The author of the article at the below link is confused.
heart and mind (and reins, which are the kidneys) all refer to the intellect. This author has confused the Hebrew and Greek words for heart (leyb, cardia) as referring to the blood pumping organ, which it does not, except in rare cases. When referring to passions, more often the Hebrew and Greek words for bowels (not restricted to the intestines, but also the stomach and womb) and even spleen are used (meyaw, splagchnon / spleyn).
It is the majority of the lowest elements of "Emancipated" society who, like children and adolescents think with their emotions (and that is why they are easily stirred up by anarchists, or why they travel marauding in a pack feeding off the collective passions), and thus they get into trouble not thinking ahead of the consequences of their actions (much less trifling matters of morality or conscience), or not even caring about whom they hurt, caring only about immediate gratification, which pacifies the passions. The more that Christendom is overburdened with such aliens, the more they are put on a pedestal, the more special laws are made for them, the more our schools and churches are dumbed down to accommodate them with anti-intellectual emotionalism, the more Christendom becomes an emotional basket case. The Protestant Reformation and the American Revolution were not founded upon passions or emotionalism. More than any other 2 events in history, they were founded upon the pinnacle of intellectual thought.
The author of the article needs to read Dr. Gordon H. Clark. A Christian View of Men and Things, would be a good one to start with; and then maybe The Biblical Doctrine of Man.
The problem was not intellectualism, but secular intellectualism that rejected Biblical rationalism (based upon the logical propositions of the Word of God) and instead embraced a secular rationalism (based upon man's own faulty propositions) and empiricism (that only that which can be scientifically measured is real).
This led to secular philosophies as the rule of society rather than the Logos [Rational-Word of God] and invariably turned into humanism (the worship of man) and hedonism (the worship of pleasure); both of which are controlled by the passions.
Christian faith is not supposed to be anti-intellectual. "Faith cometh by ... the Word of God." The Word of God is not ethereal nonsense, or irrational emotionalism—it is Truth: it is founded upon propositions. The modern church has been trained (in the anti-calvinist trend*) to reject the intellect and give way to emotions and feel-goodism and experience (which has the stability of a runaway streetcar in San Francisco). True Christianity is Revelationally based and True Christianity is Doctrine and doctrine is based upon logical propositions established by God. A large percentage of modern "Christians" laud themselves with the notion, "we don't get caught up in theology or doctrine, it is divisive; we just 'love'." Doctrine was meant to be divisive! to separate the wheat from the chaff and the wheat from the tares and the sheep from the goats because those who are truly Christ's sheep will hear and know His Voice, and follow (obey) Him, and continue in His Doctrine. His Doctrine and Commandments were not His Own, but the very ones of the Father, which Christ Himself kept to set the example for us. Those "Christian churches" who do not get caught up in doctrine or theology are not Christian churches at all, but feel-good humanistic country clubs that take one Attribute of God with which they can agree "Love"—and make that their only doctrine, though even then they warp and pervert it to suit their own godlessness which they like to think of as "spirituality". And that have the unmitigated gall to call themselves "Christian"; even as so-called Lutherans call themselves "Lutherans" even though they don't even know, much less follow, the doctrine of Luther.
[* This anti-calvinist trend can be compared to the desecration and throwing down of national monuments in our nation, by savages who think they have the right to destroy the social order because someone told them they have the right. They are like runaway horses, chomping at the bit, in an emotional frenzy, having been driven on by the fomentors of revolutions. They do very little thinking at all. Thus, the modern "Christian" church, and its schools and seminaries have toppled the doctrinal monuments of the Reformation in favor of anti-intellectualism, humanism, and a heaping helping of feel-good paganism, in their mindless lust to become friends with the world.]
Christians have been taught not to think. My people are destroyed because they lack knowledge. Secular philosophies maintain that something is good for man if man likes it and thinks of it as beneficial for self, or in the case of socialism (the early stage of which is called "democracy"), good for the collective self. However, God establishes morality--the only source of morality. It cannot be deduced by secular rationalism and it cannot be discovered through empiricism, and it certainly is at loggerheads with humanism and hedonism. God establishes premises and conclusions that are purely logical, true, and valid; those who are the chaff which the wind driveth away, are fanned like flames to reject God and His Morality and instead fabricate a myriad of faulty systems based upon propositions that they choose, ones that flatter self, ones that declare their emancipation from God and man's own sovereignty and ever-changing set of laws that itself is corrupted the more evil society becomes*; propositions that even maintain that there is no God or a panentheism that everything is god. However, as all their systems collapse, those who can still think a little bit see through the fraud and realize that there has to be a "Higher Power" or "Intelligent Design", even if they are not willing to recognize the God of the Bible to be that Being.
[* Like a nation whose currency has been corrupted; by treasonous politicians who yearly order trillions of new paper dollars to be printed, with nothing of any value (gold and silver) to back that paper. Eventually, once it costs $2 million (which now is only worth 20 cents) to buy a piece of gum (so just imagine how much paper money it takes to buy something that has a high sticker price), the corrupt politicians conspire to print an entirely new set of currency, in which the $2 million that you now have is now worth 20 cents in the new currency. Those who have never travelled or who have not studied to deeply, may think that this is fantasy; but it has happened to many nations. When I worked with missionaries during the summer in Argentina and Brazil in 1979 and 1980, I learned that a $500 peso bill in Argentina was worth less than $5 and the coinage they had would lie on the ground in the dirt or in the streets, it not even being worth the average person's time to bend over and pick it up (and like our nation, the politicians had already robbed all the currency of real precious metals). Well, this is the very same pattern followed by godless governments. Once the level of immorality reaches a certain level (it having been raised, year after year by the antichrist government-controlled media, entertainment, schools, churches, and official government institutions, "morality" has to be "reassessed" and "redefined"; even as the academic level of the schools must be lowered and lowered so the lowest echelons of society can pass.]
What is the solution? Reformation. Reformation—not to any new morality or new concepts, but to the old: the ones that raised our nations to their golden age—the Word of God and the Common Law which was founded upon the Word of God. The pure Word of God, which, as the U.S. Constitution is to be interpreted in light of the intentions of the author at the times they were written.
"23And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; 24Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. 25And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. " (Leviticus 26)
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14)
"18I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. 19Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. 20Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 31)
"Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old." (Lamentations 5:21)
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