Building Relationship upon Self Interest:
the consensus process.
It is what the woman and Adam did in the garden, establishing their "self interest" over and therefore against the Word of God.
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4
"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." " Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Jeremiah 17:5, 7 "
"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Psalms 118:8
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25
"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
"It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23
"Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." Proverbs 16:5
"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil." Psalms 36:1-4
"And for this cause [because men 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the pleasures of the 'moment' over and therefore against the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12
"Self Interest" will show you no mercy when you get in its way. Once you find gold with your friend, based upon your and his common "self interest," you had better watch your back, his "self interest" could cost you your life. When you humble, deny, die to your "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will, you, as he loves you but hates what you do when you do wrong, love the person who is doing or does you and others wrong, only hating what they are doing or have done to you and others, unlike following after your "self interest," where you hate whoever gets in your way—thinking that what you want to do or are doing is "good," making you "good," you are unable to see (you are blind to the fact that) what you are doing is hateful, hating them—thinking, if you could get rid of them life would be "good" again, making "good" subject to your "self," i.e., your carnal desires ("interests") of the 'moment,' and not doing the father's/Father's will. " Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 7:18, 24, 25
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2018