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PSYCHOLOGY, BIBLICAL COUNSELING, AND THE EMOTIONAL HEALTH 'GOSPEL' The area of psycholo y !

s ye" a#o"her $a""le ro%#& $e"'ee# f%#&a(e#"al!s" Chr!s"!a#!"y a#& #o" o#ly "he sec%lar 'orl&, $%" also (o&er# e)a# el!cals 'ho( "hey alrea&y see as sof"e#!# o# *separa"!o#*, "ra&!"!o#al 'orsh!p s"yles, &oc"r!#e a#& "he B!$le+ Ma#y e)a# el!cals ha)e lo# cr!"!c!,e& psycholo y or *pop* psycholo y as "a-!# a'ay (a#'s respo#s!$!l!"y $efore Go&, a#& .%s" (a-!# h!( !#"o a helpless a#!(al 'ho ca#'" co#"rol h!s &es!res, a#& "herefore .%s" #ee&s "o !#&%l e "he(+ I" !s also acc%se& of &e#y!# "he B!$le, a#& Chr!s"!a#s are cr!"!c!,e& for %s!# !"+ /ac0yr",e#, !# a le""er "o Christianity Today 123456, respo#&!# "o a co%ple of ar"!cles "he (a a,!#e ha& &o#e o# psycholo y !# "he ch%rch, s"a"e& "ha" all 'e #ee& !s a *&ose* of 7 T!(+89:32, a#& *"he Boo-, "he Bloo& a#& "he Blesse& Hope*+ A#o"her 'r!"er co(pare& !" "o "he *(e3!s(* !# A(er!ca soc!e"y c!rca :4;<3;5 1"he -ey per!o& 'he# (a#y Chr!s"!a#s sa' "h!s co%#"ry as fall!# o%" of a o&ly pas"6, a#& cla!(e& !" !s *a sy(p"o( of $!$l!cal !ll!"eracy a#& "he #e lec" of perso#al sa#c"!f!ca"!o# "hro% h "he f%ll#ess of "he Holy Sp!r!"*+ Ye" as '!"h o"her areas, "hese co#ser)a"!)e Chr!s"!a#s '!ll "he(sel)es $e s!(!larly cr!"!c!,e& $y e)e# (ore co#ser)a"!)e Chr!s"!a#s+ A 'hole *psychoheresy* co#fro#"!# (o)e(e#" has spr%# %p !# separa"!o#!s" f%#&a(e#"al!s(+ Lea&ers as co#ser)a"!)e as /a(es Do$so# a#& Charles S"a#ley are cr!"!c!,e& for %s!# *psycholo !cal co#cep"s*, referre& "o as =o"her> * ospels*+ E)e# Ha#- Ha#e raaf of C?I, 'ho fre@%e#"ly cr!"!c!,es soc!e"y's e(phas!s o# psycholo y ra"her "ha# s!# !s cr!"!c!,e& for p%$l!sh!# a $oo- "ha" s%ppose&ly %ses psycholo !cal co#cep"s+ 1A# a& for a $oo- cr!"!c!,!# h!( (oc-s h!s eAcelle#" eAposB o# cer"a!# a$erra#" hyper3char!s(a"!c (o)e(e#"s9 Counterfeit Revival, as *Co%#"erfe!" Survival* 1Bo$ a#, Psychoheresy A'are#ess M!#!s"r!esC6, s!#ce "h!s o"her $oo- he p%$l!shes s%ppose&ly s%ppor"s *%#$!$l!cal* (e"ho&s of o)erco(!# s!#+6 If all of "h!s 'ere#'" e#o% h, B!$l!cal D!scer#(e#" M!#!s"r!es*C 1h""p9DD'''+rap!&#e"+co(DE.$ear&D$&(D6 cr!"!c!,es Bo$ /o#es III, 1fro( "he sa(e $ra#& of *I#&epe#&a#" Bap"!s"* f%#&a(e#"al!s( "ha" co#&e(#s *psychoheresy*6 $eca%se h!s '!fe so (%ch as 'ro"e so(e $oo- a$o%" a$%se+ I# fac", .%s" a$o%" e)ery o"her 'ell -#o'# Chr!s"!a# lea&er, #o (a""er ho' co#ser)a"!)e, 'as l!s"e& !# a ser!es of *eAposBs* 1for %s!# psycholo y a#&Dor *ec%(e#!cal lea#!# s* 33!+e+ "olera#" of ?o(a# Ca"hol!c!s(6 as !f "hey 'ere c%l"!s"s or o"her a$erra#" lea&ersF 1Ha#e raaf's #a(e appeare& r! h" #eA" "o Be##y H!## a#& ?o&#ey Ho'ar&3Bro'#e33 "'o of "he people he eAposes !# Counterfeit RevivalF6 So here 'e ha)e a#o"her !ss%e, l!-e (%s!c, B!$le "ra#sla"!o#s, a#& all "hese o"her (a""ers of *separa"!o#*, 'here people '!ll al'ays cla!( "o $e hol!er "ha# "he #eA" %y, #o (a""er ho' holy "ha" #eA" perso# alrea&y "h!#-s he !s+ All of "hese (o&er# lea&ers are $e!# acc%se& of &e#y!# "ha" *"he B!$le has all "he a#s'ers* for, or !s *s%ff!c!e#"* "o sol)e all of (a#'s pro$le(s, a#& "herefore !# prac"!ce, re.ec"!# "he a%"hor!"y or !#erra#cy of Go&'s 0or&+ Th!s !s $ase& o# 7 Pe"+:97 'h!ch s"a"es "ha" Go&DChr!s" *has !)e# %#"o %s all "h!# s "ha" per"a!# "o l!fe a#& o&l!#ess*+ Th!s !s "a-e# "o (ea# "ha" #o"h!# $%" "he B!$le !s e)er "o $e %se& "o sol)e pro$le(s+ B%" as 'e '!ll see, )erses l!-e "h!s are ac"%ally $e!# (!sappl!e&+ So(e of "he cr!"!cs a&)oca"e

*B!$l!cal co%#sel!# *C, 'here so(eo#e !# "he ch%rch co%#sels a s"r% l!# perso# ra"her "ha# h!( o!# "o see a "herap!s"+ I e#co%#"ere& (a#y of "hese co#cep"s !# a B!$le class o# co%#sel!# 1sa(e !#s"!"%"e a#& se(es"er as "he (%s!c class I &!sc%ss else'here6+ /%s" 'ha" !s "h!s *B!$l!cal a#s'er* "hey -eep pro(o"!# G CE)e# "he *B!$l!cal Co%#sel!# Mo)e(e#"* a#& !"s assoc!a"e& or a#!,a"!o#s !s co(!# %#&er f!re fro(
"hese "'o (!#!s"r!es+ 1"he Bo$ a#s 'ere appare#"ly o#ce apar" of "he (o)e(e#", $%" a" so(e po!#" "%r#e& a a!#s" !"6+ Th!s &%e "o BCM's %sa e of fee $ase& ser)!ce 1le !"!(a"e co#cer#6 a#& call!# "he perso# $e!# co%#sele& a *co%#selee* a#& opera"!# o%"s!&e of "he ch%rch $%!l&!# 1pe""y !ss%es6+ B%" as "hey all spea- of a *$!$l!cal* (e"ho& of co%#sel!# , "hey ca# s"!ll f!" !# "he ca"e ory of BCM+

0h!le "hese cr!"!cs say a lo" of "h!# s "ha" are "r%e, I'( co#cer#e& "ha" "h!s *$!$l!cal co%#sel!# * !s $ase& o# a# o)erly s!(pl!s"!c )!e' of co%#sel!# as o%r al"er#a"!)e "o psycholo !cal "herapy+ The message is that a person's problems are just from his "sin" or "unholiness"H e)e# "he s%ppose& '(e#"ally !ll', or 'a&&!c"e&', or people 'ho *s"r% le* '!"h cer"a!# s!#s, e"c+ So a $ro"her co%#sel!# h!( #ee&s o#ly "o .%s" !)e "he )erses "ha" per"a!# "o "he!r pro$le(s, 1!+e+ "he *&ose* of "he *Boo-*6, a#& !" !s %p "o h!( "o o$ey 'ha" he has hear&+ Also "o po!#" "o sal)a"!o# 1$y *"he Bloo&*6 a#& *pro(!ses* of re'ar&s !# Hea)e# 1*"he Blesse& Hope*6H 'h!ch sho%l& $e a$le "o o%"'e! h all of h!s early co#cer#s a#& a%"o(a"!cally heal h!(+ Th!s !s all s%((ar!,e& a#& ep!"o(!,e& !# "h!s s"a"e(e#" 1fro( a &!sc%ss!o# a&&ress!# a s-ep"!c's @%es"!o# of *0hy 'o#'" Go& heal a(p%"ees*69 I ha)e chro#!c pa!# fro( "'o fa!le& $ac- s%r er!es+ There 'as a "!(e !# (y l!fe 'he# (ass!)e &oses of op!o!& pa!# (e&!ca"!o# 'o%l& #o" rel!e)e "he pa!#+ I" 'as a" "ha" po!#" !# (y l!fe "ha" I prayed that God would take my life. He did. He caused the old man to die a#& a #e' o#e "o $e $or# a a!#+ My l!fe 'as #e)er "he sa(e+ I still have chronic pain+ No' (y pa!# re(!#&s (e of H!s so)ere! # race a#& (ercy+ The pa!# "ha" %se& "o $e "he focal point in my life is not the focal point anymore.... !esus is+ /es%s !s so $! !# (y l!fe "ha" pa!# !s o#ly a s(all par" of !"+ Al"ho% h the pain is still there it is as if !esus has become the pain reliever... as if He takes the pain for me. I am able to bear it. He has healed me. Th!s "ype of s"a"e(e#" !s pre)ale#" !# so (a#y *"es"!(o#!es*, for $o"h phys!cal a#& e(o"!o#al pa!#+ 1Ma-!# !" so%#& l!-e a lear#e& cl!chB (ore "ha# "ho% h"3o%" ac"%al real!"y6+ Go& *(a-es "he pa!# #o" (a""er*H "ha" !s, !f yo% ha)e really *given Him yo%r l!fe* as 'e see !" &ef!#e& here+ The perso#'s &es!re "o phys!cally &!e "o rel!e)e "he pa!# !s "%r#e& !#"o "he s"a#&ar& p%# of cha# !# "he (ea#!# of *&ea"h* fro( phys!cal "o sp!r!"%al 1*"he ol& (a#*6+ Th!s ac"%ally !(pl!es "ha" "he &e ree of 'a#"!# "o escape fro( cer"a!# pa!# 1!+e+ &y!# !# or&er "o $e rel!e)e&6 !s a @%al!"y of %#re e#era"e #a"%re, 'h!ch !s s%&&e#ly *c%re&* $y $e!# $or# a a!# 1*"he #e' l!fe*6+ Tha"'s ho' "h!s *"es"!(o#!al* approach %s%ally oes+ *I a)e (y Il!fe, pa!#, a# er, sorro', lo#el!#ess, l%s"J "o Chr!s", a#&, *!" #o lo# er co#"rols (y l!fe*F 10h!le phys!cal pa!# !s 'ha" !s (e#"!o#e& !# "h!s par"!c%lar eAa(pleH 'he# "he s%$.ec" $eco(es "h!# s s%ch as *focal po!#"s*, 'a#"!# "o &!e, e"c+ 'e are e#"er!# "he real( of (e#"al a#& e(o"!o#al pa!#, 'h!ch !s "he sor" of "h!# s people co#s%l" psycholo y for6+

The cru" of the parado" lies in the claim that #hrist "takes" the pain from you yet they'll admit that yes you still feel whatever is ailing you, a#& !" !s *a# %ph!ll $a""le for "he res" of yo%r l!fe*, a#& $y *fa!"h a#& #o" feel!# s* "ha" yo% $el!e)e yo% are heale&, a#& "he#, *(!rac%lo%sly*, Go& *cha# es* yo%r attitude+ Ye", 'e here sensationalize "h!s, (a-!# !" sound as !f /es%s really &oes "a-e "he pa!# away, as !f yo% ac"%ally 'o%l&#'" feel !" a#y(oreF B%" "he#, 'he# !" &oes#'" 'or- l!-e "ha", 'e say !" !s #o" a$o%" feel!# s+ Go&'s '!ll for %s !s #o" "he re(o)al of pa!# a#y'ay, $%" *$eco(!# l!-e H!(* 1!+e+ Chr!s", 'ho s%ffere& for %s6, (a#y '!ll a&&+ S!#ce "he *"es"!(o#!es* "al- a$o%" !" #o lo# er $e!# "he *focal po!#"*, "he# !" so%#&s dismissive of "he pa!#+ L!-e "ell!# "he perso# *aahh, pa!# really &oes#'" (a""er*+ 0h!le "h!s co#"ra&!c"ory .ar o# !s al(os" %#!)ersal across (o&er# Chr!s"!a#!"y, 'ha"'s (os" alar(!# !# "he case of "he ol&3l!#e f%#&a(e#"al!s"s 1a#& so(e o"hers6 cr!"!c!,!# psycholo y, !s "ha" this ends up being their sole replacement$alternative for therapy% I" !s sa!& "o $e *s%ff!c!e#"* "o c%re "he pro$le(+ 1A#& !f yo% &o#'" $el!e)e so, "he# yo% are &e#! ra"!# "he B!$le a#& "he Ch%rch6+ Ye" 'he# Chr!s" heale& people !# "he B!$leH "hey 'ere ac"%ally cured of "he!r a!l(e#"H #o" (erely ha)!# "he!r a""!"%&e or foc%s o# !" cha# e&+ He &!& #o" lea)e "he a!l(e#" a#& cla!( free&o( fro( pa!# &!& #o" (a""er, or 'as #o" H!s %l"!(a"e '!ll+ There !s #o scr!p"%ral $as!s for "h!s #e' %se of "he co#cep" of *heal!# *+ So 'h!le 'e (ay 'a#" "o e" "he perso# "o cha# e h!s foc%sH 'e sho%l& #o" fra(e "h!s %p as Chr!s" *"a-!# * pa!# a'ay, a#& "he# co#cl%&e fro( "ha", "ha" "he perso# &oes#'" #ee& a#y o"her sor" of help f!#&!# rel!efH or "ha" he &oes#'" #ee& a#y l!"eral rel!ef a" all+ As 'e '!ll see, scr!p"%res s%ch as Pa%l's *"hor# !# "he flesh* are appeale& "o !# cases l!-e "h!s, $%" "ha" !s #o" say!# "ha" #o$o&y e)er #ee&s rel!ef 1phys!cal or (e#"al6 fro( a#y"h!# + Ne)er"heless, !" !s "he# s% es"e& "ha" !f "he perso# rece!)!# "h!s *$!$l!cal* (e"ho& of co%#sel!# s"!ll &o#'" e" o)er "he pro$le(, "he# "hey are .%s" *har$or!# * "he s!#, a#& *Go& !s #o" help!# "he(*+ 1*Do#'" "ry "o help a perso# Go& !s .%s" #o" help!# *, sa!& "he "eacher of "he class6+ So "herapy 'o%l& $e a 'as"e of "!(e a#y'ayH "hey (%s" .%s" $e *%#'!ll!# "o cha# e*+ Perhaps, "hey're #o" e)e# sa)e& or *sp!r!" f!lle&*, or *r! h" '!"h "he Lor&*, so(e '!ll e)e# spec%la"eF O# "he Bo$ a#s' psychoheresy3a'are+or s!"e, I see &!sc%ss!o#s of s%$.ec"s l!-e a$%se, a#& 'h!le pa!# (ay #o" $e a# eAc%se for )ar!o%s ac"!o#s 1a '!fe ref%s!# "o *s%$(!"* "o a h%s$a#&, e"c6, s"!ll, !# (a!#"a!#!# "ha" po!#", pa!# !s e#erally &!s(!sse&+ O#ce a a!#, spar!# %s fro( pa!# !s #o" Go&'s (a!# co#cer#, a#& s%ch *pa!#* ca# $e * oo&* for %s !# *$r!# !# %s closer "o Chr!s"*+ Yo% also see a &!s"!#c"!o# $e"'ee# *happ!#ess* a#& joy, %se& a lo" !# Chr!s"!a# "each!# o# pa!#+ /oy, "he 'ay !" !s %s%ally &ef!#e& $y "hese "eachers, $as!cally e#&s %p as a# o%"'ar& (as- of *happ!#ess* &esp!"e "he c!rc%(s"a#ces or ho' yo% really feel !#s!&e+ So "hey preach *.oy*, (a-!# !" so%#& appeal!# "o "hose 'ho are %#happy !# l!fe, $%" !" !s really #o"h!# l!-e 'ha" !" so%#&s l!-e+

The basis of the criticism actually denies the full extent of sin as much as it criticizes psychology for the same 0h!le 'e're "ry!# "o safe %ar& a a!#s" sec%lar h%(a#!s"!c psycholo y's &e#!al of s!# a#& respo#s!$!l!"y, we ac"%ally &e#y s!# '!"h s%ch s!(pl!s"!c .%& (e#"s "ha" &!sre ar& "he co(pleA!"y of (a#y pro$le(s !# people's l!)es+ I"'s l!-e 'e ac"%ally ha)e #o" @%!"e raspe& "he eA"e#" of "he Kall a#& s!# o# (a#'s (!#&+ 0e .%s" place e)ery"h!# o# "he *'!c-e& hear"*, 'h!ch s% es"s "ha" all o%r pro$le(s are "o"ally o%r *'ro# cho!ces* $ase& o# o%r e(o"!o#s or fleshy &es!res+ The!r 'hole $as!s for "h!s !s "ha" s!#ce *psyche* (ea#s *"he so%l*, "he# *psycholo !cal pro$le(s are 'soul problems', a#& "ha" !s .%s" s!#*+ Tha" !s %l"!(a"ely "r%e, $%" "h!s s"!ll &oes #o" !(ply "he o)ers!(pl!s"!c *a#s'ers* "hey a&)oca"e, #or !s all of "h!s *s!#* #ecessar!ly e)e# "he fa%l" of "he o#e '!"h a par"!c%lar pro$le(+ 1e+ + "a-e a )!c"!( of a$%se6+ S!# !s a# effec" of "he Kall, a#& !" has sprea& "o all, $o"h !# "he for( of a perso#'s o'# co((!ss!o# of s!#s, as 'ell as o"hers' s!#s as "hey affec" a perso#, pl%s "he e#eral *"ra)a!l!# * s"a"e of "he %#!)erse+ To &e#y "hese o"her real!"!es, a#& ho' "hey affec" "he so%l, !s "o &e#y *s!#* as so(e"h!# o#e !s $or# !#"o, a#& (a-e !" o#ly so(e"h!# o#e *chooses* "o &o, 1'h!ch "hey hypo"he"!cally co%l& ha)e al'ays chose# #o" "o &o6F These K%#&a(e#"al!s"s sho%l& re(e($er ho' a# ry "hey o" a" sec%lar e&%ca"!o# for "each!# "ha" ho(oseA%al!"y, alcohol!s( a#& o"her s!#s 'ere ca%se& $y c%l"%ral co#&!"!o#!# or (e#"al or phys!cal !($ala#ce ra"her "ha# $eca%se of s!#H a#& #o' "hey "he(sel)es are "each!# "ha" !"'s .%s" "he *co#&!"!o#!# * or *!($ala#ce* of a 'ro# hear", 1#o" #ecessar!ly a falle# nature6 as !f "he perso# co%l& ha)e chose# o"her'!seF O#ce a a!#, "h!s !s a# a""e(p" "o (a!#"a!# a perso#'s guilt for fa!l!# !# h!s respo#s!$!l!"y $efore Go&, $%" as al'ays, f%#&a(e#"al!s"s cross "he l!#e !#"o ac"%ally eApec"!# (a# "o $e oo&+ The critics' philosophy and testimonials are based on a highly misleading premise that Christ "takes" pain away from the sufferer, supposedly rendering therapy unnecessary. However, this is really just a change in attitude towards it, not actual relief, and should not be mandated as a sole replacement.

People e)e# "each "ha" *all (e#"al !ll#ess !s a cho!ce*F O"hers p%" &o'# "he !&ea of *s"r% l!# * '!"h s!#s, as !f "hey "he(sel)es ha)e alrea&y 'o# "he raceH as !f "hey are co(ple"ely $eyo#& a#y pro$le(s '!"h s!# !# "he!r o'# l!)es+ The class (a"er!al ha& se" %p a co(ple"ely fa!r 'orl& 'here e)eryo#e 'ho !s s%ffer!# s"ress a#& e(o"!o#al pro$le(s !s o#ly *reap!# 'ha" "hey ha)e so'#*, a#& s% es"e& "ha" perhaps a perso# 'e loo- a" '!"h a s"a$le l!fe (%s" ha)e &o#e r! h"+ No" o#ly &oes "h!s &e#y "he )ery scr!p"%res "he class ha& c!"e& else'here re ar&!# "r!$%la"!o#s 1*press%re*6 for "he o&ly, AND "h%s "he "es"!(o#!es of "he apos"les, prophe"s a#& "he Lor& H!(self 1see for eAa(ple, El!.ah !# : L!# s :495,8, /es%s !# Mar- :8955, 58, a#& of co%rse /o$6 $%" !"'s also "he )ery $as!s of "he here"!cal heal"h M 'eal"h "each!# 1also co#&e(#e&, r! h"ly so, $y "h!s se (e#" of f%#&a(e#"al!s(6+ Yo% a!# ear"hly *$less!# s* or *peace* $y *ser)!# Go&* 1!# "he case of "he heal"h M 'eal"h ospel, !)!# (o#ey "o (!#!s"ryH !# "he case of *$!$l!cal co%#sel!# * "each!# , $e!# o$e&!e#" "o Go&, holy, separa"e&, fa!"hf%l !# Ch%rch, e"c6+ A#& "h!s !s po"e#"!ally a "re(e#&o%s so%rce of pr!&e "o "he co%#selor 'ho *has !" all "o e"her*, a#& "h!#-s he (%s" $e &o!# e)ery"h!# r! h", a#& !s .%s"!f!e& !# $e!# col& a#& #o" ha)!# "o $e $o"here& '!"h "he "ro%$le& perso# $eca%se he's *'!llf%lly s!##!# *, &eser)!# h!s pl! h", forsa-e# $y Go& $eca%se of h!s s!#s, e"c+ 1A#& he !s "herefore rel!e)e& of a#y %!l" fro( h!s prosper!# 'h!le o"hers s%fferH or fro( h!s s!#s !# e#eral, 'h!ch appare#"ly ca#'" $e "ha" $a& !f Go& !s *$less!# * h!( so6+ I" !s esse#"!ally "each!# people "o $e self3r! h"eo%s */o$'s3fr!e#&s*+ A#& 'e see 'ha" Go& ha& "o say a$o%" "he(F So a# ar"!cle !# a :442 Christianity Today ap"ly calle& "h!s "he *emotional heal"h ospel*9 1D'! h" L+ Carlso#, *EApos!# "he My"h "ha" Chr!s"!a#s Sho%l& #o" ha)e E(o"!o#al Pro$le(s* 734342, p+746+ *The e(o"!o#al heal"h ospel ass%(es "ha" !f yo% ha)e repe#"e& of yo%r s!#s, praye& correc"ly, a#& spe#" a&e@%a"e "!(e !# Go&'s 0or&, yo% '!ll ha)e a so%#& (!#& a#& $e free of e(o"!o#al pro$le(s*+ To &o "h!s, !" '!ll *re&ef!#e (e#"al !ll#ess as 'sp!r!"%al' or as charac"er pro$le(s*+ I" !s *co((%#!ca"e& $y so(e of o%r (os" l!s"e#e&3"o lea&ers*, a#& *#ee&lessly a&&s "o "he s%ffer!# of "hose alrea&y !# "%r(o!l*+ The f!rs" "h!# "o pop %p !# cr!"!cs' (!#&s a" "h!s po!#" '!ll pro$a$ly $e & Tim.'()( "*or God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind"+ B%" *so%#& (!#&* "here !s ac"%ally *sophro#os* 'h!ch (ea#s *discipline*, a#& 'h!le "he psycholo y cr!"!cs are "ry!# "o 'ar& off, a(o# o"her "h!# s, eAc%ses for lacof &!sc!pl!#e, 'e are #o" .%s"!fy!# "ha"+ The !ss%es psycholo y a&&ress are "he !#"er#al &!s"ress people s%ffer, 'h!ch (ay !#fl%e#ce "he( "o $e %#&!sc!pl!#e&, $%" (! h" #o", #ecessar!ly, e!"her+ ?e(e($er, "hese cr!"!cs &e#y all (e#"al !ll#ess, as 'ell as e)ery o"her psycholo !cal pro$le( lesser "ha# "ha"+ B%" "h!s scr!p"%re !s #o" "each!# "ha" !f o#e has "he Sp!r!", all s%ch *#o#3phys!cal* pro$le(s '!ll .%s" &!sappear, s%per#a"%rally+ I" !s say!# "ha" "he Sp!r!" '!ll #o" give us a# %#so%#& (!#&, or fear a#& o"her pro$le(s l!-e "ha", of co%rse+ B%" !f "he pro$le( already exists, a#& espec!ally !f !" !s &eep3roo"e&, Go& &oes #o" !#s"a#"ly ,ap !" a'ay, as "he!r "each!# 'o%l& s% es"H a#& "hey -#o' !" oo& a#& 'ell, as "hey re.ec" char!s(a"!c!s(, 'h!ch of"e# (a-es s%ch cla!(s of *(!racle* heal!# 1!#cl%&!# (e#"alDpsycholo !cal6+ B%" "a-!# a s!(pl!s"!c *&ose* approach, "he cr!"!cs' ph!losophy $as!cally !(pl!es a #ear3 perfec"!o# 'h!ch Go& has #o" ra#"e& a#yo#e !# "h!s a e 1a" leas" #o" a#yo#e 'ho ca# $e

rea&!ly o$ser)e&6, #o (a""er ho' (%ch people cla!( "o $e follo'!# , or e)e# *f!lle& '!"h* "he Sp!r!"+ To $e s%re, "he B!$le says "ha" o# o!# s!# h!#&ers o%r prayer 1: Pe"er 59N, /a(es :9;,N, Isa!ah O497, Psal(s ;;9:26+ B%" "ha" &oes #o" (ea# "ha" a perso#'s c!rc%(s"a#ces $eco(e "he "ell"ale s! # of h!s rela"!o#sh!p '!"h Go&+ 1see Ma""he' O98O6 Th!s 'as "he (!s"a-e (a&e $y /o$'s fr!e#&s, /es%s' &!sc!ples a#& o"hers 1L%-e :59:3O, /oh# 49:356, a#& "he prosper!"y preachers+ A#& "he *$less!# s* for o$e&!e#ce are#'" #ecessar!ly a s"a$le l!fe, $%" ra"her "he -#o'le& e "ha" o#e !# "he Lor&'s '!ll, pl%s (a!#ly Hea)e#ly re'ar&s+ S%ch a fa!r 'orl& as s% es"e& $y "hese people &e#!es "he Kall, a#& .%s"!f!es people $y "he!r 'or-s "o $oo"+ So 'e ac"%ally e#& %p "rea"!# s!# as +#TI,-., ra"her "ha# a condition, a#& "h!s &e#!es "he &oc"r!#e of s!# a" !"s roo"+ 0he# 'e say "ha" "herapy !s #o#se#se $eca%se all pro$le(s ca# $e sol)e& $y @%o"!# *&oses* of scr!p"%re P%#less "he perso# .%s" &oes#'" 'a#" helpH 'ha" !" $as!cally co(es &o'# "o !s "ha" (a# !s $as!cally !H all ha)!# "he sa(e (e#"al a#& e(o"!o#al capa$!l!"!esH o#ly so(e .%s" 'a#" "o &o 'ro# , a#& psycholo y !s .%s" *.%s"!fy!# * !" '!"h "he!r pleas of !#sa#!"y+ If yo% "h!#- "h!s !s eAa era"e&, loo- a" "he fac" "ha" "hey cr!"!c!,e "er(s s%ch as *&ysf%#c"!o#*+ B%" to reject dysfunction is to suggest that we are functioning the way we are supposed to% How can one maintain a position li"e that, and then criticize everyone else for #denying the $ible# and its teaching on #sin#% Also f%r"her s%ppor"!# "h!s o$ser)a"!o#, re(e($er "ha" (a#y of "hese f%#&a(e#"al!s"s are hea)!ly !#fl%e#ce& $y re)!)al!s" Charles K!##ey+ Loo- a" h!s s"a"e(e#" !# *.%s"!f!ca"!o# $y fa!"h* a" h""p9DD'''+ ospel"r%"h+#e"D:25NLTPCDlp"c<OQ.%s"Q$yQfa!"h+h"( *0he# "he s!##er "al-s a$o%" h!s s!#f%l #a"%re as a .%s"!f!ca"!o#+++he !# fac" char es Go& fool!shly, a#& acc%ses h!( of !)!# h!( a s!#f%l #a"%re, 'he# !# fac" h!s #a"%re, !# all !"s ele(e#"s, !s esse#"!al "o (oral a e#cy, a#& Go& has (a&e !" as 'ell as !" co%l& $e (a&e, a#& perfec"ly a&ap"e& "o "he c!rc%(s"a#ces !# 'h!ch he l!)es !# "h!s 'orl&+* He for e"s "ha" (a# KELL, a#& "h!s CO??UPTED (a#'s #a"%re+ No' he $ol&ly cla!(s9 *The "r%"h !s, (a#'s #a"%re !s all r! h", a#& !s as 'ell f!""e& "o lo)e a#& o$ey Go& as "o ha"e a#& &!so$ey h!(+* 0!"h "h!s !# (!#&, yo% 'o#&er 'ha" !# "he 'orl& 'as all "he f%ss "he pas" ce#"%ry fro( f%#&a(e#"al!s"s 1lar ely h!s follo'ers6 a$o%" sec%lar h%(a#!s"s a#& cer"a!# Chr!s"!a# psycholo !s"s *say!# "ha" (a# !s $as!cally oo&* or *replac!# s!# '!"h lo' self3es"ee(*+ Th!s !s prec!sely 'ha" K!##ey !s s% es"!# , '!"h "he o#ly &!ffere#ce $e!# "ha" "he "each!# of *self3es"ee(* &oes #o" really !#)ol)e (oral guilt, $%" K!##ey's "each!# &oes+ Tha"'s 'ha" !"'s all a$o%"+ Th!s !s 'hy h!s follo'ers "o&ay o)erloo- h!s ross errorH "he!r (a!# foc%s !s "o place as (%ch %!l" o# (a# as poss!$le, $y a#y (ea#s #ecessary, a#& K!##ey &oes "h!s eAac"ly as "hey '!sh+ B%" Go& &oes #o" !)e %s "h!s "as-, espec!ally 'he# !" !#)ol)es &e#!al of clear scr!p"%ral "each!# , a#& &!s"or"!o# of "he Gospel+ I"'s H!s Sp!r!" "ha" !s respo#s!$le for co#)!c"!# "he 'orl& of s!#F B%" "h!s 'o%l& perfec"ly eApla!# 'hy re)!)al!s"!c f%#&a(e#"al!s"s ha)e

eApec"e& (a# "o $e so oo& 1as !# all of "he!r preach!# co#&e(#!# "he 'orl& for $e!# s!#f%l as if they expected otherwise6, a#& "h!#- "he(sel)es "o ha)e ach!e)e& "h!s oo&#ess+ K!##ey's s"a"e(e#"s (! h" ha)e $ee# a!(e& fore(os" a" "he Cal)!#!s" &oc"r!#e of *"o"al &epra)!"y* 1!#a$!l!"y "o choose Chr!s" $efore re e#era"!o#6, $%" !" s"!ll has appare#"ly sprea& "o people's )!e' of sa#c"!f!ca"!o# af"er re e#era"!o#+ 0h!le Cal)!#!s"s (ay $e 'ro# !# ass%(!# "ha" (a#'s *helpless#ess* (ea#s Go& (%s" ha#&3selec" all 'ho shall $e sa)e& 'h!le ha)!# passe& $y all o"hers 1! #ores "ha" "here !s a &ra'!# $y Go& "o'ar&s all6, s"!ll "hey &o ha)e a rea" po!#" !# cr!"!c!,!# "he ph!losophy of "hese lea&ers, 'h!ch rea"ly o)eres"!(a"es (a#'s po'er of *cho!ce*+ The people co#&e(#!# all psycholo y e#erally "a-e a p%rely (echa#!cal )!e' of sa#c"!f!ca"!o#, as e)!&e#ce& $y "he!r cla!(s "ha" !f 'e preache& (ore hellf!re, or !f ch!l&re# rea& "he Te# Co((a#&(e#"s or praye& !# p%$l!c school, or !f 'e o#ly l!s"e#e& "o class!cal or "ra&!"!o#al (%s!c, 'e 'o%l& #o" ha)e all of "h!s s!# !# soc!e"y or "he Ch%rch "o&ay+ So ra"her "ha# a real *perso#al sa#c"!f!ca"!o# "hro% h "he Sp!r!"*, 'ha" "hey are a&)oca"!# !# prac"!ce !s a co%#"erfe!" *sa#c"!f!ca"!o#*, 'h!ch !s really *'!ll 'orsh!p* 1Col+79756 "hro% h co#for(!"y "o a co($!#a"!o# of r%les a#& fear "ac"!csH (%ch of !" #o" e)e# $!$l!cal+ 1A(a,!# "hey ca# acc%se so(eo#e of *co%#"erfe!"* so(e"h!# F6 I" !s $as!cally *'or-s r! h"eo%s#ess*H e)e# "ho% h 'ha" "he B!$le really "eaches !s *$y "he 'or-s of "he La' shall #o flesh $e sa)e&* 1Gal+79:;6, a#& "ha"'s #o" e)e# co%#"!# "he (%l"!"%&e of r%les "ha" are #o" e)e# apar" of Go&'s La'F6+ S%ch a (echa#!s"!c (!#&se" !s !ro#!cally 'ha" has lar ely shape& "he )ery "each!# s a#& (e"ho&s of #e'3e)a# el!cal!s( "he ol&3 l!#ers co#&e(#, !#cl%&!# Chr!s"!a# psycholo y, as 'e shall see shor"ly+ A#& "h!s perfec"!o#!s"!c sp!r!" e)e# co(es o%" !# o%r a""!"%&es+ Of"e#, 'he# people @%es"!o# "he sal)a"!o# of so(e "ro%$le& perso# 1s%ppose&ly for ha)!# *#o fr%!"s*6, "he!r 'hole (!#&3se" !s 1as o#e perso# e)e# p%" !" "o (e6 *& ha)e "o $ear respo#s!$!l!"y for my ac"!o#s+++=as !f *&'m &o!# s%ch a oo& .o$ of -eep!# s!# o%" of my l!fe, "ha"'s 'hy &'m so 'ell*>+++so how dare you let some 'supposedly( 'mentally ill' or 'emotionally disturbed' person off so easily)# /%s" loo- a" "he self3ce#"ere&#essDpr!&e a#& e)e# e#)y $eh!#& "h!s+ So 'e see, !# &e#y!# a#y #o#3phys!cal pro$le(s a#& cla!(!# all *so%l pro$le(s* are .%s" *s!#*, $as!cally, what their message comes down to is "I'm doing well and of a sound mind because I made all the right choices and you're having problems because you made wrong choices"+ Th!s (ay $e "r%e !# some cases, $%" !" !s s"!ll "oo e#eral!s"!c, a#& rea"ly eAal"s "he perso# say!# !"+ The#, "o a&& Go& "o "h!s, as !# "he cla!( of *Go& #o" help!# people* !f "hey ha)e#'" (a&e "he r! h" cho!cesH 'ha" 'e e#& %p '!"h !s $as!cally9 *God helps those who help themselves*+ Th!s !s o#e of "he (os" pop%lar cl!chBs of $o"h (o&er# sec%lar h%(a#!s( as 'ell as 'a"ere&3&o'# rel! !o#, a#& a#y Chr!s"!a# lea&er 'ho %""ers "h!s 'o%l& %#&ers"a#&a$ly $e r!ppe& apar" $y "he separa"!s"s+ Ye" "hey &o #o" real!,e ho' "hey are "each!# "he same exact thing, $%" !# &!ffere#" 'or&sF There !s #o appare#" roo( !# "h!s for "he race of Go& 1*co((o#* or o"her'!se, e)e# "ho% h "hey "hro' )erses a$o%" Go&'s * race* $e!# *s%ff!c!e#"* a" o"hers6+

So "he Cal)!#!s"!c char e "ha" sal)a"!o# $e!# $y o%r cho!ce *eAal"s (a#* as *sa)!# o%rsel)es* s"!c-s as 'ell, as !" 'o%l& $e co#s!s"e#" !)e# s%ch a foc%s o# *cho!ce*+ 1A#& o#e $! !ro#y !s "ha" BDM a#& so(e o"hers appear "o $e Cal)!#!s"!c+ So yo% 'o#&er 'ha" eAc%se "hey ha)e for accep"!# le" alo#e &efe#&!# s%ch a Pela !a# )!e' of sa#c"!f!ca"!o#F Pro$a$ly "he Cal)!#!s"!c *scr!p"* (o&el of sal)a"!o#, 'here Go& "rea"s (a# as !f he &oes ha)e cho!ce 'he# he really &oes#'" o%"s!&e of H!s re e#era"!o#6+ Ma# &oes #o" ha)e a#y !#"r!#s!c po'er o)er s!#+ He is !#fl%e#ce& $y e#)!ro#(e#"al fac"ors, "ho% h "h!s (ay #o" .%s"!fy a#y s!#s he (ay co((!"+ B%" "h!s &oes#'" (ea# "ha" e)ery pro$le( he has !s ca%se& $y so(e *s!#* of h!s o'#+ He ca# call o%" "o Go& for H!s po'er, a#& "he#, !" !s s"!ll a lo# s"r% le, a#& #o o#e has a""a!#e& perfec"!o#+ *as Christian history all well before the modern times% Co%l& !" $e "ha" $ac-'ar&3loo-!# f%#&a(e#"al!s"s are so a a!#s" psycholo y $eca%se !" ERPOSES "he #e%ros!s a#& e(o"!o#al co#"rol of "he ol& soc!e"al a#& rel! !o%s or&er "hey &efe#& 1fro( sec%lar soc!e"y, 'h!ch !s reac"!# a a!#s" !"6G Ol& ch%rch lea&ers a#& o"her a%"hor!"y f! %res 1pare#"s, e"c+6 'ere of"e# #e%ro"!c a#& "hey co#"rolle& $y fear a#& e(o"!o#al (a#!p%la"!o#33 s%ch as "hose preachers scar!# e)eryo#e !#"o l!#e+ 1Th!s '!ll $e &!sc%sse& a $!" (ore la"er, re ar&!# "he %#co#sc!o%s6 A "h!r& le""er 'r!"er "o CT ha& as-e& sarcas"!cally *ho' &!& "he Ch%rch e)er s%r)!)e for o)er :4 ce#"%r!es '!"ho%" psycholo y, psych!a"ry, a#& "herape%"!c co%#sel!# G* 0ell, "he institution of *"he ch%rch* (ay ha)e "hr!)e& &%r!# "hose ce#"%r!es, $%" all 'as #o" 'ell, #e!"her psycholo !cally #or e)e# spiritually as people ass%(e+ Perhaps o#e of "he reaso#s people "%r#e& "o psych!a"ry !s $eca%se of "h!s+ Psycholo y eApose& all of "h!s, a#& "hose 'ho &efe#& "he ol& or&er &o#'" l!-e !"+ I" !s a (%ch less la(oro%s re#&er!# of A(er!ca's h!s"ory a#& !"s (o&er# s"a"e "ha# "he co((o# co#ser)a"!)e cla!( "ha" "h!s 'as a ' o&ly Chr!s"!a# #a"!o#' "ha" 'as &es"roye& $y "he Lef" !# "he las" half3ce#"%ry+ 1Th!s foc%s o# *"he #a"!o#* 'e ca# of"e# see echoe& $y "he psychoheresy h%#"ers6+ Th!s !s a#o"her sys"e(a"!c &e#!al of "he Kall, )!r"%ally plac!# !" !# :4;<'s A(er!ca, or "he E#l! h"e#(e#", or 'h!che)er era o#e feels c%l"%re 'as los", ra"her "ha# !# "he Gar&e# of E&e#+ A#& e)e# "hose 'ho &o ac-#o'le& e "he s!# !# "he sec%lar soc!e"y of "he pas", s"!ll ro(a#"!c!,e "he h!s"ory of "he Ch%rch !# A(er!ca+ BDM, for !#s"a#ce, cr!"!c!,es "he *My"h of Chr!s"!a# A(er!ca* hel& $y o"her co#ser)a"!)es .%s" l!-e I &o, $%" s"!ll see(s "o por"ray all of "hese *psycholo !,ers* a#& o"her *co(pro(!sers* co(!# !# as corr%p"!# "he Ch%rchH as !f it 'as p%re %#"!l rece#" "!(es+ The Chr!s"!a#!"y of Sp%r eo# a#& E&'ar&s a#& "he P%r!"a#s see(s "o $e "he !&eal p%re fa!"h %phel& $y s%ch "eachers, 'h!ch "hey see as ha)!# $ee# &es"roye& $y (o&er# To deny "dysfunction" *co(pro(!se*+ is to suggest we are all FUNCTIONing the way we were supposed to, which denies the all

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People for e" "ha" the brain is a physical organ /how else could "the mind" be affected by substances such as drugs or alcohol01 It is affected by chemicals in the body, a#& !" !s 'ell -#o'# "ha" a lo" of &epress!o# !s fro( "h!s+ I" !s also affec"e& $y o%"s!&e phys!cal fac"ors, s%ch as !#.%ry, a#& e)e# pre#a"al pro$le(s !#s!&e "he (o"her's 'o($+ A# eAa(ple of ho' scr!p"%res are "or# o%" of "he!r co#"eA"s a#& %se& "o co%#"er "herapy !s ES 0!ll!a(s, !# "h!s ar"!cle SDepress!o# a#& "he B!$leT9 h""p9DD'''+&epress!o#a#&"he$!$le+co(DGpa eQ!&U:7N A "he(e "ha" r%#s "hro% h "he B!$le !s "ha" s!# ca%ses a "ro%$le& sp!r!", a %!l"y co#sc!e#ce, sp!r!"%al &ar-#ess a#& &eep &!s"ress+ The Lor& 'ar#s Israel of "he co#se@%e#ces of #o" o$ey!# h!s la's+ VThe Lor& '!ll !)e yo% a "re($l!# hear", fa!l!# eyes, a#& a# %!sh of so%l+ Yo%r l!fe shall ha# !# &o%$" $efore yo%H yo% shall fear &ay a#& #! h", a#& ha)e #o ass%ra#ce of l!feW 1De%"ero#o(y 729;O3;;6+ The passa e !s Go& 'ar#!# Israel a$o%" "he cap"!)!"y "hey 'o%l& o !#"o !f "hey $ro-e H!s La'+ 0here &o 'e e" "he a%"hor!"y "o eApa#& "h!s "o %s "o&ay, espec!ally, o#ce a a!#, s!#ce 'e are #o" e)e# %#&er "ha" Co)e#a#"G B%" "a-!# "he Ol& Tes"a(e#" o%" of co#"eA", 'e al'ays e#& %p "h!#-!# Go& !s s"!ll &eal!# '!"h a physical Schose# #a"!o#T+ 0e Voff!c!allyW say !"Ws #o' a Ssp!r!"%alT #a"!o# of $el!e)ers, $%" 'e s"!ll ha)e "o -eep "he 'hole phys!cal #a"!o# !# "here, a#& "ry "o apply all of "he S$less!# sT a#& Sc%rsesT "o %sD"he(, a#& "h!s !s $ra#&e& as SGo&Ws promisesS+ So !# "he sa(e )e!#, Psal(s 87 a#& 85 are %se& "o cla!(9 SScr!p"%re "eaches "ha" "he so%l, "he !##er esse#ce of each l!)!# $e!# , !s "he sea" of e(o"!o#al s%ffer!# H !" !s #o" a che(!cal &!s"%r$a#ce !# "he $ra!# "ha" ca%ses a (a# "o $e &o'#cas"+T Th!s !s a shor" passa e co)er!# "he &espa!r of Da)!&Ws Sso%lT fro( $e!# !# a# e#e(y #a"!o#+ Beca%se "he passa e co#cl%&es SP%" yo%r hope !# Go&, for I '!ll ye" pra!se h!(, (y Sa)!or a#& (y Go&T, this all $y !"self, pro)es "ha" S"he so%lT ='!"h !"s s!#, of co%rse> !s "he sole pro$le( Pfor e)ery (a# 'ho e)er l!)e&, a#& -2324 che(!cals !# "he $ra!#+ SThe (essa e of Scr!p"%re !s "ha" "he c%re for e(o"!o#al s%ffer!# &oes #o" l!e !# o%rsel)es or !# psycholo !cal co%#sell!# $%" !# "r%s"!# "he pro(!ses of Go&+ Go& has crea"e& "he so%l of (a#, a#& Go& alo#e ca# heal a $ro-e# &o'#cas" so%l+T Go& also crea"e& "he $o&y, $%" people l!-e "h!s 1$e!# Scessa"!o#!s"sT 'ho re.ec" "he cla!(s of Sfa!"h healersT6 e#erally &o #o" $el!e)e He heals "he $o&y '!"ho%" a#y h%(a# !#"er)e#"!o#+ E)e# "ho% h he ac-#o'le& e& Ssorro' of "he so%lT a#& Sa&)erse c!rc%(s"a#cesT as o"her ca%ses of e(o"!o#al s%ffer!# for believersH re ar&!# #o#$el!e)ers, here a a!# 'e see "he ass%(p"!o# "ha" all &epress!o# !s so(e"h!# ca%se& o#ly $y s!#9 The (e&!cal!s!# of e(o"!o#al s%ffer!# , $y a""ach!# a la$el of &epress!o#, (ea#s "ha" a# %#re e#era"e s!##er !s #o" respo#s!$le for h!s (!sera$le co#&!"!o#, for he !s s!c- a#& !# #ee& of "herapy+ 0he# a s!##er !s co#)!#ce& "ha" a che(!cal

!($ala#ce !s "he ca%se of h!s (!sery !" !s &!ff!c%l" for h!( "o see h!s #ee& for sal)a"!o#+ If so(e #e' e)a# el!cal "ypes "ry "o sell "he fa!"h "o "he 'orl& o# "he pre(!se "ha" S/es%s '!ll (a-e yo% happyT or o"her'!se Sfeel oo&T, IW( s%re (os" of "hese cr!"!cs '!ll say "ha" !s 'ro# + B%" 'e see #o' 'here "he #e' e)a# el!cals o" !" fro(F All "hey &!& 'as &ress !" %p a l!""le (ore+ A#& "he# le"Ws #o" for e" 'he# #o#3Chr!s"!a#s 1a#& &!s!ll%s!o#e& Chr!s"!a#s sl!pp!# a'ay fro( "he fa!"h6 "hro' !" $ac- a" %s 'he# 'eWre s"!ll (!sera$le, or a" leas" (ea#3sp!r!"e&F 1The la""er '!ll of"e# eAc%se "h!s as Sr! h"eo%s a# er a a!#s" s!#T or so(e"h!# H o#e s!"e calls !" S!#s"a#" preach!# TH $%" "ha"Ws #o" fool!# a#yo#eF6 The# 'e say "ha"Ws S"he &e)!lT a""ac-!# %s, $%" 'eWre !)!# h!( occas!o#H (a-!# o%rsel)es $! "ar e"s 'he# 'e pos"%re '!"h "hese %#real!s"!c !&eals 'e .%& e o"hers '!"h+ So 0!ll!a(s "he# co#"!#%es o# '!"h S"he a#s'er !s "o "r%s" !# "he pro(!ses of Go&T '!"h "he S"r!alsT (e#"!o#e& $y Pe"er a#& o"hers as "he Ss%ffer!# , $o"h phys!cal a#& e(o"!o#al, ="ha" !# a falle#, s!#f%l 'orl&> are a par" of "he Chr!s"!a# l!feT, "ha" Go& Sallo's h!s people "o s%ffer for a 'h!le !# or&er "o prefec"=s!c>, es"a$l!sh, s"re# "he# a#& se""le "he(T a#& S"ha" .oy (ay $e "he o%"co(e of s%ffer!# a#& sorro' for Chr!s"Ws sa-eT+ This is exactly what the new evangelicals ,who add therapy- claim+ So "he cr!"!c!s( !s s"r!c"ly a$o%" Sa&&!# so(e o"her "ech#!@%eT "he#, 'h!ch s%ppose&ly re#&ers !" S!#s%ff!c!e#"T+ B%" the sufferings of most people today are not the 5trials6 discussed in .cripture+ So (os" of "hose Spro(!sesT 'ere (a&e "o them !# "he!r par"!c%lar s!"%a"!o#s+ The !((e&!a"e eAa(ple $e!# "h!s Psal(+ 0here &o 'e e" fro( S0he# yo%, so%l =of DAXID>, are &!s"resse& !# fro( $e!# !# a# e#e(y #a"!o#, I '!ll pra!se Go&YT 1a#& all of "h!s %#&er "he pro(!se of e)e#"%al )!c"ory o)er "he phys!cal e#e(!es6, "he co#cl%s!o# SAll of o%r e(o"!o#al pro$le(s today are fro( o%r s!#s, 1or =for $el!e)ers> Go& V"es"!# W %s6, a#& never a#y che(!cal or o"her pro$le(TG S!#ce Da)!& ha& &!s"!#c" specific Spro(!sesT re ar&!# h!s (!l!"ary $a""les, ho' &oes "h!s "ra#sla"e "o %sG If 'e 'ere &a(a e& $y a$%se 1"he Ss!#T of so(eo#e else6, .%s" $el!e)e "ha" Go& !s o!# "o roas" "ha" perso# !# Hell, a#& that.s s%ppose& "o !)e %s S.oyT a#& heal %sG Or, .%s" "he ol& s"a#&$y of Syo%Wll for e" all yo%r pa!# #o' !# Hea)e#T+ B%" 'e s"!ll ha)e "o for now l!)e !# "h!s 'orl& '!"h o%r pro$le(s, a#& "hey &o#W" .%s" o a'ay '!"h so(e s!(ple for(%la, e)e# !f !"Ws o#e "ha" appeals "o SGo&T+ As IWll e(phas!,e (ore la"er, "h!s ac"%ally turns .criptures into a form of psychological therapy. E)e# !f yo% !#s!s" !" !s Go& &o!# "he Sheal!# T+ A#& #o less "ha# '!"h (o&er# char!s(a"!cs 1ye" a#o"her ro%p "hey co#&e(#6, Go& !s l!-e a# Se#er y so%rceT 'e S"ap !#"oT P!# "h!s case, "o heal all o%r psycholo !cal pro$le(sF So !" loo-s l!-e "he!r approach "o Sa $ro-e# &o'#cas" so%lT "ha" co(es "o "he( '!ll $e a )ery col& o#e, s!(ply "ell!# "he( of "he!r #ee& "o repe#" a#& e" r! h" '!"h Go& 1By follo'!# H!s La's, !#cl%&!# "he Sla'sT of sp!r!"%al heal"h a#& ro'"h6+

So of co%rse, "hey '!ll $e force& "o eApla!# 'hy "he Spro(!sesT alo#e &!&#W" heal a#y perso# !" happe#s "o #o" 'or- for $y further .%& !# "he perso# s%ffer!# + /%s" l!-e "he Sheal"h a#& 'eal"hT "eachers &oF No' here, 'e see "he real "hrea" of psycholo yH P"o "he po'er $ase9 I# co#cl%s!o# 'e sho%l& %#&ers"a#& "ha" "he sec%lar )!e' of &epress!o#, $y (e&!cal!s!# e(o"!o#al s%ffer!# , has re(o)e& !" fro( "he sp!r!"%al are#a a#& "he !#fl%e#ce of "he ch%rch+ Th!s (ea#s "ha" (a#y people '!"h e(o"!o#al s%ffer!# are $e!# referre& "o psycho"herap!s"s a#& psych!a"r!s"s a#& #o" pas"ors a#& ch%rch el&ers+ B%" to try to put psychological problems 5in the arena6 of 5the influence of the church6 turns the church and the Gospel then into a competing 5spiritual6 enterprise along with all the other forms of 5spirituality6% The Gospel !s "he acco%#" of ho' (a# fell !#"o sha(e a#& separa"!o# fro( Go&, "hro% h "he S-#o'le& e of oo& a#& e)!lT 1s%ch lea&ers )ehe(e#"ly !#s!s" o# MO?E of s%ch -#o'le& e as "he cure, a#& less of !" as "he sole ca%se of all pro$le(s6, a#& Go&Ws re(e&y of sal)a"!o# "hro% h #hrist7s work 1#o" o%r o'# Scho!cesT "o $el!e)e "he r! h" "each!# s, follo' "he r! h" prac"!ces a#& &e)elop "he r! h" a""!"%&es "o l!fe Palrea&y "h!s so%#&s l!-e "he B%&&h!s" SE! h"fol& Pa"hTF6 0h!le "h!s sho%l& !)e %s a SpeaceT a#& lac- of Sa#A!e"yT o)er salvation, !" #e)er e)e# cla!(s "o sol)e all or really any of o%r o"her pro$le(sF I" sho%l& re(o)e "he pr!(al shame $efore Go&, $%" a lo" of o"her "h!# s ca%se &epress!o#, e(o"!o#al pa!#, e"c+ The "each!# of $o"h =(os"> #e' e)a# el!cals a#& espec!ally ol&3l!#e f%#&a(e#"al!s"s "%r#s "h!s o# !"s ear $y ha)!# SB!$le pr!#c!plesT heal o%r pa!# fro( &a!ly c!rc%(s"a#ces 1'!"h "herapy s!(ply as a# a!&, !# "he for(er ca(p6, a#& !f 'e are#W" ach!e)!# "h!s, "he# 'e should $e a#A!o%s a$o%" 'he"her 'eWre really sa)e& =he#ce, "he *&epresse&* perso# ass%(e& "o *#ee&* sal)a"!o#, re e#era"!o#, e"c+> or a" leas" Spleas!# Go&T, Sf!lle& '!"h "he Sp!r!"T, e"c+ or #o"F ' 8eter 9(:;) 1'here "he fre@%e#"ly le)ele& * !)e yo%r pro$le( "o Go&* !s &er!)e& fro(6 has e)e# $ee# c!"e& as proof S/es%s heals &epress!o#T+ I" rea&s9 /Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of 0od, that he may exalt you in due time1 casting all your care upon him2 for he careth for you34 No'here &oes "h!s say a#y"h!# a$o%" heal!# &epress!o#+ The pre)!o%s chap"er !s 'here he (e#"!o#s s%ffer!# Sas a Chr!s"!a#T ra"her "ha# Sas a (%r&erer, or as a "h!ef, or as a# e)!l&oer, or as a $%sy$o&yT+ So l!-e o"her passa es, !" &eals '!"h persec%"!o# for "he fa!"h+ E)e# "h!s (%s" $e -ep" !# "he co#"eA" of "he fac" "ha" people, loo-!# for a S-!# &o(T 'here "hey 'ere free fro( oppress!o#, loo-e& a" s%ffer!# as a s! # of people p%#!she& $y Go& for s!#s+ 0ell, !f yo%Wre co((!""!# "hose o"her "h!# s, "he# !" co%l& poss!$ly $e "r%e, a#& yo% ha)e a pro$le(+ B%" !f yo%Wre $e!# Sp%#!she&T for $e!# a Chr!s"!a#, o$)!o%sly yo%Wre o# Go&Ws s!&e, a#& "he persec%"ors are !# "he 'ro# + No #ee& "o 'orry a$o%" $e!# !# "ro%$le '!"h Go&+ No'here &oes "h!s s% es" "ha" people "o&ay s%ffer!#

S&epress!o#T, a#& all "he o"her effec"s of "he (%#&a#e pro$le(s 'e face, are "o $e happy for "he s%ffer!# + 10h!ch !s "he $as!s of "he cla!( /es%s ShealsT !"6+ Ma#y "eachers ac"%ally hol& los!# a .o$, ho%se, rela"!o#sh!p or heal"h "o $e "he Ss%ffer!# T &escr!$e& !# "h!s passa e a#& else'here, a#& !f yo% &o#W" S e" '!"h "he pro ra(T 1$y Scha# !# yo%r a""!"%&eT6, "he# !"Ws see# as re.ec"!# Go&Ws Spro(!sesT a#& #o" Ss%$(!""!# T+ So of co%rse, 'he# yo%Wre lef" '!"h S&epress!o#T, !"Ws $eca%se of yo%r Ss!#T, a#& yo% s!(ply &!&#W" S"ap !#"o "he po'erT offere& yo%+ /es%s 'o%l& ShealT !" !f yo% s!(ply (a&e "he Scho!ceT a#& Sfollo'e& "he Vs"epsWT+ .uch conte"tuali<ation is the basis of this entire crusade these critics are waging against other #hristians% Mos" people $el!e)e phys!cal pa!# !s apar" of "he Sfalle#T 'orl&, so 'hy !s psycholo !cal 1!+e+ Sso%lT6 pa!# se" apar", as $e!# supernaturally heale& o#lyG M%ch of *ol&3"!(e* Chr!s"!a#!"y !s !#fl%e#ce& $y a &%al!s" )!e', of a *so%lDsp!r!"* "rappe& !# a $o&y 1re ar&e& as *"he flesh*6 "ha" !" !s o"her'!se co(ple"ely separate fro(+ 1This !s "he *pa a# ph!losophy* "hey sho%l& $e (ore co#cer#e& '!"h a)o!&!# "ha# psycholo yF6 Mea#'h!le, o#e perso# &efe#&!# "he Bo$ a#s o# a $lo s"a"e&, re ar&!# *a""e#"!o# &ef!c!" &!sor&er*9 I ha)e al'ays "ho% h" "ha" "h!s &!sor&er !s ca%se& 3 !# (os" cases 3 $y a lac- of &!sc!pl!#e !# "he ho(e+ Ch!l&re# ha)e la"ely #o" $ee# "a% h" "o s!" s"!ll a#& l!s"e#, "herefore "hey &o #o" l!s"e# !# "he classroo(+ A rea" &eal of "h!s &!sor&er co%l& $e c%re& !f "he *$oar& of e&%ca"!o#* 'o%l& early $e appl!e& "o "he *sea" of lear#!# *, as o"hers ha)e a&)!se&F I" %se& "o $e sa!&, *Ch!l&re# sho%l& $e see# a#& #o" hear&*+ No" so, la"ely, "o e)eryo#e's &e"r!(e#"F Th!s s%(s %p "he s!(pl!s"!c approach $y "he cr!"!cs+ They spea- co(ple"ely fro( a lac- of -#o'le& e, $ase& solely o# "he!r e#eral!,e& assess(e#" of (o&er# soc!e"y co(pare& '!"h "he s%ppose& *)!r"%es* of "he pas"+ Here !s a# ass%(p"!o#, "ha" e)ery ch!l& "ha" has ADD, s!(ply 'as #o" *&!sc!pl!#e&*+ Ha)e "hese people $ee# !# e)ery ho%sehol& '!"h s%ch a ch!l&G Some ch!l&re# 'ho ha)e "hose pro$le(s s!(ply #ee&e& "o $e "a% h" "o s!" a#& $e @%!e"+ B%" o"hers ha)e $ee# fo%#& "o ha)e a e#%!#e !#$or# pro$le(+ Th!s &!a #os!s !s #o" par" of a co#sp!racy "o &es"roy soc!e"y or "he Ch%rchF I (yself ha)e see# pare#"s &!sc!pl!#e ch!l&re# 'e $el!e)e ha)e "hese "ypes of pro$le(s, a#& "he ch!l&re# s"!ll ca##o" co#ce#"ra"e o# "h!# s, or s"op $e!# res"less+ Yo% ca# $ea" "he ch!l& all yo% 'a#" 1as "hey see( "o $e s% es"!# here6, $%" !" '!ll #o" cha# e "he(+ The# 'he# "ha" &oes#'" 'or-, I %ess !" !s $la(e sec%lar TX, (%s!c a#& e&%ca"!o#+ Or, !f 'e ha)e fa!"hf%lly -ep" o%r ho%sehol& *separa"e&* fro( "hose "h!# s, I %ess 'e '!ll $e lef" "o co#cl%&e "ha" "h!s ch!l& (%s" ha)e "he &e)!l !# h!(, or so(e"h!# l!-e "ha"+ The# 'ha"G If "he sol%"!o# !s o#ly "ha" he #ee&s "o $e $ea" e)e# (ore, !" (ay reach of le)el of phys!cal a$%se a#& )!ole#ce, a#& "h!s has of"e# $ee# &o#e, (a-!# "he #e's, e)e#, !# "he #a(e of Chr!s", a#& of s%ppose&ly r!&&!# "he &e)!l+ 0ha" a "es"!(o#yF Or I %ess, .%s" "hro' h!( o%"F I (yself see( "o ha)e A&%l" ADD, a#& !" !s #o" s!(ply (e *choos!# * #o" "o &!sc!pl!#e (yself, or (a-!# eAc%ses for so(e s!#F BDM e)e# cr!"!c!,es "he *)!c"!(!,a"!o# "er( 'alcohol!s(' !# place of "he B!$l!cal "er( '&r%#-e##ess'*+ A#o"her cla!(s *'alcohol!c' p%"s "he pro$le( o# "he alcoholH !+e+ 'external'

"o "he perso#, 'h!le '&r%#-' p%"s "he s!# s@%arely o# h!(self*+ Here !" e"s !#"o co(ple"e se(a#"!cs+ A perso# e"s *&r%#-* fro( *alcohol*+ The 'or& alcohol 'as #o" %se& !# ol&er "ra#sla"!o#s of "he E# l!sh B!$le+ B%" !"'s "he sa(e "h!# + O#e reaso# 'hy o#e 'or& has "a-e# pro(!#e#ce #o', !s $eca%se 'e "h!#- of *&r%#-e##ess* !# "er(s of par"!c%lar time periods of $e!# &r%#-, 'h!le *alcohol!s(* &escr!$es "he general problem o)er "!(e+ A perso# 'ho has a pro$le( '!"h alcohol !s #o" &r%#- e)ery (!#%"e of h!s l!fe+ B%" he is a# alcohol!c e)ery (!#%"e of h!s l!fe, as lo# as he has a pro$le(+ So "he (ea#!# of "he 'or& !s ac"%ally stronger "ha# "he ol& *&r%#-*F B%" of co%rse, "he ol& 'or& sounds harsher, a#& "he ol&3l!#e separa"!s"s' 'hole ph!losophy !s %s!# harsher 'or&s "o "ry "o sha-e "he s!##er %p %#"o repe#"a#ce, as I &!sc%ss a" =?! h"'!# +h"(l>9 The E#"!re Messa e of ?a&!cal K%#&a(e#"al!s(*H a#& as al'ays, "ha" "he ol&3"!(e soc!e"y 'as al'ays r! h" !# 'ha" !" sa!& a#& &!&, a#& (o&er# soc!e"y al'ays 'ro# + B%" "h!s !s a# %#$!$l!cal (ea#s of (a#'s o'# &e)!s!# , e)e# !f yo% (ay "h!#- !" *'or-e&* !# earl!er re)!)als 1perhaps "he la"er re$ell!o# !s "he proof "ha" !" %l"!(a"ely &!&#'" really 'or-F6 Par" of "he pro$le( here !s "ha" "here ha)e $ee# "oo (a#y 'o%l&3$e El!.ah's a#& #o" e#o% h of /es%s !# "he Ch%rch+ He #e)er re$%-e& a#y of "he people *'allo'!# !# s!#* l!-e "ha", $%" e#"ly !#s"r%c"e& "he( "o repe#"+ I#s"ea&H "he "o% h approach 'as al'ays reser)e& for the religious leadersF 0ha" a re)ersalF 0e are #o" loo-!# %#"o "he A%"hor a#& K!#!sher of o%r fa!"hF 1o#ly %s!# H!s #a(e6, $%" ra"her &o!# "h!# s &!a(e"r!cally oppos!"e fro( H!(+ 0e are (ore !#fl%e#ce& $y Sp%r eo#, E&'ar&s, K!##ey, Cal)!#, L%"her, 0esley, B!lly S%#&ay, e"c+ a#& "he *ol& "!(e rel! !o#* assoc!a"e& '!"h "he(, $%" e)e# "hese (e# a#& "he!r Chr!s"!a#!"y (%s" $e (eas%re& $y "he s"a#&ar& of /es%sH #o" %se& "o &ef!#e !"F A#o"her !ro#y 'e see here !s "ha" "hese cr!"!cs are acc%s!# "he!r $re"hre# of $e!# *'orl&ly*, $%" yo% ac"%ally see "he sa(e &e#%#c!a"!o# of *psycho$a$$le* fro( "he $ases" se (e#"s of *"he 'orl&*+ People 'ho s"%&y psycholo y are educated+ B%" 'he# yo% "ry "o eApla!# "h!# s l!-e ADD or Asper er's sy#&ro(e 1or a#y s%ch #e'ly &!sco)ere& co#cep"6 "o (a#y of "he %#e&%ca"e& *a)era e /oes* ha# !# !# "he $ars or o# sec%lar !#"er#e" $%lle"!# $oar&s or 'ha"e)er, "hey scoff a#& (oc- !" "oo+ They, .%s" l!-e "he rel! !o%s separa"!s"s, &o #o" 'a#" "o hear a#y s%ch *eAc%ses* for $eha)!or "hey ca##o" %#&ers"a#&H "hey .%s" 'a#" "o .%& e "he perso# as *'e!r&* or *cra,y*, a#& here #o' co(es "he ol&3l!#e Chr!s"!a# 'psychoheresy'3h%#"er "a-!# "he sa(e eAac" a""!"%&e, $%" o#ly cha# !# "he "er( *cra,y* "o *'!llf%lly s!##!# *, a#& "ry "o %se "he B!$le "o s%ppor" "h!s+ S"!ll, !" !s a(a,!# ho' "hose 'ho esche' *"he 'orl&* so (%ch, e#& %p ac"!# so (%ch l!-e "he(F I repea", 'e are #o" loo-!# "o "he A%"hor of o%r fa!"hF Perhaps, o#ce a a!#, they are "he o#es &e#y!# "he f%ll eA"e#" of *s!#*F The simplistic approach of the psychology critics is summed up in an assumption that all non! physical problems are from the person's own sin" and a mechanical view of sanctification that says #among other things$

that all children with attention problems only need to be beaten" more hellfire needs to be preached, etc. %ll of this denies sin more than psychology does A#& !f "herapy !s 'ro# $eca%se of *"he 'orl&'s "er(s* 1sess!o#s, "ech#!@%es, &ysf%#c"!o#, co3&epe#&e#"H as "he lesso#s cla!(e&6, "he# 'hy &oes "he ch%rch ha)e *$oar&s*, *s"aff*, a#& *!#corpora"!o#*, a#& "he lea&ers s%$(!" *res%(es*, are *h!re&*, rece!)e *salar!es* a#& *re"!re*G Ma#y "er(s 'e %se are #o" !# "he L!# /a(es B!$le+ Bas!cally, "he 'hole cr!"!c!s( !s $eca%se "he co#cep"s of psycholo y 'ere crea"e& o%"s!&e of "he *Chr!s"!a#* para&! ( of "he pas"+ B%" !f "here's #o *&ysf%#c"!o#*, "he# o#ce a a!#, "here's #o KallF L!-e'!se, !f 'e ca#'" %se a#y "er( or co#cep" "ha" 'as e)er %se& $y *pa a#s*H 'hy #o" follo' "he *sacre& #a(e* "ype ro%ps, 'ho po!#" o%" "ha" *Go&*, */es%s* a#& "he Chr!s"!a# hol!&ays are of pa a# or! !#, a#& !#s!s" o#ly o# "he He$re' *YH0H*, *Y'sh%a*, a#& /e'!sh holy &ays+ So(e offer a co(ple"ely rel! !o%sly sa#!"!,e& B!$le*Boo- of YH0H* 'here all e#"!le ele(e#"s are re(o)e&+ I')e see# o#e le""er 'r!"er "o a (a a,!#e (a-e a# !ss%e of "he 'or& *her(e#e%"!cs* $eca%se !" !s &er!)e& fro( "he o& Her(esF All of o%r &ays of "he 'ee- a#& so(e of o%r (o#"hs are #a(e& af"er pa a# o&s+ *Th%rs&ay* !s *Thor's &ay*, for !#s"a#ceF 0hy &!&#'" 'e re#a(e "he( 1l!-e "he la# %a e of Por"% %ese &!& for "he &ays6 !f 'e are "o a)o!& all #o#3Chr!s"!a# "er(!#olo yG 1Also, "he He$re' (o#"h #a(es are of Ba$ylo#!a# or! !# 1*Ta((%,*, e"c6, ye" Go& %se& "he( for "he Israel!"es6+ There !s also a *Geoce#"r!c* 'e$s!"e ac"%ally ar %!# for "he ol& ear"h3ce#"ere& )!e' of "he %#!)erseH $ase& o# a *l!"eral rea&!# of "he B!$le* as *s%ff!c!e#" !# sc!e#"!f!c -#o'le& e*, a#& "h%s re)!s!"!# a lesso# "he Ch%rch sho%l& ha)e lear#e& !# "he pas", 'he# !" ar %e& "h!s !ss%e a#& persec%"e& people o)er !" as &e#y!# "he B!$le+ I"'s .%s" a#o"her s"ra!# of *one;upmanship*, as &!sc%sse& !# "he r! h"'!# +h"(l pa eH espec!ally 'he# yo% (a-e "he pro ress!o# fro( e)a# el!cal psycholo !s"s 'ho $las" *sec%lar h%(a#!s(*, a#& "he# "he BCM cr!"!c!,es Chr!s"!a# psycholo y for co(pro(!s!# , "he# "he Bo$ a#s cr!"!c!,e BCM for co(pro(!s!# , BDM &!sa rees '!"h e)e# "he Bo$ a#s o# so(e !ss%es, a#& "he# a perso# #a(e& Dar'!# K!sh 1*A Tr%e Chr!s"!a#*6 $rea-s a'ay fro( BDM $eca%se "hey s"!ll accep" "he Bo$ a#s as sa)e&, a#& "h!s perso# says a#yo#e 'ho $el!e)es "he leas" "h!# 'ro# !s los"F 0ho !s r! h", "he#G Th!s sho%l& sho' yo% "he (!#&se" of "hese "eachers+ 0h!le !" !s "r%e "ha" (a#y psychoa#aly"!c $el!efs, pr!#c!ples a#& (e"ho&s are co#"rary "o "he fa!"h, a#& "ha" "herapy of"e# (! h" financially $e a r!poff, s"!ll as !# (os" !ss%es, "he $a$y !s "hro'# o%" '!"h "he $a"h3'a"er+ +isapplied scriptures A#& s"!ll, e)e# '!"h *"he Boo-, "he Bloo&, a#& "he Blesse& Hope*, "here !s %s%ally #o @%!c- heal!# + Ma#y co%#selors c!"e "he scr!p"%res "o "he s%ffer!# "ha" "His grace is sufficient" /& #or.'&(=1, a#& "all things work together for good for those called

according to His purposes /4om.>(&>1" 'h!ch are "a-e# "o (ea# *yo% 'ere sa)e& fro( a fa"e far 'orse "ha# 'ha"e)er yo% are s%ffer!# #o' 1?o(+29:26, so yo% ha)e #o"h!# "o $e &!sco#"e#" a$o%"*+ The#, "he co%#selor h!(self '!ll e" )ery !(pa"!e#" fas" !f "he co%#selee &oes#'" e" o)er h!s a# er or $!""er#ess, lea&!# "o "he co#cl%s!o#s "ha" perhaps "h!s perso# &oes#'" 'a#" helpH !s *%#sa#c"!f!e&*, e"c+ B%" (ore co(pass!o# !s calle& for "ha# "h!s+ Bas!cally, a 'hole ph!losophy has $ee# se" %p fro( "h!s, 'h!ch ac"%ally promotes col&#ess "o "he s%ffer!# F *Keel!# s* are al'ays &!s(!sse&, !# fa)or of *fa!"h*H a#& "he referrals "o !er.')(= s% es" "ha" "he "wicked heart" !s (a-!# 'ha" !s really * oo&* see( $a&H or as 'e call !"H *pa!#f%l*+ 1The co#"eA" says #o"h!# a$o%" reac"!o# "o pa!#+ A#& 'h!le o%r hear"s ca# poss!$ly eAa era"e so(e"!(es, s"!ll, o%r feel!# s are #o" :<<Z 'ro# :<<Z of "he "!(eF6 The#, 'e are "ol&, *!" !s $y fa!"h !# Go&'s 0or& "ha" yo% -#o' "ha" yo% ca# ha#&le !", e)e# !f yo% &o#'" feel l!-e yo% ca#*+ Of co%rse, s!#ce !" !s "hro% h *fa!"h* 'e are sa)e&, a#& '!"ho%" 'h!ch *#o (a# ca# please Go&* 1He$+::9;6 a#& 'ha"e)er !s #o", !s s!# 1?o(+:8975H so(e (ore )erses of"e# %se& !# "hese s!"%a"!o#s6H 'e see "he 'arra#" "o @%es"!o# "he s%fferer's sal)a"!o# for #o" e""!# o)er !" or a" leas" cha# !# h!s a""!"%&e "o'ar& !"+ Ma#y &o #o" o "h!s far, $%" !#s"ea& &!s(!ss "he( as *Car#al Chr!s"!a#s* 'ho are *#o" f!lle& '!"h "he Sp!r!"*+ I" has $ee# '!&ely spec%la"e& across Chr!s"e#&o( "ha" "he p%rpose of pa!# !# "he f!rs" place !s "ha" *'!"ho%" !", 'e 'o%l&#'" #ee& "o '"r%s" Go&'*+ B%" here, *fa!"h*, 'h!ch 'as "he )eh!cle "hro% h 'h!ch 'e "r%s" Go& for sal)a"!o#, !s "a-e# a#& appl!e& "o so(e"h!# !" #e)er 'as &!rec"ly !#"e#&e& for9 "trusting God" now becomes a philosophy of positive attitudes in life /as much as fundamentalists may claim to reject this1 with some unknown "good" being what we trust Him for% Or !f 'e "h!#- 'e -#o' "he ca%se of "he *"r!al*, 'e spec%la"e "ha" *Go& !s "ry!# "o sho' yo% so(e"h!# *H *Go& !s "ry!# "o e" yo%r a""e#"!o#*H *Go& !s "ry!# "o '$r!# yo% closer "o H!('*, e"c+ So !f he s"!ll says he ca#'" ha#&le !"H "he# 'e o" h!(F SeeH he &oes#'" 'a#" Go&'s helpF I"'s h!s h%(a# pr!&e*+ He !s *eAal"!# h!(self a$o)e Go&*, 'e e)e# hearF He 1or "he psycholo !s" accep"!# h!s feel!# s6 !s &e#y!# s!#H s!#ce o%r s!# !s 'ha" (a&e %s &eser)e so (%ch pa!# !# "he f!rs" place 1recallH 'e 'ere spare& fro( so (%ch 'orse, a#& "h!s !s 'hy 'e sho%l& $e happy !# "he *"r!al* 'e e" !# place of Hell !# "he f!rs" place6+ Th%s, 1"o so(e6 he !s poss!$ly #o" e)e# sa)e& or sa#c"!f!e&F So of co%rse a#y *(e#"al !ll#ess* "ha" (ay $e co##ec"e& '!"h "he pro$le( !s sa!& "o $e a *cho!ce* of "he perso#'s o'# s!#f%l &o!# F I" !s "he sa(e $as!c ar %(e#" as "he phys!cal heal"h ospel9 *#o" e#o% h fa!"h*F Bas!cally, "he for(%la oes l!-e "h!s9 :60e are s!##ers, "herefore 'e *&eser)e* pa!#, or !" !s * oo&* for %s 1"he sa)e&6 "o clea#se %s 76The c!rc%(s"a#ces of l!fe !s "he )eh!cle "hro% h 'h!ch Go& se#&s %s so(e of "h!s pa!# 1ye" !s o$)!o%sly '!"hhol&!# (os" of !" for %s, a#& !)es *#o (ore "ha# yo% ca# $ear*6 56Therefore, 'e (%s" respo#& "o "hese c!rc%(s"a#ces '!"h "he r! h" a""!"%&e, or 'e're *s!##!# *

86/%s" *choose* "o &o !", a#& Go& &oes "he res", s%per#a"%rally 1.%s" l!-e sal)a"!o#6+ There !s no excuse for #o" cla!(!# "h!s *)!c"ory*F O6The perso# 'ho &oes#'" !s .%s" !#&%l !# !# so(e pleas%ra$le s!# 1of fear, a# er, self3 p!"y, e"c6, a#& !s helpless, a#& sho%l& a" f!rs" $e h!" !# "he face '!"h "he!r *s!#*, a#& !f "ha" &oes#W" 'or-, $e lef" "o "he!r o'# (!sery %#"!l "hey are '!ll!# "o *repe#"*+ Th!s !s 'ha" ALL *(e#"al !ll#ess* co(es fro(F These sor" of parallel or are corr%p"!o#s of "he *fo%r sp!r!"%al la's* 1"he $as!c po!#"s of "he GospelPGo& crea"e& %s, 'e fell, He se#" H!s So# "o &!e for %s, 'e (%s" rece!)e H!( "o $e sa)e&6H s"ro# ly s% es"!# "ha" this !s 'ha" really !s "he =&!ffere#"> * ospel*Po#e "ha" !s *#o ospel* 1 oo& #e's6 a" allF A" "h!s po!#", !"'s #o" e)e# .%s" f%#&a(e#"al!s" "eachers, as "h!s for(%la %#&er !r&s al(os" all of e)a# el!cal "each!# o# *"he )!c"or!o%s Chr!s"!a# l!fe* 1!#cl%&!# char!s(a"!cs, a#& !#cl%&!# e)e# Chr!s"!a# psycholo !s"s cr!"!c!,e& $y "he f%#&a(e#"al!s"sF6+ I# fac", !" !s a (%l"!3(!ll!o# &ollar !#&%s"ryF The f%#&a(e#"al!s"s s%ch as BDM a#& "he Bo$ a#s are s!(ply (ore co#s!s"e#" '!"h !", s!#ce psycholo y 'o%l& "r%ly #o" $e #ee&e& a" all !f o%r sp!r!"%al *s%r)!)al* 'as Go& .%s" !#s"a#"ly, a%"o(a"!cally heal!# people's e(o"!o#s a#& (a-!# "he( co#"e#" 'he# "hey s!(ply repe#", as-, rea& "he B!$le, e"c+ as "h!s e#"!re "each!# s% es"s+ 1A#& "here !s a $!" of a &!s"!#c"!o#H as (a#y of "he #e'3e)a# el!cals foc%s so(e'ha" less o# "he f!rs" po!#", 'h!le "he separa"!s"!c ol&3l!#ers so(e'ha" &!(!#!sh "he fo%r"h 1as far as !"s s%ppose& *eas!#ess* !s co#cer#e&6+ Th!s !s a $! par" of "he cr!"!c!s( of "he #e' $y "he ol&+ B%" "hey all arr!)e a" "he sa(e $as!c co#cl%s!o#s6+ Th!s (a-es !" all "he (ore car#al of "he ol&3l!#ers "o $e (a-!# s%ch a# !ss%e of *separa"!o#* o)er "h!s, 'he# $o"h "hey a#& "he (o&er# co%#selors all %l"!(a"ely arr!)e a" "he sa(e $as!c co#cl%s!o#s a#& %se "he sa(e "o% h a#& .%& (e#"al approach !# co%#sel!# , all $ase& o# "hese sa(e f!)e co%#"erfe!" sp!r!"%al la's, 'h!ch "hey are !# a ree(e#" '!"hF Iro#!cally, as (%ch as "hese "eachers p!"ch *"he Boo-*, "hey "he(sel)es are #o" e)e# rea&!# !" r! h"F M%ch of "h!s "r!"e col&#ess s"e(s fro( a )ery co((o#, $%" )ery wrong rea&!# of )ar!o%s scr!p"%res+ These are &!sc%sse& !# &e"a!l !# A$%#&a#" L!fe, Chr!s"!a# *X!c"ory* a#& o%r ?espo#ses "o S%ffer!# a#& Ne a"!)e E(o"!o#s+ To !)e a co(pac"e& s%((ary here, )ar!o%s passa es spea-!# of *"r!als a#& "e(p"a"!o#s*, "he p%r!fy!# of * ol&* or *s!l)er*H e"c+ 1: Cor+:<9:5, a#& /a(es :97,5, : Pe"+ :9N co%ple& '!"h /o$ 759:<, Psal(s ;;9:<, ::, : Cor+59:7, [ech+:594, Mal+597,56 are "a-e# "o &!)!#ely eApla!# or al(os" .%s"!fy pa!# a#& &!sco(for", "o s% es" !" !s ac"%ally * oo&* for %s+ B%" (os" s%ch passa es 1as far as phys!cal pa!# !s co#cer#e&6 are referr!# "o "he par"!c%lar s"r% les of "he f!rs" ce#"%ry rea&ers, a#& !# so(e cases, "he f%"%re *&ay of Chr!s"*H a#& e)e# 'or&s s%ch as *"e(p"a"!o#* a#& *"ryD"r!al* are of"e# (!s%#&ers"oo&+ 4omans '&(& *$e "ra#sfor(e& $y "he re#e'!# of yo%r (!#&* !s #o" spea-!# of e""!# o)er all of yo%r pro$le(s s%per#a"%rallyH $%" "he !#!"!al cha# e of hear" 'he# Chr!s" !s rece!)e&, a#& yo%r $as!c )al%es a#& oals cha# e, as 'e see !# "he co#"eA"+ Les" a#yo#e "ry "o say "h!s !s *&e#y!# "he po'er* /& Tim.?(91H "he co#"eA" !s ac"%ally false, $%" !#fl%e#"!al "eachers, a#& !"'s "he (!srea&!# of "hese passa es "ha" &e#!es "he "r%e *po'er

of Go& %#"o sa#c"!f!ca"!o#*, s%$s"!"%"!# a perfor(a#ce3$ase& pro ra(F T!"%s 59O co)ers "he sa(e "h!# , #o"!# *#o" $y 'or-s of r! h"eo%s#ess 'e ha)e &o#eH $%" accor&!# "o H!s (ercy he sa)e& %s $y "he 'ash!# of re e#era"!o# a#& renewing of "he Holy Sp!r!"*+ 0h!le "h!s !s "o $e e)!&e#ce& !# sp!r!"%al ro'"hH 'e (%s" #o" cha# e "h!s $ac- !#"o 'or-s3r! h"eo%s#ess $y plac!# %#real!s"!c &e(a#&s a#& .%& (e#" o# people+ 0or-s3 r! h"eo%s#ess !s .%s" as (%ch *co#for(!# "o "he 'orl&* a#& *'al-!# af"er "he flesh* 1?o(+29:6 as !#&%l !# !# l%s" or sec%lar ph!losophy !sF The fundamentalists and other critics advocating this basically end up with the same "follow these steps /prayer @ible reading serving others thankfulness separation etc1 to achieve victory" along with the overblown testimonialism /"it worked for me so you can do it and there is no e"cuse%"1 that they deny and critici<e the new;evangelicals for+ The &!ffere#ce "ha" "he f%#&a(e#"al!s" !s (ore ap" "o pre"e#& "o $e s%per#a"%rally, @%!c-ly cha# e& "o *perfec"!o#* a#& #o" a&(!" *s"r% le* l!-e "he e)a# el!cals &o+ B%" a#yo#e close e#o% h "o "he( a#& ho#es" e#o% h -#o's o"her'!se+ M!chael Hor"o#, !# $eyond Culture *ars cr!"!c!,es (o&er# e)a# el!cal!s( for $as!cally (a-!# !" see( "ha" Go&'s La' *!s o#ly "here for o%r o'# oo&, o%r o'# happ!#ess a#& f%lf!ll(e#" a#y'ay* 1p+::86+ I"s follo'%p, Christless Christianity a&&s 'ha" he calls *"herape%"!c, (oral!s"!c &e!s(*+ K%#&a(e#"al!s"s '!ll 'holehear"e&ly cheer o# "h!s cr!"!c!s( of "he co#"e(porary ch%rch, $%" "hey ha)e falle# !#"o "he sa(e "rap !# s%$"ler 'ays as 'ell+ Ahat Horton calls a "therapeutic" "inner" /man;centered as opposed to the objective Gospel1 focus would actually include much of what the psychology critics have been holding up as the "Biblical answer" to therapy, s%ch as 'ha" 'as c!"e& earl!erF The foc%s o# *s"eps* "o *heal!# * or *)!c"ory*, a#& "he e(phas!s o# o%r *personal rela"!o#sh!p '!"h Chr!s"* a#& H!( ca%s!# pa!# #o" "o *(a""er* as (%ch+ I# "h!s )e!#, e)e# *perso#al sa#c"!f!ca"!o# "hro% h "he f%ll#ess of "he Holy Sp!r!"* l!-ely 'o%l& $e referr!# "o "he sa(e "h!# s+ A#& "hey "oo ac"%ally ha)e "he sa(e foc%s o# perso#al *happ!#ess*, "ho% h !# s%$"ler 'ays "he# "he #e'3e)a# el!cals+ O#e of "he (a!#s"ays !# "he!r ch%rches !s "he hy(# *Tr%s" a#& o$ey, for "here's #o o"her 'ay, "o $e happy !# /es%s, "ha# "o "r%s" a#& o$ey*, "h%s (a-!# "he sa(e (!s"a-e of re(o)!# *"r%s"* fro( !"s co#"eA" of sal)a"!o#, a#& (a-!# !" a#& o$e&!e#ce par" of a for(%la for *happ!#ess*+ 1Or, as (e#"!o#e&H "hey s%$s"!"%"e *.oy*6+ M%ch of "he #e'3e)a# el!cal "each!# a#& *sell!# * (e"ho&s s%ch as "h!s "ha" ol&3l!#ers cr!"!c!,e ca# f!#& "he!r roo"s !# "he ol& "!(e Ch%rch+ Par"!c%larly "he prac"!ce of "hro'!# o%" shallo' cl!chBs a#& pla"!"%&es "ha" are &oc"r!#ally e(p"y, a#& (erely "a e& "o selec" proof3"eA"s+ ?es" of scr!p"%res l!s"e& $elo'+ So the "biblical answer" of this entire anti;psychology movement is basically missaplied proof;te"ts like this and the "survival" they advocate is that when a person reads and "practices" them it is supposed to heal the person /by "making his problems not matter"1 rendering psychology completely false and an addition to the @ible+

Ye" 'e see "ha" "he a#s'ers are not $!$l!cal, $%" o#ly read into "he B!$le, $y ! #or!# "he The "&iblical answer" of the critics is simply 'uoting &ible verses #many of which, taken out of conte(t$ at the counselee, and they end up with the same "follow these steps to 'victory'" schemes as the new! evangelicals they critici)e co#"eA"s, or or! !#al (ea#!# s of "he 'or&s+ Properly rea&, "he 'hole e(o"!o#al heal"h ospel collapses l!-e a ho%se of car&sF O#ce a a!#, for (ore &e"a!ls o# (!s%se of "hese scr!p"%res, a#& o"her errors of "he e(o"!o#al heal"h ospel !# "he lar er e)a# el!cal Ch%rch, see "he *A$%#&a#" L!fe* pa e+

So #o#e of "hese passa es s%ppor"s "he "rapp!# s of "he e(o"!o#al heal"h ospel9 "he col& &!s(!ss!# of "he s%ffer!# a#& (e#"al a#&Dor e(o"!o#al &!s"ress of people !# "he (%#&a#e s!"%a"!o#s of "o&ayH or .%s" "hro'!# o%" "r!"e )erse @%o"es, "ell!# "he( .%s" "o *repe#"*, eApec"!# "ha" alo#e "o lea& people "o heal!# + A#& "he .%& !# "ha" of"e# occ%rs 'he# "he perso# s"!ll &oes#'" o)erco(e "he pro$le( 1ca%s!# "he( f%r"her (e#"al a# %!sh a#& hopeless#ess6+ A#& this !s 'ha" "hey call *e#co%ra e(e#"*F To so(e prospec"!)e co%#selors, sy(pa"h!,!# !s e)e# 'ar#e& a a!#s" as *fee&!# * people's *self3p!"y*+ I" !s e)e# po!#"e& o%" "ha" *e#co%ra e*, a#& *co(for"* (ea# *"o (a-e s"ro# *, a#& !" !s ass%(e& "ha" "h!s !s &o#e "hro% h "he $l%#"#ess of *"o% h lo)e*+ B%" "ha" !s a 'orl&ly (e"ho& "ha" (ay $e oo& o# so(e people, $%" #o" "o e)eryo#e, a#& !" !s prec!sely "he *co(for"* of /o$'s fr!e#&sF S%ch *(o"!)a"!o#al* spea-!# , '!"h !"s *#o #o#se#se* "o% h "al-, !s a $!" of a fa& !# sec%lar c%l"%re "hese &ays+ 1Dr+ Ph!l !s a# eAa(ple+ Th!s o#ce a a!# (a-es !" !ro#!c ho' "hey ca# co#&e(# soc!e"y for *"each!# "ha" pro$le(s of l!fe are so(eo#e else's fa%l"*, 'he# sec%lar psycholo y &oes place rea" e(phas!s o# perso#al *respo#s!$!l!"y*+ I" !s #o" e!"her ALL so(eo#e else's fa%l", or ALL "he perso#'s o'# fa%l", a#& 'e (%s" choose o#e or "he o"her+ B%" !" see(s "o separa"!s"!c f%#&a(e#"al!s"s, copy!# "h!s "o% h *(e"ho&* fro( "he 'orl& !s OL, .%s" as lo# as !" &oes#'" !#cl%&e "he psycholo !cal or h%(a#!s"!c "er(s+6 M%ch self3p!"y !s f%ele& $y "he lac- of co(pass!o# pre)ale#" !# a 'orl& a#& ch%rch &r!)e# $y s%ch col& pa" a#s'ersF *Har& "r%"h* !" !s, !#&ee&+ Tal- a$o%" as-!# for $rea&

a#& $e!# "osse& a roc-F The @obgans can mock article and book titles all they want but this IS still shooting our wounded in addition to shooting the @ible and along with the heart of God% Th!s (a-es "he Chr!s"!a# l!fe far har&er "ha# !" ac"%ally !s+ O)erall, "h!s "each!# acc%ses Go& of *"e(p"!# * people, a#& "he# acc%ses "hose "e(p"e&, of *s!#*, a#& *choos!# * (e#"al pro$le(s for #o" respo#&!# a cer"a!# 'ay+ I" "h%s pa!#"s Go& !# a 'ay "ha" (a-es !" so (%ch har&er "o $o' "o H!( as a lo)!# Ka"her, $y ra!s!# people's hopes "oo h! h, a#& "he# &ash!# "he( 1ca%s!# &!sappo!#"(e#" a#& &!s!ll%s!o#(e#"6, a#& "he# !)!# "he( $l%#" *'or&=s> fro( Go&*+ Th!s (a-es so(e people (ore l!-ely "o !)e %p or "%r# co(ple"ely a'ay fro( Go&, a#& "he# !" co#&e(#s "he( for "h!s a#& for #o" $o'!# F I" "he# rec!proca"es !"self $y (a-!# a process so%#& @%!c- a#& easy, 'he# !" really !s#'"+ I" has Sa"a#'s #a(e all o)er !"H ye" !" loo-s so *$!$l!cal* .%s" $eca%se !"'s *"o% h* a#& *offe#s!)e "o o%r feel!# s*, a#& "osses aro%#& "he 'or& *s!#*F Ca# a#yo#e say !" !s %#real!s"!c "o "h!#- "ha" all "hese "h!# s are 'ha" Sa"a# 'o%l& 'a#" "o &oG #+eeting of 5eeds# dismissed 0h!le "he scr!p"%res !# pr!#c!ple &o re(!#& %s "o p%" o%r s%ffer!# !# perspec"!)e, s"!ll, 'e are h%(a#s, 'e s"!ll ha)e all o%r 'a#"s a#& e#%!#e #ee&s, a#& 'e s"!ll *see !# a lass &ar-ly* 1: Cor+ :59:76+ I" !s s"!ll har& for people "o $e co(ple"ely co(for"e& $y "he %#see# !# a 'orl& of clearly see# "ro%$les+ The B!$le &oes #o" &e#y "h!s+ Chr!s" sa!& *Ma# shall #o" l!)e $y $rea& alone, $%" $y e)ery 'or& "ha" procee&s o%" of "he (o%"h of Go&*+ Tha" &oes #o" say *(a# &oes#'" really #ee& $rea& a" all, so !f he &oes#'" e" (%ch, "ha" !s Go&'s '!ll for h!(, a#& all h!s "r%e '#ee&s' are s"!ll $e!# (e" $y '"he 0or& of Go&' re ar&less of 'ha" !" loo-s l!-e*, as !" of"e# see(s "h!s !s $e!# "a-e# "o (ea#+ Tha" !s "he "r%e *co%#"erfe!" s%r)!)al*F If that were the case we would not have such an emphasis in scripture on giving to those in need+ 0he# Chr!s" "ells "hose 'ho h%# er a#& "h!rs", "ha" He '!ll f%lf!ll "he!r #ee& 1e+ + *"he $rea& of l!fe*, *l!)!# 'a"ers*6, He !s "ell!# "he( "he!r fore(os" #ee& of sal)a"!o#+ I" !s #o" so(e"h!# "o $e "hro'# a" "hose already saved "o #e a"e "he!r l!"eral phys!cal R emotional #ee&s+ The co#cep" of *(ee"!# #ee&s* !# !"self has $eco(e sor" of a &!r"y 'or& !# co#ser)a"!)e c!rcles 1$o"h f%#&a(e#"al!s" a#& ?efor(e&6+ I" !s "r%e "ha" (a#y co#"e(porary lea&ers &o o 'ay "oo far !# hol&!# %p *(ee"!# #ee&s* or a&&ress!# *fel" #ee&s* as !f !" 'ere "he e#"!re Gospel !"self, or "he oal of Chr!s"!a# l!)!# + Th!s !s s!(ply apar" of "he *sell!# * for(%la of #e'3e)a# el!cal a#& char!s(a"!c "each!# + B%" "he co#ser)a"!)e cr!"!cs respo#& "o "h!s $y o!# "o "he oppos!"e eA"re(e !# "rash!# "he 'hole co#cep" a#& e)e# co#&e(# a#y (e#"!o# of !", as !f "ha" a%"o(a"!cally co#s"!"%"es 'holesale accep"a#ce of sec%lar psycholo y+ EAa(ple of (!scharac"er!,e& psycholo !cal f!el&9 Te(pera(e#" Theory Te(pera(e#" "heory, for !#s"a#ce, !s %sef%l, $eca%se !" !&e#"!f!es cer"a!# !#$or# "e#&e#c!es a#& #ee&s people (ay ha)e, a#& "hey ca# $e""er !&e#"!fy s"re# "hs "o $e %se& for "he 'or- of Go& 1or any of "he!r perso#al !#"erac"!o#s for "ha" (a""er6, a#& $e (ore

a'are of "he!r 'ea-#esses+ Th!s !s cr!"!c!,e& as .%s" so(e ol& pa a# Gree- "heory, a#& assoc!a"e& '!"h as"rolo y, par"!c%larly s!#ce "he fo%r a#c!e#"ly -#o'# "e(pera(e#"s 'ere l!#-e& "o "he *fo%r ele(e#"s* 1ear"h, a!r, f!re, 'a"er6 %se& !# as"rolo y+ B%" 'h!le "he a#c!e#" pa a#s (ay ha)e (!Ae& !" '!"h "he pre)a!l!# rel! !o# of "he!r e#)!ro#(e#"33 as"rolo yH !# "he (o&er# co#"eA", !" !s a# o$ser)a$le sys"e( of categorization "ha" ca# $e see# !# people+ I# o"her 'or&s, a#c!e#"ly, "e(pera(e#" 'as $el!e)e& "o $e co##ec"e& "o "he prese#ce of "oo (%ch of a par"!c%lar *h%(o%r* 1$lac- $!le, $loo&, yello' $!le, or phle (6, 'h!ch "hro% h a (a"r!A of ho" or col&, or 'e" or &ry, 'ere co##ec"e& "o "hese ele(e#"s, 'h!ch 'ere "he(sel)es co##ec"e& "o "he ,o&!ac+ B%" !# "he (!&&le a es, "he assoc!a"!o# $e"'ee# "he "e(pera(e#"s a#& "he h%(ors 'as &!scla!(e&, a#& #o' !" !s $el!e)e& "o $e %l"!(a"ely neurological !# #a"%re+ The Bo$ a#s cla!( !" !s !ll%sory, a#& $eco(es a *self3f%lf!ll!# prophecy* or e)e# so(e"h!# "ha" ca# $e pro.ec"e& o# Go& $ase& o# H!s ac"!o#s 1&o(!#a"!# , e"c6, $%" !" !s .%s" a# observation of a perso#'s !#cl!#a"!o#s "o !#'ar& or o%"'ar& $eha)!or "ha" (a-e %p "e(pera(e#" "heory+ 10he"her "hey al'ays act upon "he!r !#cl!#a"!o#s or #o", a#& 'here Go& !s #o" a (a# a#& 'o%l& #o" f!" !#"o a h%(a# "e(pera(e#"al ca"e ory, #o#e of "he Chr!s"!a# psycholo !s"s e)er e)e# (e#"!o# s%ch a# !&ea6+ All !" s"ar"s '!"h !s a# o$ser)a"!o# of "he a(o%#" of interaction a perso# initiates "o o"hersH a#& "he a(o%#" he wants fro( o"hers+ Th!s !s $ase& o# ho' (%ch he !s stimulated $y !#"erac"!o#, 'h!ch !s $ase& o# #e%rolo y+ Those o)ers"!(%la"e& '!ll !#!"!a"e a#&Dor 'a#" less !#"erac"!o#, a#& "hose %#&ers"!(%la"e& '!ll !#!"!a"e a#&Dor 'a#" (ore+ By pa!r!# lo' a#& h! h le)els of each, yo% e" "he fo%r "ypes+ 0!"h )ar!o%s &!ffere#" #a(es for $o"h "he scales a#& "he fo%r "ypes, "h!s %#&er !r&s (os" of *perso#al!"y* "heory, as yo% ca# see here+ 1By a&&!# *(o&era"e* scales, yo% ca# ha)e (ore "ypes, &!spro)!# "he cla!( "ha" people are p! eo#hole& !#"o .%s" fo%r "ypes+ Espec!ally !# a #e' )ers!o# of "he "heory "ha" a&&s a fifth
"e(pera(e#", "h%s $rea-!# o%" of "he a#c!e#" *ele(e#"s*3$ase& (o&el+ psychoheresey3a'are+or a&&e& a# ar"!cle o# "h!s sys"e(, cr!"!c!,!# "he fo%#&er of "he s"r%c"%re !" !s $ase& o#, as co(!# fro( "he *e#co%#"er (o)e(e#"* a#& "he Esale# I#s"!"%"e, 'h!ch "he pa e "h%s cla!(s 'as par" of "he *e)!l co%#"er3c%l"%re !#fl%e#ce of "he s!A"!es, 'h!ch affec"e& "he e#"!re #a"!o#*+ B%" Dr+ 0!ll Sch%", crea"e& "he KI?O !# "he f!f"!esH before .o!#!# "ha" (o)e(e#" af"er'ar&, so #o#e of !"s !#fl%e#ce appears !# "he sys"e(, a#& espec!ally #o" "he Chr!s"!a# )ers!o# of "he "heory, $y "he Ar#oWs+ The pa e also cr!"!c!,es "he "es" for #o" s%$(!""!# "o a par"!c%lar "es" e)al%a"!o# !#s"!"%"e, as !f "ha" e)e# (a-es a &!ffere#ce 'he# "he e#"!re (!#!s"ry !#s!s"s a#y"h!# psycholo !cal !s $a& a#& false a#y'ay 6+

BDM cr!"!c!,e& LaHaye for *%s!# /%# 's co#cep" of '!#"ro)ers!o#' a#& 'eA"ro)ers!o#'*, a#& &es! #a"!# "he Sa# %!#e a#& Choler!c as *eA"ro)er"s*, a#& "he Mela#choly a#& Phle (a"!c as *!#"ro)er"s*+ The (e#"!o# of /%# !s s%ppose& "o carry a #e a"!)e co##o"a"!o# 1* %!l" $y assoc!a"!o#*6 $eca%se of h!s &a$$l!# !# "he occ%l" 'h!ch !s of"e# assoc!a"e& '!"h h!s "each!# s o# "he %#co#sc!o%s+ 1B%" (a#y of "he sa(e psycholo y cr!"!cs also hol& "he *"ra&!"!o#al (%s!c o#ly* pos!"!o#, 'hose pr!(ary *proof* co#"e(porary for(s are $a& !s *sc!e#"!f!c s"%&!es* of "he unconscious, "o "ry "o pro)e cer"a!# rhy"h(s ha)e cer"a!# effec"s o# peopleF More o# "he %#co#sc!o%s $elo'6+ Ho'e)er, e)e# LaHaye a#& o"her Chr!s"!a#s &o see( "o shy a'ay fro( a#y (e#"!o# of

/%# + B%" "ha" !s #o" "he aspec" of /%# 's "each!# s "ha" "he Chr!s"!a#s 'ho spea- of "e(pera(e#" are %s!# a#y'ay+ The &obgans can mock article and book titles all they want, but we %*+ "shooting our wounded", %, -+.. %, the &ible" and not giving %.. of its "answers", and TH/, is the real "Counterfeit ,urvival"0 Pl%s, /%# ac"%ally &!& #o" e)e# !#)e#" "he !#"ro)ers!o#DeA"ro)ers!o# scale+ He o#ly a)e !" !s (os" pop%lar #a(e+ 0ell $efore h!(, "'o of "he "ypes 'ere #o"e& as ha)!# a shor" *&elay* of "he!r spee& of "a-!# ac"!o#, 'h!le "he o"hers ha& a lo# er &elay+ Tha"'s all eA"ro)ers!o# a#& !#"ro)ers!o# are, really+ Ho' @%!c- a perso# !s "o !#!"!a"e !#"erac"!o#, or "a-e o# lea&ersh!p a#& respo#s!$!l!"!es, $ase& o# ho' (%ch "he!r $ra!#s are s"!(%la"e&+ The o"her scale, pa!r!# "he Mela#choly '!"h "he Choler!c, a#& "he Sa# %!#e '!"h "he Phle (a"!c 'as or! !#ally -#o'# as "he *s%s"a!#* of h!s reac"!o#s+ So(e hol& o# "o so(e e(o"!o#s lo# er, a#& "h%s '!ll appear (ore *ser!o%s* or less *people3or!e#"e&*, a#& (ore *"as-3or!e#"e&*+ O"hers ha)e a shor"er s%s"a!#, '!ll e" hol& o#"o e(o"!o#s less, a#& are "h%s less ser!o%s, or (ore *people3or!e#"e&*+ So "h!s scale also shapes ho' (%ch !#"erac"!o# a perso# 'a#"s, a#& !s %l"!(a"ely co##ec"e&, loosely '!"h /%# 's *Th!#-!# a#& Keel!# * scales+ Te(pera(e#" 'as also (eas%re& !# "er(s of a perso#'s perception 1co#cre"e or a$s"rac"6, '!"h I((a#%el La#" !#"ro&%c!# a (eas%re "ha" helpe& shape /%# 's *Se#s!# a#& !N"%!"!o#* scale, a#& "h%s (o&er# !#s"r%(e#"s l!-e "he MBTI+ So #o' "ha" 'e see "ha" all "e(pera(e#" "heory !s, !s a #e%rolo !cal3!#fl%e#ces (eas%re of eApress!)e, &es!ra"!)e a#& percep"!)e "e#&e#c!es !# a perso#'s $eha)!orH !" $eco(es h! hly r!&!c%lo%s for "hese cr!"!cs "o $e (a-!# s%ch a# acc%sa"!o# of !" as co#"rary "o "he B!$le a#& Chr!s"!a#!"y+ If you say temperament is "illusory" then are you saying that human interaction and perception are illusory0 Is !#&!)!&%al perso#hoo&, '!"h so(e people $e!# (ore or less s!(!lar "o o"hers !ll%soryG The cr!"!cs '!ll respo#& "o "h!s $y say!# *"ha"'s "h!#-!# "oo (%ch a$o%" yo%rselfH yo% sho%l& &!e "o yo%rself a#& "h!#- (ore a$o%" o"hersF* B%" "o "he co#"raryH !" ca# help !# o%r &eal!# s '!"h o"hers "o %#&ers"a#& "he!r "e(pera(e#"+ 0h!le #oH "h!s !s #o" (e#"!o#e& !# scr!p"%re, s"!ll the scripture does not go about listing every possible way we can think about others so again there is no contradiction here% Kor eAa(ple, !f a perso# !s (ela#choly, "hey '!ll "e#& "o $e lo#ers, a#& !" '!ll help !# (y &eal!# s '!"h "he( !f I &o #o" !(pose o# "he( or "ry "o force "he( "o $e aro%#& (a#y people+ If 'e are $o"h choler!cs, 'e '!ll 'a#" "h!# s a cer"a!# 'ay a#& (ay "e#& "o "ry "o p%sh each o"her, a#& "h%s clash, so "h!s co%l& $e 'a"che& o%" for+ There (ay $e "!(es s%ch $eha)!or has "o $e &o#e 1I ca# hear "he cr!"!cs say!# , *oh, so yo% 'o#'" "ry "o lea& a (ela#choly #e! h$or "o sal)a"!o#, or "each a choler!c ch!l& ho' "o $eha)eH see, "h!s s"%ff

!s #o oo&F* B%" 'e are "al-!# a$o%" &ay "o &ay s!"%a"!o#s of e""!# alo# 6+ So ye" a a!#, 'e see "he sa(e (!s%se of "he co#cep" of *&y!# "o self* 'e sa' re ar&!# pa!#+ To see ho' "h!s !s helpf%l, a#& "ha" !" !s r!&!c%lo%s "o a""ac- "h!s $eca%se of *"er(s* %se&, 'e ca# loo- a" a perso# of a "e(pera(e#" 'ho #ee&s people, $%" e"s a$%se !#s"ea&, a#& !s (!sera$le %#"!l "hey f!#& a oo& fello'sh!p+ 0e ca# say h!s #ee& 'as (e", a#& "here 'as #o )!ola"!o# of $!$l!cal "each!# !# "ha"+ 0e &!& #o" say "ha" 'as "he oal of h!s l!fe, or "ha" !" 'as "he Gospel+ B%" !" 'as !&e#"!f!a$le as a #ee&+ 0h!le "he #ee& 'as #o" $e!# (e", a#& he 'as s"!ll s%ffer!# "he a$%seH "he *#ee&s* cr!"!cs 'o%l& ha)e !)e# h!( all "he scr!p"%res 1(e#"!o#e& a$o)e a#& $elo'6 "hey %se "o say "ha" "he pa!# 'as ac"%ally *for oo&*, a#& he sho%l& .%s" *&!e "o self* a#& .%s" foc%s o# Go& a#& o"hers, a#& "he# !" 'o%l&#'" (a""er+ Th%s "hey 'o%l& $e in basic agreement with LaHaye, Do$so#, 0arre#, a#& all "he o"her lea&ers "hey co#&e(# as *psycholo !,ers*H for "ha" !s 'ha" "he la""er &o "each "hro% ho%" "he!r $oo-s a#& ser(o#s+ The o#ly &!ffere#ce !s "ha" LaHaye a#& Do$so# (! h" ha)e !)e# h!( a *"herapy sess!o#*, a#& "ha" "hey a#& "he o"hers a&&ress h!s *#ee&s* !# a&&!"!o#H 'h!le "he Bo$ a#s a#& BDM 'o%l& s!(ply p%ll h!( as!&e a#& !)e h!( all "he sa(e scr!p"%res a#& a&(o#!"!o#, $%" a)o!& "he "er(s *"herapy*, *sess!o#* or *#ee&s*+ BIG DEALF B%" !"'s "he sa(e "r!"e, of"e# col& approach+ Yo% 'o#&er 'hy a#yo#e 'o%l& (a-e s%ch a# !ss%e of "ha", 'he# "he o)erall "each!# !s $as!cally "he sa(e+ They cla!( "hese lea&ers *&e#y "he Cross a#& "each 'a"ere& &o'# easy3$el!e)!s(* or s"%ff l!-e "ha", $%" "hey &o fre@%e#"ly (e#"!o# *"he Cross* a#& ho' *har&* !" !s, of"e# r%$$!# !" !# as I a&&ress o# "he A$%#&a#" L!fe pa e+ E)e# "eachers l!-e /oyce Meyers, TD /a-es a#& o"her so(e'ha" char!s(a"!c lea&ers o# "he 0or& Ne"'or- or TBN, e#erally see# as *prosper!"yD0or& of Ka!"h*, al'ays spea- of ho' oo& !" !s #o" "o e" o#e's 'ay, a#& ho' *"he flesh* reac"s "o !", $%" (%s" $e *cr%c!f!e&*+ So this issue &S carnal division, and not biblical #separation from error#) The cr!"!cs $ase "he!r 'hole pre(!se a a!#s" Chr!s"!a# Psycholo y '!"h & 8et.'(? "B#hrist$His powerC...has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness"+ The# "he scr!p"%res o# sal)a"!o#, re e#era"!o# a#& sa#c"!f!ca"!o# are co(pare& "o "he co#cep"s l!-e Te(pera(e#" "heory, a#& "he Chr!s"!a#s 'ho %se "he( are acc%se& of *a&&!# "o "he Gospel*, s!#ce "hese scr!p"%res *&o#'" (e#"!o# perso#al!"y "ypes* 1eAcep" for )ery $roa& sp!r!"%al ca"e or!es s%ch as 'los" a#& sa)e&' or so(e"h!# l!-e "ha"6 as 'e see a" h""p9DD'''+psychoheresy3a'are+or De3$oo-sD8"e(p3e$-+p&f 16our Temperaments, 7strology 8 9ersonality Testing6 a#& fro( a#o"her (!#!s"ry9 h""p9DD'''+ac"s:N3 ::+co(D&!alo sQ"e(pera(e#"s+h"(l+ 0h!le I ca##o" -#oc- "h!s "oo har&, as LaHaye a#& o"hers &o of"e# 'e& "hese "heor!es "o "he Gospel as !f * ro'!# !# Chr!s"* a#& *Self3!(pro)e(e#"* 'ere o#e a#& "he sa(e 1as I e)e# o !#"o o# "he A$%#&a#" L!fe pa e6, a#& *f!#&!# happ!#ess* o)ere(phas!,e&H s"!ll, "he cr!"!cs co#&e(# "he "heory !# !"self, a#& 'he# #o" (!Ae& '!"h "he Gospel l!-e "ha", !" &oes #o" co#"ra&!c" or a&& "o !"+ Los" a#& sa)e&, for !#s"a#ce, are #o" personality "ypes, a#& are #o co(par!so#s "o "he(, so "e(pera(e#"s or "ypes &o #o" co#"ra&!c" "hose sp!r!"%al co#cep"s !# a#y 'ay, shape or

*ather than "drawing attention to the self" #or "flesh"$, Temperament theory #which is a measurement of people's interaction tendencies with others$ helps us consider others' needs for(+ If a Chr!s"!a# %ses "he co#cep", he !s alrea&y sa)e&, a#& he sho%l& alrea&y $e ro'!# !# "he sp!r!"+ Ho' ca# yo% "hro' a" a Chr!s"!a# @%!ps l!-e *all you need !s re e#era"!o# a#& sa#c"!f!ca"!o#*, "he#G 1U#less yo% are ass%(!# he (%s" $e %#re e#era"e a#& %#sa#c"!f!e& .%s" $eca%se he has so(e pro$le(s he !s co(!# for help for, a#& Go& has #o" .%s" ,appe& !" o%" of h!( alrea&yF6 So "heor!es s%ch as "h!s are %sef%l !#for(a"!o# 'h!ch ca# help o#e ro' a#& e" alo# '!"h each o"her, as e)eryo#e a" so(e po!#" ac-#o'le& es "ha" Go& &oes #o" .%s" say *sha,a(* a#& (a-e %s ro' or resol)e co#fl!c"s s!(ply 'he# 'e pray, as "hese cr!"!cs of"e# (a-e !" see(+ 1Ye" as I ha)e sho'#, "he K%#&a(e#"al!s"s' "each!# o# apply!# all of "hese *B!$le3o#ly* "er(s !# prac"!ce $o!ls &o'# $as!cally "o "he sa(e (echa#!cal *&o "h!s a#& yo% '!ll e" "ha"* sche(e as LaHaye a#& "he o"hers6+ The co((o#ly c!"e& scr!p"%re 8roverbs &&(: *"ra!# %p a ch!l& !# "he 'ay he sho%l& o, a#& 'he# he !s ol&, he '!ll #o" &epar" fro( !"*, 'he# .%s" rea& !# o%r E# l!sh "ra#sla"!o#s see(s "o s%ppor" "he f%#&a(e#"al!s" ass%(p"!o# "ha" 'he# a perso# has pro$le(s, !" !s s!(ply $eca%se h!s pare#"s &!&#'" &!sc!pl!#e h!( e#o% hH $%" ac"%ally, %po# eAa(!#!# "he He$re' 'or&s, !" has $ee# fo%#& "o (ea# so(e"h!# closer "o *"ra!# %p a ch!l& accor&!# "o h!s bent+++*+ Th!s !s ac"%ally 'ha" "e(pera(e#" !sF The f%#&a(e#"al!s"s 'o%l& !ro#!cally "a-e "h!s "o "ry "o $rea- "he ch!l& !#"o "he (ol& of a se" of $eha)!ors they thin" !s *"he 'ay he sho%l& o*, ye" "hey ! #ore "he co#s!&era"!o# of perso#al!"y a#& "e(pera(e#" "ha" "h!s )erse !s ac"%ally "each!# , call!# !" pa a# a#& 'orl&lyF #6lesh# misunderstood The cr!"!cs say !" !s *&ra'!# a""e#"!o# $ac- "o "he flesh*+ B%" f%#&a(e#"al!s" IKB3"ype cr!"!cs l!-e "h!s, .%s" as !# "h!s &e$a"e's s!s"er !ss%e of * o&ly )s+ fleshy (%s!c* (!s%#&ers"a#& 'ha" *flesh* !# "he B!$le really !s "o $e !# '!"hH (a-!# !" e)ery"h!# physical or *#a"%ral* a$o%" %s as !f !" !s $a& in itself+ Or, "hey cla!(, !" !s *&ra'!# a""e#"!o# "o "he self*, 'he# 'e're s%ppose& "o *&!e "o "he self*, $%" here also "hey ha)e "'!s"e& "he co#cep" 'ell $eyo#& !"s (ea#!# + They !# "h!s case "a-e !" "o (ea# *&o#'" "h!#- of anything about yo%rself, .%s" loo- a"

Chr!s"*+ B%" !f "ha"'s "he case, "he# sho%l&#'" a perso#, for !#s"a#ce, '!"h a par"!c%lar s!# .%s" &e#y "he s!#, s!#ce "hey sho%l&#'" *loo- a" "he(sel)es*H a#& *.%s" foc%s o# Chr!s"* !#s"ea&G O#e of "he s!"es a$o)e cr!"!c!,es as"rolo y for *(a-!# yo%r "ra!"s 1e+ + s!#6 eA"er#al "o yo%rself*, as 'ell as "he afore(e#"!o#e& cr!"!c!s( of "he "er( *alcohol!s(* for $e!# *eA"er#al*+ B%" !f 'e are s%ppose& "o ! #ore *self* so (%ch, "he# "hese sho%l& $e oo& "h!# sF They "ry "o p!# "he *eA"er#al* foc%s of as"rolo y o# "e(pera(e#" "heory as 'ell, $%" !f "ha" 'ere "r%e, "he# r! h" "here !" sho%l& $e #o"h!# 'ro# '!"h "ha" e!"her+ O# "he o"her ha#&, "e(pera(e#" "heory !s acc%se& of poss!$ly $eco(!# a# eAc%se for s!#, $%" all of "he Chr!s"!a# "e(pera(e#" a#alys"s ha)e "a% h" s@%arely a a!#s" "h!s+ Also, "he scr!p"%res here spea- of 'ha" Chr!s" '!ll *&o for yo%* !f yo% *"r%s" H!(*+ Sal)a"!o# !s co(!# a#& * e""!# * so(e"h!# fro( Go&, a#& "h%s (ee"!# a *#ee&* $y &o!# so(e"h!# $e#ef!c!al "o "he self9 cha# !# o#e's e"er#al &es"!#y for "he $e""er+ 0hy #o" preach a a!#s" "h!s $eca%se !" !s so *self!sh*G So(e Cal)!#!s"s &o, $%" "hese IKB "ypes are al(os" sol!&ly a a!#s" "ha" as 'ell+ They '!ll l!-ely cla!( "ha" "ha" !s prec!sely "he o#ly *#ee&* 'e ha)e, a#& "ha" !s 'hy a#y"h!# else !s a 'ro# f%l *a&&!"!o#*+ B%" "h!s 'o%l& s"!ll fall !#"o "he ca"e ory of *self* as "hey %se !"F Or, !f o#e says 'e are s%ppose& "o loo- a" Chr!s" 'ho co)ers o%r s!#s, "he# sho%l& 'e really, $eca%se *I# Chr!s"* 1Chr!s"!a#6 !s also so(e"h!# *a$o%" %s*F Of co%rse #o"F Ne!"her are 'e "o &e#y a#y "ale#" or sp!r!"%al !f" 'e ha)e, or o%r $ac- ro%#&, #a"!o#al!"y, e"c+ $eca%se !" !s *o%r self*+ 0e are .%s" "o !)e Go& "he ho#or for "hese "h!# s, ra"her "ha# o%rsel)es+ 0h!le 'e are #o" "o &e#y "hese "h!# s a$o%" o%rsel)esH 'e are also #o" "o o !# "he oppos!"e &!rec"!o# hol& "he( %p as (a-!# %s spec!al or $e""er "ha# o"hers+ That's 'here "he pro$le( ar!sesF 0ha" *flesh* really (ea#" !# Pa%l's %sa e 'as %s!# o%r phys!cal l!#ea e as the means of reconciliation with 0od+ I" 'as referr!# pr!(ar!ly "o "he Chr!s"3re.ec"!# Israel!"es, 'ho "ho% h" "he!r s"a"%s as A$raha('s ch!l&re# (a&e "he( *"he chose#*, ra"her "he# o#e's pos!"!o# in Christ+ Tha" 'as &e"er(!#e& $y phys!cal $loo& l!#ea e, or, *"he flesh*+ The s! # 'as a&here#ce "o "he La' 1'h!ch of co%rse, 'as &o#e *!# "he flesh*, 'h!ch 'as #o" s%ff!c!e#" "o "r%ly -eep !"6+ So Pa%l sho's "ha" all yo%r phys!cal #a"%re ca# &o for yo% sp!r!"%ally !s pro&%ce s!#s 1"ra#s ress!o#s of "he La'6 s%ch as l%s" a#& a# er a#& "he res"+ A#& "he!r 'a es $e!# *&ea"h*+ I"'s $y "he Sp!r!" "ha" 'e are =sp!r!"%ally> .%s"!f!e& a#& sa#c"!f!e&+ Th!s has $eco(e (!sco#s"r%e& as "he phys!cal *flesh* $e!# $a& a#& &!r"y "hro% h !"s desires !# "he(sel)esH 'h!le "he Sp!r!" so(eho' co%#"er$ala#ces "h!s $y ca%s!# %s "o $eha)e $e""er 1$%" o#ly !f 'e *y!el&* $y s%ppress!# "hose phys!cal &es!res6+ Iro#!cally, many of these fundamentalists being "old;line" and deeply conservative are the biggest upholders of their "#hristian heritage" as Aesterns or +mericans or conservatives or the virtues of the "godly past" of the #hurch. +gain this can be seen coloring the issue of the condemnation of psychology as widely accepted in society and the church. ,n the other hand racism which was a direct appeal to one's literal "flesh" as making them superior was not even seen as wrong by most, 'ho ha)e ! #ore& or so(e"!(es .%s"!f!e& 1!#&!rec"ly, a" leas"6 !" !# cla!(!# "he 'ays of "he pas" 'ere (ore o&ly 1co(pare& "o all "he s!#s of "o&ay6+ They s!(ply &!& #o" see all

of "h!s as *"he flesh* a#& co#"ra&!c"!# *&y!# "o self*, $%" "he 'ay "hey pra!se "hose "h!# s, 'h!ch eAal" "he!r 'eA"e#&e&' sel)es, !s (ore 'ha" people #ee& "o &!e "oF So "he cr!"!cs #ee& "o s"op "hese se(a#"!c a(es, a#& all "he %##ecessary &!)!s!o# $e!# ca%se& '!"h "he(F $asic concepts not occult, and yet are proven in critics' own behavior and criticisms) All of "h!s has !# !"self #o"h!# "o &o '!"h a#y occ%l" prac"!ce+ There !s #o appeal "o "he s"ars or "he ele(e#"s !# "he Chr!s"!a# %sa e of !"+ So(e (ay cla!( "ha" a perso# &efe#&!# as"rolo y co%l& (a-e "he sa(e cla!(s a$o%" ho' "he :7 co#s"ella"!o#s or fo%r ele(e#"s $e!# *o$ser)a$le* !# affec"!# a perso#'s perso#al!"y+ B%" "hose are "h!# s external "o "he perso# 1he#ce, "he co##ec"!o# "o occ%l" (ys"!c!s(, s!#ce "here !s #o #a"%ralDphys!cal co##ec"!o#6, 'h!le a perso#'s "e(pera(e#" !s #o" eA"er#al "o "he(, $%" ra"her apar" of 'ha" Go& (a&e "he( as so%ls 1'h!ch !#cl%&es "he!r phys!cal $ra!#6+ /%s" $eca%se pa a#s (ay ha)e &!sco)ere& a "heory l!-e "h!s &oes #o" (ea# !"s real!"y $eco(es !#&el!$ly assoc!a"e& '!"h "he res" of "he!r rel! !o# or ph!losophy+ /%s" l!-e e)e# "he B!$le s"a"es "ha" "he co#s"ella"!o#s do ha)e %se, for *s! #s a#& seaso#s a#& &ays a#& years* 1Ge#+:9:86+ /%s" $eca%se (e# 'e#" a#& $%!l" a# e#"!re sys"e( of occ%l" rel! !o# off of !" &oes#'" (ea# 'e ca#'" e)er (e#"!o# "he(, 1a#& !" sho%l& $e "or# o%" of "he B!$le6+ E)e# /%# 's co#cep" of "he unconscious 1!#cl%&!# "he spoo-y so%#&!# *sha&o'*6, a" !"s roo" 1apar" fro( 'ha"e)er *sp!r!"%al* co##o"a"!o# he (ay ha)e a&&e& "o !"6 !s a$o%" "h!# s 'e s%ppress fro( co#sc!o%s#ess, a#& of"e# pro:ect o#"o o"hers 1(a-!# "he( !#"o *e#e(!es* 'he# "he pro$le( !s !#s!&e %s6+ The oal of h!s "heory !s "ha" 'e are "o *o'#* "hese pro.ec"!o#s as par" of o%rsel)es+ So !#s"ea& of pro.ec"!# e)!l o#"o o"hers a#& (a-!# "he( e#e(!esH !f 'e o'# "ha" e)!l or *&ar-#ess* as $e!# '!"h!# %s, 'e "he# '!"h&ra' "he pro.ec"!o#s+ This fits perfectly with the scriptural observation that men are full of darkness yet think themselves righteous deny sin and often so easily point out the evil in others /4om. 'D &(&';? Eatt.&? etc1. I" also f!"s '!"h "he cr!"!cs' asser"!o# "ha" 'as (e#"!o#e&H "ha" o%r pro$le(s sho%l& #o" $e see# as *eA"er#al* "o o%rsel)es+ Sp!r!"%ally a#& o"her'!se, "here are "h!# s 'e are #o" co#sc!o%s of+ 1EAa(ples are for o""e# !#&!)!&%al eAper!e#ces, a#& collec"!)e "h!# s s%ch as #a"%ral !#s"!#c"s, !#cl%&!# "he (%ch appeale& "o !#fl%e#ce of (%s!cF6 Th!s !s #o" occ%l" !# !"self+ A a!#, "he o#ly real pro$le( !s "ha" /%# 1l!-e o"her (a.or psycholo !s"s6 'as #o" opera"!# off of Chr!s"!a# "heolo y, '!"h !"s #ee& for re&e(p"!o# a#& sa#c"!f!ca"!o#+ So h!s oal !s self3 ro'"h $y !#"e ra"!# "he sha&o', 'h!ch allo's "he *lar er Self* 1!#cl%&!# "he %#co#sc!o%s6 "o co(e !#"o co#sc!o%s#ess+ The Chr!s"!a# oal !s "o rece!)e for !)e#ess of o%r s!#s, a#& "he# ro' as 'e o$ey Go& o%" of lo)e+ 0h!le "hey $o"h offer s!(!lar a!(s, #e!"her precl%&es "he o"her+ Of co%rse, (ess!# '!"h "he %#co#sc!o%s o# o%r o'# 1or as par" of o"her for(s of *sp!r!"%al!"y* '!"ho%" "he "r%e Go&6 ca# ope# o#e %p "o "he occ%l" 1he#ce, sha(a#!s( e(ploy!# "hese prac"!ce6, a#& "h!s !s 'here "he pro$le( (! h" ar!se, a#& %#&ers"a#&a$ly 'hy (a#y Chr!s"!a#s $el!e)e "he 'hole co#cep" sho%l& $e a)o!&e&+

The 'ay "h!s 'or-s !s "ha" 'e are $o"h sp!r!"%al a#& phys!cal $e!# s, a#& o%r co#sc!o%s#ess !s #a"%rally eare& (ore "o "he phys!cal 'orl& 'here 'e (%s" co#sc!o%sly (a-e effor" "o s%r)!)e fro( &ay "o &ay+ Th!s $as!cally cro'&s o%" "he sp!r!"%al s!&e of co#sc!o%s#ess, 'h!ch "he# '!ll $e rele a"e& lar ely "o "he %#co#sc!o%s+ He#ce, (a# #o" e)e# a'are of "he f%ll eA"e#" of h!s s!#f%l#ess+ Moral!"y appears "o $e rela"!)!,e& $y "he #ee& "o l!)e a#& s%r)!)e !# "he phys!cal 'orl&, so #o (a""er 'ha" he &oes, he '!ll ar %e "ha" !" 'as .%s"!f!e& $y so(e (a"er!al c!rc%(s"a#ce, a#& !#s!s" !s 'as "herefore #o" really s!#+ So Go& &oes #o" call %s "o )ol%#"ar!ly "ap !#"o "he %#co#sc!o%s+ H!s Sp!r!" $r!# s "o l! h" "he #e a"!)e s"%ff a$o%" o%rsel)es 'e sho%l& -#o' a$o%"+ 1A#& "he s"%ff &oes er%p" o# !"s o'# !# e)ery$o&y a#y'ay, a#& co(es "o l! h" (ore as 'e e" ol&er+ The p%rpose of /%# Ws "heory 'as "o reco #!,e a#& cha##el !" for oo&6+ B%" "he#, "he people $e!# cr!"!c!,e& $y "he psycholo y cr!"!cs are #o" a&)oca"!# a#yo#e "o "ry "o !#"e ra"e "he %#co#sc!o%s o# "he!r o'# or '!"ho%" Go&+ The po!#" here !s, "ha" "he co#cep"s sho%l& #o" all $e $a##e& fro( a#y (e#"!o# $y Chr!s"!a#s or ass%(e& "o $e &e(o#!c !# "he(sel)es .%s" $eca%se so(e !# "he 'orl& ha)e %se& "he( !# a 'ro# 'ay+ The real pro$le( '!"h /%# 'as $as!cally h!s %se of alchemy, 'h!ch 'as a# a#c!e#" occ%l" rel! !o#Dsc!e#ce hy$r!& "ha" s"e((e& fro( E yp" 1Al Lhe(e"6, a#& 'as a prec%rsor "o che(!s"ry+ 1I"s @%es"s !#cl%&e& f!#&!# "he *el!A!r of l!fe* a#& *"%r#!# lea& !#"o ol&*6+ Kro( "here, he also o" !#"o eas"er# co#cep"s 1$e!# "ha" pa a# rel! !o# !s of"e# co##ec"e& !# !"s co#cep"s6+ That.s 'here all "he $a& sp!r!"%al s"%ff !# h!s "each!# really l!es, espec!ally 'he# yo% "he# $e !# (!A!# !" '!"h "he co#cep"s of "he S%#co#sc!o%sT+ Ho'e)er, 'ha" /%# really &!& 'as "o %se !"s co#cep"s "o !ll%s"ra"e h!s !&eas+ S%ch as "he ro'"h "ha" res%l"s fro( !#"e ra"!# "he sha&o', he (! h" co(pare "o "he S(a !cT of cha# !# lea& !#"o ol&+ H!s la# %a e !s )ery &e#se a#& (e"aphor!cal, a#& !" ca# $e har& "o %#&ers"a#&+ So I'( #o" s%re ho' (%ch of "ha" he ac"%ally believed !#+ The po!#" !s, it is possible to use his basic concepts of the ego the cognitive functions of sensation intuition thinking feeling and the attitudes of introversion and e"traversion that define "type"D and even the concept of the unconscious and some of the archetypes /which are basically 'character roles' or patterns of behavior1 as they relate to the comple"es within the ego without adopting the alchemy or eastern concepts+ They are #o" !#&el!$ly $o%#& "o o#e a#o"her+

Psycholo !cal co#cep"s l!-e "h!s s!(ply give a name to many comple" things we e"perience and often have trouble describing+ Th!s !# !"self, $y !"self a&&s #o"h!# "o "he Gospel+
The !ro#y, as s"a"e& a$o)e, !s "ha" (a#y of "he cr!"!cs of psycholo y a#& "he *ol&3l!#e* (!#&se" !# e#eral has s%ppresse& "he!r o'# #e%roses 1as 'as earl!er (e#"!o#e&6, a#& !(a !#e& a *cha# e& l!fe* "ha" !s (ore !&eal!s"!c "ha# ac"%al+ 1A#& he#ce, ac"%ally rese($les /%# Ws co#cep" of Salche(!cal cha# eT a $!"F If "h!s o$ser)a"!o# see(s o%"ra eo%s, yo% ca# '!" "he )ar!o%s ch%rches !# "he Ne' Tes"a(e#" PCor!#"h!a#s,

Gala"!a#s, f!)e of "he se)e# ch%rches !# ?e)ela"!o#, e"c+, 'ho ha& "o $e correc"e& of o# o!# s!#, a#& 'ere #o" &e#!e& as $e!# "r%ly co#)er"e&6+ 1sychology simply puts a name on many comple( things we e(perience, and this does not in itself add to the 2ospel. 1eople who condemn all psychology may simply be reacting to their own suppressed sins #i.e. "shadow"$ being e(posed by it0 0e sa' !# "he $e !##!# , "he pre)ale#" ph!losophy "ha" o#e s!(ply * !)es* Chr!s" "he!r pa!# or o"her challe# e, a#& "he# a cha# e of a""!"%&e "o'ar&s !" !s !#"erpre"e& as so(e sor" of &!)!#e cha# e a#& e)e# *rel!ef*+ 0ha" "hey ha)e &escr!$e& !s really a for( of s%ppress!o#+ Yo% s"!ll ha)e "he pa!#H yo% .%s" ! #ore !"+ /%s" (o)e yo%r foc%s off of !", a#& o#"o Chr!s"+ Pre"e#& !"'s #o" "here $y $e!# "ha#-f%l+ 1Tha"'s #o" 'ha" 'orsh!p or "ha#-f%l#ess !s for, $%" "h!s !s "he 'ay !" co(es across "he 'ay !" !s of"e# preache&F6 All of "h!s !s 'ha" s%ppress!o# !s, $y &ef!#!"!o#F Of co%rse, "hey also (%s" &o "h!s '!"h s!#+ They s%ppress "he!r o'# s!#f%l %r es 1"he ar %(e#" "ha" o#ly (%s!c "ha" &oes #o" le#& !"self "o phys!cal e#.oy(e#" sho%l& $e %se& !s a# eAa(ple of "h!s6, re&ef!#e 'ha" s!# !s 1foc%s o#ly o# s!# others "e#& "o $e %!l"y of, s%ch as seA%al s!# or false rel! !o# a#& ph!losophy !# (o&er# soc!e"y, 'h!le )!ces s%ch as "he!r o'# &!)!s!)e#ess, col&#ess "o'ar&s o"hers, or "he pas" soc!e"al s"%ff (e#"!o#e& else'here are OL6, a#& "he# pro:ect all of "h!s a" "he 'orl& a#& (o&er# ch%rch+ Tha"'s 'ha", accor&!# "o /%# , happe#s 'he# yo% .%s" s%ppress "he e)!l '!"h!#, a#& pre"e#& !" !s #o" "here+ A#& e)e# (ore !ro#!cally, "he 'ay "hey "each "h!s 1a#& p%" &o'# *"he flesh*6 see(s "o parallel "he ph!losophy of sha(a#!s( a#& o"her &%al!s"!c rel! !o#s, 'here 'e are "o *re#o%#ce "he phys!cal 'orl&* a#& foc%s o# "he *sp!r!"%al* o#lyF B%" "he scr!p"%res #e)er say "o &o a#y s%ch "h!# H !" !s "he (%l"!"%&e of proof3"eA"s 1a&&resse& here, a#& (a!#ly o# "he o"her pa e6 "ha" "hey %se "o s% es" "h!s s%ppress!o# a#& repress!o#, a#& "he scr!p"%ral co((a#& of co#fess!o# a#& repe#"a#ce, 'h!ch "hese cr!"!cs appear "o e(phas!,e, !s $as!cally "he oppos!"e of "ha"F If "hey really "he(sel)es prac"!ce& "h!s 1!#s"ea& of .%s" "ry!# "o correc" e)eryo#e else !#s"ea&6, "hey sho%l& #o" ha)e so (%ch of a pro$le( '!"h so(e of "hese psycholo !cal co#cep"s+ The %l"!(a"e proof "h!s &oes #o" 'or- "he 'ay "hey say !" &oes !s "ha" !# rece#" &eca&es 'e ha)e ha& Chr!s"!a# lea&ers, 'ho "al-e& a lo" a$o%" *"he cha# e& l!fe* a#& *"he po'er of "he Sp!r!"*, a#& "he# co#&e(#e& $o"h psycholo y a#& seA%al s!#sH "he# fall !#"o "he la""er "he(sel)es 1a#& !# a" leas" o#e case I re(e($er, "he &e#o(!#a"!o# se#" "he preacher "o a psycholo !s"F6

People 'ho fall !#"o "h!s pos!"!o# then of"e# 'a#" "o appeal "o $e!# *fra!l h%(a#*, or *fall!# !#"o "he flesh*, $%" "hey for e" "he lof"y !&eals "hey preache& "o o"hers '!"h s%ppose&ly #o eAc%ses allo'e&+ If yo% .%s" * !)e* all yo%r pro$le(s "o Go&, He *"a-es* "he( a#& *cha# es* yo%r l!fe+ I"'s so s!(ple, re(e($er+ 0hy 'o%l& a#yo#e ever fall l!-e "ha" !f !" 'ere so s!(pleG They '!ll then !#s!s" "ha" Go& &oes #o" cha# e %s !#s"a#"ly, a#& 'e s"!ll ha)e "he *free '!ll* "o $ac-sl!&e+ Th!s !s 'he# yo% e" all "he ph!losophy a$o%" Go& (a-!# !" har& a#& slo' for %s, $eca%se "ha" (a-es %s ro' $e""er+ B%" by nowD you have completely contradicted the original premise that a simple "dose" of the @ook the @lood and the @lessed Hope changes your life and makes e"ternal measures such as psychology an unnecessary addition. O"hers '!ll (os" l!-ely !#s"ea& loo- a" "he!r falle# $re"hre# a#& say *'ell they (ay ha)e falle#, $%" we 'ho ha)e really !)e# o%r l!)es "o Go& are hol&!# fas"*+ 1S!#ce "hopse *Kall!# * 'ere 'ell3-#o'# preachers 'ho (a&e !" $! , a#& are see# as eell!# o%" o#e 'ay or a#o"her $y ol&3l!#ers a#y'ay, !" !s easy for "he(, "o &e"ach "he(sel)es fro( "he( l!-e "ha"6+ B%" as "he fa(o%s falle# $re"hre# sho'e&, yo% ca# say a#y"h!# , a#& #o$o&y ca# "ell 'ha" !s really o!# o# $eh!#& close& &oors, a#& 'ha" '!ll happe# or s%rface la"er o#+ So yo%r "al- !s .%s" l!-e "he!r "al- $efore "hey fell9 .%s" "al-H #o )er!f!ca"!o#H a# !&eal #o$o&y ca# &e(o#s"ra"e !# "he!r ac"%al l!)es $efore all "o see+ Yo% s!(ply .%s" &!&#'" e" ca% h" ye", or perhaps seA a#& f!#a#ce 'ere#'" yo%r "e(p"a"!o#s+ S!#ce, a a!#, all of "hese cr!"!cs are lar ely %#-#o'# "o "he p%$l!c spo"l! h", 'e -#o' #o"h!# a$o%" "he(+ So a a!#, "hey ca# say anything a$o%" o)erco(!# pro$le(s a#& ho' "he *po'er of Go&* 'or-e& !# "he!r l!)es+ 0e ca##o" see !" !# ac"!o#+ 0e're s%ppose& "o .%s" "a-e "he!r 'or& for !", espec!ally s!#ce !" !s s%ch '!&ely "a% h" .ar o# "ha" (os" *or"ho&oA* Chr!s"!a#s "a-e for ra#"e& a#& 'o%l&#'" &are "o @%es"!o#+ Of co%rse, spec!al a""e#"!o# !s (a&e o# re(a!#!# seA%ally p%re, s!#ce "ha" !s "rea"e& as "he (os" !(por"a#" co((a#&(e#"+ Ye" "he po'er of "he Holy Sp!r!" !s #o" our effortsH espec!ally #o" '!"h a#y lops!&e& foc%s o# o#ly cer"a!# -!#&s of s!#+ Those are#'" "he o#ly *fr%!"s of "he flesh* (e#"!o#e& !# scr!p"%re+ Xar!a#ce, e(%la"!o#s 1o#e%p(a#sh!p6, a#& s"r!fe are !# "here as 'ell+ 1'h!ch are 'ha" 'e see !# !ss%es l!-e "h!sF6 They !#s!s" "hey are follo'!# 7T!(+ 897 *Preach "he 'or&H repro)e, re$%-e, eAhor"+++*, $%" clearly, !ss%es l!-e "h!s a#& "he e#eral a""!"%&e "hey are prese#"e& !#, f!" Gal+O97< a#& e)e# : "hess+79:O$ (ore+ I"'s all so(e of "hese (!#!s"r!es &o+ /%s" sl!# &!r" o# "he *#e'3 e)a# el!cal* ch%rch, (%ch of !" co#s!s"!# of $!"s of "r%"h, '!"h "he!r o'# eA"ra$!$l!cal "ra&!"!o#s "hey are .%& !# $y+ 8eople are condemning something others use as unbiblical yet what they are offering as the "biblical answer" is not really biblical at all and cannot even be demonstratedD it can only be claimed by hearsay. 1*Tes"!(o#!als*6+ Ye" "hey eApec" e)eryo#e "o $el!e)e !" a#& (a-e "he!r o'# &ec!s!o#s $ase& o# !"+ Critics can say anything about the power of 2od and overcoming, but most of us cannot see it in action. /t is basically just talk, like it was for others who preached these ideals but still fell into sin

0ha" 'e are s%ppose& "o * !)e* Chr!s" !s o%r %!l" a#& a#A!e"y o)er fa!l!# Go&'s La'+ Tha" !s 'ha" He &!e& "o *"a-e* fro( %s+ 0e are #o" "o s"re"ch "h!s "o all of "h!s o"her s"%ff+ Kor "he#, 'e are .%s" l!-e "he prosper!"y cro'& a#& fa!"h healers 'ho %se #$y His stripes we are healed# "o "each "he!r &oc"r!#es+ Iro#!cally, a lo" of "hese cr!"!cs ha)e !" all re)erse&, a#& 'h!le * !)!# * Chr!s" "he!r pa!#, a# er, sorro', e"c+H !#s"ea& of ac"%ally !)!# H!( "he!r %!l", "hey !#s!s" 1as !# "he a#s'er "o *self3es"ee(*6 "ha" 'e are "o co#"!#%ally loo- %po# o%rsel)es as *f!l"hy s!##ers* 1as !f 'e 'ere#'" re&ee(e&6, a#& "he# 1!# prac"!ce6 s"r!)e "o "ry "o @%e#ch s!# $y "he!r o'# effor"s, 1(o"!)a"e& $y %!l" a#& fear6, a#& "he# s%ppress !"H a#& "he# call "ha" *sa#c"!f!ca"!o# $y "he Sp!r!"*, a#& co(pare '!"h o"hers 'ho( "hey see as lac-!# "here!#+ Th!s !s "he &!a(e"r!c opposite of 'ha" "he Ne' Tes"a(e#" !#s"r%c"s %sF Th!s, a a!#, !s "he "r%e *co%#"erfe!"*F ther &ssues Co#"!#%!# '!"h "h!s s%ppress!)e ph!losophy, "he cr!"!cs say &o#'" e)e# loo- $ac- "o "he pas"+ B%" I -#o' f!rs"ha#& "ha" "ha" !s helpf%l, $eca%se (a#y s!#s I')e ha& pro$le(s '!"h ha& so(e e(o"!o#al roo" !# "he pas"+ 0e are "e(poral crea"%res, s%$.ec" "o ca%se a#& effec"+ A#& !f I f!#& a pro$le( "ha" !s ca%s!# (e "o respo#& a cer"a!# 'ay, "he# I ca# asGo& "o heal !"+ He prefers "o e" "o "he roots of "he pro$le(+ Then I ca# apply "he B!$le's a#s'ers "o "he pro$le(s+ L!-e 'he# I rel!)e h%r"f%l "h!# s (y pare#"s sa!& "o (e as a ch!l& 'he# co#fro#"e& $y so(eo#e a$o%" so(e"h!# + Yo% ca# "ell (e "ha" !"'s .%s" (y s!#, 1as !f (y pare#"s33 a%"hor!"!es of "he pas", 'h!ch "he psycholo y cr!"!cs al'ays &efe#&, are s!#less as far as I a( co#cer#e&6 a#& all I #ee& "o &o !s *co(e o%" of (yself* a#& rea& 'ha" "he B!$le says a$o%" s!#+ B%" .%s" rea&!# "ha" a cer"a!# ac"!o# or reac"!o# !s 'ro# $y !"self 'o#'" help (e o)erco(e "he pro$le(+ 1As !f I 'as perfec"ly capa$le of .%s" ceas!# "o s!# o# co((a#&, 'h!ch fla"ly &e#!es "he Kall6+ Tha"'s 'hy "he!r e(phases o# s!# a#& .%& (e#" are#'" ha)!# a#y effec" o# soc!e"y, a#& "hey are lef" co#cl%&!# "ha" soc!e"y has $ee# hopelessly cap"%re& $y "he h%(a#!s"s+ They appeal "o II #orinthians 9('), *Therefore !f a#y (a# $e !# Chr!s", he !s a #e' crea"%re9 ol& "h!# s are passe& a'ayH $ehol&, all "h!# s are $eco(e #e'+*, $%" "h!s !s spea-!# of "he!r l!fe %#&er "he La' 1'h!ch for e#"!les, 'o%l& (ea# "he!r l!fe of s!# *'!"ho%" "he La'* 1?o(+79:76, $%" #e)er"heless co#&e(#e& $y !"6+ I" !s #o" say!# *#o"h!# $a& or &e"r!(e#"al "ha" e)er happe#e& "o yo% (a""ers #o'*, O? "ha" yo% ca# .%s" !#s"a#"ly s#ap o%" !f a pro$le( $eca%se yo%'re $or# a a!#+ As 'e shall see, (os" of "he scr!p"%res c!"e& ha)e s!(!lar co#"eA"s+ D!a(e"r!cally co#"rary "o "he )ery (essa e "hese scr!p"%res are !)!# %s, "hese people are s"!ll "ry!# "o preach La' a" "he falle# (a# 1?o(a#s N6, "h!#-!# "ha" alo#e '!ll (a-e h!( oo&+ Kor(er TX s"ar L!r- Ca(ero# 'ho #o' r%#s *The 0ay of "he Mas"er* (!#!s"ry 1h""p9DD'''+'ayof"he(as"er+co(6 po!#"s o%" "ha" "he La' !s "o $e %se& "o co#)!#ce "he *pro%&* s!##er of h!s s!# "o lea& h!( "o Chr!s", 'h!le "he h%($le or "hose alrea&y !# Chr!s" are "o rece!)e race+ B%" !# "he ol&3"!(e Ch%rch "ha" co#"e(porary cr!"!cs %phol&, "he La' 'as of"e# #o" %se& *la'f%lly* 1: T!(+ :9N3:<6 l!-e "ha", $%" !#s"ea& "h%#&ere& a" "he ch%rch co# re a"!o#s 1%#&er "he pre(!se "ha" (a#y people !# "he pe's *(! h" #o" $e sa)e&*+ 0hy 'as "here s%ch s%sp!c!o# !# "he f!rs" placeG6 Th!s has ha& a las"!#

!(press!o# o# "he (ore co#ser)a"!)e approach "o s!# a#& pro$le(sH he#ce "he *.%s" h!" people '!"h "he La', a#& "ha" sho%l& (a-e "he( oo&* (e"ho&+ These people "he(sel)es "ry "o prac"!ce "h!s, a#& '!#& %p s!(ply ?EP?ESSING "he!r s!#s a#& e(o"!o#s, so "ha" "hey ca# s"!ll loo- *sp!r!"%al* o# "he o%"s!&e+ Do "hey really "h!#- Go& 'a#"s s%ch shallo' sho'(a#sh!pG So "he "r%e *s%r)!)al* "hey e#& %p '!"h !s for all p%rposes a co#cep" of *Go& a#& (e alo#e*, as !f all a#y (a# #ee&s !s .%s" Go& a#& #o"h!# else+ Th!s has $ee# !#&e#"!f!e& as $as!cally a reflec"!o# of "he !#&!)!&%al!s"!c A(er!ca#!,e& sp!r!" of "he fro#"!er+ As far as sal)a"!o#, yes, !" !s !#&!)!&%al+ B%" Go& has (a&e %s &epe#&a#" o# "he phys!cal e#)!ro#(e#"H else, 'e sho%l& $e a$le "o l!)e %#&er 'a"er, or !# space '!"ho%" a!r+ *All 'e #ee& !s Go&*F Of co%rse, "hey '!ll a a!# cla!( "ha" "hose phys!cal eAa(ples ar #o" "he sa(e as "he *psyche* 1so%l6, 'h!ch "hey see as *o#ly #ee&!# Go&*, $%" a a!#, $%" here "oo, Go& has (a&e %s &epe#&a#" o# o"hers+ &f their ideology were true, we would not need Church ,fellowship- then3 B%" of co%rse, "hey 'o%l& pro$a$ly say "ha" "ha" !s for Go& 1"o rece!)e 'orsh!p6 o#ly, a#& #o" *(ee"!# * a#y *#ee&* !# %s a" all+ B%" s"!ll, Go& ca# rece!)e all "he 'orsh!p fro( e)eryo#e separa"e, !f "ha" 'as "he case+ -hat Christ promised to "take" from us is our guilt, and what critics have us doing instead is suppressing pain, sin, etc. This actually is the sort of thing described by psychology0 %nd many of them have not even lived up to their own ideals0 So "he *$!$l!cal a#s'ers* a&)oca"es are#'" !)!# %s ALL of "he B!$le's a#s'ers "o pro$le(sH s%ch as lo)e a#& accep"a#ce fro( o"her people of Go&+ 1Kor a# eAa(ple, see 7 Cor+N9;,N6+ So(e (ay say "h!s, $%" !# prac"!ce "hey ha)e #o "olera#ce for ser!o%s pro$le(s, 'h!ch "hey see as %#'!ll!# #ess "o cha# e+ Ma#y co#ser)a"!)e Chr!s"!a# lea&ers of"e# see( "o ac" as !f "he p%rpose of "he ch%rch "o "he s%ffer!# !s "o !)e h!( *$!$l!cal* co%#sel!# so he (ay e" o)er h!s pro$le( @%!c-ly, "he# he !s "o *s%$(!"* "o "he ch%rch33 'h!ch !#cl%&es *pay!# a#& o$ey!# * "he pas"orF 33a#& "hese lea&ers (os"ly ha)e all of "he!r ear"hly #ee&s (e" $y "he or a#!,a"!o# of "he !#s"!"%"!o#al Ch%rchF I#&ee&, "he psycholo y cr!"!cs feel "herapy *ero&es* "he a%"hor!"y of "he ch%rch, .%s" l!-e CCM a#& e)ery o"her o%"s!&e *(!#!s"ry* people loo- %p "o+ So !" see(s "ha" ch%rch !s all a$o%" "he pas"or a#& h!s a%"hor!"y+

Mea#'h!le, 'h!le people are $e!# %r e& "o (ee" "he pas"or's #ee&s, "hey are #o" $e!# "a% h" co(pass!o# "o "he!r fello' (a#H .%s" "o &o "he!r &%"y of *'orsh!p!# a#& ser)!# Go&*, a#& "he# o!# a$o%" "he!r $%s!#ess+ Th!s !s as (%ch apar" of "he *(e3!s(* or self3 ce#"ere&#ess of (o&er# soc!e"y "ha" e)a# el!cal a#& f%#&a(e#"al!s" psycholo y cr!"!cs ha)e &ecr!e&+ No" %#&ers"a#&!# "h!s p%rpose of co((%#!"y !s 'ha" le& "o people re)ol"!# fro( Ch%rch f! %r!# *Go& !s e)ery'here, !s#'" HeG 0hy &o I #ee& "o $e !# a ch%rchG* !ames &('9 ':D the very passage speaking about faith without works being deadD speaks clearly about simply wishing someone "peace" /precisely what people are doing by only citing scriptures on peace and pointing them towards our eternal destiny1 and without trying to give the person what he needs in the physical realm. ' !ohn ?(') '> speaks about "shutting up our hearts" to them /what we do when they don't respond the way we think they should1. *hose views R;7<<= are the ones turning the 0ospel into psychology% Par" of f%#&a(e#"al!s"s' 'ar o# Sh%(a#!s(T !s "he #ee& "o P?OXE !#"ellec"%ally (a#'s co#&e(#a"!o#+ If 'e say STha" perso# &!& "ha" horr!$le cr!(e $eca%se "hey 'ere psycholo !cally &a(a e&T, r! h" a'ay, a =s%$co#sc!o%sly co#"rolle&> co#sc!e#"!o%s se#se of co(pass!o# -!c-s !#, a#& 'e feel $a& for "he(, a#& f!#& !" har& "o co#&e(# "he(+ So "hey fear "ha" "h!s 'o%l& lea& "o s%ch people $e!# 'le" off "he hoo-', $o"h #o' !# "he 'orl& 1lea&!# "o S"he &ecay of soc!e"yT, 'h!ch "hey are al'ays "ry!# "o Ssa)eT6, as 'ell as %#&er(!#!# fear as a &e"erre#" "o s!#+ So !f 'e !#s"ea& say *"ha" '!c-e& s!##er '!llf%lly CHOSE "o (%r&er*, "he feel!# !s (ore l!-e *YEAHF He deserves "o ?OASTF* O)erall, "he pro$le( s"ar"s $eca%se "he ass%(p"!o# a(o# (%ch of "he Ch%rch !s "ha" $eca%se (a# *fell* "hro% h *s!#* 1&!so$e&!e#ce6, "he# "he e#"!re"y of Gospel h!s"ory af"er'ar& $eco(es "he process of undoing sin behaviorally. Kear of co#&e(#a"!o# 1* %!l"* $or#e $y "he s!##er6 'as "he# "o $e "he (o"!)a"or "o cha# e "he!r $eha)!or+ A#y *eAc%ses* '!ll co%#"er "h!s 1a#& %l"!(a"ely lea& "o "he *&es"r%c"!o# of soc!e"y*6, "ho% h *#e'*3e)a# el!cals 1"ry!# "o e(phas!,e * race* a $!" (ore6 $e a# "a-!# a (ore 'co(pass!o#a"e' approach, a#& allo'e& for so(e %!l"3free !#"erpre"a"!o#s of so(e of people's pro$le(s, a#& here !s 'here "he ol&3l!#e approach sees "he( as *co(pro(s!# * or $as!cally sell!# o%" "o =a s%ppose&ly a3(oral> *h%(a#!s(*+ B%" "he pro$le( !s, "he Kall 'as#'" .%s" a# ac" of &!so$e&!e#ce+ I" 'as ac@%!r!# -#o'le& e of oo& a#& e)!l, 'hose !((e&!a"e effec" o# "he( 'as sha(e, e)e# of "he!r phys!cal eA!s"e#ce+ The *&ea"h* "ha" occ%rre& *"ha" &ay* 'as o$)!o%sly sp!r!"%al ra"her "ha# phys!cal+ Ho'e)er !" colore& o%r percep"!o# of e)e# phys!cal #a"%re+ A&a( a#& E)e's f!rs" self3!#!"!a"e& respo#se 'as co)er!# "he(sel)es phys!cally+ Go& "he# $e a# pro ress!)ely !)!# (a# "he La', 'h!ch appeare& "o a!( "o &!rec"ly correc" "he pro$le( of &!so$e&!e#ce "hro% h (ore s"a"%"es "o co((a#& o$e&!e#ce+ The rel! !o# "ha" arose fro( "h!s ass%(e& "he p%rpose of l!fe 'as *pleas!# Go&* "hro% h o$e&!e#ce+ The #a"!o# of people for "he (os" par" fa!le& "h!s, a#& "he# "he Gospel 'as !#"ro&%ce&+

The pos"apos"ol!c Ch%rch af"er'ar& e#&e& %p co#"!#%!# "he ol& ass%(p"!o#+ Scr!p"%res o# "he (!#!s"ry of "he Sp!r!", a#& * ro'!# !#"o "he !(a e of Chr!s"* 'ere "a-e# as o!# alo# '!"h a prac"!cal re)ersal of s!# co#)ers!o# 'as s%ppose& "o !#!"!a"e+ So $o"h "he *psycholo !,!# * approach, a#& "he *B!$le o#ly* approach are opera"!# off of "h!s sa(e pre(!se+ Ho'e)er, a "change of life" is not e"clusive to #hristianity 1e)e# "ho% h "hey of"e# ha)e (a&e a $! po!#" of #o#3Chr!s"!a#s *&o!# 'ha"e)er "hey please*, a#& "h%s co#"r!$%"!# "o "he *&o'#fall of (oral!"y* !# soc!e"y6+ /%# !a# psycholo y a#& eas"er# ph!losophy, for !#s"a#ce, "each so(e"h!# calle& *rela"!)!,a"!o# of "he e o* !# fa)or of so(e $! er *sp!r!"%al* real!"y, 'h!ch 'o%l& (a"ch 'ha" Chr!s"!a#s "each re ar&!# a""!"%&e cha# e, "hro% h 'h!ch e o sho%l& $e &!(!#!she&, a#& o"hers foc%se& o# (ore+ Th!s !s !(por"a#", $eca%se 'he# re e#era"!o# a#& sa#c"!f!ca"!o# are "%r#e& !#"o S!##erT3 foc%se& Scha# eT or S ro'"hT processes 1e)e# !f yo% !#s!s" "he Go& 'ho S'or-s "he( o%"T !s SeA"er#alTH !" !s s"!ll sa!& "o $e &o#e "hro% h "he indwelling Sp!r!"6, "he# the rest

of the world will naturally draw a parallel with other religions and philosophies which teach inner change+ 0ha" 'e e#& %p '!"h !s "he fa(!l!ar "o(e Chr!s"!a#s ha)e lo# co(pla!#e& a#& preache& a a!#s"9 "ha" /all religions are the same, and it's all about inner growth and 'inner and outer( love4+ A Gospel "ha" says "he pro$le( !s guilt 1a#& "h%s Ss!#T as Sfall!# shor"T6, a#& "he sol%"!o# !s Chr!s" bearing that guilt, a#& NOT (a#'s effor"s or s"r!)!# 1S ro'"hT6, clearly s"a#&s apar" fro( all "he o"hers+ To insist that every nonbiblical term or therapy is wrong because 5The @ible6 is supposed to be used to accomplish those things reduces the @ible and its Gospel to to the level of those "self;help" therapies, a#& "he#
"he (%ch &ecr!e& Ssec%lar!s"sT a#& eclec"!cs are r! h", "he#F Prayer, for !#s"a#ce, !s por"raye& as S(a-!# yo%r re@%es"s -#o'# "o Go&T, #o" a#y psych!c cha# e+ 1O#e (ay reco!l a" a#& &e#y "he "er( Spsych!cT, $%" all "ha" (ea#s !s Sper"a!#!# "o "he psycheT6+ Ahenever a #hristian utters the familiar phrase 5prayer changes you6 he is giving it psychic power% Tha" !s, so(e, ac-#o'le& !# "ha" prayer S(! h" #o" cha# e "he c!rc%(s"a#cesT "he# (a-e Scha# !# youT !"s pr!(ary p%rposeF The passa e !# 8hilippians F(:;) 1'h!ch !s o#e of "he (a!# *proof3"eA"* so%rces of "h!s *s"eps "o s%per#a"%ral heal!# * co#cep"6 !s say!# "ha" o#e sho%l& pray !#s"ea& of $e!# a#A!o%s 1a#& "he# l!s"s o"her )!r"%es "o *a&&* "o "h!s6 'h!ch 'o%l& ra#" "he( *"he peace of Go&, 'h!ch passes all %#&ers"a#&!# , shall -eep yo%r hear"s a#& (!#&s "hro% h Chr!s" /es%s*+ Th!s (ay see( l!-e a *s%per#a"%ral ro'"h 1a#& *(e#"al heal"h*6 process* 1"hro% h a *cha# e of a""!"%&e*6, $%" "he !ss%e !s 'ha" ca%ses "he *a#A!e"y* !# "he f!rs" place+ Th!s !s 'here people '!ll "%r# "o "herapy "o e" "o "he roo" of "he!r pro$le(s, a#& *B!$le3a#s'ers3 o#ly* cr!"!cs '!ll scol& "he( for !"+

B%" (%ch of "he a#A!e"y referre& "o !# "he Ne' Tes"a(e#" 'as not the "daily mundane circumstances" people face today which are referenced in modern teaching, $%" ra"her redemption !"self, a#& persec%"!o# $y "hose !#s!s"!# o#e (%s" $e %#&er "he La' !# or&er "o $e lo)e& $y Go&+ So !" !s po!#"!# %l"!(a"ely "o free&o( fro( $e!# %#&er "he La'H 'h!ch #a"%rally ha& ca%se& a lo" of a#A!e"y+ 1The La' !s &!sc%sse& a $!" !# "he pre)!o%s chap"er6+ Har&sh!ps 'ere of"e# hel& as "he s! # "ha" o#e 'as *c%rse&* $y Go&, for $e!# a *s!##er* 1!+e+ #o" for !)e#6+ So #a"%rally, Pa%l's a#s'er !s "o (a-e yo%r re@%es"s -#o'# "o Go& a#& #o" $e a#A!o%s a$o%" "hese "h!# s+ Th!s 'o%l& $e "he p%rpose of *fa!"h*, #o" a ro'"h process "ha" pres%(a$ly (a-es %s (ore f!" for Hea)e#, or e)e# "o !(pro)e o%r *"es"!(o#y*+

/f we insist that every nonbiblical term or therapy is wrong because 3The &ible4 is supposed to be used to accomplish the same things, and portray the 2ospel as being focused on behavioral "growth", then we actually reduce it to just another self!help5growth philosophy as much as we may decry it being relegated to such by larger society. The point of the 2ospel is freedom from the condemnation of sin

9utting 6reud in perspective A#& 'e are a l!""le "oo har& e)e# o# Kre%&+ 0h!le of co%rse he 'as #o" a Chr!s"!a#, a#& h!s %l"!(a"e co#cl%s!o#s 'o#'" $e (a#'s #ee& for re e#era"!o#, s"!ll, (y '!fe a#& I ha)e #o"!ce& "he s"r!-!# s!(!lar!"y of h!s "each!# s o# "he !&, e o a#& s%pere o '!"h "he $!$l!cal "each!# s o# s!# a#& "he "r!cho"o(y of (a#+ The co#cep" of !& s% es"s "ha" (a# 'as $as!cally a self!sh crea"%re 'ho ac"s o%" of a ress!o# a#& l%s"+1: /oh# 79:;6 0e ca# foc%s o# "he &!ffere#ces s%ch as "he co#cl%s!o# "ha" (a# !s #o" respo#s!$le a#& o#ly #ee&s self3 ra"!f!ca"!o#, or 'e ca# %se "h!s "o pro)e "o people "he fac" "ha" (a# !s falle#+ 1U#less of co%rse, s!# !s o#ly ac"!o#s6+ Beca%se of sec%lar psycholo y's &!ffere#ce !# !"s %l"!(a"e 'orl& )!e', !" !s ass%(e& "ha" Chr!s"!a#s (%s" &!s(!ss e)ery s!# le "h!# !" says or "eaches 1a#& e)e# !"s *"er(s*, as c!"e& a$o)e6, or else, "hey')e *co(pro(!se&* '!"h !"+ B%" (%ch of psycholo y !s o$ser)a"!o#s of people a#& "he!r "ra!"s, #o" pro#o%#ce(e#"s of a par"!c%lar 'orl&3)!e'+ A#& "he ar %(e#" fro( a f!l( "he class sho'e& cla!(!# "o &!scre&!" psycholo y $eca%se "here !s #o co#se#s%s l!-e all "he o"her sc!e#ces !s !#)al!&, $eca%se !" !s #o" a# eAac" sc!e#ce+ The (!#& !s )ery COMPLER, so %#l!-e "he eas!ly o$ser)e& phys!cal sc!e#ces, people &e)elope& &!ffere#" approaches "o &eal!# '!"h "h!s s%$.ec"+ A#& e)e# "he#, "here !s#'" co(ple"e a ree(e#" !# (a#y of "he o"her sc!e#ces+ There !s#'" e)e# co(ple"e a ree(e#" !# theology as 'e see '!"h all "hese !ss%es l!-e "h!s '!"h!# "he Ch%rchF

Self <ove and ;steem E)e# "he co#cep"s of self3lo)e a#& self3es"ee( ha)e $ee# rea"ly (!s%#&ers"oo&H a#& o# both s!&es+ 0he# cr!"!cs of psycholo y "h!#- of *self* lo)e or es"ee(, "hey "h!#- of a #e a"!)e, s!#f%l se#se, !# 'h!ch yo% p%" yo%rself $efore o"hers a#& "h!#- yo% are * oo&*, e)e# "o "he eA"e#" of "h!#-!# yo% are $e""er "ha# o"hers a#& perhaps #o" e)e# a s!##er+ Th!s !s 'ha" "hey co#&e(# 'he# "hey cr!"!c!,e Chr!s"!a# psycholo y+ B%" e)e# "ho% h (a#y sec%lar people (ay ac" l!-e "h!s !# prac"!ce, "h!s !s #o" 'ha" "hese psycholo !cal co#cep"s (ea#+ 0ha" "hey (ea# !s a se#se of worth+ The K%#&a(e#"al!s" psycholo y cr!"!cs e(phas!,e "ha" ra"her "ha# *feel!# oo& a$o%" o%rsel)es*, 'e sho%l& *hol& %p "he (!rror of Go&'s 0or& a#& raph!cally re)eal "o (a# 'ha" he really loo-s l!-e !# "he s! h" of a holy Go&+++h!s eAcee&!# s!#f%l#ess a#& los" co#&!"!o#* as BDM p%"s !"+ Tr%e, eAcep" "ha" 'e are "al-!# a$o%" Christians here+ They are alrea&y &eclare& r! h"eo%s "hro% h "he $loo& of Chr!s", so 'hy sho%l& "hey -eep "h!#-!# of "he(sel)es as *%#holy s!##ers*, a#& '!"h a *lost co#&!"!o#*, ye"G 1The ass%(p"!o# of "he ol& hellf!re preachers, a a!#F6 B%" "he 'hole !ro#y of "h!s !s "ha" these psychology critics themselves do not seem to be walking around thinking that they are no good and worthless+ A#& "hey &ef!#!"ely &o #o" see( "o "h!#- of "he(sel)es as s!##ers a#y(ore, or e)e# a&(!" "ha" "hey co%l& $e !# error+ Kar fro( !"+ There !s very l!""le h%(!l!"y !# "hese (!#!s"r!es "ha" spe#& all of "h!s "!(e &e#o%#c!# .%s" a$o%" e)ery s!# le lea&er !# "he e)a# el!cal Ch%rch as *false "eachers*+ Ma#y of "hese f%#&a(e#"al!s" lea&ers "h%s do ha)e (%ch *es"ee(* of "he(sel)es 1e)e# "ho% h "hey 'o%l&#'" call !" "h!s, of co%rse6F Do "hey #o" "a-e pr!&e !# "he!r (!#!s"ry 1"he!r *ser)!ce "o "he Lor&*6, a&)oca"!# *eAcelle#ce* !# o%r profess!o# 1a#& "he!r appeara#ceH !"'s $ee# po!#"e& o%" ho' f!#e "he s%!"s "hey 'ear are6 a#& $el!e)e "ha" 'ha" "hey are "each!# !s r! h"G Is#'" !" l!-e "he a""!"%&e !# )ery scr!p"%res "hey of"e# %se, s%ch as *I ca# &o all "h!# s "hro% h Chr!s" 'ho s"re# "he#s (e* 1Ph!l+ 89:56, a#& "ha" *'e are (ore "ha# co#@%erors "hro% h H!( 'ho lo)e& %s* 1?o(a#s 295N6G Th!s !s all psycholo !s"s call self es"ee(, 1e)e# "ho% h (a#y 'o%l& say "ha" Chr!s" !s .%s" a *cr%"ch*, or .%s" + 'ay "o "ap "he po'er '!"h!#, e"c6+ If "he BCM a&)oca"es, Psychoheresy a'are#ess or BDM lea&ers, or a#y of "he o"her cr!"!cs 'ere co%#sel!# so(eo#e a#& "he co%#selee -ep" say!# *I can't o)erco(e "h!s s!#F*, *I can't &o a#y"h!# for Chr!s"F*, or -ep" &e#y!# 'ho "hey are !# Chr!s" &esp!"e 'ha" "he scr!p"%res say, 'o%l& "he co%#selor accep" "h!sG 0o%l& "hey see !" as *"r%e h%(!l!"y* e)e#G Of co%rse #o"F So o#ce a a!#, !" see(s a lo" of "h!s !ss%e re ar&!# es"ee( !s se(a#"!c+ O# "he o"her ha#&, (a#y co#"e(porary Chr!s"!a#s also e" "he co#cep"s (!Ae& %p+ E)e# "ho% h I a( clar!fy!# "he "r%e (ea#!# of *self 'or"h* a a!#s" "he (!s"a-e# cla!(s of psycholo y cr!"!csH I a( not .%s"!fy!# "he e(phas!s so(e ha)e p%" o# !", 'here !" has a pro(!#e#" place !# *Chr!s"!a# ro'"h*+ I ac"%ally a ree '!"h "he cr!"!cs here, "o so(e po!#" 1as '!"h "he e(phas!s o# *fel" #ee&s*6+ M%ch of !" !s 'ha" !s calle& *pop* psycholo y, as oppose& "o .%s" pla!# psycholo y+ I -#o' of $re"hre# 'ho '!ll a&a(a#"ly !#s!s" "ha" *Ma""he' 77954 "eaches* "ha" yo% (%s" *lo)e yo%rself* before yo% ca# *lo)e o"hers*+ 1A#& "h!s !s al(os" a cl!chB a(o# l!$erals a#& e)e# #o#3Chr!s"!a#sF6 So !"'s l!-e yo% ha)e "o e($ar- o# "h!s ro'"h process "o'ar&

self3lo)e !# or&er "o e)e# $e a$le "o o$ey "he scr!p"%ral co((a#&+ B%" 'e're rea&!# a MODE?N psycholo !cal co#cep" !#"o a# a#c!e#" "eA"+ 0ha" !s (ea#" $y *lo)!# yo%rself* !# "ha" scr!p"%re !s "he ass%(p"!o# "ha" a perso# a%"o(a"!cally *lo)es h!(self* !# "he #a"%ral self!sh 'ay+ The co#"eA" .%s"!f!es "h!s, $eca%se /es%s !s referr!# "o so(e"h!# "ha" "he a)era e perso# alrea&y has, #o" so(e"h!# o#e (%s" '&e)elop'+ I# "h!s )e!#, Ephes!a#s O972, 74 says *he 'ho lo)es h!s '!fe lo)es h!(self+ Kor no one ever hated his own flesh+++* Here o#ce a a!#, "he !&ea !s "o lo)e a# *o"her* 1yo%r '!fe6 as yo% =#a"%rally> lo)e yo%rself+ 1Beh!#& "h!s, !s "he "each!# of o"her scr!p"%res "ha" she is *yo%r flesh*6+ So "he psycholo y cr!"!cs r! h"ly oppose s%ch $e#&!# of scr!p"%ral (ea#!# + Self !(a e !s #e!"her "he s"ar"!# po!#", #or "he oal of Chr!s"!a# l!)!# + The oal of "he Chr!s"!a# l!fe !s for Go& "o shape o%r l!)es for H!s lory, a#& as 'e (a"%re, 'e '!ll (ore $e (ore a$le "o "r%ly lo)e o"hers, a#& o%r )!e' of o%rsel)es '!ll $e !# !"s r! h" 1a#& heal"hy6 perspec"!)e9 s!##ers, ye" re&ee(e&+ Grea" $ala#ce& "rea"(e#" of BCM fro( #4I9 h""p9DD'''+e@%!p+or Dar"!clesDpsycholo y3 a#&3"he3ch%rch3par"3"'o A#o"her oo& "rea"(e#" o# "he s%$.ec"9 h""p9DD'''+--s'a(!+co(Dfa!"hDAppe#&!A3:53 Therape%"!c3?e)ol%"!o#+php A#o"her respo#se "o "he Bo$ a#s h""p9DD$!$le"herapy+co(Dco%#sel!# 3"heor!esDlarry3cra$$

*urther list of misapplied scriptures 1D!sc%sse& !# (ore &e"a!l a" A$%#&a#" L!fe, Chr!s"!a# X!c"ory a#& o%r respo#ses "o s%ffer!# a#& #e a"!)e e(o"!o#s6+
8salms 9G('F *Offer %#"o Go& "ha#-s !)!# H a#& pay yo%r )o's %#"o "he (os" H! h9 A#& call %po# (e !# "he &ay of "ro%$le9 I '!ll &el!)er yo%, a#& yo% shall lor!fy (e* !s %se& "o (a-e !" so%#& l!-e "here '!ll al'ays $e so(e !((e&!a"ely see# *&el!)era#ce* fro( a pro$le(+ B%" "he#, 8hil F('= *Go& shall s%pply all yo%r #ee&s* a#& Heb.'?(9 : *Be co#"e#" '!"h s%ch "h!# s as yo% ha)e9 for He has sa!& 'I '!ll #e)er lea)e yo% #or forsa-e yo%'=fro( Gen.&>('9>+++I '!ll #o" fear 'ha" (a# shall &o "o (e'=fro( 8s.&)('>* !s "a-e# $as!cally "o (ea# "ha" 'ha"e)er yo% ha)e a" a#y !)e# "!(e !s all yo% #ee&H so !f yo% are $e!# "hrea"e#e& or a$%se& $y so(eo#e, for !#s"a#ce, !" sho%l&#'" "ro%$le yo%, $eca%se a" leas" "hey ca##o" "a-e yo%r so%lH a#& 'he# !# &a# er, &o#'" fear $eca%se e)e# !f yo% lose yo%r .o$, yo%r possess!o#s, e"c+, "ha"'s OL $eca%se "ha" 'o%l& $e all yo% *#ee&* $eca%se Chr!s" !s *'!"h yo%*+ B%" (os" s%ch passa es ha)e !# "he!r co#"eA" "he s%ffer!# of "he &ay !# "he f!rs" ce#"%ry Ch%rch, 1a#& "he OT passa es "hey are "a-e# fro( a&&ress "he s!"%a"!o#s of "he l!-es of "he pa"r!archs, a#& Da)!&6+ No" o%r e)ery&ay eAper!e#ces, 'h!ch "hey are 'ro# ly e#eral!,e& "o+ The 'ay "hese )erses are !#!"!ally @%o"e&, !" loo-s l!-e Go& !s pro(!s!# #o"h!# really $a& '!ll e)er happe#, $%" 'he# !" &oesH "he# 'e (%s" re)!se "he &ef!#!"!o#s of *#ee&* a#& *all r! h"*, '!"h *foo&* or e)e# *a!r* as "he las" resor" "o pro)e "ha" e)ery Chr!s"!a#'s *#ee&s* ha)e al'ays $ee# *pro)!&e& for* #o (a""er 'ha" happe#e&F 1A#& "he# 'e are re(!#&e& a a!# of all "he scr!p"%res say!# l!fe 'o%l& $e s%ffer!# 6+ B%" 'ha" 'o%l& !" (ea#, hypo"he"!cally spea-!# , for Go& "o not $e '!"h %s, or #o" s%pply o%r e)ery #ee&, or for H!( "o *lea)e* or *forsa-e* %s, "he#G S!#ce every physical and emotional calamity imaginable has in fact happened to ChristiansH "he o#ly "h!# 'e are a$sol%"ely spare& fro( !s e#&!# %p =e"er#ally> los"F That is what these scriptures are ultimately pointing to% 0h!le "h!s sho%l& !)e %s hope a#& so(e"h!# "o $e "ha#-f%l for, as 'ell as *peace* fro( a#y 'orr!es a$o%" e"er#!"yH s"!ll, "he "eachers (a-e !" so%#& l!-e

"hose s!"%a"!o#s !# "he(sel)es '!ll $e or "%r# !#"o so(e la"er s!"%a"!o# 1!# "h!s l!fe6 "ha" !s *all r! h"*+ B%" "ha" !s #e)er pro(!se& for "h!s l!fe+ So '!"h "h!s !# (!#&, 'e ca# see "ha" Eatt.:( *"a-e #o "ho% h" say!# 'ha" shall 'e ea"+++&r!#-+++$e clo"he& '!"h+++If Go& so clo"he "he rass of "he f!el&, shall he #o" clo"he yo%, O ye of l!""le fa!"h+++$%" see- f!rs" H!s L!# &o(* !s (!s"a-e#ly a!(e& a" laypeopleH 'he# "hese 'ere &!rec"e& "o "he apos"les, a#& "he co#"eA"s are co)e"o%s#ess3 'a#"!# so(e"h!# .%s" $eca%se so(eo#e else has !", #o" $eca%se !"'s #ee&e&6, #o" $as!c phys!cal a#& e(o"!o#al #ee&s+ 4om.>('>, *'or"hy* (ea#s 1l!-e *"e(p"a"!o#*6 .%s" 'ha" !" so%#&s l!-e9 *&eser)!# *+ Th!s co(pare& "o "he * lory* 1ho#or6 "ha" shall $e re)eale& !# %s+ Th!s !s !# #o 'ay &!s(!ss!# people's s%ffer!# as %#!(por"a#", !#s! #!f!ca#", or ha)!# #o &e"r!(e#"al effec"+ & #or.F also has as !"s !((e&!a"e co#"eA" "he co#fl!c" '!"h "hose a&)oca"!# "he La' as 'e see a" "he e#& of "he pre)!o%s chap"er+ So )erses l!-e >ff *'e are "ro%$le& o# e)ery s!&e, ye" #o" &!s"resse&H perpleAe&, $%" #o" !# &espa!rH persec%"e&, $%" #o" &es"roye&, al'ays $ear!# a$o%" !# "he $o&y "he &y!# of "he Lor&* a#& *o%r l! h" affl!c"!o# 'h!ch !s for $%" a (o(e#" 'or-s for %s a far (ore eAcee&!# a#& e"er#al 'e! h" of lory* are also #o" &!s(!ss!# "he pa!#s 'e s%ffer "o&ay+ The ol& co)e#a#" sys"e( 'as o# !"s 'ay &o'#, a#& "ha" par"!c%lar s%ffer!# 'o%l& pass soo#F There 'as a spec!al race for "hose s%ffer!# par"!c%larly for Chr!s"'s #a(e+ /%s" l!-e all "he phys!cal (!racles 'e see "he#, $%" #o" #o'+ 1Tho% h so(e cla!( "o co#"!#%e "hese "h!# s, a#& "hese )ery sa(e f%#&a(e#"al!s"s re.ec" "h!s "he s"ro# es"6+ Perhaps "he (os" fre@%e#"ly c!"e&, >(&>, !s &!sc%ss!# "he *#o co#&e(#a"!o#* !# Chr!s" 1)+:6 'h!ch f! %res !# o%r *a&op"!o#* 1)+:O6 a#& *pre&es"!#a"!o#* 1)+746+ I" !s #o" say!# all o%r s%ffer!# !s oo& $eca%se *Go& %ses !" for so(e h!&&e# pla#*33as !f "ha" !s 'ha" 1all $y !"self6 e"s %s "he !#her!"a#ce $e!# &!sc%sse& "hro% ho%" "he $oo-+ Ma#y o"her scr!p"%res %se& also ha)e a s!(!lar, par"!c%lar co#"eA"+ M%ch of "he Chr!s"!a# persec%"!o# referre& !# "hese )erses 'as #o" .%s" fro( "he pa a#s, $%" also fro( "he /e's, 1see for eAa(ple 7 Cor+:<9783 7;6 'hose Ol& Co)e#a#" sys"e( of la' a#& co#&e(#a"!o#, 'as pass!# + They e!"her "r!e& "o $r!# Chr!s"!a#s $ac- %#&er "he La'H or oppose& "he ca%se of Chr!s" al"o e"her, a#& e)e# o" "he Chr!s"!a#s !# "ro%$le '!"h "he ?o(a#s $y eAcl%&!# "he( fro( "he !((%#!"y "o e(peror 'orsh!p "he /e's 'ere ra#"e&+ I" all h!# e& o# "he *Sal)a"!o#* fro( "he c%rse of "he La'+ I# "he o)erall co#"eA" of #olossians, 'e see "ha" free&o( fro( *"he ha#&'r!"!# of or&!#a#ces "ha" 'as a a!#s" %s* 179:86 !s "he ca%se of the "peace" in ?('9, as 'ell as 4omans 9('+ People "a-e Gal.&(&G, 'h!ch says *I a( cr%c!f!e& '!"h Chr!s", #e)er"helessY#o" I l!)e, $%" Chr!s" !# (e* "o "each *Do#'" say yo% ca#'" &o so(e"h!# H $eca%se !" !s really Chr!s" 'ho &oes e)ery"h!# * 1a#& perfec"!o#!s"s %se "h!s "o say "ha" "hose 'ho ha)e #o" co(ple"ely o)erco(e all s!# (%s" #o" ha)e *Chr!s" !# "he(*6, $%" "he co#"eA" here, o#ce a a!#, !s *Dea& "o "he La' "ha" I (! h" l!)e %#"o Go&*, 'h!ch spea-s of "he le al free&o( 'e 'ere ra#"e&+ 8hilippians v.'' 1l!-e : Pe"+O9N6 has !# !"s co#"eA" "he persec%"!o# of "he &ay as see# !# "he #ear$y )erses9 *I ha)e lear#e&, !# 'ha"soe)er s"a"e I a(, "here'!"h "o $e co#"e#"* 1*co#"e#"* here !s (ore l!-e *co#"e#"e&*, or *self3sa"!sf!e&*, "ha# "he co((o# (ea#!# of *co#"e#"*6H a#& '?9 *I ca# &o all "h!# s "hro% h Chr!s" 'h!ch s"re# "he#s (e* 1%se& "o s%ppor", o#ce a a!# *yo% ca# "a-e 'ha"e)er !" !s #o (a""er 'ha"*6+ Also "he passa es o# $e!# happy !# "he s%ffer!# , s%ch !ames '(&, (e#"!o#e& a$o)e, +cts 9(F' 4om.9(? F Heb.'G(?F and ' 8et.F('&;'F+ These ca# apply "o sa!#"s "o&ay, 'ho are ac"%ally s%ffer!# for Chr!s" 1as "hose o# "he (!ss!o# f!el&6, $%" !" sho%l& #o" $e e#eral!,e& "o all pa!# "o "ry "o pac!fy people+ The co((o#ly %se& & #or.'&('G 1S"hor# !# "he flesh "o $%ffe" (eT6 !#)ol)es a hea)e#ly )!s!o# Pa%l 'as !)e#, 'h!ch (! h" ha)e ca%se& self3eAal"a"!o#+ "Grace" %se& "here ac"%ally !s "he sa(e *charis* (ea#!# *%#(er!"e& fa)or*, !#)ol)!# o#ce a a!# sal)a"!o# fro( "he c%rse of "he La'+ I" !s cer"a!#ly #o" so(e"h!# 'or-e& %p $y "ry!# "o s@%elch o#e's feel!# s or pre"e#&!# "he pa!# &oes#'" (a""er+ All of "hese passa es are le)ele& a" s%fferers, a#& "he *peace* of * race* !s "a-e# "o (ea# so(e sor" of s%per#a"%ral *sere#!"y* "ha" co(es o)er yo% a#& (a-es yo%r pa!#s #o" (a""er+ If "hey &o#'" &e)elop "h!s *peace*, "he# perhaps "he perso# has #o" rece!)e& Chr!s", or a" leas" has #o" $ee# f!lle& '!"h "he Sp!r!"+ Kro( 'ha" I ha)e see#, yo% ha)e "o apply !" a#& (a-e !" ro' $y co#s"a#"ly prac"!c!# cer"a!# respo#ses, s%ch as

rec!"!# a )erse, s!# !# , pray!# , or repe#"!# of "he *s!#s* of cer"a!# e(o"!o#s e)ery "!(e a "ho% h" co(es %p+ Th!s process, 'h!ch !s $e!# a""r!$%"e& "o so(e (ys"er!o%s *peace* fro( Go& !s really a h%(a# capa$!l!"y pro)!&e& all "hro% h co((o# race+ Chr!s"!a#s are (ore l!-ely "o $e#ef!" fro( "h!s, $eca%se "he #o#3Chr!s"!a# !s (ore l!-ely "o &e#y "ha" he has a pro$le(, or "ha" he #ee&s "o "ry "o o)erco(e !", or "ha" cer"a!# ac"!o#s or reac"!o#s are *s!#s* "ha" #ee& "o $e o)erco(e "o $e !# '!"h+ Pl%s he &oes#'" ha)e "he Holy Sp!r!" "o co#)!c" h!( 1"o "he eA"e#" "ha" Chr!s"!a#s &o6+ Ye" #o#3Chr!s"!a#s are a$le "o prac"!ce s!(!lar &!sc!pl!#es a#& o)erco(e #e a"!)e "ho% h"s, e)e# "ho% h 'e pre"e#& "hey &o#'", or 'o#&er self3r! h"eo%sly *ho' "hey &o !"*+ Salvation !s "he !#)!s!$le cha# e !# %s "ha" !s $el!e)e& $y fa!"h a#& #o" s! h" or feel!# s 1as !" !s $ase& co(ple"ely o# le al !(p%"a"!o#, a#y'ay6 a#& !s ra&%ally 'or-e& o%" !# ro'"h+ A#& hopef%lly also, "he *peace* "ha" co(es fro( $e!# o%" fro( %#&er co#&e(#a"!o#+ Heb.'& '!"h !"s *Chas"e#!# of "he Lor&*, &oes#'" e)e# say !" !s spea-!# of phys!cal "r!$%la"!o#+ The *chas"!se(e#"* !s "o $e *re$%-e&*, (ea#!# conviction 1see Gree-6+ E)e# *sco%r e* allo's a f! %ra"!)e (ea#!# , so "h!s !s spiritual, #o" phys!cal or e(o"!o#al "or(e#"F Th!s !s !ll%s"ra"e& !# 7 Cor+N9N3:7, 'here se)eral )!r"%es of "he sor" of"e# sa!& "o co(e fro( phys!cal *"r!als* are 'ro% h" $y "he * o&ly sorro'* $ro% h" a$o%" fro( Pa%l's f!rs" ep!s"leF 1Be !##!# '!"h *repe#"a#ce*, a#& e#&!# e)e# '!"h sho'!# "he(sel)es *appro)e&*+ *Kear* 'o%l& $e *of Go&*, *!#&! #a"!o#* 'o%l& pro$a$ly (ea# *!#&! #a"!o# a a!#s" s!#*, a#& *re)e# e* (ea#s *p%#!sh(e#"*, referr!# "o ch%rch &!sc!pl!#e6+ So(e e)e# @%o"e 8salms ''=(:) )' )9 *Before I 'as affl!c"e& I 'e#" as"ray9 $%" #o' ha)e I -ep" yo%r 'or&+ I" !s oo& for (e "ha" I ha)e $ee# affl!c"e&H "ha" I (! h" lear# yo%r s"a"%"es+ I -#o', O LO?D, "ha" yo%r .%& (e#"s are r! h", a#& "ha" yo% !# fa!"hf%l#ess ha)e affl!c"e& (e+* ass%(!# "h!s 'as referr!# "o Da)!&'s phys!cal "ro%$les+ B%" *affl!c"e&D!o#* !# "he He$re' (ea#s (os"ly *&epress!o#*, a#& #o" #ecessar!ly &epress!o# fro( $a& c!rc%(s"a#ces 1'h!ch !s cr!"!c!,e& here a#y'ay6, $%" *loo-!# &o'# or $ro'$ea"!# H a$ase selfH chas"e# self, h%($le self, &eal har&ly '!"h* a#& e)e# * e#"le#ess* !s !# "hereF Th!s spea-s of "he s"ro# co#)!c"!o# Da)!& ha& fro( Go& for h!s s!#s, (ore "ha# "he phys!cal co#se@%e#ces of "he(F E)e# "he *pr%#!# * of !ohn '9 (ea#s *"o clea#se*H f! + "o *eAp!a"e* 1!"'s 'here "he 'or& *ca"hars!s* co(es fro(6, #o" so(e *pa!#f%l process* as phys!cal *c%""!# * !# "he co((o#ly %se& a#alo y+ 1Tho% h "he co#)!c"!o# "h!s !s &o#e "hro% h ca# $e pa!#f%l !# a 'ay, as 'e see !# "he Cor+ eAa(ple, a$o)e6+ B%" "here !s #o"h!# !# "h!s "o s% es" Go& (a#!p%la"!# c!rc%(s"a#ces !# "he (a"er!al 'orl& .%s" "o !#fl!c" so(e sor" of pa!# or &!sco(for"+ I# "he Ol& Tes"a(e#", Go& ha#&e& o%" ear"hly *$less!# s* a#& *c%rses* "o "he Israel!"es "hro% h (a#!p%la"!# "he e#)!ro#(e#" aro%#& "he(+ So r!)al ar(!es 'o%l& $e e(po'ere& or fall, !)!# Israel e!"her )!c"ory, or &efea" a#& cap"!)!"y accor&!# "o Israel's o$e&!e#ce+ I# "h!s co#"eA", 'e ha)e Heut. ?&(?= *I, a( he, a#& "here !s #o o& '!"h (e9 I -!ll, a#& I (a-e al!)eH I 'o%#&, a#& I heal* a#& Isaiah F9(), *I for( "he &ar-#ess, a#& I crea"e l! h"H I (a-e peace, a#& I crea"e e)!l =cala(!"y>9 I "he Lor& &o all "hese "h!# s* 1a#& also +mos&(:6H o"her passa es "ha" are %se&, $y $o"h "h!s e(o"!o#al heal"h ospel, a#& Cal)!#!s( "o "each "ha" Go& ca%ses e)!l, $%" for a oo& p%rpose, of co%rse+ 3 1A#& !ro#!cally, (os" of "hese f%#&a(e#"al!s"s are #o" e)e# Cal)!#!s"s, $%" "he "'o "each!# s are c%" fro( )ery (%ch "he sa(e clo"hF6 Ma#y people "h!#- "h!s .%s" co#"!#%es o#, $%" all of "ha" 'as a sha&o' of sp!r!"%al $less!# s a#& lac- "hereof, #o" "he e)ery&ay %ps a#& &o'#s of l!fe+ Par" of o%r $less!# s !s "ha" Go& &oes not &eal '!"h %s "ha" 'ayH or !# all of "he ear"hly a#alo !es c!"e& earl!er a$o%" pa!# $e!# oo&+ Else, as Ph!l!p Ya#cey says, *o%r pla#e" 'o%l& spar-le #! h"ly l!-e a Chr!s"(as "ree* 1fro( all "he l! h"#!# $ol"s a#& f!re fro( Hea)e#H D!sappo!#"(e#" 0!"h Go& p+286+ Mos" people "o&ay are #o" !osephs /"God meant it for good"1 or "he Ol& or Ne' Tes"a(e#" He$re's 'ho 'ere play!# a s! #!f!ca#" par" !# es"a$l!sh!# Go&'s pla# of re&e(p"!o# 1a#& "h%s 'ar#e& a$o%" *(%r(%r!# *6+ Sho%l& 'e "ell ch!l&re# "ha" ha)e $ee# (oles"e& 1'ho e#erally ha)e se)ere e(o"!o#al &a(a e, "ha" (a#y ca##o" reco)er fro(6 "ha" !f Go& allo'e& "h!s, "he# !" (%s" $e oo& for "he(, a#& "he!r har&sh!p !# &eal!# '!"h !" !s .%s" "he!r o'# *cho!ce*G6 Of co%rseH I'( #o" say!# "ha" people sho%l& o o# (%r(%r!# a#& co(pla!#!# , $%" !" '!ll $e har&er for "he( "o f!#& heal!# !f "hey are loa&e& &o'# '!"h all "he "re(e#&o%s %!l" a#& fear of "hese s"a"e(e#"s33"'o of "he )ery "h!# s "hey're s%ppose& "o $e o)erco(!# !# "he f!rs" placeF 0h!le Go& &!& *allo' Sa"a#* "o !#fl!c" "he pa!# "o /o$, "h!s 'as a lesso# for %sH #o" a# !ll%s"ra"!o# of "he ca%se of e)ery Chr!s"!a#'s pa!# "o&ay+ So "he o)erall (essa e of /o$ !s NOT *$e!# (a# (ea#s yo% &eser)e pa!#, a#& "o #o" l!-e pa!# !s "o "ry "o $e Go&*, $%" ra"her "he co#"rary, as 'e see a a!# !# "he Gospels 'here

"he /e's 1!#cl%&!# "he &!sc!ples6 "e#&e& "o $la(e people $or# '!"h !#f!r(!"!es, 'h!ch "hey a""r!$%"e& "o so(e *s!#*H a#& /es%s correc"e& "he(+ Go& (ay ha)e correc"e& /o$ 'he# h!s 'or&s o" "oo o%" of place, $%" He 'as really a# ry a" h!s fr!e#&s 'ho *&!& #o" spea- r! h" co#cer#!# Me*F /o$ 'as or&ere& "o offer sacr!f!ces for "he(F Tha" 'as a )ery ser!o%s offe#se "o H!(F /%s" loo- a" "he fac" "ha" !" 'as ac"%ally "he!r *co(for"*, '!"h all !"s char es of s!# "ha" (a&e /o$ s!#- so (%ch lo'er !#"o s%ch #e a"!)e "h!#-!# !# "he f!rs" placeF 1He ac"%ally s"ar"e& o%" (ore pos!"!)e, a#& h!s pr!(ary Ss!#T 'as S.%s"!fy!# h!(self ra"her "ha# Go&T+ 0!"h Sfr!e#&sT l!-e "ha" &o!# #o"h!# $%" acc%s!# h!(H !" 'as #o 'o#&erF6 Th!s "ype of col& .%& !# (%s" h%r" Go&'s hear"F Perhaps "he (orale of "he $oo- of /o$ !s co(pass!o#, as oppose& "o *"o% h lo)e*F Scr!p"%res l!-e !ob 9() *(a# !s $or# %#"o "ro%$le*, a#& !ohn ':(?? *!# "he 'orl& yo% shall ha)e "ro%$le, $%" $e of oo& cheerH I ha)e o)erco(e "he 'orl&* 1"he co#"eA" o#ce a a!# !s 'ha" 'as o!# o# "he#, as yo% ca# see !# "he pre)!o%s )erse6, are al'ays c!"e&, $%" "hose are &escr!$!# "he 'ay "he 'orl& !s+ Go& !s !# *co#"rol* of !" !# "he fac" "ha" He has allo'e& "he 'orl& "o o o# l!-e "h!s, a#& a Chr!s"!a# !s sa)e&, a#& "ha" 'as "he (os" !(por"a#" !ss%e !# h%(a# eA!s"e#ceH so for 'ha" e)er reaso#, Go& has #o" s"eppe& !# a#& f!Ae& "he phys!cal 'orl& $y es"a$l!sh!# H!s )!s!$le L!# &o( ye"+ B%" *co#"rol* &oes #o" (ea# "ha" 'e spec%la"e "ha" e)ery $a& "h!# "ha" happe#s "o a Chr!s"!a# !s * oo&* for "he(H a#& "he# acc%se "he( of #o" *$o'!# * "o Go&'s *co#"rol*, or *"r%s"!# *, *res"!# !#*, *a$!&!# !#*, *y!el&!# "o*, e"c+ H!( 'he# "hey &o#'" respo#& "he 'ay 'e say "hey sho%l&+ A#& pa!# "ells %s so(e"h!# !s wrongH #o" "ha" !"'s r! h"F I"'s a(a,!# ho' (%ch *feel!# s* are of"e# &!s(!sse& a#& p%" &o'# !# "hese "each!# s, $%" "he# "he *)!c"ory* a#& *peace* !s !#!"!ally &escr!$e& !# a s!(pl!s"!c 'ay "ha" "ha" (a-es !" so%#& easy a#& appeal!# "o o%r &es!re for @%!csol%"!o#s, ease a#& oo& feel!# sF

Every physical and emotional calamity imaginable has happened to Christians the only thing God would never !leave or forsake" us in is salvation# That is what the scriptures are ultimately pointing to#
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