Are You Marxist and don't even know it?
Have you ever concerned yourself about someone else's "social" life? While the Lord God stated that it is not good that man be alone ("It is not good that man should be alone." Genesis 2;18), he did not make "human relationship" the bases from which to determine the "quality" of life of the person. First and foremost is our walk with the Lord. All true fellowship, for the believer, can only proceed from Him alone ("For where two or three are gathered together in my name [only One name], there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20), with us denying ourselves daily, regarding our own desires and the desires of others, "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ [to His Heavenly Father's will alone];" 2 Corinthians 10:5, picking up our cross, in other words are we willing to lose all "friends," i.e. "the approval of men" for speaking the truth in Christ, correcting, reproving, and rebuking those who are living in sin, and following the Lord in all things, enduring all things, i.e. loving not this life, even unto death. "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." I Corinthians 8:6 "And truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 3:1
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10 You become an individual when you stand before One, i.e. your father on earth or your Father, i.e. God, in Heaven, and are held personally accountable for your thoughts and actions by Him, to Him, alone. On the day of judgment there is no "group grade" or "bell curve." Every one of us will be judged by God for our individual thoughts and actions, according to His standards. It is here, before the one (not the many or the "two or more," i.e. the group, i.e. society) that we become an individual. It is here, before God and under God, that we, receive inalienable rights.
Karl Marx believed differently. He wrote: "It is not individualism that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him. Society is the necessary framework through which freedom and individuality are made realities." The Transformational Marxist Norman O. Brown wrote: "The individual is emancipated in the social group." "Freud commented that only through the solidarity of all the participants could the sense of guilt [the "guilty conscience," i.e. the voice of the Father in the child, restraining the child's carnal nature— inhibiting or blocking him from finding common identity with the community] be assuaged." (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History) The Transformational Marxist Kurt Lewin wrote: "The individual accepts the new system of values and beliefs [social-ism: evaluating himself, the world, and God's Word through "human reasoning," through how man "feels" and what he "thinks," i.e. according to his "human nature," i.e. the approaching of pleasure and the avoiding of pain, only] by accepting belongingness to a group." (Kurt Lewin in Kenneth Benne, Human Relations in Curriculum Change) Irvin Yalom, voicing the same ideology, wrote: "One of the most fascinating aspects of group therapy is that everyone is born again, born together in the group." "Few individuals, as Asch has shown, can maintain their objectivity [loyalty to the Father and His commands] in the face of apparent group unanimity;" (Irvine D. Yalom, Theory and Practice and Group Psychotherapy) Rick Warren agreed: "Small groups are the most effective way of closing the back door of your church." (Rick Warren) Kurt Lewin knew of the power of "the group" (of "group dynamics," i.e. our desire for approval from others) in 'changing' the way people think and act: "It is usually easier to change individuals formed into a group than to change any one of them separately." (Kurt Lewin in Kenneth Benne, Human Relations in Curriculum Change) Jesus had a "group." But he did not dialogue men's opinions to 'discover' the truth with them. He preached to and taught them the truth of God's Word as given by His Heavenly Father, instructing them in following Him alone.
It is the role of the facilitator of 'change' to form "groups" in a fashion that no one individual leads the group, establishing for the group what is right and wrong behavior, i.e. initiating or sustaining a "top-down" (hierarchy) way of thinking and acting, but that the group explores and discovers the truth amongst itself, i.e. learns to lead itself, as it is guided by the facilitator of 'change' into an "equality" (collective) way of thinking and acting. This is the hallmark of the soviet system: a diverse group of people (some more advanced in the process of 'change' than others), dialoguing their opinions to a consensus (there is no Father's "top-down" authority in dialogue), over social issues (concerning the "felt" needs of man, not the wickedness of the heart of man before a Holy, Pure, and Righteous God, and his need to repent of his sins, i.e. to be 'redeemed' from the wrath of God upon him for his sins, by the only begotten son of God, taking our sins upon Himself upon the Cross and in His resurrection 'reconciling' us to His Heavenly Father), in a facilitated meeting (since the process does not come naturally, as some more honest training manuals mention, the people have to be facilitated, i.e. seduced, deceived, and manipulated into 'change'), to a pre-determined outcome (that no decision be made without the use of the soviet system, i.e. the consensus process, i.e. without first finding out how people "feel" and what they "think"—through the use of polls, surveys, and feasibility studies—where right and wrong is thereafter determined in the 'light' of community, i.e. societal, i.e. socialist needs).
If you find your identity in society, in the group, in "human rights," in institutions, in "community," then you are going down the same broad path which Karl Marx took. To the level of deviancy, i.e. of unrighteousness in the group, for which you are silent (not reproving, rebuking, or correcting according to the Word of God) to initiate or sustain group approval (the approval of men), you 'justify' your own carnal nature before men. Enjoy your journey while you can, as you oppress, persecuting, and killing any and all who refuse to go with you down the same path Karl Marx took. Just know this, "group think" (your opinion and the opinions of others) won't count on the day of judgment. Only the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, i.e. the Word of God will count then. What (who) makes you think your "opinion" counts today?
Your eternal life depends upon the Lord alone, in His righteousness, imputed to those of faith in Him alone, not in the group, not in society, not even in the name of the church or your friends. Are you willing (if and when you have to), as a friend of mine Steve Rea puts it, being treated like "a skunk showing up at the family picnic," be willing to stand alone with Him.
As Jesus lived according to the voice of One above:
"I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." John 5:30; 12: 49, 50
so He has called us to live according to the voice of One above, "by every word which proceedeth from the mouth of God":
"For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 12:50, 7:21, 10:32 "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your father, which is in heaven." Matthew 23:9
Is it therefore no wonder that Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and George Hegel all saw the Father (the Father's authority, i.e. the One above the children) as the problem (the "repressor") of life, that only in "the group," i.e. the children, in consensus, united as one upon that which they all had in common, i.e. their carnal nature and carnal desires, could they 'liberate' themselves from their father's authority, not only in their thoughts but also in their actions:
Karl Marx: "Once the earthly family is discovered to be the secret of the heavenly family, the former must be destroyed [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)
Are you a Marxist, 'justifying' yourself before men? (dialoguing men's opinions, how people "feel" and what they "think" to discover the truth) or Are you a believer, 'justified' in Christ? (preaching and teaching the Word of God as given by the Lord God, fellowshipping with the assembly of believers, i.e. with those of faith in the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ alone) If your are concerned about and asking others about their "social life" (concerned about their forsaking of the assembly which is 'driven' by and 'purposed' in the building of "human relationships" and "community," i.e. the apostate church) you reveal which camp you are in. A socialist. In that case, who needs Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and George Hegel around when you are doing their job for them.
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
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