Class Notes: 5/8/2019
1Tim 4:1-2; Exod 7:3-5; Psa 76:10 The doctrine of the cosmic system part 63
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1Tim 4:1-2; Net Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will desert the faith and occupy themselves with deceiving spirits and demonic teachings, influenced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.
Exod 7:3-5; Net note 6 But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and although I will multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt,
4 Pharaoh will not listen to you. I will reach into Egypt and bring out my regiments, my people the Israelites, from the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment.
5 Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I extend my hand over Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them.
Psa 76:10; Net note 19 Certainly your angry judgment upon men will bring you praise; you reveal your anger in full measure.
We are presently in a study of satan's cosmic system that is a system of arrogant demonic thinking that is comprised of lies and deceit from demonic viewpoint thinking that since the fall in the Garden of Eden, separated from God in the darkness of spiritual death has become the viewpoint of the entire human race. 1Cor 2:14; Rev 12:9;
At this point in our study we are examining the various manifestations of the arrogance complex of satan's cosmic system. We have noted that arrogance makes the unbeliever susceptible to demon possession and the believer susceptible demon influence.
Last time we started looking at iconic arrogance that is based on subjective preoccupation with others.
We noted that unhappiness can come from preoccupation with self and preoccupation with others. Iconoclastic arrogance deals with the problems that arise from relating to others.
An iconoclast is a person who destroys icons or images. However, iconoclastic arrogance is defined as subjective preoccupation with others while living in the arrogance of cosmic one.
Iconoclastic arrogance is the arrogance of disillusion with regard to people with whom you have contact or who are in your periphery.
Iconoclastic arrogance is based on disenchantment with people. This means you were once enchanted with these same people and from your own free will you once had a tremendous admiration for them but then somehow you became disillusioned with them so you flipped on them and began to slander them in an attempt to destroy them.
Iconoclastic arrogance is also described as the feet of clay syndrome. Once you discover their feet of clay, you seek to destroy them because you resent anyone whose sins do not function in the same trends as your sins.
Iconoclastic arrogance involves three steps: (1) Arrogance in a relationship with someone creates an idol (icon) through excessive admiration or "love" for another person that results in their being placed on a pedestal.
It is important to note that it is the subjective arrogant person who puts the other person on a pedestal that actually creates the problem.
(2) Then for some reason arrogance becomes disenchanted with the object of its admiration. Arrogant people cannot really be objective and subjective people become disenchanted rapidly.
The disenchanted arrogant person then seeks to destroy the person that he made into an idol with his own arrogance. Once he sees the idol's feet of clay, the person with unstable arrogance who previously had excessive admiration for the object, now has hatred and antagonism toward him.
(3) The object of arrogant admiration is often a believer with attractive qualities. But like everyone, the object possesses an old sin nature that is the basis of the "feet of clay." Once the old sin nature is revealed, the arrogant person becomes insulted because of his admiration for the person was misplaced.
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 people.
Iconoclastic arrogance is divorced from reality in human relationships so it can rapidly develop into psychopathic behavior.
People who are disillusioned, disenchanted, and bitter are arrogant. Their arrogance is subjective and divorced from the reality of human interaction because there is no such thing as a perfect person.
The arrogant person takes an ordinary mortal who has feet of clay, and from some romantic illusion, or some deluded idealism, or on the basis of some other kind of subjectivity fashions in his mind the illusion of an idol who is perfect.
Arrogance is prone to illusion that results in never seeing people as they really are because arrogance constructs a caricature of the person and views the person as they imagine them to be and want them to be that does not represent what they really are.
The idol of perfection created by arrogance can be a romantic image, a spiritual image, a beautiful or attractive image; but regardless, it is an image that doesn't really exist. The illusion, that is an arrogant misconception, becomes the delusion that is imposed on the conscious mind of an idol that cannot be real.
On the other hand, with true love from a state of humility, one has the capacity to love people with their faults and failures. Your eyes are wide open to their failures and their faults. This is because impersonal love, the only problem solver for personal relationships, accepts and tolerates people as they are, not as you imagine them to be.
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.
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 often result in divorce.
A believer may idolize a pastor, an evangelist, or a missionary, and then demand attention from the icon they have created. Once that attention is lacking or lagging, the arrogant person becomes frustrated and looks for flaws and flaws are easy to find when you're looking for them.
Illusion created by arrogance becomes illusion destroyed by arrogance. When illusion becomes disillusion and enchantment becomes disenchantment, the pattern for iconoclastic arrogance is obvious.
The arrogant reaction of disillusion or disenchantment enters into all the mental attitude and verbal sins of motivational arrogance.
There is a strong connection between iconoclastic arrogance and motivational arrogance. Because once arrogance is disenchanted it indulges in bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, hatred, self-pity, guilt reaction, and revenge motivation.
Most people destroy themselves, because 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.
The motivation for revenge is the destruction of the image that you yourself have created in arrogance. This starts with mental attitude sins and move into verbal sins and sometimes even on to overt sins.
We see from this that iconoclastic arrogance can destroy friendship, romance, marriage, business relationships, professional relationships, and in a local church, spiritual relationships.
In a church, one of the most devastating tendencies of arrogance occurs when a pastor who accurately communicates doctrine is idolized and the doctrinal communication is associated with the personality of the communicator.
The devastation occurs when the communicator fails in some way with the result that arrogance rejects both the person and the doctrine. The smart believer will accept the doctrinal communication and disregard the personality of the communicator.
Destruction of a pastor-idol means rejection of doctrine and rejection of doctrine means rejection of God's plan, purpose, and will for your life. Iconoclastic arrogance is a major cause for the rejection of doctrine and is therefore a major cause of apostate believers.
Occasional disappointment 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 that contributes to the development of some form of mental disorder or mental derangement.
The arrogant iconoclast never blames himself for what he has done in creating an idol and then, in disenchantment or disillusion, destroying it. 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.
For the believer in spiritual adulthood, there is no reaction to people and that includes no disenchantment or delusion with people. You take people including believers as you find them.
Each stage of spiritual adulthood is characterized by occupation with the person of Jesus Christ, which means God emphasis takes precedence over people emphasis.
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