How You Are Being Graded:
by your family, relatives, neighbors, fellow students, educators, fellow workers, boss, politicians, minister, the "church," and by God.
You are being graded by the Word of God and by the opinions of men. They are not the same. One determines how you will be treated in this life only. The other determines how you will be treated after death.
"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment." Ecclesiastes 11:9
"[E]very one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12
"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." "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:16
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels." Luke 9:23-26
You have to decide who's grading system you accept and who's you reject—it is your decision. You can not have it both ways (the great deception is that you can). The Word of God is based upon the Father's authority, i.e., doing the Father's will. The opinions of men is based upon your carnal nature, "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' (dopamine emancipation), which the world stimulates, which includes "lusting" after the approval (affirmation) of men, i.e., the "pride of life," 'justifying' their "self"—maybe even doing wonderful things in the name of the Lord.
"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 father's/Father's authority (the father's/Father's grading system) is based upon doing right and not wrong according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth. While dad and mom are not perfect, they may be (or may have been) down right tyrants, their office, given to them by God, who is perfect, in which to serve Him, is perfect. While the Lord comes between the father and the son, the mother and the daughter, etc., he did not negate the office of the Father itself. He only made His Heavenly Father the Father over all, grading us according to our faith in and obedience to Him.
"Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." (Hebrews 12:5-11)
"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
"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
"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
"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Matthew 23:9
"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
The opinions of men (man's grading system) is based upon his carnal nature. While man may do "good works," making life better for his "self" and for others, he is not "good" in and of his "self" despite his opinion (his "feeling") of his "self" when others recognize and praise him for his "good works," making him "feel" "good" about his "self."
"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
"The heart is deceitful above all things [deceived in thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the father's/Father's will, i.e., "lusting" (chasing) after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates instead of setting aside its carnal desires of the 'moment,' i.e., humbling, denying, dying to, controlling, disciplining its "self" in order (as in "old" world order) to do right and not wrong according the father's/Father's established commands, rules, facts, and truth, having pleasure in doing the father's/Father's will, taking pleasure in doing its will instead—being easily deceived], and desperately wicked [hating the father's/Father's authority that "gets in its way," i.e. that prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks it from enjoying (coveting after) the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 We can not see ("know") that our heart is "desperately wicked" (full of hate) because our love of pleasure, i.e., "self" is standing in the way, 'justifying' our hate.
You either "esteem" your "self," "lusting" after the thing of the world which includes "lusting" after the affirmation of men or you humble, deny, die to your "self," doing the Father's will. It is an either-or decision.
"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:25
The father's/Father's authority system is based upon 1) preaching commands and rules to be obeyed as given, teaching facts and truth to be accepted as is, by faith, discussing any questions those under authority might have regarding the commands, rules, facts, and truth (at the one in authorities discretion, providing he wills to do so, there is time, those under authority are able to understand, and are not questioning, challenging, defying, disregarding, attacking authority), 2) blessing or rewarding those who obey and do things right, that they might continue to obey and do things, 3) correcting and/or chastening those who disobey and/or do things wrong, that they might learn to humble, deny, die to their "self" and obey and/or do things right, and 4) casting out or expelling those who question, challenge, defy, disregard, attack authority, in order (as in "old" world order) to keep order.
"The child, contrary to appearance, is the absolute, the rationality of the relationship; he is what is enduring and everlasting, the totality which produces itself once again as such [once he is 'liberated' from the father'/Father's authority to become as he was before the father's/Father's first command, rule, fact, or truth came into his life (separating him from his "self" and the world), of (and now for) "self" and the world only]." (Georg Hegel, System of Ethical Life)
The opinions of men are based upon the carnal nature of the child, i.e., "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, and hating restraint. It is through dialogue that mankind 'discovers' his commonality with one another, compromising established commands, rules, facts, and truth in order initiate and sustain relationship, uniting upon his common "self interests" in order to get what he wants want, when he wants it.
"In the dialogic relation of recognizing oneself in the other, they experience the common ground of their existence." (Jürgen Habermas, Knowledge & Human Interest, Chapter Three: The Idea of the Theory of Knowledge as Social Theory)
"Superego development is conceived as '. . . the incorporation of the moral standards of society [which requires compromise]." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin Bloom et al., Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The Classification of Educational Goals: Handbook 2, Affective Domain)
The "super-ego" is based upon compromise in order to "get along." The conscience is not.
"The guilty conscience is formed in childhood by the incorporation of the parents and the wish to be father of oneself." "What we call 'conscience' perpetuates inside of us our bondage to past objects now part of ourselves:" (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)
In the father's/Father's authority system preaching, teaching, and discussion reigns resulting in doing right and not wrong according to the father's/Father's established commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., doing the father's/Father's will, having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning. In man (in the world and of it, i.e., "of and for self"), dialogue, i.e., "self " 'justification' reigns, negating the guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning.
"In an ordinary discussion people usually hold relatively fixed positions and argue in favour of their views as they try to convince others to change." (Bohm and Peat, Science, Order, and Creativity)
"A Dialogue is essentially a conversation between equals." "The spirit of dialogue, is in short, the ability to hold many points of view in suspension, along with a primary interest in the creation of common meaning." (Bohm and Peat, Science, Order, and Creativity)
When discussion reigns, the father's/Father's authority reigns. Placing a person (or child) who wants to do what he wants, when he wants, in an environment of discussion, reveals his "lusting" after the things of the world as he insists upon dialogue.
When the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus reigns, man's carnal nature reigns. Placing a child who seeks to do right and not wrong according to the father's/Father's established commands, rules, facts, and truth in an environment of dialogue, when it comes to doing right and not wrong, will pressure him to either hold to his father's/Father's authority or abdicate it for the sake of his carnal desires of the 'moment' and the approval (affirmation) of men. If he holds to the father's/Father's authority, continuing to preach, teach, and discuss his father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth he will be graded as being "negative," divisive, hateful, etc., needing counseling, i.e., to accept dialogue as the means to becoming a part of the "community," or be silenced (censored) or removed.
In discussion you must suspend, as upon a cross, your "feelings," i.e., your "self interest," i.e., your carnal desires of the 'moment' in order to hear and receive the truth. In dialogue you must suspend, as upon a cross any command, rule, facts, and truth that get in the way of dialogue, i.e., that "hurts" someone's "feelings."
For example, bringing dialogue into the study of God's Word makes the Word of God subject to the opinions of men, making the "church" apostate—grading all who refuse to compromise (set aside) the Word of God in order to "build relationships," i.e., "build the 'Church,'" as being divisive, hateful, intolerant, etc.,. Those who insist upon dialogue, when it comes to the Word of God are wanting to be 'liberated' from the world of God so they can "feel" "good" about themselves and be less "offense" to others.
"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6:16
"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Luke 16:13
This grading system applies to all fascists of "society," including the home. It is up to you to decide which one you will submit to: the grading system of the world or the grading system of God.
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3, 4
Facilitators of 'change,' i.e., psychologists, i.e., behavioral "scientists," i.e., "group psychotherapists," i.e., Marxists (Transformational Marxists)—all being the same in method or formula—are using the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus (affirmation) process, i.e., dialectic 'reasoning' ('reasoning' from/through the student's "feelings" of the 'moment,' i.e., their love pleasures and their hate of restraint, in the "light" of their desire for group approval and fear of group rejection) in the "group grade," "safe zone/space/place," "Don't be negative, be positive," soviet style, brainwashing (washing the father's/Father's authority from the child's thoughts and actions, i.e., "theory and practice," negating their having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning in the process—called "the negation of negation," since the father's/Father's authority, and the guilty conscience which it engenders, is negative to the child's carnal nature), inductive 'reasoning' ('reasoning' from/through the students "feelings," i.e., their "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment'—dopamine emancipation—which the world stimulates, i.e., their "self interest," i.e., their "sense experience," selecting "appropriate information"—excluding, ignoring, or resisting, i.e., rejecting any information, i.e., established command, rule, fact, or truth that gets in the way of their desired outcome—in determining right from wrong behavior), "Bloom's Taxonomy," "affective domain," French Revolution (Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité) classroom "environment" in order (as in "new" world order) to 'liberate' children from parental authority, i.e., from the father's/Father's authority system (the Patriarchal Paradigm)—seducing, deceiving, and manipulating them as chickens, rats, and dogs, i.e., treating them as natural resource ("human-ist resource") in order to convert them into 'liberals,' socialists, globalists, so they, 'justifying' their "self" can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity.
"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken." Jeremiah 6:16, 17
Home schooling material, co-ops, conferences, etc., are joining in the same praxis, fulfilling Immanuel Kant's as well as Georg Hegel's, Karl Marx's, and Sigmund Freud's agenda of using the pattern or method of Genesis 3:1-6, i.e., "self" 'justification,' i.e., dialectic (dialogue) 'reasoning," i.e., 'reasoning' from/through your "feelings," i.e., your carnal desires of the 'moment' which are being stimulated by the world (including your desire for approval from others, with them affirming your carnal desires) in order to negate Hebrews 12:5-11, i.e., the father's/Father's authority, i.e., having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline your "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will, negating Romans 7:14-25, i.e., your having a guilty conscience when you do wrong, disobey, sin, thereby negating your having to repent before the father/Father for your doing wrong, disobedience, sins—which is the real agenda.
"And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," 'justify' their "self," i.e., 'justify' their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' (dopamine emancipation) which the world stimulates 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
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2019