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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Section 11: THE DARK LIGHT: Exposing The Antichrist Virus

 “If the light that is in you be darkness, 
how great is that darkness?”  -Jesus

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

            ANTICHRIST (Adjective)
The word “antichrist” in this writing is always used as an adjective, never as a noun.  It does not refer to the specific personality.  It is merely a descriptive word referring to the antichrist ethos, or spirit, or philosophy which gives rise to the non-responsible gospel.

            CARNAL
Having to do with the physical/ material appetites.  As specifically applied in the Bible and this work, the term typically describe one who is still primarily driven by selfish appetites, rather than the more noble motives of the divine Spirit.

            CHARACTER ESSENCE
Our core metaphysical make up, primarily defined by our values and the personal traits they produce to uniquely identify us.

            CORE PERSON
Our most essential being.  Figuratively, our “heart.”

            ESSENTIAL OR PRIMARY SIN VALUE
This is the most basic sin motive held at the deepest governing level of our subconscious core person.  It is essentially the value which engenders the desire to self-direct our lives instead of embracing God’s guidance.
   
            FLESH
As used figuratively in the New Testament, the term refers to an inner body or collection of completely self-concentric appetites which server to motivate selfish actions.

            GOSPEL
Strictly rendered, the word means, “The good news.”  Broadly rendered, it is used to denote Christian redemption in general, including its teachings and dynamics.  In this writing it is also used figuratively to identify the false teachings of the antichrist which only masquerade as the Gospel of Christ, but are, in truth, a great heresy.  Thus, the phrase “non-responsible gospel” used in this writing is used with a note of sarcasm to refer to these heretical teachings.  Please notice, in this use, the word “gospel” is never capitalized, as is a reference to the true “Gospel” of Christ is, to show respect.

            GRACE
The term grace, including its use in the Bible, refers to an innate, or naturally occurring goodness. The pop-definition of grace is “unmerited favor” which is really more the definition of “Mercy” when use in the redemptive context.  But, grace is a much larger term than mercy.  Grace produces Mercy; but, grace and mercy do not equally interchange, especially in the Bible.  It is important that grace be correctly understood as naturally occurring goodness so as not to lose the important redemptive truth that those who are Spiritually merged with the character essence of the Living Christ also experience His natural goodness in their own character through their symbiotic relationship with Him.

            HEART
This word is used figuratively in the Bible to refer to one’s core person, which would include, of course, the mind, both conscious and subconscious, one’s value system and the motives or drives which it produces, and one’s emotional make-up.  Our heart is essentially the non-corporal us, the character essence who is actually housed within our physical body, but in some since, is separate from it.

HEART-ONENESS
In this writing, “Heart-oneness with God” means to share and fully embrace his values and life interpretations.

            HOLY / HOLINESS
In the simplest terms, to be “Holy” is to be singularly devoted to God.  In the case of a believer in Christ, holiness has to do with the condition of his heart, his core person.  A heart becomes holy before God when, on its most primary governing level, it is singularly set aside and devoted entirely to Him.  In other words, its ultimate and supreme devotion is completely unshared with anyone or anything else.  That highest level of devotion belongs only to God.  So, while on secondary levels of a believer’s heart a believer may actually embrace many worthy devotions, his family, his job etc., yet, in a holy heart, all of those lesser devotions are subject to and governed by that more primary devotion to God.  And, this is the singularity of devotion which the Living Christ enables through our Spiritual merger with His character essence.  As his divine faith supplements the believer's faith to entirely subjugate that essential sin motive of self-determination, our heart is then no longer divided between self and God on its primary governing level.  Now, the core being of the believer is wholly given to God and thus, it is holy.  So, when God says, “Be ye holy, for I am holy,” the idea is simply that God is singularly devoted to goodness, thus, we should also be singularly devoted to God’s goodness on the most primary governing level of our heart.

            INFLUENCE
Influence is the sum total of our power to effect our own and the larger reality around us.  A good and accurate concept of redemptive faith is to understand it as the willingness to humble our influence (the sum total of our power) before God’s influence.

[Influence: Learn More - Read this Section of "Touching God's Heart"]

            MOTIVE
An inner stimulation which drives us to an action.  In this writing, the word “Motive” is often used in connection with “Values” (see below) simply because our values often do produce motives which drive us.

            NON-RESPONSIBLE / NON-RESPONSIBILITY
 These terms are used to label and describe the antichrist belief system which has as its prime tenet, the idea that since a believer cannot consistently resist the primary sin motive (the desire to be self-determined) a just God cannot and does not require him to do so.  Thus, the believer becomes non-responsible for his sinful lifestyle realities.

            REDEMPTIVE FAITH
The specific type of faith which saves the soul.  In Christian Redemption, it is a type of trust which engenders a profound humility.  The idea is that Redemptive Faith expresses itself as a willingness to fully embrace of God’s values and daily directions in one’s life.  Thus, it becomes the highest form of trust.

            SELF-DETERMINED / SELF-DETERMINATION
To be self-directed and thus self-sovereign over one’s life.  The idea is that one charts his own life course and develops his own values and prefers not to answer to any others – specifically God’s.
             
            SPIRIT / SPIRITUAL
The best way to conceive of “the Spiritual” is in terms of “Influence.”  One’s influence is the sum total of his power to effect his own and the larger reality.  Thus, stripped to our most abstract nature – we are each, a very unique and personalized influence.  And, “the spiritual” is all about the issues surrounding the nature, quality, and impact of that influence on reality.   So, for now, our spiritual person is housed within a physical body and a physical dimension of life. Yet, even now, that spiritual person within us transcends the physical.  This is so, in that our spiritual person is not really identified by physical attributes.  And, he remains, in some sense, a separate core person, merely residing within that physical house.  Instead, our spiritual person is identified by his character essence – plus – his influence (the impact of his character essence on reality).  So, in short, “the spiritual” refers to that dimension of life which is entirely driven by and concerned with the issues surrounding the idea of influence:  is it good or bad, strong or weak, oppressed or free, holy or unholy, humble or arrogant, etc.  And, eventually, in Christ, our spiritual person will, indeed, be ushered into a purely spiritual dimension of life, the economy of which, is completely centered around the issues of influence.  We typically refer to that coming reality simply as – “Heaven.”

[Influence: Learn More - Read this Section of "Touching God's Heart"]

            SPIRITUAL BAPTISM / SPIRITUAL MERGER / SPIRITUAL INTEGRATION
These terms refer to a unique, stand-alone, redemptive event which occurs after one’s conversion.  In this occurrence, the divine Spirit effects a merger of the human character essence of the believer with the divine character essence of the Living Christ.  And, through this merger, the believer is infused with the values of Christ in primordial or infant form.  And, the power of those shared divine values then bring to the believer a liberation from the domination of the essential sin motive resulting in a consistently faith-expressive life.

SYMBIOTIC / SYMBIOSIS 
Interconnected.  In this writing these terms describe the relationship that exists between the believer and Christ as a result of their Spiritual merger.  This interconnected relationship between the believer and Christ results in the believer sharing in the character essence of Christ – including His value system.

TRUTH
The correct interpretation of reality.  Only God’s interpretation of reality is the authoritative and decisive interpretation of life’s circumstances.  Thus, only God is the real Truth Giver.  All other interpretations of reality are merely alternative delusions which serve only to compete with and /or obscure the Divine Truth.

            VALUES / VALUE SYSTEM
Values are our most deeply held life principles, tenets, beliefs, etc.  Our value system is the entire collection of our values, taken together.  And, these guiding life principles are so deeply held and well established in our core person that they typically function more like instincts than a cognitive thought process.  Our values and our value system actually constitute a kind of “life filter” which we use to interpret life.  Thus, we pass all of life’s issues through this interpretive filter to gain a perspective on those issues.  So, very obviously, a value system which is entirely based in divine truth is completely indispensable to the quality of our relationship with God.  Our values system is the very basis of our heart-oneness (heart agreement) with Him.  And, it is the complete and thorough renewal of our value system which is at the absolute center of God’s redemptive agenda, and all of the redemptive work of both the Dying and the Living Christ. 

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