"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

"The ideas of the Enlightenment taught man that he could trust his own reason [his own "feelings," i.e., his "sensuous needs" and "sense perception," i.e., his "sense experience"] as a guide to establishing valid ethical norms and that he could rely on himself, needing neither revelation [the Word of God, i.e., the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth] nor that authority of the church [the Son of God, Jesus Christ] in order to know good and evil." (Stephen Eric Bronner Of Critical Theory and Its Theorists) 

By making "sense experience" ("the pride of life") the median through which to 'reason,' the child's "sensuous needs" ("lust of the flesh") and "sense perception" ("lust of the eyes") becomes his guide to determining what is right and what is wrong in any given situation. Thereby, by 'liberating' his "self" from the father's/Father's authority, i.e., from restraint (thus 'liberating' him from having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline his "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will—negating the guilty conscience, which the father's/Father's authority engenders, in the process) the child (and the psychotherapist, i.e., the facilitator of 'change') can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity.

"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)

"To enjoy the present ["lust"] reconciles us to the actual [to our "self" and the world which stimulates dopamine emancipation]." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right')

"Sense experience 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 and sensuous need, that is, only when it proceeds from Nature." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3)

"We must ultimately assume at the highest theoretical levels of enlightenment management theory, a preference or a tendency." ". . . to identify with more and more of the world, moving toward the ultimate of mysticism, a fusion with the world, or peak experience, cosmic consciousness, etc." (Abraham Maslow, Maslow on Management)

Marxists and psychologists ("group psychotherapists") find common ground on these two things: 1) the 'liberation' of the child's carnal nature from the father's/Father's authority so the child can 2) do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity "Behavioral scientists" can only find their identity in the carnal nature of the child, i.e., in "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," i.e., in dopamine emancipation. Through their use of dialogue they 'justify' their "self," i.e., 'justify' their "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment (dopamine emancipation) which the world stimulates.

"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

"If the 'restoring of life' of the world is to be conceived in terms of the Christian revelation, then Marx must collapse into a bottomless abyss." (Jürgen Habermas, Theory and Practice)

"Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." Luke 11:35

"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."  2 Corinthians 11:14, 15

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25

All who adhere to "enlightenment," i.e., who (rejecting the Father's authority) 'justify' their "self," will spend eternity tormented in the lake of fire that is never quenched. God hates no one. He hates sin. If you hold to sin, i.e., 'justify' your "self," God, who is perfect has to judge you and condemn you for your sins. It is why He sent His Son to die on the cross to cover your sins, 'redeeming' you from His wrath upon you for your sins, raising His Son, Jesus Christ from the grave in order to 'reconcile' you to Himself instead, so you can spend eternity with Him, in His holiness and glory.

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2016, 2018, 2019