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Doctrine of Hardening of Heart

July 18, 2010

DOCTRINE OF HARDENING  OF THE HEART PROCESS

1.    REACTION FACTOR

A.    A believer can either RESPOND to circumstances, people or doctrine, or REACT to them.

B.    Some, but not all , REACTION factors:  disillusionment, self-pity, boredom, loneliness, frustration.

C.    Reasons why REACTION to circumstances, people or doctrine sets in:
1)    Haphazard attitude toward doctrine.

2)    Indifferent attitude toward doctrine.

3)    Unable to understand the doctrine being taught.

D.    The REACTION phase of the hardening process has both primary and secondary phases.

1)    Primary phase:  The initial REACTION to a circumstance, people or doctrine, such as disillusionment, self-pity, boredom, loneliness or frustration.

2)    Secondary phase:  Secondary reactions to unchecked primary reactions, brought on by HYPERSENSITIVITY or LACK OF OBJECTIVITY, such as frustration, self-pity, jealousy, bitterness, pride, implacability, vindictiveness, guilt-complex.

3)    Example of moving from primary phase to secondary phase due to hypersensitivity or lack of objectivity:

In the primary phase, someone hurts you, so you become DISILLUSIONED with that person.  Because you are hypersensitive, you enter the secondary phase by becoming DISCOURAGED with the one who has hurt you.

Primary phase:  disillusionment.
Secondary phase:  discouragement.

E.    The reaction period can include all manner of DISTRACTIONS that become detrimental when they lure the believer from the routine of the consistent intake and application of doctrine.  Some distractions are entertainment, family, health and business.

F.    The presence of any type of reaction in your life is your first warning signal to intensify your intake and/or application of doctrine.  If the warning is ignored, you will compound your problems and embark on a frantic search for happiness.

2.    FRANTIC SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

A.    The frantic search for happiness becomes the accepted solution to the reactor factors in one’s life.

1)    The frantic search for happiness stimulates a person’s trend toward asceticism.

2)    The frantic search for happiness stimulates a person’s trend toward lasciviousness.

3)    Although asceticism is more respectable than lasciviousness, both are equally devastating to growth to maturity.

B.    Roads for the ascetic person on the frantic search for happiness:  legalistic victorious life conferences, works programs, false spirituality, tabooism, discipleship, pseudo-love, social action or pseudo-tongues.

C.    Roads for the lascivious person on the frantic search for happiness: drunkenness, debauchery, chasing, sexual promiscuity or perversion, drug abuse or crime.

D.    The frantic search for happiness becomes the alternative to the consistent function of GAP and always results in self-induced misery.

3.    OPERATION BOOMERANG

A.    The initial reaction is intensified because the frantic search for happiness does not assuage the reactor factors.  Frustration becomes greater frustration, discouragement becomes depression, loneliness becomes desolation and common sense is replaced with emotional operation.

B.    The nightmarish search for happiness boomerangs and leads to emotional revolt of the soul.

4.    EMOTIONAL REVOLT OF THE SOUL

A.    God has designed the right lobe to dominate the soul and the emotions to RESPOND to the right lobe.

B.    In emotional revolt, the emotions function as the DICTATOR of the soul rather than the appreciator of the soul.

C.    Emotion contains no doctrinal content, no mentality, no character, no norms and standards, no common sense.

D.    Emotion reflects the character of that to which it responds.

1)    If the right lobe initiates doctrine, the emotion responds with appreciation for doctrine and the divine viewpoint, and the result is greater capacity for life.

2)    If the emotion responds to the old sin nature, it rejects the authority of the right lobe and comes under the influence of the old sin nature.

E.    Once emotion assumes the role of aggressor, it not only becomes a tool for the old sin nature, but loses all capacity for life and replaces happiness with the misery spectrum.

F.    Believers who are controlled by their emotions or use them as the criteria for the Christian life are disoriented, reversionistic and apostate.

G.    Emotional revolt paves the way for negative volition toward doctrine.

5.    NEGATIVE VOLITION TOWARD DOCTRINE

A.    While negative volition toward doctrine is present in every stage of the hardening process, it now appears as full-blown revolt.

B.    Manifestations of negative volition:

1)    Subject matter is of no interest to you or bores you or is contrary to your background.

2)    Antagonisms or personality hang-ups regarding pastor and his authority.

3)    Antagonism or personality conflicts with other members of the congregation.

4)    Failure to assemble in a local church and failure to confess your sins.

5)    Failure to recognize the Source of prosperity.

6)    Disorientation to the many facets of logistical or living grace.

7)    Malfunction of the faith-rest technique that fails to remove hang-ups or roadblocks.

8)    The details of life are more important than Bible doctrine.

a.    Your time and energies are immersed in the push toward success, status, wealth or power.

b.    The allurement of pleasure:  hobbies, sports, social life.

c.    Friends or family take you away.

d.    Health and climate can be used as excuses.

C.    Once entrenched, unchecked negative volition catapults you into the final processes of the hardened heart.

6.    BLACKOUT OF THE SOUL

A.    Blackout of the soul is that reversionistic state in which the left lobe of the mentality of the soul is attacked directly by evil concepts and ideas.

B.    Objectivity is blacked out in every area of life, from the spiritual principles of Bible doctrine to the laws of divine establishment, and is replaced by subjectivity, confusion, instability and frustration.

C.    Expressions of subjective thinking in the spiritual realm:  blaming God for adversity; taking one or all of the sublimation routes in life, such as alcohol, drugs, promiscuity; an inability to maintain a relaxed mental attitude love toward anyone; extreme inconsistency; neurotic and psychotic behavior.

D.    Expressions of subjective thinking in the realm of establishment:  ivory tower liberal operations such as world peace and disarmament programs, pseudo-love and universal brotherhood propaganda, “the greatest good for the greatest number”, social action to aid the downtrodden, unrealistic schemes that promote the Welfare State.

E.    When blackout of the soul reaches the right lobe or heart, scar tissue begins to form in the soul, continuing the hardening process.

7.    SCAR TISSUE OF THE SOUL

A.    Scar tissue of the soul is synonymous with “hardness of heart”.

B.    Scar tissue develops in the right lobe as the inevitable result of blackout in the left lobe.

C.    Scar tissue freezes the right lobe so that doctrine can no longer circulate in the soul.

D.    Scar tissue paralyzes all spiritual function.

E.    The wages paid by hardness of heart are threefold:

1)    Strong delusion. (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)

2)    The practice of reverse process reversionism. (2 Corinthians 11)

3)    Intensified discipline resulting in the sin unto death. (1 John 5:16)

8.    REVERSE PROCESS REVERSIONISM

A.    This is the total influence of evil rather than of doctrine, and the substitution of Satan’s plan for God’s plan.

B.    The modus vivendi of the believer in reverse process reversionism cannot be distinguished from that of the unbeliever.

C.    By definition, “reverse process” means to face in the opposite direction, to change or reverse a judgment of a criticism, to appear in an inverted position by a reversal of objects.

D.    Related to the Word of God, reverse process reversionism manifests itself when the reversionist spurns what he should love and loves what he should spurn.  All  true values are pushed aside and priorities are reversed.

E.    The believer experiences a reverse process in regard to the true objects of his love ad affection in all three categories of love.

1)    Personal glory vs. occupation with Christ.

2)    Pursues false lovers vs. right-man or right-woman.

3)    Cultivates hypocritical and superficial acquaintances vs. true friendships.

The eight steps in the hardening process have been presented in isolation in order to portray the major aspects of spiritual retrogression and hardening of the heart in a LOGICAL sequence.  Chronologically, however, these factors in the downward process overlap and intertwine to form an intricate fabric of degeneracy.