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Doctrine of Sickness

July 23, 2010

The Doctrine of Sickness
Outline
I. Definition
II. Vocabulary
III. Categories of Diseases
IV. Causes
V. Physical Illnesses
VI. Prevention and Cure of Disease
VII. Healing
VIII. Spiritual Disease
IX. Healing of Spiritual Disease
I. Definition: Sickness in the Scriptures can refer to any mental, physical or spiritual disorders which is a direct result of either functioning in the old sin nature, and involvement evil from the cosmic system of Satan, or a judgement handed down by the Supreme Court of Heaven and the only permanent cure for all of these disorders is appropriated through the finished work of the impeccable humanity of Christ in hypostatic union.
II. Vocabulary
A. `amal (lma), “be weak, languish, grow feeble; pual: “waste away, languish” (1 Sm. 2:5; Lm. 2:8).
B. ason (zwsa), “harm” (Gn. 42:4; 44:29).
C. choli (ylj), “sickness, illness (Dt. 7:15; 2 Ch. 21:15; Is. 38:9).
D. da’av (bad), “sorrow” (Ps. 88:9 [87:9] ).
E. dal (ld), “weak” (Jgs. 6:15; 2 Sm. 3:1; 13:4).
F. dalal (lld ), “be low” (Jb. 28:4).
G. chalah (hlj), Qal: “be weak” (Jgs. 16:7, 11, 17); niphal: “be made sick” (Ez. 34:4; Dn. 8:27).
H. chath (jj), “broken” (1 Sm. 2:4).
I. kashal (lvk), Qal: “be weak, feeble, stumble” (2 Ch. 28:15; Jb. 4:3; Jer. 46:16 [26:16] ); niphal: “be tottering, feeble” (1 Sm. 2:4; Ps. 9:3; Zech. 12:8); hiphil: “cause to stumble, make weak” (Jer. 18:15; Lm. 1:14; Mal. 2:8).
J. machalah (hljm), “sickness” (Ex. 23:25).
K. machaluyim (syyljm), “wounded” (2 Ch. 24:25).
L. madhweh (hwdm), “disease” (Dt. 7:15).
M. makh’ov (vwakm), “pain” (2 Ch. 6:29).
N. makkah (hkm), “sickness” (Dt. 28:59).
O. qatser (rxq), “feeble” (2 Kgs. 19:26).
P. rakhakh (rkr), “be fainthearted” (Is. 7:4).
Q. rapheh (hpr), “weak” (Jb. 4:3).
R. shakhol (lkv), “be bereaved”; piel: “fail to bear, cast one’s fruit” (Mal. 3:11).
S. tachalu’im (syaljj), “pain” (2 Ch. 21:19).
T. arrhostos (a@r*randwstoς ) (adjective), “sick, ill.”
U. astheneia (aandsqevneia) (noun), “weakness, sickness, distress, lack of strength.
V. asthenema (aandsqevnhma) (noun), “weakness, infirmity, sickness, illness.”
W. asthenes (aandsqenhς) (adjective), “weak, sick, ill.”
X. malakia (malakiva) (noun), “weakness, ailment, sickness, infirmity.”
Y. nosema (novshma) (noun), “disease, sickness.”
Z. nosos (novsoς) (noun), “illness, sickness, disease.”

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III. Categories of Diseases
A. There are many different categories of diseases that are mentioned in the Scriptures.

1. Boils (Ex. 9:9; Le. 13:18; 2 K. 20:7; Jb. 2:7; Is. 38:21).
2. Epilepsy (Mt. 4:24; 17:14-15).
3. Fever (Le. 26:16; De. 28:22; Jb. 30:30; Mk. 1:30; Jn. 4:52; Ac. 28:8).
4. Insanity (Dan. 4:33; Mt. 4:24; 17:15).
5. Leprosy (Le. 13:2; 14:2, 34; De. 24:8; 2 Ch. 26:19).
6. Loss of Appetite (1 S. 1:7; 28:23; Ps. 102:4; 107:18).
7. Paralysis (Mt. 4:24; 8:6; 9:2; Ac. 8:7; 9:33).
8. Consumption (Le. 26:16; De. 28:22).
9. Dropsy (Lu. 14:2).
10. Dysentery (Ac. 28:8).
11. Tumors (De. 28:27; 1 S. 5:6).
12. Hemorrhage (Mt. 9:20).
13. Itch (De. 28:27).
14. Sun-stroke (2 K. 4:18-19; Is. 49:10).
15. Sores (Is. 1:6; Lu. 16:20).

IV. Causes
A. The Scriptures also teach that there are several causes for sickness and disease in human beings.

1. Self-induced misery
2. Divine Discipline
3. Undeserved Suffering for Blessing

B. Sometimes sickness and disease is a result of the Supreme Court of Heaven’s judgment (Lev. 26:15-16; Dt. 28:61; 2 Ch. 21:15; Ps. 107:17-18; Mic. 6:13).
C. Disease and sickness can come upon a believer as a result of reversionism.
D. The Supreme Court of Heaven will issue 3 categories of divine discipline or punishment in order to prompt the believer to rebound and get back into fellowship.
E. Every instance of suffering has a reason and an explanation.
F. Christian suffering can be understood most clearly in relation to the individual believer’s spiritual growth.
G. From this perspective, adversities may be classified into 5 categories:

1. Two categories are related to spiritual childhood.
2. Three categories are related to spiritual adulthood.

H. The 2 categories related to spiritual childhood are called punitive.
I. The 3 categories related to spiritual adulthood are designed by God for blessing.
J. The 5 categories of suffering:

1. Self-induced misery: spiritual childhood.
2. Divine discipline: spiritual childhood.
3. Providential preventive suffering: spiritual adulthood.
4. Momentum testing: spiritual adulthood.
5. Evidence testing: spiritual adulthood.

K. The correlation of punitive suffering with spiritual childhood and of suffering for blessing with spiritual adulthood is not a rigid law.
L. A limited amount of suffering for blessing comes in spiritual childhood and punitive suffering can and will occur in the life of the spiritual adult believer.
M. Discipline from parents is a warning and a restraint but also a teacher and motivator as well.

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N. It is for our own good that our parents discipline us.
O. Suffering for adults is like a parent.
P. What responsible parents do for their children, suffering does for adults.
Q. The discipline and restraints of childhood imposed by parents are replaced by the discipline and restraints of childhood imposed by parents are replaced by the discipline and restraints of adult life enforced by suffering.
R. Suffering challenges the believer to rely upon the invisible assets that God has provided rather than our human resources and it confronts us with our total dependence on the grace of God.
S. Suffering impresses upon us our need to conform to His plan.
T. Pain not only discourages us from going in the wrong direction, but it can also help to propel us in the right direction.
U. Divine discipline from the Lord is part of parental training in the royal family (Heb. 12:5-13).
V. There are 3 categories of divine discipline for members of the royal family:

1. Warning (Rev. 3:20; James 5:9)
2. Intensified (Psa. 38:1; 2 Thess. 2:11)
3. Dying (Jer. 9:16; 44:12; Phil. 3:18-19; Rev. 3:16; 1 Cor. 10:13-14; Psa. 118:17-18; 1 John 5:16).

W. The failure on the part of the believer to heed warning discipline intensifies the suffering.
X. God takes punitive action in order to teach and train us.
Y. It motivates the believer to learn so taking in doctrine becomes a lifestyle (Rev. 3:19-20).
Z. There are 2 categories of divine discipline, which illustrate how God administers punishment.

1. God’s treatment of individuals is demonstrated in triple compound divine discipline.
2. His treatment of families, groups, and nations is demonstrated by the 4-generation curse.

AA.Triple compound discipline deals with the believer’s decision to commit the following categories of sins:

1. Mental attitude.
2. Verbal.
3. Overt.

BB. Widespread historical suffering always involves 3 sources:

1. Satan: Cosmic system
2. Man: Old sin nature.
3. God: Divine integrity.

CC. The Lord Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union controls history and therefore disciplines believer but judges unbelievers who reject truth and violate His plan.
DD.God also judges a client nation through the 5 cycles of discipline which include (Lev. 26:14, 18, 21, 27):

1. Social disintegration.
2. Economic collapse.
3. Political collapse.

EE. Collective discipline is punitive action in a particular geographical area whereas the 4 generation curse deals with a group of people defined not only as they extend over a geographical area but also as they extend over a period of time (Ex. 20:4-5).
FF. The 4 generation curse furnishes a principle that helps us interpret human history from the divine viewpoint: historical disasters are often divine discipline sent to break up destructive trends and to give the next generation opportunity to fulfill the plan of God.
GG. The solution to the 4 generation curse never implies that guilt passes from parents to children but that parents who oppose God’s plan will influence their children to follow the same pattern of opposition.
HH.The solution to the 4-generation curse requires severe punishment of criminal youths (Deut. 21:18-21) but emphasizes instructing children in the laws of establishment and Bible doctrine (Deut. 11:18-21).

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V. Physical Illnesses
A. There are many physical illnesses mentioned in the Scriptures:

1. Deafness (Lev. 19:14; 2 Sm. 19:35; Ecc. 12:4; Mt. 11:5; Mk. 7:32; 9:25).
2. Blindness (Gn. 19:11; 2 Kg. 6:18; Ac. 9:8; 10:46; Lk. 7:21; Jn. 9:1).
3. Lameness (Lev. 21:18; 2 Sm. 4:4; 5:8; Mt. 15:31; 21:14; Lk. 7:22; Ac. 3:2; 14:8).

B. There are many references to diseases in general (Mt. 8:17; Lk. 5:15; 13:11; Jn. 5:5; 2 Co. 12:10; Ga. 4:13; 1 Ti. 5:23; He. 4:15).

VI. Prevention and Cure of Disease
A. The Scriptures mentioned many preventions and cures for diseases.

1. Physicians (Ge. 50:2; 2 Ch. 16:12; Jer. 8:22; Mt. 9:12; Lk. 4:23; 5:31; Col. 4:14).
2. Medicine (Pr. 17:22; Jer. 8:22; 30:13; 46:11; Ezek. 47:12).
3. Remedies (2 K. 20:7; Is. 1:6; Lk. 10:34; 1 Ti. 5:23; Ja. 5:14).
4. Annointing with oil (Mk. 6:13; Ja. 5:14).
5. Ointment (Is. 1:6).
6. Poultices (2 K. 20:7).
7. Treatment of fractures (Ezek. 30:21).
8. Treatment of wounds (Is. 1:6; Lk. 10:34).
9. Disinfection (Le. 14:41; 15:5).
10. Quarantine (Le. 13:4, 46; 14:8; Num. 5:2; 31:19; 2 K. 15:5; Lk. 17:12).
11. Prayer (Ja. 5:14-15a; 3 Jn 2).

VII. Healing
A. The humanity of Christ in hypostatic union healed thousands upon thousands during His 1st Advent (Mt. 4:23; 8:3, 16; 9:35; 12:13, 22; 14:36; 15:30; 17:18; 19:2; 21:14; Mk. 1:31; 10:52; Lk. 7:21; 13:13; 17:14; 22:51; Jn. 4:50; 5:9; 9:6).
B. He healed individuals with a touch (Mt. 8:3, 15; 9:29-30; Lk. 22:51).
C. The gift of healing was often given to certain individuals to glorify God (Mt. 10:1; Mk. 3:15; 16:18; 1 Co. 12:9).
D. The temporary gift of healing was given to the apostles during the pre-canon period of the church age (Ac. 3:7; 5:16; 9:34; 14:10; 16:18; 19:12; 28:8).
E. There are 2 categories of spiritual gifts:

1. Temporary
2. Permanent

F. Temporary spiritual gifts are no longer extant because they were specifically designed for the pre-canon period of the Church Age.
G. We live today during the post-canon period of the Church Age.
H. All spiritual gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit during the post-canon period of the Church Age can therefore be classified as permanent.
I. Church Age is divided into 2 Parts:

1. Pre-Canon (30 A.D.-96 A.D.) canon completed
2. Post-Canon (96 A.D.-Rapture)

J. Pre-Canon Period:

1. Temporary spiritual gifts were given because there was no Scripture for the Church Age to explain the plan of God.
2. The plan of God had not yet been reduced to writing.

K. Today, we have the completed canon of Scripture.
L. Today, all spiritual gifts are permanent spiritual gifts.

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M. Permanent spiritual gifts are given at the moment of salvation by God the Holy Spirit.
N. The following gifts were temporary and had disappeared by 96 A.D.:

1. Apostleship
2. Prophecy
3. Miracles
4. Tongues
5. Interpretation of Tongues
6. Knowledge and Wisdom
7. Exhortation
8. Discerning spirits
9. Temporary gift of faith

O. The following gifts are permanent:

1. Pastor-teacher
2. Evangelist
3. Administrations
4. Helps

P. The spiritual gift of Apostleship required other spiritual gifts to establish his authority.
Q. These gifts identified him having the proper authority.
R. They didn’t have “badges” to mark them out, but rather they had spiritual gifts.
S. Temporary Gifts:

1. Miracles
2. Tongues: 1st gift withdrawn. -Jews: 5th cycle of discipline August 70 A.D.
3. Healing

T. Once the authority and identity of the apostle was established, the temporary gifts were removed and became non-operational.
U. The Lord performed many miracles through certain individuals throughout human history.

1. Prophet of Judah restored Jeroboam’s withered hand (1 Kg. 13:4-6).
2. Elisha healed Naaman (2 Kg. 5:10).
3. Isaiah healed Hezekiah of a terminal illness (2 Kg. 20:7).
4. Our Lord healed:
a. Nobleman’s son (Jn. 4:46).
b. Demon-possessed man in the synagogue (Mk. 1:26; Lk. 4:35).
c. Peter’s mother-in-law (Mt. 8:14; Mk. 1:31; Lk. 4:38).
d. Leper (Mt. 8:3; Mk. 1:41; Lk. 5:13).
e. Paralyzed man (Mt. 9:2; Mk. 2:3; Lk. 5:18).
f. Helpless man (Jn. 5:5).
g. Withered hand (Mt. 12:10; Mk. 3:1; Lk. 6:6).
h. Centurion’s servant (Mt. 8:5; Lk. 7:2).
i. Widow’s son (Lk. 7:11).
j. Demon-possessed (Matt 12:22; Lk. 11:14).
k. Demon-possessed men of Gadara (Mt. 8:28; Mk. 5:1; Lk. 8:26).
l. Jairus’ daughter (Mt. 9:18; Mk. 5:42; Lk. 8:41).
m. Hemorrhage (Mt. 9:20; Mk. 5:25; Lk. 8:43).
n. Blind men (Mt. 9:27).
o. Demon-possessed man (Mt. 9:32).
p. Daughter of Canaanite (Mt. 15:22; Mk. 7:25).
q. Deaf and mute (Mk. 7:33).
r. Blind man (Mk. 8:23).
s. Lunatic child (Mt. 17:14; Mk. 9:26; Lk. 9:37).
t. Ten lepers (Lk. 17:12).
u. Blind man (Jn. 9:1).
v. Lazarus (Jn. 11).

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w. Woman with the spirit of sickness (Lk. 13:11).
x. Malchus (Lk. 22:51).
5. Peter healed:
a. Lame man (Ac. 3:7).
b. Sick (Ac. 5:15).
c. Aeneas (Ac. 9:34).
d. Dorcas (Ac. 9:40).
6. Paul healed the following:
a. Lame man (Ac. 14:10).
b. Girl with the engastrimuthos demon (Ac. 16:18; 19:11).
c. Eutychus (Ac. 20:10).
d. Father of Publius (Ac. 28:8).

VIII. Spiritual Disease
A. The Scriptures also mention spiritual disease.
B. Both unbelievers and believers are victims of spiritual disease (Is. 1:5; Jer. 8:22; 30:12; Mk. 2:17).
C. Spiritual disease is the result of the following:

1. Old sin nature
2. Cosmic system of Satan

D. A spiritual disease is the result of the old sin nature and involvement with evil from the cosmic system of Satan.
E. Spiritual disease is the result of the imputation of Adam’s original sin in the garden to the genetically formed old sin nature.
F. Thus every human being in history is born physically alive but spiritually dead.
G. The unbeliever suffers from being unregenerate or spiritually dead.
H. The Old Sin Nature

1. The sin nature contains:
a. An area of weakness
b. An area of strength
c. Trends toward legalism
d. Lust patterns.
2. The area of weakness is the source of temptation for personal sin.
3. The area of strength is the source of human good, which God hates.
4. The area of weakness and personal sins:
a. Mental attitude sins (Prov. 8:13; Isa. 41:10; Phil. 4:6; 1 John 2:11)
b. Sins of the Tongue (James 3:5-6)
c. Overt sin (Gal. 5:19-21a).
5. Mental attitude sins are the most destructive to the spiritual life since the spiritual centers around your thinking.
6. Mental attitude sins include:
a. Pride
b. Envy
c. Jealousy
d. Bitterness
e. Hatred
f. Vindictiveness
g. Implacability
h. Guilt feelings
i. Fear
j. Worry

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k. Anxiety
l. Self-pity.
7. The area of strength produces human good or “dead works” (Heb. 6:1).
8. Both believers and unbelievers can produce human good.
9. Human good cannot please God.
10. Anything that an unbeliever can do is not the Christian way of life.
11. A believer can only please God when they are filled with the Spirit.
12. God only accepts divine good or good done in His power.
13. God will reward the believer for producing divine good and He will not reward the believer who produces human good (1 Cor. 3:11-14).
14. All human good is evil and is despised by God (Isa. 64:6).
15. The sin nature has 2 trends:
a. Legalism: trying to please God or earn salvation through morality or a system of good works.
b. Antinomianism: Immorality.
16. Antinomianism comes from 2 Greek words, anti, “against,” and nomos, “law,” thus, “against the law.”
17. The Lust Pattern is another characteristic of the sin nature.
18. Lust is an insatiable or overwhelming desire.
19. Lust includes:
a. Approbation
b. Power
c. Sexual
d. Social
e. Money
f. Materialism
g. Inordinate ambition and competition
h. Revenge
i. Criminal
j. Chemical
k. Crusader
l. Pleasure.
20. Believer who is controlled by the lust pattern becomes a “slave” to their desires (Rom. 7:14).

I. The believer can suffer from the spiritual disease of reversionism, which is consistent involvement with Satan’s cosmic system, and his policy of evil.
J. Spiritual disease is manifested through the function of the 3 arrogance skills:

1. Self-justification
2. Self-deception
3. Self-absorption

K. It is manifested in the 8 stages of reversionism.
L. Reversionism is the act of reverting to a former state, habit, belief or practice of post-salvation sinning (2 Tim. 4:4).
M. It is a reversal of your priorities, attitudes, affections, the object of your personal love accompanied by the destruction of your impersonal love (Gal. 4:9).
N. The believer in reversionism is functioning perpetually under the control of the old sin nature and are therefore living under perpetual carnality.
O. Reaction and Distraction

1. A believer can either respond to circumstances, people or doctrine or you can react to them.
2. Reactor factors in life are the following: a. Disillusion

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a. Self-pity
b. Boredom
c. Loneliness
d. Frustration
3. You can meet them head on with the application of doctrine or you can react to them.
4. Reaction takes place when the believer is sloppy in learning or applying Bible doctrine.
5. It can also take place when the believer is indifferent toward doctrine in some way.
6. There are 2 phases to the reaction stage.
7. Disillusion is the initial challenge to the soul such as reaction to people.
8. It produces hypersensitivity and subjectivity.
9. This can lead to frustration, self-pity and mental attitude sins of jealousy, bitterness, pride, implacability, vindictiveness, and guilt complex.
10. Then you attempt to build your happiness upon someone else’s unhappiness.
11. This leads to gossip, maligning or vilification.
12. The reaction stage can include all manner of distractions and even pleasures in life such as entertainment, family, health and business.
13. These distractions become detrimental to the believer’s spiritual life if they replace Bible doctrine in your priorities and scale of values.
14. Increasing one’s intake of Bible doctrine is the only defense against the reaction stage.

P. Frantic Search for Happiness

1. As an antidote to the reactor factors, the frantic search for happiness becomes the compensation, sublimation and accepted solution for the problems of loneliness, boredom and frustration.
2. The frantic search for happiness can be a stimulus for either:
a. Operation Lasciviousness
b. Operation Asceticism
3. The sin nature has 2 trends:
a. Evil
b. Good
4. The dominant trend of a believer’s sin nature is often determined by their background whether legalistic or if they come from a liberal background, lasciviousness.
5. These trends are deceptive since the ascetic is often mistaken as a spiritual giant and the lascivious believer is thought of as not being saved because of their lifestyle.
6. Asceticism leads to a false emphasis on experience in which Christian service is misconstrued as spirituality or even maturity, which it is not.
7. The believer involved in asceticism will enter into a works programs, false spirituality, tabooism, discipleship, pseudo-love and social action.
8. They succumb to emotional stimulation like the holy rollers and the tongues movement.
9. They get involved in cleaning up the devil’s world, which is evil.
10. The lascivious believer will get involved in drunkenness, debauchery, chasing, sexual promiscuity or perversion, drug abuse or crime.
11. Both trends lead to self-induced misery.

Q. Operation Boomerang

1. The failure to achieve the desired happiness only causes the initial reaction to be intensified.
2. When you lack capacity for life, which for the believer comes only from Bible doctrine, and seek happiness through some other means, your attempt will inevitably backfire in an escalation of the reactor factors that initiated the misdirected search for pleasure.
3. Frustration becomes greater frustration.
4. Discouragement becomes depression.
5. Loneliness becomes desolation.
6. You lose your common sense and operate only on emotion.

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7. The frantic search for happiness boomerangs and leads to a 4th stage in the process of reversionism.

R. Emotional Revolt of the Soul

1. Evil is incubating in the soul by the time you move into Operation Boomerang.
2. This is when the 1st signs of spiritual revolt appear.
3. God’s order is reversed in this stage.
4. Emotion is the dictator in the soul rather than the responder and appreciator.
5. Emotion is designed to respond to and appreciate the content of the right lobe just as the right woman responds to her right man.
6. Emotion in itself is empty.
7. It is entirely dependent on knowledge resident in the right lobe.
8. Emotion contains no doctrinal content, no mentality, no character, no norms and standards, no common sense; it reflects the character of that to which it responds.
9. If the right lobe initiates doctrine, the emotion responds with appreciation for doctrine and the divine viewpoint.
10. The result is great capacity for life.
11. However, if the emotion responds to the old sin nature, it rejects the authority of the right lobe and comes under the influence of the sin nature.
12. Emotional revolt of the soul is tantamount to the fornication of the emotion with the sin nature and with the satanic policy of good and evil.
13. The true function of emotion is reversed.
14. Once the emotion assumes the role of aggressor like a bossy female, it not only becomes a tool for the old sin nature but also loses all capacity for life and replaces happiness with misery.
15. This can happen to believers with a great deal of doctrine in the soul since the emotional revolt of the soul blocks the circulation of doctrine in the soul much like hardening of the arteries causes a blockage of blood circulating in the heart.

S. Permanent Negative Volition

1. Negative volition towards Bible doctrine is present in every stage of reversionism.
2. But in this stage it is full blown.
3. In the beginning, negative volition is characterized by apathy or indifference to Bible teaching and at this point is frequently as subtle as tuning out a subject that is familiar and thus tedious to you.
4. You shrug it off as needless repetition.
5. There are at least 8 causes for negative volition towards doctrine.
6. The 1st is the subject matter, which the pastor-teacher is communicating.
7. The 2nd cause pertains to antagonisms or personality hang-ups with regard to the pastor and his authority.
8. A 3rd cause is antagonism or personality conflicts with other members of the local assembly.
9. A 4th problem is failure to utilize the grace provisions is failure to rebound and thus be filled with the Spirit, which is essential to assimilating the Word of God.
10. A 5th reason for negative volition is failure to recognize the Source of prosperity, which is from the Lord.
11. A 6th reason for negative volition is disorientation to the many facets of logistical grace.
12. The 7th reason is the malfunction of the faith rest technique.
13. Lastly, the 8th reason for negative volition is allowing the details of life to take you away from the intake of doctrine.
14. Unchecked negative volition catapults you into the final stages of reversionism.

T. Blackout of the Soul

1. Blackout of the soul is that reversionistic state in which the left lobe of the mentality called the nous, devoid of doctrine, is attacked directly by evil concepts and ideas.

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2. Negative volition toward doctrine opens in the left lobe a vacuum called mataiotes in the Greek.
3. This word is found in Ephesians 4:17 and is technical word which must be correlated with the context.
4. In this case, it pertains to the soul, the term refers to emptiness in the soul.
5. In this void are drawn those thoughts, which are contrary to the divine viewpoint.
6. Satanic propaganda, “doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1) and human viewpoint are sucked into the nous or the left lobe of the soul.
7. Demons function as communicators in this vacuum system and they transmit evil.
8. Satan’s sphere, a kingdom of darkness (Eph. 5:11; 6:12; Col. 1:13; 2 Pet. 2:4), is thus translated into darkness of the soul.
9. When satanic doctrine or evil moves to the right lobe and corrupts the entire thought pattern, the believer is under demon influence.
10. Objectivity is blacked out in every area of life, from the spiritual principles of Bible doctrine to the laws of divine establishment, and is replaced by subjectivity, confusion, instability and frustration.
11. When the blackout of the soul reaches the right lobe, scar tissue begins to form in the soul, which is the 7th stage of reversionism.

U. Scar Tissue of the Soul

1. Synonymous with “hardness of heart” in Scripture, scar tissue develops from the influence of evil on both the left and right lobes.
2. Blackout of soul originates in the left lobe whereas scar tissue originates in the right lobe.
3. Scar tissue spreads throughout the soul.
4. When it accumulates, operation mataiotes draws false doctrine ever more rapidly into the left lobe, which exerts increasingly greater pressure on the right lobe.
5. The right lobe contains a number of valves for the intake and distribution of doctrine.
6. In the frame of reference there are 2 valves, one on each end of the memory center.
7. One feeds into the chambers of the conscience where the norms and standards reside, the other enters the vocabulary storage for the development of the ability to think.
8. Next door to this is categorical storage, which retains ideas and concepts by means of expanded and technical vocabulary.
9. This system of valves connects all the storage areas, by way of the memory center, to the launching pad where divine viewpoint is applied to experience.
10. When the effects of the blackout of the left lobe reach the right lobe, these valves freeze so that doctrine can no longer circulate in the soul.
11. This means that doctrine cannot be fed into the vocabulary; categories wither; norms and standards degenerate.
12. The ability to utilize the frame of reference as a source of doctrine evaporates and there is no divine viewpoint on the launching pad for application in the believer’s life.
13. Without the influx of doctrine into the right lobe, all spiritual functions are paralyzed.
14. Doctrine in the subconscious mind is abandoned.
15. Reversionism closes the door so that this information is no longer available for application or growth.
16. This is the prelude to the sin unto death, which is a bedfellow of scar tissue.

V. Reverse Process Reversionism and the Total Collapse of the Believer

1. The 8th and final stage in the descent into reversionism is characterized by the total influence of evil rather than doctrine, and the substitution of Satan’s plan for God’s plan.
2. The modus vivendi of the believer cannot be distinguished from that of the unbeliever.
3. Reverse process means to face in the opposite direction, to change or reverse judgment of a criticism, to appear in an inverted position by a reversal of objects.
4. Related to the Word of God, reverse process reversionism is the reversal of the objects of the believer’s affection on one hand and scorn on the other.

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5. In other words, reverse process reversionism manifests itself when the reversionist spurns that which he should love and loves that which he should spurn.
6. All true values are pushed aside and priorities are reversed.
7. In this stage the believer seeks personal glory rather than occupation with Christ.
8. He pursues false lovers instead of his right woman.
9. He cultivates hypocritical and superficial acquaintances rather than true friendships.
10. Under this process, the bona fide object of love becomes the target of indifference, hatred, bitterness, cruelty, implacability, maligning, judging, and revenge tactics, while inconsequential people become the recipients of attention, flirtation, social or sexual advances.

W. Categories of Reversionism

1. Monetary (Ecc. 5:10-6:2; Acts 5:1-10; 1 Tim. 6:3-17; James 4:13-14; 5:1-6; Jude 11).
2. Verbal (James5:9-20).
3. National (Deut. 28:23-24; Jer. 9:1-14; Hosea 4)
4. Phallic (Lev.18:3-25; 20:1-5; Deut. 12:29-31; Num. 25:1; 31:15-16; 2 Cor. 12:21; Eph. 4:19; 5:5; Col. 3:5; 1 Pet. 4:3; Jude 4; Rev. 2:14, 20-23).
5. Narcotic (Isa. 28:1, 7-9; Jer. 9:15-20; Gal. 5:19-21).
6. Anti-Establishment (Rom. 1:18-32; 3:13-18).
7. Psychotic (Num. 22-25; 31:8; 2 Pet. 2:15-16).
8. Ascetic (1 Tim. 4:3-5).
9. Legalistic (Col. 2:16-18; Heb. 5:11-6:16).
10. Arrogance (Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:14-17; 1 Tim. 6:3-5, 17; 2 Tim. 3:2)

X. Evil

1. Evil is Satan’s policy as the ruler of this world and is the way that he operates as ruler of this world.
2. He seeks to capture and control the human soul with his policy of evil.
3. Satan seeks to establish his own millennium and become the victor in the angelic conflict through his policy of evil.
4. God’s policy of grace is antithetical or totally opposite to Satan’s policy.
5. Grace and Bible Doctrine represent the genius and thinking of God in relation to the human race.
6. Evil represents the genius and thinking of Satan regarding the human race.
7. Evil is a system of thinking just as Bible Doctrine is a system of thinking.
8. All of sin is evil but not all evil is sin.
9. Human good is evil because it is based upon improper motivation from the influence of the old sin nature and the cosmic system of Satan upon the human soul.
10. All sin is evil but not all evil is sin but evil includes much more than sin even though sin and evil often overlap for it includes human good.
11. Human good is the attempt by man to solve his problems apart from Bible Doctrine and apart from divine establishment.
12. The area of strength in the old sin nature is the source of human good and God hates human good (Isa. 64:6).
13. The area of strength in the old sin nature produces human good or “dead works” (Heb. 6:1).
14. Human good cannot please God and He rejects it because it originates from the old sin nature.
15. He rejects human good because it does not originate from His Divine Essence.
16. The area of strength in the old sin nature motivates the production of human good.
17. God wants Bible Doctrine to motivate the believer to perform divine good, which He will accept (1 Cor. 3:11-16).
18. Anything that an unbeliever can do is not the Christian way of life.

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19. God only accepts divine good or good done in His power, which is the Filling of the Spirit and Bible Doctrine (John 4:24).
20. The sin nature has 2 trends:
a. Antinomianism: immorality, sin
b. Legalism: morality, human good
21. There are immoral degenerates and moral degenerates in the world today and God rejects both.
22. Evil encompasses not just sin, which Christ paid for on the Cross with His substitutionary spiritual death, but it also encompasses human good, which was not paid for at the Cross.
23. Evil was not judged on the Cross but rather sin was judged on the Cross (1 Pet. 2:24).
24. Christ could not be judged for evil (Satan’s policy) for that would cancel the angelic conflict.
25. God does judge evil (Psa. 34:16; Isa. 13:11).
26. The Lord Jesus Christ permits evil to run its course as part of the angelic conflict.
27. Evil will eventually be eliminated in the millennial reign of Jesus Christ (Zeph. 3:14-15).
28. It will be permanently eliminated when Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:7-10).

IX. Healing of Spiritual Disease
A. The only cure for the spiritual disease that the unregenerate are afflicted with is faith alone in Christ alone (Jn. 3:16-17; Ac. 16:31).
B. Salvation is Part 1 of God’s Plan for your life.
C. God wants everyone to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4a; 2 Pet. 3:9).
D. God does not want anyone to go to the Lake of Fire.
E. The only cure for the spiritual disease that the regenerate are afflicted with is rebound and recovery (1 Jn. 1:9; Eph. 5:18; Ga. 5:17).
F. Rebound is a descriptive term.
G. It is a technique.
H. Rebound is simply admitting your sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9).
I. It is the only means to recover the Filling of the Spirit.
J. Rebound deals with the believer’s problem with sin.
K. It restores the believer’s fellowship with God in time.
L. Rebound is the only Problem Solving Device that functions when the believer is living in their Old Sin Nature and out of fellowship with God.