The Faith of MockeryBy Stephen R. PhinneyWhat good is there if a person (a so called Christian) claims to have faith but t...
condemnation. They have moments of truth vs. a life of truth. They lie, cover up anddeceive others into thinking that they...
believer, can begin producing real fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and sel...
temporary mastery, which God has judged and set aside forever – many believers aresimply ignorant of this truth.The unsave...
judged by the liberality and generosity of Christ Himself. Our judgment will beproportionate to amount of mercy we have sh...
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LIFE MISSION:                   Dr. Phinney is the Founder and Ministry Host of the Institute Of Ministry                 ...
His primary objective is to equip individuals for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ andto assist in empowering...
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What good is there if a person (a so called Christian) claims to have faith but their faith is not backed by fruit? How can one be certain in Divine Truth? What is the evidence of pure and interactive faith? Faith to some is an intellectual assent to a religious belief system that mocks God. Is there a litmus test to find such pure faith? Could “good works” be the true and living proof of Faith parted from Heaven? Can a true Christian be a product of false faith? This article answers such questions. -Dr. Stephen Phinney

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  1. 1. The Faith of MockeryBy Stephen R. PhinneyWhat good is there if a person (a so called Christian) claims to have faith but their faithis not backed by fruit? How can one be certain in Divine Truth? What is the evidenceof pure and interactive faith? Faith to some is an intellectual assent to a religious beliefsystem that mocks God. Is there a litmus test to find such pure faith? Could “goodworks” be the true and living proof of Faith parted from Heaven? Can a true Christianbe a product of false faith?Divine Faith is backed by miraculous works of Christ. Faith being by itself functionsmuch like a person who is independent – living death. The real question that needs tobe asked is that of independence. Since faith independent of the miraculousmanifestations of Christ (Christ’s works) is dead, could it be true that a person sufferingwith an independent spirit is revealing a “false faith”? Independent people causesuffering in the hearts of their loved ones because they will not allow anyone to get inthe way of their independence. People of independence find shelter and refuge in afortress that has walls that refuse others to get close to them. They find it impossible toembrace intimacy. They tend to believe that their faith is a personal and private matter.From what we discover in the scriptures, this is opposite of the truth. Even demonsbelieve in Divine Truth but their independence denies them Christ. James 2:19Could it be true that independence is the evidence of false faith? Anyone who usestheir intellectual assents, “fact faith”, to prove their dedication to truth, might be in aposition of mockery. But those who show their faith by the miraculous works of Christ intheir day-to-day living are confessing true Salvation. If the “tree of knowledge” is thehomeland of the enemy, would it be safe to say that one of his goals is to deceive maninto believing that faith is an intellectual assent? Maybe the term “intellectual accent” istoo offensive, what about the knowledge of truth without the burden of proof – God’smiraculous work?Independent people are known for justifying their actions. Justification is the act ofbringing out righteousness or overlooking ones wrongs. If a person functions in a faiththat replicates true Faith, they are demonstrating the act of bringing out their ownrightness and needless to say, overlooking their own wrongs. The true test of self-justification is this; when you confront an independent person, they will be quick to bearfor themselves internal condemnation and self-judgment – while giving the appearanceof being right. If pushed, they will punish, chastise and work to make others feel lesserthan themselves. An independent person suffers with a life-style of guilt and hiddenIOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  2. 2. condemnation. They have moments of truth vs. a life of truth. They lie, cover up anddeceive others into thinking that they are doing well, when all the while they are fallinginto a dark hole of self-judgment.True justification through Christ is much different. The actual definition of justification isthat of the illustration of Passover – forgiveness. Independent people try to forgivethemselves without the appropriation of Christ’s redemptive justification. Justification isa gift and it comes to us through grace, a free will offering from Christ. It means to“remove one’s sins from someone.” It is noted in the Greek text as “remission.”Remission is the process of restarting or being given a second chance at His mission.In order for this to happen, one’s sins must be put aside or “sent away.” The Hebrewtext reveals to us even a clearer understanding of this, that of “to place on the side, todisregard or bypass.” In the Old Testament, man’s sins where removed, or passedover, until the next animal sacrifice took place. The “sinners” sins where placed on theanimal and killed in order to send the sins away. This is why Jesus had to become apermanent sacrifice for all sin – to permanently provide a pass over of all past, presentand future sins. The Old Testaments version of sacrifice did not change the heart orcharacter of man; it simply temporarily removed the sin itself. Whereas the NewCovenant, blood sacrifice of Jesus, removed the sin, the power of it, guilt, and changedthe identity and heart of the man. In short, He made us just – just as if we did not sin.People of independence tend to mock God by attempting to accomplish more faith, orprove their faith, by expecting fruit just because they have obtained faith. In reality, faithis not accompanied by its inevitable and expectant fruits. True faith is alive, active andis mixed with the love of God, which produces good works. Independents profess andpresume of faith. The end result is a barren and destitute tree that cannot produce fruit.Even demons have this kind of faith. This type of “false faith” consists of intellectualbelief of sin and the work of Christ instead of repenting and returning to God to rely onHis promises. Independents usually focus on getting themselves bailed out of selfishbehavior or using God’s promises to prosper themselves. They lean toward treatingGod like He is some type of slot machine. When works are practiced instead of being aresult of faith, they are false works, which produce plastic fruit.Can non-Christians produce real fruit? This question demands an answer with aquestion. Can pine trees produce apples? Of course not! This is one of the toughestdoctrines for Christians and non-Christians alike to embrace. All the “good works” ofunsaved people do nothing. They may see temporary benefits here on earth but theeternal value is useless (James 2:20). Unsaved people are in need of new life. Theyneed to ask the Lord Jesus to come and dwell within their moral bodies. This process iscalled being born-again. Once a person asks Christ into their lives, the Holy Spiritcomes to live within them. This process of sanctification converts them into a “fruittree.” Now the life of Christ, through the seed of faith (Matt. 17:20) He places in the newIOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  3. 3. believer, can begin producing real fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).Can Christians be a part of “false faith?” One of the greatest controversies ofChristianity is that of “sinless perfection.” A Christian never becomes sinless becauseof the sin that remains within the moral bodies of the believer. Sin means “to miss themark” and all Christians have the choice to sin even though they are perfect spiritually inChrist Jesus. Even the most obedient Christian cannot say that they have not sinned asa believer. James 4:17 reveals that “the one who knows what to do and does not do it,to him it is sin.” No Christian can keep all the mandates of God, nor does He expect usto. This is why He sent His Son to fulfill the law in and through us.Once we accept Christ into our lives, we are given a new nature – the nature of ChristHimself. This is accomplished by God sending the Holy Spirit to live within our mortalbodies. The doctrines of perfection come into play when the Spirit purifies our spiritualnature, which is what becomes perfect in Christ. The mind and body remain vulnerableto our “old nature” because sin continues to reside in our bodies and it continues tohave an effect on our minds. We are given the power to resist indwelling sin andchoose life coming through our new spiritual nature. This is why we are called to “putoff the old self and put on the new” (Eph. 4:22). When sin, flesh, decides to raise itsugly head through the body (Rom. 7:23) by way of the mind, we are to “considerourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11). The question isthat of “who is the master?”When we were unsaved, the sin nature was controlled and mastered by Satan himself.Once we became saved, we were given a new Master – Christ, through the power ofthe indwelling Spirit. Knowing this, we are given the mandate to choose to submit to ournew Master. Consider this illustration; our lives being like a computer and the mastercontroller, programmer, was Satan. Once Christ came and removed the oldprogrammer and placed Himself at the keyboard, the data the enemy placed on ourhard drives (mind & body) remains and is in need of being renewed (2 Cor. 4:16). Thisis the process that the Bible calls “working out your Salvation.” It is a daily, moment bymoment, process that brings us freedom from the enslaving issues left behind by the oldprogrammer.Now addressing the issue of Christians living in “false faith”, when children of Godchoose to sin, willful or not, communion with God is interrupted and the fruit of the Spiritceases to flow. After this occurs, the Christian has the prerogative of “faking it until hemakes it” or repenting and re-establishing the overflow from the indwelling Spirit. If thebeliever chooses not to repent, the sin(s) become habitual and the believer typicallybegins to use their faith to produce plastic fruit – fruit unto death (Rom. 7:5). This iswhat develops the independence in the believer. He chooses to allow the flesh to haveIOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  4. 4. temporary mastery, which God has judged and set aside forever – many believers aresimply ignorant of this truth.The unsaved man sins out of his sinful nature, whereas when a Christian chooses tosin, he sins directly against God. Since God has given His children the power not to sin,it becomes grievous to God when one of His children chooses to sin anyway. But,when non-Christians sins, it is the enemy that sins directly against God, the unsavedman has no choice but to sin, it is who he is! The unbeliever is judged by the lawbecause they are under the law. The Christian is judged by grace because they areunder the law of the Spirit of life (Rom. 8:2).When a believer sins, he places himself under the correction and governmentaldealings of God. When their sin is confessed, the believer is responding to earthly, self,judgment. Once confessed up, the believer is then able to appropriate their forgivenessoffered through the life of Christ. Communion is restored. Although, a leading factorneeds to be considered, God often times allows the temporal consequences of hiswrong doing through earthly bodily suffering, circumstances or life-style changes. If theChristian continues in willful sin, darkness, which is characteristic of unbelief, controlsthe heart. Fake faith becomes inevitable and the believer most assuredly will comeunder the corrective hand of God (Acts 5:1-16; 1Cor. 11:28-32).The third, and most challenging, is the so called “believer” who say they have had asalvation experience but reverts back to the world, and by all obvious signs, stays there.This is the group of people “who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and thesehave not firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.” Theword “believe” is not to be associated with true faith in Jesus, which transforms theperson from the inside out. But rather this type of belief is that of an intellectual accent.This person does not display the type of repentance that leads to Godliness but only toregret (2 Cor. 7:10). These “believers” do not hate sin but rather promote it. Theyreturn to their sin like a dog to their vomit (2 Peter 2:19-22). It must be said that this isthe most difficult type of “believer” to deal with. They make a firm stand on their “faith”in Christ but do not profess Him with their works. Like the washing of a pig externally,this person may appear to change, but that change then disappears, evidence thatthere has been no change of nature or disposition – their still lacking in true Salvation.The fourth and final type is the unbeliever, the one who knows and chooses a life ofunbelief. This person is willfully choosing not to believe in the message of Truth. Theyare dead to Christ, alive to the enemy and will suffer the same consequences God hasreserved for Satan himself.As for those Christians who speak and act, as those who are to be judged by the law ofliberty, we still have a judgment to face. James tells us that the believer is going to beIOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  5. 5. judged by the liberality and generosity of Christ Himself. Our judgment will beproportionate to amount of mercy we have shown here on earth. For those whoshowed no mercy, that person will receive no mercy. The entrance into heaven is aresult of the work of Christ, but the enjoyment of heaven and its rewards will beproportionate to what the believer did for Christ in his life of faith on earth, a reality thatChristians rarely talk about (James 2:12-13).In conclusion, a man is justified (just as if he did not sin) by applying the works of Christin them, and not by faith alone. Just like the body without the spirit is dead, so also isfaith without its best friend, faith (James 2:24, 26). Jesus said that the world wouldknow us by our fruit and fruit comes as a result of works being blended with faith. Faithstarts by believing God without having to have all the answers first. Works should be aspontaneous act that results from believing in the substance of things hoped for.You have permission to copy this document in its entirety – IOM AMERICA ©2007Thank you for taking the time to read Dr. Phinney’s article! Consider other inspirational prayers, teachings and encouragements written by this author. To Review Author’s Spotlight: Click Here The following pages reveals additional materials available by this author! IOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  6. 6. Finances And The End Times By Stephen R. Phinney View this Authors Spotlight Please take advantage of the publishers discount. This book will directly benefit those who care about the world of finances: personally, professionally, and politically. In my studies and research for a book I am writing (Book of Revelation, the Final Frontier), I am discovering many correlations between money, the end-times and personal suffering. "I believe as you read this book, your experience will be much like ours – one of an encounter with the Lord. I have an utmost respect and reverence for the Biblical topic of money, stewardship and the end-timesand I believe Dr. Phinney handles this topic with the care and guidance of the Lord. Today holdsthe greatest opportunity to discuss this matter and we have found that the principles he presents in this book will probably be the best investment you have made this year!" - Robert Cornelius ISBN: 9781300404996 † Christianity † 237 pagesIOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  7. 7. The Principled Patriarch: Embracing Biblical Manhood By Stephen R. Phinney View this Authors Spotlight The Principled Patriarch is a 30-Lesson Study Guide designed to lead men back to a Biblical tradition of manhood. Our women, children, communities and nation need a few good men –husbands, fathers and leaders who are willing to lead according to the divine Word of Truth. Weare in the middle of a cultural battle that wages war against the male and female genders – boys being emasculated and our girls being made masculine. Whatever happen to the patriarchs of our day? Why are the women asserting more male dominance than our males? Why do mendefault to women in leading their families, homes and communities? These are just some of the questions that get answered in The Principled Patriarch. ISBN: 9781300515739 † Manhood Workbook † 110 pagesIOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  8. 8. Men & Warfare: Equipping Men In Spiritual Warfare By Stephen R. Phinney View this Authors Spotlight The Christian man is engaged in a spiritual battle even if he does not believe that he is. Satan and his spiritual forces are on the battle line waiting for you each day. A man does not have a choice as to his engagement in this battle, it awaits him each day and there is no way gettingaround it. If you are saved and have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are in! Be alert and sober, for your enemy, Satan, roams around on the earth to seek whom he can devour. This study is to equip each man with the spiritual tools necessary to war against the world, his flesh and the devil himself. This study can be used as a private devotional - completing one lesson per day or at a pace that is most comfortable. A popular format is in asmall group environment – finishing one lesson per week. This workbook contains many helpful tools to equip leaders in leading small groups. ISBN: 9781300514466 † Manhood Workbook † 156 pagesIOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  9. 9. LIFE MISSION: Dr. Phinney is the Founder and Ministry Host of the Institute Of Ministry (IOM America) and founder to the Exchanged Life Global Initiative, as well as the International Fellowship of Exchanged Life (IFEL). Stephen is also the co-founder of the Men Mapping Outreach Ministries, a ministry dedicated to equipping men to be protectors of women, children,community, and nation.Stephen & Jane have been married for over 35 years and have three grown children: Abigail(husband, Quintin Eason), Elizabeth (husband, Nathan Ford) and Jessica. Jane & Steve havealso been blessed with seven grandchildren. They are dedicated to the institution of marriage,multigenerational family development, and local multigenerational family church development.They are conference speakers on topics relating to core marriage, multigenerational family,leadership values, and the Exchanged Life (Not I, but Christ).Stephen has authored multiple books/teaching series on spiritual growth and has published over200 online articles/booklets assisting others in obtaining a Transformational Biblical Worldview.Even though he does NOT put much stock in these degrees, he holds a Bachelor’s degree inPsychology, Masters in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Ministry. He also holds thestatus of Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at Oxford Graduate School.MissionTruth is under attack in our culture. “Christians” believe ideas, concepts, values, or supposedfacts that are true only because their ideologies demand it – NOT because it is written in theWord of God. Our ministry often hears one of the most popular clichés in our culture today,“That may be true for you, but it is not necessarily true for me.” Gone are the days when rightand wrong were black and white. Today’s morality is painted in shades of gray to match thefaces of morbid belief. Steve is focused on providing not just a biblical worldview, but aTransformational Biblical Worldview – one that emphasizes changing lives.Worldview DevelopmentIt is his confession that worldview is birthed through personal identity! This is why it is critical forworkers to first understand who they are in Christ before they can lead another in such adiscovery. With this in mind, he aims to gently message the identification truths of co-death,burial, resurrection, and ascension into all aspects of ministry communication. It is hisexperience that if any ministry or its workers focus on worldview issues before experimentallyunderstanding the power of the Cross, these workers could actually lead the Church away fromthe Truth that will set them free. IOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed
  10. 10. His primary objective is to equip individuals for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ andto assist in empowering men, women, children, and families to have a greater impact on thecommunities they serve. This is accomplished by providing Christ-centered, Bible-basedguidance and training that focuses on issues pertaining to the indwelt Christian’s identity inChrist.He press forward to show individuals their freedom from enslaving mental, emotional, andspiritual conflicts by placing a special emphasis on IDENTITY MATTERS. The ministry style isdirect, honest, and truly biblical.Exchanged Life Global InitiativeDr. Phinney has adopted the proposal of the Exchanged Life Global Initiative, which hasprovided his mission with a proactive pro-vision, in order to revitalize the worldview of unitingExchanged Life workers throughout the entire world. In addition to our existing strongpartnerships, we welcome partnerships with other ministries that focus on the message of theExchanged Life to join our efforts!IOM AMERICA | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomamerica.org | sphinney@iomamerica.org | Reproduction Allowed

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