The thirteenth in a series of 16 “blog bites” answering anticipated objections to material set forth in A Way of Escape, i.e., the thirteenth in a series of 16 “blog bites” answering anticipated FAQs.

OBJECTION #13 (of 16)

Two are better than one ... For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up ... Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12).

How much more clearly can it be stated? God has provided a way of escape alright. And the train to Freedom City passes through Accountability Station. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is the proof text for accountability-based escape.


The common mistake of failing to recognize the Holy Spirit as a Person. When Ecclesiastes speaks of the “one” (Eccl 4:9), it is referring to an Old Testament person standing alone (Eccl 4:10) against an adversary. But a New Testament believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit does not stand “alone.” He is not a “one.” He is a “Spirit-Powered Group of Two.” And this “Spirit-Powered Group of Two” is actually much stronger—and much better positioned to withstand the attacks of the enemy and not be broken—than the “two” of Ecclesiastes 4:12.

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In A Way of Escape, readers are reminded that born-of-the-Spirit New Testament believers are never “alone” in their battle with the flesh. Readers learn how to war as a “Spirit-Powered Group of Two” by stepping up the degree to which they “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16). They learn how to build a library of Spirit-anointed, flesh-diffusing apps. Apps that are uniquely fitted to them, and their unique Spirit-filling triggers.

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

The still-struggling now have another option. The still-struggling now have fresh hope for discovering that long-sought-after way of escape from sin and temptation (I Corinthians 10:13). A way that—because it is wholly Spirit-powered—does not require enlisting the aid of an accountability partner or group. Truly, a game-changer!