David speak to the soldiers, then Eliab became angry toward David. Eliab implies that David has deserted his sheep. Eliab is the coward, not David. Eliab is describing himself, reflecting his own failure–his own arrogance and the deformity, wickedness, and bad quality of his own soul. Eliab, who rejected Bible doctrine, judges David, and David pays no attention to it. Eliab had no concept of occupation with Christ, nor of the concept of freedom through military victory. David was not a spectator to a battle as accused by his brother Eliab.
(10) In 1 Sam 17:29 David asked the question, “Is this not a doctrinal matter?” In other words, “Isn’t this where we apply the word of God?”
(11) 1 Sam 17:30, David did not enter into an argument with his brother. Satan tempted David to fight his own brother instead of Goliath. Eliab does not have the courage to fight the giant, but did have the courage to ridicule his own brother. By turning away from Eliab, David wins the first battle of that day. This was the battle against subjectivity, pettiness, and negative volition toward Bible doctrine. In order to win the great battles you have to win the little battles. In order to win this battle, David had to retreat from his brother, so that he could advance against Goliath. All battles in the spiritual life are not won the same way. If David had lost his temper against his brother, he would not have been qualified to fight Goliath.
(a) Victory over pettiness today may result in killing some giant in your life tomorrow. Victory in the skirmishes today means victory in the great battles tomorrow.
(b) It was no accident that David had a petty brother. Eliab’s remarks were inaccurate, unfair, and uncalled for. But David was not distracted and did not defend himself.
(c) David recognized that this was a doctrinal issue because of the doctrine circulating in his stream of consciousness.
(d) Eliab tried to put David down, but God would raise David up as a result of his victory over Eliab.
(12) 1 Sam 17:34-37.
(a) The mature believer does not need an audience or a crowd to cheer him on to victory.
(b) David killed the lion and the bear without human observation or approbation. David was not looking for the glory of mankind. He wanted only to serve the Lord every day with a superabundance of happiness.
(c) The mature believer will avoid the approbation trap.
(d) The mature believer has a sense of responsibility. David went out to rescue one sheep at a time.
(e) The mature believer is faithful in the little things. When the mature believer is faithful in little things, then his promotion is secure. David’s promotion depended on the Lord, not on pushing himself.
(f) The mature believer finds doctrine more real than danger.
(g) He is armed in the soul with metabolized doctrine, not with conventional weapons.
(h) The mature believer is effective with the weapons he possesses — Bible doctrine in his soul.
(i) The mature believer does not quit in the middle of testing. Having passed the test of the lion, David did not try to avoid the test of the bear. Therefore, Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness is as good for one type of combat as for another type of combat.
(j) Saul used a pious phrase (“may the Lord be with you”) that he himself did not believe. Saul talks doctrine, but David lives doctrine. This phrase was a facade of the loser believer. Pious phrases often cover the loser’s soul. Pious phrases are superficial hypocrisies by which the believer, who rejects doctrine, seeks to enter and gain credit for the mature believer’s victories.
(k) David as a mature believer has been prepared by God in secret for public presentation at the right time — God’s time. God’s timing is perfect. The battle against Goliath was won in the hills of Judea. The victory was in the soul of one man. David had the same doctrine in the soul in the hills taking care of the sheep as he had now before Goliath. The public victory is won in the secret places of the Most High God.
(13) 1 Sam 17:38-39. Saul tries to take credit for David’s victory by attempting to get David to wear his armor.
(a) The armor of Saul on David is a human viewpoint attack in two ways.
i. Saul thought that if David was lucky and won, then he could take the credit because David was wearing his armor.
ii. The armor of Saul ignored the spiritual connotation of Goliath’s challenge. It was not good weapons and armor that would destroy Goliath, but the power of the grace of God in the soul of one mature believer.
(b) There is no substitute for the power of God. David is going out in the power of God, not in some armor.
(c) Worldly means will not accomplish God’s objective.
(d) No weapons or armor forged by the world will ever replace the power of God.
(e) Grace excludes human ability, human equipment, and human help completely.
(f) Bible doctrine had trained David to be independent of everything related to cosmos diabolicus.
(g) David preserved the grace of God in his soul by refusing to wear the armor of Saul.
(h) David rejected the human viewpoint means of facing the crisis. The solution is not in human viewpoint, but in Bible doctrine in the soul. The armor of Saul would have done Saul no good, and therefore, it would not do David any good.
(i) Saul did not accept the challenge of Goliath. He rejected Bible doctrine. He was a loser believer. His armor would have done him no good.
(j) David will face the challenge with Bible doctrine, not with fancy armor.
(14) 1 Sam 17:40. David took his shepherd’s staff in his hand. He picked up five smooth stones from the brook between the two valleys. David intended to kill not only Goliath, but four others as well, 2 Sam 21:16-22. (The brother of Goliath is mentioned in verse 19 and Goliath’s son in verse 20, 22.) David had made a reconnaissance as he went from the top of the hill on which the Jews were drawn up for battle and the brook in the valley below, and saw the other giants behind Goliath.
(a) While David had a staff and a sling, it was Bible doctrine in his soul that armed him for the combat with Goliath.
(b) When Bible doctrine is in the soul of a mature believer, then he is ready to do whatever the Lord has for him. Therefore, David advanced toward the terrorist.
(c) David was totally unafraid and ready to fight with total reliance on the Lord. Therefore, this will be a victory of grace and David will take no credit.
(15) 1 Sam 17:41-44.
(a) Goliath advanced slowly, deceptively behind his shield-bearer while ridiculing David. He is trying to get behind David, so David could not run away.
(b) Goliath uses terrorist propaganda to attempt to immobilize David with fear.
(16) 1 Sam 17:45-47.
(a) David knew exactly how Goliath was armed. He is calm and trying to get Goliath mad, just as Goliath is trying to do to David. David makes an issue out of the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the armies of Israel.
(b) “For the battle is the Lord’s” is one of the greatest principles in the spiritual life. This is fighting from the soul. The battle was not between David and Goliath but between Goliath and the Lord. David was quick to recognize this. This statement means that the victory belongs to God’s grace, not man’s ability, strength, or effort.
(c) All former military training is useless where the soul of a mature believer is challenged. David made this great statement as a civilian. Only one man had enough Bible doctrine in the soul to meet the crisis.
(d) David’s statement means that victory belongs to God’s grace, not man’s ability, strength, or effort.
(e) The principle of thought and action. The thought is always Bible doctrine; the action always glorifies God. First comes the thought in the soul, then comes the action of glorifying God.
(f) David is the only man in Israel prepared on this occasion to have one day at a time from the Lord. This is how he went from service in his family to service for the Lord. He recognized that he was the Lord’s servant. Therefore, he has a superabundance of happiness and love for God in his soul. David welcomed the privilege of being the Lord’s servant on this occasion.
(g) The mature believer sees the crisis from the divine viewpoint. David realizes that Goliath is not greater than the plan of God. David had capacity for the crisis.
(17) 1 Sam 17:48-51.
(a) David moved with great speed to the battle line to meet the Philistine, which he could never have done in Saul’s armor. When they both stopped talking they both ran toward each other. Neither was afraid of the other. David gets to the place he wants first and opens fire first. He didn’t run away or to Goliath’s side, but right at him.
(b) The mature believer has no hang-ups, subjectivity, or fear, and understands the importance of killing an evil enemy. He understands that you will never have peace with an evil enemy until that evil enemy is dead. David had no guilt about killing the enemy.
(c) The hero for the crisis is perfectly coordinated in both soul and body. David’s soul was prepared by doctrine long before his body went into combat.
(d) God did not send David into combat unprepared, even though David was a civilian. Training can partially overcome pressure. David was thinking all the time how he was going to kill all five giants. He was thinking and killing. He was not emotional. The critical factor is concentration of the soul.
(e) David’s thought preceded David’s action, because he is fighting from the standpoint of doctrine. What was the doctrine? “The battle is the Lord’s.”
(f) “There was no sword in David’s hand” is a reminder that he did not use Saul’s weapons or armor. The weapon was out of his hands. The battle was a spiritual battle and the weapon was Bible doctrine in the soul. God guided the stone.
c. David’s victory over Goliath resulted in David’s promotion to king of Judah, and then king of Israel, 2 Sam 2:4; 5:3. David became the greatest military leader in Jewish history along with Moses and Abraham.
(1) David’s great leadership would be perpetuated throughout his lifetime in spite of his great sin with Bathsheba.
(2) God gave David a grace way to get back into fellowship with God, just as He has given a grace way for us to get back into fellowship.
(3) All three men were great believers, yet they all became spiritual failures. How could this happen?
8. David’s failure in leadership, 2 Sam 11.
a. Outline.
(1) David’s sexual arrogance, 2 Sam 11:1-5.
(2) David’s conspiracy arrogance, 2 Sam 11:6-15.
(3) David’s criminal arrogance, 2 Sam 11:16-27.
b. 2 Sam 1:1.
(1) The new year in the ancient world started in the spring, in April. This was the usual time for battles.
(2) Joab was the chief of staff of the army. David turned his general staff and the entire army over to Joab. They succeeded in their battle against terrorism.
(3) The fact that David remained behind when the army took to the field is indicative of loss of sense of responsibility commensurate with the authority as a commander and chief of the army and responsible for all Israel.
(4) David was no longer using the doctrine that “The battle is the Lord’s.” He was no longer thinking Bible doctrine.
(5) After great success, the believer is vulnerable to certain types of sins. David was an adulterer. Arrogance crept into his life. From the practice of polygamy, David would be especially vulnerable in the field of adultery.
(6) Sexual arrogance is a part of the arrogance of personal success. David listened to the praises of the people of Israel because of his personal success. As a result, it changed him. He abandoned the great principle of doctrine in his life — the battle is the Lord’s. David forgot the true issue in his testing.
(7) You cannot live by what you have forgotten. If you forget that the battle is the Lord’s, then you are in serious trouble, and David did forget and he was in trouble.
(8) If you think Bible doctrine, your action will glorify God. David stopped thinking in terms of Ps 118:24. David stopped being occupied with Christ each day. He was no longer glorifying God. He had abandoned his philosophy to serve the Lord with a superabundance of happiness.
(9) David had temporarily forgotten the life God had given to him and had gone in for a pseudo-system of happiness.
(10) God provided testing for David in prosperity and he failed the prosperity test.
(11) David, in his system of personal arrogance, becomes vulnerable to his many admirers. He also has many wives who distracted him from the grace of God, 2 Sam 5:13-16 (this was the beginning of his sexual arrogance); 1 Chr 3:5-8; 14:4-7.
c. At this stage of his life, David was afflicted with sexual arrogance, which precluded any true love in marriage. This is why all of his marriages failed.
(1) Sex without love is ritual without reality.
(2) David was living in adultery (even before he met Bathsheba). He was in sexual arrogance.
(3) Many of David’s problems came from children by different wives.
(4) The principle of true love in marriage demands faithfulness between one man and one woman in capacity for love in their soul.
(5) Sexual arrogance inevitably leads to licentiousness.
(6) Polygamy destroys the restraint on the sin nature in the area of promiscuity, and at the same time destroys the capacity for loving one woman in marriage.
(7) Sexual arrogance produces a hidden lust, which only needs opportunity for employment.
(8) Sexual arrogance makes it impossible for a man to be a good father to his children. David was not a good father until Solomon and Nathan came along. David was an especially poor father to Absalom.
(9) David was free from sexual arrogance through true love for one woman, Bathsheba.
d. David made himself vulnerable to any number of temptations. For example, authority must become an overriding issue in the life of any person who possesses authority. Gradually, David no longer had authority and sent his army out under the authority of another person. Authority demands a sense of responsibility and a sense of restraint to give those under one’s command their privacy. Authority demands that responsibility take precedence over the pleasures of life.
e. 2 Sam 11:2.
(1) To a man in love, a beautiful woman is simply a beautiful woman and not someone to be molested by the king. When a man is occupied with a woman under true love, he is impervious to the charms of other women. David invaded her privacy by watching Bathsheba bathe in the privacy of her own home. She was not trying to provoke his lust.
(2) David should have walked away and left this beautiful woman her freedom and privacy. (See the Doctrine of the Ibex.) David did everything he could to violate every principle of integrity. David was married to many beautiful women, but when a person is under the influence of sexual arrogance and has become enmeshed with the arrogance of personal success, lust is aroused by every beautiful woman.
(3) The fact that the beautiful belonged to someone else meant nothing to David because he is trapped by the arrogance of personal success, sexual arrogance, and impulsive arrogance. To the arrogant person nothing is sacred: no one’s doctrine, property, privacy, freedom, wife, daughter, etc.
(4) David added impulsive arrogance to sexual arrogance. His sexual arrogance came from his polygamy. Promiscuity and sexual arrogance destroy capacity for true love and cause lust to control the soul, therefore, to control the life.
(5) Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, 2 Sam 23:39; 1 Chr 11:41. He was a great general in the army of Israel. The Hittites came into Canaan and intermarried with the Canaanites and became the Jebusites.
f. 2 Sam 11:3.
(1) The arrogance of personal success quenches the Holy Spirit and guarantees sin nature’s domination of the spiritual life.
(2) When the arrogance of personal success controls the soul, various categories of lust become overpowering. It causes believers to abandon the honor code.
(3) Arrogance is impulsive. Impulsive arrogance abused power and authority under three categories: institutional arrogance, blind arrogance, and sexual arrogance. They all became enmeshed.
(4) Eliam, the father of Bathsheba, would later join the Absalom revolution against David. He would give good advice to Absalom, be ignored, and commit suicide.
(5) Inasmuch as the Bible places the guilt of the sin on David alone, it is assumed that Bathsheba did not have the power to resist David. She loved her husband very much. David used his power to seduce her, and she didn’t love him.
(6) David’s thoughts are not Bible doctrine and his actions do not glorify the Lord. David has abandoned the principle of doctrine by which he lived: thought and action.
(7) David is floundering in a state of flattery and praise in his arrogance of personal success. He has changed completely.
g. 2 Sam 11:4.
(1) The qal imperfect of the verb LAQACH means “to seize, to take.” This indicates that her volition was not involved. She was not a flighty woman. She was honorable, feared the Lord, and an excellent wife, as Solomon described his mother in Prov 31:10-11, 30. She did not want anything to do with David.
(2) David raped or ravished (to seize and carry off by force) her. She rejected David. David forced himself upon her sexually apart from her own volition.
(3) David failed to protect her privacy. As a king, he entered into great shame when he violated her privacy and rejected her freedom. As a king, he should have been protecting her freedom and privacy.
(4) Bathsheba rebounded, not because she wanted sex, but because of her terrible feeling about David for what he had done.
h. 2 Sam 11:5.
(1) Getting Bathsheba pregnant began ten years of divine discipline.
(2) These ten years of discipline turned David’s character from pseudo love for women to real love for one woman.
(3) Uriah had not come home from the campaign, so obviously the source of Bathsheba’s pregnancy was David. Lev 20:10, “If there is a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
(4) Divine discipline would blast David out of his personal arrogance of success. He would go on to be a man after God’s own heart.
i. 2 Sam 11:6-8. Uriah’s nobility and David’s arrogance.
(1) David has advanced the arrogance of personal success through sexual arrogance and it took its toll. He lost his moral courage of leadership and his battle courage of commanding. Without rebound no believer can maintain his spiritual advance. Rejection of rebound leads to severe divine punishment, which only intensifies the misery without producing the solution. Without rebound the mature believer involved in the arrogance of personal success is removed from this life in the sin unto death.
(2) David had an excellent military organization and civil government to carry on in time of this arrogance. But he also had an insatiable appetite for sexual arrogance.
(3) David abuses his authority as commander and chief of the army by ordering Uriah home from the battle in an attempt to hide his adultery with Bathsheba. Uriah was a military hero of Israel and general officer, 2 Sam 23:39; 1 Chr 11:41. He was a professional military officer, who entered the army of Israel and became a believer in Christ.
(4) 1 Kg 15:5, “because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.”
(5) Uriah is mentioned in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mt 1:6.
(6) Because the arrogance of personal success had turned David into a self-centered king and a conspiratorial commander and chief, he was now trying to find a way to avoid losing his reputation. His reputation was already gone, but everyone kept telling him how great he was.
(7) The arrogance of personal success converted David from a truly great leader to a schemer, a conspirator, which resulted in the murder of his best general.
(8) Inasmuch as David received regular intelligence reports through channels from Joab, the motive for returning Uriah to Jerusalem can only be related to conspiracy arrogance. David had sexual arrogance, impulsive arrogance, and now he has conspiracy arrogance.
(9) David had to get rid of Uriah because he was loyal to the officer’s code. The officer’s code of the Jewish army was that an officer could not see their wife or children until the nation had freedom from military victory. Uriah would not go home as long as the army was in the field fighting for freedom. Uriah would not have sex with his own wife as long as his men were fighting for freedom.
(10) David used the honor code to enter into a conspiracy to murder the husband of the woman he had raped. David was punished to the ultimate until he rebounded. At this point, David became cunning instead of courageous, conspiratorial instead of a leader. Joab became an unwitting co-conspirator with David.
(11) Verse 7, David didn’t care about Joab, the morale of the army, or the state of the war. This is a failure of loyalty down. David was only interested in hiding his sin by persuading Uriah to copulate with his wife. This was shear hypocrisy on the part of David.
(a) The arrogance of personal success has changed David from a leader of great courage to a schemer, contriving to invent a plan by which Uriah will copulate with his own wife while on leave from the battlefield.
(b) The arrogance of personal success causes degeneracy of the soul. David’s thoughts were no longer Bible doctrine. He was no longer thinking, “The battle is the Lord’s.”
(c) The facade of hypocrisy demands that David show great interest in the war. David didn’t want Uriah to think he had anything to do with Uriah’s wife.
(d) David followed good staff procedure in the interrogation of Uriah, so that Uriah had no idea what had happened with Bathsheba. David asked about the command and staff, the welfare of the troops, and the status quo of the campaign. This was a procedure to begin a conspiracy against Uriah and to hide his adultery.
(l2) Verse 8 is the first conspiracy. David commanded Uriah to go to his quarters and wash his feet. The foot washing was an order to get cleaned up before he went in to see his wife. David sent a present (a royal dinner for two) after Uriah designed to encourage Uriah’s copulation with his wife.
(a) The reason for the imperative is that the honor code of the Jewish officer corps demanded that an officer refrain from copulation with their wives as long as the army was in the field fighting the enemy. Also, wives were forbidden to accompany their army in the field. The troops were commanded to concentrate on defeating the enemy. No sex until freedom for all was gained. As long as the enemy remained undefeated, national freedom was in jeopardy. No officer was to enjoy the blessings of freedom while freedom was in jeopardy.
(b) David never made war on the civilian population. Rape and pillage was forbidden. This is why sex was forbidden during a campaign.
(c) Legitimate sex was the privilege of free men, and you were not a free person until the enemy had been defeated in battle. Then you could go home to your wife.
(d) Uriah will not obey this command, because his army is still in the field fighting. He will not violate the military honor code. As a dedicated soldier, Uriah follows the policy of the officer’s code even though his commander and chief has given him an exception.
(e) This command by David places Uriah in a dilemma. Was Uriah going to be loyal to his commander David or was he going to maintain his integrity and follow the honor code of the Jewish military? According to the honor code of the army, integrity must be placed above loyalty, when the two are in conflict. The military man must always choose principle over the person. Integrity demands loyalty to the principle, to doctrine over loyalty to a friend. Uriah did the right thing, which led to his murder. If there is a conflict between loyalty and integrity, the military officer should always choose for integrity.
(f) Uriah made the decision that was honoring to God. His contact needed to be with the enemy, not with his wife. Uriah had to disobey David.
(g) When some pleasing or dominate person starts a conspiracy, you must choose between the principle of doctrine (doctrinal teaching) and loyalty to a friend who is wrong and even evil. This happens in local churches. Always choose doctrine over friends. Friends must choose between integrity related to doctrine and loyalty to friends.
(h) Loyalty to a believer in the arrogance of personal success is a violation of your integrity, especially when that believer starts a revolt against authority. Your integrity is your defense against the instability of mankind. When there is a conflict between learning doctrine and loyalty to a friend, you go with Bible doctrine.
(i) Ordinarily integrity and loyalty are not in conflict. When a person is trapped in the arrogance of personal success, he may give an order or establish a policy which is contrary to doctrine or establishment principles.
(j) Integrity obeys the honor code. Loyalty obeys the man. Uriah obeyed the code and disobeyed the man. This is why David had him murdered.
(k) Integrity is a state or quality of complete, undivided, and unimpaired honesty and purity. Integrity is loyalty to the right principle. To be loyal to the right principle, one must have knowledge of God and the royal family honor code.
(l) Integrity is loyalty to the truth in three categories: establishment principles, the gospel, and the doctrine of the word of God.
(m) No one can have integrity and be ignorant at the same time. David was not ignorant of doctrine.
(n) Knowledge of a subject results in establishing norms, standards, and values related to the subject. No matter how great the integrity outside the arrogance of personal success, there is no integrity inside the arrogance of personal success.
(o) Loyalty and integrity are only in conflict when one is loyal to a false principle or involved in the strong delusion of 2 Tim 2. Since loyalty is a part of integrity, loyalty which is in conflict with integrity is directed toward a person or a principle which is false; hence, is believing the lie.
(p) Uriah and David both had great integrity, but one was in the arrogance of personal success and the other was not. Uriah maintained his integrity and so lived his life as unto the Lord
(q) Ps 33:4, “For the word of the Lord is integrity, and all His provision is in faithfulness.”
(r) There is no conflict between loyalty and integrity until ignorance of doctrine or arrogance becomes a part of the believer’s spiritual life. Generally the conflict involves someone who is the object of love or loyalty. For example, the husband who orders the wife to stay home from Bible class has an arrogance problem and makes his wife the victim. For example, the friend involved in criminal arrogance and demands that you join him in his criminal activity.
(s) Integrity is defined negatively as freedom from corruption or impurity. When loyalty leads to corruption or impurity, then loyalty is in conflict with integrity.
(t) Integrity is an unimpaired principle of the word of God, which means that you cannot have integrity without the principles of doctrine functioning in your soul. Therefore, you cannot have integrity without the knowledge of God. When a believer has maximum knowledge of doctrine, the only way his integrity can be corrupted is through arrogance, the arrogance of personal success. In logic, there is a law of integrity in which the principle thought in any inquiry which says that all the known facts must be taken into account before there can be the proper use of integrity.
(u) Integrity is uncompromising adherence to the principle of truth in three categories: the laws of divine establishment, the gospel of our Lord, and Bible doctrine.
(v) Beware of rationalism. Beware of using David’s failure as an excuse or justification for your own sins and evil. Adultery is always evil. Beware of arrogant emulation. People rationalize that if a mature believer can do these things, why can’t I? This passage was not written by the Holy Spirit to give anyone a license to sin. If you must emulate David, then follow his example in advance to maturity. This can only be accomplished through the power and mentorship of the Holy Spirit, Jn 14:26.
j. Do not copy the lifestyle of any believer enmeshed in the arrogance of personal success. The greatness of David is the doctrine that resided in his soul and its application and the greatness of David in the use of rebound. David’s integrity and use of rebound were the standard by which all the kings of Israel were evaluated.
(1) David had awareness of the need for rebound, Ps 51:1-2, “A psalm of David for the choir director, when the prophet Nathan came to him. Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Rebound awareness leads to rebound function.
(2) The actual rebound function is given in Ps 51:3-4, “For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is before me continually. Against You, and You only, have I sinned and manufactured what is evil in Your sight, so that You are vindicated when You speak and justified when You judge.”
(3) The greatness of David is doctrine in the soul and its application under the second stage of the faith-rest drill, reverse concentration. 1 Sam 17:47, “and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”
(4) When David’s evaluation is completed, his adultery with Bathsheba is not mentioned, but his criminal arrogance in the murder of Uriah is recorded in 1 Kg 15:5, “because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.”
(5) There are two categories of believers: those who function in the plan of God in a successful way and fulfill the principle of rebound and keep moving, and those who fail and do not use the principle of rebound.
(a) 1 Kg 15:11, Asah was like David.
(b) 2 Kg 18:3, Hezekiah is described as doing right following the pattern of David.
(c) 2 Kg 22:2, Josiah walked in all the ways of David.
(d) 2 Chr 17:3, Jehoshaphat walked in the ways of David, but later on went into idolatry and rebounded only at the end of his life.
(e) 1 Kg 15:3, Abijam, the great grandson of David, walked in all the sins of his father Jeroboam and his heart was not complete with the Lord like the heart of David.
(f) 2 Kg 16:2, Ahaz did not do what was right like David.
(g) All the kings in the Davidic line were held to the standard of David. The integrity of David on the one hand and the use of rebound on the other hand were the standards for all kings of Israel or Judah.
k. 2 Sam 11:9-11.
(1) Verse 9. Uriah stayed at the visiting officer’s quarters, where the brigade of David’s guards were quartered rather than go home to his wife. David’s guard was made up of a multitude of various races. Uriah resisted all temptation to go see his beautiful wife.
(2) Verse 10. David’s intelligence service had Uriah under surveillance and reported to David that Uriah had disobeyed David’s orders and had not gone home to see Bathsheba. Then David ordered Uriah to report to him and interrogated him, asking him why he did not do what he was told. Uriah would not violate the honor code of having no sex with his wife until the war was won. David reprimands Uriah for disobeying orders (and would eventually use this as his justification for having Uriah executed). Uriah chose to obey the honor code rather than the order of the king and maintained his integrity. David has placed himself in the position of countermanding his own orders. David developed the honor code of the army, which Uriah was obeying. David ordered him to violate this honor code. The arrogance of personal success and impulsive arrogance causes David to use his own authority to violate his own military code. David considered himself greater than his own officer’s honor code. David expects Uriah to break faith with his fellow officers.
(3) Verse 11. As a general officer, the military honor demanded that Uriah provide a reason for why he disobeyed a direct order from the commander and chief. Uriah provides the reason, “Shall I therefore go to my quarters to eat and to drink and to make love to my wife?” Uriah may have known what was going on. Uriah states the essential doctrine of the officer’s honor code–he will not have sex with his wife as long as the army is in the field.
(a) The ark was always a part of the army. It was first used at the siege of Jericho, Josh 6:4-12. The ark represented the doctrine of freedom through military victory for the client nation to God. The defeat of the Jewish army and capture of the ark by the Philistines indicated the loss of freedom, 1 Sam 4:3-11. But the ark was restored by David, 2 Sam 6:1-9. The ark was a reminder of the fact that victory in battle was impossible apart from doctrine, under the principle that Jesus Christ controls history. The reason for going to war was to guarantee the freedom and function of the client nation Israel.
(b) It is possible that Uriah had heard rumors of his wife’s seduction by David. But Uriah was a professional soldier and his personal feeling and suspicion were set aside in order to concentrate on his regiment in time of battle. A professional soldier’s primary duty is to concentrate on his command and to fulfill good principles of leadership. If Uriah was suspicious of his wife, he did not in any way bring dishonor upon her by making accusation based on rumor. Nor did Uriah make an issue out of David’s violation of the officer’s honor code. He was an honorable person to the end of his life.
(c) Uriah refused to disobey or violate the military honor code. To die with integrity which comes from integrity is to die honorably. To live because loyalty superceded integrity is to live dishonorably. Uriah will die with integrity while David is living dishonorably.
l. 2 Sam 11:12-15.
(1) There were three conspiracies against Uriah by David.
(a) 2 Sam 11:8-9, David ordered Uriah to come home from the campaign and ordered him to go home to his wife in violation of the officer’s honor code.
(b) 2 Sam 11:13, David hosted an officer’s dining-in, in which David got Uriah inebriated in hopes that Uriah would give in and go home and make love to his wife. This conspiracy failed because Uriah chose again to maintain his integrity of the honor code.
(c) 2 Sam 11:14-15, David ordered his chief of staff, Joab, to place Uriah in harms way in battle to ensure Uriah would be killed. This conspiracy succeeded because it depended on the volition of David and Joab rather than Uriah.
(2) David tells Uriah to remain another day at the castle and tomorrow David will send him back to his troops the next day. However, David’s promise was not kept and Uriah had to stay that day and the next day, and would be required to remain even a third day. David needed more time to attempt to get Uriah very drunk, so that he would go home to his wife. David assumed that once Uriah had become inebriated the alcohol would remove Uriah’s sense of honor. For a person who has a strong sense of honor and spiritual life, drunkenness will not affect their sense of honor.
(3) In the next twenty-four hour period David intends to break down the function of the military honor code in Uriah.
(4) The arrogance of personal success finds David destroying the morale of the officer corps. Mental degeneracy or the arrogance of personal success seeks to destroy every honorable institution in the client nation.
(5) David’s attack on his own officer’s honor code indicates the inconsistency of the arrogance of personal success as well as the instability which results.
(6) Verse 13. David organized a dining-in from the officer corps of the brigade of guards and Uriah was the guest of honor. The purpose was to get Uriah drunk so he would violate the officer’s honor code and go home and make love to his wife. But Uriah went back to his BOQ (bachelor officer quarters) and stayed with the brigade of guards (David’s body guards). David’s second conspiracy was frustrated for the same reason as the first–the integrity and honor of Uriah.
(7) Drunkenness is often used as an excuse for sin and evil, but alcohol is no excuse, ever. Drunkenness is no excuse for sinful or even evil behavior. A man may apologize for making a pass at a woman because he was drunk, but drunk or sober it was on his mind to do it and the alcohol was his only excuse, and it is no excuse at all. Alcohol cannot excuse wrong behavior, because wrong behavior is related to volition and the old sin nature.
(8) Therefore, Uriah’s state of inebriation did not obscure his moral standards and professional military ethics.
(9) David’s second conspiracy failed because he was dealing with an honorable man, a professional soldier, and a great warrior leader.
(10) The arrogance of personal success is that type of degeneracy which causes the leader to try and corrupt the followers in some way. Therefore, sexual arrogance, impulsive arrogance, and conspiratorial arrogance have combined to turn a mature believer into a state of degeneracy.
(11) Verse 14. David has given up on trying to get Uriah to compromise his integrity. Uriah never opened the letter. Only Joab knew what the letter said. The failure of the two previous conspiracies by David sealed Uriah’s doom. The third conspiracy against Uriah is murder. This murder combined impulsive arrogance with criminal arrogance.
(a) Impulsive arrogance is the abuse of one’s authority.
(b) David used his authority to order the murder of Uriah.
(c) Criminal arrogance is a violation of the function of the military.
(d) David used the murder of Uriah to cover his own sinfulness in the arrogance of personal success.
(l2) Verse 15. “Assign Uriah to the front line of the most dangerous part of the battle and withdraw from him, so that he many be struck down and die.” This will guarantee that Uriah will be left alone as a target for the enemy. The arrogance of personal success has led David into a status of perpetual carnality. David is now vulnerable to conspiracy arrogance, mental attitude arrogance, impulsive arrogance, and criminal arrogance.
m. 2 Sam 11:16-17, David’s third conspiracy succeeds.
(1) The first two conspiracies failed because it involved the volition of Uriah, an honorable man. The third conspiracy succeeded because it depended upon the volition of king David and his chief of staff, Joab.
(2) The city of Rabbah was a fortified city of the terrorist Ammonites.
(3) It was Joab’s responsibility to know the tactical situation at all times. This is why he kept watch on the city. Good military decisions are made from knowledge of the situation. Joab assigned Uriah to a place where he knew the best and bravest soldiers of the terrorist army would kill Uriah. Joab planned to execute David’s conspiracy by giving the Ammonites a chance to counterattack the Jewish army.
(4) Uriah and his soldiers were assigned to the part of the line where the Ammonites had their best soldiers. Joab knew that at some point the Ammonites had to counterattack the Jewish army. He knew it would be impossible to defeat the Jewish army unless a retreat was ordered, and he was willing to risk a temporary defeat in order to comply with David’s order to have Uriah killed. Uriah’s regiment was told secretly to desert Uriah during the retreat.
(5) David’s degeneracy is manifest by his own indifference to his military and officer corps. He is arrogant, self-centered and trying to destroy his best general.
(6) The terrorist army counterattacked the Jewish army at the point where Uriah was stationed. Uriah’s men deserted him in battle and he was killed. Uriah was isolated on the battlefield and overrun by the best enemy soldiers. The hiphil perfect of the verb MUTH means “to cause to die” or “to murder.” David murdered Uriah. David’s orders were carried out explicitly. Uriah the Hittite was truly the winner even though murdered by David.
(a) Uriah had been a great soldier in the Jebusite army.
(b) When Uriah transferred to the Jewish army after the fall of Jerusalem, he became one of the most successful men and advanced rapidly to general officer.
(c) As a Jebusite-Hittite he became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(d) He was magnificent in battle and highly decorated as a mature believer.
(e) Uriah was married to the most beautiful woman, and their marriage was a good one as illustrated by her grief, when she discovered he was killed in battle, 2 Sam 11:26.
(f) Uriah had capacity for life, love, happiness, and his military career in the Jewish army.
(g) He reached his peak in his professional, spiritual, and social life, and then died honorably in battle. He departed under the principle of dying grace. He had great blessing in death. He was surrounded by the enemy, refused to surrender, and fought to the end. Neither fearing or hurting, he faced life with courage and capacity and died the same way. He apparently died very happy. He recognized the conspiracy as he faced the enemy on the battlefield and died very happy in spite of it.
(h) Uriah would not have died on the battlefield unless the Lord Jesus Christ permitted it.
(i) Uriah lived honorably and died honorably. He was a victim, but he was still a winner. Uriah was the winner by death, while David was the loser by life.
(j) Life was a blessing to Uriah. Dying was an even greater blessing.
(k) Uriah will spend all eternity in the presence of God in even greater honor and blessing above all he could ever ask or think.
(l) Life had no more to offer Uriah. He had the most in a relatively short life.
(m) Uriah is the only person mentioned in the Matthew genealogy, who is not in the direct line of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mt 1:6. For all of eternity, Bathsheba was first of all the wife of Uriah the Hittite. The spiritual greatness of Uriah the Hittite exceeds that of all great heroes of that generation.
(n) Phil 1:20 also applies here. “According to my intense concentration (on doctrine) and resultant confidence that in nothing shall I be disgraced, but with integrity of maturity even now as always Christ shall be exalted in my person, whether by death or by life. For me living–Christ, dying–profit.”
(o) Uriah’s relationship with the Lord was one of great blessing, but never to be compared with the honor and blessing that the Lord had for him in the eternal state. Uriah’s death was not a mistake or divine discipline, but the great blessing of dying grace of the mature believer.
(7) David was at the lowest point of his spiritual life, and he was in a state of great evil himself, so that it was impossible for him to fight the evil of terrorism. David turned to evil for a solution to hide the evil he had done to Bathsheba.
n. 2 Sam 11:18-21.
(1) Verse 18. Joab’s battle report was sent by a staff officer, who would be able to brief David on the most recent assault on the city of Rabbah and the counterattack of the Ammonite forces.
(2) Verse 19-20. There will be a written report from Joab along with a verbal briefing by a staff officer. The staff officer was to follow a fixed agenda in briefing the king. The report would contain bad news concerning the retreat of one of the best Jewish regiments. A retreat means taking heavy casualties. The officer was to report with complete honesty and accuracy what had occurred. Joab could not report to David that he had followed his orders to ensure Uriah was killed. Joab was a great tactician, but this report would make Joab look like a bad tactician. Bad tactics were used to attack the gates of the city. The counterattack of the terrorists caused Uriah’s regiment to be pushed up against the city wall by a sortie of enemy troops from inside the city. By deliberately using poor tactics, Uriah and many of his men were killed. They were caught in a crossfire.
(3) Joab cites on the greatest tactical errors in Jewish military history as a parallel to what he had to do to obey the orders of David to murder Uriah.
(4) Joab anticipates the angry reaction of David, when he receives the report of the staff officer’s description of what a stupid mistake the army made. To become exposed in a crossfire from the walls during an enemy counterattack is inexcusable. Joab is getting around to telling David indirectly that David is responsible for this tactical mistake.
(5) Jud 9:50-55 describes Abimelech’s siege of Thebez, which is referenced in 2 Sam 11:21. Abimelech was the bastard son of Gideon. Being involved in arrogance at the death of his father Gideon, he formed a conspiracy with his mother’s family to become the king of Israel. It was called the “Bramble king revolution” because of the system of election of the king. He was elected by bramble trees instead of people. The people who would have voted against him were all dead. The parable was uttered at the coronation of Abimelech by the youngest of Gideon’s seven legitimate sons. Abimelech killed sixty-nine of the seventy legitimate sons of Gideon and only Jotham escaped, Jud 9:5. Then Abimelech started a revolution. He started a siege of Thebez, which became the classical example of how not to fight a war. He made the same mistake that Joab used to have Uriah killed. Jud 9:50-55, “Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and he besieged Thebez and captured it. But there was a strong citadel in the center of the city, and all the men and women with all the leaders of the city fled there and locked themselves in; and they went up on the roof of the tower. Now Abimelech advanced to the citadel and attacked it, and approached the entrance of the citadel to burn it with fire. But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head, crushing his skull. Then he called quickly to the young man who was his armor bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, lest it be said of me, ‘A woman slew him in battle.’” So the young man pierced him through, and he died. When the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, each departed to his home.”
(6) The field manual describing this was found in 1108 B.C. and compiled by 1105 B.C. It taught that you never expose your flank to the enemy when attacking. Uriah’s regiment was ordered by Joab to attack with their left flank exposed to fire from the walls of Rabbah. The Bramble revolution analogy has several conclusions.
(a) The conspiracy from David’s criminal arrogance and Joab’s compliance was patterned after Abimelech in the siege of Thebez.
(b) Uriah was pinned against the wall just as Abimelech was pinned against the wall of the citadel.
(7) Verse 21. Jerubbaal was the name given to Gideon, when he destroyed the altar of Baal, Jud 6:32; 7:1. It was changed slightly to Jerubbesheth, which means “contender with shame” in relationship to his bastard son Abimelech. Joab is sending a clear message to David that David’s order to murder Uriah has been carried out. Joab knew David would ask why such a tactical mistake was made. This would give Joab the chance to tell David that Uriah was killed. This shut David up quickly. The staff officer didn’t understand what he was telling David, but David knew exactly why Joab had ordered this tactical mistake. David’s anger will cool instantly, because being involved in the arrogance of personal success is totally indifferent to the feelings of others. He is insensitive toward others and hypersensitive about self.
(8) Joab was loyal to David in obeying the orders, but at the same time violated every principle of integrity and honor.
(a) Integrity and honesty are higher military virtues than loyalty and obedience on the other hand.
(b) Military ethics must include: honesty, integrity, obedience, self-discipline, concern, duty to the country, lack of quibbling, mission commitment, trust, honor, impartiality, and humility.
(c) These military ethics must be distinguished from leadership characteristics. Should Joab have ignored or disobeyed David’s order by emphasizing integrity, honesty, and honor? Should Joab have obeyed David, placing the ethical emphasis on obedience, discipline, loyalty?
(d) Joab chose loyalty over integrity. Therefore, he became guilty of complicity in the murder of Uriah.
(e) Joab must share some of the responsibility for the defeat of Uriah’s regiment and the many casualties, and the murder of Uriah.
(f) Joab violated both personal integrity and institutional goals in making tactical arrangement for the murder of Uriah.
(g) His loyalty to David was no excuse under the ethical principle of discipline and obedience. In the higher echelon of command there must be ethical flexibility to disobey a command that is detrimental to the service. Joab must share David’s guilt and discipline.
o. 2 Sam 11:22-26.
(1) The Jewish staff officer reports to David that the Ammonite army made a sortie against the Jewish regiment. The Jews counterattacked and pushed them back to the gates of the city. The casualty report includes the fact that Uriah is dead.
(2) The arrogance of personal success is the basic principle of degeneration and no one is excluded from its siren call.
(3) Only the alert believer, who is cognizant of the pertinent doctrine and constantly on guard against subtleties of arrogance of personal success through the function of the faith-rest drill can avoid the labyrinth of complete failure.
(4) The spiritually mature believer can become involved in the arrogance of personal success, unless he rebounds and keeps moving as the solution to carnality.
(5) Uriah received dying grace and escrow blessings for eternity, as per Ps 68:19-20. Around Uriah was a wall of fire from logistical grace, which cannot be penetrated until God permits it. Uriah’s death was not a tragedy or disaster, but something God permitted for a certain reason. It was the Lord’s time for him to go home to heaven to be with the Lord; otherwise, Ps 102:19-20 and Ps 116:8 would have applied and Uriah would have survived the conspiracy.
(6) David and Joab must be kept alive for a long time for the purpose of divine discipline. Both of them had miserable lives and miserable deaths. They suffered maximum divine discipline over a long period of time. As believers they could only be punished in time.
(7) No one loses blessing from the justice of God by an early death or by a “tragic” death. No one who is responsible for the “tragic” death of another person escapes divine discipline. Tragedy must be evaluated
(8) Tragedy must be evaluated from the divine viewpoint. The justice of God will always resolve each case individually.
(9) Decadence, incompetence, and hypocrisy of the commander-and-chief does not make for anything except judgment from God.
(10) Verse 25. David replies to the staff officer, “These are my instructions to Joab.” David sends a message back to Joab and an army not ready for instructions. His instructions are not to be upset by the tactical defeat. Joab is not upset; he has done what he was told. This is all hypocrisy. It is not true that “the sword devours one as well as another.” It was conspiracy and murder by murder. Joab cannot press his attack against the city; they have just lost their best regiment. Joab will not be encouraged by this at all. Joab will write back that it will be at least another year before they can attack the city and destroy it. The reply from headquarters is in the form of three paragraphs:
(a) Do not be upset by this tactical situation. This was sheer hypocrisy on the part of David. There was every reason to be upset by this tactical situation, because the Jewish army has been defeated in battle. Joab should have been relieved of command. Joab should have been charged with incompetency, but the incompetency belongs to David, and not to Joab.
(b) The sword devours one as well as another. Again this is sheer hypocrisy. David had said that it was his intention to have the sword devour Uriah. David’s apparent professional attitude about the casualty list is David’s cover for the fact he had murdered Uriah and part of Uriah’s officers and men were caught up in this conspiracy and killed as well.
(c) David orders Joab to press the attack and take the city. This was an impossible command. The army had been defeated and lacked the necessary equipment and trained soldiers to continue the attack. David is telling Joab to get on with the war.
(11) Hypocrisy is a cover for incompetence. David has now become an arrogant, incompetent believer. David has self-righteous and blind arrogance as he plays the role of the noble commander-and-chief, that he is so great, that he is not disturbed by the terrible news. David covers his excitement over the success of the conspiracy. He is very happy about the fact that finally he has murdered Uriah. David is pious, courage, magnanimous, forgiving of Joab, and encouraging to the army, and these are all a part of David’s hypocrisy. David is a product of his own evil devices and arrogant decisions. The man after God’s own heart has become a monster of arrogance, hypocrisy, and evil.
(12) David will eventually rebound and keep moving and will be great again, but right now he is everything represented by the word evil. The degenerate believer is a sign of malfunction of the three stages of the faith-rest drill with emphasis on the second stage reverse concentration.
(13) The hypocrisy of self-righteousness is a cover for the degeneration of arrogance.
(14) Verse 26. Bathsheba is now free to lament “over her lord.” She regarded him as her “lord” not just her husband. She was not aware of David’s conspiracy to murder Uriah. Her mourning was genuine. There is nothing to indicate that she did not love anyone but Uriah. The nature of her grief is only exceeded by the use of the second stage of the faith-rest drill. In reverse concentration she applied the dying grace rationale of Job 5:19-27 to the tragedy. According to the statement of 1 Sam 31:13, the period of mourning was seven days. The word of God does not accuse Bathsheba of seducing, flirting with, or teasing David. Her grief was a genuine grief. She was comforted by the knowledge of Uriah’s dying grace on the battlefield. The dying grace rationale is a source of comfort, assurance, and blessing to the bereaved loved ones of a mature believer. The three stages of the faith-rest drill form an effective drill to follow when one is beset with difficulties whereby you cannot think clearly:
(a) Stage one is recall of promise from the word of God. This is a summary of related truths.
(b) Stage two is to think of what the promises mean. Using a doctrinal rationale is a logical process of moving toward biblical conclusion.
(c) Stage three is to realize that from the divine viewpoint your situation is not hopeless. God is still in control and has you in His powerful and loving hands. You focus on the essence of God rationale, or logistical grace rationale, or the plan of God rationale, or the divine purpose for your life, or the love of God rationale (Ps 100:5, “The Lord is absolute good; His unfailing love is everlasting, and His faithfulness is to all generations.”) Bathsheba knew that she had to continue serving the Lord with a superabundance of happiness, Ps 100:2. She knew that God was for her, and therefore, no one could stand against her. After using the three stages of the faith-rest drill, her mind was stabilized and she could move on with her life and honor the Lord for the rest of her life.
(15) Verse 27. By taking Bathsheba into his castle and marrying her, David hopes to cover his sin. By this time she is probably three months pregnant. Degeneracy has no respect for freedom, authority, privacy, or property. Bathsheba was the property of Uriah the Hittite. David in arrogance stole the property. Uriah had authority over her, but David seduced her and destroyed that authority. David violated her privacy by looking at her in lust and sending the court pimp to procure her. David violated the freedom of Uriah by murdering him. Rape, adultery, conspiracy, murder are all involved in the degeneracy of the arrogance of personal success. Degeneracy from the arrogance of personal success means defeat in battle and the potential loss of client nation function.
(16) David will bear his punishment in two categories:
(a) Unbearable punishment until he rebounds.
(b) Installment punishment after he rebounds.
(17) David manufactured evil out of his arrogance of personal success. The last line of verse 27 emphasizes what David has done, not Bathsheba. She did no wrong. David had used his power to seduce a woman who loved another man. But from her own free will she married David. Now she will have great misery by association with David. Cursing will be turned into blessing only through rebound.
9. Nathan’s confrontation with David, 2 Sam 12:1-15.
a. Outline.
(1) The message of the prophet, verses 1-12.
(2) The rebound of David, verses 13-14.
(3) The cursing of divine discipline, verses 15-23.
(4) Cursing turned into blessing, verses 24-31.
b. Verses 1-6.
(1) David remained in carnality for one year and came very close to dying the sin unto death had not Nathan come along at the right time. The lapse of a year without rebound would prolong David’s discipline over a period of many years. Assuming a nine month pregnancy of Bathsheba and the three months that the son lived (2 Sam 11:27), it is assumed that David went a year without rebound.
(2) To prolong David’s life, the justice of God must challenge the volition of David to a four stage drill related to the rebound technique.
(a) Stage one is name, cite, or acknowledge your sins to God privately.
(b) Stage two is to isolate the sin, Phil 3:13. Stay away from the sin and never go back to it.
(c) Stage three is to forget the sin “forgetting those things which are behind.”
(d) Stage four is to keep moving, to keep advancing in the spiritual life. You turn your back on this category of sinning and advance to a higher place in your relationship with God than you have ever been before.
(3) Nathan was a prophet in the time of David and Solomon. He was one of the greatest believers who ever lived. He did more to save Israel than anyone else at this time. His tremendous function as a believer is without parallel. David was in rebellion against God and would take no advice and would not listen to anyone. Therefore, God had to send someone special to David, and Nathan remained in David’s life for the rest of David’s life. In 2 Sam 7, the prophet Nathan advises David to build the Temple, but David would not do it. So after a vision from the Lord, Nathan announced the fact that the Lord would build the Temple in the dynasty of David, but David would never be allowed to build the Temple. Eventually David would want to build it, but a part of his punishment is that he would never be allowed to build it.
(4) Nathan came to David is 984 B.C. Seven years later, in B.C. 977, Nathan was sent on a different mission to David. Nathan and Bathsheba frustrated the revolution of Adonijah to attempt to frustrate the succession to the throne of David by Solomon. Nathan assisted David in the reorganization of public worship, 2 Chr 29:24ff. Nathan wrote the biography of David in 1 Chr 29:29. He wrote the life of Solomon in 2 Chr 9:29. He was a faithful teacher of Bible doctrine. The great prosperity in the reign of David and Solomon can be attributed to Nathan’s teaching of the word of God.
(5) Nathan found David in a state of psychotic arrogance, which is described in Ps 38:1-7; 32:3-4. Nathan was sent on a dangerous mission, but Nathan had reverse concentration on doctrine, which provides the necessary courage and wisdom to accomplish the mission on which God sent him. God sent Nathan to put David back together again, to make David the man he once was. Reverse concentration means to recall the doctrine you have previously learned and concentrate on that doctrine to meet the demands of history.
(6) To confront David with his carnality, arrogance, and evil demanded the application of three doctrinal rationales: the essence of God rationale, the plan of God rationale, and the logistical grace rationale.
(7) If you have a gift of communication of doctrine from God, it does not follow that God can use you. God’s way is the only way. God uses prepared men. Prepared men are those who learn, apply, teach, and stand up for Bible doctrine no matter what the issue may be. Preparation demands the residence of maximum doctrine in the stream of consciousness and its constant application.
(8) There are four ways you can come to understand the principle that God’s way is the only way in the preparation of the communicator of doctrine.
(a) God’s way is the only way in the sense that you never try to slide by on your personality. Personality minus Bible doctrine is a weakness. Personality is not the way of the spiritual life. Personality plus Bible doctrine is strength. The content of the soul is much more important than the facade that carries the soul.
(b) The communicator of doctrine must be oriented to God’s authority in life and the delegation of the authority of the word of God. Nathan must have total respect for the Scripture and be motivated to accuracy in interpretation.
(c) Communication of doctrine is the inevitable result of diligent study that goes far beyond what most people are willing to do.
(d) Nathan came to David as a prepared man who knew his doctrine.
(9) Out of all of the prophets in the nation of Israel only one was prepared for the difficult task of confrontation with king David.
(10) Such a confrontation required finesse, not bombastry (a verbose grandiosity or pretentious inflation of language and style disproportionate to thought; the bluster of a swaggering, arrogant braggart).
(11) Nathan obeyed the Lord immediately, when the Lord told Nathan to go and talk to David about his sin. Nathan used the communication finesse of the parable. He was a prepared person.
(12) The objectivity, and lack of self-righteousness and crusading on the part of Nathan established a precedent for the wisdom in the communication of objective reprimand and denunciation of human sin.
(13) There was only one person in the land who was not afraid of David. Nathan was the only person who could bring David back to the person he once was.
(14) There is no substitute for the teaching of doctrine in a client nation to God. When a client nation is in trouble historically, it needs the function of Bible doctrine and the spiritual growth of believers. No client nation can exist without Bible doctrine and without a pivot of mature believers.
(15) The rich man is spiritually mature David. The poor man is Uriah the Hittite. The ewe lamb is Bathsheba. The traveler is sexual arrogance.
(a) This parable is a picture of the decline of David’s integrity.
(b) Because David is so far gone in his integrity, it required a simple parable to let David understand something about himself. This is teaching by finesse.
(c) David ends up judging himself as the supreme court judge in the land. If David judges himself, there will be enough objectivity for his recovery from arrogance.
(d) By using this parable, objectivity is maintained and the message is communicated. David will condemn himself from his own integrity.
(e) Ps 32:3-4 describes David’s warning discipline prior to Nathan giving him this parable. “When I kept silent about my sin, my bones rotted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away like the drought in the summer. Selah.”
(16) David’s anger burned intensely against the rich man in Nathan’s parable. David is very self-righteous about the rich man. From this self-righteous arrogance will come an opinion in which David will pronounce judgment upon himself. David condemned the other man, when David had done this himself.
(a) The arrogance of personal success is blind where self is concerned, but discerning where others are concerned.
(b) The arrogance of personal success produces the arrogance of subjectivity. Most subjectivity is related to arrogance.
(c) The objectivity of the word of God challenges the subjectivity of man, setting aside the ignorance of arrogance and substituting the doctrinal condemnation of sin.
(17) David condemns himself without knowing it, when he says to Nathan, “By the essence of the Lord, the man who has done this is definitely doomed to die.” David is aware that Nathan is bringing an indictment against a person, but is unaware that he is that person.
(18) A higher law from a higher court than David is now in place. There is a supreme court in heaven over which the Lord presides. Under this system, God punishes both believers and unbelievers so that freedom prevails. The Lord overrules the blind arrogance of David and the malfunction of justice in Israel. When the rulers and governments in the client nation commit crimes and practice injustice, then the Supreme Court of Heaven handles the case. This is why an immoral and unjust government has so much trouble in a client nation. Sometimes the punishment is revolution, as in the case of David, where he was punished by the Absalom revolution.
(19) Verse 6. David had no compassion because he was guilty of the same sin and had not rebounded.
(a) There was no rebound because he had no compassion. When a believer has no compassion, he will reject rebound and become the most miserable.
(b) David became an evil person because he had no compassion.
(c) Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for the suffering of another person, and is accompanied by the desire to alleviate the suffering of that person. Compassion is thoughtful and sympathetic occupation with the plight of another. Only God could alleviate David’s pain and suffering.
(d) Compassion is the antithesis of the arrogance of personal success. Compassion is grace oriented objectivity in contrast to arrogance, which is self-centered and self-righteous subjectivity. Arrogance excludes compassion. Lack of compassion guarantees certain types of unhappiness.
(20) David pronounces a fourfold punishment on himself without realizing it. He is sentencing himself to the sin unto death. When a believer dies from criminal activity, it is tantamount to the sin unto death. Prior to the execution there must be fourfold restitution. He is correctly interpreting the law found in Ex 22:1, “If a man steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters or sells it, he shall pay five oxen for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.” While David will not die the sin unto death, he will make fourfold restitution for the terrible things he has done:
(a) The son of adultery with Bathsheba will die, 2 Sam 12:14-19. The innocent son dies in place of the guilty father David, which illustrates Christ dying on the cross for us. David will live because his first born will die.
(b) David’s elder son, Amnon, repeats the sin of adultery of David by the rape of Tamar, the sister of Absalom, 2 Sam 13:1-22.
(c) Absalom murders his half-brother, Amnon, to duplicate the murder of Uriah, 2 Sam 13:23-29.
(d) Absalom revolts against David as a duplication of David’s revolt against God, 2 Sam 15:19. David revolted against God because he refused to rebound.
c. Nathan’s pronouncement of David’s guilt, verses 7-8.
(1) The courage of Nathan in facing David is strengthened by a message directly from the Lord Jesus Christ to David.
(2) Every category of arrogance is tantamount to hatred of God in grace provision and divine blessing. The justice of God replies to David with emphasis on both logistical grace support and blessing. God appointed David king, when he was a mature believer, which he is not right now. David received wonderful promotion from God by being made king. He also received logistical grace support by being delivered from the hand of Saul.
(3) Now David’s capacity for leadership has been destroyed by his arrogance of personal success. David has diminished capacity for prosperity, for blessing, and for happiness through neglect of doctrine.
(4) Neither fear of discipline or occupation with Christ restrained David from sin and evil. Under the arrogance of personal success, David had neither fear of punishment or occupation with Christ.
(5) David has been the beneficiary of logistical grace and the blessings of spiritual maturity status in the past. But such blessings did not prevent David as a mature believer from entering into the arrogance of personal success. It takes divine discipline to keep even the mature believer in line.
(6) Fear of punishment from legitimate authority is still greater restraint in life. In the name of freedom and equality, liberals remove the restraint of fear of authority. When in the name of liberty, equality, and fraternity the citizens of a nation lose their fear and respect for the law, crime, violence, revolution, and terrorism result.
(7) When the greatest of believers, like Moses, David, etc., need the restraint of divine discipline, it follows that mankind minus grace orientation needs to have strong restraint from respect for law and authority.
(8) Arrogance removes doctrinal or establishment restraint in the souls of mankind.
(9) David had been delivered from the evil tyranny of kind Saul through logistical grace, and the same logistical grace had not restrained David in his use of tyranny over Uriah.
(10) It was the Lord who promoted the spiritual maturity of David, and that did not keep David from demoting one of the greatest men in his army.
(11) The royal family honor code that we treat others in grace is destroyed by the arrogance of personal success.
(12) Neither logistical grace blessing or the blessings of spiritual maturity hindered David from entering the arrogance of personal success.
(13) The Lord gave David all the things that belonged to Saul, who never enjoyed his blessings, but was obsessed with killing David, just as David had become obsessed with killing Uriah. David also received the power and authority of Saul. “And if all this had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these.”
(14) The Lord adds great things on the basis of increased capacity for blessing after attainment of maturity. The increased capacity for blessing comes from the perception of Bible doctrine. Maturity does imply cessation of Bible doctrine.
(15) Neglect of doctrine means loss of grace perspective and divine viewpoint, and vulnerability to arrogance of personal success. Prosperity does not insulate against sin and failure; only Bible doctrine does that.
(16) The source of prosperity is perception of Bible doctrine. The believer has yet to exploit the full riches of grace, because such exploitation demands persistence in the perception of doctrine. Once you stop learning doctrine, you assume that you have arrived.
d. Verses 9-10, Nathan’s rebuke of David in the labyrinth of arrogance.
(1) Nathan asks David why he has despised, rejected, thought lightly of, and regarded with contempt Bible doctrine. Once involved in the arrogance of personal success, the believer can become preoccupied with himself, so that he regards with contempt or regards as worthless Bible doctrine. This can happen regardless of previous spiritual advance. Maximum achievement in spiritual growth does not insulate against the subtleties of the arrogance of personal success. David became compromised by the arrogance of personal success.
(2) Preoccupation with self or self-centeredness from the arrogance of personal success results in despising Bible doctrine, regarding Bible doctrine as worthless, or regarding it with contempt. This also causes malfunction of rebound and the function of the faith-rest drill.
(3) Arrogance creates a vacuum in the soul. No matter how great we have been previously, we are now total failures. Into this vacuum flows fear and anxiety about one’s self. This fear and anxiety replaces stability and influence of the first stage of the faith-rest drill (claiming the promises of God). David switched over to an entirely different way of thinking, which resulted in the malfunction of the second stage of the faith-rest drill (application of doctrinal rationales). Without the doctrinal rationales and the divine viewpoint there is neither doctrinal conclusion or control of the situation (the third stage of the faith-rest drill).
(4) Arrogance regards doctrine with contempt and produces evil in a believer. David was doing what was evil and was enjoying the evil in which he was involved (all the partying in the palace). When doctrine is regarded with contempt, the result is the production of evil. Evil combines the neglect of doctrine with the arrogance of personal success to produce degeneracy. The combination of sins, which result from being compromised by the arrogance of personal success, become an evil. David had now become evil in the sight of the Lord.
(5) Evil has a new dimension related to sin. It is defined as any combination of sins or human good resulting from being enmeshed in the arrogance of personal success. Evil is the impulse of arrogance. Evil is the institutional type of arrogance. Arrogance blinds the believer to his life of evil. The combination of adultery and murder inside the labyrinth of arrogance all adds up to evil. Adultery is not just a sin, but evil inside the labyrinth of arrogance.
(6) The steps between adultery and murder involved the various functions of arrogance: conspiratorial arrogance, impulsive arrogance, institutional arrogance, and blind arrogance. Evil is any combination of categories of arrogance.
(7) The word of God or Bible doctrine always suffers when the believer becomes entangled in the labyrinth of arrogance. The word of God is regarded with contempt or worthless in comparison with locked-in self-centeredness once you are in a state of evil. Arrogance no longer gives first place to perception, metabolization, or application of doctrine.
(8) Conspiracy means premeditated murder of the first degree. David was guilty of murdering one of his most loyal subjects, which involved much more than just simple first degree murder. David abused his power and distorted his God-given authority to destroy an honorable soldier in his kingdom.
(9) Loss of integrity removes all restraint from integrity and substitutes evil, so that the spiritual Doctor Jeckel minus integrity becomes the evil and unrestrained Mister Hyde. Human integrity only functions when totally free from arrogance. The labyrinth of arrogance destroys honor and integrity.
(10) Once under the labyrinth of arrogance the lust pattern of the sin nature functions without restraint. Arrogance does change the man. David has become a criminal monster. Criminals do not specialize. They will commit any kind of criminal activity when opportunity exists.
(11) The last phrase in verse 9 is not needless repetition, but is used to remove David’s excuse that Uriah died in battle. You might be clever in a conspiracy, but no one can deceive God.
(12) Verse 10. God’s judgment on David is that murder, violence, and unwarranted killing will never depart from the household of David for the duration of his posterity. Once a person abuses his power and authority with criminal violence and then becomes guilty of criminal arrogance, violence becomes a part of his punishment for the rest of his life and his posterity. The curse of the sword is evil and includes criminal arrogance and violence. The blessing of the sword is freedom through military victory. When you resort to violence, you are punished by violence. The stench of criminal violence overflows to the rest of your family and friends for the duration of your posterity. It was because David became a man of arrogant violence that many people around him died violent deaths: Absalom, Adonijah, Joab, and many other friends and loved ones.
(13) Once a person rejects establishment and enters into criminal activity, he subjects himself, his family, friends, and loved ones to recurring violence for the rest of his life. What David began would continue in his posterity. Criminal arrogance will express itself time and time again in David’s posterity. The only protection to this criminal arrogance is positive volition to doctrine, maximum perception of doctrine, and the function of the believer’s honor code through maximum application of doctrine.
(14) The sword of David was suspended over the dynasty of David like the sword of Damocles. Irresponsibility in power snaps the single hair that holds the sword of Damocles. Those who enter into evil are those sitting under the sword.
(15) The only kings in David’s line who escaped this curse were Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 22:9), Hezekiah (2 Chr 29:2), and Josiah (2 Chr 34:3), because of their positive volition to doctrine and faithfulness to rebound.
(a) 2 Kg 18:3, Hezekiah is described as doing right following the pattern of David.
(b) 2 Kg 22:2, Josiah walked in all the ways of David.
(c) 2 Chr 17:3, Jehoshaphat.
e. Verses 11-12, the consequences of David’s evil.
(1) Verse 11-12 says, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, from your own family I will cause evil to rise up against you, and before your eyes I will take your women and give them to a loved one [Absalom], and he will rape your women in broad daylight. Because you have done this in secret, I will do this thing before all Israel in broad daylight.’”
(2) God will raise up revolution as a part of divine discipline for David’s disobedience. Evil is the great issue throughout all history. Evil in this passage is revolution. Revolution is always evil. Revolution is a system of evil.
(3) 2 Sam 16:21-23 is the fulfillment of this statement by the Lord. Sin is never the solution to evil. The man giving this advise to Absalom (Ahithophel) is the grandfather of Bathsheba. They set up a bed on top of one of the castle towers, so that everyone could sit on the hills around Jerusalem and watch. Ahithophel was out to get revenge against David and tried to make it look like the advice was from God. The advice of Ahithophel was the advice of evil. Evil is a system of advice that helps someone destroy others. Absalom did this to demonstrate that David was no longer the king.
(4) David raped secretly in private. His son Absalom will rape David’s harem publicly. Both were motivated by the same principle of degeneracy, living in the labyrinth of arrogance. Both did evil things, but it was not a matter of genetics; it was a matter of volition.
(5) The evil that the Lord will raise up against David will include:
(a) The rape of David’s daughter Tamar by David’s son Amnon.
(b) The murder of Amnon by Absalom, his half brother and the brother of Tamar.
(c) Absalom’s revolution.
(d) Sheba’s conspiracy.
(e) The execution by Solomon of David’s son Adonijah and David’s nephew Joab.
(6) The principle of the believer in evil.
(a) Evil comes into the life of the believer who is out of fellowship with God through personal sin.
(b) The divine solution to the sins of the believer is rebound, 1 Jn 1:9. This is the only way evil is stopped in your own soul.
(c) The believer in sin is classified as a carnal believer according to 1 Cor 3:1-3.
(d) While the believer has not lost his salvation through sin or evil, he has entered into the field of great suffering under divine punishment, Heb 12:6. We are punished in love, which means that punishment is designed to be a blessing to the believer.
(e) The inevitable result of the rejection of rebound is the perpetuation of carnality in the life of the believer under the title of “evil.” If this evil persists, the result is very severe discipline known as the sin unto death, 1 Jn 5:16.
(f) The combination of sins resulting from the arrogance of personal success is called evil. Such evil from the arrogance of personal success results in a lifetime of discipline unless we rebound. Perpetuated carnality is evil. Rebound is the only solution, and there is no substitute for rebound.
(g) More than anything else, David was punished for entering into a personal revolution against God.
(h) Evil is so dangerous and so powerful it can destroy the spiritual life. Evil is Satan’s system. It is very subtle and makes promises of great things that are never fulfilled. Evil is a system of sin that we do not rebound.
(i) Once we rebound, we can resume our spiritual life under the principle that “This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be in superabundance of happiness.”
(j) The arrogance of personal success is the one great evil that believers never overcome because they reject the principle of rebound, and therefore, there is no spiritual life for them.
(7) The significance of violence in the punishment of David.
(a) Revolution not only means destruction of freedom to a nation, but the usurpation of establishment authority or legitimate rulership. The violation and power of revolution is illustrated by Absalom’s public rape of David’s entire harem.
(b) The rape of David’s harem results in an irreparable breech between David and his son, so that the revolution will be a fight to the death.
(c) Absalom’s rape of the harem was a demonstration of his arrogance, vindictiveness, and implacability. Vindictiveness and implacability are a part of loss of leadership. David lost his leadership over the people of Israel because he allowed this thing to happen.
(d) Entering into any kind of sexual evil is the worst thing that you can do to yourself, and produces all kinds of evil violence.
(e) Revenge is evil. One of the results of evil is the misery of self-pity and even suicide. This is what happened to the grandfather of Bathsheba, Ahithophel, after he entered into evil by talking Absalom into raping David’s wives. Only rebound can keep the believer alive and enter them back into a superabundance of happiness.
(f) The evil of Absalom is now public knowledge and so is the evil of David. David made a fantastic recovery, but Absalom did not.
(g) Absalom, like his father David, was guilty of arrogance, both in the conspiracy which led to revolution and the modus operandi of that revolution. No one can rule honorably by the abandonment of the laws of divine establishment. Absalom’s rape of the royal harem was not only a sin and evil, but also the rejection of the truth in the form of the laws of divine establishment.
(h) There is no happiness, no blessing, only severe divine punishment from the Lord for those involved in sexual sins.
(i) Weak rulers take bad advice and at the same time reject good advice. Weak rulers do not have the ability to discern the difference between good and bad advice.
(j) Public crime (the rape of David’s harem) eliminates proper administration of power and authority.
(8) Evil is a matter of volition, never a matter of genetics.
(a) David and Absalom both were involved in arrogance from their own volition.
(b) The sins of the father can only be repeated by the son where volition is involved. The sins of the father cannot be visited upon the children apart from the volition of the children.
(c) Never blame someone else for your sins because of genetics. Blame yourself for your own volition.
(d) No one is involved in the sins of his forefathers apart from his own volition.
(e) It is not genes, but the volition acting under the motivation from the old sin nature’s lust pattern.
(f) It is not the genes, but the volitional involvement with the labyrinth of arrogance.
f. 2 Sam 12:13-14.
(1) Verse 13.
(a) In verse 13 David acknowledges his sinfulness in rebound. Nathan confirms the grace of God in the forgiveness or removal of David’s sin. David was given another chance by God.
(b) David’s sin was directed against the Lord. He had rebelled against God.
(c) Prolonged carnality is devastating to any believer. It results in the sin unto death, and David recognized what was happening to him. Ps 118:18, “The Lord has disciplined me severely and He has not given me over to death.”
(d) Nathan had an immediate reply for David, because men of doctrine always have an answer, and Nathan’s answer was a grace answer.
(e) The rebound function also means that the punishment comes under the category of cursing turned to blessing. All of David’s suffering for his sins will now be for his blessing. Divine discipline was more than he could bear, but after rebound the unbearable suffering becomes bearable to something he can endure.
(f) The many sins of David are lumped together into a singular for the purpose of forgiveness and purification from all unrighteousness.
(g) Rebound is the Lord’s solution. Rebound is the Lord’s encouragement. Rebound is God’s grace to the believer.
(h) David will receive his discipline in installments, which makes the punishment bearable.
i. The first installment is that the son of adultery will die, verse 14, 19.
ii. The second installment is that Amnon will rape his half-sister (and Absalom’s sister) Tamar, 2 Sam 13:1-21.
iii. The third installment is that Absalom murders Amnon, his half-brother, in revenge, 2 Sam 13:23-29.
iv. The fourth installment is Absalom’s revolt against David’s authority, just as David had rebelled against God’s authority, 2 Sam 15:19. This includes Absalom’s public rape of David’s wives.
(i) Instant punishment is the alternative to the administration of the sin unto death. The installment punishment is bearable because of rebound. Divine discipline is the system of unbearable punishment. Only rebound makes it bearable.
(j) Failure to rebound results in unbearable suffering from the prolonged stay in the labyrinth of arrogance.
(k) Installment punishment results from spiritual failure on the part of the believer’s evil involvement in the labyrinth of arrogance and perpetual carnality. Installment punishment results from regarding with contempt the word of the Lord and thinking of the word of God as worthless.
(l) Believers out of fellowship regard the Lord with contempt, think the Lord is worthless, and despise the Lord. These all come as a result of rejecting rebound and perpetuating carnality until you die the sin unto death.
(m) Installment punishment gives the believer the opportunity to avoid the labyrinth of arrogance from which rebound has freed him momentarily.
(n) Better to have an occasional arrogant hangover than to be permanently enmeshed in the labyrinth of arrogance and to die the sin unto death.
(2) Verse 14, “But because by doing this you have given opportunity for the enemies of the Lord to demonstrate utter contempt (blaspheme), the son also born to you will definitely die.”
(a) The innocent son dies in the place of David. The son dies as a substitute for David. This is an analogy to our Lord Jesus Christ dying spiritually on the cross for the sins of David.
(b) The innocent son of David became the substitute for David, just as the perfect Son of God became our substitute on the Cross.
(c) Both believers and unbelievers in a client nation are enemies of the Lord by rejection of the truth. 2 Thes 2:10-12, “and by means of all deception of wickedness to those who are being destroyed, because they did not receive the love for the truth in order that they might be saved. For this reason God sends upon them the modus operandi of delusion so that they may believe a lie, in order that they all might be judged because they have not believed the truth, but because they have taken pleasure in unrighteousness.”
g. Ps 38:1-18, God’s discipline is a function of grace. Great suffering causes David’s rebound.
Ps 38:1, “A psalm of David to cause him to remember. O Lord, do not punish me in Your anger, or discipline me in Your wrath.” It was not anger by which God punished David, but grace. David was not being punished in anger or wrath, but this is what it seems like to David, when he was out of fellowship with God.
Ps 38:2, “For Your arrows have sunk deep into me, and Your hand has come down hard on me.” When we are being disciplined by God, it seems like God is angry with us, but He is not angry with us. This is an anthropopathism, ascribing to God human emotions, passions, and attitudes, which He does not actually possess to reveal divine policy.
Ps 38:3, “Because of Your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.”
Ps 38:4, “For my iniquities have passed through my head [thinking]; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” This describes David’s divine punishment combined with the guilt complex, self-righteousness, self-pity, and resultant psychopathic arrogance.
Ps 38:5, “My wounds have a bad odor and fester because of my folly.” David recognized that he had been foolish in getting into the sins, arrogance, and attitudes he developed after he became famous.
Ps 38:6, “I am bent down and humbled [by discipline] all the day long; I go around mourning.”
Ps 38:7, “For my loins are filled with infection, and there is no health in my body.”
Ps 38:8, “I am debilitated and terribly feeble; I scream because of the groanings of my right lobe.”
Ps 38:9, “Lord, before You is all my desire; and my expression of grief has not been hidden from You.” This is David’s desire to get back to where he was and serve the Lord before he entered into carnality. David has not yet rebounded, but he is about to do so.
Ps 38:10, “My heart pounds, my strength has failed me; and the light has gone out from my eyes.” David is in a state of blindness to doctrine. The longer a believer lives in carnality, the more the soul becomes covered with scar tissue. Scar tissue of the soul blinds the believer to Bible doctrine and the execution of the spiritual life.
Ps 38:11, “My lovers and my friends avoid me because of my disaster; and my loved ones (family) stand aloof.”
Ps 38:12, “Those who seek my life set their traps for me; and those who would harm me talk about my ruin, and they plot treachery all day long.”
Ps 38:13, “But I am like a deaf man who cannot hear; and I am like a deaf mute who does not open his mouth.” Principles:
1. In the status of evil, there is no defense for what he has done. Others now know the things he has done, but David is obliged to keep silent.
2. He cannot refute the charge of his enemies and will not defend himself. He is guilty and helpless to defend himself when he refused to rebound.
3. Without rebound he is helpless to face his enemies or in resolving his problems. Until he rebounds, his cause is his own cause and not the Lord’s. Therefore, he cannot defend the things he has done in sin.
4. Only the Lord can vindicate any believer under such circumstances.
5. The Lord cannot vindicate and punish at the same time.
6. Without rebound, David is helpless in facing his enemies. He is helpless without rebound.
Ps 38:14, “Yes, I am like a man who cannot hear, and in whose mouth are no arguments.” David knows he has no defense. David’s enemies have used his discipline from God to make false accusations against him and to malign him in areas where he is totally innocent. This is part of the sufferings that have come to David.
Ps 38:15, “For in You, O Lord, do I wait in anticipation for the termination of my unbearable pain; You will answer, O Lord my God.” God will not answer for David until David rebounds.
Ps 38:16, “For I say in my prayer, ‘Do not let them gloat over me, when my feet are tottering, who would magnify themselves against me.’”
Ps 38:17, “For I am adjusting for a halt because my pain is unbearable and is constantly with me.” Unbearable suffering has finally brought David to rebound. David spent one year in this unbearable punishment. His suffering was beyond human endurance.
Ps 38:18, “Therefore I will be caused to confess my sin; I am troubled because of my sin.” The self-deception is over and David finally rebounds. Prolonged carnality is devastating to the spiritual life. The sins of David were removed from David and put back on the Cross where they belonged. Only God could solve this problem. No human being, not even David, could solve the problem of sin.
10. David’s Rebound, Ps 32:1-6.
Ps 32:1, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
a. The singular “transgression” and “sin” refer to all of David’s sins.
b. There can never be happiness for the believer out of fellowship or in a state of carnality.
c. Sin destroys capacity for happiness, so that we become very miserable.
d. Rebound restores capacity for happiness commensurate with one’s knowledge of Bible doctrine. The great blessing comes from knowing the word of God.
e. God knew all about all of our sins in eternity past and provided for us the solution in every case in rebound and keep moving.
Ps 32:2, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute punishment, and in whose spirit there is no negligence.”
a. Divine discipline intensifies through neglect of rebound.
b. David lived his life in the labyrinth of arrogance and in the area of carnality for over a year. God added divine discipline to David’s self-induced misery from sin.
Ps 32:3, “When I kept silent about my sin, my bones wasted away through my screaming all the day.”
a. At first David rejected rebound and would not acknowledge his sin. He would not accept rebound as a solution.
b. When David was out of fellowship, he screamed all the time because the discipline was more than he could bear.
Ps 32:4, “Therefore day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as the heat of summer. Selah.”
Ps 32:5, “I will acknowledge my sin to You, and I will not hide my guilt (depraved action); I have said to myself, ‘I will acknowledge (make known) my transgression to the Lord; and You have forgiven the guilt of my sin. Selah (a musical rest; the third stage of the faith-rest drill).”
a. This verse is the function of rebound in the Old Testament.
b. This was done in the privacy of his priesthood. David began talking to himself.
c. Rebound is confession to God, not to people.
d. Each believer must acknowledge his sin(s) to God only. He or she does not need to acknowledge the sins to others. You do not blame others in rebound. You do not tell God that other people made you commit the sin. You admit that you made your own decisions to sin.
e. Rebound is judging yourself, not others.
f. Citing or acknowledging a sin is the only way you will ever be forgiven. Promising you will never do it again means nothing to God. God knew about the sin in eternity past and judged it on the cross. You cannot fool God.
g. Sin is forgiven by naming it to God in the privacy of your soul. Feeling sorry for sin is not the divine solution. God does not care how you feel about the sin. How you feel is not the issue. God is only interested in whether or not you accept His solution by naming the sin to Him. Penance does not impress God. Only the work of Christ on the cross impressed God. Forgiveness depends on the judgment of sin on the cross and the fact that the plan for that judgment occurred in eternity past.
h. Having rebounded, David can rest (Selah) in the doctrinal conclusion that his sin has been forgiven and he is back in fellowship with God.
Ps 32:6, “Therefore, let the grace-oriented pray to You in time of attainment; surely a flood of great waters (historical disaster) to him (the mature believer) they shall not approach.”
a. The “time of attainment” is a period of your life of great blessing. It is the advance of the mature believer, qualified to offer effective prayer to God in time of historical disaster. The “flood of great waters” is historical disaster, which threatens the loss of the great blessing during the “time of attainment.”
(1) Attainment means to reach by growth or by continued perception of Bible doctrine.
(2) Attainment is the advance to spiritual maturity, resulting in freedom and prosperity for the client nation to God.
b. The grace-oriented believers are a few believers, who have recognized the grace factor in salvation and in the spiritual life. This is especially true of those who have reached spiritual maturity as Christian warriors. Grace orientation is necessary for effectiveness in prayer. Every believer should be grace-oriented and every believer should enter into this ministry of prayer for deliverance.
c. There is no greater power in the spiritual life than prayer, but it is the least understood doctrine among believers.
d. We have the right and opportunity to pray once we reach the time of attainment or spiritual maturity. 2 Chr 7:14 tells us exactly how to pray in time of historical disaster. “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face [occupation with Christ] and turn from their evil ways [rebound], then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and I will restore their land.”
e. Prayer has its greatest power through grace orientation. Prayer is a grace function. We do not deserve this power called prayer. We do not deserve anything from God when we have failed, but we have the opportunity to pray for deliverance.
f. The grace-oriented are the ones who come through and deliver the nation in time of historical disaster. They make it possible for other Christians (those who are not grace oriented) to be delivered.
g. The rush of great waters are historical disaster, including the attack of terrorism. We are in disaster because we have failed to pray for others in suffering.
h. The rushing wave of terrorism shall not reach or approach the grace-oriented mature believer, who prays in time of attainment.
i. The war against terrorism cannot be won apart from the power of prayer. Prayer warriors win the war on terrorism. Every one of us has been called to be a prayer warrior. Therefore, it is necessary to understand effective prayer in the time of attainment. The time of attainment is also the time of effective witnessing for Christ.
j. If you are not grace-oriented, you are not ready for prayer. Your prayers will not be heard if you have any attitude of antagonism in your soul, whether toward the world in general or to other people specifically.
k. The effective prayers of the mature believer are immediately answered because they are in the time of attainment of spiritual blessing from God. The prayer warriors’ prayers are answered because they have learned how to use prayer as an effective weapon in the field training exercises of testing prior to the flood of rushing waters of historical disaster.
l. No one reaches attainment without a lot of exposure to Bible doctrine. If you do not love doctrine, you are not going to grow up, and you will be tested in your love for doctrine. Attainment means to reach by growth or continued perception of doctrine. The mature believer is the one who reaches the time of attainment.
m. Prayer has a true power that is far greater than any other power given to mankind, other than the filling of the Spirit. See the Doctrine of Prayer.