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Title: What is Spiritual Insanity?
Post by: Jon Thomas on December 05, 2017, 02:54:56 PM
Tony,
   I've only been here a short period of time as you know but I am impressed with the knowledge of scripture I see presented here. My question is what is this spiritual insanity that you and others have referenced from time to time. I've never heard it mentioned anywhere but here so if you could enlighten me, I would be most grateful. Thanks.
Title: Re: What is Spiritual Insanity?
Post by: Jesse on December 07, 2017, 06:59:05 AM
It's like Virtual Insanity, only Spiritual  ;D
Title: Re: What is Spiritual Insanity?
Post by: Tony Warren on December 08, 2017, 08:33:31 AM
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Tony,
   I've only been here a short period of time as you know but I am impressed with the knowledge of scripture I see presented here. My question is what is this spiritual insanity that you and others have referenced from time to time. I've never heard it mentioned anywhere but here so if you could enlighten me, I would be most grateful. Thanks.
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Spiritual Insanity is a type of mental impairment or spiritual madness where our thinking becomes unbalanced, unsound and even delusional. It is actually a term "gleaned" from the Scripture where someone has the spirit of Satan wherein they are viewed as not in their right mind, and thus by implication, insane. In Scripture God uses insanity as a portrait of the unsound or actually unreasonable behavior of the unsaved who are in bondage to the Devil. You've heard people who are struggling with some sin or personal issues, etc.,  viewed as "those who are struggling with their Demons?". Well, that's not entirely a unbiblical idiom. Because in Scripture physical insanity was used by God as a symbol of one whose mind was spiritually ill or sick, being in bondage to Satan's delusion. God uses man's mental maladies to illustrate they are spiritually fools, simpletons or insanity in Scripture to paint a portrait of those who spiritually do not think or act with sound reasoning. By being deceived by Satan their mind is "not right" as it is a slave to confusion and turmoil. And this is where we get the term "Spiritual Insanity." It is a spiritual disorder of the mind that comes from having a spirit of delusion, a type of spiritual psychosis of those whose mind is not set free in Christ. In Spiritual insanity the truth seems like a lie and what is sound seems unsound, what is right seems wrong, the mind is in total spiritual confusion.

2nd Timothy 1:7

The opposite of the sound or sober mind of true Christians is spiritual insanity. It is when the spirit is not right and one's mind is not sober or sound. For example, Christ miraculously healed a man that was insane, which (like all of the miracles Christ did) painted this portrait of God's miraculous power to bring healing to the spiritually sick mind through the efficacy of His death and resurrection. i.e., the physical miraculous healing of the insane man was a "sign" or token of the Spiritual healing of our spiritual insanity. e.g.:

Mark 5:1-8

God uses the demon's control over the mind of this man as a picture of mankind before they are set free of bondage to Satan. The man who was "not in his right mind" was a insane man divinely used of Christ as a token of all those in bondage to the Devil and who dwell in the tombs (presence of death) and who are spiritually as a wild and raging beast that cannot be tamed. Christ's healing of this man is illustrative of the power of God to bring the peace of a sound mind to the Spiritually Insane. This man was miraculously healed as a sign to illustrate Christ's miraculous power in salvation.

Mark 5:15

Here again we see the possession of the Devil equated to being unsaved and out of his mind, whereas Christ's healing removes the Devil and heals the sin sick mind. The man was set free of the Devil and given a sober mind, a right mind, the mind of Christ in His blessed hope.

1st Peter 1:13

When we are saved we are Spiritually clothed in the righteousness of Christ and SThe sober mind is the right mind. A mind where spiritually (in our right mind) the Devil has been cast out of us. In its pragmatic sense, spiritual insanity is the worldly unsound aversion to reconciliation with God, a mindless rejection of receiving the truth and righteousness, a fool's errand to remain in bondage to the Devil and sin. We could just as easily call it a spiritual foolishness or a spiritual delusion, but it's all pointing to the same unsound spiritual condition or disorder.

2nd Thessalonians 2:9-13

Spiritual delusion or spiritual insanity, the mind that is fooled, beguiled or duped. The moral of this story of 2nd Thessalonians, not all in the church will receive the truth in love, because many don't love the truth. They love self-justification over truth. This strong delusion is a spirit of fraudulence where one a mind that allows them to believe sinful man's lies and deceptions. In practical terms, it is a spirit of straying from orthodoxy or sound Christian principles in this rejection of the truth. How many times have you seen this realized? You witness to someone the obvious and unadulterated truth of Scripture (word for word), and yet they reject God's word of truth for man made interpretations? That's exactly what that passage says, they just won't receive the truth in love. Truly, they don't really know what love is, because to them truth appears loveless, judgmental and arrogant.

These passages are divinely inspired of God to have us recognize the spiritual delusion in the bondage of the Devil. In its truest form, delusion is nothing but man's own deceitful will that moves him to dishonestly work against the truth. The spirit of the beast makes them  spiritually insane, their mind being in spiritual slavery.

By contrast, that last verse reiterates he truth of the sober thinking Christian:

2nd Thessalonians 2:13

Beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.  Therein is the difference between the Elect of the church blessed with sound minds that believe the truth when they hear it, and the false or pseudo Christians with unsound minds deluded to trample the truth under foot in their zeal to justify themselves and their own will. Why? Because unlike the insane man God healed, God did not truly through the Spirit give them a right/sound mind. They merely took His name upon themselves, but never His Spirit. Again:

2nd Timothy 1:7

The Spirit is the power of a sound mind. Christians are to be sober minded, as opposed to having a mind of fearfulness and of confusion and unrest and turmoil, which is this type of spiritual disorder. Spiritual insanity is the secret persona of the Devil within man that provokes and causes fear and unrest where people are careful of many things, the least of which is service to God. Perfect love casts out fear. Hope that helps a little.

"nosce te ipsum"
 
Peace,
Tony Warren
"I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. -Psalms 32:5"
Title: Re: What is Spiritual Insanity?
Post by: Reformer on June 28, 2018, 05:32:14 AM
Tony,
   I've only been here a short period of time as you know but I am impressed with the knowledge of scripture I see presented here. My question is what is this spiritual insanity that you and others have referenced from time to time. I've never heard it mentioned anywhere but here so if you could enlighten me, I would be most grateful. Thanks.

It's what we see all over the world today as Satan is loosed to wreck havoc upon society and assure the unfaithful church receives in themselves the name of the beast.

 Pr 23:9  Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
 10  Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
 11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
 12  Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.


Title: Re: What is Spiritual Insanity?
Post by: Apostolic on July 04, 2018, 01:50:12 AM
Funny how you two can believe in spiritual insanity which isn't even in the bible and no one can prove, but not believe in the gifts of the spirit which is in the bible and is proved every day in the world.
Title: Re: What is Spiritual Insanity?
Post by: Lieberman on July 08, 2018, 12:16:10 AM
They believe in the gifts of the spirit, just not in the delusion of modern day tongues. ...which is all kinds of crazy.
Title: Re: What is Spiritual Insanity?
Post by: Reformer on July 11, 2018, 02:07:24 AM
They believe in the gifts of the spirit, just not in the delusion of modern day tongues. ...which is all kinds of crazy.

 )iagree(  Beside, what is Strong Delusion if not spiritual insanity? It's being deceived spiritually concerning your relationship with Christ. It's a irrationality, having a spirit of Satan while thinking you have the spirit of Christ. Even though the two are as diametrically opposed to each other as light is to darkness. If that's not lunacy, crazy, demented and insane, I don't know what is.

But then again, I think there is a lot of spiritual insanity in the church today, and even in this forum.