Dean Gotcher

Praxis, the Greek word for practice or action (social action or "deeds") is found in scripture. "Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;" Colossians 3:9  The lie being. "You will not die." That is, you will not be "cast into the lake of fire" for your sins, i.e., for your carnal thoughts and carnal actions, i.e., for holding onto your "old man" which is in disobedience to God's will, doing your own will instead. "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15 Our death is in fact God's final statement to us that we are not God, i.e., that we are not righteous in and of ourselves, i.e.,  that we are not the ones with the final decision regarding what is right and what is wrong in thought and action, that we, having taken on the authority of God, are frauds instead, deceiving ourselves and all who come our way.

Praxis simply means all material you read, conversations you have with others, and actions you do are 'liberated' from Godly restraint. The dialoguing of your opinion with others to a consensus, i.e., to a "feeling" of "oneness," and the putting of it (the affirmation of men) into social action (affirmative action) simply means that you have rejected the truth that you will be personally held accountable before God for your thoughts and actions (praxis), and, desiring the approval (affirmation) of others and the pleasures of this life (instead of the approval of God and the life to come), you have no desire to or intention in informing (warning) them that they will be personally held accountable before God for their thoughts and actions as well. "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12 "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 10:32, 33 "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." John 3:17-18

Praxis 'liberates' us from having any sense of guilt, i.e., from having a "guilty conscience" for sinning, so that we (being deceived) can sin with impunity, dying in our sins. "And for this cause [because men love themselves and the world, i.e., loved pleasure more than God] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that they will not be held accountable for their sins]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [that they are accountable to the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in themselves and the pleasures of this life, including the approval (affirmation) of men]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

Praxis is simply man 'justifying' himself' "before men" so he can live a life of unrighteousness and abomination without having a "guilty conscience." "And he said unto them, 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 "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." Jeremiah 17:5 "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

How do you overcome the affect of praxis in your life?

"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

"And he [Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself [put off the "old man"], and take up his cross [accept the rejection of the "old men"] daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

Those who do Praxis have rejected the Father, and therefore the Son.

"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

"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

When those in praxis tell you that "You are in denial" (of the "old man"), tell them that you deny the "old man," i.e., your "self" daily. Unfortunately, they, refusing to 'reject' the "old man,"  i.e., their "self," i.e., denying that they (living for the 'moment, i.e., enjoying their sins) will be damned, will reject you instead.

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017