Doctrine of Arrogance

August 29, 2010


A. Introduction.
1. God has a plan for your life. God is perfect, therefore, His plan is perfect.
a. It is impossible for the believer with his sin nature to execute the protocol plan of God for the Church. Therefore, God has provided through His grace policy the means of executing His plan, purpose, and will during the Church Age.
b. Contradictions cannot exist in the perfect plan of God. Therefore, anything that contradicts the protocol plan of God hinders the believer from utilizing the grace of God, and thereby, glorifying Him in the execution of His plan.
c. Arrogance is a major contradiction to the protocol plan of God and, therefore, the primary reason for the believer’s failure to execute God’s plan, will, and purpose.
2. Arrogance is the basic mental attitude sin. Satan is the first creature guilty of arrogance.
a. Satan’s motivation of arrogance is found in one line of Isa 14:14. “I will make myself like the Most High God.”
b. The original sin of arrogance is amplified in Ezek 28:14-17, “You were the anointed cherub who guards, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your slander (of God) they filled your inner life (motivation and thought pattern) with violence, and you sinned; therefore I (God the Father) have cast you out as defiled from the mountain of God. And I have excluded you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom because of your glamour. I cast you to the earth; I place you before kings, that they may see you.”
(1) Satan was the highest form of angelic creation. He was the highest and greatest of the cherubs.
(2) He had a special job to guard the throne room of God. He had the ability to go to the palace where God lived (the holy mountain of God) and was the guardian.
(3) Satan was created blameless, perfect, without sin.
(4) The unrighteousness found in Satan was arrogance, Isa 14:14, “I will make myself like the Most High God.”
(5) The Hebrew word REKULLAH means to go from one place to another for trade or to be in the service of someone. Wherever the Arab traders went in the ancient world there was gossip and slander, and that is what happened to Satan.
(6) The abundance of the slandering of God filled Satan’s motivation and thought pattern with violence.
(7) Satan corrupted his own wisdom with his own arrogance. Satan made glamour a substitute for wisdom.
3. Arrogance is defined as a lofty self-respect totally apart from reality. It is high esteem of oneself from some imagined or real superiority.
4. Arrogance is the antithesis of grace and the total blindness to the grace of God.
5. Arrogance is synonymous with vanity, which is empty pride in regard to one’s person, attainments, or possessions coupled with an excessive desire to be noticed, lust for attention, lust for approval or praise from others.
6. Arrogance is the pomposity of vain glory. It is supercilious and haughty contempt of others.
7. Arrogance is a complex of sins like: jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, revenge motivation and revenge function, self-pity, conceit, inordinate ambition and competition, slander, gossip, and maligning.
a. Jealousy has a system of self-righteousness in which it always justifies itself in whatever it is doing.
b. Bitterness is just as bad as jealousy and is the result of jealousy.
c. From the combination of jealousy and bitterness the monster of vindictiveness is created. Bitterness leads to self-vindication and vindictiveness toward others.
d. Vindictiveness then feeds on implacability. Jealousy eventually leads to implacability.
e. The result of these is revenge motivation and function.
f. The person who does this is a weak person who feels sorry for themselves followed by conceit and competing with others. A weak person is full of self-pity. A conceited person often has self-pity.
g. The final result is verbal sins with the intention of destroying the lives of a lot of people. When the jealous person sees their rival winning out over them, their vindictiveness leads to the attempt to destroy the other person as a function of revenge. The attempt to destroy results in trying to destroy the other person by what they say about them.
8. Arrogance is a mental attitude sin which overflows into motivation, decision making, and evil action.
9. Arrogance includes at least four different concepts.
a. Egotism. This is an excessive preoccupation with self and must be distinguished from ego, which is self-consciousness and is perfectly normal.
b. Vanity. This is self-admiration and an excessive desire to be admired by others. Hence, vanity is easily flattered and patronized.
c. Pride. This is lofty and arrogant assumption of superiority.
d. Conceit. This is an exaggerated estimate of one’s abilities and attainments.
10. Arrogance includes most of the emotional complex of sins. It is also moodiness, wide emotional swings, morose, sullen, the desire to hold oneself aloof in a sulking manner of resentfulness, and always being offended.
11. Arrogance is the only disease known to mankind which makes everyone sick except the one who has it.
12. Legalism and self-justification are a part of the arrogance problem.

B. Biblical Documentation With Regard to the Sins of Arrogance.
1. Prov 11:2, “When arrogance comes, then comes dishonor.”
2. Prov 16:18, “Arrogance precedes destruction, and before a fall there is a lifestyle of arrogance.”
3. Prov 29:23, “A person’s arrogance will bring him low, but a lifestyle of humility will attain honor.”
4. Rom 12:2-3 defines arrogance as mental attitude sins. “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thinking that you may prove what the will of God is, namely, that which is good, and the well-pleasing to God, and the complete [the superabundance of happiness]. 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 what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity because God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”
5. Arrogance is defined in terms of the sin of jealousy in Jam 3:14-16, “But if you have bitter jealousy and inordinate ambition in your right lobe, stop being arrogant, and stop lying against the truth [Bible doctrine]. This pseudo wisdom is not that which comes from above, but is earthly, natural, and demonic. For where jealousy and inordinate ambition exist there is disorder and every evil deed.”
6. Prov 13:10, “Through arrogance comes strife, but wisdom is with those who receive instruction.”
7. 1 Pet 5:5, “Likewise you younger men be subject to the elder [pastor], and all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. ‘For God makes war against the arrogant [believer], but He gives grace to the humble [believer].’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may promote you at the proper time.” Compare Jam 4:6.
a. If God does not promote you, you are not promoted.
b. God promotes men of doctrine.
c. God promotes humble or grace-oriented persons.
d. Promotion is a matter of doctrinal inculcation and grace-orientation.
e. Promotion is a matter of glorifying God through the execution of the protocol plan of God for the Church.
f. The promoted believers are the invisible heroes.
g. 2 Chr 7:14, “and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin and I will restore their land.”
8. 2 Tim 3:2-7 describes facets of arrogance. “For persons [believers] will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without virtue-love, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of God, treacherous, thoughtless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but having denied its power, in fact, avoid such persons as these. And among them [immoral arrogant believers] are those who creep into households and captivate silly women who are loaded down with sins and lead on by their multifarious lusts, always learning but never able to come to metabolized knowledge of the truth.”
9. Occupation with Christ is the ultimate problem solving device regarding arrogance. Prov 8:13, “The respect for the Lord is to hate evil, to hate pride and arrogance and the evil way. And I hate a perverted mouth.”

C. Nations Can Become Arrogant and Under Divine Discipline.
1. Lev 26:19, “And I will break down the arrogance of your power. And I will make your sky like iron, and your land like bronze.”
2. Isa 9:8-10a “The Lord sends a message against Jacob and it falls on Israel. And all the people know it, that is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who spoke with pride and arrogance of heart. The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with smooth stones.”
3. Ezek 7:10, “Behold, the day is coming. Your doom has gone forth. The rod of discipline has budded because arrogance has blossomed.”

D. Pressure on Arrogance Produces the Complex of the Sins of Arrogance.
1. Pressure on arrogance produces jealousy, bitterness, implacability, vindictiveness, revenge, guilt, slander, inordinate ambition.
2. Arrogance is personally self-destructive. Arrogance can produce mental illness.
3. Arrogance is nationally self-destructive.

E. The Rejection of Bible Doctrine is always related to Arrogance.
1. 1 Tim 6:3-4, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not concur with sound doctrine, those doctrines of our Lord Jesus Christ, even doctrines pertaining to godliness [spirituality], he has become arrogant, understanding nothing. Furthermore, he has morbid obsessions about controversies and verbal conflicts from which originate jealousy, discord, evil speculation.”
2. Arrogance is the corruptor of the soul and the sign that the sin nature is dominating the soul.
3. Arrogance is the basic sin that motivates rejection of Bible doctrine. Therefore, it is destructive to post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation.
4. Arrogance distracts the believer from doctrine.
5. Arrogance divorces the believer from reality, both personal and historical.
6. Arrogance destroys capacity for life, love, and happiness.
F. Concluding Principles.
1. Arrogance rejects authority.
2. Arrogance motivates emotional sins.
a. Fear, worry, anxiety.
b. Hatred, anger, violence, murder.
c. Guilt.
d. Self-pity.
3. Arrogance reproduces itself in jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, revenge motivation and function, inordinate ambition and competition, gossip, slander, maligning, and judging.
4. Arrogance parlayed into self-righteousness produces legalism.
5. Psychopathic arrogance includes the following:
a. The hysterical psychopath.
b. The pathological liar.
c. The amoral psychopath.
d. The sexual psychopath.
e. The fanatical psychopath.
6. Political arrogance exists in many political opinions.
a. Political arrogance which tries to Christianize a nation.
b. Religious arrogance in trying to change the world through pressure and activism instead of understanding that the world will never get better and that the purpose of the believer is to witness, to execute the protocol plan of God, and to become an invisible hero with invisible impact.
c. Political arrogance which rejects the separation of church and State.
d. Political arrogance which rejects the separation of free enterprise and the State.