Do We Have Two Natures? - Galatians 5:16-18
Our enemy has created a fictitious enemy to draw away our attention and resources, thereby allowing the real enemy to defeat us while our attention is occupied elsewhere.
The heart of this plan is the idea that now that we are saved we are comprised of two natures. One part holy, one part sinful. It is communicated in the illustration that I have commonly heard as there being a good dog versus a bad dog inside of you. And victory is dependent upon which dog you feed. You feed the good dog, the holy nature in you, then the good dog wins. But if you feed the bad dog, the sinful nature, then it will win and you will walk in defeat.
The result of this belief, other than making Christians out to be schizophrenic with multiple personalities, it leaves Christians with the basic idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with them, and that they need to now control these evil desires, often subduing them with rules, prohibitions, and formulas on how to live. In other words, we begin to try and live this New Covenant life with an Old Covenant mindset of legalistic laws.
Using Galatians chapter 5 and verse 16 until verse 18 our speaker Ross Gilbert will show who the Christian is, and who we are fighting against.