Are You A Marxist?
If you are more concerned about your children's social life (their "lust" for, i.e., "self interest" in the things of this world and their desire for the approval of, i.e., affirmation by other children/men, i.e., sensuousness, basing life upon their "sensuous needs" and "sense perception" of the 'moment') rather than their walk with the Lord (doing right and not wrong, i.e., doing the Father's will, i.e., righteousness, i.e., walking right before the Lord, in faith) then you are a Marxist. Children were once taught to control, discipline, humble, and deny their "self." They are now being taught to "esteem" themselves, with their parent's joining in (even within the "church," i.e., in the "youth group," the "cell group," etc.,). The Lord had "a group" (if you want to call it that), i.e., the εκκλησíα, i.e., the "called out ones," but he was and is even now the sole leader, in obedience to His Heavenly Father's will, doing all things His Heavenly Father commanded Him, demanding all who follow Him do the same. There is no "group grade" on judgment day, only you before God, being personally held accountable for your own thoughts and actions. "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Matthew 23:9
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
"For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50
Karl Marx wrote: "It is not individualism [where the individual is subject to an authority above him, be it parent, teacher, boss, etc., and/or God the Father] that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him. Society [where the individual must be 'willing' to compromise or "set aside" pre-established principles (at least for the 'moment) in order to "get along," i.e. where he must be readily adaptable to 'change' in order to initiate and sustain "human relationship," i.e., "group" or "community" identity, i.e., "group approval," i.e., affirmation, finding 'common-ism' with others based upon his and their common "self interests," i.e., upon their common carnal "human nature," i.e., their desire for the things of the world, in the 'moment'] is the necessary framework through which freedom ['liberation' of the mind and body of the father's/Father's authority system of doing right and not wrong according to the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth] and individuality ['liberation' of the child's/man's carnal nature, so that the child/man can be as he was before the father's/Father's first command, rule, fact, or truth came into his life, prevented him from being who he is, of the world only] are made realities." (Karl Marx in John Lewis, The Life and Teachings of Karl Marx) Not believing in God, Marx (as did Kant, Hegel, and Freud) saw the father's authority in the home as the engenderer (the prototype) of the Heavenly Father. "The life [the authority] which he [the child] has given to the object [to the Father, by obeying him] sets itself against him as an alien and hostile force." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3) Therefore, according to his dialectic 'reasoning,' if you can get rid of (annihilate) the earthly father's authority in the home (in the thoughts and actions of the child), you can get rid of belief in God (in the thoughts and actions of man).
Karl Marx: "Once the earthly family is discovered to be the secret of the heavenly [Holy] family, the former must be destroyed [Vernunft, annihilated] in theory and in practice." (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis # 4)
Sigmund Freud: "'It is not really a decisive matter whether one has killed one's father or abstained from the deed,' if the function of the conflict and its consequences are the same." (Sigmund Freud in Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization)
George Hegel: "The child, contrary to appearance, is the absolute, the rationality of the relationship; he is what is enduring and everlasting, the totality which produces itself once again as such." (George Hegel, System of Ethical Life)
"Protestantism [with its work ethic, i.e., doing your best as unto the Lord, and the priesthood of all believers, with everyone being personally held accountable for their thoughts and actions before God alone] was the strongest force in the extension of cold rational individualism." (Max Horkheimer, Vernunft and Selbsterhaltung, in Martin Jay ,The Dialectical Imagination: The History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research 1923-1950)
Our Heavenly Father sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross in our place, i.e., to 'redeem' us from His wrath upon us for our sins against Him (where we would spend eternity in the torments of Hell), raising His Son from the grave, thereby 'reconciling' us to Him that we might spend eternity with Him, in His Holiness and Glory. Dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e., concern for your children's social life, 'redeems' your children from the father's/Father's authority, 'reconciling' them to the world.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:16-19
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverb. 3: 5-6
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4
"And truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 3:1
Are you a Marxist or 'redeemed'? Your behavior toward your children (and those who would come between you and them, including the dialectic 'reasoning' "church") reveals which one you are.
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2016