How To Handle Getting Puffed Up?

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Hi K____,
It is true people will give up Christmas sooner than they will relinquish that idol of the heart call eternal torment. But the reason for that is that there is a connection among all of these false doctrines. The one thing that ties together the doctrines of the immortality of the soul, eternal torment and free will, is the doctrine of the trinity. Take away the teaching that God is a triune being, and you have taken away the triune makeup of man. Without an immortal soul there is no eternal hell. And the false doctrine of being a “free moral agent” is essential to justifying the need for eternal torment. So you will find that the trinity is the ‘holy grail” of orthodoxy.
Your friend’s attitude toward the things of the spirit is entirely natural:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [ them], because they are spiritually discerned.

It is the gift God has given me to see the things of the spirit which has cost me the friendship of this world and of many of my brothers in Christ. ‘To Mike Vinson everything is just spiritual” is an epithet I have heard many times. The word ‘just’ portrays the value these people place on the things of the spirit.
Knowledge does puff up. There is no way to avoid that fact. But a ‘thorn in the flesh’ is all it take to deflate that balloon, and the Lord knows just how to deflate us all and bring us to see exactly what is this corruptible flesh.
Stay in His Word. It is guaranteed to burn out all the wood, hay and stubble.
Mike

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