Where Along the Spectrum of 'Change' Are You?


Dean Gotcher

Obedient to parental authority, with a "guilty conscience" when disobedient.  Disobedient to parental authority, with a "guilty conscience" for disobedience.  Disobedient to parental authority, with no "guilty conscience."

"Individuals move not from a fixity through change to a new fixity, though such a process is indeed possible.  But [through a] continuum from fixity to changingness, from rigid structure to flow, from stasis to process."  (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

"History, almost universally, has dichotomized this higher & lower, but it is now clear that they are on the same continuum, in a hierarchical-integration of prepotency & postpotency." (Abraham Maslow, Maslow's Journals)

"A natural step in the present study, therefore, was to conceive of a continuum extending from extreme conservatism to extreme liberalism, and to construct a scale which would place individuals along this continuum."  (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)

"At one end of the continuum the individual avoids close relationships, which are perceived as being dangerous. At the other end he lives openly and freely in relation to the therapist and to others, guiding his behavior on the basis of his immediate experiencing – he has become an integrated process of changingness."  "The qualities of the client's expression at any one point might indicate this position on this continuum, might indicate where he stood in the process of change."  (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

With the Lord there is no spectrum of 'change,' only the 'redeemed' and the lost.  While the world offers you a spectrum of 'change,' in a world of sin (which leads to eternal death), only the Lord Jesus Christ offers you true change, in Him (who is eternity life).  While along the spectrum of 'change' you dialogue men's opinions, which are ever 'changing' according to the current situations (crisis') in this life, in the change which is eternal, which can only come from the Lord, you receive the Words which lead to eternal life, which can only come through the preaching and teaching of the His Word, by accepting it as is, by faith.

"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." John 14:6.

"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:  and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."   Matthew 10:32-39

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."   Colossians 3:1-3

When it comes to the spectrum of 'change' you should always be the odd man out, i.e. an alien in the land, preaching and teaching the Word of God, i.e. being grounding (established) in the Word of the Lord, instead of dialoguing the opinions of men, forever 'shifting' as sand caught in the "winds" of 'change.'

"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead."  1 Peter 4:1-5

 "And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death."  "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved."  Matthew 10:21, 22

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