Facilitators of 'change' are of their father, the Devil
"And the serpent [as a facilitator of 'change' coming between the father and his children] said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die [you will not be held accountable for being "normal," i.e., for being yourself, i.e., "of and for self," i.e., for being of and for the flesh and the world only]: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened [you will no longer have to walk by faith, doing the father's will, but will be able to walk by sight, thinking and acting according to your "self," i.e., according to your carnal desires of the 'moment' and the world which stimulates them], and ye shall be as gods [deciding for your "self," according to your carnal nature, what is "good" and what is "evil"], knowing good and evil [according to their carnal desire for the pleasures of the 'moment' instead of according to the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth that get in the way of pleasure, i.e., that now become "evil"]." Genesis 3:4-5 Bracketed and emphasis added.
"To study something means to study it in the process of change [by placing people in the midst of crisis, tempted to compromise their standards of the "past," i.e., the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., his/His authority in order to survive in the "present," and secure the "future," placing their hope in themselves, their fellow man, and the world and not just in God]; that is the dialectical method's basic demand." (L. S. Vygotsky, Mind in Society: the development of higher psychological development)
Facilitators of 'change' build their foundation upon dialectic 'reasoning' (the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus), i.e. the 'justification' of the flesh, i.e. establishing "human nature" over and against the righteousness of God (walking by sight, i.e. living according to polls, surveys, and feasibility studies, instead of by faith, i.e. living according to "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4). You only have one of two fathers. One is concerned only about the "here-and-now," i.e. about the pleasures of this life. He builds his kingdom upon sensuousness. The other is concerned about where you will spend eternity, i.e. in heaven with Him or in Hell with the other father. His kingdom is of righteousness. While Hebrews 12:5-11 describes those who refuse God's commands and chastening as "bastards," i.e. not numbered amongst his children. Genesis 3:1-6 describes the other father, Satan, the Devil, who facilitates men into 'justifying' themselves, i.e. rejecting God's commands and chastening, rejecting righteousness, replacing it with sensuousness (by making both, in their thoughts and in their actions, the same), calling themselves "normal," numbering themselves amongst his children, i.e. the "children of disobedience." For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:24-26
The dialectic process (two or more becoming as "one," i.e. 'justifying' themselves through dialogue) can not function in a duality, spirit-flesh, above-below, top-down, heaven-hell, patriarchal, Antithesis environment, i.e. in an environment where the Father gives commands to his children, i.e. commands to be obeyed without question (by faith), and chastens them when they disobey (or pours out his wrath upon those who reject his commands and chastening). If you begin with the Father (His office of authority) as being the Thesis, then the Antithesis, i.e. the child's "natural inclination" of approaching pleasure and avoiding pain, i.e. to be-at-one with the world in pleasure, in the 'moment,' remains subject to the Father's authority. Romans 7:14-25 describes this condition where the flesh (the child's nature) is in conflict with the spirit (the Father's authority), only overcome with the child placing his faith in the Father and His authority (living by faith in the word of God and not according to the opinions of men, i.e. by sight). "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
Jesus came and humbled himself as a child under His Father authority. In obedience to His Heavenly Father he died upon the cross to take away our sins, i.e. took our sins upon himself to 'redeem' us from His Father's wrath upon us for our sins, and being raised from the grave, 'reconciled' us to His Heavenly Father. He lived according to faith, submitting His will to His Father's authority in all things, and has called us to do the same. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Ephesians 6:1-3 "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." John 5:30 "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment what I should say, and what I should speak." John 12:49 "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." Matthew 7:21 "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 "And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:2-4 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 Only Jesus can fulfill the will of the Father (that we be perfect as He is perfect). Only He can overcoming the Antithesis condition in our lives, keeping the Father's authority in place.
Hegel, Marx, and Freud (and those who followed them) saw the correlation between the "earthly family" and the "Holy Family" (as Marx put it), and the need to negate the "earthly family" (the Father's authority) if the children of the world ("human nature") were to become 'liberated,' i.e. if man was to become "normal" again, i.e. if the Antithesis condition (righteousness) was to be overcome and man was to become "one" (sensuous) again (freed of the "guilty conscience" for his disobedience to the Father). Karl Marx wrote: "Once the earthly family [the earthly father's authority] is discovered to be the secret of the heavenly family [the Heavenly Father's authority], the former must be destroyed [annihilated] in theory and in practice [negated in the child's thoughts and actions]." (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis # 4) George Hegel wrote: "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) Sigmund Freud wrote: "'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 [the father no longer functions with a father's authority]." (Sigmund Freud in Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A philosophical inquiry into Freud)
Norman O. Brown, explaining what Hegel, Marx, and Freud had in common, wrote: "Freud and Hegel are, like Marx, compelled to postulate external domination and its assertion by force in order to explain repression." (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History) Theodor Adorno (the source for contemporary education, i.e. for "Bloom's Taxonomies") wrote: "God is conceived more directly after a parental image and thus as a source of support and as a guiding and sometimes punishing authority." "The power-relationship between the parents, the domination of the subject's family by the father or by the mother, and their relative dominance in specific areas of life also seemed of importance for our problem [how to negate of the Antithesis condition, the Father's authority from society]." "The impact of Sigmund Freud's work on modern culture [was] the connection between the suppression of children (both within the home and outside) [and] the psychological dynamics of the life of the child and the adult alike." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality) Paul Tillich wrote: "'The answer to man's predicament lies in the realization by individual man, that all men are essentially one and that the one is God. This self-realization is a 'return' to union .... 'Sin' is the estrangement of man from man [sin is initiated and sustained through the Father's authority over the child]." (Leonard F. Wheat, Paul Tillich's Dialectical Humanism: Unmasking the God above God)
It is upon this premise (that mankind has the potential of becoming "good," given the right environment to praxis 'change') that Marx made his declaration of 'change,' which we now serve. Marx summed it up (the 'purpose' for 'change) this way: "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways [have only come up with differing opinions of the world]; the point is to change it [to praxis the process of 'change,' i.e. dialogue the opinions of men to a consensus, ad infinitum, i.e. until righteousness is negated from the face of the world, i.e. until fear of God and love for His Word is removed from the thoughts and actions of all the men of the world (including "ministers"), having been replaced with the love of men's opinions and the fear of social rejection, i.e. fear of missing out on the things of this life, including the "approval of men"]." (Karl Marx, Thesis on Feuerbach #11)
The role of the facilitator of 'change' is to 'change' this arrangement (negate the authority of the Father over the child), i.e. to create a Synthesis condition, where the Antithesis (the Father's authority) is overcome, i.e. is negated, where all children can become as "one" in dialogue (free to share how they "feel" and what they "think") and action, living according to "human nature," i.e. according to the flesh. Therefore the facilitator of 'change' can not begin with the Father as the Thesis (he can not start with the "negative" regarding the flesh, preaching and teaching the truth, i.e. instructing in righteousness, i.e. start by exposing sin, making man aware of condemnation, judgment, and Hell, i.e. proclaiming that the Word of God must be accepted "as given," i.e. by faith, restraining the flesh). He must begin with the child (with the "positive" regarding the flesh, with the dialoguing of opinions according to the desires of the flesh, i.e. how the child "feels" and what he "thinks") as the Thesis. In this way the Father becomes the Antithesis, the initiator and sustainer of "repression," "alienation," and "neurosis." As one author wrote: "Alienation has a long history. Its most radical sense already appears in the biblical expulsion from Eden." "God is thus the anthropological source of alienation . . ." "Alienation will continue so long as the subject engages in an externalization (Entausserung) of his or her subjectivity [submitting his will to God or to the Father]." (Stephen Eric Bronner, Of Critical Theory and its Theorists) Karl Marx wrote: "The more of himself man attributes to God, the less he has left in himself." "The life which he has given to the object sets itself against him as an alien and hostile force." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3, pp. 83-84)
The child, in the act (praxis) of becoming " normal" again, i.e. identifying commonality with the other children, according to "human nature," i.e. 'rationally' (through dialectic 'reasoning') 'justifying' himself, i.e. 'justifying' his nature as being "normal," becomes united with the other children as "one." In the praxis of arriving at a consensus, i.e. thinking and acting according to "human nature," i.e. according to the flesh ('reasoning' through sensuousness), the "children of disobedience" (in adult bodies) negate the Father's authority (righteousness) in their thoughts and actions. Thereafter they are 'driven' by and 'purposed' in augmenting the flesh of man, using it as the standard from which to evaluate right and wrong, i.e. becoming "as gods, knowing good and evil." Rejecting the one true God, and making man, collectedly, God (the many "one"), it is only the child's identity with and support of society that determines his worth. Marx wrote: "The real nature of man is the totality of social relations." (Karl Marx, Thesis on Feuerbach # 6) "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." (Karl Marx) "Only within a social context individual man is able to realize his own potential as a rational being." (Joseph O'Malley, editor of Karl Marx's Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right') Regarding Freud's correlation with Marx (the correlation of psychology with sociaology), 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 [fear of the Father's chastening for disobedience to His command] be assuaged." (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History) Irvin Yalom, regarding the influence the group setting has upon the individual child, wrote: "One of the most fascinating aspects of group therapy is that everyone is born again, born together in the group [freed of the Father's authority upon him]." "Few individuals, as Asch has shown, can maintain their objectivity [belief in parent or God] in the face of apparent group unanimity;" (Irvin D. Yalom, Theory and Practice and Group Psychotherapy) Kurt Lewin, likewise, recognized the power the group has on the individual. He wrote: "The individual accepts the new system of values and beliefs [the 'change' in his paradigm] by accepting belongingness to the group." (Kurt Lewin in Kenneth Benne Human Relations in Curriculum Change) Wilbur Brookover, in his book A Sociology of Education, wrote: "Lewin emphasized that the child takes on the characteristic behavior of the group in which he is placed. . . . he reflects the behavior patterns which are set by the adult leader of the group."
What all the above have in common is the 'changing' of the learning environment from the preaching and teaching of truth "as given" (from the Father's "top-down" authority) to the dialoguing of opinions (to the "equality" of "feelings") to 'discover' the "truth" in the current setting (situation ethics). When you 'change' the classroom environment (the "church" environment) from the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, to be accepted as is, to the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, you change the child's (the "believer's") way of thinking and acting, i.e. his paradigm from righteousness to sensuousness. "Techniques for overcoming resistance, developed mainly in the field of individual psychotherapy, can be improved and adapted for use with groups and even for use on a mass scale." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality) A "change agent... should know about the process of change, how it takes place and the attitudes, values and behaviors that usually act as barriers.... He should know who in his system are the 'defenders' or resisters of innovations [resisters of the 'change' process]." (Ronald Havelock, A Change Agent's Guide to Innovation in Education) "Working through the resistances to change is the key to the production of change." (Irvin Yalom, Theory and Practice and Group Psychotherapy)
Erick Fromm wrote: "In the process of history man gives birth to himself. He becomes what he potentially is, and he attains what the serpent—the symbol of wisdom and rebellion—promised, and what the patriarchal, jealous God of Adam did not wish: that man would become like God himself." (Erick Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods) Herbart Marcuse wrote: "If the guilt accumulated in the civilized domination of man by man can ever be redeemed by freedom, then the 'original sin' must be committed again: 'We must again eat from the tree of knowledge in order to fall back into the state of innocence.'" (Sigmund Freud in Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A philosophical inquiry into Freud) Mike Connor wrote: "To experience Freud is to partake a second time of the forbidden fruit; and this book [referring to Norman O. Brown's book, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History] cannot without sinning communicate that experience to the reader." (Mike Connor, "Apocalypse Now")
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12
Blinded by their "human nature" and "human 'reasoning,'" the master facilitator of 'change,' i.e. the Devil, has succeeded in convincing the lost that they have no need to fear judgment and eternal damnation in Hell for their thoughts and actions, for "Ye shall not surely die." But Jesus, our savior and Lord, warns us that, apart from Him, you will die in our sins. "And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:23-24
If you don't start with the Father (the word of God, i.e. with "It is written," i.e. with righteousness), you have only yourself and the world (the opinions of men, i.e. your "I feel" and "I think," i.e. unrighteousness) to start with. Thereby, aided by the master facilitator of 'change,' "You can only be all that which you can be," lost. Choose today which father you will serve and obey. One Father is of eternal life. The other father of eternal death. "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." Romans 3: 20-29
Whether you are legalistic, i.e. still serving under the law, i.e. rejecting the law of Faith (being saved by God's Grace, through Christ, according to His Word), and/or licentious, i.e. serving under the law of the flesh (going the way of the world, 'justifying' yourself, i.e. your "human nature" as being the "norm"), you are lost, you remain subject to the father of lies, the facilitator of 'change,' i.e. the Devil. Merging the two, the nature of man and the word of God is what "wolves in sheepskin" (facilitators of 'change') do, i.e. seduce, deceive, and manipulate the ignorant, innocent, or gullible. The scriptures warn us: "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
Liberty can only be found in Christ, in the only begotten son of the Father who was and is obedient to His Father in all things, even unto death, 'redeeming' us from His Father's wrath upon us, 'reconciling' us to His Father. "For the wages of sin [living according to "human nature"] is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 1:26 "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin [lives according to "human nature"] is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:34-36 "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Romans 8:16-18
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet."
"And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:26-32
"For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts." Psalms 10:3, 4
" Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil." James 4:13-16
Your works, whether done for a man or an institution (including the "church"), will not save you on the day of judgment. Only the work of Christ in you will. 'Driven' by the fleshy mind, the only 'purpose' those of dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e. facilitators of 'change' have is to turn you away from the work of Christ to the works of men, so that they might boast in the works of men, i.e. approaching pleasure and avoiding pain, i.e. through polls, surveys, and feasibility studies determining right and wrong according to the flesh (through the fleshy mind, i.e. through the opinions) of men. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8, 9
"I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."
"Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth."
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." John 8:38-59
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
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