Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 16, 2018

Biblical Thinking

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Would you be embarrassed for a friend to read through a list of your thoughts for today? What would he think of you?

When someone snubs or insults you, are your first thoughts pleasing to Christ?

When someone cuts you off in traffic, do you think as Christ would?

When a pretty girl or handsome fellow crosses your vision, is Christ honored by your thoughts?

Are you hesitant to speak out against prevailing unbiblical thought paradigms like evolutionism? Do you fear the scorn of men? Are you like the Jews who refused to confess Jesus because “they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God” (John 12:42-43)?

The Apostle Paul wrote this about his thinking processes:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

This Biblical pericope from the Apostle Paul identifies two key aspects of Biblical Thinking. These two aspects are what I call Confrontational Thinking and Subordinate Thinking.

Confrontational Thinking

First, the Apostle Paul urges believers to actively oppose and destroy the dominant thought patterns of our culture, thought patterns which deny the truth of God and oppose His work. Our culture is full of Satan’s lies, and the Apostle Paul commands us to be God’s agents in demolishing them.

Are you active in confronting and destroying the persistent anti-Biblical thinking that bombards our world today? Examples of man’s prideful speculation in opposition to God’s revealed truth include the theory of evolution, rampant divorce and remarriage, the increasing acceptance and promotion of homosexuality, abortion, the widespread focus on wealth and pleasure, the obsession with looks and youth, and the pervasive attempts to remove God from all aspects of society.

Everyone cannot be involved in actively opposing everything unbiblical, but everyone should be involved in opposing something, with the result that the church body should be active throughout the community in demolishing the unbiblical thought paradigms which direct so many Americans. Our active opposition should include the use of our intellect, the use of our tongue, the use of our time, and the use of our money.

The Apostle Paul described some unbiblical thought paradigms as “lofty,” suggesting that they are widely supported and highly esteemed by men. Beware the esteem of men. Jesus said, “That which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15)

Courageous Christians are needed to stand in opposition, boldly proclaiming logical truth with clarity, gentleness, and respect regardless of men’s scorn. This is no time for hesitancy or timidity.

Subordinate Thinking

Second, the Apostle Paul challenges us to take every thought captive to Christ. Even our most private thoughts are subject to the Lordship of Christ. What if we had to submit each of our thoughts to Christ daily for His review? Would He be pleased? As a matter of fact, He actually does know every single one of our thoughts (Psalm 139:2).

Thinking Biblically begins with disciplining the mind so that each and every thought honors and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. If Jesus is your Lord, is your thinking submitted to His authority? Is your thinking aligned with His thinking?

If you refuse to submit your thinking to God and honor the Great Creator, your thinking will degenerate into futility and foolishness (Romans 1:21-22).

Biblical Thinking

Subordinate Thinking is logically prior to Confrontational Thinking. Our thinking needs to be aligned with the Great Creator before we confront, in kindness and truth (Proverbs 3:3), false, anti-god thinking.

How do I learn to think Biblically?
– By reading the Bible and aligning my thinking with what it says.
– By discussions with friends, mutually applying Biblical principles to issues. Scripture says that as “iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)

Biblical thinking begins where the Bible begins — with God as the Creator of the universe. It includes the knowledge that the good world God created has been broken and cursed as a result of man’s sin of rejecting God. It identifies the solution to the sin problem: Christ’s death on the cross by which man can be reconciled to God. Then man is in a position to once again glorify and enjoy God as he was originally created to do. Eventually the Creator will restore the entire creation. This is the Biblical worldview which is the only true worldview. One cannot make sense of this worldview apart from understanding God as Creator.

By the authority of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, I urge all disciples of Jesus Christ to continually discipline our thoughts to honor Christ Jesus, to consistently think Biblically, and to actively deconstruct ungodly paradigms. This is what it means to have and to live a Biblical worldview. This is what it means to be a 24×7 Christian.

Questions to Ponder

1. Where do you need to practice Subordinate Thinking?
2. Where do you need to practice Confrontational Thinking?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday May 16, 2018 A.D.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

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Responses

  1. I’ve been a born-again Christian for 62 years now, and I still have problems in this area. “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin” (Romans 7:24-25). It’s getting better though. The closer I draw to God, the more my thoughts aling with His. Good post, Bill! 🙂

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