Right off the bat you might be thinking that this doesn’t apply to you and it may not. Then again there are people who think idolatry is the worshipping of a golden calf only and cannot understand the broader application. So I think it would behoove us all if we examined this to make sure we are not double minded.
First, the definition: Original Greek: Dipsuchos – wavering, uncertain, doubting, divided in interest. (Strong’s 1374)
An example of wavering or uncertainty can be found in Rev 3:15-18.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy me of gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
These people are lukewarm. Their feet are on both sides of the fence and yet they have no firm stance. They are also deceived because they believe themselves to be rich yet they are poor and wretched. Can we recognize these things in today’s religious climate? How about those who do not read their Bibles and are fed by their lying teachers? How about those who hold a belief but cannot tell you why because they are repeating something they heard? How about those Christians who think being a Christian was a one shot deal and they no longer have to do anything except coast into eternity in their easy chairs? There are Christians who have no problem telling you that they are anointed of God, that they are called to something special over and above you. They think themselves higher than you and their lives are ideal because they have no trials because they are blessed. Any Christian that has it ‘easy’ in their walk should tremble because that is the opposite of what we are promised. That is not to say that the Lord won’t bless us abundantly because He does. But for the most part our lives are being made daily to emulate His Son, Jesus so this is not a cake walk.
Double minded also means a divided interest or holding to two opposing views at once. This might sound strange but there are people who believe in the creation story AND evolution. I think this is because they haven’t really thought this through. (I hope that’s the reason because if they did think this through and still hold this view, then they are foolish and are without reason)
An example of a divided interest: Matt 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
There are many examples that can be given for this one but for now, let’s look at the obvious one….”Interfaith.” It is a mingling of different faiths into one. Essentially creating your own god. Christian world leaders are uniting based on things in which they can agree. They are “tolerant” i.e. “accepting” (using the new definition) of all faiths. They dismiss the dividing truths in leu of a false unity. This is double mindedness at it’s most prominent.
So how do you come out from under this? See James 4:8. And EXAMINE, EXAMINE, EXAMINE!!! I cannot stress that enough. If you cannot see these things, then pray that the Lord will open your eyes to these things. Ask that any erroneous belief found in you may be revealed to you. Seek Him daily in this and He will reveal these things to you. God bless.
I will list other verses relating to double mindedness for you to meditate upon (Godly meditation). If I gave a commentary for every verse, the post would be way too long.
1 Samuel 7:3
And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear towards me is taught by the precept of men:
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Ye adulterer and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Draw night to God, and he will draw night to you. Cleans your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.