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Praxis

by
Dean Gotcher

Praxis, the Greek word for practice or action (social action or "deeds" which appear "practical," "reasonable" to man) 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 that you will not be held accountably for your sins, i.e., doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, when it seems "rational," i.e., "reasonable," i.e., "practical," in indifference (or defiance) to God's will—believing the Serpent's, i.e., the facilitator of 'change's' lie, "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," i.e., your carnal nature, i.e., "human nature," which, in disobedience to God's will, has and does its own will instead. "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15

Physical death is in fact God's statement to man that man is not God, i.e., that man is not the creator of life, that all life comes from God himself, both temporal (of this life) and eternal (of the life to come), that, since man (his soul) is eternal, apart from God, who is life, all man has to look forward to is eternal death. Man is not righteous in and of himself, i.e., he is not the one with the final decision regarding what is right and what is wrong in thought and action. "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23

Man, having taken on the authority of God, deciding right from wrong based upon his carnal desires of the 'moment,' i.e., "human nature" is in fact a fraud, a liar, deceiving himself and all who listen to him so that he can "enjoy" the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates (which passes away) without feeling guilty, i.e., without having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobey, sinning, dying in his sins. This is the witness of praxis upon the face of the earth, man in denial of his sinful nature, 'justifying' his "self," i.e., 'justifying' his carnal nature, removing anyone who gets in his way, i.e., who makes him "feel bad," i.e., "feel guilty" for his sins, until he dies himself, facing God, being held accountable for his praxis, i.e., for his carnal thoughts and carnal deeds. "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12

"For this cause [because they "did not like to retain God in their knowledge"] God gave them up unto vile affections [let them have what they wanted, i.e., the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' they "lusted" after, to their own demise]:" Romans 1:21, 25 "And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," '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

Praxis simply means that all your feelings, thoughts, and actions are 'liberated' from Godly restraint, i.e., that you have 'justified' your "self," i.e., your carnal feelings, thoughts, and actions—that which you have in common with man—before men. 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) others that they will be personally held accountable before God for their thoughts and actions as well. "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 is simply man 'justifying' himself' "before men," receiving the affirmation of 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

Praxis 'liberates' man from having any sense of guilt, i.e., from having a "guilty conscience" for his sins, so that he (being deceived) can sin with impunity, dying in our sins. When those who praxis praxis tell you that "You are in denial" (in denial of the "old man"), tell them that you 1) deny your "old man," i.e., die to your "self" daily, 2) endure their rejection, i.e., pick up your cross, and 3) following after Jesus Christ, do His Heavenly Father's will instead. Unfortunately, they, 'justified' in their "self," refusing to 'reject' the "old man,"  i.e., denying that they, living for and "enjoying" the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, i.e., enjoying their sins, will reject you instead, choosing to die in their sins, i.e.,  be damned instead of repent and inherit eternal life.

Georg Hegel, Karl Marx, Georg Lukács, Karl Korsch, Antonio Gramsci, Sigmund Freud, J. L. Moreno, Theodor Adorno, Erick Fromm, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Benjamin Bloom, etc., built their ideology upon the praxis of praxis, making man's carnal nature, i.e., the "old man" (that which is of the world only) the measure of all things. It is in their "new" world order we find ourselves today, with man 'justifying his "self" before men, until the Lord returns to judge them and the nations of the world for their praxis of the "old man." Those who do Praxis have rejected the Father, and therefore the Son.

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

"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:6

"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:17-24

"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

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017