Doctrine of Fear

July 18, 2010


A. Introduction.
1. Fear is a representative emotional sin; therefore, fear is negative in the spiritual life of the Church Age. If you are afraid, you are out of fellowship.
2. Fear and the function of your spiritual life are mutually exclusive.
3. Fear eliminates spiritual advance to the high ground of maximum glorification of God resulting in visible and invisible heroes.
4. The negatives of fear.
a. Fear is a result of no adult spiritual life, no double column advance of reciprocity and epignosis doctrine to the high ground of maximum glorification of God.
b. Fear eliminates a personal sense of destiny and the double column advance to occupation with Christ.
c. The fear virus in the soul represents emotional arrogance, distraction to the spiritual life.
d. This is why fear sees the problem and falls apart, while faith sees the solution and keeps marching to glory. There are three great illustrations of this: Abraham in sexual death, Moses at the Red Sea, and David against Goliath.
e. Through the faith-rest drill each believer (Abraham, Moses, and David) emphasized the solution rather than the problem.
f. They avoided the distraction of fear. They by-passed the negatives of fear for the victory of occupation with Christ.
5. Fear is an emotional sin, therefore always tinged with irrationality.
6. Fear is a sign of arrogance and self-centeredness.
7. Therefore, fear results in the function of three arrogance skills: self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption.
8. Fear calls for the function of the faith-rest drill, Isa 41:10, “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; yes, I will hold you up with the right hand of My Righteousness.”
9. 2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and reciprocal love and sound-judgment.”
10. Fear related to death will not prevent dying, but it will prevent the fulfillment of our very own spiritual life. There is no place for fear in any stage of the believer’s spiritual life from salvation until death.
11. Fear rejects the unfailing love of God.
12. Fear destroys the superabundance of happiness.
13. Fear eliminates the power of prevailing prayer.

B. The Distraction of Fear.
1. The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear. Today you may be worried about only one thing; tomorrow about two things, etc. Soon you become so emotionally involved in fear that you have no identity. Irrationality means loss of identity, which means the accumulation of fear until you are afraid of life. Fear is something that, if not controlled, continues to develop in your life until you have no capacity, and as a believer you become a loser. (One of the motivations for becoming addicted to drugs is fear of life, anxiety, worry, and tension.)
2. The extent to which you surrender to fear, the greater your capacity for fear. To the extent to which you surrender to fear, to that extent fear controls more and more of your life. Increasing fear means increasing insecurity, which destroys your capacity for love, life, happiness, and blessing. No set of circumstances in life will ever make you happy. There is no way you can have true love or true happiness apart from a healthy mental attitude.
3. The greater your capacity for fear, the more you increase the power of fear in your life.
4. The more you increase the power of fear in your life, the greater your failure to execute the unique spiritual life of the Church Age through the double column advance of epignosis doctrine and reciprocity and thereby attaining the high ground of occupation with Christ. The greater your chances of failure to execute the protocol plan of God, the sooner you cancel your equal opportunity to glorify God. The sooner you cancel your equal opportunity to glorify God, the sooner you live a life of total misery through the law of volitional responsibility.
a. The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for fear. The greater your capacity for fear, the greater your capacity for arrogance and becoming a loser. Fear causes you to become totally preoccupied with yourself. Once in the arrogance complex, all the rest of the mental attitude sins come quickly. The combination of fear and arrogance causes many people to become mentally ill.
b. The more things that acquire the power to promote fear in your life, the more punitive suffering and self‑induced misery you bring on yourself.
c. The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for fragmentation and becoming a loser in the Christian life. As a loser, your capacity for life, love, and happiness is completely destroyed.
d. The greater your mind set as a loser-believer while living, the greater the intensification of your fear when dying.
5. Fear as an emotional sin is both irrational and irresponsible resulting in garbage in the subconscious and distraction from the spiritual life. Emotion has no true courage. It has a pseudo courage. Arrogance and emotional domination of the soul produce cowardice. It creates three things: the arrogance skills, the arrogance complex of sins, and the emotional complex of sins. Fear not only removes Bible doctrine from number one priority in the life, but fear fragments and destroys the function of your spiritual life and moves you into the eight stages of reversionism. The last three stages of reversionism destroy all previously learned Bible doctrine and hinder any use of problem solving devices. Fear is a function of self-absorption. To make emotion the criterion for the spiritual life is a wedding between the arrogance skills and the emotional revolt of the soul. Normal emotional activity in the soul functions in subordination to the absolutes of Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. Emotional response to doctrine and the thinking of the spiritual life becomes a true variable, while emotional activity that dominates and subordinates Bible doctrine to it is rejected by the absolute.
a. Emotion can be normal or evil, good or bad. Regardless of what it is, emotion is never a tool of cognition. You do not learn by emotion. God gave us emotion as an enjoyer of what is truth.
b. Emotion is not a criterion for the spiritual life. Emotions were never designed to be problem solving devices.
c. Sinful emotional activity such as fear, worry, anxiety, hatred, anger, revenge, and guilt are reactions without divine approval and totally rejected by the absolutes of Bible doctrine.
d. Emotional reactions, such as emotional revolt of the soul or false spirituality by ecstatics, are a distraction to the execution of the protocol plan of God. Given some testing, the loser believer under emotional revolt of the soul will scream loud and clear, find someone to blame, and fall apart.
e. Emotion as the criterion of the spiritual life converts reality into unrealistic expectation, illusion, denial, projection, and hallucination.
f. The believer must distinguish between normal emotional response (like watching a good movie) or abnormal emotional reaction to life in the form of the emotional revolt of the soul (using drugs).
g. Fear as an emotional sin is zero. Zero application to life results in stress and intensity of suffering through additional stress. Fear does not exist in virtue-love, 1 Jn 4:18.
6. Fear replaces Bible doctrine with the four horsemen of apostasy: emotional revolt of the soul, locked-in negative volition, blackout of the soul, and scar tissue of the soul.
7. The fear principle explains the sin unto death, 1 Jn 5:16b, “There is a sin face-to-face with death.” The function of worry and anxiety in living results in the function of fear in dying. There is a sin believers commit while taking the journey through their very own death-shadowed valley: fear, reaction to the fact you are dying, bitterness.
8. Destruction of capacity for life, love, and happiness increases your capacity for arrogance and emotionalism, and therefore, your capacity for fragmentation.
9. So fear is a key that unlocks many doors, starting with the door of arrogance. You cannot be afraid without putting an abnormal emphasis on yourself. To the extent that you become frightened by anything, to that extent you set up a new circuit in your life which is arrogance. From that fear comes many manifestations of arrogance.
a. Jealousy. If you’re afraid of losing someone, you become jealous when they show any favoritism toward anyone else.
b. Bitterness. You become bitter toward that person because they don’t give you the affection and attention you think you deserve.
c. Vindictiveness.
d. Implacability.
e. Revenge motivation. From all this comes a series of functions in your life that absolutely destroy any capacity. Therefore, you cannot be distinguished from the unbeliever, except that you are far worse than many unbelievers. They have handled fear through establishment principles. But you have something so much greater and so much easier compared to how they must handle fear. Yet it’s amazing how many unbelievers are superior to Christians in their modus operandi, conquering such things as fear the hard way through establishment principles.
10. Arrogance, fear, worry, anxiety, anger, and emotionalism are all irrational. Irrationality is a total contradiction to the protocol plan of God which manufactures invisible heroes. Fear manufactures losers.
11. Fear is lack of thinking under pressure. Of course, if you don’t think under normal circumstances and in prosperity, you will be filled with fear during abnormal circumstances.
12. Fear is the mental attitude of worry, anxiety, apprehension, trepidation, and despondency. Inevitably, fear leads to arrogance, the narcissus syndrome, and even to psychosis.
13. Fear cannot coexist with the function of the protocol plan of God in your life. The function of the protocol plan of God means first the function of Bible doctrine. When you have a point of doctrine, you can say as David did when facing Goliath, “The battle is the Lord’s.” That overcomes the problem of fear and so releases your ability to go into action, which is exactly what David did.
a. Fear and the function of your spiritual life are mutually exclusive.
b. People who live by fear are intimated by life. For the believer who lives in a state of fear, the fear increases like a disease. As the cancer of fear increases, that individual becomes intimidated by life.
c. Fear eliminates a personal sense of destiny, so that the loser believer cannot overcome emotional sins like fear, worry, anxiety, guilt, denial, and projection.
d. Fear of death will never prevent you from dying, but it will prevent you from living.
e. Fear is being overcome by the problem, becoming enmeshed in the disaster. The disaster destroys the spiritual life rather than advancing the spiritual life as designed by God.
f. A personal sense of destiny is inculcated with the solution, therefore involved in the function of the problem solving devices for the application of doctrine to experience.
g. Scripture.
(1) Ps 56:3-4, “What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid of what man can do to me?”
(2) 2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and sound judgment.”
14. Arrogance produces irrational self‑deception, which in turn spawns fear, worry, anxiety, and the unhappiness of self‑induced misery.
a. Arrogance causes loss of personality identity. Many women have lost their personality identity because they wanted to feel wanted and loved, but ended up merely being used. This is abnormal self‑deception.
b. Some people have great capacity for unhappiness, for they can only complain and grumble about life. The more you develop your capacity for unhappiness, the further away goes your chance of having any happiness in this life.
c. Because of arrogance, you do not know who you are or what you are, for you cannot see your soul in the mirror.
d. With loss of personality identity, you fall into a total state of fear so that you begin to retreat from any form of reality, becoming psychopathic or neurotic.
e. The only hope is that, while you’re still partially normal, you function under post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation. Cognition of Bible doctrine inside the divine dynasphere can remove the fear, arrogance, self‑deception, and the retreat from reality which makes it impossible for God’s grace to break through and be utilized in your life.
f. But when you become a total loser, having no understanding of God’s grace, you are totally miserable. So fear is the beginning of the end for you, which you do to yourself.

C. The Concept of Hysteria and Panic.
1. The hysteria and panic of fear eliminates the problem-solving devices altogether, so that emotion controls the life under the sponsorship of the sin nature. The sin nature has nothing to offer except greater and greater misery.
2. The perpetually carnal believer lives and fails by his emotions.
3. Fear is an emotional sin that attacks the spiritual life.
4. When emotion is preoccupied with fear, the spiritual life is completely neutralized.
5. Fear always focuses on the problem, while faith is preoccupied with the solution.
6. Three great believers of the Old Testament demonstrate this principle: Abraham, Moses, and David.
7. In each case, the loser believer saw the problem, while the winner believer saw the solution.
8. When emotion is preoccupied with the problem, there is no solution.
9. When the faith-rest drill is applied as the solution, the believer becomes a winner believer, and therefore fulfills Ps 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in you.”
10. The example of Abraham as a winner believer is found in Rom 4:19-21, “Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able also to keep.”
11. The example of Moses as a winner believer is found in Heb 11:24-29, “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.”
12. The example of David as a winner believer is found in 1 Sam 17:47.

D. Definition.
1. Fear is used two ways in the Bible.
a. Fear is used for a mental attitude sin, characterized by panic when in a dangerous situation. It is a painful emotional distress aroused by impending pain, danger, disaster, evil, or by illusions regarding the same. It is worry, apprehension, consternation, or horror. Fear is also an active feeling of dread, of which fright and terror are the more intense degrees.
b. Fear is used for reverence, respect, or awe. It is a reverence manifesting itself in obedience. In this respect, fear is a Christian virtue, 1 Pet 2:17.
(1) The concept of fear in Ex 20:20, “Moses said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you so that you will not sin.’” One of the greatest restraints on sin is fear of the righteousness and justice of God. The greatest believer of the Old Testament, Moses, was no exception to this and lost out on one of the greatest blessings of his life–entering the Land–by not respecting the righteousness of God.
(2) In Dt 17:19 fear denotes respect for God, “It [a copy of the Mosaic Law] shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear [respect] the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of the law and its statutes.” Respect for doctrine results in respect for the Lord.
(3) In Lev 25:17 fear prevents wrongdoing toward other persons, “So you shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God.” Instead of reacting to the wrongdoing of others, you shall put the entire matter in the hands of God.
(4) Ps 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding all those who do it [application of doctrine]; His praise endures forever.” Respect for the Lord is the beginning of a lifetime of learning Bible doctrine and having that Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness.
2. The meaning of the word “fear” in the Bible is determined by the context in which it is used.
3. Neglect or rejection of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age and failure to utilize its fantastic problem solving devices results in many problems, including fear.
4. Fear is lack of thinking under pressure. It is a general problem in life. We are designed by God to be rational creatures; fear makes us irrational. Fear is an irrational and emotional sin.
5. For the believer, fear is failure to learn and apply Bible doctrine to the problems of life, and failure to learn and utilize the problem-solving devices.
6. Fear is a part of the emotional complex of sins. Fear is a whole system of sins which includes worry, anxiety, insecurity, incapability of doctrinal application, and therefore inability to use the problem-solving devices.
7. Fear also includes all the problems of emotionalism, for fear is an emotional sin. Many sins involve only thinking (e.g. lust), but fear involves emotion and no thinking.
8. The Christian loser is bogged down and hindered from his advance by various categories of sins and arrogance related to fear.
9. Fear is preoccupation with the problem. It is the intimidation in life that produces fear.
10. When you stress or overrun the command post of the soul and the believer sins, those who live by fear are intimidated by life.

E. The Solution to Fear.
1. The protocol plan of God is designed to remove all the cobwebs of fear in your soul and replace them with confidence in doctrine, which leads to confidence in the Lord. That is the only true basis for spiritual self-esteem, which is confidence in yourself through Bible doctrine. This inevitably results in the greatest courage in life. It’s more than moral courage; it is a mental attitude courage in all relationships and in all circumstances of life.
2. Paul stated this to Timothy who was intimidated by his congregation. 2 Tim 1:7 is a mandate which belongs to the protocol plan of God. “For God has not given to us a lifestyle of fear, but of power, and of virtue‑love, and of sound judgment.”
a. Every time fear comes into your life, you know you are not living the Christian way of life. You know immediately that you are not executing the protocol plan of God.
b. Power refers to the 100% available omnipotence of God. The omnipotence of God the Father is related to our portfolio of invisible assets. The omnipotence of God the Son is related to the perpetuation of human history so that we can execute the protocol plan of God. The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is related to our very own palace, the operational‑type divine dynasphere. Relying on God’s power is true courage.
c. True courage is virtue-love, i.e., personal love for God the Father, impersonal love for all mankind, and occupation with Christ.
d. True courage means sound judgment, thinking under pressure, and good judgment at all times. Sound judgment comes from Bible doctrine, not from emotion. The person with real courage is the person with doctrine in their soul. For example, when David faced Goliath, he had doctrinal courage which was far superior to Goliath’s loud-mouthed macho courage.
e. The protocol plan of God is a life of courage. The execution of the protocol plan of God is learning courage.
f. What passes for courage is often not courage at all, but macho arrogance and stupidity.
g. Virtue-love represents the problem-solving devices. Sound judgment is the result of utilizing the problem-solving devices.
3. 1 Jn 4:18, “Fear does not exist in virtue-love, but virtue-love drives out fear; for fear causes punishment. In fact, the person who is afraid has not been matured in virtue-love.”
a. If you have personal love for God the Father and you understand His integrity, you don’t need to claim specific promises for every situation. You rest on the entire essence, integrity, and person of God. If you love God, you know God.
b. Therefore, once you have virtue-love, you’re not afraid of anything whereby you need promises, for now you know the One who makes the promises. You understand God’s integrity, and therefore, you are dependent on Him. If you are dependent upon God and His integrity, then having fear is not only an insult to God, but it is blasphemous and sinful.
c. Fear actually causes two categories of punishment. First, you punish yourself through self-induced misery. Then when fear gets into arrogance, divine punishment follows. So you can be punished three ways by fear: by yourself, by your peers, and by God.
d. Mature believers are not afraid.
e. Virtue-love, mentioned three times in this passage, represents all the problem-solving devices.
4. So the great problem-solving devices of spiritual adulthood eliminate fear by equating living with dying and adversity with prosperity.
a. Fear of death destroys capacity for life; it is a sign that you are still in spiritual childhood. Death is the last thing in the world that should concern you, for you have no control over the manner of your death or time of your death. When you realize your death is strictly in the Lord’s hands, the one time when the Lord’s wisdom will prevail over your volition, there is no excuse for having fear of death.
b. Then once you understand there is nothing to fear in death, then you begin to realize there is nothing to fear in life.
c. Fear is a great motivation in life for most people. Yet fear is totally destructive; it destroys love. Making wrong decisions out of fear destroys your capacity for life.
d. Many people spend so much time being afraid of death, or of dying, or of starving, or of being poor, etc., that they do not enjoy life. They have no zest for life and no capacity for life. The one person in this world who has zest and capacity for life is the spiritually mature believer.
e. Fear of adversity destroys capacity for prosperity. When prosperity comes, you’re so afraid that you will lose it that, in your fear, you have absolutely no capacity for that prosperity. You may stash it all away for “a rainy day.” That’s no capacity for life. Therefore, you do not enjoy prosperity when it comes.
5. Fear is the enemy of the protocol plan of God. It destroys any possibility of suffering for blessing in its three stages.
6. Fear makes you herd bound so that you come to depend on others.
7. The Church Age believer cannot think, apply doctrine, or solve problems through the thinking or mind of another believer. You must have the doctrine in your own soul and solve your own problems. To the extent that you depend upon others for your spiritual application to life, to that extent you are a loser.

F. Fear is a sin of emotion.
1. Fear, like anger, is a sin of emotion. Emotion cannot think, apply doctrine, or function in a crisis. Emotion has no doctrinal content, when the emotional complex of sins are involved. There is emotion which is not sinful. There is good and bad emotion. Fear is the application of nothing to adversity, resulting in less than nothing.
2. When arrogance pulls the pin of the grenade, fear is a part of the fragmented life.
3. There are two categories of emotion.
a. In normal emotion, the emotions respond to the authority and thinking of the prefrontal lobes of the soul.
b. In abnormal emotion, the emotion controls the frontal lobes of the soul and blanks out all thinking. Abnormal emotion produces fear, worry, anxiety, anger, and hatred, resulting in violence, which is anger and hatred blocking the normal restraints from the prefrontal lobes.
4. Fear can never think under pressure. Believers in the emotion of fear cannot apply doctrine and handle the problem. When emotion takes over, doctrine is erased.
5. Courage is thinking doctrine and functioning under pressure as if there were no abnormal circumstances, no crisis, or no pressure. Courage is claiming promises in adversity, using the ten problem-solving devices, and functioning under the privacy of your royal priesthood to think, to apply, and to metabolize doctrine with your own intellect. However, fear makes you a loser.
6. The status of spiritual self-esteem begins the grace function of cognitive self-confidence, i.e., thinking in terms of metabolized doctrine in your own right lobe. This is the dynamics of divine viewpoint in the frontal lobes of the soul.
7. The Church Age believer cannot think doctrine, apply doctrine, or solve problems through fear or through the mind of another believer.
8. Fear is emotional. The spiritually adult believer eliminates emotion as a criteria for Christianity, since emotion cannot think, cannot apply doctrine, cannot learn or use the problem-solving devices, and cannot rationalize or estimate the situation from the divine viewpoint.
9. Fear is the emotional means by which people fail under any kind of pressure or even normal circumstances. Courage is thinking doctrine under pressure, claiming promises of God under adversity, understanding and utilizing the ten problem-solving devices of the protocol plan for the Church Age.
10. Since fear is a sin of emotion, it is necessary to understand more about emotion. (See also the doctrine of Emotions.)
a. The emotional believer defines the status of the believer who does not have the ability to think doctrine or to use problem-solving devices.
b. The status of spiritual self-esteem in the Christian way of life begins the grace function of cognitive self-confidence, which is the antithesis of fear. Such a believer who thinks in terms of metabolized doctrine and the ten problem-solving devices can put fear in its proper place and also experience legitimate emotion.
c. The believer in spiritual adulthood eliminates emotion as the criterion for Christianity, since emotion cannot think, cannot apply doctrine, cannot rationalize, and cannot estimate a situation. When emotion is out of line in the soul, it results in irrationality and its accompanying sins of fear, worry, anxiety, and anger.
d. Emotion is not capable of using the problem-solving devices of the protocol plan of God.
e. Since emotion is a part of the soul, it can be normal as well as abnormal.
(1) Normal emotions respond to your frame of reference. Normal emotions are subordinate to your intellect. When doctrine is in your intellect, emotions can become legitimate if they are subordinate to that doctrine.
(2) Abnormal emotions tear you apart (like a nagging woman). There must be a balance between your emotions and the right lobe of your soul. What you really are is what you think on the inside. Good social protocol has normal emotion related to it. Emotion is often the animation of what we think.
f. The Bible has a great deal to say about the emotions of the soul, often using psychological nomenclature to express the concept of emotion.
(1) The Hebrew word KILJAH refers to the fat pads of the kidneys, but it is used figuratively for the emotions in Ps 7:9, 62:12; Jer 11:20, 17:10.
(2) The Greek word NEPHROS is used in the New Testament for emotions, translated in the KJV “reins,” in Rev 2:23.
(3) Another Greek word, SPLAGCHNON, is literally translated “guts” or “entrails.” It is used for emotions in 2 Cor 6:12.
(4) Another Greek word, KOILIA, is used for emotions in Rom 8:16 and Phil 3:19. It also connotes body cavity, stomach, womb, uterus, and intestines. It actually refers to the solar plexus, the nerve center where you feel “butterflies” or activity when excited or nervous.
g. These words for emotion are different from KARDIA, which refers to the intellect or the right lobe of the soul where there is no emotion. The emotions should be subject to the right lobe of the soul, where the doctrine that gives you momentum and wisdom is located.
h. The Bible distinguishes between the right lobe and emotions.
(1) Jeremiah describes our Lord Jesus Christ as “the Lord of the armies who judges righteously, who tests the emotions and the right lobes” in Jer 11:20.
(2) Jer 17:10, “I, the Lord, search the heart, and I test the emotions in order to give to every man according to his modus operandi.”
(a) All spiritual momentum and growth and application comes from epignosis doctrine in the right lobe of the soul.
(b) How the Lord judges you depends on which dominates your soul: the heart or the emotions. In the heart, there must be EPIGNOSIS and SOPHIA doctrine.
(c) Note that the Lord not only searches the heart, but He tests the emotions. He searches the heart for doctrine, and He tests the emotions to see if they are subordinate to the heart or if they control the heart.
(d) If the emotions dominate the heart, then the modus operandi of the believer is heretical, as with Pentecostals.
(3) Ps 26:2, “Examine me, O Lord, and test me; test my emotions and test my heart.” In other words, see that my emotions are subordinate to my intellect and to Bible doctrine. The heart must be tested for its content of doctrine and its control of emotions.
(4) Rev 2:23, “And all the churches will know that I am He who investigates the emotions and the right lobes [hearts].” God is constantly investigating your life. He investigates your heart for doctrine. Without doctrine in your heart, a vacuum is created, causing your emotions to automatically dominate your heart. This results in emotional revolt of the soul.
(5) Prov 23:15-17, “My son, if your right lobe [heart] is wise, my own right lobe [heart] will be glad; and my emotions will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. Do not let your right lobe [heart] envy sinners, but live in respect for the Lord all the day.”
(a) When you hear truth, you have a norm and standard for truth from doctrine in your heart, and therefore, you respond emotionally.
(b) Envy is a mental attitude sin in the arrogance complex. When your right lobe envies sinners, that means you have pulled the pin in the grenade and fragmented your life, so that your emotions now dominate your right lobe. Jealousy is totally irrational, having no thought. It is strictly arrogance and preoccupation with self.
(c) When you “live in respect for the Lord all day,” your right lobe controls your emotions. That refers to occupation with the person of Jesus Christ.
i. When emotion takes over control of the soul, fear and emotion become inseparable. Emotion is irrational arrogance. It has no thought, no doctrinal content, no common sense.
j. Even normal emotion is not the criteria by which you are to evaluate your spiritual life. Your spiritual life is what you think, not what you feel.
k. Believers who make emotion the criterion for their spiritual life generally have four basic problems.
(1) Such a believer’s emotional pattern distracts him 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 the doctrine which you have learned. For such believers do not obey our Lord Jesus Christ, but they obey their own emotions, serving themselves; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts [right lobes] of the stupid.”
(2) Therefore, emotion hinders post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, i.e. the perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine. 2 Cor 6:11-12, “O you Corinthians, our mouth [means of communicating doctrine] has been open face to face with you [in doctrinal teaching]; our right lobes have been enlarged [by learning more doctrine]. Therefore, you have not been hindered by us [Paul, Apollos, Timothy]; you have been hindered by your own emotions.”
(3) Such a believer makes a god out of his emotions, Phil 3:18-19. When emotion becomes your god, you’re fragmented and ripe for the tongues movement. Phil 3:18-19, “Many [cosmic] believers keep walking, concerning whom I have communicated to you many times, and now continue communicating even though weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose destiny is destruction, whose god is their emotion, whose fame is by means of dishonor [whose glory is their shame], who keep on thinking about earthly things [wrong priorities from a fragmented life].”
(4) Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is the basis for criminality, violence, hatred, anger, total involvement in the arrogance complex, which means bitterness, vindictiveness, jealousy, implacability, self-pity, and guilt reaction. So there is a very close relationship between the arrogance complex and emotional sin. Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is related to the five categorical problems, especially number two–fear.
l. All you have by applying the emotional sins of fear, worry, anger, and anxiety to the problems of life is nothing, or even worse, the manufacture of greater problems. Nothing (emotion) added to something (your problems) is still nothing.
m. Fear and emotion are inseparable; you cannot have one without the other.
n. Courage is the ability to think under pressure. Cowardice is the dominance of emotion under pressure.
o. Emotion is irrational arrogance, using feeling or emotion as the criterion for life instead of Bible doctrine.
p. There are two categories of emotion in the spiritual life.
(1) Normal emotion is under the authority of the right lobe or heart. It responds to the thinking of the epignosis doctrine in the right lobe.
(2) In abnormal emotion, emotion controls the right lobe or mentality of the soul. Though Christians do operate this way, it is not spiritual at all.
q. Abnormal emotion produces sins of worry, fear, anxiety, anger, hatred, and it is the motivation for many other sins such as gossip, slander, maligning, judging, violence, and even murder.
r. In the human soul, there exists a male and a female part, just as the human body has both male and female hormones. Intellect is the male part of everyone’s soul, and it must dominate the emotions. Emotion is the female part, and it must be dominated by the precordial frontal lobe.
s. Therefore, emotion is a responder and reflector of thinking and/or norms and standards. Emotion is the feeling reflex of the soul.
t. As a system of response and feeling, emotion in itself does not contain the following five things: the ability to reason, content of thought, common sense, vocabulary as a tool for mental function, or doctrinal content.
u. Emotion is never the criterion for Christian experience. This means you are not spiritual because you feel spiritual or because you have an emotional or ecstatic experience.
v. Alleged speaking in tongues is blasphemy; no one has legitimately spoken in tongues since August of 70 A.D.
w. Under the principle of fear, worry, anxiety, and irrational arrogance, emotion is a major distraction to the execution of the protocol plan of God for the Church Age.
x. Emotional arrogance includes the following blasphemies.
(1) You are not saved unless you feel saved.
(2) You are not spiritual unless you feel spiritual.
y. Emotional arrogance results in constant fear, worry, anxiety, and insecurity in the most secure plan ever provided in this world, i.e., God’s protocol plan. Therefore, it is blasphemous to be in a state of fear or worry. Emotional arrogance converts reality into illusion and hallucination.
z. In other words, emotions are wonderful when subordinate to doctrine. Emotions are a disaster when they control your soul. The signs of such control include arrogance, fear, worry, anxiety, and insecurity.
11. Emotion is defined as that complex, biochemical, and physiological process or function concerned with the somatic expression of feeling. Therefore, it is obviously not a part of the Christian way of life, which is spiritual.
a. Emotion is the basis for thymopathic behavior, i.e., the disturbances of effects.
b. There are two functions of emotion.
(1) The conscious sensation of emotions in the soul.
(2) The effects of emotions on the organic functions of the body.
c. The conscious sensation of emotions in the soul is a mechanism of emotion in the brain area.
d. The effects of emotion on the organic functions of the body is the parasympathetic effects of the transmission of too many or too few motor nerve impulses to the muscles of the body.
e. The prefrontal lobes are the cortical areas associated with thought, motive, and decision. Normal emotions respond to thought in the frontal lobes, especially the right lobe.
f. Even where the frontal lobes have been removed through a frontal lobotomy, the person is still capable of emotional activity. Such a person’s emotions are unstable, illustrating the relationship between emotion and certain sins such as anger, fear, hatred, and anxiety. Emotion without thought is a tragic complication of life.
12. Emotion and failure.
a. Such sins as anger, fear, hatred, worry, and anxiety are emotional. These sins of emotion result in other sins of emotion, such as violence and murder.
b. Emotion is also related to human power and human influence, but never to divine power and the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
13. Applications.
a. Under the protocol plan of God for the Church Age, emotions are not adequate guides for motives, thoughts, decisions, or actions from the believer.
b. Emotions are not tools for cognition nor criteria for life.
c. The Church Age believer must learn to distinguish between post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation as the means of executing the protocol plan of God, and emotional experience which can be normal or abnormal. But whether it is normal or abnormal, it is not actually the spiritual life, only a response to it.
d. Normal emotional experience results from subordinating emotion to the intellect. Abnormal emotional experience results in either subordinating the intellect to emotion, or the emotional bypassing of the norms and standards of God’s protocol plan.
e. In other words, abnormal emotional experience may express itself in pseudo-spirituality of ecstatic experience which has nothing to do with the filling of the Spirit. Or it may express itself in emotional sins like hatred, worry, anxiety, fear, anger, violence, or even murder.
f. The emotional activity of fear, worry, and anxiety has no cognitive self-confidence from Bible doctrine. Therefore, there is no doctrinal conceptualism and no function of the problem-solving devices of the protocol plan of God.
g. The sinful activity of hatred, fear, anger, and worry promote arrogance and undermine momentum in God’s plan through the fragmented life.
h. The application of nothing to something is nothing. You cannot apply emotion or its results, e.g., hatred, anger, fear, worry, and anxiety, to the problems of life and ever come up with solutions. By applying emotions in themselves, all you have is more problems and the intensification of your problems.
i. The application of fear to the problems of life only creates more problems and greater problems. So the fear reaction of nothing added to something results in less than nothing, i.e., the vacuum which is the blackout of the soul.
j. The function of fear, with its corollaries of worry, anxiety, anger, and hatred, is both a sin and an abnormal emotion resulting in the arrogance of non-identity. The arrogance of non-identity distracts the believer from executing the protocol plan, and it disorients him to the fantastic problem-solving devices provided under that plan.
k. Since emotion is a biochemical and physiological process concerned with the somatic expression of feeling, it is obvious that emotion is not part of the Christian way of life. The by-products of emotion also cannot be a part of the Christian way of life; in fact, they are a part of the fragmented life.
14. Fear can be related to peer pressure, and it produces two categories of arrogance. Both categories result in fear and instability. This results in a self-identity problem, which spawns other problems. The two categories of arrogance are:
a. The better-than syndrome, in which the believer thinks he is superior to all other believers. But when someone better comes along, he cracks up and gets into emotional sins.
b. The worse-than syndrome, in which the believer thinks he is inferior to all other believers. This produces arrogant subjectivity.
c. Peer pressure arrogance produces irrational self-deception, which in turn results in inordinate ambition, inordinate competition, which multiplies emotional sins, motivating violence, and even murder.
d. Such a believer has reached the saturation point of self-induced misery, and has blocked out the problem-solving devices that could help him.
15. Fear is a contradiction of the protocol plan of God for the Church Age. Contradictions cannot exist in the protocol plan. Therefore, the fragmented life is not a part of the protocol plan.
a. Arrogance contradicts the protocol plan. Emotionalism contradicts the protocol plan. Ignorance of doctrine contradicts the protocol plan. Ignorance of the problem-solving devices contradicts the protocol plan.
b. Contradictions are eliminated through post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation. Contradictions are eliminated and replaced by the ten problem-solving devices.
c. God is perfect; therefore, His plan is perfect. Perfect God has designed a perfect plan for imperfect persons.
d. Fear, worry, and anxiety are a contradiction to God’s plan, purpose, and will for your life.
e. No believer can execute the protocol plan while in a state of fear, worry, anxiety, hatred, anger, and other emotional sins.

G. Fear is used as an expression of category one love or occupation with Christ. This is documented in many passages of Scripture, including 2 Sam 23:2‑3; Neh 5:9; Job 28:28; Ps 19:9, 34:11‑12, 111:10; Prov 1:7, 9:10, 10:27, 22:4; Mal 3:16; Eph 5:21.

H. Fear is a mental attitude sin, 1 Sam 18:12, 29. 1 Sam 28:20, “The fear of man provides a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord shall be promoted.”

I. Fear is a sign of reversionism. 1 Sam 18:12, 29, 28:20. Saul was afraid of David.

J. Fear is prohibited in the grace plan of God. Dt 31:6, 8; Josh 8:1; 1 Chr 28:20; Isa 41:10; 2 Tim 1:7. “Fear not, for I am with you.”

K. Maturity is characterized by courage or lack of fear. Ps 3:6, 56:3, 11; Heb 11:27. This is true even when surrounded in battle.

L. True love is the absence of fear, 1 Jn 4:18. It is impossible to have fear and be occupied with Christ at the same time.

M. There is a legitimate fear of failure to utilize the faith‑rest drill and make doctrinal application, Heb 4:1. Believers should be afraid of subjective thinking and failure to claim the doctrines, promises, and logistical grace of God.

N. Principle of the Fear‑Panic Ploy.
1. It is possible to learn many doctrines and yet fall apart in historical or personal disaster.
2. Sudden disaster often places the believer under great pressure and moves him into panic where he cannot concentrate on the doctrine he has learned.
3. The difference between fear and courage is the ability to concentrate under great pressure.
4. The coward cannot think under pressure, while the man of courage concentrates under the same pressure.
5. Concentration is required in learning and metabolizing doctrine, but is required to a greater extent under a pressure situation.
6. Adversity, suffering, stress, and disaster have the ability to destroy concentration and cause your rate of forgetting to exceed your rate of learning.
7. The suddenness or intensity of a disaster hinders the believer from concentrating on doctrine he has already learned.
8. Normal reaction to disaster can be fear and panic, so that the believer cannot apply doctrine.
9. Because of this, there are many Biblical commands about fear.
a. Dt 31:6,8, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid of them or tremble because of them for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you. He will not desert you. The Lord Himself goes before you, therefore He will be with you. He will never leave you nor desert you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.”
b. Isa 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
10. Believers in all stages of spiritual growth can find themselves suddenly in the fear‑panic ploy of the cosmic system from some sudden disaster. Every believer must be prepared for this. Ps 56:3, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Faith always selects something (a promise from God, a doctrine) that is stronger than the pressure that comes from stress.
11. The solution to fear is found in the faith‑rest drill, by which the believer claims a promise to stabilize the mind. You cannot function under the faith-rest drill unless you have spiritual strength. 1 Cor 2:5, “That your faith should not be in the wisdom of man [human viewpoint], but in the power from God [Bible doctrine in the soul].” 2 Cor 5:7, “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”

O. Fear And The Arrogance Skills At The Red Sea.
1. Ex 14:8 states that when the Jews left Egypt, they left in a state of arrogant defiance. This caused Pharaoh to change his mind about letting the Jews leave and motivated him to pursue and attempt to destroy them.
2. Instead of using prayer and the arrogance skills, the Jews at the Red Sea should have been using the faith-rest drill and other problem solving devices. They should have understood what Moses had been teaching them–that God has a plan for their life. Ex 14:13-14, “But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Take your stand and watch the deliverance of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.’”
3. Principles.
a. Cowards always hide behind arrogance.
b. The Jews saw the problem; Moses saw the solution. The people faced the problem and were afraid. Moses faced the same problem and was confident from the application of metabolized doctrine in his soul.
c. You cannot run around expressing fear and at the same time apply doctrine. Fear and the mechanics of the spiritual life are mutually exclusive. You are in one or in the other. You will face your D-day.
d. A sign on the door of an English pub during the battle of Britain during World War II said, “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.”
4. Points of Application.
a. The problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul prevent the outside pressures of adversity from becoming the inside pressures of stress in the soul. The FLOT line prevents this.
b. Adversity is the outside pressure of life. Stress is the inside pressure of life, like fear, worry, and anxiety. When there is no problem solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul, then the adversity becomes stress and stress overruns the command post of the soul and puts the spiritual life out of action.
c. Adversity is inevitable, even necessary; stress is optional, not necessary. Stress is not necessary when you deploy the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of your soul. You deal with your own problems in the privacy of your soul and avoid panic, fear, and arrogance.
d. God gives you spiritual freedom and human freedom so you can make your own choices and learn to take responsibility for your own decisions.
e. Stress in the soul is tantamount to sin nature control of the soul. Therefore, stress in the soul overruns the command post of the heart and puts the spiritual life out of action.
f. People who live by fear are intimidated by life. Fear is a false variable rejected by every absolute of Bible doctrine. 1 Jn 4:18, “Fear does not exist in virtue-love; but virtue-love drives out fear, because fear has self-punishment, and the one who fears has not been matured by means of virtue-love.”
(1) Virtue-love is an absolute of Bible doctrine which rejects the variable called fear. The absolute drives out the false variable. The filling of the Holy Spirit produces virtue-love, Gal 5:22.
(2) Virtue-love is the absolute that destroys fear in the life.

P. Summary.
1. Emotion can respond to doctrine, but emotion cannot apply doctrine to experience. In an emotional state you become irrational.
2. Emotion is the feeling reflexes of the soul, therefore, never designed by God to be construed as the criterion for the spiritual life.
3. Emotion is a part of arrogance skill number three (self-absorption).
4. Emotion is not a tool for cognition nor the criterion for the spiritual life.
5. The emotional complex of sins includes fear, worry, anxiety, hysteria, anger, hatred, bitter jealousy, loathing, malice, tantrums, irrational violence, murder, egotistical irrationality related to arrogant self-righteousness, insensitivity about self but hypersensitivity about how others feel about you, denial, projection, self-pity, revenge motivation and modus operandi, and guilt.
a. Guilt is related to morbid self-reproach.
b. Guilt is emotional feelings of culpability, arrogant preoccupation with the correctness of one’s behavior stemming from self-absorption.
c. Guilt is a manifestation of the need for and absence of problem solving devices.
6. Heb 13:5-6, “Let your way of life be free from the love of money. Be content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?’”