"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2
A few weeks ago I began a four-part series on the human mindset and how it controls every part of our lives. In his book, A Time To Advance, Robert Heidler notes that the Bible divides the human race into three different mindsets; Barbarian, Greek, and Hebrew. Last week we looked at the barbarian mindset whose basic operating principle is fear. This week I will be teaching on the Greek mindset. The operating principle of a Greek mindset is pride that filters through a humanistic intellect. Humanism by definition is the theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world. Humanism denies the existence of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity. This way of thinking leaves no room for the supernatural moves of God. Someone with this type of mindset will base their belief system on human reason and not faith - every occurrence must be explained or reasoned. It is not hard to fall into his trap since this Greek mindset is so firmly embedded in our western society. Sadly much of the church today, especially in America, has succumbed to the Greek mindset as well. Since spiritual gifts such as miracles, healings, and prophesies defy human reason, they are not accepted. If you are going to walk with God you are going to have to accept some things that you don't understand. God loves to confound the mind to test the heart. I will continue next week on the Hebrew mindset. So tune in.
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1Co 1:20-24
Pastor Frank Dodson