False Hope Through Dual Nature Theology
We incorrectly counsel the body of Christ when we teach that we will always have to struggle with a dual nature. We rightfully assert that the Spirit of God lives in us but err when we teach members of the church to “recognize reality,” which states that because we still live in natural bodies, we are therefore subjected to the lusts of the flesh on a daily basis. But what reality are we mistakenly preaching we are living in with these words? Are these messages teaching a worldly reality or a kingdom reality?
We should be more careful about what we teach, because when we judge the “reality” of life based on our personal ideas and views, we can quickly trap ourselves and others in our own misconceptions. Let us not forget to determine God’s expectations for us in this life based on His word rather than our emotions, our feelings, or even our own personal performance. Always remember, we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), so stop focusing on where we aren’t and start focusing on what He has empowered us to become!
One of the most serious problems with dual nature theology is that it instills misguided (or false) hope into the body of Christ. Our true hope should always be in the immediate deliverance of all our bondages through faith in Christ’s sacrifice, but instead of believing in the power of His sacrifice that works today, many of us have been greatly deceived into another hope, a false hope of escape from this world, which only comes through either the rapture or death. It is a very sad thing when we place our hope in the rapture or death, because then believers are simply left waiting for their God-given end. We are waiting for God to get us out of this mess through the rapture, or if we have to die, then at least we get to go to heaven and will finally experience true peace and joy in our new bodies. But don’t we already have peace and joy promised to us right now in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)? Perhaps there is much more available to us through the Holy Spirit that we don’t fully understand, and the indwelling of the Spirit is more worthy of our hope than the rapture or death. Never forget that hope is the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19), so be very careful about where you set that anchor.
Dual nature theology will readily admit that true freedom from sin only comes in the next life, but Jesus said otherwise: “If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed” (John 8:36). Please actually go to your Bible and read the full context of this verse, because Jesus is specifically talking about freedom from sin and unfortunately most pastors tend to gloss over that fact. (Specifically refer to John 8:31–47.) We constantly forget that God has already given us full peace, joy, and a brand-new life along with all the other fruits of the Spirit through His Son, and He has told us that death is actually our enemy (John 8:51, 1 Corinthians 15:26, Revelation 20:14), so it is a shame when this enemy manages to twist itself into hope for so many of us.
I have spoken in depth with Christian brothers on this subject many times, and I have heard this tragic theme projected constantly. One brother, who has followed Christ for decades, literally made this statement to me: “Death is our great deliverer!” It was both troubling and sad to hear him say that. Where did he learn to speak that way? No, death will never be my deliverer; my Deliverer is Jesus Christ, and He did the impossible by conquering death and the grave!