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Romans 7:14-25

"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

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.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."


"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

"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."  James 1:14, 15

 "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."  1 John 2:15


The law of God can save no one, it can only expose and condemn us as sinners, i.e. for "lusting" after the things of the world, i.e. for "lusting" after "the flesh, the law of sin."  It brings us to the realization that we are not God (perfect or righteous in and of ourselves).  God is the only one who can fulfill the Law (demanding perfection).  It is only in Christ Jesus, who fulfilled the law, that we receive salvation.  His righteousness (fulfillment of the law) is imputed to us through our faith in Him.  Jesus 'redeemed' us from our sins by His blood.  And by His resurrection 'reconciled' us to His Heavenly Father.  "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

The issue for dialectic 'reasoning' regarding the "guilty conscience" is the law, i.e. the father's/Father's authority (doing right and not wrong according to his commands, rules, facts, and truth) and his chastening for disobedience or doing wrong and casting out for disrespecting, i.e. questioning His commands, rules, facts, and truth and challenging His authority, which engenders it (the "guilty conscience").  By 'justifying' man's "feelings" of the 'moment' (through the use of dialoging opinions to a consensus), those of dialectic 'reasoning' are able to circumvent the "guilty conscience" and the father's/Father's authority (the preaching and teaching of commands and rules to be obeyed as given and facts and truth to be accepted as is, i.e. by faith) which engenders it.

"The new guilt complex appears to be historically connected with the rise of patriarchal religion (for the Western development the Hebrews are decisive)." "The guilty conscience is formed in childhood by the incorporation of the parents and the wish to be father of oneself." "We must return to Freud and say that incest guilt created the familial organization." "What we call ‘conscience' perpetuates inside of us our bondage to past objects now part of ourselves: the super-ego ‘unites in itself the influences of the present and of the past.'"  ((Normal O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)) 

With the invention of the "super-ego," Freud was able to 'justify' the use of "feelings" ("emotional impulses") to negate the effect of the "guilty conscience," negating the father's/Father's authority which engenders it.  The "guilty conscience" comes from one, which makes it not subject to "feelings," i.e. 'compromise,' engendering "feelings" ("negative feelings") instead, while the super-ego  comes from the many, i.e. from the different, allowing for "feelings" to determine the outcome, engendering "openness," "equality," based upon man's carnal nature, i.e. his impulses and urges of the 'moment.'

"It is a function of the ego to make peace with conscience, to create a larger synthesis within which conscience, emotional impulses, and self operate in relative harmony." "When this synthesis is not achieved, the superego has somewhat the role of a foreign body within the personality, and it exhibits those rigid, automatic, and unstable aspects discussed above." (Theodor Adorno The Authoritarian Personality)

"The most effective method for weakening the child's will is to arouse his sense of guilt." "The most important symptom of the defeat in the fight for oneself is the guilty conscience."  (Erick Fromm, Escape from Freedom)

"This voice which really isn't you but tells you the way the world works is a direct attack on creativity. We have to work to remove it." "When we learn to silence the inner voice that judges yourself and others, there is no limit to what we can accomplish, individually and as part of a team. Absence of judgment makes you more receptive to innovative ideas [change]." (Michael Ray, quoted in Maslow, Management)

"Social control is most effective at the individual level. The personal conscience is the key element in ensuring self-control, refraining from deviant behavior even when it can be easily perpetrated." "The family, the next most important unit affecting social control, is obviously instrumental in the initial formation of the conscience and in the continued reinforcement of the values that encourage law abiding behavior." Dr. Robert Trojanowicz The meaning of "Community" in Community Policing)

In order to 'liberate' himself from a "guilty conscience," man must 'liberate' himself from the father's/Father's authority, 'justify' his carnal nature, engendering a world of unrighteousness and abomination in the process.  By accepting sin, man's depraved urges, impulses, thoughts, and actions, i.e. his "lust" for pleasure as being "normal," i.e. as being "good," any thoughts and actions which inhibit "normality," restraining or blocking man's carnal nature from becoming 'reality' (the law of the land) must become "abnormal," i.e. evil.  People are not born homosexuals, they are born sinners, "lusting" after pleasure, attaining it by any means available.  Dialectic 'reasoning' is not "freedom of the conscience," which our framing father's gave us, under God, but "freedom from the conscience," which psychotherapist's (facilitators of 'change') give us, under Marx and Freud.

"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; Proverbs 6:12-19)

God, our Heavenly Father, having provided a solution to the "guilty conscience" (through Christ Jesus) will have the final say regarding the matter.

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2014-2015