Lust is the untamed desire of the
soul, which fuels temptation, desire to sin, and affinity to the Cosmic
System. It stimulates the imagination, attracts arrogance, and revels
in opposition to the Plan of God. It rejects the love of God for
a mess of pottage, breeds irrationality and temporary insanity, and falls
victim to slavery.
LUST OF THE SOUL
Lust is the natural, animalistic desire
of the soul to sin and cater to basal urges. Lust comes from the
Old Sin Nature, which resides in the cell structure of the human body.
The Old Sin Nature is acquired at the point of birth due to the imputation
of Adam's Original Sin and subsequent judgment of God of real spiritual
death. Everyone in the human race is born with an Old Sin Nature
with its lust pattern and affinity to sin. The human soul at the
point of birth is spiritually dead. Left alone the spiritually dead
soul will succumb to the basal urges of the Old Sin Nature. The soul
is helpless to resist the influence of the Old Sin Nature. Granted
the soul has a volition, but the only choices are between the lesser of
two evils. The soul does not naturally know right from wrong.
It must learn this.
The soul at birth is in a state
of spiritual death. It lacks a human spirit. Without the spirit,
it is impossible to have fellowship with God, Who is a Spirit. It
is, therefore, the soul that needs to be saved. At the point of salvation,
God the Holy Spirit creates a human spirit and God the Father imputes to
it His Righteousness (+R) and Eternal Life. Salvation is the divine
solution to spiritual death. At salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells
the body and fills the soul. Although the filling of the Holy Spirit
will be lost when the believer sins, it can be regained by following the
recovery procedure, which is Rebound
(1 John 1:9).
Edification Complex of the Soul
At salvation, the believer receives
a seed, which, if nurtured, will grow into a mature Edification Complex
of the Soul. At first the ECS is very small and very weak, like a
plant that has just sprouted, or a newborn baby. Although the believer
has salvation and can never loose it, his ECS is at first very small and
soul of the believer contains the seed that will grow into the ECS.
The ECS is constructed from the metabolization
of Bible Doctrine just as the body grows by metabolizing food. The
ECS in the midst of the soul is shown in the illustration of the soul.
Surrounding the ECS is the unconquered wilderness of the soul in its depraved
state. Only the ECS has God's Righteousness. The power, or
strength, of the soul to perform divine good is measured by the maturity
of the ECS. When the ECS is small and weak, the rest of the soul
in its original, depraved state will threaten it. Only after the
ECS becomes strong and powerful through the advance to Spiritual Maturity
will it have the power under the control of the Holy Spirit to dominate
the soul. Spiritual growth is the process of erecting the ECS through
of Bible Doctrine.
Power of Spiritual Growth
illustration shows the growth of the ECS during the stages of Spiritual
Growth from salvation to maturity. The ECS is shown in relation to
the unconquered wilderness of the rest of the soul. The ECS resides
in the human spirit. In order to utilize the power of the ECS, the
believer must have the Filling of the Holy Spirit. Under the Filling
of the Holy Spirit, the soul is controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
This is comparable to running a Personal Computer in Disk Operating System
(DOS) mode. Whereas, the computer under DOS is functional, it lacks
the power of a robust operating system. The Filling of the Spirit
utilizes the power of the ECS. This is the spiritual life.
In the absence of the Filling of the Spirit, in contrast, the soul reverts
to its original depraved state, which is subject to the power of the Old
Sin Nature and is motivated by lust. Thus, the ECS represents spiritual
capacity, and the soul without it is at the mercy of the Old Sin Nature
with its lust.
Lust is the desire, or motivation,
to sin. Lust is enticement to sin. Lust is temptation.
The process is as follows:
James 1:14-15, NAS
The believer chooses to sin.
That choice is made from a position of strength within the Filling of the
Holy Spirit. The soul has volition, which is freedom to choose.
Since it is impossible to sin under the Filling of the Spirit, the believer
must use his volition to reject the authority of God in order to choose
to sin. The sequence is:
14 But each one is tempted when
he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived,
it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
motivates the individual to sin, but sin requires a conscientious decision
from the volition of the soul. Lust may come from many sources.
Among these are bad values, false beliefs, illusions, and the outside influence
of the world and demons. However, the believer must use the Volition
of the soul to choose to sin. The soul that sins is delivered into
a state of spiritual death just as it was before salvation. This
doesn't mean that salvation is lost. It just means that the Spiritual
Life has been set aside and the Old Sin Nature with its lust pattern is
back in control. The soul in a state of real spiritual death is separated
from God and at the mercy of the Cosmic System. The lust of the soul
has an affinity to the Cosmic System. The believer who is out of
fellowship will follow the road of Reversionism.
Operating under the Filling of the
Lust produces temptation
Volition - Rejection of the divine
Volition - The choice to sin.
Resulting real spiritual death in the
Types of Lust
The major types of lust are lust for
money, sex, and power. These lusts oppose the primary axes of the
Integrity Envelope. Monetary Lust opposes the Faith (X) Axis (1 Timothy
6:10). Sex Lust is rejection of Right Man - Right Woman and is a
problem with the Love (Y) Axis. Power Lust is a problem with the
Authority (Z) Axis. Inordinate Ambition is another form of lust that
overruns the Time Axis. There are many types of lust. The types of
Monetary Lust (1
Sexual Lust (Matthew
Power Lust (Isaiah
Approbation Lust (Matthew
Social Lust (Matthew
Pleasure Lust (James
Chemical Lust (drugs and alcohol) (Galatians
5:20; 1 Peter 4:3-4)
Inordinate Ambition (James
Crusader Lust (2
Lust for Revenge (Genesis
Criminal Lust (Matthew
Eating Binge Lust (Gluttony) (1
Money is the coin of the realm in the
devil's world, but virtue-love is the prize possession of the spiritual
But now abide faith, hope, love,
these three; but the greater of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
When life is over, everyone departs
this life without their worldly possessions. Those who seek worldly
riches are lusting after false values. These things will not go to
1 Timothy 6:7-8
The lust attraction for money and worldly
riches is based upon a false value.
7 For we have brought nothing into
the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 And if we have
food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
But those who desire to be rich
fall into temptation, the trap, and many foolish and harmful lusts which
plunge people into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:9)
The desire to be rich is a bad value
that leaves a person vulnerable to temptation. A multitude of sins
may result, such as greed, avarice, penuriousness, miserliness. Such
temptations are a trap of Cosmos Diabolicus that is waiting to enslave
the one who takes the bait. When the trap closes, Satan has the victim.
Those who are enslaved to the Cosmic System due to the money trap are casualties
in the Angelic Conflict. They have forfeited their spiritual lives
and are headed "into ruin and destruction." Ruin may not be loss
of money but loss of the spiritual life and the accompanying Intensified
Discipline. The end will be destruction - i.e. the sin that terminates
in death, which is the maximum discipline in this life.
For the root of all sorts of evil
is the love of money, which some by striving after have gone astray from
doctrine and have pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:10)
love of money is a bad value, a false standard, that is described as a
root of all sorts of evil. How can this be "root of all sorts of
evil"? The answer is: Because monetary lust links the Old Sin
Nature with Satan through his evil policy. When a person falls into
the trap of Satan, he may be subject to all sorts of evil. Evil is
the sum total of the policy of Satan. Those who strive for money
go astray from Bible Doctrine, which is an X-Axis failure. They no
longer are subject to the will of God. The consequence will be Intensified
Discipline that is described as being "pierced." Horn judgment, e.g.
a tornado, is an example of piercing judgment.
lust is caused by a problem in the Right Man - Right Woman relationship.
Before identification of Right Man or Right Woman, the other Problem Solving
Devices must be used to take up the slack. However, after the identification
of Right Man or Right Woman, sex lust is a sign that the Love (Y) Axis
of the soul is out of alignment. As shown in the illustration, lust
for a paramour indicates that the Love (Y) Axis is pointing at the paramour
instead of toward the soul's Right Man or Right Woman. In order to
lust for a paramour, the Right Man or Right Woman must first be rejected.
This is what our Lord Jesus Christ taught:
but I say to you, that everyone
who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already
in his heart. (Matthew 5:28, NAS)
Committing adultery in the heart is
the mental attitude sin of adultery, which occurs after Right Man or Right
Woman has been rejected. Rejection of Right Man or Right Woman is
a sin which sets the chain of events into motion. Next comes mental
attitude adultery, such as fantasizing. Mental attitude adultery
is followed by sex lust for the paramour. However, sex lust is only
the symptom of the real problem, which is rejection of the love of Right
Man or Right Woman.
When the Love (Y) Axis fails, the
ECS also fails and the soul is enslaved to the Old Sin Nature and the Cosmic
System. The Right Man or Right Woman has a home in the Intimacy Room
of the ECS. Only the Right Man or Right Woman can occupy that room.
God's gift of Intimacy for Marriage is highly sensitive and failure to
protect it leaves the soul vulnerable to the passions of lust. God's gift
of Intimacy for Marriage cannot be shared with anyone else. Attempts
to share cause sex lust, sensuality, and other problems of reversionism.
Reverse Process Reversionism is one of the phases of reversionism.
In it the Right Man or Right Woman is rejected and there is strong phallic
attraction to a paramour. The paramour is a fraud, an actor or actress
substitute. Reverse Process Reversionism is fueled not by love but
by sex lust.
Balaam was full of lust. He had
problems with monetary, sexual, and power lust. When Balak, the King
of Moab, hired him to curse Israel, his lust skyrocketed from his opportunity
for fame and fortune. Balaam loved money and was given an opportunity
from Balak to earn a handsome fee (Numbers
22:17) for divination. His lust lured
him into the trap of Baal and anti-Semitism. Balaam's problem, however,
did not end with himself. The Church at Pergammon in the Roman Empire
had the same problem in 96 AD. The Lord Jesus Christ warned the apostle
John about it.
I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the
teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a baited trap before
the sons of Israel, to eat meat sacrificed to idols, and to fornicate.
Balaam was hired by Balak to curse
Israel because Balak feared an invasion from the Army of Israel.
However, the Lord would not permit Balaam, who was a Gentile prophet (Numbers
22:5) to curse Israel. This was in keeping
with the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:3).
Balak did not know that the Lord had forbad the conquest of Moab by Israel
because they were descendants of Lot through incest with his elder daughter
After Balaam failed to curse Israel, he soon went to live with the Midianites
and counseled the Midianites to worship Baal Peor (Numbers
31:8, 16). This is how Balaam earned
his fee. Balaam was killed in the invasion of Midian by the Jewish
Army of Moses.
The "baited trap" that Balaam counseled
Balak to use was Midianite girls who were sent into the camp of Israel
to lure the men into the adulterous worship of Baal. These young
girls were different from the Jewish women. The Midianite and Moabite
girls were initiated into the Phallic Cult of Baal at the time of puberty.
At perhaps the age of 13, young virgins were initiated. The initiation
ceremony in Moab is not known precisely, but the one used in similar cults
was for the father to take his virgin daughter to the heathen temple of
the goddess of love (Baal, Aphrodite, etc.). He left her there, and
she waited for a man to come up and throw money before the altar.
He would then take the girl and fornicate with her. The young girl
stayed in the temple for a while and men would pay to fornicate with her.
This was temple prostitution and is why the women in the cult were called
harlots or whores, which implies prostitutes. The young girls could
not leave the temple until they had fornicated and been initiated into
The girls that the Midianites sent
into the camp of Israel were these temple prostitutes, though the temples
of the day were no more than tents. They were either virgins or those
who had been recently initiated. Their ages were probably 13-14 years
old. The Midianite girls were probably also chubby or fat since the
culture of Baal worship involved ritual eating. They sacrificed cattle
to Baal and ate grilled beef steak and other choice cuts during the worship
ritual. The culture of fornication and ritual eating likely produced
obese girls. Many cultures involved in idolatry revered the obese
female as the goddess of fertility.
The Jewish men left their wives
behind and ran away with the young Midianite and Moabite girls. The
girls lured them into the cult of Baal, which involved fornication, ritual
eating and worship of Baal. All of this activity was forbidden by
the Mosaic Law. Both idolatry and adultery were forbidden, and the
penalty for violation was capital punishment. Thus, the Jewish men
were lured into the Cosmic System. The bait of the trap was the Midianite
and Moabite girls. This was a violation of the authority of God under
the Mosaic Law and was a counterattack of demonism from the Cosmic System
(Z-Axis). The Jewish men fornicated with the girls, which was the
Political Babylon counterattack of the Love (Y) Axis. They also ate
"meat sacrificed to Baal" (Ecumenical (X) Axis counterattack.
When the Jewish men took the bait,
the trap was sprung. The men were enslaved in the Cosmic System under
the power of Baal, and God sent a plague to destroy them. Twenty-four
thousand died in the plague (Numbers 25:9)
- 23,000 of those in one day (1 Corinthians
10:8). The Baal attack on Israel was
an attack of Marriage Culture. It was not a military attack.
It was a failure of the peace. The Jewish men rejected Marriage and
went into Phallic Reversionism with its sex lust. The attack upon
marriage struck the very foundation of the culture of Client Nation Israel.
Satan opposes marriage because marriage
is a divine institution. Baal is still active today in opposition
to marriage. The bear is the symbol of Baal. It has a dual
nature: Lust for sweets like honey coupled with a ravenous, murderous
bad side. When lust and murder come together, it is a sign of Satan
who appears as the goddess of love and the god of war. When Satan
inspires war, evil troops kill the men and then rape and murder the women
and children. In time of peace, Satan seeks to undermine nations
through Baal, who opposes marriage. Baal is still actively engaged
in attacking Marriage and the family. Baal is also the enemy of children.
The Jews of Jeremiah's day not only engaged in the Phallic Cult of Baal
worship (Jeremiah 3:6)
but also sacrificed their children to Baal (Jeremiah
Then the Lord said to me in the
days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She
went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot
there. (Jeremiah 3:6, NAS)
Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation
like the nations!
For you have played the harlot,
forsaking your God.
You have loved harlots’
earnings on every threshing floor. (Hosea 9:1, NAS)
Power lust is a problem with the Z
Axis of the Integrity Envelope. Power lust is a rejection of legitimate
authority. Power lust started with Satan and characterizes his followers.
This is a description of Satan's power
lust. Satan sought to usurp the authority of the Lord. He wanted
to "ascend to heaven" and rule in the Lord's place. He said, "I will
make myself like the Most High," i.e. like the Lord. Satan wanted
to be Lord over all creation. This is the ultimate example of power
13 “But you said in your
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the
stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of
In the recesses of the north.
14 ‘I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most
Power lust often creeps in under
various disguises, such as the desire to do good. People may desire
power so they can solve the world's problems. This is the same as
Satan, who wanted to be "like the Most High." Politicians may seek
power to alleviate social problems. Businessmen may seek power to
control the market or get rich. Military leaders may seek power to
conquer foreign powers. These are examples of power lust, which is
a problem with the Z-Axis alignment of the Integrity Envelope. All
of these things violate humility. Under true authority, God promotes.
Under power lust, man seeks to gain power to play God, to be "like the
Principle: If God doesn't
promote you, you are not promoted.
The interesting thing is that most
people cannot handle power. When they get power, they are dupes for
the devil's lie and become the pawns of Satan. Power corrupts, especially
the weak. Those who lack integrity are easy prey and quickly become
slaves of Cosmos Diabolicus. Where do politicians get their public
lies? They get them from the Cosmic System (1
The Two Roads of Life
are only two roads in life. One road leads to spiritual maturity
and dying grace while the other road leads to reversionism and the sin
that ends with death. The former is the road of blessing, while the
latter is the road of cursing. There are no other choices according
to the Bible. There is no way to be lukewarm. Everyone is either
cold or hot, and those who are lukewarm will be classified as cold before
they die and will die the sin that ends in death. For those who reject
Bible Doctrine and live in lust, the result will be a horrible death.
“He who is not with Me is against
Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. (Matthew 12:30,
The road to blessing requires love
for God, which motivates obedience to Bible Doctrine. Experiential
sanctification is accomplished through the daily perception and application
of Bible Doctrine. This requires rejecting the lust pattern and residing
in the Integrity Envelope.
The road of cursing includes rejection
of the love of God and subsequent reversionism. The reversionist
follows the desires of his lust pattern. Lust motivates behavior
that opposes the will of God. The reversionist is lured by lust down
the steps to the sin that ends in death. Lust lures to further cursing
and death because lust motivates to sin. Lust also leaves the soul
exposed to the Cosmic System where the person is no match for the demons
THE DIVINE SOLUTION
Lust is not a sin. It is desire
to sin. It is the temptation to sin. Temptation may be due
to spiritual testing, but sin is optional. A person must choose to
sin. Temptation, therefore, is not an excuse for sinning.
There as no testing overtaken you
but such as is common to mankind, but God is faithful who will not permit
you to be tested beyond your capability, but He will with the testing also
provide the solution so that you will be able to bear up under it (1
However, should the believer sin, the
recovery procedure of Rebound
(1 John 1:9) is required.
Neither the lust nor the sins of
the unbeliever are an issue. The sins were paid for on the cross.
Therefore, the solution for the unbeliever is always the same, namely,
salvation. The unbeliever needs to be saved. His lust and sins
are not an issue.
The Solution of Spiritual Growth
baby believer can be just as spiritual as the adult. The Filling
of the Holy Spirit is available to both. This does not mean, however,
that the baby believer and the adult believer have the same spiritual strength.
Strength is measured by Capacity for Life and Love. The completed
Edification Complex of the Soul of the adult believer has maximum strength;
whereas the incomplete ECS of the baby believer is weak by comparison.
The baby believer, therefore, is
easily lured into the Cosmic System. His soul is mostly untamed wilderness.
His ECS may have little more than a foundation. He will, therefore,
be unable to withstand strong lust temptation and will be weak in the face
of temptation. The adult believer, in contrast, has a disciplined
soul that operates in the power of the ECS under the Filling of the Spirit.
The adult believer has the spiritual strength to resist temptation because
of the competed ECS. This does not mean the adult cannot be tempted.
It simply means that his power to resist temptation is great compared to
the baby believer.
Through spiritual growth, the problem
of lust is literally outgrown. The Integrity Envelope clothes the
soul and protects it from lust.
Logistical Grace Solution
Lust is motivated by bad values in
the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ taught the spiritual solution.
The motivation for the Christian life
must be to erect the Edification Complex of the Soul and produce divine
good. Thieves may break in an steal earthly treasures, which are
the object of lust attraction. The person who longs for treasures
for his home has bad values. Those treasures on earth will be destroyed
eventually and certainly will not be taken to heaven with the believer.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break
in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves never break in nor steal;
21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Shelter is one of the necessities
of life. God provides the necessities of life under Logistical Grace.
The believer, however, is free to accept or reject God's offer. If
the believer is too immature to know whether his shelter is from Logistical
Grace or not, he needs to get Bible Doctrine so that he will have the discernment
to know the answer. The believer who accepts the Logistical Grace
solution for his home and the details of life required to operate it will
avoid the lust for worldly possessions that will lure him into the Cosmic
“For this reason I communicate
to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what
you shall drink; nor for your body, regarding what you shall wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? (Matthew
Here, the Lord Jesus Christ gives instruction
about two more necessities of life, food and clothing. Since people
are anxious for their life and think the necessities of life can be lost
and cause them to die, the reminder is: "Do
not be anxious for your life." Death
is a sovereign decision of God, Who determines the time, place, and manner
of death. People should not be anxious about their life. Two
necessities, food and clothing, cause additional anxiety. The command
from the Lord is to not be anxious about them either.
Anxiety is a sin. But to be
anxious about the necessities of life is tantamount to rejecting Logistical
Grace. God provides the necessities, and the believer should let
Him. The beginner believer must learn to identify Logistical Grace
provision. Those who reject Logistical Grace will be the victims
of the Cosmic System. If God's grace is rejected, then the only alternative
is the Cosmic System. Those with bad values regarding food and clothing
will be easy prey for lusts associated with these things.
The three necessities of life are
associated with the X, Y, and Z axes of the Space-Time Coordinate System.
Shelter is having a roof overhead, which is the Authority (Z) axis.
Eating is the symbol of perception and metabolization of Bible Doctrine,
which is the Faith (X) axis. And clothing is related to relationships
in life. The first clothes of Adam and 'Ishah only covered
the genitals. Clothes are related to the Love (Y) axis. So,
the Lord Jesus Christ was teaching the importance of good values that motivate
erection of the Edification Complex of the Soul.
“If you love Me, you will keep
My commandments. (John 14:15, NAS)
Only those who love the Lord will keep
His commandments. Only those who obey Bible Doctrine will have the
power to withstand the lust of the soul. Only those who love the
Lord will obey Him and erect the Edification Complex of the Soul, which
clothes the soul and protects against lust. Only those who love the
Lord will use Rebound and operate in the Filling of the Spirit. The
Filling of the Holy Spirit provides the power to avoid lust.
But I say, walk by the Spirit,
and you will not carry out the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
In order to walk, which means executing
the Plan of God, the X, Y, Z and Time axes must be aligned with the will
of God. Otherwise, the believer will be a casualty and the victim
of the Old Sin Nature with its lust. Only those who love the Lord
will obey Him and be able to withstand the lust of the soul. The
obedience to the commandments associated with Logistical Grace are the
beginning of the Christian life. Those who will not trust God for
the necessities of life are doomed to the power of the Old Sin Nature with
Separation from the World
The world is the Cosmic System of Satan.
Those who never separate from the world are doomed to live under the power
of the lust of the Old Sin Nature.
1 John 2
The only way to execute the Christian
life successfully is to separate from the world. In this passage
the worldly counterattacks are mentioned. The "lust of the flesh"
covers the Old Sin Nature and the body - i.e. a relationship with self.
This is often the counterattack of Ecumenical Babylon on the X axis.
"The lust of the eyes" is the counterattack of Political Babylon on the
Y axis when a relationship with another person is desired. The adulterous
heart is an example. This may also include lust for the details of
life or money and represent a counterattack of the X axis. "The arrogant
pattern of life" is an authority problem due to a counterattack of Cosmic
Babylon on the Z axis. Thus, these verses cover counterattacks of
Cosmic, Political, and Ecumenical Babylon. These counterattacks are
upon the X, Y, and Z axes of the ECS.
15 Stop loving the Cosmic System
or anything in the Cosmic System. If anyone keeps loving the Cosmic
System, the love of the Father is not in him 16 Because all that is in
the Cosmic System: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and
the arrogant pattern of life, is not from the Father but is from the Cosmic
Spiritual rapport, which is harmonious
relationship with God, is the real solution to lust. The ten Problem
Solving Devices will solve the problem of lust. Maximum power
over lust is achieved when the mature believer has deployed all ten of
them and is in harmonious relationship with God.
2 Peter 1:3-4
The solution for lust is not accomplished
by studying the problem. It is accomplished by concentrating on the
solution. Lust isn't really the problem, anyway. It is only
a symptom. The problems of lust that plague the immature believer
will fall by the wayside naturally through spiritual growth. However,
only by harmonious relationship with God will there be maximum power over
3 seeing that His divine power
has granted to us everything pertaining to life and the spiritual life,
through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and virtue.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises,
in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Last Revision: July 6, 2014
Author: Larry Wood