Doctrine of Cosmic 1

January 15, 2011


A. Gate #1: Motivational Arrogance.
1. Definition and Description.
a. All arrogance starts with thinking, moves into motivation, and from there moves into decisions and actions.
b. By definition, motivational arrogance is a complex of mental attitude sins, all of which are related to arrogance or have their foundation in the basic concept of the sin of pride.
c. Pride is defined as inordinate self-esteem, unreasonable conceit, preoccupation with self, insolence, rejection of authority, vanity, self-justification, an inflated concept of self, and the exaggeration of one’s own self-importance.
d. The complex of sins in motivational arrogance includes pride, jealousy, bitterness, hatred, vindictiveness, implacability, revenge motivation, self-pity, guilt reaction, and operation overthink.
e. Vanity, pride, and conceit was the original sin of the greatest genius creature of all time: Satan, Lucifer the Son of the Morning. Isa 14:12-14 and Ezek 28:14-17 reveal Satan’s vanity of thought in his fall. Arrogance is the original sin of the prehistoric angelic conflict, and became the motivation for the woman’s original sin in the garden.
f. From the arrogance complex comes the narcissus syndrome, in which a person has an abnormal satisfaction with self accompanied by a total dissatisfaction with others. Some people spend their entire lives comparing themselves with others. They are never an individual entity. They never have +H, which is the greatest problem solving device and the highest status quo of internal environment which any person can ever enjoy. +H can handle any disaster and never seeks a better environment as the solution to one’s problems.
g. Pride is not only exaggerated self-respect and conceit, but is a total preoccupation with self, which divorces the believer from the realities of life. But the believer, above all others, needs to face the realities of life! For the believer in Jesus Christ is given the ability through Bible doctrine to see things as they really are, and to avoid the head-in-the-sand attitude.
h. Arrogance is a real or imagined sense of superiority which distorts life and the true perspective of human frailty, resulting in presumptuous self-righteousness and a false sense of destiny.
i. Arrogance is the most basic motivational sin of human life. It is the foundation for all sins, human good, evil, and both moral and immoral degeneracy. Arrogance is the foundation for being destroyed either by the reality of our circumstances or by the drive toward unreality, in which our circumstances are coated over with fantasizing.
j. Arrogance is the pin which, when pulled from the grenade, blows up our life into fragments. Arrogance is a fragmented system of life which is inconsistent. No person can be consistent while in cosmic one.
k. Arrogance divorces the believer from the realities of life; i.e., personal, historical, and spiritual realities.
l. Arrogant thinking results in irrationality. Locked-in arrogance results in psychotic, neurotic, and psychopathic behavior.
m. Arrogance produces inconsistencies that we cannot see in ourselves. It produces the wide emotional swings from self-righteousness to self-pity and the return oscillation from self-pity to self-righteousness. Therefore, arrogance is unstable, inconsistent, and can never find reality.
n. Arrogance is easily deceived and vulnerable to flattery.
o. Arrogance becomes motivation for both inordinate ambition and inordinate competition. The believer’s arrogant lust for ascendancy in life destroys the right priorities in the Christian way of life and replaces them with a false scale of values. It gives you false goals in life.
p. Arrogance emphasizes self and people to the exclusion of God emphasis.
q. When arrogance emphasizes lust for power, there is conspiracy, revenge, the motivation of bitterness. This becomes a tragic flaw which neutralizes the beauty, genius, ability, and potential of anyone of us.
r. Arrogance gives a false perspective of life, resulting in a drive toward happiness which is neither unreality nor reality. There are three drives used by losers.
(1) There is a drive toward reality in which one can use the problem solving devices.
(2) There is a drive toward unreality where problem solving devices cannot work without rebound and perception of doctrine.
(3) There is a legitimate drive toward happiness, but if made in the cosmic system, it results in -H, i.e., short periods of stimulation followed by great periods of disaster.
s. Cosmic one is a fragmented system of inconsistencies which are brought on by arrogance. Yet the arrogant person doesn’t see them because he concentrates only on one inconsistency at a time, and therefore he fails to see the reality of his own instability and inconsistency and his impact on others from preoccupation with self. Only the believer with doctrine and a few establishment-oriented unbelievers can ever escape this.
t. Distinctions should be made between arrogance and ego. Arrogance is sinful. Ego is normal, the function of the self-consciousness of the soul. When related to Bible doctrine, ego always provides a true and totally secure sense of destiny.
u. Arrogance is not ego but egocentricity, which is self-centered, preoccupied with self, and subjective in its thinking. Egotism is the practice of arrogance in contrast to humility.
v. Some believers are arrogant because of their pseudo-achievement. But since achievement belongs to God, God not only provides achievement under the protocol plan of God, but He also provides capacity for it in the form of +H for all facets of promotion prosperity to the mature believer.
w. Therefore, the only escape from the cosmic system is through rebound and the subsequent execution of the protocol plan of God. That’s the only way to wipe out the tragic flaw. This can take awhile for those who have developed their tragic flaw for many years in their Christian life.
2. Arrogance is the pin in the grenade. You pull the pin of the grenade with your own volition.
a. The sin nature cannot make you sin; it is a source of temptation.
b. The sin nature has an area of strength and an area of weakness. You are tempted from your area of weakness, not from your area of strength.
c. The sin nature also has two antithetical trends, both toward legalism and toward lasciviousness. These are also a part of temptation.
d. Because every believer has a sin nature, he’s a walking grenade. But only the volition of the believer can pull the pin.
e. The sin nature is the source of temptation; volition is the source of sin.
f. Being tempted is not a sin. Only when volition succumbs to temptation is there sin and cosmic involvement.
g. So the sin nature is the source of inner temptation, but only human volition is the source of sin.
h. There are two kinds of sins.
(1) Sins of cognizance are those sins we knew were sins and we did them anyway.
(2) Sins of ignorance are sins we did not know were sins, but we did it and are still responsible for it.
i. Every believer is a walking grenade. The pin of the grenade is the arrogance complex. Within ten seconds of pulling the pin, you fragment your life.
j. We pull the pin by jealousy, bitterness, hatred, resentment, implacability, vindictiveness, self-pity, self-righteous arrogance, hypersensitivity, guilt reaction, motivational revenge, functional revenge, conspiracy, slander, maligning, gossip, making others villains when we are responsible or blaming other people for things for which we are responsible, self-centeredness, egotism, self-conceit. In other words, we are totally preoccupied with ourself to exclusion of the plan, purpose, and will of God for our life.
k. The believer frags himself by using his own volition to pull the pin & commit these sins, at which point the grenade fragments destroy his life. We rush toward our area of weakness and toward whatever the trend of our old sin nature happens to be at that moment.
l. The result is a fragmented life in two categories, following the trend of his old sin nature.
(1) The trend toward arrogant self-righteousness or legalism, gate #3 of cosmic one.
(2) The trend toward lasciviousness, gates #4 and #5 of cosmic one.
m. The trend toward self-righteousness or legalism results in moral degeneracy. The trend toward lasciviousness results in immoral degeneracy.
n. Basically, the fragments of the grenade include the functions related to grieving the Holy Spirit in cosmic one.
o. 2 Tim 3:2-7 is the biography of the walking grenade, the story of the fragmented life. “For persons [Church Age believers] will be lovers of self [in cosmic one], lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers [abusive], disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy [wicked], without love [virtue-love], implacable [unforgiving], slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good [of intrinsic value], treacherous, thoughtless [rash], being puffed up or conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having an overt appearance [outward form] of godliness [in divine dynasphere], although they have denied its power [omnipotence of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit]. Therefore, avoid these believers. For among them are those believers who creep [worm their way] into homes and captivate [gain control over] weak-willed women who are loaded down with sins, led on by multifarious lusts, always learning but never able to come to the epignosis knowledge of truth.”
(1) The fragmented life never uses the omnipotence of God. “They have denied its power” because they have pulled the pin and are permanently fragmented in cosmic one. They compensate for their fragmentation by every kind of false doctrine and false concept. They talk in terms of godliness, using words like “lordship” and “commitment,” but they are fragmented.
(2) “Always learning, but never able to come to the epignosis knowledge of truth” means that a fragmented life can be exposed to doctrine, but the exposure is no good because fragmentation resists metabolization. Without metabolization, there is no momentum in the Christian life.
p. Under pressure, the motivational arrogance of gate #1 cosmic one becomes the functional arrogance of the following gates.
(1) #2, negative volition.
(2) #3, authority arrogance.
(3) #4, self-righteous arrogance.
(4) #5, sexual arrogance.
(5) #6, criminal arrogance.
(6) #7, psychotic arrogance, drive toward unreality.
(7) #8, arrogance of unhappiness, subjective preoccupation with self.
(8) #9, iconoclastic arrogance, subjective preoccupation with others.
(9) #10, rational (intellectual) and irrational (emotional) arrogance.
(10) #11, the arrogance of Christian service.
(11) #12, client nation arrogance.
3. The fragmented life is the life of the loser.
a. Once the believer pulls the pin of arrogance, he fragments his own life. All the fragments of the grenade are described in both cosmic involvement and the various stages of reversionism, including emotional revolt of the soul, blackout of the soul, and scar tissue of the soul.
b. The tragedy of the fragmented life is the fact that God has provided so much protection to prevent the believer from fragging himself and becoming a loser.
c. By definition, a loser is that believer who fails to execute the protocol plan of God because he’s negative toward Bible doctrine.
d. As a result of the fragmented life, the Church Age believer is ignorant of God’s grace provision for the execution of His plan, purpose, and will for the Church Age.
e. There are at least five areas of ignorance which prolong and perpetuate the fragmented life. This results in the believer practicing his own tragic flaw, and polarizing with other believers practicing under the same tragic flaw. This is taught in Rom 7:1-25. The areas of ignorance regard:
(1) our portfolio of invisible assets.
(2) the mechanics for executing the protocol plan.
(3) the ten unique characteristics of the Church Age.
(4) the problem solving devices.
(5) the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, resulting in malfunction of epistemological rehabilitation.
f. Every believer that lives long enough to make decisions has a choice. He makes daily decisions based on his priorities in life.
(1) The winner makes good decisions from a position of strength & therefore becomes a mature believer & an invisible hero. The position of strength is Bible doctrine metabolized in his soul as epignosis, and the application of that doctrine as wisdom (SOPHIA).
(2) The loser makes bad decisions from a position of weakness, and ends up remaining childish with a fragmented life.
(3) Winners utilize God’s grace provision by their daily perception of the Word of God, rebounding when necessary, moving on, and living in the sphere of blessing, the divine dynasphere.
(4) Losers pull the pin in the grenade by using their own volition, and fragment their lives in the cosmic system.
g. To recover from the fragmented life, the believer must start with the most basic problem solving device, the rebound technique of 1 Jn 1:9. Through the use of rebound, the believer recovers from the fragmented life. Then he is transferred back into his very own palace, the operational-type divine dynasphere, the place of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
h. Through daily perception of Bible doctrine inside the divine dynasphere, the believer keeps moving toward the objective of spiritual maturity, the status of the winner and invisible hero.
4. The Old Sin Nature and the Fragmented Life.
a. All of the fragments of the grenade are related to the old sin nature in its three categories. The sin nature has a lust pattern, trends, and an area of weakness and area of strength.
b. The sin nature is passed down genetically through the 23 male chromosomes which fertilize the female ovum in copulation.
c. Every believer has an area of strength in which he is not tempted to succumb. Every believer has an area of weakness where he is prone to succumb to temptation.
d. The area of strength produces human good and dead works. The area of weakness produces sinfulness and fragmentation of the life.
e. The sin nature has trends which determine the category of fragmentation.
(1) The trends toward legalism and self-righteousness produce one sphere of fragmentation which leads to moral degeneracy.
(2) The trends toward lasciviousness and lawlessness produce another sphere of fragmentation which leads to immoral degeneracy.
f. The trends of the sin nature result in two tragic flaws.
(1) The tragic flaw of self-righteous arrogance and legalism contends that believers who commit sins related to lasciviousness and lawlessness are not really saved. To back that contention, they allege that something must be added to faith in Christ for salvation.
(2) In the tragic flaw of lasciviousness and lawlessness, believers associate the slander, maligning, judging, and criticism that they receive with Bible doctrine. Therefore, they react to Bible doctrine.
g. Individual fragmentation leads to group fragmentation in the royal family of God. This polarization has destroyed the experiential unity in the body of Christ in the area of Christian modus operandi.
h. The sin nature is the source of lust and temptation, but the sin nature cannot make you sin. Temptation, to be converted into sin, requires the use of the believer’s volition. The believer can say yes or no to any temptation, depending upon whether it comes from his area of strength or area of weakness. If he says yes to the temptation, sin results.
i. The believer continues to use his volition and continues to possess a sin nature after salvation.
(1) In fact, some of the worst sinners in history have been believers. This is because, for believers to sin, they must break through greater barriers of restraint. Society only provides a thin veneer of restraint. The restraint of the law is a little stronger. But the restraining ministry of the Spirit once you learn some doctrine is the strongest of all. Therefore, believers must break through more barriers of restraint in order to achieve fragmentation.
(2) 1 Jn 1:8 tells us we continue to possess the old sin nature. “If we say [contend, maintain, assert] that we have no sin [nature], we deceive ourselves, and doctrine is not in us.”
(3) 1 Jn 1:10, “If we say [contend, maintain, assert] that we have not sinned [after salvation], we make Him a liar and His doctrine is not in us.”
j. Since the believer continues to possess the old sin nature after salvation, he is a walking grenade.
k. However, only the volition of the believer can pull the pin of the grenade. Being tempted by the sin nature is not sin; only when volition pulls the pin of the grenade does the believer sin. That’s why the rebound technique is the first problem solving device, designed to recover from fragmentation.
l. The pin of the grenade is always related to some form of arrogance. The multifarious manifestations of arrogance include jealousy, bitterness, hatred, vindictiveness, implacability, self-pity, self-righteous arrogance, motivational and functional revenge, slander, maligning, gossip, and judging.
m. The fragmentation of the life moves in the direction of the trends of the sin nature.
(1) If the trend is toward self-righteous arrogance and legalism, the fragments of the life include slander, gossip, maligning, judging, and Christian activism.
(2) If the trend is toward lasciviousness and lawlessness, the trend is toward sexual and even criminal sins.
n. The trend toward self-righteousness and legalism produces such heresies as saying that you cannot commit certain sins and still be a Christian. That is wrong. The believer can commit any sin an unbeliever commits. This trend results in several categories of heretical conclusions.
(1) Salvation by works.
(2) Spirituality by works.
(3) A misunderstanding of our Lord’s teaching that “by their fruits you shall know them.” From a misinterpretation of this verse, self-righteous Christians conclude that you are not really a Christian unless you show the proper manifestation of it.
o. The trend toward lasciviousness and lawlessness results in antinomianism and reaction against Bible doctrine because it is associated with self-righteous arrogance.
5. The fragmented life is taught in Ephesians 4.
a. The fragmented life is deceived by false doctrine, and is a life of self-deception. Eph 4:14, “That we no longer be childish [fragmented], destabilized in heavy seas, driven out of control [fragmented life] by every wind of false doctrine, by the trickery of people [who teach false doctrine], by cunning deception for the purpose of scheming deceit.”
b. The fragmented life is often characterized by sexual arrogance. Eph 4:19, “Who because they have become calloused [fragmentation from scar tissue of the soul] have given themselves over to licentiousness [fragmentation related to the trend toward lasciviousness], resulting in the practice of every kind of immorality with insatiable lust [fragmentation from sexual arrogance].”
c. Eph 4:26, “Although you may have become angry [pulling the pin of the grenade], in spite of that, stop sinning [recover from the fragmented life]. The sun must never set on your anger.” In other words, don’t ever let sundown find you in a fragmented state. If you’re fragmented before the sun goes down, rebound and keep moving.
d. Christian criminality is also a part of the fragmented life. Eph 4:28, “He who stole up to now [fragmentation from criminal arrogance], from now on, stop stealing, but rather begin to work hard, working with your hands, doing what is right, that you may have money to share with those who are in need.”
e. Eph 4:31 is the mandate to recover from fragmentation. Bitterness is probably one of the worst enemies and fragments of the arrogant life.
6. Flaws, Hang-ups, Fragments.
a. Arrogance produces flaws which become hang-ups, resulting in syndromes. Arrogance has so many facets that we often don’t know when we are arrogant.
b. A hang-up is an arrogant obstacle to normal living. Hang-ups come from the fact that we have something very attractive or very repulsive.
c. In the cosmic system, flaws combine with arrogance to form hang-ups.
d. These hang-ups are highly sensitive areas which are vulnerable to forming syndromes.
e. Syndromes related to arrogance result in a Christian becoming neurotic, psychotic, or psychopathic.
f. However, it all begins with an area of hypersensitivity which is vulnerable to activating a flaw. When we get our feelings hurt, we develop a hypersensitivity in this area. Hypersensitivity doesn’t mean you will fail in some area, but that you are vulnerable to failing in an area, thus activating a flaw. If hypersensitivity is not checked by divine viewpoint metabolized doctrine in your soul, it will become a flaw, then a hang-up, and eventually a syndrome.
g. Motivational arrogance is like a pin in a grenade. Once the pin is pulled, the grenade is ready to blow. When it detonates, it fragments into gates 2 through 12 of cosmic one. So to keep from pulling this pin, you need to recognize arrogance in all its forms, and rebound regularly. Otherwise, fragmentation into the gates of cosmic one will shatter your life. The reaction of motivational arrogance (all the mental attitude sins) shatters the life with the fragments of the grenade.
h. Every believer is a walking grenade. When we pull the pin, we explode.
7. How do you fragment your life?
a. Motivational arrogance occurs when the believer decides to commit the sin of pride with all of its different facets. Once motivational arrogance occurs through involvement in cosmic one gate #1, all evil motivation and all abnormal Christian behavior has a logical and doctrinal explanation.
b. The abnormal born-again Christian has not lost his salvation, but his life is fragmented. The fragmentation is called in the Scripture “grieving the Holy Spirit,” or it can be called spiritual entropy.
c. Motivational arrogance pulls the pin and detonates the arrogance grenade. A fragmented life is a miserable life.
d. The fragments of the grenade are classified as cosmic involvement, resulting in cosmic or carnal living.
e. The cosmic believer has not lost his salvation, but the fragments of the arrogance grenade hinder the fulfillment of God’s plan, purpose, and will for his life.
f. The released fragments of the arrogance grenade shatter his fellowship with God in time, drive him away from the grace policy of God, cause him to become a disciple of the devil, and cause him to be very resentful about coming to church.
g. Therefore, a detailed study off the cosmic system, includin cosmic one, is extremely important both in rethinking our priorities, establishing a permanent scale of values, understanding our portfolio of invisible assets, and getting with the program of epistemological rehabilitation.
8. Pulling the Pin in the Grenade.
a. Bitterness is a fragment in the grenade with the potential of chain sinning.
(1) Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God, that no root of bitterness springing up cause you trouble, and by it many are defiled.” If you have bitterness in your soul, it not only causes you trouble, but it defiles everyone in your periphery.
(2) Eph 4:13, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, bickering, and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
b. Rom 12:3 describes the pin in the grenade. “For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you: stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance [pin in grenade] beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity [doctrinal reality] for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.” The fragmented life never uses the standard of thinking from doctrine. Doctrine is the standard of thinking for the Christian way of life.
c. 1 Pet 5:5, “`God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, [become grace-oriented], that He may promote you at the proper time.”
d. The pin in the grenade is gate #1 of cosmic one, which is arrogance.
e. Arrogance includes the following sins which pull the pin: jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, hatred, hypersensitivity, self-pity, revenge motivation, revenge function, slander, maligning, gossip, conspiracy, self-justification.
f. The removal of the pin detonates the grenade, causing the fragments to explode in all directions. So when you pull the pin of the grenade through residence in cosmic one of gate #1, you detonate the grenade and you fragment your life.
(1) The released fragments shatter your relationship with God. They destroy your spiritual life, as well as your interaction and relationships with people.
(2) The released fragments become the basis for a disorganized life, which is a life of reversionism and cosmic involvement, called by the Bible “carnality.”
(3) You become conscious of other people’s sins and failures. In arrogance, you ignore or justify your own sins and failures. Arrogant self-righteousness prevails in a fragmented life.
(4) Arrogant self-righteousness means no function of the rebound technique. Therefore, you fragment in the direction of your sin nature’s area of weakness.
(5) You cannot be occupied with the sins and failures of other believers and at the same time execute the protocol plan of God.
g. Every arrogant believer uses his own volition to pull the pin, fragmenting his own life. Since we do it to ourselves, we must take the responsibility for it; that’s the key to rebound.
h. The fragmentation of arrogance explains Christian activism, legalism, self-righteousness, conspiracy, unrealistic expectation, role model arrogance, gossip, maligning, slander, lying, the harshness of morality, the permissiveness of antinomianism, and many other things. It explains how a person can love children and at the same time be cruel to them and to other people. It explains all our inconsistencies.
i. 1 Jn 1:8-10, “If we say that we have no sins, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth [doctrine] is not in us.” We only deceive ourselves, not anyone else. If we acknowledge [admit, cite, name, confess] our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and His Word is not in us.”
j. By living in the arrogance complex, gate #1 of cosmic one, you pull the pin of the grenade. There is no system of sinning that a believer has not committed. You can commit any sin as a believer; all you have to do is pull the pin and fragment your life!
k. Every believer is a walking grenade. Every believer pulls the pin by using his own volition, not someone else’s. Even if he reacts to someone else, his reaction is arrogance in which he pulls the pin.
l. Once motivational arrogance occurs through involvement in gate #1 of cosmic one, all the evil motivation and abnormal behavior in born-again Christians has a logical and doctrinal explanation. The abnormal born-again Christian has not lost his salvation, but he is in a fragmented status quo.
m. The motivational arrogance of gate #1 pulls the pin and detonates the arrogance grenade.Fragments of the grenade are classified as cosmic involvement, resulting in carnal living and reversionism.
n. The released fragments of the arrogance grenade shatter fellowship with God in time. They drive away the grace policy of God, and they cause the believer to become the disciple of the devil.
o. Therefore, a detailed study of the cosmic system, including cosmic one, is extremely important, both for the rethinking of our priorities and the establishment of a permanent scale of values related to our portfolio of invisible assets and to our life inside the operational-type divine dynasphere.
9. Fragmentation of the arrogance grenade explains the following.
a. The modus vivendi of psychopathic Christians.
b. Why Christians fornicate.
c. Why Christians become psychotic and neurotic.
d. Why Christians commit suicide.
e. Why Christians become criminals, guilty of crimes such as stealing, rape, and murder.
f. Why Christians commit acts of vandalism, terrorism, refuse to pay their income taxes, and enter into civil disobedience.
g. Why Christians gossip, malign, judge, retaliate, seek revenge, and hate certain other Christians.
h. Why Christians get involved in drug/alcohol addiction.
i. The distortion and malfunction that occurs in friendship, romance, and marriage among Christians.
j. Why Christians are sinful, abnormal, hypocritical, perform acts of human good and evil, and why there is moral and immoral degeneracy among Christians.
k. Your very own volition pulls the pin that detonates the grenade, You must take the responsibility for the function of your own volition. You do it to yourself. You fragment your own life! None of us can blame someone else.
l. All of us get caught in this arrogant trap. But when we do, we cannot blame our parents, spouse, friends, boss, or anyone else.
m. If you do not take the responsibility for motivational arrogance when you do it, you have taken the first step toward unreality! If you blame someone else in addition to not taking responsibility, you may postpone the rebound technique in your life. Therefore, by staying in the cosmic system longer, you have a greater chance of fragmenting your life.
10. The Subtle Forms of Arrogance which Distort the Christian Way of Life, or the Arrogance of False Perspective.
a. The arrogant believer who rejects the doctrine of eternal security thinks that he can do something to loose his salvation. He assume that his sins and failures are greater than the saving work of Christ on the cross and the forty things he received at salvation from God. This takes him a step toward unreality.
b. The believer who assumes that his works are spirituality takes another step toward unreality. He assumes that human energy and human ability is greater than the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit who provides the power in the divine dynasphere. This grieving of the Holy Spirit moves the believer away from reality.
c. The arrogant believer who succumbs to the pressures of discipline, suffering, adversity, and injustice erroneously assumes that his sufferings are greater than the provision of the portfolio of invisible assets and the ten problem solving devices of the protocol plan, thus taking a third step toward unreality.
d. The arrogant believer who depends on emotional activity, such as dedication ceremonies, tongues, inspirational speakers, and personal attention erroneously assumes that his personal feelings and experiences are greater than Bible doctrine. This is the fourth step toward unreality.
e. The arrogant believer who is involved in the demand syndrome, having unrealistic expectation and role model arrogance, assumes that emphasis on people must precede God emphasis. This is his fifth step toward unreality.
f. The believer is arrogant when he listens to the teaching of Bible doctrine with preconceived notions, distorting the acquisition or perception of doctrine.
g. The believer is arrogant when he uses epignosis doctrine which he has retained to serve him rather than to lead him, and to justify self.
h. The believer is arrogant when he applies doctrine to justify himself or to establish himself in a system of self-righteousness.
i. This is all summarized in 1 Tim 6:3-4. “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not concur with sound doctrine, those doctrines from our Lord Jesus Christ, even the doctrines pertaining to godliness [life in divine dynasphere], he has received arrogance, understanding nothing. Furthermore, he has a morbid obsession about controversies and verbal conflicts, from which originate jealousy, discord, and evil speculations.”
(1) There are 2 communications of different doctrine
(a)Those who polarize toward moral degeneracy.
(b)Those who polarize toward immoral degeneracy.
(2) This polarization results in fragmentation, where one group criticizes and the other reacts.
(3) The doctrines pertaining to godliness are:
(a) The principles and mechanics of the protocol plan of God for the Church Age.
(b) The execution of the protocol plan through post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.
(c) Our portfolio of invisible assets prepared for us by God the Father in eternity past.
(d) The ten problem solving devices of the protocol plan of God.
(e) Grace orientation from a clear understanding of salvation by grace and spirituality by grace.
(4) When the two opposite groups are polarized, they have a morbid obsession about controversies. From their polarization comes evil speculations, which is also taught in Rom 14.
j. Judgment arrogance is the function of self-righteous, legalistic believers seeking to impose their false standards on others, and judging them for not accepting these false standards.
k. Rom 14:8-13, “For if we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For this purpose, Christ died and lived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and the living. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Therefore, do not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this, not to put an obstacle [stumbling block] in a brother’s way.”
(1) Legalism is a distraction to the Christian way of life.
(2) Judging, maligning, and slandering other believers is the function of self-righteous arrogance and polarized legalism. Such judging is blasphemy, for it interferes with the disciplinary functions of our Lord, and with understanding and using the problem solving devices.
(3) Such interference brings judgment to the legalist. Matt 7:1-2, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For the manner in which you judge, you will be judged. And by what measure you measure out judgment, it will be measured back to you.”
11. The Path of Motivational Arrogance.
a. When the believer makes decisions to live in the cosmic system, he takes on the entire complex of arrogance in gate #1. He becomes preoccupied with his success, if he has any. Consequently, he is bitten by the bug of inordinate ambition and competition, instead of occupation with Christ.
b. This believer’s whole raison d’etre (reason for existence) is to now prove that he is better than anyone in his periphery. Instead of occupation with the person of Christ in the divine dynasphere, he is very concerned about the opinions of his contemporaries. He is very susceptible to the flattery of others.
c. Arrogance is not only his way of life, but it has become his motivation. Arrogance motivates him to strive for success instead of to achieve under God. Arrogance motivates him to compete with his friends, to excel and surpass his contemporaries.
d. Hence, all of his decisions are made from a position of weakness. He has become involved in achievement arrogance, also a part of gate #1.
e. The daily happiness based on a personal sense of destiny from life inside the divine dynasphere and the faithfulness of God in providing logistical grace is exchanged for the decisions of the cosmic system.
f. These decisions include the philosophy to transcend, to outdo, to surpass, to succeed, to gain the ascendancy over one’s contemporaries, to achieve in cosmic living. Arrogance quickly moves from being competitive to being lustful. The believer’s arrogant lust for ascendancy and success destroys his true scale of values as they relate to doctrine.
g. His desire to outdo his contemporaries and succeed destroys his sense of destiny related to the protocol plan of God. The arrogant desire to achieve and attain greater success than his contemporaries becomes the bumpy road to uncertain fame filled with the potholes of unhappiness. While it leads to the fame he lusted for, or marrying the person he lusted for, or getting whatever it was he lusted for, the realization of these things only intensifies his frustration and misery.
h. But through the function of humility inside the divine dynasphere, the options open to the believer are absolutely fantastic. The believer not only does his job as unto the Lord, but he possesses fantastic daily happiness while doing a tough job under difficult circumstances.
i. This believer leaves achievement to the Lord, and he does his job as unto the Lord – not to get ahead, not to ingratiate himself with his boss or others, but to glorify the Lord in what he does. So he operates under the principle that if God doesn’t promote you, you’re not promoted.
j. The greatest area of sin is directly and indirectly related to arrogance. Arrogance is the greatest problem of believers, and it keeps more believers from growing in grace than any other principle.
k. The problem is that arrogance comes in many forms, for it is an entire cosmic system. Arrogance is the foundation for every form of evil, human good, and sin. Arrogance distorts life’s true scale of values, so that all decisions are made from a position of weakness.
l. Arrogance not only rejects doctrine, but becomes a distractor to the plan of God and the provision of God.
m. Arrogance is opposed to perception of doctrine by self and others, and it is opposed to spiritual momentum. But be wary: arrogance is not negative toward doctrine! Only in cosmic two does the believer become antagonistic toward doctrine. In cosmic one, the believer just doesn’t have time for doctrine; he has more important things to do.
n. The human mind, regardless of how high the I.Q., becomes totally helpless without doctrine. That state of helplessness becomes a vacuum that sucks into the human mind demon thinking which is demon influence.
o. Influence is the transference of thought from one philosophical thought in the mind to another mind that is helpless and has no knowledge, no thought.
p. Helplessness and uselessness is the state of the mind without Bible doctrine, without truth in all three categories.
q. The human personality cannot cope with life apart from Bible doctrine, without all three categories of truth (laws of divine establishment, the Gospel, Bible doctrine). Arrogance blinds the minds so that truth is rejected. With no reception, there is no retention, and therefore no recall.
r. Arrogance divorces the believer from both personal and historical reality in life. The longer one remains in the cosmic system, the closer he comes to neurosis and psychosis in life. When arrogance becomes locked-in as a system, there is no longer any reality. Gradually arrogance forces reality out of the life, which is how Christians become psychotic. You are gradually divorced from reality as you become paranoid. When people do not agree with your arrogant assessment of yourself, it eventually develops paranoia. Gradually your bad decisions result in neurosis or psychosis.
s. Arrogance rejects human as well as divine authority, so that the Word of God is resisted, and the communicator of doctrine is rejected. When a whole generation rejects all forms of establishment authority and believers reject spiritual authority, they’re in serious trouble and will receive the fifth cycle of discipline.
t. Arrogance destroys capacity for life, for love, for happiness, for blessing, for generosity, and for virtue.
u. Arrogance leads to irrationality because arrogance destroys personal capability and resents capability in others.
v. Arrogance lives on flattery and believes the lie. Arrogance only hears truth to distort it, to overthink it, to ridicule it, and to reject it. Anything that distorts doctrine means you cannot learn doctrine; therefore, you cannot grow in grace.
w. There are at least two kinds of arrogance related to authority: the arrogance which rejects authority, and the arrogance which misuses and abuses authority.
x. Arrogance has many forms: socialism, tax evasion, draft dodging, equality movements, and resistance of doctrine.
y. Arrogance cannot stand social, economic, political, or spiritual pressures. This is why psychosis is so prevalent in our land today, for the pressure is greater than one’s arrogance can handle. Any person who advocates some one-shot solution is divorced from reality, so that he cracks up when the pressure becomes too great.
z. When arrogance is challenged, abnormal behavior and emotional reaction begins. Terrorism today is a result of arrogance. Muslim religious terrorism is clearly motivated from arrogance, for they believe their religion is right and anyone who doesn’t agree with them should be killed. This type of arrogant thinking is seen in the crusader arrogance of believers today in such issues as abortion and prayer in schools. Arrogance always finally resorts to violence to try to solve its problems, the same solution Satan tries.
aa. Since arrogance is always unrealistic with an expanded opinion of self, it resides in the soul under normal circumstances in a pacified or apparently content state. But when rubbed the wrong way, the reaction is violent!
bb. Arrogance detonates under pressure. When you put pressure on an arrogant person, that pressure eventually squeezes the person to the point where he detonates. This explains why believers leave churches where doctrine is taught, and why women marry the wrong person out of spite to hurt someone they love more. Or, why a man who’s a child thinks he married the wrong women, because he “didn’t get what he thought he had.” If he’s arrogant, he’ll blow up sooner or later.
cc. This is why believers are gossips, maligners, full of revenge and retaliation. Ask any police officer: domestic disputes have the potential for fantastic violence, which is arrogance in action.
dd. So many believers assume self-righteousness is spirituality. Believers who constantly change jobs are arrogant. Believers who cannot make friends but who use people to accomplish their purposes are arrogant in social life.
ee. This is why believers cannot apply doctrine they previously learned. You cannot react and solve any problem and apply doctrine in arrogance. The application of doctrine in problem solving demands living in the divine dynasphere. Even if you know the answers, if you’re living in the cosmic system, you can’t apply them.
12. Three Results from Motivational Arrogance.
a. Flaws are defined as defects in four categories: thinking, motivation, decisions, and actions, and can occur in any combination, all four, or only one.
(1) There are two categories of flaws in people:
(a) Real flaws from lack of virtue promoted by residence in the cosmic system.
(b) Pseudo-flaws which are really personality flaws not necessarily related to sin or the cosmic system. Pseudo-flaws are merely personality expressions which often have nothing to do with carnality, cosmic involvement, or reversionism. It may be a person’s flair, poise, or style that is mistaken for arrogance, usually by a legalistic jackass.
(2) A person can be extremely moral and be very flawed because he lacks virtue. This is why the Christian life is not morality. Virtue is higher than morality, and never distorts morality into a system of legalism or tyranny.
b. Hang-ups are defined as obstacles to normal living related to motivational arrogance of gate #1 cosmic one. Only arrogant people have hang-ups, which are the pressure manifestations of their cosmic involvement, be they rich or poor.
(1) Arrogant people always form some kind of subjectivity or abnormality; they won’t accept certain doctrines.
(2) There are two categories of hang-ups:
(a) Ignorant hang-ups resulting from blind arrogance, which is the expression of arrogance without identity; e.g., prejudice.
(b) Cognizant hang-ups resulting from known vanity, which is arrogance with identity, i.e., conscious arrogance. (E.g., “I’m better because I’m wealthier.”) Cognizant hang-ups are related to the misuse or distortion of power and authority in life, or such divorcement from reality that you give yourself a lot more kudos in life than you will ever deserve.
c. Syndromes.
(1) The symptoms of arrogant hang-ups are classified as syndromes. Syndromes are symptoms typical of a condition. In this case, the condition is the believer’s involvement in cosmic one.
(2) The great enemy of momentum in the divine dynasphere for the execution of the protocol plan of God are these tremendous hang-ups and resultant syndromes. Arrogance means failure to execute the protocol plan of God, and in every other area of your life.
(3) Some of the more common syndromes are the legalistic, guilt, emotional, cowardice, fear syndrome; the inadequacy syndrome where, through arrogance, you talk yourself into the fact that you’re no good, as confirmed by others; anti-authority syndrome, which is the rejection or abuse of authority; race syndrome includes the anti-Semitism syndrome, which is usually true of very ignorant people, blaming all the problems of life on the Jew; socialist syndrome, in which people can become mentally ill by thinking they can solve all the problems of the world by robbing the rich to feed the poor; liberal syndrome; anti-establishment syndrome.
13. Biblical Documentation.
a. Job 33:16-17, “He opens the ears of men [function of GAP] and seals their instruction, that he may turn aside from discipline and protect them from arrogance.” The sealing of instruction means to have the doctrine and to use it as a problem solving device.
b. Prov 11:2, “When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor; but with the humble is wisdom.”
c. Prov 13:10, “Through arrogance comes nothing but strife; but wisdom is with those who receive instruction.”
d. Prov 16:18, “Arrogance precedes destruction, and before a fall a lifestyle of arrogance [psychological living].”
e. Prov 29:23, “A person’s arrogance will bring him low, but a lifestyle of humility will attain honor.” The real issue is not your ability, but your lifestyle of humility.
f. Ps 25:8,9, “Good and honorable is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. In justice [integrity] He guides the humble; consequently He teaches the humble His way.”
(1) Humility is teachability; arrogance is not. We cannot learn and execute the plan of God apart from enforced and genuine humility, objectivity and teachability.
(2) You cannot be in a state of arrogance and learn the plan of God. To the extent that any of us is arrogant during the teaching of doctrine, we have loss of reception of doctrine.
g. One phrase of Ps 59:12 describes the fragmented life: “let them be caught in their arrogance.”
h. Isa 13:11, “I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity [cosmic involvement]. I will put to an end the arrogance of the proud. Furthermore, I will humble the pride of ruthlessness [tyranny].”
(1) Every arrogant person is a potential or real tyrant and dictator, thus wiping out any capacity for happiness, life, or stability.
(2) God set up laws to humble the pride of ruthlessness, e.g., the law of volitional responsibility. When you choose cosmic one gate #1, it is inevitable that you will self-destruct. The fragmentation from mental attitude sins is self-destructive. But when divine discipline is added, that person is the most miserable in the world.
i. Jas 4:6, “God gives greater grace. This is why the Scripture says [Prov 3:34], `God makes war against the arrogant [believer], but He gives grace to the humble [believer].'” God makes war on any arrogant believers who are in Satan’s army, the devil’s disciples.
j. 1 Pet 5:5-6, “In the same way, comparative novices, be under the authority of the pastors. All of you in the congregation, fasten yourselves to each other with grace thinking, because `God makes war against the arrogant and gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore, humble yourselves under the powerful hand of God, that He may promote you at the proper time.”
(1) How do you “fasten yourselves” or interact with fellow believers? With grace thinking, which comes through humility, and humility comes from the filling of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the teacher of doctrine, only teaches those under His control. Grace thinking demands impersonal love toward all, occupation with the person of Jesus Christ, +H, and virtue-love.
(2) The powerful hand of God is the great power experiment of the Church Age, which is the overflow of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
(3) All true success in life is promotion from God. If God does not promote you, you are not promoted; hence the problem of the arrogance of achievement. Achievement belongs to God; happiness belongs to the believer. God provides the right achievement for you when you have the happiness and capacity for it (+H).
k. Rom 12:3, “For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you: Stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance, beyond the point of what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion, as God has assigned to each one a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
l. Jas 3:14-16, “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish [inordinate] ambition in your right lobe, stop being arrogant and stop lying against the doctrine. This [pseudo-] wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly [demon influence], natural [psychological living], demonic [demon possession]. But where jealousy and selfish [inordinate] ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.”
(1) “Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition” is the total function of gate #1 cosmic one, in which the believer is preoccupied with self to the extent that he rejects Bible doctrine that he has previously understood, metabolized, and or even applied.
(2) You can stop being arrogant by rebounding.
(3)Lying against the truth is described in 1Jn1:8,10.
(4) Gate #1 cosmic one produces achievement arrogance which combines with inordinate preoccupation with self resulting in inordinate ambition and a guaranteed miserable life.
(5) The believer’s achievement must be measured in terms of his execution of the protocol plan of God. Achievement belongs to God. Therefore, if God doesn’t promote you, you’re not promoted.
(6) Achievement arrogance is associated with pulling the pin in the grenade, resulting in the fragmentation of your life.
(7) Achievement arrogance is that system of blasphemy in cosmic one which motivates the believer to take achievement out of the hands of God and put it in his own hands. This destroys both achievement and promotion from God, and excludes +H from the life of the cosmic believer.
(8) Achievement arrogance destroys both capacity for life and capacity for happiness, and replaces it with goading ambition and inordinate competition.
(9) Arrogance motivates to strive for success, to play the game, to compete from inordinate ambition, so that the success achieved is false and characterized by great unhappiness. In the process, doctrine is neglected, virtue-love is ignored, happiness is impossible, and demon influence in the life is there to stay.
(10) When you lie against doctrine, you are deceiving yourself. The greatest area of self-deceit is arrogance.
(11) James uses “wisdom” facetiously, referring actually to that arrogance that thinks you’re wise, smart, with a correct analysis of the situation, and concluding that it’s someone else’s fault.
(12) This pseudo-wisdom is earthly, referring to demon influence of false doctrine. It is natural, referring to human viewpoint and psychological living. It is demonic, referring to demon possession, applicable only to the unbeliever.
(13) There are two categories of demonization:
(a) The demonization of the body, where demons invade the body of the unbeliever only. This is demon possession.
(b) The demonization of the soul and personality in which doctrines of demons inculcate the victim, believer or unbeliever. This is demon influence.
(14) The believer’s arrogant lust for success and ascendancy destroys any true scale of values related to Bible doctrine, and leaves him the victim of demon influence.
(15) Motivational arrogance results in Christian service produced inside the cosmic system where it becomes wood, hay, and stubble and it destroyed.
(16) “Disorder” refers to detonation and fragmentation, in which arrogance has pulled the pin in the grenade. As a result, you have disorder in your thinking, motivation, and modus vivendi.
(17) Once there is detonation, there is “every evil deed,” a description of gates #2 – 10 of cosmic one.
m. No one can function as a pastor-teacher while fragmented through arrogance. New converts often fall into fragmented lives very quickly. Therefore, note the phraseology of 1 Tim 3:6 which lists some of the requirements of the pastor or bishop. He is not to be “a new convert lest he should become arrogant and fall into the condemnation of the devil.”
n. 1 Tim 6:3-4, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not concur with sound doctrine, those doctrines from our Lord Jesus Christ, even the doctrine pertaining to godliness [life in divine dynasphere], he has received arrogance, understanding nothing. Furthermore, he has a morbid obsession about controversies and verbal conflicts, from which originate jealousy, discord, evil speculations.”
(1) If you reject Bible doctrine, you are automatically arrogant. When you are arrogant, you understand nothing!
(2) He has a “morbid obsession about controversies” because arrogant people are always trying to prove they are smarter and better. Jealousy is one of the easiest ways to identify yourself as being arrogant.
o. Bitterness is a pin in the grenade that is often pulled where grace orientation is lacking. Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God, that no root of bitterness springs up and causes you trouble, and by it many are defiled.” One fragmented person causes reaction from others, and they in turn become fragmented.
p. The study of the fragmented life is taught in Eph 4:14. “That we no longer be childish [fragmented], destabilized in heavy seas and driven out of control [fragmentation] by every wind of false teaching, by the trickery of false people, by cunning deception for the purpose of scheming deceit.”
q. Bitterness is related to other pins of the grenade in Eph 4:31. “Let all bitterness, both anger [emotional sin] and wrath [mental attitude sin], both quarreling and slander, be taken away [removed] from you, along with all malice.” Malice here means two things.
(1) The desire and motivation of the believer to inflict suffering and injury on others.
(2) Motivated by jealousy, hatred, bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, or self-pity, revenge motivation is followed by revenge modus operandi.
1. Negative Volition.
a. 1 Tim 6:3-4 is the transition from gate 1 to gate 2. “If anyone teaches a different [false] doctrine and does not concur with sound doctrine, those doctrines from our Lord Jesus Christ, even doctrine pertaining to godliness [life in divine dynasphere], he has received arrogance [gate #1], understanding nothing. Furthermore, he has a morbid obsession about controversies and verbal conflicts from which originate jealousy, discord, and evil speculation.”
(1) A fragmented life is always drawn to false doctrine.
(2) The doctrines come from our Lord Jesus Christ because all precedence for the Church Age was established in the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
(3)Mental attitude arrogance results in preoccupation with self, which results in indifference to Bible doctrine, which results in accepting the cheap substitutes of emotional activity, legalism, human good, and becoming a loser in the Christian life.
(4) A fragmented believer is morbid about controversies. He has personality conflicts with people who have wronged him, and he is morbid about it. He has fragmented his own life by pulling the pin of his own arrogance.
(5) Evil speculation is making a villain out of someone else after you’ve pulled your own pin. It’s a speculation; it isn’t true at all.
(6)There are 3 stages where doctrine can be rejected.
(a) Gnosis Stage. Arrogance rejects doctrine at the reception stage by failure to be consistent in the daily exposure to Bible teaching. Arrogant distortion at this stage is due to lack of concentration or objectivity. Subjectivity bends what is taught to suit your own purpose.
(b) Epignosis Stage. Arrogance rejects doctrine at the retention stage by rejecting the doctrine heard at the gnosis stage, spitting out true spiritual food, as it were. Retention is the ability to remember and recall gnosis doctrine that has been converted into epignosis doctrine or the metabolization of doctrine by means of positive volition and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. Arrogance attacks this stage by making doctrine your servant instead of your master.
(c) Application Stage. Arrogance rejects doctrine at the recall stage by failing to apply metabolized doctrine to experience through the utilization of the ten problem solving devices of the protocol plan of God. Arrogance attacks this stage by relating metabolized doctrine to personality self-righteousness or to personal self-justification.
b. Your spiritual growth comes in two ways: from doctrine retained and from doctrine recalled when you need it. Direct growth comes from retention, or epignosis in the soul. But recall is also a means of growth, because when you pass a momentum test through recall of doctrine, that gives you accelerated growth. The true function of perception of doctrine under these three stages is designed for your spiritual growth and application from your growth.
c. A fragmented life may listen to doctrine and reject it, may understand doctrine and reject it, or may recall doctrine and reject its application.
d. Having equal privilege and equal opportunity to learn Bible doctrine, you have no excuse to be ignorant of doctrine.
e. If you are ignorant of Bible doctrine, when adversity comes you will not be able to handle it, and when prosperity comes you will not be able to handle it.
f. You have to know truth to apply truth. If you are ignorant of doctrine, you cannot apply doctrine.
g. There are three stages to epistemological rehabilitation, all which relate to cognition of doctrine. The major distraction to this is preoccupation with self. Even though one may allege that he wants to lear Bible doctrine, preoccupation with self results in no consistency and no understanding of the principles and concepts necessary for the execution of God’s plan, God’s will, and God’s purpose for your life.
(1) Reception includes:
(a) Finding the right pastor, i.e., someone who is faithful in the verse-by-verse teaching of Bible doctrine under the principle of line upon line, precept upon precept.
(b) Consistent if not daily exposure to Bible teaching either through attendance at a local church where doctrine is taught, called face-to-face teaching; or through a consistent program of non-face-to-face teaching, such as audio, tape, video, radio, television or the printed word.
(c) Positive volition toward doctrine. This means doctrine has #1 priority in your life, and nothing takes precedence over it, including Christian service.
(d) Concentration and the avoidance of distractions, whether they are from your own soul or from others.
(e) Living in the divine dynasphere, where the Holy Spirit teaches Bible doctrine as it is communicated by your right pastor. The communication of doctrine always includes the authority principle; no one can learn doctrine on his own. God has delegated the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher for the communication of doctrine.
(2) Retention is the spiritual function of converting gnosis or academic doctrine in the left lobe into epignosis or metabolized doctrine in the right lobe. This is a function of your own volition under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit. Only metabolized doctrine provides spiritual growth and momentum; it is the only way to execute God’s plan, will, and purpose for your life. Only metabolized doctrine provides spiritual energy for spiritual modus operandi.
(3) Recall is the application of metabolized doctrine to the various and multifarious experiences of life. Recall is the practical use of doctrine. It is everything that contributes to the function of your spiritual growth, your understanding and fulfillment of God’s plan, the utilization of all your assets necessary to meet both adversity and prosperity, and to have the same perfect happiness (+H), the ultimate problem solving device, in both antithetical situations.
h. There are two categories of negative volition toward doctrine when believers become involved in the cosmic system.
(1) Negative volition of cosmic one gate #2 is defined as resistance to Bible doctrine on the one hand, or indifference to Bible doctrine on the other hand, based on arrogant preoccupation with self. Arrogance preoccupation with self has many aspects, such as a personality conflict with the teacher of doctrine, or self-pity in interaction with people in the congregation. In this state, you are not antagonistic to doctrine, but simply distracted from it by your own status quo of arrogance.
(2) Negative volition of cosmic two gate #2 is defined as antagonism toward doctrine. Cosmic two is an antagonism toward God, God’s plan, God’s Word, and God’s person. Persistent carnality, ignorance, or reversionism eventually result in antagonism toward doctrine.
i. Negative volition in cosmic one can be classified as neglect of doctrine based on the distraction of arrogance. Negative volition in cosmic two is classified as rejection of doctrine based on antagonism toward the truth, resulting from unrestrained sinning, a perpetual state of carnality, the function of human good and evil, and the function of moral and immoral degeneracy.
j. Motivational arrogance of gate #1 cosmic one resists Bible doctrine under two categories.
(1) Resistance to the content of Bible doctrine. Arrogance is hostile to any Biblical subject which condemns or exposes the nature of one’s vanity.
(2) Resistance to the communicator of Bible doctrine. Arrogance enters into a personality conflict with a pastor who teaches doctrine. It is not a matter of the pastor’s personality, but the issue is the pastor’s communication of the Word of God. Therefore, many find it a difficult hurdle to get past the personality to the content of the Word. But this is made possible under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in your life.
k. Motivational arrogance opposes the idea of day-by-day perception of doctrine. However, arrogance can also listen to Bible teaching for the purpose of either justifying self or some erroneous course of action, or distorting doctrine to suit one’s arrogant purposes.
l. Arrogance resists doctrine because that same arrogance rejects authority. This explains the failure of so many believers to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
m. The idea of learning in silence is abhorrent to arrogance.
(1) Scripture cites this problem with regard to women, but it applies equally to men. 1 Tim 2:11-12, “A woman must learn doctrine in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”
(a) You can’t learn and talk at the same time.
(b) Full submission to authority means concentration. You must not only recognize the authority of your pastor, but listen with concentration under the filling of the Spirit.
(c) Not only is a woman forbidden to have authority over men in the pulpit, but under the laws of divine establishment, the husband is to have authority over the wife, as established in the Garden.
(2) 1 Cor 14:35 adds, “It is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church.” Being quiet is important, provided it is not motivated by arrogant resentment. Your quietness must indicate your concentration on the teaching of the Word.
n. Arrogance rejects two principles in Bible teaching.
(1) The principle of authority.
(2) The principle of silence, a result of the first. Silence is defined as no talking, no unnecessary movement, nothing that would be disturbing or distracting to those who are serious students of the Word of God. The principle of silence is related to the principle of concentration.
(3) Arrogance not only rejects doctrine but becomes a distractor of doctrine.
o. Arrogance rejects two combinations of authority.
(1) The divine authority of the Word of God.
(2) The human authority of the pastor-teacher in the communication of the Word of God. This doesn’t mean that the pastor is absolutely right at all times, but it does mean that he is prepared by spiritual gift and generally by academic training, as well as by other means by which God prepares such men for the communication of doctrine.
p. Eventually, locked-in arrogance only listens to Bible doctrine to distort it, to ridicule it, and to reject it.
q. Arrogance in relationship to Bible doctrine can be very subtle in motivation but very evil in action. 2 Tim 3:2-7 is the biography of the walking grenade, the story of the fragmented life. “For persons [Church Age believers] will be lovers of self [in cosmic one], lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers [abusive], disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy [wicked], without love [virtue-love], implacable [unforgiving], slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good [of intrinsic value], treacherous, thoughtless [rash], being puffed up or conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having an overt appearance [outward form] of godliness [in divine dynasphere], although they have denied its power [omnipotence of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit]. Therefore, avoid these believers. For among them are those believers who creep [worm their way] into homes and captivate [gain control over] weak-willed women who are loaded down with sins, led on by multifarious lusts, always learning but never able to come to the epignosis knowledge of truth.”
(1) The fragmented life never uses the omnipotence of God. “They have denied its power” because they have pulled the pin and are permanently fragmented in cosmic one. They compensate for their fragmentation by every kind of false doctrine and false concept. They talk in terms of godliness, using words like “lordship” and “commitment,” but they are fragmented.
(2) “Always learning, but never able to come to the epignosis knowledge of truth” means that a fragmented life can be exposed to doctrine, but the exposure is no good because fragmentation resists metabolization. Without metabolization, there is no momentum in the Christian life.
r. Negative volition toward doctrine results in bad decisions from a position of weakness which, in turn, produces terrible suffering under the law of volitional responsibility. Gal 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows, this he will also reap.” We use our own volition to sin, to become involved in arrogance, human good, evil, moral and immoral degeneracy. By using our volition against God, we produce our own misery under the law of volitional responsibility.
s. Gate #2 is defined as the rejection of doctrine and the resistance of truth based on preoccupation with self. This is the function of subjectivity in life, which is demon influence and transference of thought. Negative volition is related to subjectivity, inordinate ambition, personality conflict, resentment of the content of Bible doctrine, jealousy, vindictiveness, implacability. It only takes a few dissatisfied people in a congregation to start conspiracies against the pastor, often a result of arrogant negative volition.
t. The negative volition of gate #2 in cosmic one is different from negative volition in gate #2 of cosmic two. Negative volition of cosmic one is related to preoccupation with self; therefore, it hinges around subjective negative volition. Negative volition in cosmic two is related to antagonism toward doctrine and truth; therefore, it is objective, aggressive, antagonistic negative volition toward the truth.
u. Negative volition results in slavery to the circumstances of life, which means that prosperity produces self-righteous arrogance while adversity produces self-pity arrogance. Self-righteousness plus self-pity produce the guilt complex. The wide swing between self-pity and self-righteousness under the varying circumstances in life is the system of slavery in gate #2 of cosmic one. One is a slave to self. Self-pity in adversity is the attitude of misery; self-righteousness in prosperity is the attitude of unhappiness. All this can result in psychosis if unchecked.
v. All negative volition is related to the fact that at the point of reception, self-pity produces subjectivity which knocks out what is being taught. Self-righteousness also knocks out the reception of truth, because doctrine is anti-self-righteousness to the core. Over a period of time, the result of the two is a guilt syndrome, which becomes a guilt complex. Then your whole life is motivated around guilt. This is why, at the point of the guilt complex, you become either a psychopath or a sociopath. Eventually from the manic depressive psychopathic personality comes suicide.
2. Arrogance of Ignorance.
a. Part of negative volition is the arrogance of ignorance. This occurs at three points.
(1) At the point of salvation, all believers are ignorant of doctrine. Therefore, it is important that they listen to the teaching of the Word under epistemological rehabilitation.
(2) At the point of reception, believers are ignorant of doctrine. Therefore, it is important that they concentrate under the ministry of the Holy Spirit on the teaching of doctrine.
(3) At the point of arrogance, believers become ignorant of doctrine; this is the arrogance of ignorance. Therefore, it is important that they rebound to regain residence in the divine dynasphere.
b. The arrogance of ignorance is the believer living in time without perception, metabolization, or application of doctrine. Therefore, he replaces momentum in the protocol plan of God with arrogance, both motivational and functional arrogance. This is the fragmented life.
c. The arrogance of ignorance corrupts and distorts authority; rejects power, success, talent, ability, genius, marriage, social life, both romance and friendship, pleasure, health, sex, and everything else in life that can be tarnished by arrogance.
d. The arrogance of ignorance results in problems in the soul related to reversionism.
(1) The blackout of the soul.
(2) The scar tissue of the soul.
(3) The strong delusion of the soul, the peak of demon influence where the believer’s rejection of reality results in becoming psychotic, neurotic, entering into psychopathic modus operandi, moody, or any other mental disturbance.
(4) Emotional revolt of the soul.
e. The application of divine veracity is an important consideration. God is infinite; He is without boundary and without limitation. He unites in Himself those perfections which belong to His person. God’s infinity includes veracity and truth. The application of God’s truth to your life causes you to grow spiritually.
(1) The arrogance of ignorance rejects the fact that God is truth and veracity, an eternal part of His character.
(2) Since God is truth and veracity, He cannot be complicated by ignorance, arrogance, or the resultant absurdities of life.
(3) God’s plan, will, and purpose for every believer is related to His truth and veracity. It is impossible for the believer to execute the protocol plan of God and thereby glorify Him apart from cognition of truth, Bible doctrine.
(4) Infinity characterizes all that God does, including the function of His holiness, both justice and righteousness, as well as His eternal truth and the administration of that truth through His grace policy.
(5) Therefore, divine motivation is both perfect and eternal. (That is why your I.Q. is not an issue in your perception of doctrine. God has provided for you a spiritual I.Q.)
(6) Divine motivation is related to God’s own glory. Therefore, God uses His own glory in the interest of absolute truth.
(7) God is true to Himself, both in His essence and in His personality. Consequently, any revelation from God has to be truth; i.e., the facts about Himself, the facts about the prehistoric angelic conflict, and the facts about human history. The truth revealed by God to homo sapien is classified as Bible doctrine.
(8) While the believer can say he has learned the truth, God says “I am the truth.”
(9) God never holds the truth as being acquired or perceived by Him. For God is truth, always has been truth, and always will be truth. This is a part of His infinity and His eternity.
(10) God is eternal;His truth is eternal. In God, every form of truth and every form of knowledge dwells in an absolute form.
(11) Therefore, God has designed His protocol plan to function and be fulfilled by means of truth.
(12) Truth in the form of metabolized doctrine resident in the right lobe of the soul acts as a wall of fire, protecting the believer from Satanic propaganda and involvement in the cosmic system. Truth in the form of divine establishment protects the unbeliever from both demon influence and demon possession.
(13) The believer’s ignorance of truth and/or Bible doctrine makes him vulnerable to demon influence only, which is the transfer of Satanic policy and thinking to the right lobe of the believer through life in the cosmic system.
f. Under the principle of rightly dividing the Word of Truth, the believer must distinguish between the facts of history which are not always true, and the truth of doctrine from God which is absolute, infinite, and eternal truth.
(1) The facts of history include every thought, every motive, every decision, and every action of every human being and how it interrelates with his particular circumstances in the context of his interaction with other human beings.
(2) The omniscience of God fed all these facts into a prom chip in the computer of divine decrees, so that all human history was programmed, both the true and the false, the good and the evil, the believer and the unbeliever, the causes and the results, all perfectly known by the omniscience of God in eternity past & at all times.
(3) The actual facts of history include truth and lies, failures and successes, opposition to God and glorification of God. These are the true facts of history, but only doctrine is the absolute truth in history.
(4) Therefore, truth originates from God and the false originates from Satan and those under his influence.
(5) Truth is found in Bible doctrine. The facts, true and false, are a part of history.
(6) The divine attribute of veracity guarantees both the truth of Bible doctrine and the accuracy of everything that happens in history, both true and false.
(7) Therefore, we must distinguish between truth which is Bible doctrine, and the facts of history which include the true and the false.
(8) The fact that lies are recorded in the Bible as facts does not mean that God condones or sponsors these lies. Although sins are recorded in perfect accuracy, this does not imply that God sponsors sin; the thought is blasphemous.
(9) God does not condone false doctrine nor the evil of men, but He reports it accurately in the canon of Scripture.
g. Only the arrogance of negative volition distorts, rejecting absolute truth and justifying evil. The arrogance of ignorance is exactly how believers distort the grace policy of God.
h. To enter into the arrogance of ignorance, the believer must make hundreds and thousands of negative decisions against the truth. Then the believer lives the lie, and becomes the loser under God’s provision of equal privileges and equal opportunities in the protocol plan of God.
i. Satan is a liar and the father of lies. While the lie is confined to time, the angelic conflict, and the extension of it in human history; truth has always existed and always will exist.
j. Only divine truth can advance the believer, while the arrogance of ignorance hinders the believer from fulfilling the plan of God.
k. Therefore, the arrogance of ignorance is any system of thought which hinders the believer from fulfilling the plan of God or advancing in it. The arrogance of ignorance hinders the believer from glorifying God.
l. God honors His Word; God honors the believer who learns His Word and applies it to history.
m. This explains how client nations are delivered through the pivot of mature believers. It also explains how certain nations are delivered through understanding establishment principles. God punishes the false, which explains the evil of demon influence in the cosmic system and the resultant administration of divine judgment in the cycles of discipline to a client nation.
n. Negative volition arrogance combines with arrogance of ignorance to hinder the believer from fulfilling the plan of God for his life.
o. The arrogance of ignorance is failure to make the transition from ignorance to cognizance in life. The transition must exist in the temporal and the spiritual realm. The more areas in which a person is ignorant, the more areas in which he is prone to arrogance. If you don’t understand something, arrogance is used as a defense mechanism to reject it.
p. The inculcation of authority from the home carries you magnificently through life, for you can then take the responsibility for your own decisions. Each transition in life requires virtue. Genuine humility is necessary to make the transition from authority in youth to freedom as an adult.
q. Failure to make the transition from ignorance to cognizance in the Christian life is very damaging and produces many pressures in the arrogance system. This is the failure of epistemological rehabilitation after salvation. Spiritual maturity requires making the transition from total ignorance at regeneration to cognizance at gate #8. This demands the function of both enforced and genuine humility which produce the objectivity necessary for perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine.
r. The arrogance of ignorance is failure to make the transition from ignorance of doctrine to the inculcation of doctrine necessary to grow in grace. The result is that you set up a vacuum so that you come under demon influence.
s. The arrogance of ignorance corrupts almost everything with which it comes into contact, whether it is power, authority, success, talent, ability, genius, wealth, promotion, business life, social life, love life, spiritual life, divine institutions, such as volition making bad decisions from a position of weakness, as well as causing problems in marriage, family, and government.
t. The arrogance of ignorance has been illustrated many times in history.
(1) The French Revolution.
(2) William Lloyd Garrison in the abolition movement when he tore up a copy of the Constitution. Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe were also involved.
(3) John Brown.
(4) Fundamentalists in their crusades and use of violence.
u. The arrogance of ignorance combines with the arrogance of power to use violence to gain one’s position, to gain power, to destroy human freedom under the hypocrisy that the means will justify the end. The arrogance of ignorance creates violence, which totally destroys.
v. Essentially, the arrogance of ignorance is strong delusion, reversionism, blackout of the soul, scar tissue of the soul. These are varying degrees of demon influence in the cosmic system. One or more of the three categories of divine truth are rejected, resulting in demon influence.
w. So under the cosmic system, the arrogance of ignorance combines with the arrogance of power to use violence to gain power through injustice.
x. This simultaneously destroys your own human freedom or others’ freedom: the right of self-determination, privacy, property and human life. Illustration: the gossiper in self-righteousness violates other’s privacy. The purpose of demon influence in gossip is to malign others and to use this as a way of fighting back.
y. Arrogance of ignorance destroys the believer’s personal sense of destiny and results in making many wrong decisions from a position of weakness. Arrogance destroys capacity for life, true values of life, and a personal sense of destiny, meaning, purpose and definition in life.
z. Because arrogant power corrupts in both the angelic and human realm, humility is man’s only protection against the corrupting influence of power and authority. It is really arrogance which corrupts, not power. Arrogance corrupts power, and then power corrupts.
aa. Demon penetration of every facet of the soul results in demon penetration of the personality. This is tantamount to personality invasion, the depravity of the soul from demon influence. Real arrogance really corrupts, because real arrogance is tantamount to opening the door to demon influence.
(c) 1989, by R. B. Thieme, Jr. All rights reserved.


C. Gate #3: Self-Righteousness Arrogance.
1. Introduction.
a. Self-righteousness means to be righteous in one’s own esteem; in fact, to be Pharisaical. Our Lord condemned self-righteousness in His great dissertation of Matt 23, which begins: “Woe unto you, scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites.”
b. Self-righteousness is generally associated with arrogance. It is the arrogant reliance on one’s own assumed, inconsistent, and hypocritical righteousness.
c. Self-righteousness is the arrogant conviction that one’s own righteousness is superior to that of all others. It is the conclusion that one’s own righteousness is so great that intolerance of all others becomes the modus operandi of blind arrogance.
d. The writer Edison Marshall once said, “All the self-righteous cruelty of a woman whose happiness has been given up for others.” This is heard today as “after all I’ve done for you.”
e. Self-righteousness arrogance is defined as divorcement from reality; it is the logical progression from preoccupation with self. It always produces a system of fantasizing, of bolstering self at the expense of others.
f. There are six categories of self-righteous arrogance.
(1) The arrogance of legalism.
(2) Personality arrogance.
(3) The arrogance of morality.
(4) Authority arrogance.
(5) Crusader arrogance and Christian activism.
(6) The arrogance of Christian service.
(7) Transference arrogance
g. Arrogant self-righteousness is the motivational arrogance which manifests itself in these six categories, all of which comprise another step in the drive toward unreality. By the sixth category, the person is locked into arrogance, explaining why believers can become mentally ill. If a believer divorces himself from Bible doctrine, he divorces himself from reality, and the drive toward unreality results in becoming mentally ill.
2. Arrogance of Legalism.
a. From self-righteousness originates the arrogance of legalism, taught in Galatians and in six chapters of Romans.
b. The arrogance of legalism is the vanity of the unique experience and erroneous emphasis on human achievement.
c. It begins with believers not understanding the uniqueness of the Church Age, their portfolio of invisible assets, their escrow blessings, the divine decrees, equal privilege and equal opportunity in the protocol plan of God, their union with Christ producing a royal family of God and a new species, the divine dynasphere, the indwelling of the Trinity, and the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union and how it is perpetuated into the Church Age.
d. Failing to understand these things, they go back to the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law has three elements: the laws of divine establishment, which explain freedom, privacy, property, and life; ritual explaining the Gospel; and ritual explaining the modus operandi of the faith-rest drill. Such believers go back to the Old Testament in order to use the morality of Israel as the Christian way of life.
e. The morality of Israel was for both believers and unbelievers. However, the Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life and demands a supernatural means of execution.
f. Self-righteous arrogance includes any form of legalism. It has three general categories.
(1) Salvation by works or human achievement; adding to faith for eternal life. But the Scripture makes clear that only faith is required for salvation. Yet people are not satisfied with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and want to add their works to it. However, salvation was finished on the cross. It is blasphemous and legalistic to try to add some system of works to the efficacious, unlimited atonement work of Christ on the cross.
(2) Spirituality by works, in which people observe certain taboos and call it spirituality.
(3) Blessings from God on the basis of works, human achievement, self-sacrifice, morality, giving, conforming to a church program, or participating in some ritual.
(a) The legalist has no understanding of the holiness of God, made up of divine justice and divine righteousness. God imputes His own perfect righteousness to us at salvation for justification so that we can become the objects of God’s personal love, and so that God can bless the perfect righteousness in us with logistical grace blessings.
(b) God found a way to bless us without compromising His character. God doesn’t bless you because of anything you do, but because you have His perfect righteousness.
g. This can also be classified as blind arrogance, in which the vanity of being divorced from the realities of Bible doctrine lead to the erroneous conclusion that the believer is victorious, mature, or great because of some unique experience, some sacrificial modus vivendi, or some system of human works. Blind arrogance concludes that the plan of God succeeds or fails on the basis of how you function, rather than on the basis of logistical grace.
h. Self-righteous arrogance is the motivation, while legalism is the function which comes from that motivation.
i. Legalism may be defined as the pomposity of the energy of the flesh, the blasphemy of Christian works being substituted for the divine provision of grace, the insolence of replacing our portfolio of invisible assets with the conceit of pretensions from human ability.
j. The irrationality of legalism is the same as the arrogance of morality. When there is any malfunction of this self-righteous arrogance, the individual is always shocked. When self is shocked, he makes the conceited conclusion that Bible doctrine doesn’t work; that “the plan of God has failed because I have failed.”
k. Self-righteous arrogance correlated with the arrogance of legalism concludes that the plan of God succeeds or fails on the basis of human works, rather than concluding the truth, which is that the plan of God succeeds on the basis of what He does in grace, working on our behalf.
l. Therefore, legalism establishes false standards and measures spiritual success on the basis of complying with these false standards.
m. Legalism has two blasphemous functions.
(1) Salvation through keeping the Law is answered in Gal 1-3 and Rom 13:3-4.
(2) Spirituality through keeping the Law is answered in Gal 4-6 and Rom 7-8.
n. Self-righteous arrogance seeks to impose its standards on others, judging them for not complying.
3. Personality Arrogance.
a. From the arrogance of legalism comes a change in personality, called personality arrogance.
b. Self-righteous arrogance seeks to dominate people, policy, and authority in its periphery. Self-righteous arrogance establishes false standards and then seeks to impose those standards on other people.
c. Therefore, self-righteous arrogance produces a domineering personality and a bully, a person who assumes that he is never wrong in human interaction, a person who often claims sinless perfection. Yet 1 Jn 1:8 says that anyone who “assumes he no longer sins is a liar and doctrine is not in him.”
d. The result is the blind leading the blind, or personality arrogance motivated by self-righteousness rejecting human privacy, forcing erroneous standards on others in the name of Christianity. People have a right to make their own mistakes before the Lord. Correction comes either through the teaching of Bible doctrine or divine discipline.
e. Personality arrogance is irrational and never satisfied until everyone in his periphery is a puppet on a string dancing to his tune, using his standards, fulfilling the principle of the blind leading the blind. Anyone who succumbs to personality arrogance and legalism falls into the worst possible ditch. As a result, the world at large concludes an erroneous concept of Christianity.
f. Personality arrogance attacks the teaching of Bible doctrine at two points: its subject matter, and its communicator.
g. Personality arrogance is the superimposition of personal and false opinions over the principles of God’s Word. If the pastor does not agree with their false concepts, personality arrogance attacks the pastor, seeking to discredit him and his ministry. In this way, personality arrogance is seen in a Christian seeking to destroy true Bible doctrine.
h. Personality arrogance is the manifestation of a fragmented, flawed life. When there is a fragmented life, some people gravitate to the self-righteous personality; others gravitate to the lascivious personality. Prolonged involvement in the cosmic one means possession of the tragic flaw. No genius, no talent, no ability, no success, and no prosperity can erase the tragic flaw.
i. So personality arrogance is where one uses his personality to dominate a cell of weak people within a system in order to be antagonistic toward the policy and leadership of that group. This does not mean every dominant personality is arrogant. But dominating personalities in a local church or in any organization must beware of setting up their personal and too often erroneous opinions against the authority of doctrine, of the local church, or against any other legitimate authority, policy or organization.
j. Personality arrogance finds the acceptable, dominating, or pleasing personality setting false spiritual standards for a group, rather than allowing Bible doctrine to do so. Therefore, this type or arrogance amalgamates with conspiracy arrogance.
4. Arrogance of Morality.
a. Legalism, personality arrogance, and the arrogance of morality all go together. There are two categories of morality found in the Bible.
(1) True morality is based on the laws of divine establishment as delineated in the Mosaic Law and in Romans. True morality is designed for both believer and unbeliever. It is related to responsibility to government, society, and the authorities delegated by God under the laws of divine establishment. Genuine morality includes respect for privacy, freedom, property, and life.
(2) Pseudo morality is used by apostate Christians as a substitute for the Christian way of life. It is used by believers involved in the cosmic system and the stages of reversionism. Their morality is distorted into a system of evil, from which comes cruelty.
b. True morality is designed for both believer and unbeliever as the guardian of human freedom, the protector of privacy, property, and life, and the basis for providing both evangelism and the right to hear Bible doctrine taught.
c. True morality is the basis for the function of the four divine institutions. A divine institution is for all people, believers and unbelievers. The first two divine institutions existed in the garden: volition as divine institution #1 and marriage as divine institution #2. But both malfunctioned even in the perfection of the garden. So if they malfunctioned in perfect environment, they will certainly malfunction now in less than perfect environment. Divine institution #3 is family; divine institution #4 is government.
d. Morality is conformity to the laws of divine establishment, including its authority, its ethics, its motivation, its character, conduct, honor, and integrity. It is conformity to all the four divine institutions.
e. Arrogant self-righteousness distorts human morality into a system of works in opposition to the protocol plan of God. Salvation by morality, spirituality by morality, and blessing from God by morality are the three tenets of this blasphemy.
f. But salvation is not by morality, legalism, or any system of self-sacrifice.
(1) Eph 2:8-9, “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”
(2) Tit 3:5, “He saved us, not on the basis of works which we have done in righteousness [self-righteousness], but according to His mercy by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
(3) Rom 3:20, “Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified in His sight, for through the law is the knowledge of sin.”
(4) Rom 3:28, “We maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”
(5) Gal 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no person shall be justified.”
(6) Gal 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and delivered Himself up on my behalf [for me].”
g. The protocol plan of God for the Church Age produces something higher than morality through residence, function, and momentum inside the divine dynasphere. It produces virtue and the ten problem solving devices.
h. Morality is for believer and unbeliever, but morality is not the Christian way of life. Something higher is produced through the grace policy of God and the availability of divine power: virtue.
i. Morality is the function of the human race living under the laws of divine establishment. Virtue is the function of the believer who, under the filling of the Spirit, has advanced to spiritual adulthood inside the divine dynasphere. Virtue and grace orientation must be added to morality to avoid arrogance and the fragmentation of your life.
j. The key to virtue is residence in the divine dynasphere under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and momentum from metabolized doctrine.
k. Christianity does not reject morality but produces something higher than morality: the virtue of gates #5 and #6 of the divine dynasphere.
(1) Gate #5 is spiritual self-esteem when one has personal love for God and the beginning of +H, or sharing the happiness of God. Gate #6 is spiritual autonomy when one has impersonal love toward all mankind and the continuation of +H.
(2) These two gates combine to produce virtue-love and a +H strong enough to face the momentum tests of gate #7, so that one reaches gate #8, spiritual maturity, where virtue-love continues to be used as the great problem solving device, and +H reaches a fantastic peak. This is the virtue in the Christian way of life, which is infinitely superior to morality.
l. The virtue of the Christian way of life is two-fold: gate #5 as motivational virtue, spiritual self-esteem, and personal love for God; and gate #6 as functional virtue, spiritual autonomy, and impersonal love for all mankind. This virtue-love is infinitely superior to any form of morality since it comes through the filling of the Spirit and consistent function in the divine dynasphere under the three R’s: reception, retention, and recall of Bible doctrine.
m. Anything the unbeliever can do is not the Christian way of life. Unbelievers can have the most fantastic morality and humility from the laws of divine establishment. The unbeliever can be very moral, but he is not a born-again Christian and so is not living the Christian way of life.
n. However, unbelievers can also have morality arrogance when the unbeliever substitutes in pride a personal and false standard of morality for the true standard of divine establishment morality. Unbeliever morality arrogance is illustrated by the individual, who, on the basis of false standards of morality, refuses to sign up for the draft, or refuses military service when his country is at war.
o. Morality arrogance is the ignorant and self-righteous believer substituting human morality for virtue-love produced by the ministry of God the Holy Spirit and consistent cognition of Bible doctrine. Furthermore, morality arrogance has -H,whereas virtue has +H.
p. It takes a lot of ignorance of the Word of God and a lot of arrogance from self-righteousness to substitute human merit and morality for divine virtue.
q. Arrogance from the cosmic system robs morality of its true divine purpose and substitutes self-righteousness.
r. Self-righteousness combines with arrogance to establish false standards of morality. Self-righteous arrogance superimposes those false standards on others.
s. The arrogance of morality assigns functions and purposes to morality which God never intended in the invention of morality for the human race, to include salvation by works, spirituality by works, and blessings from God by works.
t. Morality has limitations which are completely ignored by arrogance. Morality cannot provide salvation, but the arrogant seek salvation through morality and works. Morality is not spirituality, but arrogance alleges so. The morality of establishment cannot compare with the virtue of the divine dynasphere. Morality relates to freedom; the divine dynasphere relates to that which is greater than freedom: the Christian way of life, the foundation for all systems of freedom in life.
u. Morality is not the means of establishment function in the client nation, but the result of it. Therefore, morality is everything from paying taxes to serving in the military, respect for law and law enforcement agencies, recognition of the privacy of others, respect for freedom, and recognition of the sacredness of the property and lives of others. Morality demands that the believer and unbeliever be law-abiding citizens and patriotic, dedicated to the principle of freedom plus the authority necessary to protect that freedom; willing to join the military, pay taxes, and do jury duty.
v. As believers we have a tremendous responsibility. There is no greater system for serving God and country than in our advance to maturity. The USA needs most of all a pivot of mature believers. The issue is pivotism versus activism. Pivotism means believers in the divine dynasphere, advancing to maturity, forming the pivot. Activism means believers in the cosmic system, demonized, practicing some form of civil disobedience. Freedom in the client nation should be used for self-determination toward the plan of God, not in protests.
w. This anticipates crusader arrogance. Crusader arrogance is immoral when it rejects the freedom of others, intrudes on the privacy of mankind, and rejects the right of the individual to believe in Christ and to be evangelized apart from false doctrine.
x. Morality is related to freedom: freedom to believe in Christ, freedom to learn Bible doctrine, freedom to grow in grace, or freedom to reject Christ and to reject learning Bible doctrine.
y. Arrogance and demon influence distort morality into a system of works related to arrogance rather than truth. One must decide between arrogance and truth. This conflict precedes the creation of man, for the same issue was in the prehistoric angelic conflict.
z. Arrogance and demon influence of the cosmic system therefore is the enemy of morality and Christianity as a way of life.
aa. The laws of divine establishment, or the integrity produced in the divine dynasphere, are the only systems of truth that will protect any client nation.
bb. Humility is the key to true morality. Humility recognizes establishment authority as the norm for life. It is the key to the perception of doctrine for the believer. The filling of the Spirit is the status of humility for the believer.
cc. Humility is not only capacity for life, flexibility, and teachability, but it accepts the authority of the pastor-teacher, and concentrates on the content of the teaching of doctrine. It is obvious that true morality cannot exist without humility.
dd. But arrogance from the cosmic system robs morality of its virtue and turns it into a system of degeneracy by substituting self-righteousness, called moral degeneracy. There are two antithetical systems of degeneracy: moral and immoral. Too often immorally degenerate unbelievers become morally degenerate believers because of self-righteous morality without doctrine. Both systems of degeneracy are equally devastating.
ee. So morality is very vulnerable. Just add arrogant self-righteousness and the virtue is gone from morality.
ff. Immorality is a state of the soul, and sins are only the result of immorality, not the definition of it.
5. Authority Arrogance.
a. Authority arrogance always begins in the home. The family is divine institution #3. The authority in the home is the parent(s). The parents have the opportunity of teaching their children establishment principles, the greatest of which is respect for authority. The objective of parenthood is to train your children in all the principles of life, especially respect for authority in every area of life.
b. God has delegated authority under two categories to preserve and perpetuate the human race to the end of the millennial reign of Christ.
(1) The laws of divine establishment include the four divine institutions: volition, marriage, family, and government /nationalism.
(2) Authority for the royal family of God includes the Word of God, the pastor of the local church, and the volition or self-determination of the believer to respond to/reject Bible doctrine.
c. Legitimate authority in life is defined as those powers delegated by God to the human race in such categories as husband over wife, parents over children, government over the people, management, coach, teacher, professor, senior rank in the military, judge on the bench, police officer, and the traffic light. In the spiritual realm, the royal family of God has additional authority related to Bible doctrine and the pastor-teacher.
d. While God has delegated authority in these realms, such authority is useless without human consent. Human acceptance of authority is often negative because arrogance rejects authority with devastating results, such as crime, violence, terrorism, slavery, dictatorship, revolution, and civil disobedience.
e. The acceptability of authority in life is dependent upon human volition, which is the great weapon defense against demonization of the believer. However, volition cannot be used in arrogance but in cognizance. God has given us the great weapon of volition. But being arrogant, you will never grow up. Arrogance rejects all legitimate authority in life. You are never justified to reject authority on the basis of injustice. If you do, you are a loser!
f. Arrogance is the product of its own decisions, such as rejection of legitimate authority, and the assignment of power to those who represent evil, moral, or immoral degeneration. Rejection of authority is inevitably manifest in some way, such as in our drug problem today.
g. All misery comes from individual volition, from making decisions from a position of weakness, from arrogance, and from losing all sense of destiny in life. It comes from our failure to accept authority and learn.
h. Authority arrogance is the enemy of freedom, privacy, property, and life. Privacy is destroyed through gossip, maligning, judging, which stem from jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, or hatred. Freedom is destroyed through the malfunction of our divine institutions in the arrogant attack upon authority. Freedom without authority is anarchy; authority without freedom is tyranny.
i. Authority arrogance results in the destruction of freedom through crime, drug addiction, violence, crusader arrogance, the attempt of self-righteousness to superimpose one’s will on others. Drug addiction takes away one’s individual sense of responsibility, and destroys the proper use of his volition.
j. Authority arrogance corrupts the divine institutions: volition, marriage, family, and government.
(1) Authority arrogance attacks free enterprise, seeking to destroy capitalism and management through the redistribution of wealth, and pressure on management from stockholders and labor. Authority arrogance attacks management and business authority.
(2) Authority arrogance attacks military establishment, destroying the command structure necessary for the preservation of the nation.
(3) Authority arrogance attacks law enforcement, destroying government authority.
(4) Authority arrogance reflects lack of enforced and genuine humility in the life.
(a) In divine institution #3, the child is born under the authority of parents. There need not be any mutual love between child and parent. The parent communicates his authority through verbal teaching (not tactile); his love is expressed verbally.
(b) The organized humility of the home includes a system for teaching. No parent is always fair. Yet children must learn to face situations which are not fair and still respect and obey the authority. Without respect, children leave home immature.
(c) At salvation, eternal life is imputed to the human spirit. Now the organized humility is the local church, the authority for enforced humility is the pastor; and again, you have volition (positive or negative) to exercise toward the authority of the doctrine and of the pastor.
k. Authority arrogance attacks the pastor who is faithful in teaching doctrine, distracting believers from epistemological rehabilitation at salvation.
(1) So vital is the doctrinal message to the royal family of God that many Scriptures warn against undermining the authority of any pastor. No matter how bad or good any pastor is, he is not your responsibility; God can handle him magnificently!
(2) Isa 54:17, “`No weapon formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the Lord, and his vindication is from Me,’ says the Lord.”
(3) Heb 13:17, “Keep obeying those pastors who themselves are ruling over you. Submit to their authority, for they keep watching for the benefit of your souls as those who have to render an account.”
(4) The pastor receives his authority from God through the delegation of the spiritual gift, proper preparation, and a call from a specific congregation.
(5) The pastor exercises his authority through exegetical teaching of the Word of God. His authority does not exist apart from the Word.
(6) Doctrine is the mind of Christ and the final authority for every believer. We can choose to accept it or reject it. You cannot open the Bible and learn it for yourself. There’s not a categorical doctrine taught that you could have ever dug out for yourself!
(7) Authority is delegated to the pastor as the teacher of doctrine. The local church becomes the environment for the authority of teaching the Word of God.
(8) So to obey means to listen to the doctrine taught, assimilate the doctrine, and follow the doctrine.
(9) It is inevitable that some persons in a congregation will become dissatisfied or disenchanted with a specific ministry. If the dissatisfaction originates from some form of arrogance, the believer will suffer from the law of volitional responsibility plus divine discipline. If the fault lies with the pastor, God will punish him beyond anything you could even imagine.
(10) If you change churches or reject a ministry, do so without undermining the authority of the pastor. Leave him entirely in the Lord’s hands. Otherwise, you will reap triple-compound divine discipline doubled; so you get discipline six-fold.
(11) In the home, children are blessed by accepting parental authority; they are cursed from rejecting parental authority. In the local church, believers are blessed by consistent positive volition toward the doctrine; they are cursed by negative volition toward doctrine.
(12) Just as a child or adolescent in the home who rejects parental authority is disciplined for authority arrogance all his life, so the believer who rejects the authority of good Bible teaching spends his entire Christian life on earth under discipline.
(13) When dissatisfied by a pastor for whatever reason, good or bad, do not compound the problem with your own arrogant reaction. Avoid criticism of the pastor, no matter how wrong he may be in your opinion. Leave his punishment or discipline in the hands of the Lord who is capable of handling his failures without any help from you.
(14) Being critical of a pastor is presumptuous and becomes blasphemous, for you are taking the erroneous stand that God cannot punish a pastor unless you help. Authority arrogance will only destroy you, not the pastor who is the object of your hatred, bitterness, or vindictiveness. This same principle holds true for every authority in life.
l. It is important to avoid arrogance, to avoid being critical when you separate from a company, a business, a local church, or a military organization. Whether you were contented or discontented is not an issue. It is only arrogance that calls attention to self. The organization must continue to run. Being critical is the source of a tremendous amount of misery. Life will destroy the person who makes an issue out of self rather than an issue out of life.
m. Arrogant people always attack authority, and thereby destroy their own freedom. As freedom is wiped out in a client nation, that opens the door for greater and greater demon influence and demon possession, and so a nation is destroyed (illustration: England).
n. When people become stupid, they blame God for everything. In Rom 9:19-21, God is the potter; the potter’s wheel is His authority. The “same lump” means we all have the same opportunity (free will), the same chances to be winners. A “vessel of honor” is the believer in the divine dynasphere; a “vessel of dishonor” is the believer in the cosmic system. Both choose from their own volition which they will be. Regardless of the combination of genes or the varying circumstances in life, we all have the same opportunities.
o. Attitude toward authority determines our decisions in life. Rejection of authority means decisions from a position of weakness; acceptance of authority means decisions from a position of strength.
p. The by-products of authority arrogance include:
(1) Impulsive arrogance.
(2) Institutional arrogance.
(3) Conspiracy arrogance.
q. Impulsive arrogance is the abuse of divinely-delegated authority or power.
(1) For example, David used his power as king and commander-in-chief of the Jewish army to murder Uriah the Hittite.
(2) For example, Elijah on Mount Carmel used his newly acquired power to murder the prophets of Baal. (3) For example, Peter used his power and authority to encourage legalism in Antioch, espousing the hypocrisy of racial discrimination against the Gentiles, Gal 2:11-13.
(4) Impulsive arrogance comes from having more authority or power than you can handle. Instead of producing a sense of responsibility and challenge to leadership, it produces arrogance. Such a person has no capacity for authority, and no sense of responsibility toward God or others in relationship to that authority. He relates that authority only to himself. He uses his authority for his own personal advancement rather than to fulfill the purpose and policy of an organization.
(5) Or, a person can have no responsibility or authority but possess power, such as the manipulative power by which you make people feel guilty, and have impulsive arrogance. This crosses conspiracy arrogance.
r. Institutional arrogance is the function of authority arrogance in conspiracy against any legitimate organization.
(1) All legitimate organizations have 3 principles of normal modus operandi: authority, a purpose, and a policy.
(2) Institutional arrogance attacks one or more of these three principles of organizational modus operandi.
(3) Institutional arrogance assigns more importance to self, the opinions of self, and self-righteousness, and thereby undermines the authority, attacks the purpose, and seeks to destroy the policy of a legitimate organization.
(4) Changes in purpose and policy of an organization must be accompanied by consensus or respectful approach to authority through a form of grievance committees.
(5) To bring about changes in authority, purpose, or policy of an organization through any function that undermines that authority is generally associated with some form of arrogance.
(6) Legitimate institutions which are vulnerable to arrogance include the following: various branches of government; business organizations and corporations; professional organizations such as school systems, police and fire departments, law firms, medical center, hospital organizations, engineering firms, military establishment; social and fraternal organizations; civic clubs; and local churches.
(7) When you are hired from your own free will, and then you don’t like the authority, you immediately attack the very purpose for which the organization was founded, and you attack its policy. When you don’t like something . . . who are you? You are there to follow the purpose, policy and authority of the organization. You are not the issue! Your job is to carry out the purpose of the company or organization; therefore, you are to obey authority.
(8) When you are on the job, what you think is not important. What is important is the purpose, the policy, and the authority of the organization. Your opinion is totally inconsequential.
(9) Institutional arrogance is disorientation to life in the area of legitimate institutions. It is the proud conclusion that an organization cannot get along without you (true of those in lower authorities), or the erroneous conclusion that you carry the organization (true of those in higher authorities).
(10) So there are two categories of institutional arrogance:
(a) The person who succeeds in an organization and distorts that success into a system of pride and assumption.
(b) The person who does not succeed in an organization and assumes that he is a victim of organizational discrimination.
(11) We all face the temptation of this institutional arrogance when we are overlooked, maltreated, under an inferior or jackass authority, etc. But if you succumb to this temptation, you’ve had it! Your life is completely miserable in every facet.
s. Conspiracy arrogance is the function of a mutual admiration society designed to overthrow legitimate authority.
(1) The mutual admiration society is composed of two categories of arrogance and subjectivity.
(a)The arrogant having aggressive subjectivity.
(b) The inadequate having passive subjectivity.
(2) The arrogant one assumes that he is greater than the system and the authority structure of the system. The inadequate one assumes that the system has overlooked his talent and ability.
(3) The arrogant leads the inadequate in forming a conspiracy against a person or persons who represent authority in that system. These societies are started by someone who is ambitious to take over. This takeover starts with complimenting, then socializing. As they criticize, they slowly but surely build up their own organization to take over.
(4) The pattern for conspiracy arrogance is the subject of Psalm 12. Verses 2-4 are very pertinent. Ps 12:2, “They [mutual admiration society] speak each one [arrogant] to his friends [inadequate] with lips of flattery. They speak heart to heart [idiom for double standard].”
(a) The arrogant flatters the inadequate so that he will join him in the conspiracy, using the old ploy, “You have been overlooked; you are better than they.”
(b) The arrogant flatters the inadequate, causing the inadequate to become dissatisfied with authority. They both malign and slander the authority. Finally, they both combine to form an effective conspiracy.
(c) The purpose of the conspiracy: the arrogant wants to replace the authority, and the inadequate wants to be recognized by the authority as being great in the organization.
(5) Ps 12:3-4, “The Lord will destroy all flattering lips [conspiracy of the arrogant], the tongue [conspiracy of the inadequate] which speaks boastful things, who have said, `We will triumph in this conspiracy with our tongues. Our lips are with us; who is our master?'”
(a) They use verbal language to undermine the authority by slander, gossip, maligning, judging, and false propaganda.
(b) Their authority arrogance is seen in the last rhetorical question: “Who is our master?” They are an authority only to themselves and recognize no other.
6. Crusader Arrogance. (See also the doctrine of Christian Activism.)
a. Crusader arrogance is defined as self-righteous arrogance with strong or impulsive desires to superimpose one’s opinion and principles on others without their consent.
b. The person afflicted with crusader arrogance believes he is so right and his cause so just that he is justified in using any means to gain his objective, including violence, destruction of property, and causing others to lose their jobs or to be driven from their environment.
(1) The perfect illustration of this is the fundamentalist groups who attack abortion clinics. They do not know that the Word of God says that, in every case, God invents life and imputes it at the point of birth; there is no life in the womb. They think they are right in their arrogance, and so they destroy property and intrude upon the privacy of pregnant women. But in reality, abortion is a private matter between a woman and her doctor, and it is no one else’s business.
(2) Self-righteous arrogance has been the bane of the existence of American Christianity since the Pilgrims landed at Massachusetts. The Puritan Syndrome brought to this country then still flourishes today as never before. It is one of the great tragedies of blind arrogance.
(3) Prayer should be reserved for the privacy of your own home and in local churches. Prayer does not belong in public schools.
(4) Civil disobedience is moral degeneracy. Using force to get your way is moral degeneracy.
c. Crusader arrogance is righteous indignation out of control. Righteous indignation is usually just emotional anger, a terrible sin. True righteous indignation is very rare.
d. Crusader arrogance ignores the honorable and judicial system for the redressing of grievances.
e. Crusader arrogance believes in vigilante solutions which bypass governmental law and order. Hence, crusader arrogance practices and advocates civil disobedience.
f. Believers involved in crusader arrogance results in such things as trying to get prayer into the public schools and anti-nuclear and anti-war activities.
(1) Prayer does not belong in the public school. School is where you learn academic subjects and interaction in social life. Jesus made this issue very clear when He said to go into your closet, i.e., your private chamber, and pray.
(2) There is no sophisticated system of weaponry that can ever destroy the population of the earth. The very omnipotence of Jesus Christ sustains the universe for the perpetuation of history until the end of the Millennium, for the purpose of demonstrating to Satan that he is completely wrong in his appeal trial and that God is completely right. The angelic conflict will continue regardless of the ingenuity of man in his use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
g. If the Christian crusaders in America today had their way, we would have only Christian laws, making all unbelievers instant outlaws. This violates the entire principle of divine institution #4.
h. Believers involved in crusades are either ignorant of doctrine (blind arrogance), or they have scar tissue on their souls or blackout of the soul, or are involved in reverse-process reversionism. They have made false application of doctrine to problems in society.
i. Crusader arrogance is tantamount to playing God, a blasphemy no believer can afford.
j. Anti-gun crusades and the support of terrorism to gain so-called “civil rights” in other countries are also popular crusades today. We have no right to interfere in the government of another country.
k. Crusader arrogance self-righteously reacts against unjust and unfair situations, e.g., an unjust system of taxation.
7. The Arrogance of Christian Service and/or Works Arrogance.
a. Every believer is in full-time Christian service from the very point of his salvation until his death or the Rapture. Therefore, there is no such thing as dedication to full-time Christian service.
b. Motivation and status quo are the great issues in Christian service.
c. Motivation for Christian service must relate to spiritual growth, to the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, to humility, and to cognition of Bible doctrine.
d. The status quo for Christian service includes two factors.
(1) The filling of Holy Spirit, i.e., residence in the divine dynasphere.
(2) Momentum or spiritual growth.
e. There are four categories of Christian service.
(1) Christian service related to your spiritual gift.
(2) Christian service related to your royal priesthood.
(3) Christian service related to your royal ambassadorship.
(4) Christian service related to the laws of divine establishment.
(5) See the doctrine of Christian Service for details of each category.
f. The arrogance of Christian service results from cosmic involvement and functioning in the various stages of reversionism.
g. Christian service performed inside the divine dynasphere under the filling of the Spirit is legitimate and rewardable at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
(1) To be effective, all Christian service must be related to humility. This is compatible with the filling of the Spirit and with the principle that God provided authority before freedom.
(2) Humility can only be maintained through the consistent daily perception of Bible doctrine.
h. Christian service performed inside the cosmic system, classified as wood, hay, and stubble in 1 Cor 3:12, will be burned at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
i. Therefore, the momentum of the Christian life depends upon perception of doctrine under epistemological rehabilitation. Doctrine must always come before service.
(1) Christian service is most effective when the believer has momentum and reaches the three stages of spiritual adulthood.
(2) Christian service from your spiritual gift may be effective when you’re out of fellowship and living in the cosmic system only because God honors the gift, not the person with the gift.
(3) However, Christian service is no substitute for momentum, and Christian service does not fulfill God’s plan. You advance spiritually only through perception of doctrine.
(4) Therefore, Christian service should not be confused with spirituality. It is all too often executed while grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit.
(5) Christian service is a legitimate function in the protocol plan of God, but always as a result, never as a means. You are not spiritual or mature because of your Christian service. Christian service is never a substitute for momentum in the protocol plan of God and resultant glorification of God.
(6) Therefore, it becomes imperative to understand that Christian service is the result of momentum and spiritual growth in the protocol plan of God, not the means. Christian service must never be confused with spirituality or the filling of the Spirit, the means of effective service.
j. Arrogance, on the other hand, destroys the true priorities of the protocol plan and substitutes works for doctrine. The fragmented life can produce a phenomenal amount of Christian service, but it is all dead works.
k. There are two categories of works in Christian service, 1 Cor 3:11-15.
(1) Christian service or works as a means is the arrogance of Christian service.
(2) Christian service or works as a result is the legitimate function of the Christian way of life.
l. There are many things which distract the believer from fulfilling God’s plan and the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ. But perhaps the most subtle is the arrogance of Christian service and works.
(1) Believers often become involved in Christian service or in some legitimate Christian organization inside or outside of the local church, resulting in either neglect or inconsistency in their intake of Bible doctrine.
(2) Once you have lost momentum through the neglect of consistent doctrinal teaching, you will enter cosmic one. What you are doing causes you to be preoccupied with yourself rather than to be motivated by doctrine and the ministry of the Spirit.
(3) Apart from consistent cognition of doctrine, there is no execution of the protocol plan, no distribution of escrow blessings, and no glorification of God no matter how many good deeds or how many acts of service are performed.
(4) The arrogance of works or Christian service is the erroneous conclusion and the false doctrine that Christian service and works are the means of fulfilling and executing the protocol plan of God.
(5) When works involvement become the means of loss of daily perception, the believer in arrogance has substituted his works for Bible doctrine. This means loss of right priorities and the inevitable failure to fulfill the protocol plan of God.
(6) Works must be the result of spiritual growth, never the means.
(7) In Lk 14:11, Jesus said, “Everyone who exalts himself [arrogance of Christian service] shall be humbled [loser under divine discipline], but he who humbles himself [enforced and genuine humility] is exalted [fulfillment of the protocol plan of God by receiving escrow blessings].”
(8) Arrogance destroys true Christian service; self-righteousness distorts true Christian service. Instead of being legitimate production, it becomes a system of exalting self instead of the Lord.
(9) Arrogance substitutes Christian service for spirituality and for spiritual growth, both of which are unacceptable to the plan of God.
(10) Christian service must always be the result of the filling of the Spirit and of spiritual growth. Then the believer is legitimately both a hearer and doer of the Word.
(11) You were given a spiritual gift at salvation by God the Holy Spirit, eventually to be manifest in some type of Christian service. But the function of this gift and any other production is destroyed completely by this arrogance.
(12) Only the daily feeding on the Word of God can protect your motivation, guarantee your momentum, and maintain your status of genuine humility. Legitimate Christian service is only one of several applications of doctrine to experience.
m. The arrogant Christian involved in the cosmic system is a doer without doctrine. Therefore, his works are called “dead works.”
(1) Heb 9:14, “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
(2) Heb 6:1, “Not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works.”
(3) Christian service without momentum in the protocol plan of God is dead works.
(4) It is the quintessence of human arrogance to assume that Christian service without doctrine is pleasing to God.
(5) Arrogance substitutes Christian service for the execution of the protocol plan.
(6) The arrogance of Christian service produces dead works which emphasizes Christian service to the exclusion of Bible doctrine.
(7) Arrogance destroys the true priorities of the protocol plan of God, and substitutes works for doctrine.
8. Transference Arrogance.
a. Again, every believer is a walking grenade with the potential for a fragmented life. All the believer has to do is pull the pin. Becoming involved in transference arrogance is the most subtle way to pull the pin by way of self-righteous arrogance.
b. Joseph’s brothers assumed in arrogance that once their father Jacob died, that Joseph would take revenge on them for selling him into slavery.
(1) That was transference arrogance.
(2) Those ten brothers were living fragmented lives, flawed even when living happily in Egypt.
(3) It was the brothers themselves who had motivational and functional revenge in their souls. They transferred to Joseph their flaws.
(4) The brothers assumed that because they had such arrogant thoughts, that Joseph had them also. Therefore, they concluded that Joseph was biding his time, waiting to take his revenge on them when Jacob died.
(5) So they transferred their own arrogant and evil motivation and thinking to Joseph.
(6) But Joseph was not like his brothers who lived fragmented lives, with a fear of retaliation.
(7) 1 Pet 5:5, “God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.”
(8) The arrogant person who pulls the pin of his own grenade assumes that because he is afraid, that the object of his antagonism is also afraid. This is transference arrogance.
(9) Joseph was not like his brothers, but was humble. “God gives grace to the humble.”
(10) From their fragmented lives, Joseph’s brothers transferred their flaws to him.
c. So transference arrogance is defined as the fragmented life which takes one’s own flaws and transfers them to someone else. Actually, by pulling the pin in your own grenade, you make your own life miserable and confused and horrible.
d. The application of humility to your life is to know your own limitations.
(1) Napoleon was one of the greatest men in history, a genius in many categories. But he did not know his own limitations when he invaded Russia in 1812. He squandered the youth of France and of many other countries in one of the finest of armies by pulling the pin in the grenade and fragmenting his own life.
(2) Evil and arrogance go together.
(3) Adolf Hitler pulled the pin and lived a fragmented life. He did not know his limitations. He constantly interfered with a very brilliant general staff, which was why the Germans lost the war.
(a) He delayed German armor, making possible the evacuation at Dunkirk. Being flawed and fearful, Hitler transferred his fear to his general staff, fearing a trap. As a result, he halted his soldiers, saving over a quarter of a millions soldiers at Dunkirk.
(b) His invasion of Russia in 1941 and his refusal to permit the German army to retreat and escape from Stalingrad were also due to transference arrogance. They revealed his horrible life of arrogance.
(4) The greatest all-around genius who ever lived was Moses.
(a) Yet Moses pulled the pin of the grenade in his own life when he attempted to liberate the Jews from slavery the first time by killing a taskmaster. He turned to violence and force. The minute he became a fragmented person, he had to leave. It took forty years to put the pieces back together before he could return.
(b)Only God could liberate the Jews, not Moses.
(c) Moses had to learn his own limitations, and in the process, learn humility so that he could become God’s servant, an instrument for the deliverance of Israel. He could never have been so used by God forty years earlier.
(5) How many times have you, aware of your own flaws and sins, assumed that these are the faults of others as well? Then you transfer to them your sins, failures, and faults. You accuse them, judge them, slander them, and think ill of them.
(6) A part of knowing your own limitations is to realize that those are your sins and flaws; don’t transfer them to others.
(7) You pull the pin in this way through jealousy, bitterness, hatred, antagonism, self-pity, revenge motivation, or implacability.
(8) When we pull this pin, we then transfer our flaws to others who do not have our flaws, failures, and sins. We think they are afraid, antagonistic, bitter, or jealous, when in reality they are not. As a result, we have no good relationships with people in life.
D. Gate #4: Sexual Arrogance.
1. This gate may be classified as the arrogance of immorality.
2. Not only is sexual arrogance defined as illegitimate sex or sex outside of marriage, but it is sex in which total preoccupation with self disregards every factor of virtue or consideration of others.
3. Sexual arrogance belongs to those who are classified in 2 Tim 3:4 as “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” There’s nothing wrong with pleasure, but when you put pleasure before God, you’re in trouble.
4. Actually, God designed sex in the human race to be an expression of love in marriage, as one of the many manifestations of love between a husband and wife. Therefore, sex is designed for conjugal relationship.
a. Sex is not solely designed for reproduction.
b. Sex was designed to be an expression of love between one man and one woman. Hence, sexual arrogance is ritual without reality.
c. Sexual arrogance precludes love as a motive for sex, for the arrogance of immorality divorces this expression of love from honor and integrity. The result is one more step toward unreality.
5. Arrogance includes abnormal preoccupation with self. Sexual arrogance is merely an extension of sexual lust.
6. Lasciviousness is a trend in the old sin nature which seeks self-gratification in some form of sex. When linked with arrogance, it produces three categories of sexual arrogance.
a. Normal sexual arrogance includes adultery and fornication.
(1) Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone else other than his or her spouse.
(2) Fornication is voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other.
b.Abnormal sexual arrogance includes at least 4 categories.
(1) Masturbation as sexual self-gratification.
(2) Homosexuality as sexual activity with a person or persons of the same sex. This includes lesbianism which is sexual activity between two women.
(3) Incest is sexual intercourse between members of the same family.
(4) Voyeurism is sexual gratification while watching others engage in sex.
c.Criminal sexual arrogance includes at least 4 categories.
(1) Rape is forcing a person against their will to have sex.
(2) Pederasty is an adult male having sex with boys or molesting children.
(3) Necrophilia is erotic attraction to a corpse or having sex with a corpse.
(4) Bestiality is sexual relationship between a human being and an animal.
7. The trend toward lasciviousness in the sin nature seeks self-gratification in some form of sex, which becomes the arrogance of immorality or sexual arrogance.
a. Without capacity for love from Bible doctrine, sexual arrogance can only be an expression of lust, pseudo-love, self-gratification, sinfulness, and in some cases demonism in the operation of the phallic lust.
b. This is why sexual arrogance is mentioned in so many passages, as in Corinthians and Galatians, warning believers against the phallic cult. In Gal 5:19-20, sexual arrogance is related to demonization.
8. Sexual arrogance does not mean loss of salvation.
9. Polygamy in the man and promiscuity in the woman is detrimental to every facet of life, including the spiritual life. Above all, it is detrimental to capacity for love, for life, for happiness.
a. This is why the Word of God forbids adultery, fornication, and other related things such as pederasty, incest, masturbation, or bestiality.
b. God is not trying to deprive you of fun; God is trying to give you happiness, and God knows that you will never be happy under any system of fornication. It destroys your capacities.
c. Therefore, sex can be a great blessing or a distraction. Sex can only be a blessing as an expression of love in monogamy. But sex is a distraction as an expression of arrogance in polygamy, promiscuity, fornication, homosexuality, incest, bestiality, etc.
10. Sexual arrogance in the woman can manifest itself through seduction of important persons; e.g., Cleopatra’s seduction of Caesar, Messalina’s seduction of Claudius, or the famous Aspasia of fifth century B.C. Athens who seduced Pericles.
a. Sexual arrogance in the woman relates to the number and importance of her conquests. Her flirtatious attitude is designed to receive flattery and to stimulate her arrogance.
11. Male sexual arrogance includes a harem or a multiplicity of seductions. As degeneracy increases, this might go to other things. Rape is the criminal extension of this.
12. Once in the arrogance complex, abnormalities can and will develop when interacting with criminal arrogance, psychopathic arrogance, or impulsive arrogance in which someone with authority abuses his authority.
a. For example, incest combines sexual arrogance with impulsive arrogance as a parent.
b. Rape combines sexual arrogance with criminal arrogance.
c. Promiscuity combines sexual arrogance w/blind arrogance.
d. Once a form of arrogance is established in the life, it leads to functioning under other forms of arrogance to produce abnormalities, sins, and evils.
13. David used his women for personal self-gratification. Once you use one woman for this, it’s easy to use the second, third, fourth, etc. in the same manner because of arrogance.
a. Therefore, sexual arrogance inevitably produces an increased lust which is abnormal. As capacity for love decreases, sexual and abnormal lust increases.
b. The more women with which a man has sex, the more intensified becomes his arrogance, so that sex destroys thought. Once you are minus thought, you lose your integrity, your honor, your doctrine and its application. This explains how David became a coward and did not fight in the Ammonite War.
E. Gate #5: Criminal Arrogance.
1. There are two categories of criminals in the world today: unbelievers and believers.
2. All criminality is acquired through arrogance. No one is born with a genetic tendency toward crime. It is all a matter of arrogance; e.g., authority arrogance, mental attitude arrogance, self-righteous arrogance, sexual arrogance, the arrogance of unhappiness which is subjective preoccupation with self, and above all, psychopathic arrogance.
a. All criminals are such because of their own volition, because they have made a decision to be a criminal. Environment is not the issue in criminality. Honor and integrity can belong to all, not just to one social caste. Criminals are criminals because they will to be so.
b. The criminal has no restraint of mental attitude sins, and no compunction about the use of violence to attain his objectives, though this is often covered by a facade of hypocrisy with smart criminals.
c. The arrogance factor in crime is the major issue. The only way a criminal can break out of criminal arrogance is by doing it himself; no one can help him. After conversion, there must be consistent positive volition toward doctrine. If there is any inconsistency, the criminal factor continues. Many a criminal uses some form of religion as a front for his activities.
d The real problem for a believer-criminal is not occasionally getting doctrine, but permanently accepting the authority of some teacher and staying with doctrine. Any personality conflict immediately arouses the arrogance in him, and he’s right back in the arrogance complex.
3. The criminal believer lives inside the cosmic system. He is totally preoccupied with himself. He is hypersensitive about himself and, strangely enough, very self-righteous, filled with self-justification for his evil deeds.
4. The criminal believer is anti-authority, anti-establishment, and often, anti-God and anti-doctrine.
5. A law-abiding citizen may be irresponsible without being a criminal. But all criminals are irresponsible.
6. The believer living in the cosmic system and involved in the various stages of reversionism is capable of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, shoplifting, mugging, blackmail, larceny, drug activity, prostitution, rape, murder, etc.
7. Criminality actually begins with rejection of authority in the home. Rejection of the authority of the parents eventually results in the rejection of all legitimate authority.
a. The criminal mind rejects all authority in life but his own, and therefore he is disoriented. He seeks to superimpose his authority on society. In arrogance, he gives lip service to the authority he encounters, but in his soul he despises any and all authority except his own.
b. Since the criminal mind rejects all establishment authority, he becomes the enemy of the client nation to God.
c. The criminal often pretends to accept some authority, like that of pastor or evangelist or psychiatrist. Often he appears to be positive to the Gospel, and even to believe in Christ. But all of this is to advance his own ends.
d. Regeneration in itself never changes the criminal; only spiritual growth can stop his criminality. If the criminal has a genuine conversion, he is still not out of the woods, because rehabilitation demands he break out of the cosmic system and accept the authority of doctrine and a pastor-teacher.
8. The criminal has a basic sense of insecurity related to various categories of fear, such as fear of ridicule, fear related to peer pressure, fear of being reduced to nothing, the fear of what psychology calls the zero state. The criminal fears the zero state even when he not in it.
a. A sense of insecurity leads the criminal to the state of transparency, in which the criminal believes that his worthlessness is obvious to all and that everyone perceives it.
b. In zero state, the criminal often blames others for his real or imagined failures.
9. The criminal has no control over his emotions, including anger and hatred.
10. The criminal is a bored person. He wants excitement and proof of his power. In fact, the criminal’s desire for excitement is so great that he becomes jaded & requires constant stimulation from excitement.
a.To the criminal, living without excitement is a put-down.
b. Therefore, the criminal requires constant stimulation related to his crimes, sex, torture, alcohol or drugs, making others afraid of him.
c. Eventually, only extreme criminal activity related to torture, rape, & murder is satisfactory as an antidote to his boredom.
11. All terrorists are criminals, not patriots. Because of boredom, they often torture and abuse their hostages. They have the lust to hurt.
12. All liars are not criminals, but all criminals are liars.
a. For the criminal, lying is a way of life. Therefore, the criminal becomes a pathological liar.
b. Habitual deceit and lying is the criminal’s total disregard for the truth in any form.
c. Lying is the criminal’s standard way of dealing with the world. Lying is a part of criminal manipulation.
13. The criminal is arrogant and irrational. Arrogance causes the criminal to fall into inordinate ambition and inordinate competition.
14. The criminal is saturated with a lust pattern of arrogance.
a. He has sexual lust, killer lust, power lust, approbation lust, money lust, stimulation lust (requiring extensive use of drugs or alcohol), cruelty lust (from which comes torture and abuse of others, as well as homicide).
b. From his arrogant preoccupation with self, the criminal is involved in a lust pattern from which it is almost impossible to break away. This is why the Word of God demands the use of capital punishment for criminals.
15. The criminal unbeliever can be demon possessed.
a. This was illustrated by the Thugs of India, who were one of the most famous criminal organizations of all time. They were probably guilty of the most crimes ever committed in the name of religion. They worshipped Kali, the goddess of murder, sex and destruction.
b. Hard-core demon-possessed religionists in the Tribu-lation will be guilty of the greatest criminal arrogance, Rev 9:20,21.
c. The criminal believer can live under demon influence, but he cannot be demon possessed.
16. The criminal is involved in a locked-in arrogance. Therefore, he becomes vulnerable to psychopathic arrogance.
(c) 1989, by R. B. Thieme, Jr. All rights reserved.


F. Gate #6: Psychopathic Arrogance.
1. Psychopathic arrogance is a volitional drive toward unreality.
2. In the normal person, the emotion of the soul is under the control and domination of the intellect, the right lobe or mentality of the soul.
3. In the normal person, the emotional life always blends with the intellectual life so as not to disrupt rational modus operandi.
a. The emotions were designed to respond to what is in the right lobe: the frame of reference, memory center, vocabulary and categorical storage.
b. Emotion has no ability to think, to rationalize, and is not related to any field of cognizance. Emotion is simply a responder, analogous to the female.
c. The mind in the normal soul is designed to control the emotions and to make the emotions responsive to certain things in life. But when emotion takes over the mind, gate #6 begins.
4. However, in the psychopathic person, this normal subordination of emotion to the intellect is not present because of cultivated arrogance and cosmic involvement with its resultant drive toward unreality.
5. Psychopathy is a general term for mental disturbances or mental disorders. However, psychopathy is also used specifically for certain mental disorders characterized by emotional instability, perversity of conduct, undue conceit, suspiciousness, lack of self-control, lack of social feeling, lack of truthfulness, lack of common sense, and lack of persistence. The psychopathic personality likes to surround himself with others who also lack common sense and who are also moving toward unreality.
a. Arrogance under pressure produces psychopathic behavior.
b. Psychopathic believers are characterized by the motivational arrogance of gate #1, cosmic one, in that they have vanity, pride, jealousy, hatred, vindictiveness, implacability, a guilt complex, fear, anxiety, abnormal modus operandi, and are constantly seeking revenge.
c. A society of arrogant people naturally breeds psychopathic personalities. This is prevalent in our fragmented society today. As a result, America’s abnormal psychopathic persons find the environment in which they live so filled with categories of arrogance that their drive toward unreality seems perfectly normal to them!
d. Often people who are psychopathic are actually driven there by arrogant people, especially by self-righteous arrogance. The arrogance of legalism is one of the greatest contributing factors to this problem, especially among believers.
6. Psychopathic personalities are defined as abnormal, extremely sensitive, or susceptible to religious emotion. The environment for all these abnormal believers has been provided by ignorant believers who are ignorant of doctrine, who distort doctrine, or who are totally mixed-up.
7. Psychosis refers to mental diseases or serious mental derangement. This is a psychiatric term without any legal implications, like the word insanity.
8. Typical characteristics of the psychopathic believer include the following.
a. The medical category: imbalance, the absence of biological equilibrium
b. The mental category: instability, i.e., oscillation from self-righteousness in prosperity to self-pity in adversity, which means demonization. This derangement is provided by churches, born-again believers, and well-meaning Christian parents with locked-in legalism who are so involved in their own arrogance that they have actually established an environment for others, such as their children, to move step by step in the drive toward unreality into a psychotic condition.
c. The arrogant category.
(1) Egocentricity regards everything in relationship to oneself. This is locked-in self-centeredness. This is the status quo of grieving the Spirit in cosmic one, and it often leads to quenching the Spirit in cosmic two.
(2) Egoism is an excessive love of self which divorces the individual from reality, so that eventually mental disorders occur.
9. Psychosis in believers.
a. While this concept includes homo sapiens in general, our study deals with born-again believers only.
b. The psychopathic believer is the product of his own arrogance and multifarious bad decisions from a position of weakness, i.e., residence in cosmic one. The environment for his bad decisions is provided by certain segments of so-called Christianity, the holy rollers, the pentecostals, and the legalistic fundamentalists. These groups have provided a tremendous environment of unreality which is an incubator for these bad decisions.
c. Once locked-in arrogance occurs, the believer enters into a state of mental disorders, sometimes gradually, sometimes rapidly.
d. In a psychotic state, the believer can no longer recover through perception of Bible doctrine and rebound technique; he first requires psychiatric treatment. Whereas normally, perception of Bible doctrine causes recovery from many things and puts us back on the right track, it cannot cause one to recover from a psychotic condition. Until such a person has psychiatric treatment, there can be no recovery.
e. Psychiatry has made tremendous advances in the field of drugs and medicine, so that the psychotic person can function in an almost normal manner. However, without the use of these medicines, it is impossible for such a believer to learn doctrine, regardless of how much and how often he listens. There can be no recovery!
f. It is the tendency of those who have provided the environment of unreality through legalism to try to resolve these problems through prayer. You will never resolve this problem through prayer. Prayer cannot reverse the process by which a believer has become psychotic. Even if God did perform a healing miracle, the mentally disturbed Christian would go right back into the arrogance process. Therefore, a thousand bad decisions cannot be reversed by fervent, daily prayer. That is not the purpose of prayer; it was never intended to reverse the law of volitional responsibility. Nor can you, through your prayers, coerce the volition of someone else and make them well. Yet this is the typical prayer of the legalistic believer who understands nothing.
g. It is possible that if a person expressed positive volition at both God-consciousness and Gospel hearing and became a believer with a genetic or pre-salvational environmental psychosis, such a person could be healed through spiritual growth. The tendencies remain, but tendencies do not constitute mental illness. By the cognition of doctrine and epistemological rehabilitation, these believers often become some of the greatest believers.
h. However, the problem is that spiritual growth requires normal concentration under the filling of the Holy Spirit. That is impossible where a person has divorced himself from reality through a fragmented life.
i. When a believer lives in cosmic one for a prolonged time, controlled by both motivational and functional arrogance, it is unreasonable to expect God to instantly reverse a situation compacted and compressed from hundreds and thousands of bad decisions from a position of weakness.
j. Parents in gates 1,2, or 3 of cosmic one can rear their children under legalism from the cradle, creating the environment of unreality, so that if the children have the same predilections, they will move, step by step, toward a psychotic condition.
k. Arrogance is a cult of rejection of authority. This begins in childhood, where personality is dominated by primitive basic drives to the exclusion of rational behavior. This is seen in children who have excessive tantrums, destructiveness, children who are allowed to sulk, who are deceitful, obstinate, boastful, shameless, and erratic. These are the characteristics that reject authority in gate #3 of cosmic one and eventually interlock with this gate #6.
l. Sometimes these psychotic conditions are irreversible, because arrogance in the one responsible makes them reject any medical help available. Though they seek spiritual help, it cannot help them.
m. The road to recovery demands certain things where recovery is possible.
(1) The consistent use of rebound to get out of cosmic one.
(2) The proper medication prescribed by a competent doctor.
(3) Proper treatment and medication.
(4) Persistence in the perception of doctrine inside the divine dynasphere becomes a factor only after the patient has undergone such treatment so that he can now listen, concentrate, and actually metabolize the doctrine.
n. Under the law of antithetical arrogance, you react in arrogance in one state of unreality, and loved ones react in arrogance in the opposite way, so that no one ever reaches a solution. Arrogant children will react against parents in their arrogant unreality, and parents against their children in a different form of arrogant unreality. Apart from Bible doctrine, the reaction always goes from one state of arrogant unreality to another state of arrogant unreality, never finding the solution.
o. You cannot resolve problems while you are reacting against someone else. After reacting against someone for years, it is inevitable that your drive toward unreality will take you into a psychotic or neurotic condition. The tragedy is that it is often too late to pick yourself up, because the reaction has become deep-seated and ingrained. All your decisions made in one state of unreality are reactions against another state of unreality. As a result, Bible doctrine has never worked. Such people only listen to Bible doctrine as a ritual rather than as a momentum.
p. Doctrine cannot solve your problem when you are in unreality! Therefore, the importance of residing in the divine dynasphere, the filling of the Spirit, learning doctrine under epistemological rehabilitation, and beginning to use basic problem solving devices. It is the use of the problem solving devices that causes the break with unreality.
q. There can be no break from unreality apart from enforced and genuine humility, which gives the objectivity and teachability for the function of the three R’s, reception, retention, and recall. The function of gates #3 and #4 of the divine dynasphere will eventuate in reaching gate #5, spiritual self-esteem, the complete break from unreality and the beginning of true spiritual normality with personal love for God and the beginning of +H. When you move to gate #6, spiritual autonomy, and impersonal love for all mankind, this is the total state of reality in interaction with people. Impersonal love gives you the capacity for tolerance, wipes all the legalism out of your life, and gives you +H as the major problem solving device making it possible for you to move to maturity.
r. However if there is drug involvement, and too many neurons of the brain have been destroyed so that there are no more microcircuits on which to print doctrine, then the case is hopeless apart from God performing a miracle to manufacture additional neurons on the brain. God can do this easily, but miracles are not generally a part of the protocol plan for the Church Age.
s. The decision to get involved in any drugs is the worst thing that can happen to a human being; it is chemical self-destruction. That person becomes a vegetable, a testimony to the disaster that can occur from the negative repercussions of the law of volitional responsibility. Often, wrong decisions are irreversible and the believer becomes a vegetable. So be warned against both drug abuse and arrogance; the two can destroy you.
t. Remember that the human brain is the vehicle God uses for your spiritual growth.
u. Psychiatric treatment requires analysis, treatment, often hospitalization, and even being committed to qualified institutions for effective medical treatment.
10. The psychopathic believer lacks the ability to evaluate realistically the object of his emotional responses or reactions. Arrogant preoccupation with self excludes reality and leads to the drive toward a false object.
a. For example, a psychopathic female may fall in love with a male in her periphery, making him the object of her hallucinations and fantasies. Pursuing this pseudo-love with arrogant fanaticism, the arrogant psychopath loses all objectivity, reasoning power, and moral stability.
b. This means that the psychopathic believer under the influence of the cosmic system pursues a false object with irrationality, unpredictability, and abnormal behavior.
c. Psychopathic arrogance has no capacity for love. Therefore, because of this incapacity for true love, he becomes occupied with some form of self-gratification which interrelates with the other gates, including sexual arrogance. This is often the source for criminality, and the explanation for rape.
11. The pre-psychotic personality is the problem.
a. The pre-psychotic personality is subjective, inhibited, chronically worried, always stubborn, intolerant, inflexible, always lacking a sense of humor.
b. This personality is further characterized by rigidity which acts as a neurotic defense, plus arrogance related to self-righteousness, perfectionism, and/or the guilt syndrome. Instability is caused by the oscillation between these things.
c. It is irritable, peevish, querulous, complaining, unable to concentrate, depressed, and full of paranoid ideas.
d. It is full of anxiety, has a tendency toward hypochrondria, and has a morbid anxiety about one’s own health accompanied by the conjuring up of imaginary illnesses.
e. The psychopathic Christian parlays arrogance in cosmic one into illusion and hallucination.
f. The pre-psychotic personality possesses an arrogant hypersensitivity of being slighted where slighting does not occur.
g. The pre-psychotic believer blames others for his failures and avoids taking any responsibility for those same failures.
h. It is not surprising that arrogance becomes the catalyst for arrogant reactions such as jealousy, implacability, lack of forgiveness, resentment, bitterness, or delusions of persecution.
12. Locked-in arrogance in the psychopathic person results in several categories of psychopathic personalities, such as the manic depressive person. Arrogance as a catalyst in manic depressive psychosis is obvious.
a. In the manic phase, the believer is very self-righteous, very self-satisfied, and even arrogantly aggressive. He is childish, proud, intolerant of criticism, irrepressible, uninhibited, effusive, and often unconventional in speech and manner. Such a person courts the limelight as boastful, flippant, argumentative, has wandering thought patterns, is easily bored, lacks the ability to sustain anything, and never has an enthusiasm sustained for very long.
b. Arrogance in the manic phase is characterized by hostility toward members of one’s own family, combining arrogance with unreasonable and unprovoked anger. Oscillation of emotions are very common. In the middle of exuberance, the person may suddenly burst into tears.
c. The manic is self-righteous, officious, and meddlesome. Hallucinations in manic excitement are usually arrogant illusions as the manic builds himself up in order to interfere and straighten out everyone.
d. Therefore, the manic depressive believer is characterized by alternating mania and mental depression. He goes from being depressed to being very excited and self-righteous.
e. In the mild depressive state, the Christian manic has physical complaints which have no organic basis. This is followed by lack of confidence or a sense of destiny; instead, he has a sense of inadequacy, unable to stay with a job. Above all, he is unable to realize that God has a plan for his life, and that he is alive by logistical grace so God’s plan can be fulfilled in his life.
f. In his depressed state, the Christian manic has a desire for violence and crime. When homicides are committed by manic depressive Christians, the victim is often a member of his own family.
g. This person often seeks to take his own life, so that eventually suicide becomes the ultimate arrogance. The psychopath is totally subjective, self-centered, disoriented, depressed. Under these conditions of being demonized, he often commits suicide.
13. Locked-in arrogance also results in schizophrenia.
a. Basically, schizophrenia (demenciaprecox) is loss of contact with reality by the disintegration of the personality.
b. The erratic sequence of behavior in the schizophrenic Christian is ambivalence, having simultaneous attraction toward and repulsion from an object, a person, or an action. It’s a love and hate, affection and hostility function.
c. The schizophrenic Christian is full of hallucinations which are expressed in ambivalent arrogance, in that the Christian may deny or reject a lust or desire, but he expresses that lust or desire through delusion and hallucination.
d. Schizophrenia may perhaps explain how persons may consciously resist an evil impulse but, at the same time under demon influence, become involved in other evil things. The unbeliever under demon possession can even become involved in human sacrifice and the phallic cult.
e. Psychopathic ambivalence is one of the problems of schizophrenia. Ambivalence is generally defined as uncertainty of fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice. In spiritual ambivalence, the believer cannot decide between Bible doctrine and the cosmic system.
f. Ambivalence may also be defined as the simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite things. Psychologically, ambivalence is the coexistence of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, or action.
g. An ambivert is a person whose personality type is intermediate between extrovert and introvert.
h. In psychopathic ambivalence, the psychopathic personality lives in a world of fantasy with unrestrained expressions of lust and arrogance related to the cosmic system. As a result, he can reject his evil and sinful experience, moral degeneracy and immoral degeneracy in the world of reality.
i. This arrogant ambivalence finds self-justification in the fantasy for sin and evil done in the world of reality. Therefore, retreat from morality and virtue of the world of reality results in justifying one’s actions of sin, evil, and moral or immoral degeneracy in the world of fantasy, using the world of fantasy to justify the evil functions of life.
14. Inevitably, suicide often become the answer to psychotic arrogance. Two categories of psychotic arrogance are vulnerable to suicide: the manic depressive and the schizophrenic.
a. The manic depressive’s mental disorder is characterized by alternating extremes of excitement and depression.
b. The schizophrenic’s condition is characterized by withdrawn, bizarre, and sometimes delusional behavior, plus intellectual and emotional deterioration. Since believers who live extensively in the cosmic system are prone to these two categories, it becomes obvious that Christians can and do commit suicide.
c. Certain believers whose residence in gate #1 of cosmic one is unchecked become prone to manic depressive or schizophrenic activities. In certain cases, they do commit suicide.
d. However, the Christian who commits suicide cannot lose his salvation. There is no sin or failure which the believer can do to cancel the forty things he receives at the point of faith in Christ. So while suicide is a maximum expression of arrogance, it does not cancel the saving work of our Lord on the cross. Every suicide is a sin, but it is a sin for which our Lord was judged on the cross.
e. In pulling the pin of the grenade, certain believers will take their own lives. Motivation for doing so can be found in the pin itself, i.e., gate #1. Bitterness, jealousy, hatred, self-pity, revenge, implacability, and vindictiveness can motivate suicide. They are all the result of cosmic involvement and preoccupation with self.
15. Psychiatry has developed a whole system of giving people self-justification for their sociopathic and psychopathic behavior. But there is no self-justification. Psychopathic behavior is a matter of your own decisions.
16. It all begins with self-pity under pressure followed by the wide emotional swing to self-righteousness in prosperity. The typical fundamentalist swings between the two, until there is an intensification that causes a psychosis or neurosis.
17. Egocentricity is typical of psychopaths. The cult of preoccupation with self reaches its peak in psychopathic arrogance. It relates everything to self, which eventually divorces one from reality. The difference between normal and abnormal is the one word, reality.
18. As arrogance increases, it covers every facet of your life, until there is total divorcement from reality. So in the final degree of demonization, you have a psychopathic or sociopathic personality.
19. Demon possession and influence are both related to psychopathic behavior: Mark 5:1-20.
20. Involuntary psychosis has two categories: depression and some form of paranoia.
a. Psychopathic arrogance suffers from both illusion and hallucination. The involuntary paranoid has a reaction in which he finds that as an arrogant person he is critical, inclined to blame all others for his failures, divorced from reality, and he takes no responsibility for his own bad decisions. From all this comes hypersensitivity.
b. The involuntary paranoid has a reaction which includes jealousy, lack of forgiveness, resentment, bitterness, and the usual delusions of persecution.
G. Gate #7: Arrogance of Unhappiness or the Arrogance of Subjective Preoccupation with Self.
1. This arrogance is classified as subjective preoccupation with self which destroys any capacity for happiness and frustrates the execution of the protocol plan of God for the Church Age.
2. Involvement in cosmic one not only guarantees unhappiness, but at the same time it invokes erroneous ideas about what constitutes happiness.
3. The myth of arrogance is that people or pleasant circumstances or prosperity can make you happy.
4. Arrogant people are unhappy people, for life in the cosmic system cannot provide happiness. Because of their failure to understand the three different categories of happiness, they continue and persist in erroneously pursuing happiness from wrong concepts.
5. There are three different categories of happiness: pseudo-happiness, neutral happiness, and divine happiness.
a. -H, or pseudo-happiness, refers to this gate, the arrogance of unhappiness. -H is a counterfeit happiness; a stimulation or euphoria which for a moment is mistaken for happiness.
b. Neutral H is happiness derived from the execution of the laws of divine establishment.
c. +H is true and permanent happiness in the mature believer who has executed the protocol plan, is a winner and an invisible hero.
6. Arrogant people are unhappy people, so that none of the above categories apply to them except -H.
7. Therefore, one of the fragments of the grenade is the arrogance of unhappiness, which is involvement in cosmic one. There are two results from life in cosmic one.
a. A guarantee of misery and unhappiness which you make for yourself, to which the Lord adds the three categories of divine discipline.
b. Erroneous ideas as to what constitutes happiness in life. The arrogance of unhappiness or subjective preoccupation with self is a part of that theorizing that results in disaster.
8. No matter what you achieve in life, arrogance destroys your capacity to appreciate it, and your capacity for happiness, love, and life.
9. Satan himself administers the arrogance of unhappiness to any unbeliever or believer who resides in his cosmic system, where any capacity for happiness is completely destroyed. When you destroy capacity for happiness, you immediately have no divine happiness (+H). No capacity for divine happiness is tantamount to the arrogance of unhappiness or -H.
a. Satan has perpetuated a myth on the human race, which is that people, pleasant circumstances, or moments of stimulation can make you happy. This is the fundamental concept of any person involved in this gate.
b. Satan as the ruler of this world (Lk 4:5-7; Jn 12:31, 14:30, 16:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2) has a system for distracting people by making them think that stimulation is happiness. This system of pseudo-happiness is a locked-in system that very few people ever overcome.
c. Arrogant preoccupation with self through involvement in cosmic one is a guarantee of unhappiness, and so this is called -H.
d. Satan doesn’t need to chase you. Satan’s system of control is related to his genius cosmic system. He simply watches and laughs as you pull the pin of your own grenade and frag your own life.
e. When the believer uses his own volition to pull the pin in the grenade, this person is deluded, distracted, and deceived by false concepts of happiness.
f. Arrogant preoccupation with self through involvement in the cosmic system guarantees that you will experience as one of the fragments in your grenade the arrogance of unhappiness.
g. Arrogance is developed from negative volition toward doctrine, and it destroys the potential for happiness because it destroys capacity for contentment.
h. Capacity for happiness must precede the true function of happiness. In the cosmic system, divine happiness cannot exist.
10. The so-called “free spirit” recognizes freedom without any sense of responsibility. The free spirit believer is a totally self-indulgent person living in the cosmic system. Therefore, the more he seeks happiness, the more happiness eludes him.
a. You are not happy because you are free to do what you want to do; that is one of the great myths of life.
b. If you fall into the free spirit syndrome, you will make yourself miserable all your life. You will never convince anyone but yourself that you are a free spirit, for none of us are free spirits. All of have responsibility in both establishment and the protocol plan of God.
c. You can be free to indulge yourself in every whim of life. But when you do so, you make yourself frustrated and miserable, and your misery is only intensified when God adds divine discipline.
d. The free spirit associates happiness with every form of stimulation, excitement, and pleasant environment.
e. In the arrogance of unhappiness, the believer associates happiness with money, success, approbation, fame, pleasure, social life, health, sex, romance, friendship, marriage, and the lust for the power to control other people.
f. Most people, whether they are aware of it or not, build their life around pleasure goals. In between reaching those, much of their happiness comes from anticipation of those pleasures.
g. There are too many illusions about marriage, such as that marriage will make you happy. But if you’re unhappy in the cosmic system, marriage only intensifies your misery and your attempts to seek pleasure or stimulation in something else.
11. The arrogance of unhappiness is related to unrealistic expectation.
a. Very few people are loved the way they want to be loved; very few people are treated the way they want to be treated.
b. Because believers are not loved the way they want to be loved or treated the way they want to be treated, they develop a frustration which intensifies the arrogance of unhappiness.
c. Unrealistic expectation intensifies the arrogance of unhappiness through getting your eyes on self in lieu of becoming occupied with the person of Christ.
12. The believer involved in the arrogance of unhappiness attends the local church under the assumption that the so-called “friendly” church will bring him happiness.
a. A friendly church cannot make you happy, for such churches are filled with many unhappy Christians. In fact, the friendlier people get, the more frustration builds up. Only Bible doctrine can make you happy.
b. For example, the arrogant visitor to the local church demands attention. Although he has a terrible personality, he wants everyone to be nice to him. He’s looking for a “friendly church;” however there’s no such thing. Every church is made up of people with old sin natures. Someone in that church won’t like you. Such people think their happiness depends on others telling them how wonderful they are, when in reality they are not wonderful at all.
c. People cannot make you happy; only Bible doctrine can.
d. Sex cannot make you happy; only Bible doctrine can.
e. Money cannot make you happy; only Bible doctrine can.
f. Prosperity and success cannot make you happy; only Bible doctrine can.
g. Health cannot make you happy; only Bible doctrine can.
h. Marriage cannot make you happy; only Bible doctrine can.
i. Those who possess happiness of soul and freedom from the cosmic system do enjoy people, entertainment, possessions, success, etc. But these things are not the source of their happiness, merely an expression of it. They are not enslaved to any of them.
13. Marriage and the arrogance of unhappiness.
a. One of the greatest misconceptions in life comes from the arrogance of unhappiness, which propagates the myth that marriage is a panacea. Many people grow up believing that you can get married and “live happily ever after.”
b. Actually, marriage is a problem manufacturing device. This is because people are no better in marriage than they are as people.
c. The believer who uses his volition to pull the pin of the grenade of the arrogance complex has a fragmented life, including the arrogance of unhappiness. Such a believer in marriage causes trouble; two such believers in a marriage will destroy that marriage.
d. Arrogance makes the believer a loser in life. Losers in life are losers in marriage.
e. Losers are not believers who fail, but believers who do nothing about the failure of their fragmented life; i.e., they do not rebound and keep moving in the consistent perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
f. Only the plan of God can change a loser into a winner. But you have to learn the plan of God and the problem solving devices. You also have to become aware of how you pull the pin and fragment your own life.
g. Only the plan of God can change the loser into a winner. Therefore, only Bible doctrine in the form of epignosis and sophia can change the fragmented life into something marvelous.
h. In the Christian life, and specifically in marriage, you can only change yourself; you can never change your spouse. Any changes you manufacture in your spouse will make the marriage worse. If you can change a person, you’ve ruined them. Only Bible doctrine makes changes that are permanent, right, and fantastic.
i. The arrogance of unhappiness dedicates itself daily to changing others to comply with your own fragmented perspective.
j. So what is the destroyer of marriage? While most people cite unfaithfulness, money, relatives, incompatibility, these are actually symptoms that do not diagnose the actual disease. It is pulling the pin of the grenade (all the mental attitude and verbal sins) that destroys marriages. This fragments the life, and a fragmented life cannot have a successful marriage.
k. For example, if you hate your spouse in marriage, you have lost a far greater battle than your marriage. In reality, you have fragmented your own life and become a loser in the protocol plan of God. Therefore, divorce is not a solution but merely an intensification of the problem in your life. Because you are the same person after divorce that you were before. Nothing has changed.
l. Divorce is not a solution; it’s an escape. You’re running away from the real problem, which is pulling the pin through your own mental attitude sins. After divorce, you are the same person with the same fragmented life. A fragmented believer in marriage is still a fragmented believer out of marriage; nothing but circumstances has changed.
14. Marital failure.
a. Marriages fail because believers fail as human beings. They have pulled the pin of the grenade, and are living fragmented lives.
b. Marriages fail because believers get married for the wrong reasons, reasons often related to the arrogance of unhappiness marriages, such as getting away from an unhappy home or an unhappy environment.
c. Marriages fail because believers make wrong decisions.
d. Marriages fail because fragmented believers in the arrogance of unhappiness assume that marriage is a panacea and a problem solving device, which it is not. Marriage will not solve your problems.
e. People are no better in marriage than they are as people.
f. Virtue is designed for happiness. Happiness in marriage depends on virtue-love in three categories: personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, and occupation with the person of Christ. These three problem solving devices are the road to recovery from the fragmented life after rebounding and moving on. These problem solving devices only function effectively when you attain spiritual adulthood.
g. You cannot solve marital problems by changing your spouse. You cannot change your spouse in marriage; you can only change yourself. Yet most people approach their marital problems by trying to change the other person.
15. The arrogance of unhappiness is that fragment in the grenade which seeks to control environment including persons in the environment such as family, friends, loved ones, business associates, etc.
a. The arrogance of unhappiness seeks to control people:
(1) Through guilt, trying to make people feel guilty for alleged neglect.
(2) Through the arousal of self-pity for themselves from others. Or they become abusive, argumentative, and a pain in the neck until they whip you into line. However, controlling others does not make unhappy people happy;they merely derive their kicks from this.
b. The arrogance of unhappiness seeks to dominate and enslave, to control, and to exercise power.
16. Illusions about happiness.
a. You cannot build your happiness on the details of life: money, success, pleasure, social life, friends, relatives, health, sex, marriage, children,
b. You cannot build your happiness on pleasant environment.
c. You cannot build your happiness by changing the devil’s world, e.g., through crusades, reforms, social engineering, violence, civil disobedience, or revolution.
d. You cannot build your happiness on a moment of time, a moment of pleasure, a moment of power, a moment of stimulation, a moment of approbation, or a moment of success. It is impossible to apply your most glorious moment to any adversity and derive any happiness from it. Under pressure, you cannot recall the good times; you are simply miserable in your present bad times. That is not true happiness, but the arrogance of unhappiness.
e. You cannot build your happiness on self-gratification, including drug abuse, beauty, attractiveness, promises, or marriage.
f. You cannot build your happiness on someone else’s unhappiness.
g. Satan himself is an illustration of the arrogance of unhappiness. As Lucifer, Son of the Morning, Satan is the most beautiful creature ever to come from the hand of God, and the most brilliant. Satan has more success, power, personality, genius, and approbation than any creature that has ever existed. Satan rules millions and millions of both fallen angels and humans. Yet having “everything,” Satan is unhappy, frustrated, bored, and the most miserable creature ever.
h. So why should you think you can be happy with the limited things you have or want? You will never be happy with any of those things! Without Bible doctrine, you can never be happy.
i. The arrogance of unhappiness is the tragedy of Christmas, the tragedy of family gatherings, the tragedy of marriages, the tragedy of friends and social life, the tragedy of success, the tragedy of wealth.
17. Happiness is an individual state of your soul. First there must be capacity for +H before there is occupancy! +H does not occupy your soul until you reach spiritual self-esteem. What’s keeping you from reaching spiritual self-esteem? Arrogance!
18. This is why Rom 12:3 says, “For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you: Stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance, beyond the point of what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion, as God has assigned to each one a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
a. Being “rational without illusion” describes capacity.
b. God has assigned to you a standard of thinking which is the capacity, the house for the occupancy of +H. +H never occupies your house until you have the capacity. +H begins at spiritual self-esteem, continues in spiritual autonomy, and is completed in spiritual maturity.
c. Note that happiness is a standard of thinking, not doing, and not being stimulated. The standard of thinking is doctrine, which explains why most believers are so miserable; they don’t know doctrine.
d. Happiness is a system of thought in the soul, that system being Bible doctrine, not pleasure or stimulation. But the person with +H can enjoy pleasure and stimulation while remaining in a state of humility in the divine dynasphere & get the most out of life.
e. +H is never disappointed. +H is the greatest problem solving device in life! There’s nothing else like it.
f. Happiness is a state of the soul, not something someone can do for you. Many people stand around waiting for others to make them happy. The arrogance of unhappiness gives nothing and demands everything.
g. Actually happiness comes from the perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine as taught from the pulpit of the local church. It is not associated with hypocrisy or flattery.
19. For the unbeliever, avoidance of the cosmic system through adherence to the laws of divine establishment produces in him honor, integrity, and capacity for love, life and happiness. So with his humility he can have great happiness in life.
20. For the believer, only life in the divine dynasphere and Bible doctrine resident in the soul can provide happiness, Prov 3:13.
a. Ps 144:15 says that from the point of your salvation, you have the potential for happiness.
b. Your life depends on your daily use of your volition. Ps 31:7, “I will be happy in grace.”
c. Jn 17:13 indicates that our Lord, inside the prototype divine dynasphere, reached the peak of happiness in His humanity; we have same potential. 1 Jn 1:4.
d. Pseudo-happiness comes from self-righteousness, Lk 11:27-28.
e. Phil 4:11-13 says you must learn happiness. Happiness is a system related to thought. If you are not a student of the Word, you will never be happy.
f. Ps 89:15-17 says that when a client nation has a group of people with inner happiness, doctrine, establishment, honor, and integrity in their souls, war doesn’t change them or make them unhappy. The “sound of the trumpet” is merely a way of describing a system of enforced humility from authority and discipline, which paves the way for happiness.
H. Gate #8: Iconoclastic Arrogance.
1. Definition.
a. This is subjective preoccupation with others. Unhappiness can come from both preoccupation with self and with others. Iconoclastic arrogance deals with all the problems that come from relating to others.
b. An iconoclast is a person who destroys icons or images. However, iconoclastic arrogance is defined as subjective preoccupation with others while living in cosmic one.
c. Iconoclastic arrogance can be described in the following ways.
(1) It is the arrogance of disillusion with regard to people with whom you have contact or who are in your periphery.
(2) It is the arrogance of disenchantment with people. This means you were once enchanted with them, which means you once developed a tremendous admiration for them from your own free will. Then you slander them to destroy them.
(3) This arrogance can be called the feet of clay syndrome. Once you discover their feet of clay, you seek to destroy them. You resent anyone whose sins are not the same as your sins.
d. The mechanics of iconoclastic arrogance are three-fold.
(1) Arrogance in a relationship with someone else creates an idol (icon) through excessive admiration or love for another person, and so puts him on a pedestal. Note that it is the arrogant one who puts the other on a pedestal, creating problems for himself immediately.
(2) Arrogance eventually becomes disenchanted with the object of admiration. Arrogant people cannot really be objective toward anyone. Disenchantment occurs quickly in those who are subjective. By becoming disenchanted with the object he formerly admired, the arrogant person seeks to destroy the idol he created from his own arrogance. Once he sees the idol’s feet of clay, his unstable arrogance, which yesterday had excessive admiration for the object, now has antagonism toward him.
(3) The object of arrogant admiration is all too often a believer with attractive qualities. But like all believers, he possesses an old sin nature, his own “feet of clay.” Once his old sin nature shows, the arrogant person is insulted that he has misplaced his admiration. The arrogant person has no true humility, no true love, and no virtue-love. Arrogant subjective believers in their preoccupation with self ignore the reality of the old sin nature and the universal depravity of man.
e. Iconoclastic arrogance is divorced from reality in human relationships. It can easily result in a psychopathic condition. People who are disillusioned, disenchanted, and bitter are arrogant. Such arrogance is subjective and divorces itself from the reality of human interaction. There is no such thing as a perfect person.
f. The arrogant believer takes an ordinary mortal who has feet of clay, and from romantic illusions, or from deluded idealism, or from his repertoire of subjectivity, he fashions in his mind an idol of perfection. Arrogance is prone to illusion, never seeing people as they really are. Arrogance only sees people as arrogance would like them to be.
(1) The idol of perfection created by arrogance can be a romantic image, a spiritual image, a beautiful or attractive image; nevertheless, it is an image that really doesn’t exist. The illusion, which is an arrogant misconception, becomes the delusion of imposing on the conscious mind an idol which really does not exist.
(2) However, with true love from a state of humility, one has the capacity to love people with their faults. Your eyes are wide open to their failures and their faults. This is because impersonal love, the problem solver for personal relationships, accepts and tolerates people as they are, not as you wish them to be.
g. Iconoclastic arrogance creates the idol of perfection, becomes disillusioned when the feet of clay are manifest, and then destroys the idol when the delusion is shattered.
h. Hence, the feet of clay syndrome is an idolatrous illusion or self-deception based on the arrogance of subjectivity.
(1) For example, an arrogant woman can idolize a man and even marry him in her state of idealism. After the marriage when his flaws begin to appear, the woman reacts when she sees his feet of clay. The problems that ensue usually eventuate in a divorce.
(2) A Christian may idolize a pastor, an evangelist, or a missionary, and then demand attention from this created icon. Once that attention is lacking or lagging, the arrogant person becomes frustrated and looks for flaws. Flaws are easy to find if you’re looking for them.
i. Illusion created by arrogance becomes illusion destroyed by arrogance. When illusion becomes disillusion and enchantment becomes disenchantment, the pattern for iconoclastic arrogance is obvious.
j. The arrogant reaction of disillusion or disenchantment enters into all the mental attitude and verbal sins of gate #1, motivational arrogance.
(1) There is a strong relationship between iconoclastic arrogance and motivational arrogance. Because once arrogance is disenchanted, it goes back to gate #1 and indulges in bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, hatred, self-pity, guilt reaction, and the motivation for revenge.
(2) Therefore, most people destroy themselves, for every human being has his own free will. We are self-destructive, although we blame it all on someone else due to the ignorance and blindness of our arrogance.
(3) The motivation for revenge is to destroy the image YOU have created yourself in arrogance. This can be done by committing sins of the tongue, such as maligning and gossip.
k. Iconoclastic arrogance obviously destroys friendship, romance, marriage, business relationships, professional relationships, and spiritual relationships in a local church.
l. Most devastating of all is the tendency of arrogance to idolize a pastor who accurately communicates doctrine, because then the message of doctrine and the communicator are confused. The devastation comes when arrogance eventually rejects both the person and the doctrine. The smart believer will accept the doctrine and ignore the person communicating it.
(1) Destruction of a pastor-idol means rejection of doctrine.
(2) Rejection of Bible doctrine means rejection of God’s plan, purpose, and will for your life.
(3) Iconoclastic arrogance is one reason for the large percentage of apostate believers, and is a major cause for the rejection of doctrine.
m. Occasional disappointments with friends, loved ones, husbands, wives, children, bosses, superior officers, coaches, and pastors is normal. But disenchantment or disillusion with a self-manufactured idol created from your own arrogant subjectivity is abnormal. It is a giant step in the drive toward unreality. It always contributes to some form of mental disorder or mental derangement.
n. The arrogant iconoclast never blames himself for what he has done in creating an idol and then, in disenchantment or disillusion, destroying it. But in his irrational state of mind, he blames the idol for being created by his own fantasies. Arrogance never takes the responsibility for being arrogant.
o. For the believer in spiritual adulthood, there is no reaction to people, such as disenchantment or delusion. You take people as you find them, including believers.
(1) Each stage of spiritual adulthood is characterized by occupation with the person of Jesus Christ. Therefore, God emphasis takes precedence over people emphasis.
(2) Once you reach spiritual self-esteem, you have an 80% victory over disenchantment with other people. The victory is completed in spiritual autonomy and spiritual maturity.
(3) Beginning with spiritual self-esteem, you begin to tolerate all kinds of people, never feel threatened by others, and you never get involved to the point of becoming disillusioned or disenchanted with anyone.
p. Arrogance is responsible for creating the icon illusion. Whatever is created as an illusion inevitably becomes disillusion, because illusion and disillusion are mates in the drive toward unreality.
q. Therefore, iconoclastic arrogance is abnormal, for in arrogance, it blames the idol manufactured by self for what self in arrogance has done. The arrogant self is the villain.
r. The enchantment and fantasy, then the resultant disillusion, disenchantment, and disappointment is the arrogant cycle that is one of the quickest ways to enter into a psychotic condition.
s. The arrogant reaction of idolizing and then rejecting your very own icon is the vanity of transferring the blame to an innocent party for your own malfunction of soul and failure.
t. Disillusion combines the arrogance of manufacturing the idol with the hypocrisy of transferring the blame to the idol which you seek to destroy. Once the blame is transferred to the idol created through your own arrogance, you judge the idol as being guilty of disappointing you. Then you destroy your idol through the mental and verbal sins.
u. Arrogance destroys what arrogance creates. Arrogance is the illusion of assuming that someone is perfect. Iconoclasm is image-breaking. It is the demon influence of transferring your guilt to an innocent idol.
v. So the feet of clay syndrome is the arrogant irrationality of rearranging the doctrine of hamartiology (sin) to be compatible with your own self-righteousness.
w. Admiration is a normal expression of one’s standards. Normal admiration is very wonderful and is a sign of having some worthwhile standards. When you admire people in certain fields, it merely reflects your own thinking and standards, your priorities.
(1) It is not degrading to admire others. But it is arrogant to be idolatrous about people. It is evil and morally degenerate to be iconoclastic about people.
(2) The standards of the protocol plan of God always relate to virtue, honor, and integrity, and these are expressed in admiration for people. But to become disillusioned, disappointed, or disenchanted with the idol of your own making is abnormal and a sign of moral degeneration.
(3) Love, respect, and admiration when normal are related to two things in your life: virtue (good standards and priorities) and humility in your own soul.
(4) Humility never manufactures idols out of humans. Therefore, humility can form tremendous friendships, because the weakness or failure of others doesn’t destroy friendship. This friendship is not based on compatible areas of weaknesses and old sin natures. Humility develops capacity of soul for friendship, love, romance. Humility never destroys relationships, but arrogance fantasizes them until an image of unreality is created.
x. The standards of the protocol plan of God are related to the problem solving devices acquired in spiritual adulthood: personal love for God, impersonal love for all mankind, and the progress of +H from spiritual self-esteem to spiritual autonomy to spiritual maturity. These are the greatest defense against disillusion, disappointment, and disenchantment.
y. God is perfect; people are sinful. God is to be worshipped and become the object of personal love at gate #5, spiritual self-esteem. People are sinful and must become the objects of impersonal love, gate #6, spiritual autonomy. To be disenchanted with people is arrogance; to be disenchanted with God is blasphemous.
z. Virtue-love as a problem solving device is the cure for iconoclastic arrogance. This includes three categories of virtue-love.
(1) Personal love for God the Father at gate #5.
(2) Impersonal love for all mankind at gate #6.
(3) Occupation with the person of Jesus Christ.
aa. Human love combines the motivation of personal love for God with the capacity and capability of impersonal love for all mankind inserted into human love.
2. Role Model Arrogance.
a. Role is defined as the proper or customary function of a person. Society and people in general have assigned certain customary functions to those who perform certain activities in life. This is particularly true of politicians, professional athletes, husbands, wives, teachers, public servants, or pastors.
b. When anyone departs from his role model, he is condemned, rejected, criticized, judged, slandered, and maligned.
c. People in society in general have a predilection for desiring everything to be in its proper place, and they resent any form of deviation.
d. For this reason, society inevitably has a double standard; they have one standard for the role model, and a second standard for themselves. While a person may excuse himself for his own sins, failures, and flaws, he inevitably condemns the role model for identical sins, failures, and flaws.
e. In essence, this is another aspect of iconoclastic arrogance.
f. Role model arrogance manufactures hypocrites, legalists, and self-righteous arrogance.
g. Role model arrogance is a fragment of the grenade which manufactures losers who not only have their eyes on self, but they also have their eyes on people in general. This excludes the possibility of using the greatest problem solving device, occupation with the person of Christ.
h. Role model arrogance creates hypocrisy in the clergy and legalism in the congregation. Therefore, both clergy and congregation are distracted from what is important, i.e., the mystery doctrine of the Church Age by which the protocol plan is executed.
i. Role model arrogance tries to impose impossible or perfect standards on others. This ignores the fact that all believers have a sin nature, and continue to sin after salvation, 1 Jn 1:8-10.
j. Without consistent post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, i.e., the consistent perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine, there are no solutions to the bad combination of unrealistic expectations plus role model arrogance.
k. Role model arrogance distracts Christians from doctrine by placing emphasis on the personality of the pastor rather than on the content of his message. Only the content of the pastor’s message can cause spiritual growth and the fulfillment of God’s plan, purpose, and will for your life. It is not the man; it’s the message.
3. The Combination of Unrealistic Expectation and Role Model Arrogance.
a. Unrealistic expectation is described as part of the arrogance of unhappiness, gate #7 of cosmic one, subjective preoccupation with self.
b. Unrealistic expectation means that arrogant people are not loved the way they want to be loved or treated the way they want to be treated.
c. Role model arrogance is part of iconoclastic arrogance, gate #8 of cosmic one, defined as subjective preoccupation with other people.
d. Role model arrogance plus unrealistic expectation combine to form the tragic flaws of the believer. It is the tragic flaw of the double standard by which, on the one hand, people justify their own sins while justifying, judging, slandering, and condemning the sins of others; and, on the other hand, enter into the self-righteous arrogance that includes the arrogance of legalism, personality arrogance, the arrogance of morality, authority arrogance, impulsive arrogance, conspiracy arrogance, crusader arrogance, the arrogance of Christian service, and transference arrogance.
e. Role model arrogance plus unrealistic expectation results in three focus problems.
(1) Eyes on self is a double standard used to justify self, to rationalize your own sins, and to ignore both moral or immoral degeneracy.
(2) Eyes on people includes envy, hatred, bitterness, revenge, gossip, maligning, slander, inordinate ambition, and inordinate competition.
(3) Eyes on things is arrogant resentment because others possess material things or have the affection of people which you do not possess.
(4) Paul addressed this problem of eyes on things.
(a) Phil 3:11-13. “Not that I speak in respect to want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I have.”
(b) 1 Tim 6:6,8, “Godliness is a means of great profit when accompanied by contentment. And if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”
(c) Heb 13:5, “Let your lifestyle be free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for He Himself has said, `I will never leave you; I will never forsake you.'”
(5) One of the terrible results of having your eyes on things is having arrogant frustration from seeing the wicked prosper. This often distracts the believer from consistent perception of Bible doctrine and from the execution of the protocol plan. But why do the wicked prosper?
(a) Identification with an invisible hero.
(b) Logistical grace blessing from God, imputed to the divine righteousness in every believer.
(c) They are evil in an evil society, and so they prosper within the framework of that society.
(6) The prosperity of another person should never distract you from Bible doctrine. Whether a person is evil or good, a winner or a loser, you should never be distracted because someone else is prospering.
(7) If you’re growing in grace, someone else’s prosperity shouldn’t make a bit of difference to you. You have learned to be content in whatever your circumstances.
(8) The only prosperity in life that really counts originates from the execution of the protocol plan of God, and the subsequent distribution of your very own escrow blessings. When your escrow blessings are distributed to you, you then have contentment plus the prosperity that fits your life. God doesn’t prosper us all in the same way; He lines up our blessings with our capacity. So we should stay within the framework of the prosperity that God provides, and know our limitations.
(9) The real prosperity of the protocol plan is related to understanding the utilizing the ten problem solving devices for the Church Age, as well as the ten unique characteristics of the Church Age and your very own portfolio of invisible assets. This is real prosperity.
4. Principles of Iconoclastic Arrogance.
a. For your happiness, contentment, and blessing, remember that you cannot change other people; you can only change yourself. Therefore, avoid crusader arrogance and iconoclastic arrogance, which is subjective preoccupation with people. If you’re occupied with Christ, you will be able to take people as they are. If you’re not occupied with Christ, people will make you miserable as long as you live.
b. You cannot change people to conform to your unrealistic expectation or role model arrogance. When you suffer from unrealistic expectation and are not loved or treated the way you want, you try to change people to conform to what you want. You cannot change people; you can only change yourself.
c. Only by changing yourself can you avoid iconoclastic arrogance, unrealistic expectations, and role model arrogance.
d. Changing yourself is a matter of consistent positive volition toward doctrine under post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation. You can’t make decisions or take vows to change yourself on your own. It is done for you by the grace of God and His fantastic provision in the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
e. Changing yourself is a matter of learning and utilizing the omnipotence of God, your portfolio of invisible assets, and the ten problem solving devices especially. Those problem solving devices do more to change you into what you should and must be to glorify God than anything else in your spiritual life.
f. Changing yourself is a matter of the execution of the protocol plan of God, by which you are manufactured into an invisible hero. In effect, changing yourself is becoming an invisible hero. If someone doesn’t like you that way, that’s too bad; that’s what God likes.
g. You cannot change people by imposing upon them impossible standards, which is what role model arrogance attempts to do. You could never keep such standards yourself; nevertheless, you impose them on others. This explains why marriages explodes, as each spouse pulls the pin on their grenade and rolls it under the other person.
h. You cannot react to the failures, flaws, and sins of other people through iconoclastic arrogance. A shocked wife tries to destroy the idol she created before marriage. A shocked husband complains to the bartender.
i. You cannot be frustrated or disappointed because you see what appears to you to be the feet of clay.
5. Rejection. See the doctrine of Rejection.
I. Gate #9: Rational and Irrational Arrogance.
1. Rational arrogance is pseudo-intellectualism; irrational arrogance is the arrogance of emotion. These are the inevitable result of the arrogance gates 1-8. In effect, the disenchantment and disillusion of gate #8, iconoclastic arrogance, results in the reaction of gate #9, either rational or irrational arrogance.
2. Rational Arrogance.
a. Rational arrogance is the vanity of intellectual arrogance, or the elitism of the genius I.Q. Elitism might be defined for this study as that arrogant consciousness of pride in belonging to a select or favorite group of people. People with a high I.Q. have a tendency to look down their noses at those who are less fortunate.
b. Rational arrogance is the vanity of giving precedence to human I.Q. and intellectual attainment over spiritual I.Q. and momentum from doctrine. The human viewpoint of life rejects or sets aside divine viewpoint.
c. Rational arrogance generally afflicts those believers in Jesus Christ whose superior I.Q. or educational background gives them a false sense of elitism or superiority.
d. All too often, intellectual arrogance compromises Bible doctrine by attempting to reconcile those things found in the Word of God with philosophical and scientific speculation.
e. Because rational or intellectual arrogance is so anthropocentric, it has a tendency to accept as fact theories and philosophical speculations in the field of rationalism and empiricism, and make them a part of Christian doctrine.
(1) For example, a favorite practice of rational or intellectual arrogance is to choose something like the theory of evolution over creationism, because it is seems to them to be “more reasonable” than divine revelation in the canon of Scripture. This is consistent with the human viewpoint objective of glorifying self over God.
(2) Intellectual arrogance often distorts the trends of history and establishes false trends.
(3) Intellectual arrogance uses academic subjects to contradict the lucid and perspicuous statements of Scripture. It uses history, philosophy, psychology, sociology (tries to explain what God is doing in the devil’s world), historical geology, anthropology, certain aspects of political science, and it ends up glorifying Marxist theories, inserting them into academic subjects. Learning these academic subjects often create in the believer an intellectual arrogance which is difficult to overcome when he hears Bible doctrine which contradicts these subjects.
(4) The trends of rational or intellectual arrogance are noted in the attempt to reform Christianity, beginning with gnosticism in the second century. Gnosticism tried to reinterpret the Scriptures and to add philosophical concepts which the Word of God rejects.
(5) The scholasticism of medieval times tried to merge the theories of Plato and Aristotle with Christian doctrine.
(6) You cannot reconcile gnosticism (second century) or existentialism (twentieth century) with Bible doctrine. The arrogant believer chooses academia over doctrine because of intellectual arrogance.
(7) In the early church, intellectual arrogance was manifest by neo-platonism and gnosticism. In the twentieth century, it is manifest in existentialism, social action, socialism, utopianism, and communism.
f. The truth of Bible doctrine forms a system of absolutes, but arrogance intrudes with the glorification of some form of human speculation which excludes doctrinal viewpoint. This results in such philosophies as existentialism and the arrogant system of subjective humanism.
g. Without the truth of Bible doctrine as the means of establishing the norms of life, intellectualism is meaningless and often very harmful.
h. Bible doctrine is rejected in arrogance under the erroneous conclusion that human existence is neither understandable nor describable in either idealistic or scientific terminology. Allegedly, man can only be understood by the subjective analysis of his suffering, guilt feelings, anxiety, and the need to make decisions through the utilization of his freedom in a meaningless and purposeless world. Existentialism is twentieth century gnosticism.
i. In arrogance, man’s individual existence precedes his essence. This subjective thinking means he must therefore fashion himself. That’s the application of existentialism to life.
j. Therefore, Christian existentialism emphasizes the arrogant and subjective aspects of man as a creature of God. It glorifies man by saying that man is good and honorable by nature and by birth. Therefore, it denies the existence of the old sin nature and the total depravity of man. Neo-orthodoxy tries to reconcile the concepts of man’s goodness.
k. This results in man seeking God through guilt motivation, which is one of man’s strongest drives for seeking God. Those who have no guilt seek God through intellectual, philosophical speculation. As a result, the believer is not seeking God in the only way possible, i.e., through the perception of Bible doctrine, which immediately eliminates guilt motivation or intellectual philosophical speculation.
l. This arrogance is advocated by such men as Kerkegard, Sarte, Carl Barth, and Emil Bruner. They call themselves modern theologians, but they are really philosophical speculators. They do not to teach doctrine, but attempt to explain Christianity in terms of philosophical speculation. This subjective approach to doctrine is arrogance.
m. There are two categories of intellectual arrogance.
(1) The arrogance of the ignorant who have oversimplified solutions and panaceas to the problems of life. This is the concept of having a predilection toward some red herring conspiracy, blaming all the problems in life on some organization, e.g., on the Jews. This is the Jacobean mentality.
(2) The arrogance of the brilliant intellect who overestimates his own opinion. He is jealous and resentful of anyone else whose academic attainments are greater than his own. He tries to give opinions in areas out of his expertise.
3. Irrational or Emotional Arrogance.
a. Emotional or irrational arrogance is the antithesis of rational arrogance. Rational arrogance uses human viewpoint and academic theory as the criterion for life instead of Bible doctrine. Irrational arrogance uses feeling and emotion as the criterion for life instead of Bible doctrine.
b. Normal emotional function responds to the thinking of the precordial frontal lobes of the soul.
(1) In the human soul, there exists both male and female parts. The intellect is the male part of the soul; emotion is the female part of the soul.
(2) Emotions are designed, under normal living, to respond to the content of your intellect and to the standards developed from your thinking. When your standards are met in any field of life, your emotions respond.
(3) Emotion is normal only when under the authority of thought. Just as your volition must be under human authorities of establishment and under the divine authority of the Word of God, so emotion is only normal when it is subordinate to thinking.
(4) Emotion is a responder and reflector of thinking or lack of thinking in a normal person. Emotion is the feeling and responding reflexes of the soul.
(5) As a system of feeling and response, emotion in itself does not contain any of the following.
(a) Emotion has no ability to reason. The ability to reason is lost if emotion dominates the soul.
(b) Emotion has no capability of thought. Emotion was not designed for thinking, but for responsive stimulation.
(c) Emotion has no doctrinal content or criteria.
(d) Emotion has no common sense. So if emotion dominates the soul, there is no common sense.
(e) Emotion has no vocabulary as a tool for mental function. To be able to think, you must have a vocabulary.
c. Emotion is never the criterion for Christian experience. You are not saved or spiritual because you feel saved or spiritual. Your feelings have absolutely nothing to do with your spiritual status quo. However, your emotions can respond to your spiritual growth or to doctrines you finally understand, just as your emotions respond to other things.
d. The criterion for Christianity is two-fold.
(1) Positive criterion: Bible doctrine, the systematic theology of reason.
(2) Negative criterion: emotion, a system of feeling, which when used as criterion leads to the distortion of the protocol plan of God.
e. Under the principle of irrational arrogance, emotion becomes a major distraction to the execution of the protocol plan of God. Preoccupation with self in arrogance enjoys substituting emotional stimulation for Bible doctrine, therefore forcing doctrine out of your life. This is why people seek guidance in their decision making from others.
f. Emotion rejects the three R’s of operation Z: reception, retention, and recall of doctrine, all of which require the function of the frontal lobe inside the divine dynasphere.
g. Emotion is not involved in the process of learning doctrine. Emotion benefits from doctrine learned. To the extent that you get emotional about some doctrinal point, you lose your objectivity and your ability to actually take in doctrine. When arrogance gives precedence to emotion or how one feels, it results in false doctrine, rejection of eternal security, drug abuse, and involvement in the phallic cult.
h. Emotional arrogance concludes the following blasphemies.
(1) A person is not saved unless he feels saved.
(2) A person is not spiritual without an ecstatic experience.
i. Abnormal emotion is the impulsive function related to arrogance. Emotional stress causes the believer to act on impulse rather than the application of Bible doctrine.
(1) The emotion of fear causes flight.
(2) The emotion of disgust causes repulsion.
(3) The emotion of anger causes violence.
(4) Instincts are reflex behavior based on emotion rather than on thought.
j. Therefore, emotions are feeling functions, and they should never become the criterion for Christianity.
k. Emotional arrogance converts reality into illusion and hallucination, making another giant step in the drive toward unreality, which explains why so many believers are psychopathic. Therefore, emotional arrogance always collapses under pressure.
l. Definition and description of emotion.
(1) Emotion is defined as a complex, biochemical, physiological process or function concerned with somatic expression of feeling. Emotion is the basis for thymopathic behavior, disturbance of effects.
(2) There are two functions of the emotion.
(a) The conscious sensation of emotions in the soul responding to the intellect.
(b) The effect of emotions on the organic functions of the body. Both of these are misconstrued in Christianity today.
(3) The conscious sensation of emotion in the soul is the mechanism of emotions in the brain. The effects of emotion on the organic function of the body is a parasympathetic effect of the transmission of too many or too few motor nerve impulses to the muscles of the body.
(4) The prefrontal lobes are the cortical areas associated with thought and decisions. Normal emotions respond to thought in the prefrontal lobes. In cases where the prefrontal lobes have been removed, such as a frontal lobotomy, such individuals still have emotional activity. Therefore, you can have a lot of emotional activity without ever having a thought! Such emotional activity is unstable, coming and going with extreme rapidity. So while the removal of the prefrontal lobes may eliminate thought, it does not eliminate emotional activity.
(5) Emotion without thought is a disaster to the soul. Such sins as anger, rage, fear, worry, anxiety, and hatred are classified as emotional activity.
(6) Emotion is related to human power and influence, but never to divine power and Bible doctrine. Emotional arrogance is a denial of divine power available to every Church Age believer. Doctrine is stored and utilized in the prefrontal lobes, not in the emotions.
m. The cosmic believer has three emotional malfunctions.
(1) He makes a god out of his emotions,Phil 3:18-19.
(2) His emotions distract him from the protocol plan of God, Rom 16:17-18.
(3) His emotions hinder his perception of Bible doctrine, 2 Cor 6:11-12.
n. Irrational arrogance makes emotion the criterion for the Christian way of life. Phil 3:18-19, “For many [cosmic believers] keep walking [modus operandi in cosmic system] concerning whom I have communicated to you many times and now continue communicating, even though weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction [sin unto death], whose god is his emotions, whose fame is by means of dishonor, who keeps thinking about earthly things.”
(1) In any given generation, the “many” or the majority of believers execute this blasphemous, emotional way of life.
(2) The apostle Paul wept because divine power is available to every Church Age believer, yet it is rarely utilized. Most believers are content to live out their lives in a very conventional, ordinary way without ever realizing that God has given us greater power than He ever gave to Old Testament believers, except to a few.
(3) How can believers be the enemies of the cross? Because they are grieving the same Holy Spirit who sustained our Lord on the cross. These believers live in the arrogance complex, their lives reflecting Satan’s modus operandi and policy as the ruler of this world. These cosmic believers live outside the divine dynasphere in Satan’s cosmic system.
(4) The outcome of the cross was that our Lord demonstrated that by utilizing the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit inside the divine dynasphere, you can bear anything in life. There is no suffering, no disaster, no tragedy, no heartache too great for us to bear. We have the same divine dynasphere and the same power available as our Lord had.
(5) So those who make emotion their criterion and associate emotion with Christianity are the enemies of the cross. Their arrogance is too subtle for most to see, but it is obvious to those who understand the great power experiment of the Church Age.
(6) Any believer living outside the divine dynasphere is an enemy of the cross. He is a cosmic, carnal believer, and he will wind up in either moral or immoral degeneracy; both are equally bad.
(7) Attaining “fame by dishonor” violates the principle that if God doesn’t promote you, you’re not promoted.
o. Emotional arrogance distracts from the execution of the protocol plan of God. Rom 16:17-18, “Now I urge you, brethren, be alert for those who are causing dissensions and apostasies contrary to doctrine which you have learned. For such believers do not obey our Lord Jesus Christ, but their emotions, serving themselves. And by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the right lobes of the ignorant [of Bible doctrine].”
(1) Alertness is impossible apart from epistemological rehabilitation and cognition of doctrine.
(2) All dissension and apostasy has one root: arrogance.
(3) Our Lord set up the pattern and gave the mandates with regard to the great power experiment of the Church Age. But arrogant believers have rejected the protocol plan of God and the mandates of our Lord. Arrogance rejects authority.
p. Emotional arrogance hinders the believer from epistemological rehabilitation and cognition of Bible doctrine. 2 Cor 6:11-12, “O you Corinthians, our mouth has been opened face to face with you; our [Paul, Apollos, Timothy] right lobes have been enlarged [by Bible doctrine]. Therefore, you have not been hindered by us, but you have been hindered by your own emotions.”
(1) The Corinthians were generally bright with high human I.Q.s. But the issue is spiritual I.Q., living in the divine dynasphere, learning from the teaching of God the Holy Spirit.
(2) The enlargement of the right lobes refers to the studying and teaching of the doctrinal communicator.
(3) It was not lack of good Bible teaching that hindered the Corinthian believers from executing the protocol plan of God. They were hindered by their own emotional arrogance.
q. Characteristics of emotional arrogance.
(1) Emotional arrogance is vulnerable to flattery, because flattery encourages unreality about self.
(2) Emotional arrogance encourages fear because emotion cannot think under pressure. Courage is thinking under pressure.
(3) Emotional arrogance produces personality disturbances, called psycho-neurotic disorders. Psycho-neurotic personalities use arrogance to try to deal with stress, but instead of solving stress, they manufacture anxiety, piling more pressure on their life. Emotional arrogance cannot handle anxiety. Phobic, depressive, obsessive, and compulsive reactions result from emotional arrogance.
(4) Emotion has no vocabulary, no ability to think, and no problem solving capabilities.
(5) The guilt complex causes pressure, for it is an emotion which is much stronger than doctrine in you.
(6) One way of allowing your emotions to dominate is through drug addiction. Drugs are a stimulus to the emotional pattern, wiping out the thinking pattern. In this euphoric state, you cannot cope with life.
(7) The modern tongues movement is the expression of emotions dominating the soul. Emotional arrogance is the function of demon possession among unbelievers and demon influence among both believers and unbelievers.
r. Decisions made by emotional arrogance are generally wrong decisions from a position of weakness. In the formative years, emotions dominate the soul, so you should never marry your first sweetheart.
s. Knowledge of doctrine is the environment for thinking, not emotion or ecstatics. Emotion has no rationale for application to the stresses of life. Emotional arrogance uses illusion, hallucination, and fantasizing to cope with stress.
t. The cure for emotional arrogance is discipline and authority resulting in enforced humility. One of the greatest things that can happen to anyone is to be born into a family where the parents are very strict and enforce discipline and force you to respect them. In this way, even if you have a tendency toward arrogance, your parents keep you related to reality under enforced humility. In the local church, this enforced humility comes from discipline under the pastor.
u. Emotional arrogance not only eliminates rational thinking in the soul, but produces arrogant preoccupation with the insignificant. Arrogant preoccupation with the insignificant not only destroys any true scale of values in life, but develops an arrogant self-centeredness which destroys capacity for life, love and happiness.
v. Details of life are the means of living, but they are neither the motivation nor the capacity for living. Thought is motivation for life. Arrogance always wants more and bigger details of life to the exclusion of reality; then your happiness comes to depend on these. But the details of life are the means of living, not the means for capacity for life or happiness. When you are motivated for living because of such details as transportation, food, shelter, recognition, and fame, you have used arrogance to eliminate capacity for life, love and happiness. Without capacity of thought, details will make you miserable. Again, knowledge is the environment for thinking – not emotion.
w. Doctrine is the environment for decisions, not emotion.
x. Emotions are wonderful when they are the result of thinking; that’s what emotions are for. They are the nerve extensions of thought in the soul. Therefore, emotions are designed to enjoy life.
J. Gate #10: Client Nation Arrogance.
1. The client nation to God is defined in terms of the laws of divine establishment, providing the necessary freedom for three great spiritual functions:
a. Evangelism, the presentation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
b. The teaching of Bible doctrine.
c. Missionary activity to non-client nations.
2. All three categories involve the spiritual life (beginning with personal faith in Christ) from perception of Bible doctrine, producing spiritual growth which is so important.
3. The client nation to God is blessed by a pivot of mature believers whose invisible historical impact is the key to its function and perpetuation. As goes the believer in any given generation, so goes history in that generation.
4. The true issue for the Church Age is the invisible impact of the spiritual life of the believer. This was never true before the Church Age began. Always in the Old Testament it was a matter of individual leadership, as with Moses, David, Hezekiah, etc. But now the issue is invisible history impact. God, in His marvelous sense of humor, has made the Church Age unique. He has made the blessings or cursings in any generation depend upon your individual attitude toward Bible doctrine, your momentum in the divine dynasphere.
5. When the pivot shrinks and the percentage of mature believers declines, the client nation is then subject to the five cycles of discipline.
6. There are two categories of client nations in history.
a. Old Testament category: Jewish client nations, of which there were four (Israel, northern kingdom, southern kingdom, Judah). These client nations existed from Moses until the fall of Judah in August of A.D. 70.
b. New Testament category: Gentile client nations, called the times of the Gentiles. Gentile client nations began with S.P.Q.R. and continues at present with the U.S.A.
7. When a maximum number of believers are living in Satan’s cosmic system and when the citizens of the client nation reject the laws of divine establishment, the nation is punished by the five cycles of discipline.
8. With the administration of the fifth cycle of discipline, the client nation status is removed, and all too often that nation goes into slavery. Three Jewish client nations were so destroyed by the fifth cycle of discipline.
a. The Northern Kingdom was enslaved and destroyed by the Assyrians in B.C. 721.
b. The Southern Kingdom was enslaved and destroyed by the Chaldeans in B.C. 586.
c. The Kingdom of Judah was enslaved and destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.
9. The times of the Gentiles (Lk 21:24) began officially in A.D. 70 and continues until the resurrection of the Church when history goes back to the leadership system of the Old Testament.
10. There will be no more Jewish client nations to God until the Second Advent of Christ and His millennial reign.
11. Currently, the active client nation to God is the United States of America.
12. There are two categories of government in any nation in history: legitimate government and arrogant government. It is important to distinguish between the two.
a. There are three categories of legitimate government, and three categories of arrogant government. It isn’t the form of government that matters so much as its function.
(1) Monarchy is the rule of one man in the interest of the common good (e.g., a king). The arrogant distortion of this is tyranny, the rule of one man for his own advantage (e.g., a dictator).
(2) Aristocracy is the rule of a group of men in the interest of the common good. The arrogant distortion of this is oligarchy, the rule of an interest group for their own benefit.
(3) Republic is the rule of the better part of the people in the interest of the common good. Its arrogant distortion is democracy, the rule of the worst part of the people for their own benefit.
b. But regardless of the form of government, the purpose of a client nation is to establish the freedom, privacy, and the sacredness of both property and life. The client nation, regardless of government, provides the environment of freedom so that there can occur evangelism, Bible teaching, missionary activity; and for those who so choose, the rejection of these things.
13. Client nation arrogance begins with an arrogant form of government, whether tyranny, oligarchy, or democracy. This arrogant government reflects the general attitude of the people: apostasy among believers, indifference among unbelievers, and irresponsibility by all.
14. Client nation arrogance includes moral & immoral degeneration.
15. Client nation arrogance blurs the distinctions between church and state, between the military and the state, and between free enterprise and the state.
a. The apostate church becomes involved in social action instead of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
b. A church which advocates such evils as the welfare state, redistribution of wealth, destroying the sovereignty of other nations through “civil rights,” big government and little people, unjust taxation, the rule of the proletariat through labor unions (an irresponsible extension of the voting franchise); such believers who advocate these evils are caught in this arrogant trap.
16. Therefore, client nation arrogance is characterized by social degeneration, economic depression, military disaster, and the apostasy of believers resulting in the shrinkage of the pivot.
17. Client nation arrogance is characterized by bureaucracy in government rather than leadership and integrity.
18. Our Constitution demands from its people integrity, honor, and a sense of justice from a maximum number of American citizens.
19. Arrogance destroys consensus, neutralizes integrity, caters to privileges groups, and demands equality at the expense of everyone else’s freedom.
20. Client nation arrogance destroys human freedom, and therefore destroys true evangelism or accurate Bible teaching and indigenous missionary activity.
21. Client nation arrogance finds believers involved in activism, crusader arrogance, civil disobedience, violence, and revolution.
22. Client nation arrogance is that presumption that the blessings and prosperities from God to a client nation are the result of national and ethnic superiority. Arrogance rejects the laws of divine establishment, ridicules the Gospel, and ignores the fact that all national blessing is associated with the pivot of mature believers.
23. Under client nation arrogance, we have the extension of the voting franchise to the point of irresponsibility. Everyone is arrogant enough to think that his vote is important, that he is discerning enough to distinguish the good from the bad. This results in silly laws, irresponsibility, stupid demagogues, arrogant bureaucracy, and the inevitable distortion of our own wonderful Constitution.
24. So what is your responsibility as a Christian to the United States of America as a client nation?
25. The issue is pivotism versus activism.
a. Pivotism is the believer living inside the divine dynasphere, advancing to maturity, and forming a part of the pivot which protects the client nation.
b. Activism finds arrogant Christians living inside the cosmic system, practicing that terrible evil of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience in a client nation with freedom is the quintessence of arrogance and demonization. Nothing is ever solved by protests or violence.
c. To upset and destroy our form of government just to get their way about something not even Biblical is the trend of fundamentalists today.
d. Violence is never justified in a client nation to God. Violence is distinguished from the function of law and order; i.e., killing criminals and national enemies.
e. Christians involved in protest functions have a sense of arrogance from demonization, not a sense of destiny from the inculcation of doctrine. Only believers living in the divine dynasphere really have a true sense of destiny. The freedom of the client nation should be used for self-determination related to the plan of God, not trying to superimpose Christian standards on the general public.
f. Our responsibility is to live our life as unto the Lord, producing motivating virtue toward God and functional virtue toward man. But self-righteous arrogance tries to make the whole public live like Christians; e.g., “Blue Laws.” Self-determination is our wonderful privilege in this free nation. But it should never be related to arrogant decisions related to the communist plan for the conquest of the world.
g. Separation of church and state provide the option of freedom. Not only are we as individuals the products of our own decisions, but tragically today, we are also the products of our decisions collectively made from the demonizing inculcation of the cosmic system.