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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

The Spiritual or Soulish


What One Thing Would I Do To Grow More In the Knowledge and Wisdom and Work of Jesus Christ.





In examining the nature of Adam's sin we discover that aside from rebellion there is also a certain kind of independence.

We must not lose sight here of free will. On the one hand, the tree of life implies a sense of dependence. Man at that time did not possess God's nature, but had he partaken of the fruit of life he would have secured God's life; man could have reached his summit - - possessing the very life of God. This is dependence.

n the other hand, the tree of knowledge of good and evil suggests independence because man strived by the exercise of his will for the knowledge not promised , for something not accorded him by God.

His rebellion declared his independence.  By rebelling he did not need to depend upon god.
Furthermore, his seeking the knowledge of good and evil also showed his independence, for he was not satisfied with what God had bestowed already.

The difference between the spiritual and the soulish is crystal clear.

The spiritual depends utterly upon God, fully satisfied with what God has given, the soulish steers clear of God and covets what God has not conferred, especially "knowledge".

Independence is a special mark of the soulish.  That things- no matter how good,  even worshipping God- is unquestionable of the soul if it does not require complete trust in God and instead calls for reliance upon  one's own strength.

The tree of life cannot grow within us together with the tree of knowledge. 

Rebellion and independence explain every sin committed by both sinners of saints.