On Internet Filters & Accountability Partners: Rational-Lies.

What to do if I can’t get control of compulsions?

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Prov. 3:5.

We heard James McDonald on the radio this morning asserting that I need to “Make no provision for the flesh.” Thereby inferring that I should “DO” things to “PREVENT” access to the corruption that I struggle with.

The next rationalization (rational Lies – ation) is that I need to put a “Tattler” on my access to the internet so that my “Accountability Partners” know what I’m viewing. This is a such a consistent conventional teaching in recent years, I fear that again, I will be criticized for disagreeing. But I do disagree – and am convinced such mechanisms and human-to-human networks are powerfully deceptive.

First, they lead us into thinking we have the keys to victory and then they take credit for winning the battle.

Second, they divert our attention from the Lord by creating circumstances where I’m seeking the approval of someone else or satisfaction by some other measure of “success. “I haven’t had a cookie in a week!!”

Can we agree that hiding the chocolate because you’re weak isn’t the same as no longer lusting after the satisfaction of consuming it?

Behavior modification and control of the actions one takes in life (out of strict, willful “obedience”) are not the same as genuine healing.

Obedience in the absence of grace is an artifact of living under the Law. It’s tempting to substitute this work for “Waiting on the Lord.” Why? Because it’s far easier to quench my need to be “doing something” and be self-satisfied that I’m taking “appropriate action” than it is to rest on the promise of God.

Pharisees will teach you that you have to take action. God teaches that we wait for the Spirit. “Perfect Love” disarms fear. What am I afraid of? Personal failure? An inability to control my urges? That somebody will find out? Yes, I should fight this battle, and never give up, never concede. But I fight the battle. I don’t build ramparts to protect me so that I don’t have to stand in the fight, trusting the full armor of God. Shouldn’t I be more concerned about how God sees me, than being “accountable” to a compatriot for where I visit on the internet?

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving. Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Is. 6:9-10

A note written in the back of my Bible is the best way I know of to share the understanding as I know it…

An inmate’s prayer request.

3 thoughts on “On Internet Filters & Accountability Partners: Rational-Lies.

  1. A super affirmation of the principles in the post (above) from this morning’s meditation…
    Morning and Evening
    Charles H. Spurgeon
    September 24, 2018
    Morning Reading

    For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him; but His power and His wrath is against all them that forsake Him.
    —Ezra 8:22

    A convoy on many accounts would have been desirable for the pilgrim band, but a holy shame-facedness would not allow Ezra to seek one. He feared lest the heathen king should think his professions of faith in God to be mere hypocrisy, or imagine that the God of Israel was not able to preserve His own worshippers. He could not bring his mind to lean on an arm of flesh in a matter so evidently of the Lord, and therefore the caravan set out with no visible protection, guarded by Him who is the sword and shield of His people. It is to be feared that few believers feel this holy jealousy for God; even those who in a measure walk by faith, occasionally mar the lustre of their life by craving aid from man. It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. Would any believers seek state endowments for their Church, if they remembered that the Lord is dishonoured by their asking Caesar’s aid? as if the Lord could not supply the needs of His own cause! Should we run so hastily to friends and relations for assistance, if we remembered that the Lord is magnified by our implicit reliance upon His solitary arm? My soul, wait thou only upon God. “But,” says one, “are not means to be used?” Assuredly they are; but our fault seldom lies in their neglect: far more frequently it springs out of foolishly believing in them instead of believing in God. Few run too far in neglecting the creature’s arm; but very many sin greatly in making too much of it. Learn, dear reader, to glorify the Lord by leaving means untried, if by using them thou wouldst dishonour the name of the Lord.

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