BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIOR: 6 REBELLION IDOLATRY IDOLS
#4 of the Walk Applied Model Discipleship & Counseling Continuing Series:
The Walk Applied is a comprehensive Biblical model
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A "DELUSION" OF CONTROL
The Fall had significant consequences not the least of which was that our sinful flesh was revealed. We will first discuss The Rebellion Idolatry System, which has 6 belief idols.
PRIDE (Gen 3:6)
I am the authority; I am above God.
PRIDE FALSE BELIEFS:
- I MUST be in authority over others
- I MUST be the Judge!
- It is perfectly permissible for me to come out of Godly Authority when and where I choose. - I have a Free Will and I have “my rights" to make the choices I want to make. - I have the right to reject God's authority as I see fit!
Adam and Eve chose to disobey. They exhibited Pride, defined here as the belief that it is permissible to come out of Godly authority. By implication, submission to intermediate satanic authority must follow, which we will see later leads to chaos, depression and hopelessness. Pride idolatry has enormous implications for our world view and our deep-seated internal belief systems. Primarily, it means that we believe that we are above God. It means we believe that we are the authority figure in our lives. The inference for us is that we will believe that we not only have permission to come out of Godly authority; we will also believe that the seductive power of choice gives us the right to come out of Godly authority when we think it is in our best interest to do so. Even worse, Pride idolatry establishes within us the sinful belief that we MUST do whatever we need to do to have authority over others. I MUST be the “judge” over others. To the fullest extent possible, I cannot allow anyone to be in authority over me because I cannot allow others to judge me. The foundational false belief with pride is “I am in control”. The core belief here is that since I am the judge, I can judge you because I am superior to you.
- I can control my position in the community.
PERFORMANCE FALSE BELIEF: I control the conditions to enter God's house
Adam’s predicament was all too apparent after the fall. Now he would be responsible for supporting Eve and their children. He would somehow have to provide shelter and work to obtain food and clothing. He now bore the responsibility for his own survival as well as others. In other words, he would have to perform in order for them to live. It would not be enough for him to merely meet his own standards; there were now others who had to be considered as well. Was there enough? Would Eve be satisfied? Were the children warm enough?
Performance is the core belief that the better I perform within the context of human institutions, not only will I be “successful”, thus becoming “more secure”, but the “higher I rise”, the less likely it is that others can “judge me?. This belief will drive most men to exert power and control in most areas of their life. Women, of course, are not immune; they will exert competitive tendencies with other women as well as with their children. They will likely also idolize performance in their husbands as the key to their own security.
Performance idolatry is rooted in what Keller discusses in his aforementioned sermon. Keller emphasizes that “...since we were made in the image of God, we know deep inside that we betrayed God.” Keller further explains that “... our fleshly guilt and shame establish within us the idea that we [innately] know we owe God” Performance Idolatry can be interpreted to mean that we will “pay back” what we “owe” and show “how good” we are through our deeds and actions. Thus, others (God as well?) will “owe me” and my deeds, actions and intentions will establish my righteousness as well as my authority over others.
The foundational error with Performance Idolatry, of course, is that it’s a theology of works which, if true, would have the effect of nullifying the cross. Would Jesus ever do such a thing if we could earn our way to Heaven? The covenant of Salvation is based on faith, not works. Indeed, Isaiah points out that our works mean nothing. No level of performance can satisfy God’s covenant conditions. In God’s wisdom, He established one standard by which all can enter God’s house. The false belief for performance is that I can control the conditions by which I can enter God’s house. This is tantamount to saying that you should let me in your residence because I think you should, even though you don’t know me at all.
The idea that no level of performance can satisfy the entrance requirement is a powerful notion. Indeed, why did God purpose, plan and execute the salvation process in the way he did? If performance was the case, what would be good enough? What would be the standard? Suppose you and I went to the movies. and your ticket cost $10, and mine cost $1. Very likely, you would want a justification as to why I got in for less money, and almost certainly you would expect that justification to make sense to you, not the theater owner. Further, even though the theater owner leased the movie from the studio and paid for the equipment and the building and the salaries and has every right to charge whatever price he wants, you would still very likely howl in protest that the price difference was unfair!
- I CANNOT let ANYONE judge me
- I can control what others think
about me by how I present myself
FAÇADE FALSE BELIEF: I can control how others perceive me
The first thing Adam and Eve did after the fall was to cover up; they were avoiding judgment by one another. We attempt to project an image of ourselves in accordance to what we perceive will put us in authority over others – or ensure we cannot be “judged”. Façade is self-deceiving in that it really depends upon our perception of how others perceive us. In effect, this belief allows others to control us in that we are actually submitting to others. Facade is the false belief that “prevents us” from being judged. We falsely believe that Facade establishes us as the authority since we falsely believe It allows us to judge others since we are the “authority”.
-The temporary escape from the sinful chaotic and my own shame
-The creation of false intimacy & acceptance whereby
I do not have to reveal the "real me" so
that others cannot judge me.
PLEASURE FALSE BELIEF: God won’t make me “happy" so I have to make myself “happy".