Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of Emotion. Part 2.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

God the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine is the only energy whereby we are able to live a life glorifying the Lord.

GAL 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

If we are not led by the Spirit or filled with the Spirit we are functioning under a form of human power and energy, either emotion or arrogance.

The Holy Spirit is quenched and grieved because we are not using His divine energy or His omnipotence, EPH 4:30, 1TH 5:19.

Human power and emotion is simply a cheap substitute for the power to live the spiritual life.

Many Christians live the Christian life under the human energy of emotionalism which is nothing more than pseudo-spirituality, whereas Bible doctrine and the F.O. HS is the only means whereby we as Church-age believers can glorify the Lord.

He will try to make them feel good or feel spiritual or feel guilty.

Emotionalism is so dangerous because emotions serve as human energy.

If we fail to utilize divine power we will either quit or accept a cheap substitute like human power based upon the emotions.

Human power can be emotional revolt, personality improvement, the works of the flesh, change of behavior pattern, spirituality by works, etc.

None of us can resist truth without operating on human dynamics.

Since the emotions of the soul were never designed to dominate the soul, wide emotional swings demonstrate the inability of the emotions to dominate.

The garden was perfect until the woman took over and dominated the man; then the Fall occurred.

Emotions are a stimuli for action, and therefore must be regarded as a form of human energy.

Emotional stress, for example, causes people to act on impulse.

The emotion of fear, also a sin, causes flight. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.

The emotion of disgust causes repulsion.
The emotion of anger causes violence.

Instincts are reflex behavior based on emotion rather than on
thought.

If how you feel becomes the criteria for your life, you will never be able to execute God’s plan as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

MAT 27:46 “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

My point is that many believers today have become neurotic and psychotic simply because they have intruded into God’s plan with a human form of energy called emotion.

When emotion functions without thought, that is abnormal emotional activity = emotional instability.

Normal functions of the emotion include pleasure or entertainment, excitement, appreciation.

Emotion is related to human power and influence, but never to divine power and the mystery doctrine of the Church-age, which is the basis for fulfilling God’s will, plan, and purpose.

(1) Such a believer makes a god out of his emotions, PHI 3:18f.

2TH 2:9 {that is,} the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,

(2) Such a believer’s emotional pattern distracts him from the execution of the PPOG, ROM 16:17-18.
(3) Emotion hinders the perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, 2CO 6:11-12.

(4) Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is the basis for criminality, violence, hatred, anger, and total involvement in the arrogance complex, which means bitterness, vindictiveness, jealousy, implacability, self-pity, guilt reaction.

(5) Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is related to the great categorical problems of life, especially fear.

The Church-age believer must learn to distinguish between post-salvation perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine as the means of executing God’s plan, will, and purpose; and emotional experience, which can be normal in appreciation response in response, or it can be abnormal and not related at all to the Christian way of life.

Normal emotional experience results in subordinating the emotion to the intellect.

Abnormal emotional experience results in either subordinating the intellect to the emotion, or the emotion bypassing the norms and standards of God’s plan for your life.

Abnormal emotional experience may express itself in the many areas of pseudo-spirituality, or in ecstatic experience which has absolutely nothing to do with the filling of the Spirit or the now defunct gift of tongues.

Abnormal emotional experience may also express itself in emotional sins, like hatred, fear, worry, anxiety, and become the motivation for violence, murder, gossiping, maligning, inordinate ambition, and the inordinate competition of running down other people in order to promote yourself.

Momentum is related to the function of PSD’s - rebound, F/O HS, faith-rest drill, grace orientation, doctrinal orientation, personal love for God, impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God (+H), a personal sense of destiny, and occupation with the person of Christ.

There is no spiritual activity in emotion.

If you take your emotions and ecstatic experiences and try to intrude them into God’s plan, you have entered into a form of blasphemy.

Under some conditions, the use of doctrine in recall or application often causes an emotional response.

Certain kinds of emotions are sins, such as anger, rage, fear, anxiety. Hate is an emotion, irrational, and a sin. These sinful emotions are abnormal.

MAT 12:39 “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign;”

The external actions of a person’s life proceed from the inward man.

It is the same God who brings both feast and famine, fair weather and rainy, MAT 5:45.

If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives.

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us - and those around us - more effectively. Look for the learning.

Emotions are a hindrance to the perception of doctrine.

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