"AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION: Pedophilia has been re-defined in the American Psychiatric Association's latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), says the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). Pedophiles are no longer classified as pedophiles if they merely fantasize about children or molest them, according to the NARTH Bulletin. They are only pedophiles if they show "clinically significant distress" about their behavior. The DSM-IV declares that pedophilia is not pathological unless the pedophiles feel guilt or cannot function in a major area of their lives, reports NARTH." (Reading: "Pedophilia Not Always a Disorder?" NARTH Bulletin, Vol. 3, #1, 4/95, pp. 1, 3, also see "The Problem of Pedophilia")
True psychology (i.e. "the study of the soul") can be done only by Christians, since only Christians have the resources for understanding and transforming the soul. The secular discipline of psychology is based on godless assumptions and evolutionary foundations and is capable of dealing with people only superficially and only on the temporal level. [Footnote: Cf. the comments of a psychological counselor cited in Bobgan, PsychoHeresy 5-6.: "At the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non-Christian psychology. It is difficult to imply that we function in a manner that is fundamentally distinct from our non-Christian colleagues."]. The Puritans, long before the arrival of godless psychology, identified their ministry with people as "soul work." Scripture is the manual for all "soul work" and is so comprehensive in the diagnosis and treatment of every spiritual matter that, energized by the Holy Spirit in the believer, it leads to making one like Jesus Christ. This is the process of biblical sanctification. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE. (This essay is adapted from Chapter 3 of John F. MacArthur, Jr., Our Sufficiency in Christ [Waco, TX: Word, 1991] 55-77).
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).
American Psychiatric Association Symposium Debates Whether Pedophilia, Gender-Identity Disorder, Sexual Sadism Should Remain Mental Illnesses "On Monday, May 19th, 2003 in San Francisco, at a symposium hosted by the American Psychiatric Association, several long-recognized categories of mental illness were discussed for possible removal from the upcoming edition of the psychiatric manual of mental disorders... Earlier, in the December 2002 issue of a prestigious journal, the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Moser - along with several other prominent mental-health experts - argued in favor of de-pathologizing pedophilia. Some of the commentators writing in that issue said that there is little or no proof that sex with adults is harmful to minors. Another mental-health expert argued that society should not discriminate against adults who are attracted to children - noting that many beloved authors and public figures throughout history have been high-functioning individuals who could actually be classified as pedophiles. 'Any sexual interest,' Moser concluded in his Archives commentary, 'can be healthy and life-enhancing.'"
"Christian psychology" as the expression is used today is an oxymoron. The word psychology no longer speaks of studying the soul. Instead it describes a diverse menagerie of therapies and theories that are fundamentally humanistic. The presuppositions and most of the doctrine of psychology cannot be successfully integrated with Christian truth. In addition, the infusion of psychology into the teaching of the church has blurred the line between behavior modification and sanctification. The path to wholeness is the path of spiritual sanctification. It is foolish to exchange the Wonderful Counselor, the spring of living water, for the sensual wisdom of earth and the stagnant water of behaviorism. The Lord Jesus reacted in a perfect and holy way to every temptation, trial, and trauma in life -- the most severe ones that any human life could ever suffer. It should be clear that perfect victory over all life's troubles must be the result of being like Christ. No "soul worker" can lift another above the level of spiritual maturity he is on. So the supreme qualification for psychologists would be Christlikeness. If one is a truly Christian psychologist, he must do soul work in the realm of the deep things of the Word and the Spirit and not be following around in the shallows of behavior modification. Why should a believer choose to do behavior modification when he has the tools for spiritual transformation? This would be like a surgeon wreaking havoc with a butter knife instead of using a scalpel. The most skilled counselor is the one who most carefully, prayerfully, and faithfully applies the divine spiritual resources to the process of sanctification, shaping another into the image of Jesus Christ. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE
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American Psychiatric Association Endorses Gay Marriage At Convention "The majority of the American Psychiatric Association's 250 delegates to the convention passed a resolution affirming gay marriage by a voice vote. The delegates are said to represent the views of 36,000 members of the APA nationwide. The resolution passed stated: 'In the interests of maintaining and promoting mental health, the APA supports the legal recognition of same-sex civil marriage with all rights, benefits and responsibilities conferred by civil marriage, and opposes restrictions to those same rights, benefits and responsibilities.' ... In 1973, the APA removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders..."
The stampede to embrace the doctrines of secular psychology may be the most serious threat to the life of the church today. These doctrines are a mass of human ideas that Satan has placed in the church as though they were powerful life-changing truths from God. Most psychologists epitomize neo-gnosticism, claiming to have secret knowledge for solving people's real problems. Some of them even claim to perform a therapeutic technique they call "Christian counseling" when, in reality, they are using secular theory with biblical references tacked on to treat spiritual problems. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE
"This agenda has already made remarkable progress. Homosexual activists knew that their behavior would never be accepted as "normal" if doctors considered it a form of mental illness. Therefore, in 1973 they forced a resolution through the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is important for everyone to realize that the 1973 decision was not the result of new clinical research or scientific evidence. It was, rather, a political decision made in response to a vicious campaign of harassment and intimidation by homosexual activists." - Homosexuality: The Threat to the Family and the Attack on Marriage
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools... And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind... Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (Rom. 1:21, 22, 28, 32).
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Psychology is not a uniform body of scientific knowledge, like thermodynamics or organic chemistry. It rather refers to a complex menagerie of ideas and theories, many of which are contradictory. Psychology has not proven itself capable of dealing effectively with the human mind and with mental and emotional processes. Thus it can hardly be regarded as a science. Many will object to classifying psychology as a pseudo-science, but that is exactly what it is -- the most recent of several human inventions designed to explain, diagnose, and treat behavioral problems without dealing with moral and spiritual issues. Little more than a century ago, the debate was over a different kind of "behavioral science" called phrenology. Phrenology held that personality characteristics were determined by the shape of someone's skull. The phrenologists' diagrams were maps of the head with specific areas labeled, showing which zone of the brain determined a particular emotion or characteristic. A phrenologist would feel people's skulls, diagnosing their problems by the location of bumps on their heads. If you think behavioral science has advanced greatly since then, ask yourself how reasonable it is to surround an adult in the fetal position with pillows so he can get back in touch with his prenatal anxieties. Given the choice, someone poking around on one's head sounds preferable. Modern psychologists use hundreds of counseling models and techniques based on a myriad of conflicting theories, so it is impossible to speak of psychotherapy as though it were a unified and consistent science. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE
"... a conference in Phoenix, Arizona, brought together the world's leading experts on psychotherapy for what was billed as the largest meeting ever on the subject. The conference, called "The Evolution of Psychotherapy," drew 7,000 mental-health experts from all over the world. It was the largest such gathering in history, billed by its organizer as the Woodstock of psychotherapy. Out of it came several stunning revelations. The Los Angeles Times, for example, quoted Laing, who 'said that he couldn't think of any fundamental insight into human relations that has resulted from a century of psychotherapy'... One clear truth emerged in the conference: among therapists there is little agreement. There is no unified "science" of psycho-therapy, only a cacophony of clashing theories and therapies. Dr. Joseph Wolpe, a leading pioneer of behavioral therapy, characterized the Phoenix conference as 'a babel of conflicting voices.' Indeed it was. One specialist, Jay Haley, described what he called his "shaggy dog" technique. He evidently means his technique is like a fluffy animal that appears to be fat until it gets wet--there appears to be more substance than really exists. This is his approach to therapy: Get the patient to make an absolute commitment to change, then guarantee a cure but do not tell the patient what it is for several weeks. 'Once you postpone, you never lose them as patients,' he said. 'They have to find out what the cure is.' One bulimic who ate in binges and threw up five to 25 times a day was told she would be cured if she gave the therapist a penny the first time she vomited and doubled the sum each time she threw up. Says Haley: 'They quickly figure out that it doubles so fast that they can owe the therapist hundreds of thousands of dollars in a few days, so they stop.' Jeffrey Zeig, organizer of the conference, said as many as a hundred different theories may exist in the United States alone. Most of them, he said, are 'doomed to fizzle.' Not only do psychologists sell supposed cures for a high price, but they also invent diseases for which the cures are needed. Their marketing strategy has been effective. Invent problems or difficulties, harp on them until people think they are hopelessly afflicted, then peddle a remedy. Some of the supposed problems are pathetically trite. Self-image, looks, co-dependency, emotional abuse, mid-life crisis, unfulfilled expectations --today's 'infirmities' were once seen more accurately as the pains of selfishness. Egocentricity has become a major market strategy for psychotherapists. By fostering people's natural tendency toward self-indulgence, psychology has sold itself to an eager public. The church has witlessly jumped on the bandwagon. Psychology is no more a science than the atheistic evolutionary theory upon which it is based. Like theistic evolution, Christian psychology is an attempt to harmonize two inherently contradictory systems of thought. Modern psychology and the Bible cannot be blended without serious compromise to or utter abandonment of the principle of Scripture's sufficiency. Though it has become a profitable business, psychotherapy cannot solve anyone's spiritual problems. At best it can occasionally use human insight to superficially modify behavior. It succeeds or fails for Christians and non-Christians equally because it is only a temporal adjustment -- a sort of mental chiropractic. Even experts admit it cannot change the human heart. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE
"'Mental and emotional health' is a new buzzword. It is not a biblical concept, though many seem to equate it with spiritual wholeness. Sin is called sickness, so people think it requires therapy, not repentance. Habitual sin is called addictive or compulsive behavior, and many surmise its solution is medical care rather than moral correction. Human therapies are embraced most eagerly by the spiritually weak, those who are shallow or ignorant of biblical truth and who are unwilling to accept the path of suffering that leads to spiritual maturity and deeper communion with God. The unfortunate effect is that these people remain immature, held back by a self-imposed dependence on some pseudo-Christian method or psycho-quackery that actually stifles real growth. The more secular psychology influences the church, the further people move from a biblical perspective on problems and solutions. One-on-one therapists are replacing the Word, God's chief means of grace (1 Cor 1:21; Heb 4:12). The counsel these professionals dispense is often spiritually disastrous. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE
The major theorists of psychology have been humanists with declared atheistic beliefs. Erich Fromm declared openly, "I am not a theist."9 Abraham Maslow makes it plain that humanism and psychology go hand in hand: "Humanists for thousands of years have attempted to construct a naturalistic, psychological value system that could be derived from man's own nature, without the necessity of recourse to authority outside the human being himself."10 ... Another major error that places psychology at complete odds with the Bible is the psychological concept of the self. Psychology advocates self-gratification, while the Bible teaches self-denial... Those who promote the integration of psychology with biblical theology have failed to grasp the basic essence of the Christian faith... What does the Bible teach about the self? The Scriptures deal with the self as desperately needing reformation. Little, if anything, is mentioned which would support the modern psychological and sociological confidence that man is basically good... Jesus clearly taught that we must deny ourselves if we are His disciples. In Matthew 16:24 He said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." This is the very opposite of the psychological doctrine of self-love... Paul understands that man's greatest slavery is to self, and that the chains of sin are composed of the links of selfishness. The cause of most "mental problems" - marital and family dysfunctions, or personal anxiety - are connected to an unhealthy preoccupation with one's self... There you have it. We can attempt to change people's lives by giving psychological counsel that is rooted in humanism and that points to self, or we can give biblical counsel that is rooted in divine wisdom and points to God. - Psychology and the Bible
It is significant that one of the biblical names of Christ is Wonderful Counselor (Isa 9:6). He is the highest and ultimate One to whom Christians may turn for counsel, and His Word is the well from which they may draw divine wisdom. What could be more wonderful than that? In fact, one of the most glorious aspects of Christ's perfect sufficiency is the wonderful counsel and great wisdom He supplies in times of despair, confusion, fear, anxiety, and sorrow. He is the quintessential Counselor. That is not to denigrate the importance of Christians counseling each other. A crucial need exists for biblically sound counseling ministries within the body of Christ. The important role of those who are spiritually gifted to offer encouragement, discernment, comfort, advice, compassion, and help to others is unquestionable. The truth is that one of the very problems leading to the current plague of bad counsel is the failure of churches to do as well as they could have in enabling people with those kinds of gifts to minister effectively. The complexities of the contemporary scene make it more difficult than ever to take the time necessary to listen well, serve others through compassionate personal involvement, and otherwise provide the close fellowship necessary for the church body to enjoy spiritual health and vitality. Churches have looked to psychology to fill the gap, but it has not worked. Professional psychologists are not a substitute for spiritually gifted people, and the counsel psychology offers cannot replace biblical wisdom and divine power. Moreover, psychology tends to make people dependent on a therapist, whereas people with spiritual gifts always turn people back to an all-sufficient Savior and His all-sufficient Word. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE
The spiritually mature always turn to God for help in times of anxiety, distress, confusion, or unrest in the soul, and they are assured of wise counsel and deliverance. The reason for this assured deliverance is that every need of the human soul is ultimately spiritual. Such a thing as a "psychological problem" unrelated to spiritual or physical causes is nonexistent. God supplies divine resources sufficient to satisfy completely all the spiritual needs. David understood that. His writings reflect the depth of human experience, emotion, and spiritual insight of one who had fully experienced the extremities of life. He knew the exhilaration of going from shepherd to king. He wrote of everything from absolute triumph to bitter discouragement. He wrestled with pain so deep he could hardly bear to live. His own son Absalom tried to kill him and was then killed. He suffered from horrible guilt because of immorality and murder. His children brought him constant grief. He struggled to understand both the nature of God and his own heart. Of God he said, "Great is the Lord" (Ps 145:3), while of himself he said, "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin" (Ps 51:2). He told God what he felt and cried out for relief, though he admitted God had every right to punish him. At the end of some of David's psalms he looked out a window of hope, and sometimes he did not. But David always went to God because he understood God's sovereignty and his own depravity. Christians of this day and time, following David's example, should rest assured that their all-sufficient Savior alone has the answers to their needs and the power to apply those answers. They should stand convinced that those answers are to be found in the truth about God revealed in His Word, which is itself absolutely sufficient. The sufficient God has revealed Himself in His sufficient Word. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE
Psychology and psychotherapy as these have evolved today reject the sovereignty and sufficiency of the Word, who is both the person and the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. The bible personifies wisdom as being Jesus. Any teaching or purported theories which dishonor or reject Jesus therefore cannot be considered "wisdom." Christians who rely upon such science falsely so-called of this world are not qualified to give counsel to their brothers and sisters in the Lord. - The Idolatry of Christian Psychology.
Carl Rogers once said, "Neither the Bible nor the prophets - neither Freud nor research - neither the revelations of God nor man - can take precedence over my own direct experience." For a Christian the Word of God is supreme; for Rogers the word of self is supreme. When the self is thus exalted, the biblical doctrines of the faith will surely be violated. Rogers eventually became involved in spiritism, consulted the Ouija board, and even became involved in necromancy. Through his therapy methods and encounter groups, Rogers fueled a nationwide surge of reprehensible narcissism and irresponsible individualism, undermined marriage and morality, and seduced many away from the faith.
Psychotherapy and its unproven theory has become a false religion for millions. It has even become a destructive cult. Those ensnared follow their therapists into idolatry instead of obeying the Word of God, which can set them free. Until one comes to rely upon the Word of God as being wholly sufficient, one remains ensnared in false doctrines of demons. - The Idolatry of Christian Psychology.
There are currently over 500 brand-name psychotherapies on the market, with the number expanding yearly. They come at problems from many varied angles, but one thing is common to them all: They start with a biblically defective view of the nature of man, namely, that man is basically good and able to solve his problems apart from God. If you start from the wrong base, you can't build a system that complements Scripture. If you mix dirt and water, you get mud. The Bible warns us against turning to the world's "wisdom," since it is opposed to God's wisdom (see Psalm 1:1-2; Isa. 55:8-11; Jer. 2:13; 1 Cor. 1:18-2:16). As Christians, we are to depend solely on God and His Word as our support and wisdom in the trials of life (see Psalms 19:7-11; 32:6-11; 33:6-22; 119) so that He alone gets the glory (Ps. 115; Isa. 42:8). - Psychological truth? Biblical truth? Isn't all truth God's truth?
The dictionary defines pseudoscience as "a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific." Pseudoscience, or pseudoscientism, includes the use of the scientific label to protect and promote opinions which are neither provable nor refutable. One aspect of psychology riddled with pseudoscience is that of psychotherapy. Had psychotherapy succeeded as a science, we would have some consensus in the field regarding mental-emotional-behavioral problems and how to treat them. Instead, the field is filled with contradictory theories and techniques, all of which communicate confusion rather than anything approximating scientific order. The actual foundations of psychotherapy are not science, but rather various philosophical world views, especially those of determinism, secular humanism, behaviorism, existentialism, and even evolutionism. World-renowned research psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey is very blunt when he says: "The techniques used by Western psychiatrists are, with few exceptions, on exactly the same scientific plane as the techniques used by witch doctors." - Psychology: Science or Religion?
Paul Vitz, an associate professor of psychology at New York University, makes these strong comments about the religious nature of his own profession in his book Psychology as Religion: "Psychology has become a religion: a secular cult of the self. By this I mean an intensely held worldview, a philosophy of life or ideology. More specifically, contemporary psychology is a form of secular humanism based on the rejection of God and the worship of self... Psychology as religion exists, and it exists in strength throughout the United States." - Psychology Debunked (Book) by former psychotherapist Lisa Bazler
Psychology is a cult, a Humanist cult, born in the very depths of Hell and holding high a cup full of murdered souls - to attempt to mix this vile demonic deception with the truth of the Bible is an abomination, and will ultimately be met with the judgment and wrath of God. - Dr. Reg Barrow
"In my opinion, unless a counselor is well aware of how God works for the good of His children (providence - ed.), and is able to communicate something of those facts to counselees in times of distress, he will be a pretty sorry counselor." - Providential Care by Jay Adams
One drop of the true knowledge of God's providence, as revealed in Scripture by the Holy Spirit, is infinitely more comforting to a troubled soul than ten thousand oceans full of human wisdom (falsely so called), as it is seen in the folly of the vapid and inane conceptions commonly found among psychologists and psychiatrists. - Dr. Reg Barrow
Former mental health professional and former psychotherapist Lisa Bazler and her husband Ryan sound an alarm to help seekers, exposing the true nature of psychology and its impact on the church. Readers discover shocking truths about psychotherapy, 12-step programs, Christian psychology and psychiatric medications. Readers also learn how the beliefs and practices of modern psychology differ from those of biblical Christianity. The Bazlers offer clear, easy-to-understand, biblical advice on how to overcome depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, addiction, family dysfunction, and other common problems of living. Psychology Debunked -- the truth behind psychotherapy, mental health, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, bipolar, self-esteem, Christian counseling, 12-step programs, support groups, psychiatric medications (Prozac, Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Dexedrine, Adderall, Effexor, Luvox, Elavil, Pamelor, Valium, Dalmane, lithium, Depakote, Haldol, Risperdal, Navane, Clozaril, Zyprexa, etc.), disorders, addictions, diseases and illnesses.
Debunked: Revealing the Overcoming Life (Paperback, review on Amazon.com)
Psychology Debunked exposes the many rotten spots in modern psychology's ever shifting dogma. Taking into account that suicide rears its ugly eternal head in the psychological profession in the top 5%, along with the fact that the purported "cure rate" given by its professional members are at below Russian roulette rates. I strongly recommend this book. It has the innate ability to reduce the seemingly complex into heart confirmed truths to guide the reader thru the near literal mental minefield that "Professional Psychology" has evolved into. You, your loved ones and your patients (where applicable) deserve the truth shared in this book.
Debunked: Revealing the Overcoming Life (Paperback, review on Amazon.com)
This book should be read by anyone who is a Christian and is thinking about or is already being counseled by the psychology industry, whether it has the label Christian attached or not. The author has a whole chapter on whether a person should take medications for psychological "illnesses" and she explains what these medications do to people. The author also explains her experiences in interviewing and working at "Christian" psychology centers. She tells about being told not to use her Bible to counsel people. Many things that secular psychology has rejected are now common place in "Christian" psychology. I would recommend this book to anyone but especially Christians.
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The depth to which "sanctified" psychotherapy can sink is quite profound. A local newspaper recently featured an article about a thirty-four-bed clinic that has opened in Southern California to treat "Christian sex addicts." (The article does not explain the reasons for beds in this kind of clinic.) According to the account, the clinic is affiliated with a large and well-known Protestant church in the area. Its staff comprises specialists described as "real pioneers in the area [of sexual addiction]. These are all legitimate, licensed psychotherapists who happen to have a strong Christian orientation to therapy," according to the director.
Does their "Christian" orientation happen to be solid enough to allow these psychotherapists to admit that lasciviousness is sin? Evidently not. Interviews with several of them were in the article. They consistently used the terms illness, problem, conflict, compulsive behavior, treatment, and therapy. Words with moral overtones were carefully avoided. Sin and repentance were never mentioned.
Worse than this, these so-called experts scoffed at the power of God's Word to transform a heart and break the bondage of sexual sin. The article quoted the center's program director as he explained why he believes his treatment center specifically for Christians is essential: "There are some groups of Christians who believe the Bible is all you need."
That statement is the echo of neo-gnosticism. Belittling those who believe the Bible is sufficient, these latter-day "clouds without water" (Jude 12) insist that they are privy to a higher, more sophisticated secret knowledge that holds the real answer to what troubles the human soul. Christians must not be intimidated by their false claims. No higher knowledge, no hidden truth, nothing besides the all-sufficient resources that are in Christ exists that can change the human heart.
Any counselor who wants to honor God and be effective must see the goal of his efforts as leading a person to the sufficiency of Christ. The view that man is capable of solving his own problems, or that people can help one another by "therapy" or other merely human means, denies the doctrine of human depravity and man's need for God. It replaces the Spirit's transforming power with impotent human wisdom.
Psychological Seduction of Christianity by Martin and Deidre Bobgan (free
Exposes the fallacies and failures of psychological counseling theories and therapies for one purpose: to call Christians back to God's Word and the Holy Spirit's work; reveals the anti-Christian biases, internal contradictions, and documented failures of secular psychotherapy; examines various amalgamations with Christianity; explodes myths that undergird these unholy unions.
Many Christian counselors are guilty of ignoring the divine Counselor. It's time to rediscover His role.
I think it's no exaggeration to say that the Christian counseling scene today is in total shambles. I'm not talking about true Christian counseling–that which trusts the Bible and the power of the Holy Spirit to conform a person to Christ–that kind of counseling has been successfully changing sinners since the apostolic age. I'm talking about pseudo-counseling -- the attempt to fix people with a blend of secular psychological theory and the Bible. But have integrationist counselors affected any real change among evangelical Christians? Are people really fixed?
It has been sad to see so many Christians seek counsel from Christian psychotherapists who fumble around with theories developed by Sigmund Freud, Carl Rogers and B. F. Skinner. Psychology and talk therapy are so bankrupt that many are abandoning them to embrace biological psychiatry. Psychotropic medicine is the new savior. Problems that were once blamed on dysfunctional families and Id/Superego conflict are now charged to chemical imbalances and disorders.
Yesterday's psychology and today's psychiatry share the same fatal errors -- they reject the total depravity of man due to sin; they treat the symptoms instead of the heart; and they aim for change that is not true sanctification.
In spite of obvious failure, the notion prevails within the church that psychotherapy and psychiatry are more effective agents of change -- particularly in dealing with the most difficult cases -- than the Holy Spirit who sanctifies. But can psychotherapy or psychiatry possibly accomplish something the Holy Spirit cannot? Can an earthly therapist achieve more than a heavenly Comforter? Is behavior modification more helpful than sanctification? Of course not.
The Biblical View
of Self-Esteem, Jay Adams, 32 pp. (PDF)
A strong response to "Christian psychology," in which many seem to perceive the shared enemy of low self-esteem. Adams gives a clear and pointed exposition of the relevant Scriptures, and offers every believer a truly Biblical view.
Biblical View of Self-Esteem: An Explanation of Key Verses
The attached Bible verse explanations (New Testament and Old Testament) detail how God views us and how we should view ourselves. Taken in proper context, the attached Biblical references clearly indicate that there is no Biblical basis for self-esteem, self-love, self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-forgiveness, self-assertion, "proper" self-image, self-actualization, or any of the other selfisms advocated by the worldly system of psychology. The Bible's answer for our emotional "problems": turn from self to Christ (and His all-sufficient Word).
Will America be equally shocked to learn that one of the most famous and influential researchers in modern history conducted and sponsored experiments on hundreds of young children, even infants, that included raping them? It seems too unbelievable to be true. Yet it is fully documented – and now an elderly survivor of that horror has come forward to tell her story.
In a multi-part series of exposés running now in WND, "Esther White," a pseudonym for a woman now in her 70s and living in California, tells how, at age 7, celebrated sex researcher Alfred Kinsey encouraged her father – even paying him – to rape her repeatedly for "data" that could be used in his internationally best-selling books, "Sexual Behavior of the Human Male" and "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female."
While the Kinsey Institute has asserted the research used in those works was gathered from interviews with pedophiles about their past activity, the new charge by a victim of Kinsey's nightmarish experiments reveals he was actively involved in perpetrating horrific and monstrous crimes against children – crimes that still haunt survivors today.
Those crimes would be shocking enough if they happened in a social vacuum. But they did not. Kinsey's research has largely shaped America's notions of sex ever since his work was published decades ago. It was the kindling that ignited the sexual revolution of the 1960s, leading to abortion on demand, the radical feminist agenda, the loosening of restrictions on pornography, no-fault divorce laws and the gender-bending demands of the so-called "gay rights" movement that is radically redefining marriage, the oldest social institution on the planet.
It was this barbaric "research" a generation ago that has led directly to the sexual victimization of a new generation today in public-school classrooms across America where innocence is shattered with lessons on how to perform oral sex, sodomy and intercourse without the slightest concerns about the social, emotional and psychological impact on young children.
Nearly 70 years after being raped repeatedly by her own father at the direction of Kinsey, the victim is speaking out in hope of prompting Congress to investigate the "research."
No matter how you slice it, Kinsey's crimes were more serious and had more impact on our society than anything that occurred during the shocking Tuskegee experiments.
What Kinsey perpetrated was the torture of children – even babies.
The Kinsey Syndrome unfolds the work and influence of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, considered to be "the father of the sexual revolution." But did Kinsey liberate America from its prudish view of sex? Or help to unleash the horrors of our present society?
This documentary shows how "The Kinsey Reports"
have been used to change the laws concerning sex crimes in America, resulting
in the minimal sentences so often given to rapists and pedophiles. Further
explained is that the Kinsey data laid the foundation for sex education --
training teachers, psychologists and even Catholic priests in human sexuality.
What has been the consequence? And what was Kinsey's research really based
Working secretly in his attic, Dr. Kinsey was one of America's original pornographers. His influence inspired Hugh Hefner to launch Playboy Magazine - the "soft" approach to porn - which in time would escalate the widespread use of pornography through magazines, cable TV and the Internet. In 2006 the California Child Molestation & Sexual Abuse Attorneys reported that: "The number of victims of childhood sexual abuse and molestation grows each year. This horrific crime is directly tied to the growth of pornography on the Internet."
Perhaps most disturbing, Alfred Kinsey has been accused of training pedophiles to work with stopwatches and record the responses of children being raped - all in the name of "science." Among his workers was a Nazi pedophile whose relationship to Kinsey was exposed in a German court. The information from these crimes was then recorded in "Table 34" of Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. How can lawmakers use such a document to define the moral parameters of our society?
Why has the truth about Kinsey been suppressed for so long? And what can Americans do to make a difference?
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Dr. Judith Riesman successfully spent much of her career laying the foundations for deconstructing both 'soft pornography' and 'Kinsey myths'. Her work, uncovering and documenting systemic perversion by well-funded efforts in academia, politics, business and media, sheds light on what spawned the 'sexual from birth' dogma and helped to launch the global pollution of classrooms and institutions, our print and broadcast media and, indeed, the internet.
The good news is that in April of 2004, after five years of study, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of 2,400 lawmakers from 50 states, concluded that the work of Kinsey was a fraud and contained "manufactured statistics."
A Treatise of Self-Denial by Richard Baxter (99 cents)
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"Idolatry in its larger meaning is properly understood as any substitution of what is created for the creator. People may worship nature, money, mankind, power, history or social and political systems instead of the God who created them all. The New Testament writers, in particular, recognized that the relationship need not be explicitly one of cultic worship; a man can place anyone or anything at the top of his pyramid of values, and that is ultimately what he serves. The ultimacy of that service profoundly affects the way he lives. When the society around him also turns away from God to idols, it is an idolatrous society and therefore is heading for destruction. Western society, in turning away from Christian faith, has turned to other things. This process is commonly called secularization, but that conveys only the negative aspect. The word connotes the turning away from the worship of God while ignoring the fact that something is being turned to in its place."
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The Psychological Way Versus the
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Your Thoughts Captive by Richard Ganz
Is Good Self-Esteem
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The End of
Stream of Psychology: Freud's Legacy to "Christian Psychology"
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Freud was adamantly opposed to Christianity. Freud taught that religious doctrines are all illusions and that religion is "the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity." He viewed religion as the source of mental problems and thus formed all of his notions from a godless position. Nevertheless, Freud's views influenced our culture to the degree that many Christians began to doubt the effectiveness of the Bible and the church in dealing with life's problems. All the while, Freud argued that belief in God was delusionary and therefore evil. Psychotherapy, from its very beginning, created doubt about Christianity. Freud effectively eroded confidence in Christianity and established negative ideas concerning Christianity that prevail today. He negatively influenced the faith and affected the attitudes of many people concerning the role of the church in healing troubled souls.
"Christian" psychology says that we do need such help, that the Bible doesn't have all the answers we need, that prayer, repentance, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and other Biblical remedies are not enough because there are psychological problems that require something more.
Jung, Maslow, Rogers, et al.
While the therapist is the central figure in psychotherapy, the Bible's teaching on the "care of souls" describes no such central figure. It speaks only of exhorting and encouraging one another, of discipling the new believer, and of discipline within the church. In so speaking, Scripture presents a complete, authoritative, and sufficient theology of soul care. It is a theology both distinctive from and clearly opposed to that which has evolved in the practice of psychotherapy.
Sufficient for You by David & Tamra Lee
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Testimony of Conversion #1 by Richard Ganz (Richard Ganz, when he was a psychologist, was
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Domination Over Depression by Richard Ganz
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Are We? Psychology's View and Scripture's View by Ed Welch
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Book of Job #03: The Psychology of Depression by Jim Moore
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HURTS -- Is Depression a Sin? by Dr. John Barnett
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Most of the Bible is in the major key. Saints fearlessly witnessing, churches valiantly serving against all odds and what a joy those sections are to our souls. But side-by-side with all that is the minor key. God's Word contains true glimpses into the weaknesses and frailties that God understands and shows us in the lives of some of His greatest saints. These are men and women who were sad, discouraged, and depressed -- yet the Lord does not correct them and tell them they are in sin. He just encourages them and helps them go on. Life in the minor key -- is it always sin that makes us depressed? Is it always a sin to be depressed? No, it is not, is the answer from God's Word.
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Similarly in counseling, when the development of self-love, or self-esteem, or a positive self-image is the prevailing motif, a secondary reflex has usurped the place of the primary goal. The contentment you get from thinking about yourself as a faithful disciple of Christ is secondary, and ought always to remain secondary, to the contentment experienced in the actual event of faith and obedience itself. To change this order is to run the risk of the worst kind of idolatry... Paul would disapprove of a counseling motif that diverted people's attention from the infinite value of the glory of God and the attainment of that value through faith and its fruits. He would disapprove of making self-love or self-esteem or a positive self-image the goal of our admonition. Rather, he would have us aim so to transform people's values that their contentment and joy be grounded always in the love of God, the esteem of his glory, and the steady focus on his image. - Self-love and the Christian Counselor's Task by John Piper
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
During the past 15 to 20 years a dramatic shift has taken place in American Christianity: Psychology has flooded into the church. Christian psychologists are now the ones many Christians primarily look to for guidance in the Christian life. Christian psychologists write many of the best-selling books and dominate much of Christian radio. Many pastors use psychological terms and concepts in their sermons.
When anything new floods into the church, it needs to be evaluated in the light of Scripture, our only infallible guide for faith and practice. Many Christians are confused about "Christian" psychology: Should it be gladly embraced, used cautiously, or rejected outright? What follows are some common questions I've encountered and answers based upon God's Word as I've wrestled with this issue.
- Pastor Steven J. Cole
Psychobabble explains the dichotomy between secular and Biblical counseling and shows the danger of incorporating secular techniques into a Christian aproach. This book will provide scriptural answers to the hurts of a broken world.
Excellent Book About Biblical Counseling
Ganz's book has shown me that pursuing a higher degree in the field in which I already have an undergraduate degree, namely psychology, would be futile. I always felt that the line between "Christian" psychology and secular psychology was very blurred; nevertheless, Ganz has confirmed my belief that God's Word is sufficient for such needs. Why run to the world for answers when we serve the Prince of Peace? There is so much in God's Word that confirms Ganz's position about Biblical counseling. I feel that his position on this subject is timely as many Christians have compromised with the world in this area. It is time for us to believe what God says in His Word. "Do not be anxious for anything..." (Phil. 4:6-7). (From Augusta, Georgia United States).
I've been on both sides of the fence concerning integration (Psychology and Christianity), and I've always believed that the two could coexist; however, I was wrong despite my sincerity. Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative opened my eyes. Richard Ganz shows his readers that Psychology and Christianity cannot be united. Throughout this book Ganz shares insights from his own personal journey, and encourages his readers to take a bold stance for Christ. This is a book that confronts modern psychotherapy with the Word of God. Within its pages we see Ganz cutting away the fluff of this "feel good" theology that has crept into our homes and churches; he reveals the "Psycho..." fields true motives. Armed with only the Bible he successfully confronts many of societies crutches (self-esteem, etc.). I would highly recommend this book for those who truly believe God's Word is sufficient for ever need. (From Wake Forest, North Carolina).
"Why are Christians turning to psychiatrists for counseling? What exactly is Christian counseling? Just how Christian should it be? Does secular psychology fit with the Bible? If you want to be challenged to realize that it is the job of the church to counsel its members, sit back and read. You can easily read this book in a few sittings and everything that you have been taught about counseling will be challenged. An excellent book on this topic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book." (From Wake Forest, NC).
Can psychology help you solve your problems? For over a century, psychology has offered answers to people seeking help with problems of living. But are those answers reliable. A psychotherapist wants you to know the truth. Drawing from years of experience in the field, Lisa Bazler evaluates the claims, beliefs and practices of secular and Christian psychology. She not only exposes fallacies and failures, but more importantly, she points the way to true healing and fulfillment. Whether you're searching for personal solutions, or know someone who needs help, this book offers practical and effective counsel based on sound biblical principles.
"Finally a hard hitting book exposing both the lies and dangers of Psychology. As a pastor, searching for materials to help learn of this subject is slim indeed, but this book more than fills the bill. The authors are not only very knowledgeable in the field of Psychology, but their understanding of the Bible is impressive to say the least. This is a must read for anyone who cares enough to want to know the truth. I cannot recommend it high enough" (from Stearns, Kentucky).
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"Where should Christians go to heal the deep hurts in their hearts? Some say we need the Bible plus psychology; others say the Bible alone is sufficient. Here's both sides of the issue with biblical answers" (from the publisher).
"I was very impressed with the book and how it simply uses God and His powerful Word to deal with the problems of today's world. I have recommended it to several valued friends for their opinions, and they agree with the author's concept. Definitely worth reading and applying" (from Omaha, NE).
"This is an awesome book and I find it surprising more people aren't aware of it. This is a much needed teaching about the idea that the Bible does not contain the answers for the problems that are supposedly unique to the 21st century. The rise in "Christian Psychology" where Christians are being misled into believing that truth from godless psychology can be mixed with the Bible is creating a generation of victims that are not finding victory in their lives. Instead, they become professional patients. This is a must read for any believer, especially those that have tried psychology and are still bound up. It is a great encouragement and provides a roadmap based on the Word of God for emotional stability in a world that desperately needs it" (from Buena Park, Ca).
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At Timeless Christian Books you will find all of the titles published by our sister company, Timeless Texts Publishing, as well as titles published by other companies. Many of these titles promote the Nouthetic Counseling movement and are intended to help counselors and lay people effectively minister the Word of God. Titles on our list range from academic works advancing biblical and theological scholarship to popular books designed to help lay readers grow in Christian thought and service. Our mission is to serve Christ and his church by producing clear, engaging, fresh, and insightful applications of Reformed theology to life.
Christian Psychology's War on God's Word: The
Victimization of the Believer
Warns against the modern promoters of "Christian" Psychology (e.g. John Stott on Self-Esteem) and gives the biblical alternative.
The Biblical View of
Self-Esteem, Self-Love, Self-Image
How to evaluate the modern movement promoting "self" and Psychology, ideas now well entrenched in many churches. How to determine if this movement has any biblical basis and how Christians can relate to these teachings. Related item: Richard Ganz's PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative.
Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling
This is the companion and sequel volume to the author's influential Competent to Counsel. 476 pages.
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Christian Living in the
This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word (backcover).
Competent to Counsel
This is a classic in the field of Christian counseling. It has helped thousands of pastors, students, layman, and Christian counselors develop both a general approach to Christian counselling and a specific response to particular problems... First published in 1970, this book has gone through over thirty printings which has resulted in worldwide impact (adapted, backcover).
Handbook of Church
This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community... The author has developed the book around the five steps of corrective discipline found especially in Matthew 18:15-17 (backcover).
Shepherding God's Flock: A Handbook on Pastoral
Ministry, Counseling, and Leadership (free at this link)
The book is divided into three parts: Pastoral Life deals with the pastor, his calling, and the general care he provides the flock. Pastoral Counseling provides an overview of the task and general approach for pastoral counselors. Pastoral Leadership offers a perspective on the ways the pastor can lead the church in its many tasks and responsibilities (backcover). An "unparalleled handbook" on ministry for teaching and ruling elders.
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Marriage Problems: Biblical Solutions for Christian Counselors
This is a book to help counselors understand and deal with the typical problems that arise in a marriage. The approach is to offer not merely solutions but biblical solutions. This is a book that belongs on every pastor's and every counselor's shelf (back cover).
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Over 950 (8.5 inch by 11 inch) pages long, Dr. Timothy Keller calls this "the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced." John MacAurthur writes, "We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!"
The sub-titles gives a good summary of the book, being, "A Sum of Practical Theology and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts: 1.) Christian Ethics (or Private Duties); 2.) Christian Economics (or Family Duties); 3.) Christian Ecclesiatics (or Church Duties); 4.) Christian politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbors)."
Ptacek, in Family Worship (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous "nonconformists," in what is know as the "great ejection,' in 1662,
Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A Christian Directory, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care." Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. "Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's Christian Directory is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by 'the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.
This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. Great price too!
The following three samples from the above book, The Duties of Parents For Their Children (From: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454), The Special Duties Of Children Towards Their Parents (From: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory , on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457), and The Special Duties Of Children And Youth Towards God (From: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458), are also available on all 30 Reformation Bookshelf CDs (in the "FREE BOOKS" file) at http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm (along with 100 other free books and articles on each CD!).
This item "is the work of Baxter that has been translated into the most number of different languages" (Kettler, Sept./97 letter).
It is also a great antidote to the prominent spirit (of antichrist) preached by psychologist and psychiatrists which focuses on self (self-esteem, self-actualization, etc.) and/or hedonism, in an idolatrous manner, rather than self-sacrifice and service in obedience to God.
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,... This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Pet. 3:3, 2 Tim. 3:1-5).
Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to. He certainly practiced what he preached on self-denial as he was willing to suffer for what he believed: though at times his weakness and compromising spirit is most evident, as seen in this account by Barker:
"He was invited by the officers of Oliver Cromwell's newly raised cavalry troop at Cambridge to be their pastor, as of a gathered (i.e. independent--RB) church, but he rejected the invitation with a reproof against what he considered as unlawful. After the Battle of Naseby in June 1645 Baxter visited Cromwell's camp and was appalled at the 'hot-headed sectaries' he found in leading positions in the Army. Cromwell himself received him cooly and confronted him with his refusal to serve his now victorious regiment. As a result he agreed to become a chaplain to Colonel Whalley's regiment and continued with the Army through several siege operations" (Puritan Profiles, pp. 290-291).
Further perfidy is exhibited in that "he opposed the Solemn League and Covenant even though he had rashly signed it" (Ibid.). He also compromised by obtaining a licence to preach -- with ninety other backsliding ministers -- under the sinful Indulgence of 1672; but was later imprisoned under James II.
Nevertheless he "praised the Westminster Confession as 'the most excellent for fullness and exactness he had ever read from any Church'" (Ibid.) and this book is must reading for all Christians who would like to progress in personal sanctification, godliness and holiness.
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