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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Taxonomy of the Science of Christian Thought


SOCT Paper 90

A Taxonomy of the Science of Christian Thought

This is a very brief yet more advanced bit of information regarding SOCT [Science of Christian Thought]. The Worldwide Church of God has been educating this fallen world about what God says about human thinking and development. We live in a world full of sin. Psychology might try and ignore this very fundamental fact but we here would like to give you the Truth. Please read and study with prayer. Read slowly. Thank you. ~ This work is discovered, expressed and compiled by Mr. Eric William King ~Founder of COGSR & SOCT [Eric W. King gives new understanding of Christian Thought!]

1~ Understanding mans current mental condition.

Foundational in understanding the cure!

As Christians we believe in the Bible. Thus when we look at the human condition we see it through the eyes of Scripture. When we study mans current mental condition we do it through the eyes of the Bible. There is no higher authority than God. God’s word has been here for more that 5000 years. God understands the human condition and what cures it. He created us. Today psychological principles are based strictly on human reason. Humanity is its highest authority. As Christians we look to Jesus Christ as our Savior and our authority on all subjects. Having said this, having established our Christian foundation, let us explore a basic outline or categorizing of specific understandings when it comes to what we call “The Science of Christian Thought” [SOCT].-

First let us understand the human condition as it stands. Humans are born into a world full of violence and many immoral practices. It has been this way for over 5500 years. Man is born into a world where abuse and ultimately death are experienced. We notice that there is something in man that wants to fight against death. We have an urge to live. Where did this come from? The Bible says that God placed “eternity in our hearts”. We know that we were originally created to accept the Truth and live eternally. Something bad happened with our programming and we find ourselves in a mess. What modern psychology calls “human nature” the Bible calls “fallen nature”. This is very important to understand.-

If we do not understand our need for God then we will replace this need with a distorted and twisted need for things that are impermanent. Man has come to the belief that he can ‘figure it all out’ by himself. Man does not believe that he needs God so he goes on in a cycle of needs and wants and never finds what he truly needs. The Bible says that with out the right information [information that God wishes to give] man is “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” [Ephesians 4:24]-

Everybody has a theory. God doesn’t offer theories, He offers Truth (with a capital ‘T’). As Christians we truly believe in God. We believe that He says what He means and means what He says. Our foundation to understanding mans condition and what man needs is sure...it is solid! God declares that humanity is “full of sin”. God declares that mans ways are “wicked”. God declares that man has turned away from Him. I could go on but you can begin to understand that without God and His mercy we are in a lot of trouble.-

So we must first get out of DENIAL. Many are living in denial over their true condition. A person cannot receive true help until they admit their true condition. If we teach people that man really isn’t all that bad and that man, in and of him self, can cure all things…well then, we are living in denial. HUMILTIY is key to understanding the Truth. Truth is not afraid of questions.-

One of the first conditions you must attain to come to truly understand what I am about to teach is the fact that you accept the Scriptures as the highest court of appeal. The truth of what I am about to teach can be decided only by divine revelation. All psychological and philosophical speculation with all its abstract thought should be held in abeyance until this testimony be heard. The Bible instructs us: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” [Proverbs 18:13]-

We must accept the fact that “through one man sin entered the world” [Romans 5:12]. Sin is the “transgression of God’s law”…sin is turning away from the moral guidance of God as set forth in the Scriptures. We all sin…nobody is innocent – “There is none righteous, no not one” [Romans 3:10-12]. So in and by ourselves we cannot become well. “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one.” [Job 14:4] God’s word declares us “dead in our sin”. Sin equals DEATH. We have all been sentenced to death. The Bible declares: “The wages of sin is death.” Sin is a serious thing. Having said this, the Bible does not teach that all people are equally bad. Most of us are not as bad as we could be. God has given even the sinner some grace.-

Mans sinful condition has created intellectual blindness, stupidity and outright opposition concerning the things of God. Mans will is under the curse of sin and is thus under the control of depravity, darkness and false understanding. Man needs proper information to begin his journey to true healing. There is even a problem with man receiving proper information. God’s word declares: “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned.” [1 Corinthians 2:14] Human ability is disturbed beyond doubt. Man has defects in everything that he does.-

Having said all of this I sometimes upset psychologists who want so bad to believe that mankind is not all that bad. The facts speak for themselves. When we look at the last 1000 plus years of humanities reign on earth we see that man is doing the same thing over and over again but on much larger scales. We have gone from throwing rocks at each other to chemical and biological warfare. We have gone from sling-shots to nuclear missiles. Man continues to try every form of government conceivable to rule his planet but continues to fail. The Bible teaches that man must SURRENDER to win. Fallen man will not do this.-

Fallen man brings all of his or her personality traits down to the survival of the physical body and or the prideful and distorted personality. Man has the urge to survive at all levels. This can be distorted in some and develops the opposite, the martyr syndrome or ‘suicide’ (victim) role. Please understand that all humans are born with a distorted and perverted perception of Reality.-

2~ How has sin affected mans mental health?

Many do not believe this but the fact of the matter is sin has also created physical sickness and disease. Ultimately it has produced death. Psychology has come up with a fancy term admitting this fact. They call it psychosomatic illness. Modern psychology admits along with psychiatry that many physical strains are caused by mental disturbances. All actions of man can fall under three basic actions which the Science of Christian Thought calls TIA [Three Interactive Actions]. One of these actions is called “Positive Reaction”.-

Positive Reaction is defined as such:-

Positive Reaction: Positive reaction could be seen as fallen man trying to do his best with what he has. Not all ‘positive’ reactions are truly correct because they contain some sort of distortion. [Proverbs 16:25 Proverbs 16:2] Man can do “good” but this does not make man perfect or without sin. Both Sinful & Positive reactions can be effected or enhanced through culture, environment and or upbringing. What are called “good works” [positive reaction] of man cannot get you into the Kingdom of God. [Ephesians 2:8]-

The ‘good actions’ of fallen men are sinful from defect. They lack the principle which can make them right in the sight of God. If the person does not have the Holy Spirit even a seemingly “good act” cannot be truly correct in the sight of God. “They that are in the flesh cannot please God.” [Romans 8:8] No good act can get you into the Kingdom of God. Even the virtues of a person who has not the Holy Spirit are corrupt.-

The Bible does not teach that mankind does not have morality. Man basically has some idea of true morality. Most all humans practice a basic understanding of morality. Through God’s common grace man can love his family and care for them. Man can take care of his animals, his job and material goods but this does not make him truly righteous in the eyes of God. Without God in the picture all mans righteousness is “self righteousness”. Man without God works on the principle of pride instead of humility and true thanksgiving. Man without God is living in false relationships.-

Basically fallen man is living in a false sense of security and in a false reality. Man can display happiness in his fallen condition. Mans condition is full of subtle deception. By mans knowledge alone he sees himself as really not that bad. Standards of mental health or what one might call “normal behavior” vary due to culture, parental upbringing, time, and expectations of his or her social group. Man really has no concept, without Jesus Christ, of a static reality. Reality is constantly being shifted and changed before the eyes of the lost child. Psychology and Psychiatry will argue that there is no complete system which exists to explain the exact “science” of mental health or illness. Thus, to fallen man there is no static “mental health”. Who defines ultimate values? As I stated before I will state again; there is no higher authority than God.-

3~ What is man?

Basically man is flesh, a biological being. The human brain is physical. The human brain is like a wired piece of electronic machinery. Please understand that the “thinking” brain is something quite different from simple brain activity. The fact that humans can make decisions and form beliefs gives consciousness and individuality to the person. If these are all just chemical reactions then thinking in and of itself would simply be a mere illusion. We would have no reason for anything.-

As far as what man is in regards to the “self” we will find that man is a PERSON with a PERSONALITY. This is so very important to understand. God created us with an individual personality. No two personalities are alike. We are all special and a “one of a kind”. SOCT {Science of Christian Thought} does NOT teach that we are an “ego” or that we have a so called ‘ego’. We will learn more about this as we proceed.-

Man has a "spirit" and an identity seed. Mans spirit will go beyond into the spirit world based one what the person has done in regards to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

SOCT does not leave out the research of DNA. Every human cell of your body is a kind of history book. We can tell the story of ones life by a close look at DNA when it comes to ancestry.  SOCT is currently getting ready to publish a paper on the subject of mitochondrial genetics and its proper association with Biblical Theology. We will come to understand the true Mitochondrial Eve ~ the one mentioned in Scripture!-

We have studies that actually connect DNA with specific personality traits which proves what the Bible teaches, that we truly are our personalities and our thoughts.-


4~ Subjective ideas? Or Christian Reality?

Many come to this idea that all religion is subjective. We could define “subjective” as meaning only having to do with the thoughts [thinking process] of ones mind and not really having anything to do with material reality. All religion could be labeled a “subjective thought process”. What makes Christianity different?-

Psychology will not doubt the reality of religion. Those who believe in the theory of evolution say that religion is just another evolutionary accident.  We all have something that we believe in. When man fell into sin religion produced primitive fear and slavery to superstition. Religion involves morals but it is not merely a moral movement. Religion has always affected the ethical condition of society. Religion has tried to answer the absolute questions. Man has a need for purpose and answers. Religion is studied by psychology but it is not psychology. Nor is it a material science. It involves revelation and faith.-

Logic proves the ability to have intelligence and philosophy. Human reason constructs scientific theory. Religion manifests faith throughout the human experience and a trust in what cannot be seen. Humans seem to have a “God part of the brain”. Almost all cultures have developed some sort of religion. Religion seems to be a necessity in human development. Why?-

The Science of Christian Thought teaches three basic levels of human reality. The first level could be the physical which includes the human body and the electrochemical realm. The next level of reality could be seen as the “mind”. This would include all levels of thinking and intellectual reality. These two realities are what most humans are running with. The final or third reality could be seen as that of the spiritual. This spiritual realm can also be confusing for man because all are in a spiritual battle. It is in this spiritual level that one must accept the Holy Spirit or he will be forever lost! To be “saved” one must be living in Christian Reality.-

Electrochemical Mind: This would include all living souls, both human and animal. It would also include all life at the cellular level.-

The Human Mind: This includes the fact that man has a ‘special element’ of mind called the Human Spirit. This is a gift of ‘deeper thought’, logic, human reason, and intellectualism. Involves a basic moral understanding.-

The Human Spiritual Mind: This involves the fact that man has ‘spiritual dimension’. Humans have spiritual awareness and warfare.  At this level communication with non-physical entities is realized. The person begins his struggle for understanding of the spiritual realm. [As seen in religious behavior & superstitious activity] Christians have the “Mind of Christ” in this realm and thus have spiritual clarity.-

*Haven’t you heard almost everybody say; “Thank God”?-


5~ Additional Faculty Needed

So we as Christians do not see the fact of the spiritual mind to be purely “subjective” or made up. There is scientific fact that man seems to have a need for the “religious” realm in his or her thinking. What is lacking in regards to understanding the spiritual realm is an additional faculty to see this reality more clearly. People today may use infrared binoculars at night to see in the dark. This gives man an additional faculty that he does not have by himself. In the same way the Bible teaches that in order for man to see the spiritual realm clearly he needs the Holy Spirit.-

Man has been given what are known as the “five objective faculties”. This is sight, touch, taste, smell, and sound. What we take in through these five senses we then begin to process through our subjective conscious. When it comes to understanding true spirituality we need an additional faculty, that of Holy Spirit. (We will discuss more about this later.)-

Please understand: Spiritual Reality is only subjective to the person lacking the additional faculty needed to see the “objective” [real] truth about God ~ Christian Reality! You must accept PARADOX if you want to truly understand Christian Reality.-

Psychology is lacking a stable foundation. Modern psychology lacks true understanding of mans mental condition because it denies what the Bible says about mans spiritual condition. Psychology tries to separate itself from spirituality. This is impossible because of the close interrelation between mans intellectual capabilities and his spiritual self; the two cannot work in and by themselves. There is clearly a constant interaction between the two.-

The Science of Christian Thought teaches that each personality is trying to processes its perception of reality. Fallen mankind twists reality to an acceptable level at which it can have somewhat of a comprehension. Most people fight and get into arguments over a conflict with personal perception of reality. The Science of Christian Thought teaches that there is only one Truth and thus One Reality. Jesus Christ helps us get to that reality where Truth prevails and all distortion vanishes. Here are five contributions humans have experienced through their processing SOCT [Science of Christian Thought]:-

a-The Christian begins to realize his or her potentials through action.-

b-The Christian gains the healthy attitude toward himself.-

c-The Christian gains equilibrium and unification of personality.-

d-The Christian gains the healthy view with hope regarding the world around him.-

e-The Christian experiences balance and better understanding in social activities.-

f-The Christian sustains proper personality manifestation in all situations.-

People have anxiety because they do not have the proper knowledge of God nor do they know how to use it. Mortal humans cannot realize the infinity of God yet they can experience a loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Man has a “spirit” [intellectual gift] but in order to truly gain proper understanding of God he must have the additional gift of the Holy Spirit. At death the ‘spirit of man’ returns to God with the memory transcription of the mortal career.


6~ The Personality

Please understand, the Bible does not teach that we are born having a mind that is completely blank from which we decide what to put into it. The Bible teaches that personal experience is crucial and significant in character development but does NOT teach that character development happens inside an unstructured personality. True character development helps properly construct what is already in the personality. God did not create robots. We are each different with our own gifts, likes and dislikes. God created diversity. What God likes to see is proper character development within each personality.-

SOCT teaches a difference between “character” and “personality”. Personality is something you are basically born with but character development is learning how to use your gifts and talents and interests in a Christian manner [MOCA]. Personality can be shaped and enhanced by developing additional character traits. So when we say “personality development” we are always including character. SOCT is still doing research regarding the healthy development of the personality. One thing we are learning more about the personality is what we call the “Interest Factor”. Understanding the person’s interests helps us understand the individuality and ‘gifts’ of each personality.-

Let us look at “qualities”. Humans can develop what we call “quality traits”. We all gain quality traits from the company we allow to surround us. As Christians we understand sin. We begin to develop favorable qualities that develop Christ Like Character within our personalities. We avoid sin and sinful character traits. We have to think properly to do this. Thinking is a developed skill.-

Most all humans struggle with pride at varying degrees. The need to be right all the time becomes a PERSONal struggle…remember, we are PERSONS with a PERSONALITY. To the Christian we know that God is RIGHT. We have the need to be on God’s side. This involves HUMILITY! We are mostly wrong…God is ALWAYS RIGHT! This is an ongoing lesson in the Christian life.-

Those who do not have the Holy Spirit find it most difficult to go to the level of humility that is needed for the process of true conversion to begin. The sinner has a very difficult problem to overcome in the teaching of Christian Thinking. As far as “self-image” the Christian learns to judge “inwardly” instead of “outwardly”. The prideful self-image that most fallen humans struggle with is the need to be right all the time and this makes it impossible to develop true Christian Thought. Truly, one must accept the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit to begin the journey in true Christian Thinking.-

Let us look at other aspects of the personality: SOCT likes to break down Personality Interests by a three fold scale. When we look at a persons interests we classify each as such:-

A-Social-

B-Partially Social-

C-Private-

The interests of a person can be further understood by developing another scale as such:-
A-Does the interest involve caring for a life (plants, animals, human)?-

B-Does the interest involve building (creating)?-

C-Does the interest involve collecting (storing) something?-

And finally we study whether the interests have been long term or short term. Long term interests appear to be part of the “unchanging” personality while short term interests appear to be developed enhancements of the personality. Does the person have ‘sentimental attachments’ (hold on, staying)? Or is the person willing to easily give up belongings (letting go, move on)? Another interesting factor [we could list many] concerns how the person has lived. Have they lived mostly at home? Have they worked? What kind of job have they been successful or not successful at? Understanding all of these factors helps to understand the personality classification better and determine help in areas of distortion.-

When SOCT looks at the personality it tries to explain ALL of the human personality while modern psychological models fail in this area. Religiosity is fully covered in that our studies are dominated with foundational Christian Theology. Students learn about the religions (history, practice & origin) and why Christianity is the Only Way. They learn that it is actually a distortion to hold to pagan religions. Masculinity and Femininity is taught by understanding the roles that God has given to each.-

Another area of SOCT that gets really detailed and intricate is the additional study of what we term AFT’s [Additional Factor Traits]. These are specific traits that are outside the “five –fold ministry” [FFM] traits. We do not have the room here in this basic taxonomy of SOCT to explain all of these. The more you begin to understand the depth of SOCT the more you will see how we can predict patterns of behavior [using Spiritual Discernment].-

Our studies show that no matter what your age you can still undergo conscious personality development. The fact is people are developing their characters throughout their whole life and you are never too old to change your ways for the better. The old saying, “she is set in her ways” is a false idea.-

Regarding the main five fold outline we are going to present regarding personality traits it must be understood that each person is a blend of all five, exhibiting some characteristics more often than others.-

Some might be asking; “What about brain structure?” SOCT has been doing studies on current understandings regarding how brain structures may or may not affect personality types. Our findings are not definitive enough to publish in this study. We will continue to learn more as God shows us. We also take into consideration cultural differences in personality development and even personal relationships. Please understand that the Biblical “five fold ministry” outline of personality has already been proven to apply universally to all peoples.-

Through the study of SOCT the Christian learns the Three Christian Characteristics for Growth:-

A-Discipline-

B-Determination-

C-Curiosity-

These are all experienced at least to one degree or another by all SOCT students. SOCT teaches that thinking is a skill. In our studies there is NO evidence that personality determines thinking styles. We do admit that there are at least four categorized types of training or learning styles. We could briefly outline these four learning styles as such:-

First Learning Style: Known as Matthew. The Matthew learning style has to do with order. Is interested in connecting links. Processing information. This type likes to form categories and organize them. This is much how the apostle Matthew organized his gospel. A synthesis analysis.-

Second Learning Style: Known as Mark.  The Mark learning style is one of action. This type of learning focuses on the actual result instead of the logic behind something. This is much how the apostle Mark organized his gospel. Fact retention.-

Third Learning Style: Known as Luke. More intellectual approach and comprehensive. Methodical behavior. Much like disciple Luke organized his gospel. Methodical study.-
Fourth Learning Style: Known as John. More elaborative and deep thinking involved. The connecting and applying of new ideas to existing knowledge. Much like the apostle John organized his gospel. Elaborative processing.-

We are all created with our own personalities, persons. This does not mean that we cannot all see One Truth in all the beautiful diversity. We all should come to the conclusion that cheating, lying, stealing, and murdering are wrong behaviors. By admitting this it does not change our diverse personalities. We can all grow into the character of Christ Jesus while at the same time maintaining individual personalities. This is what we are supposed to do as true Christians.-

Christians believe that personality is bestowed by God Himself upon His children. All personalities have the potential to achieve spiritual maturity by becoming “begotten children” of God. Life is a gift from God and is a process which takes place between the personality, the environment, and God Himself. Through the human mind the personality and the environment establish meaningful contact.-

The personality is the “true and only self”. Your personality is on the ride of life. You have gone through many phases in life and will continue to. You have developed personality qualities, both good and bad. Your personality traits are under constant construction. This is called CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Because man is searching for his or her true Christian identity the person experiences much confusion regarding identity throughout life experiences. Extreme personality character-manifestations which confuse identity with creation rather than experiencing identity from & with God occur in the human experience.-

We read the human condition described here: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.” [Romans 1:25]-

Again, we begin to see clearly the human dilemma in this verse: “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind; to do what ought not to be done.” [Romans 1:28] We have talked about the fact that thinking involves information [knowledge]. Because many people refuse to “retain the knowledge of God” their thinking is distorted and perverted.-

Please understand: the God given qualities of your personality do not change. They can be enhanced through character development and by learning new traits. So the true you remains absolutely unaltered. We will learn that true personality is bestowed by God upon each individual as a potentially eternal endowment.-

Closer look at just what “personality” is. Remember, SOCT does not teach psychology, we do not see the personality as a “mask” (persona) as some might call it. We understand the personality to be the ‘one of a kind original YOU’, your true SELF. Personality is the quality reality which is bestowed upon you by God. Personality develops identity. Because personality is born into a world full of sin it develops “identity crisis” which can only be fixed through a true understanding of the Christian Faith (Jesus Christ).-


7~ Five Personality Offices ~ the Five-Fold Ministry [FFM]

The teachings of SOCT state that at least 50% of personality traits in each individual are found programmed within the persons DNA. The Bible teaches that each of us is created with our own personality. In the Old Testament we find that people and God Himself gave names to individuals which expressed a specific personality trait that the individual had. God even changed the names of some of His children when He gave them a new mission in life.-

This proves that personality is the true “self” from a Biblical perspective. The very fact that some personality traits are found in DNA proves that personality is the TRUE SELF, the foundation. You are programmed to a certain extent. Again, the Bible teaches that personal experience is crucial and significant in character development but does NOT teach that character development happens inside an unstructured personality. Much of your gifted personality is pre-set. Personality can be trained to produce its full potential for the good by learning how to properly think…develop the Christian Perception. (More about “Thinking” later.)-

Also, nutrition plays a role in personality expression and health. We will learn about the Christian Diet in another study and why it is important for proper development.-

The Bible also teaches that each individual has a combination of at least five personality traits. These traits can be tested and scored through a process taught and practiced in SOCT. Please understand that the teachings found in SOCT are directly from the Christian Bible. These teachings are applicable, this means that they can produce clarity, understanding and experimental results in regards to Christian Character Development.-


Let us look at what Christians call “the five-fold ministry” [FFM]. This ministry is found outlined in Ephesians 4:11. We read; “And He [God] gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” So please understand: God the Father comes first in rule. Then Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. Under God then comes first-apostles, second-prophets, third-evangelists, fourth-pastors and fifth-teachers. [Ephesians 4:11]-

God has created all of His children [men & women] with traits from each of these categories. Some have stronger apostolic characteristics than say “Pastoral” characteristics.  Though these traits will be found to be somewhat broad and comprehensive they will indeed help you in understanding your gifts and your God given personality traits. These traits have a “correct” manifestation and what we will call a “distorted” manifestation. Let us look at these five personality traits.-

1~Evangelistic Traits:  Those who manifest this trait have the sense of adventure and curiosity. We could label it as an “openness”. They have an intellectual curiosity. The desire to explore different cultures and explore different territory. This trait also manifests a desire to teach and learn.-

Correct manifestation: Interested in learning, interested in art and poetry, not offended by other people’s ethics and race. Manifest a healthy imagination. Spends time reflecting and thinking about ideas.-


Christian duty: Those actively called to speak and travel to God's churches. They
also assist in helping build new Church congregations in different areas. They may
also hold administrative positions in God's Church. They also have the gift of
teaching and counseling. Interested in other cultures.-

Distorted manifestation: Chooses to use all of these gifts for the glory of ‘self’ minus God. The reverse of this trait would be the extreme of not being interested in multi cultural issues. Not knowing how to properly use the imagination and the difficulty of understanding different ideas other than ones own.-

2~Apostolic Traits: Has the ability to manifest self-discipline and leadership skills. Has an aim for achievement. Has a good management of impulses and has a more planed outlook rather than spontaneous behavior.-

Correct manifestation: Usually always prepared. Pays attention to details. Good at making and following schedules and likes to keep things in order. Understands a structured reality.-

Christian duty: Ones who are sent by God with a message or gift. They are not prophets. They help keep true doctrine in line and can correct those who are not teaching properly. Chief apostles hold the title: Pastor General of the Church. They can also deliver spiritual gifts to other believers. The most recent chief apostle given to the latter day Church of God was Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. They [apostles] hold the first position of authority in God's Church on earth. Today, those who score high for apostolic traits do not necessarily serve as apostles but hold to high leadership positions within the church. There are many other special requirements not mentioned here to hold to the legitimate office of an apostle.-

Distorted manifestation: Chooses to use all these gifts for the glory of ‘self’ minus God. The reverse of this trait would be one who is messy and not all that clean. Leaves a mess without feeling guilty. A shirk at duties and not really all that organized.-

3~Pastoral Traits: Has a bit of knowledge about many subjects, able to perform a breadth of activities. Very involved in the external world. Enjoys interacting with people and usually has a good energy level. Psychologists would call them “extraverts”.  They like groups and love to talk.-

Correct manifestations: Feel comfortable around a diversity of people. Start conversations. Are good listeners. Respect the thoughts of others though do not always agree with them.-

Christian duty: These are “Shepherds” of a local Church “flock” [group of true believers]. They are overseers of local congregations [assemblies] of God's people. They are to “feed” their congregations the true Word of God and watch over them. They may also help in ordering local administrative positions. A senior pastor can be referred to as “Bishop”. Bishops can give advice to younger pastors and help oversee  the Church of God.-

Distorted manifestation: Chooses to use all these gifts for the glory of ‘self’ minus God. The reverse of this trait would be one who does not talk a lot. Doesn’t like to be social. Quiet around strangers. Like to be by themselves. This does not mean that they are necessarily unfriendly.-

4~Teacher Traits: Is compassionate and cooperative. Has a concern for social harmony and is agreeable with others who express their ideas. For the most part gets along with everybody. Has teaching skills in almost all activities. Helpful whenever they can be and have team work skills. Like to show what they know or explain what they know and are usually very articulate.-

Correct manifestations: Interested in correct Biblical doctrine. Interested in people. Takes time out for others. Understands the emotions of others. Helps people feel at ease. Studies frequently, likes to read, discus and teach. Can agree to disagree.-

Christian duty: These are people educated by Holy Spirit to teach and inform and instruct the people of God from the Word of God. They answer to the apostles and they only teach what has been approved to teach. They may also have counseling skills and may hold to administrative offices.-

Distorted manifestation: Chooses to use all these gifts for the glory of ‘self’ minus God. The reverse of this trait would be one who is not really interested in others. Is rude to others. Likes to create problems rather than solve them. Little concern for others.-

5~Prophetic Traits: One who has a tendency to see the danger of a situation. Is not afraid to display anger. Shows long term concern for others. Psychologists might call this type a “pessimist”. Warns others about their immoral actions. From a theological perspective they are very eschatological in their everyday thinking. Some might even understand them to be somewhat “neurotic”. Highly misunderstood by others. Have the gift of intuitivism to one degree or another.-

Correct manifestations: Has genuine concern for others. Less concerned about him self. Extremely conscious of putting God first in all things. Astute in understanding Bible prophecy and explaining it. Sometimes has reception and declaration of a word from the Lord through a direct prompting of the Holy Spirit. Some are “prophetic forecasters” rather than literal prophets. All depends on the degree of their gift of receptivity and intuition.-

Christian duty: The word prophet can mean “to speak before” or to “speak for”. Prophets are sent by God during special times. Usually when God needs to give a special warning to His people. New Testament church members had the gift to help direct the early Church when church government was being learned. God shows the prophet future events. Sometimes God gives conditions about how future events can be changed. Today most who have this gift give prophecy forecasts and teach with great articulation Bible prophecy from the Scriptures.-

Distorted manifestation: Chooses to use all these gifts for the glory of ‘self’ minus God. The reverse of this trait would be one who is easily disturbed. Uncontrolled with extreme mood changes. Over worries about things. May feel down a lot. Shows anxiety over everyday decisions.-

Note: These first five positions in the Church of God are what may be referred to as the “major positions” of the Church. There are numerous administrative positions in God's Church depending on the need for such offices to exist. All Christians no matter what their calling are “disciples” [students] of Jesus Christ. Many disciples have numerous positions in the Church based on personal gifts and callings.

Understanding Choice: We all have to make decisions in life. We do it every day. As true Christian’s decision making is not something we take lightly. As you learn more about how God created you and what type of personality you have you can begin to practice SOCT in your everyday life which will begin to create the healthy personality God wishes you to have.-

Many ask; “Why does God allow us to live in a sinful world?” Part of God’s plan is to allow us all to develop our own personality traits and Christian Character. Mr. H.W.Armstrong explained: “Why did the Creator God put man on the earth? For God’s ultimate supreme purpose of reproducing himself – of recreating himself, as it were, by the supreme objective of creating the righteous divine character ultimately in millions unnumbered begotten and born children who shall become God beings, members of the God family.”-

The advantage of living in an imperfect world could be understood as such: Love and Truth requires an atmosphere were falsehood is possible. To learn how to truly be unselfish the dangers of the distorted-self must be present. To develop loyalty and trust the possibility of betrayal and deceit must be present. Faith must be developed and can only be developed with some distortion ‘being’ allowed. We could go on but you get the picture.-

As one proceeds in their study of SOCT they will begin to learn the healthy attributes which can be developed. Healthy and true worship ~ healthy God consciousness. Wisdom ~ experiential consciousness. Truth ~ ability to properly discern what is wrong and what is right.-

A basic outline of Christian Thought: Here is a basic set of criteria that is used in Christian Thinking which can be applied to our choices in life. SOCT has developed what we call “the three A’s” or simply “triple A”. What do the three A’s stand for? “Awake, Aware, Alert”. All Christians learn to become awake, aware, and alert! Right action is what we call MOCA [Mind of Christ Action]. Here is how this can simply be determined:-

1, Awake:  Conscious of your surroundings (location).

2, Aware: Conscious of those objects moving around your space (movement).

3, Alert: Conscious of your actions (your movement or reactions you make).


8~ Looking at the Model

This has become the established Biblical model for understanding the “five fold ministry” [FFM] of the five fold traits. Correcting personality disorders which are caused by sin can be accomplished through proper understandings and learning how to develop Christian Thinking Skills. One thing all human beings have in common is SIN. No matter how you might score yourself with the five fold traits you still fall short of your full potential due to sin. Ideas of the five fold ministry and five fold traits are being twisted and taught by modern psychology. SOCT teaches the original Science of Christian Thought which has been here for more than 2000 years and is found in the Holy Scriptures.-

You have some traits from ALL FIVE CATOGORIES. What makes the difference is your score regarding the traits. You may score high in some and low in others. You may display some of the negative traits listed within each trait. This will show you what you may need to work on and even help you to understand yourself better and your current thinking process. You will come to understand in SOCT that almost everything you are is based on how you THINK and process information.-

If you find that you fall under the extreme of one or more of these traits you most likely have a character abnormality with that trait. The Good News is that it can be fixed! To make this knowledge applicable to your everyday life so that it can help you, more SOCT information is required and specific SOCT skills must be developed. Remember, what you are learning here is Biblical knowledge. This is considered Divine Knowledge and is reliable and verifiable.-

When we look at other models that are trying to understand what man is and proper thinking we must realize that these conceptual frames are only relatively true because fallen human thinking has no realization of ONE ULTIMATE REALITY. With out SOCT mans understanding is incomplete and is unable to form any true rational thought pattern. Without the understanding of the ultimate conclusion mans mind begins to “create” conclusions of distorted ideas of morality, ethics, duty, love, origin, purpose, existence, destiny, etc.

When fallen human psychiatry or psychology talks of “mental health” what is their model for mental health? Each counselor has his or her own thought pattern which determines just what mental health should look like. SOCT on the other hand has a true foundation and platform from which it works. We see the personality of Jesus Christ to be the true model of mental health. But even then the person must have the Holy Spirit to adjust his or her thought patterns and apply the wisdom needed.


9~ Thinking & Perception

First you will note that SOCT approaches everything from a theological perspective. Why? 
Everything that we are and do is somehow connected to our relationship with God! Our relationship with God is the most important relationship. Psychology breaks down all their understandings to biological (physical) science. SOCT has a REALITY approach. Here are some facts about how SOCT establishes its authority:-

1, SOCT understands the true current mental and spiritual condition of mankind.-

2, SOCT recognizes that there is no higher authority than God.-

3, SOCT relies on the Scriptures (Bible) to find the answers to life’s questions.-

4, SOCT accepts Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Saviour of mankind.-

The teachings in the Science of Christian Thought are purely Biblical and thus they are universally true. SOCT is not purely a “non-physical” science because we also teach the importance of taking care of your “temple”, the human body. We also teach about what is commonly known as ‘psychosomatic’ effects on the body. Let us continue to understand “thinking” from the SOCT position.-


Basically we find that there are only two ultimate choices found in the Bible. One way is to choose to listen to the revealed will of God and the other is to reject God and His word as the ultimate authority. It’s really that simple. In order to come to a fuller understanding of this man must first understand his position [condition]. When we talk about the human condition as Christians we mean the current overall mental and spiritual condition of mans mind. Physical conditions can also be affected by what we call sin and ultimately all sickness and disease was caused [is currently active] because of the choices of early mankind and modern mankind. Now what you have just read is extremely controversial to most in the scientific or medical fields but please continue to study this subject with us, new thought processes may occur.-

Currently, the human race is infected with sin.-

What is sin? From a purely Christian perspective we understand sin to be the transgression of God’s holy LAW. We could give a basic understanding of God’s law by quoting the Ten Commandments found in the Bible. We could sum up these ten laws by stating that the motivating factor of all pure actions has to do with loving God first and loving others as you love you’re self. Having stated that, we need much more from God’s word to truly understand what this all means precisely.-

Most people have come to realize that all thinking involves some sort of information. Thus, to truly know how to think the way God wants His true children to think we must have knowledge from God’s word. We could refer to information as knowledge. So to think about something we must first have some kind of knowledge about it. Without proper knowledge we cannot think properly.-

Look what God tells us through His word: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” [Hosea 4:6]-
Here God is warning of consequences to those who deliberately reject the knowledge that He wishes to give us. We notice in this verse that proper Christian knowledge has something to do with knowing the “law of God”. So we must understand that proper thinking is impossible without some information on the subject. God tells us to seek Him for answers. Answers to what? Humans may not realize it but in all their thinking they are searching for purpose in everything that they do. As Christians we define “thinking” the way that the Bible defines thinking. “Thinking” to the Christian is a deliberate exploration of experience for purpose.-

You have heard the saying; “It’s the THOUGHT that counts.” – This is truer than you know.-

SOCT does teach the subject of brain frequency. God created mankind in a world of ELF waves. In many ways we are “electrical beings”. Our brains work on hertz waves. We understand what are called “mind channels”. This subject is still under extreme development as God reveals more understandings of His marvelous laws of creation. We like to use the term “reality circuits” to describe conflicting perceptions. We believe that the final Anti-Christ power will try and manipulate mind channels through ELF (hertz wave) technology so it is very important for true Christians to begin to understand this subject and the dangers which lie there-in.-

Currently SOCT is researching what is called “The Eight-Circuit Model of Consciousness”. The model describes eight circuits of information (eight "brains") that operate within the human nervous system. We will give more information out regarding this as God directs.-

10~ Three Interactive Actions [TIA]

Once the SOCT student begins to understand the Bible through everyday Bible study offered through Church of God ~ Speaking to the Remnant and begins to practice true faith and go through the process of true conversion (which means the student has received the Holy Spirit) then and only then does the student start to experience the REALITY SHIFT.-

Now they must begin to practice Proper Thinking based on what they are learning from God’s Word. Let us look at the process known as TIA. This is something that is first practiced consciously and after time it becomes a natural ACTION as the character begins to become more CHRIST LIKE in its behavior.-

Because of sin fallen mans basic thought patterns can be structured as being a part of three separate yet interactive “actions” as such:-

Sinful Reaction: All humans have a basic reaction to all that affects them. Because of the sinful nature mans comprehension of ultimate reality is distorted. Even with fallen mans concept of basic “right” and “wrong” he has distortions. He reacts wrongly. [Proverbs 18:13 Romans 8:7] Sometimes sinful reaction is even more personified because of physical distortions. All physical distortions are a result of sin; both directly and indirectly [inherent].-

Positive Reaction: Positive reaction could be seen as fallen man trying to do his best with what he has. Not all ‘positive’ reactions are truly correct because they contain some sort of distortion. [Proverbs 16:25 Proverbs 16:2] Man can do “good” but this does not make man perfect or without sin. Both Sinful & Positive reactions can be effected or enhanced through culture, environment and or upbringing. What are called “good works” [positive reaction] of man cannot get you into the Kingdom of God. [Ephesians 2:8-10]-

Mind Of Christ Action [MOCA]: This is the point where man begins to truly think and act clearly. Only the true Christian can begin this process. It involves the development of the mind under the influence of Holy Spirit. [Romans 12:2 1 Corinthians 2:14] To have the Mind of Christ means that the individual has gone through true conversion. To receive the mind of Christ one must come into contact with Jesus Christ and His True Church. This is rare.-

We will start with these three aspects (starting position of actions). What I am calling “sinful reaction” is something that we experience every day. It involves actions based on distorted perception. How we react to others in thought and in action and how others respond to us without Holy Spirit guidance is distorted. Man has a basic “spiritual element”. This was gifted to man by God. Mans ‘spirit’ is NOT Holy Spirit. Mans spirit is not perfect in and of itself. Also, this element is not ‘self-conscious’; it is not the man. It is the intellectual gift to mankind by God. Because mans mind has inherent sin it [mans spirit] reacts to life in a distorted way. Thus, mans ‘spirit’ is corrupt because of the mind.-


11~ Three Mental Options [T-MO]

No matter how you have assessed yourself with the five fold traits and the action of the five fold ministry, TIA and this next exercise must be practiced for proper Christian growth to occur. This next daily exercise is called T-MO. This process helps you learn how to properly direct your thoughts. Again, one will practice this consciously at first and as he or she progresses it simply becomes an action. As the personality matures in Christian Thinking no effort is needed as the Holy Spirit takes over.-

How humans deal with their thoughts fall under three actions as such;-

1-Repress-

2-Express-

3-Confess-
                                                                                                                                           

*Acronym: REC, the prefix of “record”-

There are really no other options. Whatever we choose will have implications and consequences. If one chooses to “repress” his or her sinful emotion he begins to deny his own emotions. This is very dangerous. Many tend to hide their emotions from everyone. We cannot hide our emotions from God. Some choose to “express” their sinful thoughts through action. This action can result both in Sinful Reactions and or Positive Reactions. Positive Actions manifest what is known as surface-control. Sinful Reactions are the most damaging to the one committing the sin and to others. Positive Reactions are actions not necessarily perceived to be sin by the one who commits them. Sinful Reactions are known by the person making them to be outright sin.-


12~ Control Issues [CI]

Now let us find some UNDERSTANDING of ourselves and how we may have been acting under certain situations. We will look at what SOCT calls CI (Control Issues). This knowledge is very important for good character development.-

Sinful Reaction and Positive Reaction manifest control issues. Let us look into this a little deeper;-

Surface Control: This type of behavior may appear positive [positive action] but really it is a form of repression. Both sinful & positive reactions can and most often do result in some form of repression. This type of false control can result in destructive processes [counter creative] leading to physical ailments. Habitual repression can cause a person to be angry with life which creates an attitude of hostility and frustration with the world. This is certainly not a pleasant way to live. Hidden anger will eventually manifest somehow.-

Inner Control: Only those who have the Holy Spirit can exercise true control. A Christian has a greater hope than a non-Christian. The Christian perspective is not all centered on this life. The Christian views his or her present experience as a relatively short period of time to be spent in contrast to his or her eternal reward. [Matthew 6:33] Knowing that we have work to do here in regards to character building and the fact that we will enter eternity and live in Christ’s kingdom is an unavailable dimension for the non-Christian. Christians are actually thankful that they can experience irritation sometimes because they realize that God is at work. This understanding frees the Christian from ultimate personal anxiety. [Romans 8:28] Through the understandings that Jesus Christ gives to us we develop what might be called Cognitive Behavior [clear thinking]. [Proverbs 4:18]-

True inner control means recognizing our emotions, not trying to hide them. True control also involves a clear understanding of who you are in Christ.-

The fact that true Christians recognize that God is Sovereign gives them potency to solving problems that they are powerless to solve. The Word of God informs us that trials and tribulations in life are to be expected and can even provide one opportunities in life. True inner-strength comes with understanding that nobody is perfect and that for the true Christian there is no condemnation because of the gift of grace. This is a constant inner peace for the Christian.-

Psychology offers statements that might help attenuate anxiety but true Christians experience true freedom because of the “renewing” of the mind. [Romans 12:2] Though this life is full of troubles there is an unimaginable promise that awaits the true Christian. [Matthew 6:33] The world wonders how a person can gain strength from something or someone that cannot be seen or touched. The source of unconditional love that a true Christian experiences enables him to be non-desperate and non-needy. True Christians do not ultimately rely on their ever-changing peer relationships. Christians are in a vertical relationship first!-

The Christian has a real purpose. Christians are created to be in proper relationship with God and others. The Christian has true cognitions which keep him free from feeling empty and confused. Please understand, hearing the voice of Jesus Christ is NOT what psychologists call ‘self-talk’. Christianity involves understanding a reality that transcends the physical world in which we live. It involves the Ultimate Personality, the Creator.-

Christians do not practice ‘self-verbalization’. To the true Christian it is the Holy Spirit that enables him to hear the True Voice of God. This cannot be measured by science.-


13~ What continues to fight against us?

Sin is going against the will of God. Sin is the “transgression of the [God’s] law”. [1st John 3:4] Because many today have spent most of their lives not caring about what God thinks or says and because most children today are raised with Godless parents we find a human race that functions under what is called a “dulled conscience”. This is a most dangerous state. The dulled conscience is the result of repeated willful, conscience wrongdoing. “Moral insensitivity is the terrible consequence of deliberate refusal over a long period of time to heed the voice of right conduct.” One of the problems that get people on the track of denial and continuous wrong doing is the issue of guilt. Instead of dealing with guilt most simply burry it with more wrongful actions in the idea of answering guilt with guilt. This is what the Bible calls “the fallen state of man”. To live in this condition is to “live in sin”. For instance; if a couple is not married but living together one of them may have a clearer conscience, they may begin to sense that their living condition is not proper, correct or right. However, if both have been brought up in a “dulled conscience” environment they may not receive a strong conviction regarding the issue and thus burry it with more wrong doing. It becomes a suicide cycle.-

To fight against moral conviction is to not act “according to faith” in God. Instead many develop “faith in self”. You must have a sound definition [Biblical definition] of sin, transgression, neglect and faithless action regarding God’s will to truly understand your condition. In today’s world nobody takes “sin” very seriously anymore. Most people refer to sinful actions with self-indulgent humor. Many say things like; “Oh well, I’m just like every other human being.” Here at COGSR we wish to help you back into God’s world of Christian Reality. We will not excuse sinful actions. Why live in sin? We will deal with sin the way God invites us to. Please remember, ALL SIN has elements of willful defiance, rebellion and disloyalty.-


14~ Christianity and the Guilt Factor!

First off, what is guilt? Guilt deals in two specific areas; moral condition and or personality disturbance but there is also “false guilt”. Do you realize that guilt [sin] is the core of all misunderstandings? The Bible proclaims what the true cause of guilt is. The Bible states that both thoughts and actions can create guilt. This means that if we do not understand proper thinking we will have numerous issues with guilt and if we do not understand true moral action [Mind of Christ Action] we will struggle with wrong actions constantly.-

Second, many develop a personality disturbance due to what one might call “moral awareness”. God has given all humans a basic understanding of right and wrong through the spirit of man. Mans ‘spirit’ in and by itself has distorted concepts but does have some moral awareness of God’s perfect law. The word conscience does not appear in Scripture but the concept is described in the use of the word “heart” or “heart of man”. The Bible teaches us that this basic conscience is inborn or innate in mankind. However, it does have to be somewhat developed. We read; “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these…shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another.” [Romans 2:14-15]-


15~ False Guilt

False guilt is basically experiencing guilt after doing something truly right! When Christians commit actions in the “Mind Of Christ” they are truly doing what is correct, proper and right. Others who have not yet experienced this Holy Spirit power may try and make you feel guilty for correct conduct. This is indeed “false guilt”. It is a trap of Satan that we must not give into!-


16~ Fruit of your doctrine!

I cannot stress enough the importance of understanding PURE DOCTRINE. Only the true Worldwide Church of God [COGSR] has the pure, clean, clear and uncontaminated Christian Doctrines. You will not receive any of this knowledge from fallen apostate Christendom. They are ignorant of the facts. You cannot apply knowledge unless it is verified. The Holy Spirit will guide you into “all truth” if you will allow. The Holy Spirit will also “bear witness with your spirit” that this is indeed the gospel Truth.-

In Matthew 7:16 Jesus informs his students that we shall know a true Christian by their “fruits”. He talks about how a healthy tree brings forth “good fruit” and an unhealthy tree brings forth “bad fruit”. Many believe that Jesus is only referring to outward deeds, what one might call “good works”. The fact is Jesus is also referring to GOOD DOCTRINE. The Pharisees did outwardly everything that their “good” traditions demanded. However, inwardly they were following “doctrines of devils” [John 8:44; 1 Timothy 4; Matthew 7:15]-


17~ The Sinful Nature’s Effect on the Mind

Basically the Bible teaches that man has a ‘sinful nature’. We have a disease called sin. We were born with it. How does this fallen nature affect us? It causes a departure from Christian Reality. It causes irrational thought and behavior. It offers fixed ideas in the realm of philosophy, religion and decision making which are not true.-

The fallen human conscious produces two basic reactions to all things. These are the Sinful-Reaction and or the Positive-Reaction. Both are tainted with sin. When people commit Positive Reactions they do so not really knowing what to do is “right” but making their best choice [effort] with functions of fallen mind. Ultimately these actions seem rational. And Sinful Reactions are outright sin. The person who commits such acts knows that he or she is going against basic conscious or even against the Law of God.-


18~ Sinful “seed” or “leaven” - Sinful Experiences

Sinful Experiences [likened to leaven] can plant [like a bad seed] wrong and distorted thought memories [mind pictures] at the conscious and subconscious level which begin to grow [rise like leaven] and affect the whole of human thinking. This so called “leaven” over a period of time lightens [represses] the guilt of sinful actions. All humans have experienced sinful action and reactions from childhood. These distortions create wrong answers and actions. In other words, people learn to react wrongly. All sinful acts stem from the basic ‘reactive’ fallen mind. The reactive portion of the mind is that portion which has been distorted by sin. The reactive level of fallen man has no static foundation of Truth. It simply responds based on false [sinful] data. This means that those who lack the Mind of Christ [those who are not truly converted Christians] mostly react under the control of what could be termed the “volitional” level of fallen mind. Sinful action controls the body, mind and spiritual realm of the non-Christian. The ‘reactive’ level of consciousness is sometimes termed, Human Nature. 

Please understand that ‘Sinful Experiences’ affect both the conscious and unconscious mind. To be freed from fallen mind man must accept the true God and the guidance that He offers through Holy Spirit. This can be experienced by listening to and acting on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Then, one can receive the true Holy Spirit. [Acts 5:32]-

Only the true Church of God has the correct teachings of Jesus Christ. The true Church belongs to Jesus Christ and He built it.-

Through the Science of Christian Thought [SOCT] one learns to discharge the content of sinful experience and be restored to pure perception [proper relationship to Jesus Christ]. Sin is the source of mental illness and even psychosomatic illness. A mind operating with pure perception is operating at the “Mind of Christ” level. The mind of the Mature Christian begins to have attunement with the Holy Spirit ‘mind channel’. Mind channels contain what are known as “thought patterns”. These channels form the matrix of human thought.-


19~ How Sin effects our Emotions

The Bible states that all humans have entered a state of spiritual and emotional imperfection. We may try and strive for better ways, for perfection with our emotions but what a struggle this can be. Because we are able to experience a myriad of emotions the question becomes; “What do I do with them?” For Christians we struggle with the fact that our emotions sometimes move us in directions which disagree with our faith in God. So the question is; “How can I be true to God and to my own emotions?” Human psychology has tried to answer this question but without the Holy Spirit and the person of Jesus Christ it becomes impossible.-

Not only must we as humans deal with our own misunderstandings and sinful nature we also have an enemy. There is another force which must not be ignored. Satan attacks us in the area of emotions just as he does in all other areas of life. We must not deny the spiritual realm. There is a spiritual battle for everyone. Christians begin to recognize what is really going on as they draw closer to Jesus Christ through His word. Satan tempts us to be dishonest and fail to admit and confront all of our emotions. The Bible states that Satan is a liar and a murderer.-


20~ Are Christians Anti-social?

Those of us in the true church of Jesus Christ have been called “anti-social”. Now please understand this argument in light of the facts of Christian understanding. Just because true Christians do not participate in fallen apostate pagan holidays does not mean that true Christians are not social. What does it mean? It simply means that true Christians have a different value method. Christians can socialize with non-Christians, we do it every day. Christians keep more holidays [God’s feast days] than pagans keep pagan days. True Christians are social much with fellow Christians. We are very social.-

As far as being social with non-Christians we have a challenge but we understand our challenge in light of God’s word. We have to be around non-believers every day. True Christians see their social environment as a learning experience, whether they are around Christians or non-Christians. A Christian can look around his or her environment and notice behaviors in others which manifest non-social behavior. They see that un-dealt with dishonesty and sin are the greatest results of one wanting to be non-social.-

All antisocial behaviors involve factors of un-dealt with sin. Christians have the challenge of being around many who have not dealt with their sinful nature. This makes it harder for the Christian to maintain social behavior without being concerned for the other. There always is a disconnect with the Christian in regards to talking with a non-Christian. However, the true Christian learns patience. The true Christian longs to share with the ‘lost’ the peace that they have found in Jesus Christ. We [Christians] can do this in many ways. First and foremost we can do this in our actions. Then we can do this by listening to the lost person. Communication is always a two way stream. Christians can stand firm in what they believe in not just in words but in body language and facial expression. At the same time we must show compassion. This is indeed a challenge.-


21~ Boundaries in Christian Reality

Christians set boundaries in communication. Sometimes these boundaries can be set by subtle gestures. Other times we have to just speak up and lay it all out. COGSR has techniques which we teach built on Scriptural understanding which can help.-

Christians who have truly studied God’s word with COGSR have come to the realization that most all peoples personalities are mired down in difficulties which have not been properly dealt with. We have talked about ‘repression’, holding down emotions that mostly deal with anger. What we have not talked about is ‘suppression’. Suppressive behavior has to do with anti-social behavior.-

If you study with COGSR [Church of God ~ Speaking to the Remnant] you will learn about your sinful nature, you will learn about how the Bible defines the human mind. You will learn how to be a better person because of Jesus Christ. Please continue to study with us and write us an email. We are here to help you be a TRUE CHRISTIAN.-

Most anti-social types use broad generalities when they speak. They like to place large amounts of people in social classes. Most of the time they are victims of their own repressed anger. They dwell on “bad news” with no Biblical solution. Many who are anti-social like to create problems within the relationships that surround them. Many sadly do not have any friends. They may associate with another person who is usually involved in some sort of addiction.-


22~ The Inner Struggle View of the Seven Seals Revelation

There is a SOCT understanding of the Seven Seals Revelation. This is perhaps the most important. It deals with the fact that each individual Christian is in a Spiritual War! An “inner battle” if you will of the soul. We as true Christians must come to spiritual maturity in order to understand the bigger picture of the Seven Seals Prophecy. Let us look into this a bit further to come to a basic understanding of what I mean.-

1-First Seal: We do not follow the White Horse and his false teachers. If you are in the Worldwide Church of God you are in Christ Jesus.-

The first horse and its rider of the Four Horsemen represents false Christ’s, false teachers, false churches and false doctrines [paganism]. We must first be on guard. We must be properly protected from deceivers.  This means we must be in the True Church of God and we must have the true Holy Spirit operative in our minds. We must be guided by the true Christ and His Church Government. We must stay clear of denominationalism [Church of Man]. True Christians are not Catholic or Protestant; they are simply Christian in the Church of God.-

God built His true church, not man! “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” [Psalm 127:1]-

We could say that this first seal applies to the human mind. All things start in the mind. We must have on the spiritual “helmet” of Salvation. [Ephesians 6:17]-

Christianity involves more than just “hearing” it involves obedience. When we try to obey God we soon find out that something inside us is desperately wrong. There seems to be a fundamental flaw. This sense is proper; it means we are beginning to understand our need for God. The next step is to be honest and get to know God through His word. From here we learn to cooperate with God moment by moment.-

Doubting God is also something we sometimes struggle with. We seem to be born doubters. This sense is also proper. This means that we must develop faith. True faith is a gift but it must be exercised. If you don’t use it you lose it. When we do not exercise true faith we become self-dependent. This causes unneeded stress. People think; “I can handle this. I have the education and experience.” But then something goes wrong. People try to excuse their dilemma by explaining; Self-preservation, self development, self-nourishment, self-care, self-expression, self-protection, self-enhancement etc. These are simply mans final aims and efforts to walk through problems.-

We live in a culture that is obsessed with “self”. We are living in the days apostle Paul warned us about, these last days when “there will be terrible times,” times when “people will be lovers of themselves” [2 Timothy 3:1-2]. Because of this mind set people feel distant from God. They claim to be Christian but only trust themselves. No wonder why people are frustrated with Christianity. Fallen human nature demands: “God cannot be trusted with the things that matter most!” So what do we do? If we are truly called of God we realize the need of the Holy Spirit. We cannot expect to call ourselves Christians and operate on only the human spirit.-

We must be brought to the point of surrender. We must become so terrified with ourselves that God becomes the only option.  We have to stop trying to make people see things our way. We must stop trying to create a world that only we will enjoy. As a Christian your only goal should be to please God, not yourself. Once this is accomplished you will have true peace and joy. This type of understanding goes against everything that this fallen world teaches. This is why people have a hard time believing it. Christians who have experienced this joy have a hard time explaining it to others. It simply doesn't make sense.-

So to keep the mind set upon the Kingdom of God can indeed be an inner struggle. Being in the Church of God and learning the TRUTH, studying the Word every day, taking walks and eating right, talking and communing with other true Christians, your mind begins to change. I have found that when bad thoughts come immediately Scriptures pop up with strength to obey. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” [2 Corinthians 10:5] Knowing God's Word is what truly saves you and gives you clarity of thought. Following God's Word is also what protects you from evil.-

We are instructed: “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.” [Romans 12:2] Thinking like a child of God means that we change our old ways, even if it doesn't at first make sense. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” [Proverbs 3:5-6] What this means is that we have our eyes on the Kingdom of God. Jesus said; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto to you.” [Matthew 6:33]-

Where should we look for ALL instruction? “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read...” [Isaiah 34:16] Why? “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” [2 Timothy 3:16-17] So, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT; if there be any VIRTUE, and if there be any PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS.” [Philippians 4:8]-

Set your affections on things above, and not on things on the earth.” [Colossians 3:2] Read all of Colossians chapter three! Also, “Continue in prayer.” [Colossians 4:2] As you can see there are many Scriptures which instruct us how to think like Christ. To be a true Christian is a transforming experience. As you stay in the Word and continue to pray your life will change if you are truly called of God.-

Remember, knowledge of God’s word is not power, it is potential power. You have to apply it!-

To protect your mind is to be on guard against the First Horseman.-

2-Second Seal: We need not get involved in the wars of this fallen world and its fallen kingdoms. Our battle is spiritual and we have put on the “armor of God”.-

How do all wars start? We read: “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell [Gehenna]. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” [James 3:3-12]-

We see the power of the second horse on Television and at Movie Theaters. Violence every where.  The second horse rider shoots his ‘arrows’ of falsehood to those who are not established in Present Truth.  If we have the “Shield of Faith” we can stop the arrows! “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” [Ephesians 6:16]-

What we see [understand], hear and do starts with the mouth….outer and inner conversation.-
So we learn that to let the Holy Spirit control our mouth is to be on guard against the Second Horseman. -

3-Third Seal: We need not hunger and thirst in this time of literal famine. For we have the “bread” and the “water” of Life through our Saviour Jesus Christ.-
Have you ever been without water or food for a long period of time? If you have you know how bad it can feel. We cannot live without water. Today people think that silver and gold will be the most precious things fought for. So those save up earthly treasures. James states: “Your gold and silver is cankered: and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.” [James 5:3] What is more precious than gold and silver? WATER!-

Watch how people begin to fight for good food and WATER! Water will be worth the most during the final Four Horsemen’s ride. But as Christians we truly cannot go a day without breaking open the “Bread of Life” (the Holy Bible) and drinking the true “Water” (Pure Doctrine). We eat and drink from the Word of God. This is our True Life.-

Jesus states;-

“If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee LIVING WATER.” [John 4:10]-
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” [John 4:14]-
“I am the BREAD OF LIFE.” [John 6:48]-

“I am the LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven.” [John 6:51]-

So our true FOOD is spiritual food, the Living Word. Instead of worrying about physical food all the time let us feast on God’s precious word. Regarding physical food and necessities Jesus counsels: “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” [Matthew 6:25]-

So to control your appetite is to be on guard against the Third Horseman.-
4-Fourth Seal: We need not worry about pestilence and disease. Jesus Christ has healed us completely and we rest in Him.-

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded [tormented] for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes WE ARE HEALED.” [Isaiah 53:3-5]-

One way in which God informs us to stay physically healthy is to obey His Food Laws. He instructs us to eat healthy. To stay healthy helps fight off sickness and disease. Do you understand true health? It starts with your spiritual understanding.-

You must develop the CLEAR WAY. You must be in what we call the “clear” to truly be healthy. Jesus Christ stated it this way: -

“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou SEE CLEARLY to cast out the mote out of thy brothers eye.” [Matthew 7:5] If you are not obeying health laws your mind will not be healthy. You must go through the PURIFICATION process which starts by receiving Pure Doctrine.-

So, true Christians understand themselves as being a part of the “daily sacrifice”. “I beseech you therefore, bretheren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” [Romans 12:1]-

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile [destroy] the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” [! Corinthians 3:16-17]-

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [Spirit] which is in you [Christians], which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” [1 Corinthians 6:19]-
So to keep our Physical Temples clean is to be on guard against the Fourth Horseman.-

5-Fifth Seal: We need not worry about persecution. Blessed are we when we are persecuted for righteousness sake.-

In today’s world of sophistication; computer technology, lasers, complex space programs, weapons of mass destruction, etc we Christians sound foolish when we talk about a man who died for our sins 2000 plus years ago. I mean really, are you serious?-

YES! We are very serious about what we believe in. God’s word has been tested and found to be TRUE. Mans wisdom has been tested and found wanting. Man continues to lie, cheat, steal, cuss, and curse, destroy his body and his world, start wars, have abortions, commit murder, live in fornication and adultery, etc. Human wisdom, at the same time, dismisses the gospel of Christ as “foolishness”. Those who hold mans wisdom above God’s say that Christians are too “simplistic” and what we teach is “irrelevant”. What they do not realize is the fact that actually LIVING the gospel message does indeed CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER!-

The apostle Paul had some things to say to those who put human wisdom above the Creator’s; “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” [1 Corinthians 1:20] Why is mans wisdom foolish? Look what mans wisdom creates….just watch the news. Yikes!-
It is true that God’s wisdom doesn’t always appear to be wise regarding human evaluation. One thing ‘fallen man’ always wants is “approval” of the mob-ocracy. Man has a hard time ignoring the so called “science” of mankind. The true Christian is not afraid to put up all theories against the Word of God. Apostle Paul taught that true Christian understanding required study. [2 Timothy 2:15] It involved more than just “feeling”, it was a matter of true UNDERSTANDING.-

Today people are caught in following their emotions above truth. This has created the monster called “liberalism”. Most all people today choose teachers who tell them what they want to hear. They ignore the fact of personal sin. Why? They are lazy. It takes work to actually build true character. It is easier to let everybody else tell you what to believe in, just follow the crowd. Why feel “different” or “strange”? People want to hear people who help feed their lusts. They want people to help them “feel good” about themselves. They do this by listening to the hocus pocus of modern New Age psychology, the “new religion”. Sadly, they have denied Jesus Christ.-

All of us want to feel accepted. Especially in our work place. As a true Christian however it is impossible to have approval of the world and approval with God. Jesus said; “No servant can serve two masters.” [Luke 16:13] Apostle James even stated it more clearly; “Know ye not that friendship of the world is enmity [hatred] with God?” [James 4:4] So as Christians we take our pleasure in pleasing God, not this fallen world. Our relationship with God, if healthy and honest, is our peace. The Church of God is “on the same page”; we all have the same vision and true gospel of the Kingdom. [1 Corinthians 1:10] “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” [Amos 3:3] It is impossible to walk close to a person who has not wanted God’s way, who has turned away from Truth and is living in sin if you are a Christian. [2 Corinthians 6:14]-

Daily we as Christians face relentless pressure from others to conform to their fallen ways. We are asked sometimes almost constantly to compromise our beliefs. This is the spiritual struggle that we as true Christians find ourselves in. [Ephesians 6:12] Please understand; you will be pressured to compromise your Christian beliefs in small increments. The Devil is crafty, he is subtle. Satan’s plan is to assault you by virtue of internal erosion, to make you compromise your faith in small increments. People will say things to you like; “Lighten up”, “You need to balance your life”, “Not everything is black and white”, “Find the middle ground”, “You don’t need to be fanatical” etc.-

But Jesus Christ our Lord clearly told us we cannot play the liberal middle. Jesus said; “He that is not with me is against me.”[Matthew 12:30] As Christians we cannot compromise the elements of our faith for the sake of “peace”. Satan’s plan is to tear you down little by little. The fallen churches have compromised on so many issues. [Isaiah 30:10] They have let worldly music into the church. They have denied dress reform. They have accepted homosexuality and same sex marriages. These compromises and many others have diluted the potency of the true gospel. [Romans 1:25]-

When those around us see that we are different, they may give us “dirty looks” or even talk behind our backs. Here we must learn to pray for and love our enemies! You are not alone! [Psalm 35:26-28]-

Most so called Christians today say things like: “I finally found a church that meets my standards.” Or, “I found a church that has no commandments and always speaks peaceful things.” [Romans 1:22-28] Most Christians would like a theology which will comfortably accommodate the sins in their life. They would like a “one size fits all” theology. The gospel is supposed to transform us and not make us conform to others. The Bible states: “DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” [Romans 12:1-2]-

We must never put human emotion above God’s Truth.-

So to let the Holy Spirit control our emotions is to be on guard against the Fifth Seal tribulation time.-

6-Six Seal: We are not troubled about the signs in the heavens. When we see the sign of the Son of man coming on the clouds we know our final redemption is here.-

We need to understand the importance of Ezekiel chapter nine. In this chapter we have an explanation of the previous six “porters” [messengers] of the previous six eras of the Church of God and the Seventh now standing with the “writers inkhorn” writing out the final message and sealing the saints with it in preparation of the Great Tribulation.-

“And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate [heaven], which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them [the Seventh Messenger] was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen alter. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side: And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads [in the minds] of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” [Ezekiel 9:2-4]-

Here we see that it is only the true Philadelphian Christians that will receive the “mark” of protection from God's holy angels. Why? Because they have been “sighing” and “crying” to the Laodiceans and pagans while warning them of their abominations. Now what happens to the fake “Christians” and fallen kingdoms? Let us read on:-

“And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary [church]. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.” [Ezekiel 9:5-7]-

Please understand the seriousness of this message. Those who reject the Seven Seals message in its fullness will fall under the destroying judgments during the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord. True Christians are sighing & crying for their lost brothers and sisters who have fallen prey to the Laodicean heretics.-

When all the true saints of God are sealed we will begin to witness like never before SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS. But the true Christians will not be totally afraid! We will know exactly where we are standing in prophetic history. We will understand that our redemption draws near!-

Jesus stated: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift your heads, because your redemption draws near.” [Luke 21:28]-

During the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord this earth will witness literal destroying objects fall from the sky. It will not be fun for those who do not truly understand what is going on. During this time the saints of God still understand and know that God is fully under control of the situation. This brings true peace!-

We will still have our eyes on the coming Kingdom. No matter what we are to seek God’s Kingdom First!-

Jesus commanded us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things [additional blessings] shall be added to you.” [Matthew 6:33]-

To truly understand this revelation and be in God’s true church you must be under the authority of His current Church Government. The Laodiceans are under false rulership and have rejected God’s true government in this typical-Laodicean time. To those in the Church of God ~ Speaking to the Remnant, “…it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (the lost) it is not given.” [Matthew 13:11]”-

So to seek first the Kingdom of God is to be on guard against the Sixth Seal troubles.-
7-Seventh Seal: We need not worry when the wicked are finally destroyed. God will protect us and we will walk into His Millennial Kingdom as our Saviour Jesus Christ leads the way.-

As Christians the Bible declares that we are “kings and priests” in training. Under the Old Testament some of the sons of Levi were called the Zadok [the righteous]. The Apostle Paul refers to true Christians as “the righteous” or “the righteous ones”. In the Old Testament the sons of Levi were under the priesthood of Aaron, or the “Aronic Priesthood”. As Christians we are now under our true High Priest, Jesus Christ. The New Testament book of Hebrews declares that Jesus is a priest ‘after the order of Melchizedek’. The name Melchizedek simply means “king [Malki] of righteousness [Zadok].-

Jesus Christ is the final and perfect revelation of God. Jesus is a High Priest under a different order from the old Levitical [Aronic]. Jesus Christ makes all of His true children of the Zadok or Zaddikim. He is calling us to become a Holy Nation.-

Jesus has promised many of His true saints that in the Millennial Kingdom that He; “…hath made us kings and priests unto God and his father” [Revelation 1:6] We may becomes “kings” but He [Jesus Christ] is “King of kings”. We could say that all of God’s Watchmen in this Seventh Church era and who accept the Seventh Message are all given the surname king. Only if we increase our “talents” does Jesus promise: “I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” [Matthew 25:21] For we will be kings under the King of kings [Jesus Christ – Revelation 5:10]. The Children of Righteousness [the Zadok] are the true Children of Light and are exposing the Children of Darkness, the fallen sons of Belial.-

Jesus declares to His children: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” [Matthew 11:28]-

So to learn to rest in Jesus Christ is to be prepared for the Seventh Seal.-

This ends my Taxonomy of the Science of Christian Thought. This work does not contain all the teachings of SOCT. There are deeper levels. I pray that you have read this entire work and will continue to study it. Remain in God’s word. Pray to God and develop the deep relationship with Him. Trust Him…He loves you.-

Thank you for your time,-


1 comment:

  1. When people die from our earthly perspective they are merely no longer conscious, they are “asleep”. But from their perspective they are not experiencing all this time that we are now experiencing, the next thing they realize is that they are awake according to God’s plan [in the order God puts their awakening – the Bible teaches more than just one resurrection]. So this puts them IN OUR FUTURE. That’s right! Amazing yet TRUE! Those who believe in spiritism and that the dead can some how be contacted in our time is a lie. Those who have “fallen asleep in death” have entered a different dimension of reality…a future one! This agrees with the current mathematical model of space and time. At COGSR/SOCT we understand consciousness itself to be the true so called FOURTH DIMENSION. From consciousness we become aware of space and time…without consciousness neither are real. Jesus Christ taught this in the Bible when He explained what happened in the resurrection of Lazarus. ~

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