Jennifer Britt’s Ad Hominem Attack on the Gospel

ad ho·mi·nem/ˌad ˈhämənəm/adjectiveadjective: ad hominem

  1. (of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.”vicious ad hominem attacks”

Even though Jennifer Britt is attempting to direct attention away from the argument itself with “ad hominem” attacks on Gregg and myself, she did bring up a point that Gregg has provided a hebrew word for Heart that encompasses mind, and we should cover it from the New Testament Greek.

As I said in my video (see at the bottom of this page), while we do believe in our heart, the heart encompasses the mind, will, emotions, and the conscience. Here are some examples of the Greek word “kardia” referring to each of these faculties:

Thoughts and Intentions: Heb_4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Understanding: joh_12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Emotions:2Co_2:4  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

Conscience: Act_2:37  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Will: 2Co_9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver

Many other scriptures can be used to illustrate that the heart encompasses the functions of the Soul (mind/will/emotions) + the conscience (Which is actually part of the spirit).

While the Scripture does tell us that we believe in our hearts, much of the emphasis has to do with the mind.

Luk 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, Luk 24:46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 

The word understanding here refers to the intellect:

G3563
νοῦς
nous
nooce
Probably from the base of G1097; the intellect, that is, mind (divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will); by implication meaning: – mind, understanding. Compare G5590.
Total KJV occurrences: 24

The understanding is connected to the heart in passages like this:

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 

The understanding is a function of the mind, but is associated with the heart. In the scripture we see that the mind is a primary place where the Enemy attacks to blind people’s ability to understand/believe the gospel. For example:

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 2Co 3:15  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 

On the one hand, in the above passage, the minds are blinded and there is a vail that is upon them when reading the old testament. This vail is done away with in Christ, and verse 15 tells us that the vail is on their heart. Can you see how the mind and the heart function together so that the veil over the mind is the veil over the heart?

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 

Here we see that the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the mind of those that believe not. If the heart is different than the mind, and we need to believe with our heart (but not our mind), why would Satan waste time “blinding the mind” and not just blinding the heart?

Meanwhile, “repentance”, which most people WRONGLY association with an act of contrition (in the heart!) is actually the greek word, Metanoia, “change of mind.”

So Jennifer, is this just “wizardry” and Satan’s trickery or are you able to substantiate your assertion that the heart and mind are separate from the scriptures and use that to say that someone who believes the gospel correctly only does so with their “mind” and not with their “heart?” Clear away the weeds of your accusations and respond with the SCRIPTURES. Thats the way noble MINDED people handle truth and error. If we’re wrong, show us from the scriptures.

Here are two videos done by myself and Faith Plus Nothing Equals Salvation that address Jennifer Britt’s Ad Hominem attack on the Gospel.

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The Gospel, Mind, and Heart

Isa 26:3

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

“Mind” in this verse is H3336—yetser—(ya’·tser) Meaning:

(2) Metaph. a firm mind,” a firm soul, i.e. a man of firm mind, Isa. 26:3

Acts 17:11

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Mind in this verse is G4288  prothymia—Meaning:

II. inclination, readiness of mind Acts 17:11

Romans 7:23

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Mind, in this verse — G3563 – nous means:

b. reason (German die Vernunft) in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognizing goodness and of hating evilRomans 1:28Romans 7:23Ephesians 4:171 Timothy 6:52 Timothy 3:8

Romans 7:25

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Mind, in this verse– G3563 – nous—means:

b. reason (German die Vernunft) in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognizing goodness and of hating evilRomans 1:28Romans 7:23Ephesians 4:171 Timothy 6:52 Timothy 3:8 (cf. Winers Grammar, 229 (215); Buttmann, § 134, 7); Titus 1:15; opposed to ἡ σάρξ, Romans 7:25;

Romans 8:27

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Mind, in this verse, — G5427 – phronēma – means:

 what one has in mind, the thoughts and purposes (A. V. mind): Romans 8:6f27.  what one has in the mind, the thoughts and purposes

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Mind, in this verse, — G3563 – nous – means:

mind (17x), understanding (7x).  b. reason (German die Vernunft) in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognizing goodness and of hating evilRomans 1:28Romans 7:23Ephesians 4:171 Timothy 6:52 Timothy 3:8 (cf. Winers Grammar, 229 (215); Buttmann, § 134, 7); Titus 1:15; opposed to ἡ σάρξ, Romans 7:25; ἀνανεοῦσθαι τῷ πνεύματι τοῦ νως, to be so changed that the spirit which governs the mind is renewed, Ephesians 4:23; (cf. ἡ ἀνακαίνωσις τοῦ νως, Romans 12:2).

Romans 14:5

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Mind, in this verse, — G3563 – nous – meaning:

2. a particular mode of thinking and judgingRomans 14:5

Romans 15:6

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mind, in this verse, — G3661 – homothymadon means:

with one mind, of one accord (Vulg.unanimiter (etc.)): Romans 15:6

1 Cor. 2:16

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Mind in both places within this verse —G3563 – nous – means:

1. the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining; hence, specifically,
a. the intellective faculty, the understandingLuke 24:45 (on which see διανοίγω, 2); Philippians 4:7Revelation 13:18Revelation 17:9; opposed to τό πνεῦμα, the spirit intensely roused and completely absorbed with divine things, but destitute of clear ideas of them, 1 Corinthians 14:14f19; ἔχειν τόν νοῦν κυρίου (L text, others Χριστοῦ), to be furnished with the understanding of Christ1 Corinthians 2:16b.

Eph. 4:23

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Mind, in this verse, — G3563 – nous – means:

1. the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining; hence, specifically,
a. the intellective faculty, the understandingLuke 24:45 (on which see διανοίγω, 2); Philippians 4:7Revelation 13:18Revelation 17:9; opposed to τό πνεῦμα, the spirit intensely roused and completely absorbed with divine things, but destitute of clear ideas of them, 1 Corinthians 14:14f19; ἔχειν τόν νοῦν κυρίου (L text, others Χριστοῦ), to be furnished with the understanding of Christ, 1 Corinthians 2:16b.
b. reason (German die Vernunft) in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognizing goodness and of hating evilRomans 1:28Romans 7:23Ephesians 4:171 Timothy 6:52 Timothy 3:8 (cf. Winers Grammar, 229 (215); Buttmann, § 134, 7); Titus 1:15; opposed to ἡ σάρξ, Romans 7:25; ἀνανεοῦσθαι τῷ πνεύματι τοῦ νως, to be so changed that the spirit which governs the mind is renewedEphesians 4:23; (cf. ἡ ἀνακαίνωσις τοῦ νως, Romans 12:2).

Phil. 2:2

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Mind, in this verse– G5426 – phroneō – means:

to be of the same mind, i. e. to agree together, cherish the same views, be harmonious: 2 Corinthians 13:11Philippians 2:2Philippians 3:16 Rec.; Philippians 4:2; with ἐν ἀλλήλοις added, Romans 15:5; also τό ἕν φρονοῦντες, having that one mind, Philippians 2:2

Phil. 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Mind, in this verse, — G5426 – phroneō – means:

(R. V. have this mind in you), be intent within yourselves on this, Philippians 2:5 L T Tr WH; passive, φρονειτα τί ἐν τίνι, some habit of thought (expressed by deeds) exists in one, Philippians 2:5 R G (A. V. let this mind be in you);

2 Tim. 1:7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Mind, in this verse, — G4995 – sōphronismos – means:

1. an admonishing or calling to soundness of mind, to moderation and self-control: Josephus, Antiquities 17, 9, 2; b. j. 2, 1,3; Appendix, Pun. 8, 65; Aesop fab. 38; Plutarch; (Philo, legg. alleg. 3, 69).
2. self-control, moderation (σωφρονισμοι τινες ἤ μετανοιαι τῶν νέων, Plutarch, mor., p. 712 c. i. e. quaest. conviv. 8, 3): πνεῦμα σωφρονισμοῦ2 Timothy 1:7,

1 Peter 1:13

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Mind, in this verse, — G1271 – dianoia – means:

1. the mind as the faculty of understanding, feeling, desiringMatthew 22:37Mark 12:30 [Tr marginal reading brackets]; Luke 10:27Ephesians 1:18 Rec.; Eph 4:18Hebrews 8:10Hebrews 10:161 Peter 1:13.

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