Benevolent vs. Tyrannical Authority.
Benevolent authority 1) preaches commands and rules to be obeyed as given, teaches facts and truth to be accepted as is, by faith, and discusses any questions or misunderstanding those under its authority might have (at authority's discretion—based upon the time available, the ability of those under authority to understand, or their acceptance of authority as being the final arbiter), 2) rewards or blesses those who obey or do things right, according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth, 3) chastens or punishes those who disobey or do things wrong, so they will obey or do things right in the future, and 4) casts out those who question, challenge, defy, disregard, attack authority, in order to maintain authority. Doing right and not wrong, according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth is the emphasis of benevolent authority, having mercy on those who repent, ask for forgiveness, and purpose in their heart to do right and not wrong from there on. Benevolent authority holds itself accountable to the same commands, rules, facts, and truth and conditions for disobeying as those under its authority, recognizing it is accountable to a higher authority, i.e., God.
"By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil." Proverbs 16:6
|The more childlike, i.e., "selfish" those in authority become, the more tyrannical they become.|
Tyrannical authority carries out the same conditions as benevolent authority except it excludes discussion, insisting (dictating) its conditions with no exception or mercy (except to itself). Not holding itself accountable to the same conditions it establishes (rejecting any authority above it, holding it accountable for its actions, or defining itself as being equal with it, in authority), it censors, shows no mercy, oppresses, and kills those who get in its way and/or expose it for what it is—tyrannical.
Tyrannical authority is grounded upon the carnal nature of the child, i.e., the child's natural inclination to approach pleasure and avoid pain, making right and wrong subject to its carnal desires of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates. Right, to the child, is having pleasure. Wrong, to the child, is the pain which comes with missing out on pleasure. Thus the child, according to its carnal, i.e., "self"-ish nature is 'justified' in its mind at striking out (with hate) at anyone who gets in its way. The more child like authority becomes, , i.e., "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates, hating restraint, the more tyrannical it becomes.
In other words, the more the one in authority demands his way, with no discussion, forgiveness, mercy, or grace, the more he becomes tyrannical. Discussion, forgiveness, mercy, and grace (the presence or absence of them) distinguishes the difference between benevolent and tyrannical authority. If the one in authority never discusses questions which those who are under his authority have, always saying "Because I said so," never forgives those who repent and ask for forgiveness—"turning from their wicked ways"—never shows mercy or grace, never blesses or rewards those who do right or obey, or is always chastening, punishing, or threatening those who he does not like or he things are getting (or can get) in his way, he engenders wrath (hate) in those under his authority. By those in authority rejecting discussion outright or turning to "self," i.e., dialogue for their answer instead, those who are under their authority turn to "lust," i.e., their desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates, and their hate of restraint as the answer to their problems as well, negating the father's/Father's authority, i.e., individualism, under God, negating the guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying sinning in the process which restrains those (holds those accountable) who are in authority.
National Socialists reject (negate) discussion outright. Becoming as God in their eyes (rejecting God's authority over them) they dictate their terms with no forgiveness, mercy, or grace. Global Socialists replace (negate) discussion with dialogue, i.e., the carnal nature of the child, making all gods, but with them at the lead. Rejecting benevolent authority they, in error classify benevolent authority as being the same as tyrannical authority. Bypasses "top-down" authority altogether, yet with all the power of authority, they refuse to hold themselves accountable for their wrong doing, disobedience, sins—blaming those who do not support them or who resist their "authority" instead. Having seduced, deceived, and manipulated those under their "authority," to 'justify' and carry out their love of pleasure and hate of restraint, they are able to control "the people," in the name of "the people," getting "the people" to serve, protect, praise, and worship them ("or else"—since they are God).
This is Abraham Maslow's "Theory X, Theory Y" ideology, following after the ideology of Georg Hegel, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud—as is practiced by "group psychotherapists," facilitators of 'change,' Transformational Marxists (all being the same), in their dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, soviet, brainwashing, "safe zone/space/place," "positive" meetings (which are being carried out all across the nation and around the world today). In the end, rejecting benevolent authority, i.e., rejecting the father's/Father's authority as an answer, i.e., rejecting discussion (facts and truth, i.e., doing right and not wrong according to established laws, i.e., "rule of law," restraining man's carnal nature) along with forgiveness, mercy, and grace as the pathway to peace, Globalists, embracing the carnal nature of the child, end up with tyrannical government instead.
"Authoritarian submission [nationalism, tantamount to Fascism in the mind of 'liberal's'] was conceived of as a very general attitude that would be evoked in relation to a variety of authority figures—parents, older people, leaders, supernatural power, and so forth." "God is conceived more directly after a parental image and thus as a source of support and as a guiding and sometimes punishing authority." "Submission to authority, desire for a strong leader, subservience of the individual to the state [parental authority, local control, Nationalism], and so forth, have so frequently and, as it seems to us, correctly, been set forth as important aspects of the Nazi creed that a search for correlates of prejudice had naturally to take these attitudes into account." "The power-relationship between the parents, the domination of the subject's family by the father or by the mother, and their relative dominance in specific areas of life also seemed of importance for our problem." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)
"Self-actualizing people have to a large extent transcended the values of their culture. They are not so much merely Americans as they are world citizens, members of the human species first and foremost." (Abraham Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature)
"I have found whenever I ran across authoritarian students that the best thing for me to do was to break their backs immediately." "The correct thing to do with authoritarians is to take them realistically for the bastards they are and then behave toward them as if they were bastards." (Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow)
This is what children are facing in the "group grade," "Bloom's Taxonomy" classroom today, either bow to the process of dialogue (question, challenge, defy, disregard, attack authority, i.e., parental authority) or be censored, i.e., rejected by the facilitator of 'change' and "the group" for getting in the way of "the groups" "good" grade. The "educator" does not have to tell the students to go home and challenge their parent's authority, their participation in the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus classroom guarantees they will do that automatically, i.e., natural. It is called the tyranny of the "masses," i.e., the tyranny of the children when they rule over the home, oppressing their parents. When the children rule the people are oppressed.
"There are many stories of the conflict and tension that these new practices are producing between parents and children." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain)
The greatest enemy you have is your "self," i.e., 'justifying' your natural "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates, and your natural hatred toward restraint—rejecting God's authority over you. If you do not get "self" out of the way, i.e., humble, deny, die to your "self," letting the Lord direct your steps, all authority becomes tyrannical, including yours. The issue is not the flesh that is passing away, which "self" loves, it is the soul, which is eternal.
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Matthew 16:24-27
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2018