Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

God puts no trust in mankind so beware of inconoclastic arrogance. Part 2.

Friday, July 17, 2009

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.

JOH 2:24-25, But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man for He Himself knew what was in man.

Iconoclastic arrogance is defined as subjective preoccupation with other people.

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

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.

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?

Pre-occupation 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.

Becoming 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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