“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”—1 John 5:19
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”
“To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”—Luke 1:79
“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”—Jude 1:23
Fire and Heart Words and Phrases
This fourth post in the “fire” section of my “God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience” series, is turning into its own series. In the next 8 or so posts, I will be tracing the idea of a “Burning Heart” or a “soul on fire,” in a variety of belief systems from Babylon to the present.
Kundalini, tantra, witchcraft, druids, Enochian Temples, Incas, alchemy, Aztecs, sufis, shamans, initiations into different groups, Theosophy, mystics, Yoga, Alchemy, Haisdic masters, kabbala, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Mormon beliefs to mention a few—all have a concept of fire in the heart/inner person.
Their focus is an unbiblical “experience of fire” and obtaining a oneness, a
“divine intimacy” or union with God. It is curious to me that the experience
of being “burned” by fire is elevated as to be desired, when reality teaches
us that fire is horridly painful.
God warned the Israelites not to let their children pass through fire. The Bible says there is an eternal fire that we can only be rescued from through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Burning is for the chaff, not the wheat.
“And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech,”—Leviticus 18:21
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire,”
“But he…made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen…”—2 Kings 16:3
“And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire…”—2 Kings 17:17
“…the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.”—2 Kings 17:31
“The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.”—Psalm 46:6
“And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.”—Psalm 106:18
“As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”—Matthew 13:40–42
To say someone is “on fire” for the Lord in the evangelical community is commonly understood to mean someone who is intensely focused on following and serving the Lord wholeheartedly. But that is not what many of the people I will be writing about mean. Here are some Bible verses that talk about someone who longs for the Lord, to walk in His ways.
“For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him…”—2 Kings 18:6
“With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”—Psalm 119:10
“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies…”—Psalm 119:36
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”—Psalm 63:1
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”—Psalm 42:1
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”—Matthew 5:6
Some of these people talk about Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, and sins, but infer that a “burning heart” gets you closer to God and makes you more spiritual. Often suffering seems to be savored. In fact, some of these folks think they are helping Jesus out by suffering.
They think they can suffer for sins of others because they bypassed repenting and receiving true forgiveness through Jesus’ death on the cross and instead focused on a burning heart, thinking that helps them achieve union with Jesus or God, making them equal with God. Is that not what Satan promised Eve?
The Lord Jesus DIED—shed His blood—for our sins, NO ONE else can do that.
“…Unto him [Jesus] that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”—Revelation 1:5
“…that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”—Romans 6:4
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”—Colossians 3:16
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
“For we walk by faith, not by sight:”—2 Corinthians 5:7
The same fire/heart terms and phrases that the false belief systems use can be found at times in the language of so called evangelical Christianity. In my next 8 or so posts, I hope to present enough information so you can match up fire/heart words and phrases and concepts with what the Bible says. I am not judging whether they are true believers or not. I am simply trying to show what I have found. (One phrase or paragraph that someone says is not enough to make a decision. I challenge you to do your own research and compare it with the Bible.)
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live
by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”—Matthew 4:4
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”—Matthew 4:10
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
angel of light.
“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness…”
—2 Corinthians 11:13–15
3 D Part 1 burning heart, soul on fire: Babylon B C to 1175 AD