“There is no longer a Christian mind,” said Blamires in his book The Christian Mind mentioned with the opening statement; identifying the reality of churches that are at stake with reasoning/ thinking that is done with attached pagan thinking. 

There is a reality of the challenge of a dichotomy in the world that we Christians live in with a pagan culture vs. a Christian culture that opposes one another. 

“To think secularly is to think within a frame of reference bounded by the limits of our life here on earth: it is to keep one’s calculations rooted in this-worldly criteria. To think Christianly is to accept all things with the mind as related, directly or indirectly, to man’s eternal destiny as the redeemed and chosen child of God.” 

This issue from this perspective of the Christian mind once again is to rediscover the truth of scripture, critical thinking that is led by the Spirit, and identifying the various ways the secular world values and practice have crept into the church.

Here are five noetic effects on the mind and human reasoning. 

  1. Distorted Ignorance

We have then labeled as, “Us” and “Them” of a distorted ignorant mentality apart from scripture. 

The category is no longer “Holiness” but instead we have used the word, “Morality” Holiness rather than morality perspective stand afar from any other thing that will give distinction. Jesus Christ himself is the standard, the supreme holiness.

  1. Intellectual Pride 

Our intellectual reasoning can lead ourselves to the throne room of God and placing ourselves to that authoritative position. 

Who can reason with the counsel of the Lord? We are to fear him and ultimately Jesus Christ is the final authority in all reality and all things to come.

  1. Faulty Perspective  

Our perspective could be seen through a distorted lens. 

God’s chain of authority; Triune God in authority (Genesis 1:1-3), then the authority of his revelation (John 1:14), his commandments (Exodus 20), and his Holy Church (Hebrews 13:17).  

The fundamental question one can ask is, “What is an acceptance of authority?” Such thinking only will change everything in one’s values and priorities. 

  1. Partial Knowledge 

Christian thinking is incarnational. For the person on this side of eternity, recognizing that each individual and human beings are not simply a machine.

There is a partial knowledge that will not be understood bound to this earth. The visible reality when it collides with the invisible reality, our Christian mind then can comprehend and connect to God himself. 

Knowledge will be restored in the presence of the Triune God in eternal reign. 

5. Cognitive Apathy

The Christian mind is alert to the solid, God-given, authoritative factualness of the Christian Faith and the Christian Church. For Christianity is so much more than a mere moral code, a recipe for virtue, a system of comfortable idealistic thought. 

Therefore, not to think is a direct violation of God’s divine design. God has given us a mind to think. We ought to think and reason as God himself commanded to love him with even our thinking (Matt. 22:37-40). 

Thinking in Christ Incarnate Sanctification 

The awareness of evil and the voice of secular culture has distorted the realms of “noblest things” for the world is corrupt and their judgment is not reliable. Because of the present world of the basis of awareness of evil from the secular perspective, the establishment in the condition thereof is present, and the evil thoughts have perverted the very things that we all are good. 

It is truly a scandalous statement with great frustration in the anguishing voice as we have already seen, there is no longer such thing as a Christian mind. The system that we function in today is so much more of the “mundane” with the worldly approach, rather than having theological criteria.

“Thinking Christianly and Thinkingly Secularly,” is the focus on our side of the sanctification of our minds in way of Christ Jesus himself. We are called to discipline ourselves to joyously sanctify our minds and to bring our thoughts in line with the right way of thinking of how Jesus thinks about himself. 

Jonathan Hayashi, Ph.D.

Biblical Counselor

Dr. Jonathan Hayashi has a B.A. of Pastoral Ministry, M.A. of Congregational Leadership, and a Doctor of Educational Ministry. He presently serves on the Executive Committee at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) and on the Board of Trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan is a contributor for the bi-weekly journal, Pathway (Missouri Baptist Convention), and is the author of Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship, as well as Making Lemonade: Turning Past Failures into Gospel Opportunities. Jonathan is a level II-certified biblical counselor with the ACBC.He and his wife, Kennedi, have four children: Kaede, Seiji, Anna, and Ren.
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