ARROGANCE

Definition

1.  Arrogance is a mental attitude sin of lofty thinking that rises above submission to God.
2.  Arrogance exalts self above God, and thus pretends to be God (Ezek 28:2).
3.  Arrogance was the original sin of Satan, who wanted to be the Most High (Isa 14:13-14).
4.  The arrogant one makes his own law and sets himself up as God (2 Thess 2:4).
5.  Arrogance is a component of Hardness of the Heart (Ps 73:7-9; Prov 16:18; 1 Jn 2:16).  It is tied to jealousy and the other sins of the Old Sin Nature.

The Arrogance ComplexOSN

1.  Arrogance is a complex of sins that rejects the authority of God and promotes self as supreme.
     a.  The arrogance complex includes pride, conceit, presumption, haughtiness, insolence, superciliousness, and narcissism.
     b.  Arrogance can link with jealousy to incite rebellion, envy, covetousness, and selfish ambition (Prov 24:1; Jas 3:16).
     c.  Arrogance can lead to judging (Jas 4:11-12).
     d.  Arrogance can link with jealousy to fuel sins of the tongue associated with self-righteousness, bitterness, and worry, such as boasting, gossip, slander, maligning, complaining (Prov 20:19; 21:23; 1 Tim 5:13; Jas 3:2-12).
2.  Arrogance can link with the emotion and lust.
     a.  Arrogance + emotion -> puffed up (1 Cor 8:1)
     b.  Arrogance + lust -> power lust, approbation lust, lust of the eye, lust of the flesh (OSN), lust for sexual attention (Isa 3:16)
3.  Arrogance produces confusion relative to the truth of Bible Doctrine.
     a.  Gen 11:9 cf. 10:10, Babel, meaning gate of God, also means to confound.
     b.  Arrogance is spiritually blind (Matt 15:14; 23:16-26; Rom 2:19; Isa 3:12; 9:16; 42:19; 56:10; Hos 4:12).
     c.  Apostasy is full of arrogance (Jer 8:5; 2 Pet 2:18; Jude 1:16).
4.  Arrogance rejects the Filling of the Holy Spirit and produces affinity for the Old Sin Nature (OSN) internally and the Cosmic System externally (1 Jn 2:15-16).
     a.  The believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit cannot sin (ref. 1 Jn 3:9).  The Holy Spirit ("His seed") protects him from the Old Sin Nature.  To sin the believer must first choose to reject the Filling of the Holy Spirit.  Then he can sin from arrogance.
     b.  The Prostitute of Babylon influences the person in the Cosmic System with bitter-opposition on the one hand (1 Ki 18:4; 19:2; Jas 5:6; 1 Pet 5:8) and arrogant temptation on the other (Ezek 16:49; Hos 4:12; 5:4; Luk 8:2; 16:19; 1 Tim 5:6; Jas 5:5; 2 Pet 2:13; ref. Rev 18:7, 9).
     c.  Satan and his demons attack and possess children (Matt 15:21-28; Mk 7:24-30).  If parents are arrogant and blind to this, the children will become slaves of Satan and doomed to a life of oppression (Eph 2:3; 1 Jn 3:12).
5.  Arrogance can lead to Scar Tissue of the Soul, Reversionism, and result in severe punishment from God, including the Sin Leading to Death (Prov 16:18; Eph 4:17-19; Phil 3:18-19; Jas 4:6; 2 Pet 2:17).
     a.  National arrogance leads to the Fifth Cycle of Discipline (Hos 4:6; Isa 2:11-12).
     b.  Sexual arrogance is self gratification without the covering of love in the soul.  This leads to Reverse Process Reversionism (RPR), adultery, insatiable lust (ref. Eph 4:19; ref. Col 3:5; 2 Pet 2:14), and phallic reversionism with a host of perversions (Gen 4:23-24; Rom 1:26-27; 2 Pet 2:12-22).
6.  Arrogance can be associated with Cosmic, Political, and Ecumenical Babylon (Phil 3:19).
     a. Idolatry worship of Satan and his demons (Judg 10:6; Jer 7:18; 8:2).
     b.  Slavery to the Cosmic System including the Evil King (2 Cor 11:14; 1 Jn 2:18, 22) and Prostitute of Babylon (Rev 2:14, 21-23).
     c. Snare of the devil (2 Tim 2:26; 1 Tim 3:7; 6:9).
     d.  The Prostitute of Babylon overpowers legitimate authority and fills the soul and spiritual body with darkness.  This disrupts the love of Right Man and Right Woman as sin did in the Garden (Prov 5:3, 9-10; 6:26; 29:3; 31:3).
7.  Arrogance prevents learning Bible Doctrine (2 Tim 3:6).
     a.  Learning requires humility (Prov 11:2).
     b.  False teachers are puffed up with arrogance (1 Cor 8:1; Col 2:18).
     c.  Arrogance rejects Bible teaching, which is the only solution to the Arrogance Complex (Heb 10:25; 2 Tim 4:3; 2 Jn 10-11).
8.  Arrogance thwarts Grace (Prov 3:34; Jas 4:6).
9.  Arrogance destroys Love (1 Cor 13:4).
10. Iconoclastic arrogance seeks to destroy the image or reputation of another by exposing the feet of clay (1 Cor 13:7).  This may involve gossip or maligning.  In romance a lover may put another on a pedestal to worship him.  Then when the feet of clay are discovered the lover may try to destroy the image he himself created.
11.  Infirmities associated with arrogance include:
     a.  Headaches from authority arrogance.
     b.  Mental illnesses.
     c.  Feet problems.

Arrogance in Hardness of the Heart

1.  Arrogance in Hardness of the Heart is an accumulation of arrogant habits, attitudes, and hang-ups that have resulted from arrogant sins and Divine punishment over the years.  Hardness of the Heart intensifies the expression of arrogance in the soul.
2.  Arrogance in Hardness of the Heart is combined with other sins to produce new varieties of sin.  For example, jealousy can combine with arrogance to add intensity to the arrogance or arrogant influence in a jealous desire.
3.  Arrogance in Hardness of the Heart includes:

     a.  Fatheaded (Deut 32:15; Ps 73:7-9; 119:70), hardheaded, bullheaded (Judg 14:2-3), pigheaded (2 Tim 2:22), mule headed (Ps 32:9; Prov 26:3), set in ways, intractable, headstrong (1 Tim 5:6; Jude 1:11), willful (Heb 10:26), supercilious (Ps 10:4-6; 73:8), bold, brash

     b.  Bad habits, lifestyle (Prov 16:18; Jas 5:5; 1 Jn 2:16); accumulated arrogance (1 Cor 5:6; 2 Tim 2:16; 3:13); make believe (1 Tim 4:7; 2 Tim 2:16), illusion (Isa 30:10; Ezek 13:7; Col 2:18), fantasy (2 Tim 4:4; Tit 1:14), false prophets (Jer 5:12-13; 2 Pet 2:1)

     c.  Unteachable (Jer 44:16; 2 Tim 4:3), unwilling to learn (2 Tim 3:7), foolish (Prov 3:35; 10:8; 12:23; 15:2; Tit 3:3), jokers (Job 12:4; Prov 26:19), stupid, senseless (insensitive) (Ps 17:10; Jer 5:28), vain (Eccl 1:2, 14; 2:11-26; Eph 5:6; 2 Pet 2:18), blasphemers (Nu 15:30; Ps 73:9; Rev 13:6); boasters (Deut 29:19), braggarts (1 Cor 13:4), mockers (Gen 21:9; 2 Ki 2:23; Ps 1:1; Prov 14:9; 17:5; 30:17)

Arrogance from Satanic Influence

1.  Arrogance or pride can come from Satan or the Old Sin Nature in a person.
2.  Those under Satanic influence will behave like Satan, such as with pride and arrogance.
     a.  What appears to be pride and arrogance in people may actually be Satan in disguise.
     b.  People under Satanic influence include:  Everyone in the world (Rev 12:9); Job; Joshua (Zech 3:1); David (1 Chron 21:1); Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4:33); Judas (Lk 22:3; Jn 6:70; 13:27); Peter (Matt 16:23; Lk 22:31; Mk 8:33); Ananias (Acts 5:3); Paul (2 Cor 12:7; 1 Thess 2:18).
3.  People indoctrinated in the Cosmic System may become Cosmic Evangelists, like the woman in the Garden (2 Cor 11:3-4).
4.  Pride was the sin of Satan in rejection of Creation, and it is the sin of people under the power of Satan (Isa 14:13-14; 47:8; 2 Thess 2:4).
5.  Pride (arrogance) is the lifestyle of those in the devil's world (1 Jn 2:16; Jas 4:16).
     a.  They are spiritually dead and separated from God (Rev 3:1).
     b.  They are friends of the world and enemies of God (Phil 3:18-19; Jas 4:4; 1 Jn 3:10).
     c.  Those who will not turn loose of the world will not recover their Spiritual life (2 Tim 4:10).
5.  Pride (arrogance) begins in early childhood and is tied to every facet of life (Ps 58:3).  Pride inspires human viewpoint and illusions plus affinity to lies and cosmic panaceas.
     a.  Those under Satan's power serve him (Matt 13:38; Jn 8:44).
     b.  Even those who try to serve God, often do it with pride (Jn 18:10).
     c.  Arrogance is blind (Matt 15:14; Rev 3:17).
     d.  Satan blinds minds (2 Cor 4:4).
6.  Arrogance must be overcome to live by Grace (Jas 4:6).
     a.  God punishes believers severely to break the bond of pride (Lam 3:27; Ps 119:71; Heb 12:6).
     b.  Humility is required to learn Bible Doctrine and execute the Spiritual life (Prov 11:2).
     c.  The bonds of pride (arrogance) must be overcome through Spiritual growth (Rom 12:2; 1 Cor 14:20; Heb 12:11; Jas 3:17-18).
7.  Known sins of pride (Arrogance Complex) can be confessed, but pride from the power of Satan requires overcoming Satan.
     a.  Rebound is not enough to overcome Satanic influence.
     b.  God gives tests which must be passed to stop Satan.
     c.  Passing the test yields greater Grace and promotion (Jas 4:6).

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released December 30, 2010 - Revised June 23, 2017

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