Your opinion is only of the world, even your opinion of the Word of God. Your opinion materializes all it encounters, i.e. it makes your "feelings" ("sensuousness," i.e., that which is of the world) the bases of evaluation (aufheben) only. To have an opinion requires a tension between your carnal desires of the 'moment' and something or someone restraining them, with your "feelings" of the 'moment' controlling your thoughts. Karl Marx made it clear: "Sense experience [sensuousness, i.e. the child's (your) "feelings" of the 'moment" in response to the world stimulating them] must be the basis of all science." "Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience, in the two forms of sense perception ["lust" of the eyes] and sensuous need ["lust" of the flesh], that is, only when it proceeds from Nature." (Karl Marx MEGA I/3) The woman in the garden in Eden, assisted by the master facilitator of 'change,' was the first person to use the "scientific method," 'liberating' her "self" from God, i.e., from "the Father's" authority, i.e., 'liberating' her "self" from that which is not of nature, i.e., from that which is not of the world—making her "self" subject to the world (nature) only, making her "self" subject to the master facilitator of 'change,' i.e., the seducer, deceiver, and manipulator of men instead.
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
When someone asks you for your opinion, all they will get from you, if you share it, is that which is of and for the world, i.e., "of and for self," i.e., your heart's desire. It is from here, i.e., your hearts carnal desire for the pleasures of the 'moment,' i.e., for the things of the world from which 'change,' i.e., your love of the world and hate of the father's/Father's authority takes place.
"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the father's/Father's will], and desperately wicked [hating anyone preventing, i.e., inhibiting or blocking it in its quest to enjoy the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' i.e., of the world, making the father's/Father's authority (restraint) evil]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
You can not see your "self" as you really are (in the father's/Father's eyes) since the father's/Father's eyes are negated in your opinion. It is like looking into a mirror and "perceiving" your "self" as you think you are, not being able to see your "self" as you really are. "The words 'seem to' are significant; it is the perception which functions in guiding behavior." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy) Your opinion is always right in your eyes.
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25
That is why those of the "new" world order ask you for your opinion , i.e., ask you how you "feel" and what you "think" regarding any issue, so they can use the dialectic process i.e., the "scientific method" on you to get you to 'change' your position, which is ridged, i.e., which is given to you by someone else, getting you to set it aside, i.e., abdicate it, i.e., 'change' it into an opinion, making it yours instead, thus making it subject to your "feelings" of the 'moment' and the current situation stimulating them, thus making you readily adaptable to 'change,' making you subject to anyone manipulating the situation and you by asking you for your opinion "The individual may have 'secret' thoughts which he will under no circumstances reveal to anyone else if he can help it. To gain access is particularly important, for precisely here may lie the individual's potential for democratic ... thought and action in crucial situations." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)
Your position is not yours, it is given to you by someone else, which you have accepted as fact or true (by faith), i.e., "I know because ____ said so" (the operative word being "know"), while your opinion is yours, based upon your "feelings" of the 'moment,' tying you to your "self," the things of the world, and anyone (as a scientist) manipulating it, i.e., manipulating you, using you as natural resource or rather "human resource" for their own personal pleasure and gain. You can not defend your position, i.e., the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth. Your father's/Father's position (as a shield) defends you. Turning the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth it into an opinion, making it subject to your "feelings" of the 'moment,' makes you (and it) subject to the world, making you subject to seduction, deception, and manipulation by those of the "new" world order—facilitators of 'change,' i.e., "psychotherapists."
The things you "covet," i.e., your desire for the pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, including (especially) the affirmation of men, and your resentment toward anyone restraining you, preventing, blocking, inhibiting you from having what it is you want in the 'moment,' make up your opinion, making you subject to "vain words" (words which you want to hear, which 'justify' your desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment') which can be used by others (using "feigned words," i.e., plastic words in the Greek, i.e., double speak) to buy and sell you with, using you as "merchandise" for their own pleasure and gain.
"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." 2 Peter 2:3 "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them." Ephesians 5:6, 7
All of psychology is based upon opinion, i.e., how everyone "feels" in the 'moment' and what everyone "thinks" regarding the given situation. Psychologist manipulate everyone under their influence, getting them to negate (set aside or suspend, as on a cross) the position their parents and/or God gave them, making their life experience (their carnal desires and dissatisfactions, i.e., their opinion) the foundation from which to evaluate their "self," others, the world, and their parents and God from—negating the father's/Father's authority—with their carnal "feelings" (desires and dissatisfactions, i.e., opinion) of the 'moment' from then on shaping (determining) how they think and act. "Experience is, for me, the highest authority." "Neither the Bible nor the prophets, neither the revelations of God can take precedence over my own direct experience." Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)
"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
Psychotherapy is itself the art craft of seduction, deception, and manipulation, getting you to share your opinion (there is no father's/Father's authority, i.e., no absolute in an opinion, only your "carnal feelings" of the 'moment,' i.e., your desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment') in order to 'liberate' you (and the psychotherapist) from the authority of God, i.e., from the Father's authority. All I have to do is get you into a room full of people, encourage you to share your opinion with them, with them sharing their opinion with you, and I can guarantee the outcome will be subject to the world, i.e., to your and their carnal desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment,' even if done in "the name of the Lord."
"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. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23 "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
Doing it, i.e., dialoguing your opinion with others in a "group" setting makes it easier to 'change' your parent's and/or God's position into an opinion, 'liberating' you from their position, i.e., from their authority, i.e., from their "old" world order way of doing things, i.e., of thinking and acting. "It is usually easier to change individuals formed into a group than to change any one of them separately." "The individual accepts the new system of values and beliefs by accepting belongingness to the group." (Kurt Lewin in Kenneth Bennie, Human Relations in Curriculum Change)
The dialoguing of opinion to a consensus was the method of the French Revolution—Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité. Dialogue makes everyone "equal" in the room—Equalité. Opinion 'liberates' everyone from the father's/Father's authority—Liberté. And consensus (affirmation) makes everyone one, i.e., the same according to the flesh, i.e., "of and for self" and the world—Fraternité. In putting it, i.e., the dialoguing of opinion to a consensus (the French Revolution) into praxis, i.e., into social action, not only in the classroom but in the home, community, and the world as well, children (of disobedience) are being used to 'change' the world, making it subject to the seduction, deception, and manipulation of facilitators of 'change,' i.e., "psychotherapists."
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Ephesians 2:2,3
The American Revolution, although removing the father's/Father's authority in government, limiting governments power, left it in tact in the home, guaranteeing the father's right of private conviction, property, and business, resulting in the next generation learning to "do right and not wrong" according to the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth, engendering a guilty conscience, i.e., the voice of the father/Father (instead of the group, committee, institution, village, community, etc.,) in them when doing or thinking about doing wrong, disobeying, or sinning. "Protestantism [thinking and acting according to God's Word alone, establishing the Father and His obedient Son's commands, rules, facts, and truth above man's opinion (reasoning and traditions), evaluating all thoughts and actions, i.e., "self" and the world from God's Word alone, i.e., making all things, including your "self" and those in authority over you, subject to God's Word alone, recognizing and accepting that salvation is by faith in God's Word, by His grace alone, the priesthood of all believers, doing your best as unto the Lord] was the strongest force in the extension of cold rational individualism." (Max Horkheimer, Vernunft and Selbsterhaltung)
The "new" world order depends upon your opinion. Without it (and everyone else's) it can not survive. As we can see in the garden in Eden, the woman's opinion,' i.e., her use of the "scientific method" 'liberated' her "self" from the Word of God, making her at-one-with the world. Your opinion is always right in your eyes, making you subject to the lie that pleasure is the standard for "good," not doing the father's/Father's will.
"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness [having exalted their "self"], and going about to establish their own righteousness [thinking ('reasoning') and acting according to their own carnal nature, i.e. their "felt" needs, i.e. pleasures, enjoyments, "lusts," desires of the 'moment'], have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God [doing the Father's will]." Romans 10:3
"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' more than God, making their opinion equal with (therefore greater than) God's Word, making themselves god] 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
While your opinion, i.e., your "likes" and "dislikes" of the 'moment' is relevant regarding the things of the world, i.e., what you are going to eat at lunch today, the clothes you pick off the rack, the color of carpet you order, etc., on the day of judgment your opinion will not count. The scriptures are clear regarding your opinion (your likes and dislikes) and the Word of God.
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth from the mouth of God," Matthew 4:4 "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23
The gospel is all about the Father's authority (position) and His only begotten Son's obedience (acceptance of it): "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." "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 5:19, 30; 12:47-50 "I and my Father are one." "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;" John 10:30; 14:9 The Lord asks the same of you. "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
Like someone foolishly not believing in gravity, jumping out of a plane with not parachute, you can have your opinion as long as you are falling. But eventually you are going to hit an object and at that 'moment' your opinion will not count. The next breath you take is a gift from God—as every breath you have ever taken or will ever take. You can deny that. But eventually you will take your last breath and at that 'moment' your opinion will not count. How you use your next breath, i.e., that free gift from God, either thanking and praising Him or rejecting and cursing Him, will determine where you will spend eternity.
"[E]very one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12 "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:36
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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 recompence 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 1:21-32
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017