Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

God puts no trust in mankind so beware of iconoclastic arrogance.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

ROM 9:18, So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

God found a way to take the non-meritorious actions of man and relate it to the positive volition of man’s response toward His grace.

There are certain people in life that because of the way they live and because of their function in life, whenever they do something wrong everybody seems to know about it.

There are some people who can do the very same things wrong and no one ever knows anything about it.

The trap is to assume that the ones who are discreet are  sweet and that’s how you get trapped in that concept.

You develop what is known as iconoclastic arrogance manifested eventually when your idol gets shattered.

Iconoclastic arrogance is defined as subjective preoccupation with other people.

Iconoclasm is the function of destroying an icon or an idol.

More than anything in the world, iconoclastic arrogance demonstrates the fact that people are divorced from reality because they will not take the responsibility for their own decisions.

(1) An excessive admiration or personal love creates an idol out of a person.

(2)  The idol showing their feet of clay (doing something wrong).

(3)  When the idol does something wrong (real or imagined), there is a reaction by those who created the idol.

(4)  Iconoclastic arrogance seeks to destroy the image the person has created.

Iconoclastic arrogance is divorced from reality in human relationships because of either ignorance or rejection of Bible doctrine.

1.  Reaction and distraction.
2.  Frantic search for happiness.
3.  Operation boomerang.
4.  Emotional revolt of the soul.
5.  Permanent negative volition.
6.  Blackout of the soul.
7.  Scar tissue of the soul.
8.  Reverse process reversionism.

Or because of lack of impersonal love for all mankind on the one hand and lack of occupation with Christ on the other hand.

The illusion created by arrogance becomes the delusion destroyed by arrogance.

Arrogance takes an ordinary person and from deluded idealism or romantic illusion fashions this person in his mind into an ideal of perfection.

The idol of perfection created by this arrogance can be a spiritual image, a personality image, a hero image, a romantic image, or a beautiful image.

Then the arrogant reaction of disillusion or disenchantment becomes vindictive, implacable, bitter, hateful, and motivated to revenge and to destroy that person.

Iconoclastic arrogance destroys friendship, romance, marriage, business, professional relationships, Christian fellowship, and a spiritual leader of some kind.

Prin - The sooner a congregation has attained impersonal love, the sooner it will overlook idiosyncrasies, mannerisms, habits, and failures of those in spiritual leadership.

Disappointment with friends, loved ones, or those in authority over us is normal, but disenchantment and disillusion from idolizing that person is failure on our part.

The arrogant iconoclast never blames himself for what he has done in creating the idol and then destroying it, but in irrationality, he blames the idol for existing by his own fantasizing.

The arrogance of idolizing and rejecting your very own icon is tantamount to the vanity of transferring the blame for your own failures to other people.

The feet of clay syndrome is the arrogant irrationality of rearranging the doctrine of sin to be compatible with your own self-righteous arrogance.

Three problem solving devices are necessary to bring the believer back to reality and recover from the devastation to the spiritual life:  personal love for God the Father, occupation with Christ, and impersonal love for all mankind.

When any believer combines unrealistic expectation with role model arrogance and subsequently becomes involved in iconoclastic arrogance....

that person has established false standards for life and entered into a subtle system of arrogance which prevents cognition of Bible doctrine and hinders the execution of the PPOG.

There never was, there never will be a person who will be free from sin including the pastor-teacher.

Some sinners sins are obvious, and others are not.

Arrogance is always destructive and in relationship to self the destruction is phenomenal.

The arrogance of criticism or iconoclastic arrogance picks up all the problems related to others and merely complicates one’s life.

The key to understanding this passage is the word for trust which is the Hebrew word batach which means to trust, to be confident, to be  secure in, put confidence in, to hope in.

PSA 62:9, Men of low degree are only vanity, and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.

PSA 118:8-9, It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in princes.

ISA 2:22, Stop regarding man, whose breath {of life} is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?

Preoccupation with others, especially a pastor, is disastrous.

Usually it is excessive admiration for someone whom you place on a pedestal.

One day, arrogance then becomes disenchantment.

Disenchanted they seek to destroy the idol that they have themselves created.

JAM 1:8, being a double- minded man, unstable in all his ways.

All humans possess an old sin nature however the arrogance of admiration seems to forget this and once the O.S.N. shows in some way, the arrogant person is offended and wounded.

There is no loyalty, no love, no faithfulness, no humility in the arrogant believer.

The arrogant believer involved in iconoclastic arrogance takes an ordinary person and from illusions of one sort or another, be it romantic illusions or illusions of self importance, sexual illusions, or power lust illusions, all are destroyed by reality and then the arrogant person in his or her subjectivity attacks.

When you truly love someone in a state of humility and have a lot of doctrine, you love people with their faults.

Patience is simply poise and self-control.

When someone tries to provoke you or stimulate you into ungodly responses - patience gives stability, quietness, and rest under pressure.

Impersonal unconditional love will cause you to give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, release others from payment, forget an offense, never bringing it up again, not even to discuss it.

When you lack virtue, or you lack character, you repeat things and you do not operate in impersonal unconditional love.

Impersonal unconditional love is the ability to cover and overlook the faults of others.

If things that you “hear” and things that you “see” shock you....don’t you blame the things that you hear or the things that you see, blame yourself.

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