Man divided

A common teaching among some fundamentalist Christians is that man became man when God breathed into his nostrils. Until then, man was merely matter — inanimate, lifeless. Some of these same fundamentalists believe that when a person dies, that person is divided: the spirit goes to one place, the soul to another, and the body into the earth. Yet, is there scriptural evidence to support such a view? Is a person really divided upon death?

Regarding the teaching of the “Word of the Kingdom,” it is held that the spirit of a Christian is saved, but the soul and body are not (yet saved). But it is not clear how the soul and body are ever saved. If someone who teaches the “Word of the Kingdom” can tell me, please comment.

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8 thoughts on “Man divided

  1. I’m puzzled as to how you can write this, and still say the soul is not saved:

    “Jesus already paid for every aspect of your spirit, soul and body as far as eternity is concerned but, Jesus is not dealing with eternity when He is speaking of a believer losing their soul, Jesus is speaking of the Millennium.”

    So, ultimately, the soul is presently saved.

    But there is a language shift:

    a. The saving of the soul becomes Jesus “preparing” us for the millennial kingdom — but, the saving of the soul is something we do, so why call it “salvation”?
    b. Salvation of the spirit pertains to eternity; soul salvation the millennial kingdom — but, you offer no scriptural evidence that says, “You spirit is saved, but your soul is not yet saved.”

    This scriptural references does not say what you claim: 1 Corinthians 3:13, 14, 15 — does not mention ones soul/life.

    I’ll note that you conclusions are based on deductions, not scripture. You only use two portions of scripture to describe the salvation of the soul, and one does not say what you claim it says.

    I’ll also note that you still do not answer how the soul is saved: if you can lose your soul, how is it ever saved?

    I suppose you will say that Jesus died for your soul at Calvary. That is fine. But why do you maneuver to put it off that aspect of salvation until after the millennial kingdom?

    Further, I will note that the most prominent teacher of the “Word of the Kingdom” claims that the salvation of the soul is conditional, as contrasted against the salvation of the spirit, which is unconditional.

    In the end, you diminish what you believe is unique — this teaching of the kingdom of the heavens — retrogressing to what most Christians believe: that we will store up treasures for ourselves in heaven. You choose to call this a form of “salvation,” but end up minimizing it to the extent that it becomes what the church has been preaching all along. This seems like such a waste of time.

  2. You prefaced your article with these words:

    “What I am about to write is what separates me from all denominations and even most believers of The Word of The Kingdom.”

    I’m asking how your beliefs are different, and you conclude this is a “waist” of time. I’m simply asking that you accept responsibility for your teaching. That I ask difficult questions should not dissuade you.

  3. Dear Admin, You seem like a very knowledgeble man. What is a blameless soul as refered to in 1Thessalonians 5:23? I would absolutely enjoy hearing your opinion or possibly some scripture on the subject. I would appreciate it if you post this question and your response in this section. thanks

  4. That verse and the one after it reads thusly:

    “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

    Here, Paul is pronouncing a blessing upon believers. It is God who sanctifies (makes holy) the believers, and this work of sanctification applies to the whole person (“spirit and soul and body”). This blessing comes with an assurance: “He will surely do it.”

    This passage does not speak of a “blameless soul” only, nor does this blamelessness come from man.

    It is the Lord who enables the believer to live righteously before God through the Holy Spirit. Thus, Paul reminds the believers: “Abstain from every form of evil.” He does not want the believer to live a life of futility (cf. 2 Peter 1:8).

    This passage is sometimes employed to prove man is tripartite. Personally, I hold that man has essentially two aspects — material and non-material — and that man consists of “parts” within those aspects. It may well be that man is tripartite (I prefer that view), consisting principally of three parts, but the scriptures mention other aspects of man too (cf. Matt. 22:37). I do not believe it is wise or necessary to be dogmatic on this point. Scripture is never concerned only with aspects of people, but whole beings.

    So,man has parts, but he is one, whole creature. In Paul’s blessing, he indeed mentions three parts, but treats man as a whole being. Elsewhere Paul writes, “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men” (Romans 5:18). Salvation is not a series of acts — salvation of the spirit, salvation of the soul, salvation of the body — but one act.

    This action affects the believer’s past, present and future.

    It is noteworthy that Arlen Chitwood, one of the originators of “Word of the Kingdom,” has never written on sanctification, though he has written volumes on the salvation of the soul. This is astonishing. So much of what he writes about soul salvation should fall under the category of sanctification, but he instead chooses to talk about a man-made idea.

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