A Sound Mind

Sin involves a corruption of the mind. The word of God, in the mind of Eve, was replaced with a lie: “Ye shall not surely die.” Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtly, SO YOUR MINDS SHOULD BE CORRUPTED from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3).

Many have destroyed their minds with the use of alcohol, while other have become addicted to prescription drugs. Millions have embraced the theory of unity in diversity or some other erroneous philosophy, and in so doing have allowed their minds to be corrupted. Countless members of the church across the land who once were grounded and settled in the faith are now heard saying: “Well, I don’t know what I believe.” False philosophers from the newsstand, bar stool or pulpit will destroy one’s mind and his faith.

Pure Christianity never turned anyone into a “basket case.” The belief and practice of the teaching of Jesus is the best prescrip8on in the world for a wholesome mind. Paul wrote to Timothy: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love and of a SOUND MIND.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

The Bible records many examples of those whose minds were settled and composed when truth was accepted and obeyed. Jesus said of the lost son, “He came to himself,” he came to see his real condition and need. When he returned to his father all was well (Lk. 15:11-32). The Ethiopian went on his way rejoicing, after he learned and obeyed the gospel (Acts 7:8:26-30). Saul quit praying and fasting and he was baptized upon learning the truth from Ananias (Acts 9:1–‐18). The next verses say, “And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogue, that he is the Son of God (Acts 9:19-20).

Truly the faithful child of God has nothing to be ashamed of, nor should he be afraid. Rather he should fill his mind with the precious truths of the Scriptures and live life to the fullest every day. Peter wrote: “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13).

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