Class Notes: 3/13/2016
John 8:32 Gal 5:1;The Doctrine of Freedom part 10
In our study of the doctrine of freedom; John 8:32: Gal 5:1; We noted that positive volition to any aspect of God's Word of truth creates freedom because God imputes grace through the divine decree to bless positive volition and discipline negative volition. Lam 3:21-23; James 4:6;
We noted that Positive volition to divine establishment provides for temporal human freedom, positive volition toward the Gospel creates spiritual freedom and positive volition to Bible Doctrine creates experiential spiritual freedom and spiritual advance.
Since truth is the sine que non of freedom and since morality and virtue are the visible printout of truth in the soul we have taken a side trip into a study of the doctrines of morality and virtue.
We are now in a study of the doctrine of virtue and last time we continued with the concept of the directional nature of motivational and functional virtue. We noted that without the motivating virtues that are directed toward God, frustration destroys functional virtue resulting in the destruction of the culture.
The motivating virtues not only remove the frustration of the defeated believer, but actually replaces the frustration and unhappiness that comes from narcissistic preoccupation with self with capacity for love, life and contentment.
When frustration is permitted through prolonged residence and function in the cosmic system, it results in total disorientation to life and self-induced misery and may involve the possession of the accouterments of happiness without the actual happiness and blessing that come from capacity from virtue.
As a result the frustrated Christian lives in the cosmic system as the enemy of God and servant of Satan. Perpetuated frustration motivates the believer to function in evil. Phil 3:18-19;
An example of this is the false perspective of sex. God designed sex as an expression of category two love between one man and one woman exclusively within the state of marriage between one man and one woman.
This means that sex itself is not happiness, virtue or love it is an expression of love ands sex itself is therefore not virtuous even when expressed within marriage.
Frustration occurs when anyone falsely associates sexual activity with happiness. Virtue from God's Word is the only source of happiness so like any other form of stimulation sex is not a source of happiness.
Frustration occurs when members of the opposite sex are attracted to each other physically and sexually, and enter into marriage on the basis of potential sexual compatibility.
The amount of time spent in sex during one's lifetime cannot sustain love or carry a marriage relationship. Given the small percentage of time spent in sex frustration occurs if happiness in marriage depends on sex.
A lifetime partnership requires other more time consuming compatibilities otherwise, sex becomes a source of frustration, unhappiness, and incompatibility, which leads to arrogant preoccupation with self, more frustration, and sometimes even leads to degenerate sexual activity.
The motivational virtues for the believer are all related to God and His Word and they result in functional virtues related to mankind, so that the believer does not destroy or harm his fellow believer through arrogant reaction to his own frustration.
Worship toward God motivates morality toward man; personal love toward God motivates impersonal love toward man; confidence in God motivates courage toward man.
People try to compensate for their frustrations by seeking some kind of pleasure so that they are distracted from the frustration but that never really satisfies because the frustration is the result of lack of virtue.
Sex is a luxury that only the married can afford; outside of marriage sex destroys virtue resulting in more frustration. Sex is a not source of happiness, virtue is. Luke 11:28; Jer 15:16; Net note 38
For the believer, virtue and integrity is composed of epignosis doctrine in the soul. This is why sin immediately results in carnality but not a loss of virtue, 1John 1:8-9.
A short time in the cosmic system doesn't destroy virtue when the sin is quickly recognized and the problem solving device of rebound is deployed immediately once recognized.
It is possible to exit the cosmic system before virtue is lost. Carnality (OSN control of the soul) is the loss of the filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit, and expulsion from God's power system and loss of capacity for virtue but it does not immediately result in the loss of virtue if rebound quickly follows.
Everyone sins; but sin is only symptomatic of the loss of virtue when the believer remains in the cosmic system. Residence in the cosmic system is the believer chasing after the devil, not the devil chasing the believer. James 1:14-16;
Virtue is not only happiness it is also strength. Virtue makes weak people strong but arrogance makes strong people weak. Stubbornness is not a virtue unless it is holding to truth. Loyalty is not a virtue unless it is loyalty to truth. 1Thes 5:21-22; NET
Virtue comes from residence and function inside God's power system. It does not come from talent, genius or ability but virtue enhances talent, genius, and ability.
Without virtue and taking responsibility for your own decisions, there are no solutions to the problems of life. At salvation the believer is born again into a system of virtue but must remain there through rebound, impersonal love, enforced and genuine humility, perception of doctrine, and resisting and rejecting temptation just like Jesus Christ did in His unglorified humanity. Heb 4:15;
Volition in God's power system is the source of humility and virtue. Volition in the cosmic system is the source of arrogance, sin, human good and evil.
Arrogance produces a false sense of honor and virtue, a code of subjectivity and inflexibility, hypersensitivity, and preoccupation with self. This means subordination is not inferiority, vulgarity is not manliness, and manners and good taste are not weakness.
The course of history is in the hands of the few who manufacture virtue through residence and function inside God's power system under the principle of as goes the believer so goes the client nation and the perpetuation of human life in the devil's world.
When directed toward man personal love is a problem maker but Impersonal love is a problem solver.
Personal love for people is optional; impersonal love for people is imperative but personal love for people cannot be perpetuated apart from the strength of impersonal love because people inevitably fail.
The virtue of impersonal love is the product of operating within God's power system. Arrogance with its self-absorption, self- deception and self-justification are the product of operating inside satan's cosmic system.
Unconditional love is the virtue of impersonal love toward all mankind. Personal love is conditional love for a few. There is no virtue in personal love because it seeks the impossible.
Those with the demand syndrome of the narcissist complex arrogantly insist on overriding others volition by demanding unconditional personal love. Evil and arrogant people demand of unconditional personal love.
The visible manifests the invisible. Functional virtue is the manifestation of the invisible life and the invisible motivating virtues that come from operating in God's power system.
God's perfect happiness depends on virtue, not health, power, sex, or approval.
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