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Some Dangers of Psychology and Psychiatry (Nebuchadnezzar Loses His Mind) by Dr. Voddie Baucham (FREE MP3)

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"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")

"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.'"

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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..."

"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).

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

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6, emphases added).

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.

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?

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


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Psychology Debunked: Revealing the Overcoming Life (Paperback, review on
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.

Psychology Debunked: Revealing the Overcoming Life (Paperback, review on
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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Secular Psychology and "Christian" Psychology Versus Biblical Counseling (FREE MP3s, Books and Articles)

Still Waters Revival Books (SWRB) does not endorse everything believed by the authors or ministers in the resources and quotes on this page. However, SWRB maintains that there is much of value in the articles, books, quotes and MP3s listed here, in regard to both secular and so-called "Christian" psychology and the detrimental effects these forms of idolatry have on individuals (Christians and unbelievers), families, churches and even nations -- as both psychology and psychiatry violate the first and ninth commandments by substituting lies, (either false human, or even demonic, ideas), for the truth of God found in the Bible. "... keep yourselves from idols. Amen" (1 John 5:21). Moreover, readers of this Web page are advised to consult their own doctor or qualified health professional regarding the treatment of their medical problems. Still Waters Revival Books is not responsible or liable for any possible consequences to a person reading or following the information in on this Web page. By acting on anything on this Web page you are agreeing to assume full responsibility for you own actions. If readers are taking prescription medications, they should consult with their physicians and not take themselves off of medicines without the proper supervision of a physician.

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."[28] (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.[29]

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."[30]

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.

A "must listen" free (audio) MP3: Self-Esteem: Myth or Marvel by Richard Ganz
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A Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-denial; A Believer Is To Be Living Sacrifice by John Calvin (free MP3)

Some Dangers of Psychology and Psychiatry (Nebuchadnezzar Loses His Mind) by Dr. Voddie Baucham (FREE MP3)

PSYCHOHERESY: The Psychological Seduction of Christianity by Martin and Deidre Bobgan (free ebook)
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.

The Bible and Psychology by Jim Savastio (there are 12 MP3s in this series)
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The Bible and Psychology (1 of 12) by Jim Savastio (free MP3)
Jim Savastio discusses the sufficiency of the Scriptures and the Church even in the matters of psychology.

The Bible and Psychology (2 of 12) by Jim Savastio (free MP3)
There is that which is rooted and grounded in the truth and that which is of the traditions of men. Jim Savastio explains three myths concerning psychology today.  1.  The myth that psychology is a simple science. 2.  The myth that psychology is effective. 3.  The mythology of labels.

The Bible and Psychology (3 of 12) by Jim Savastio (free MP3)
Deals with worldviews, sex, sexuality, marriage, parenting, Larry Crabb, Integrationists, creation, evolution, Alfred Kinsey, homosexuality, despair, depression, peace, heart happiness, Psalm one, the blessed man, brokenness, sin, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, science, etc.

The Bible and Psychology (4 of 12) by Jim Savastio (free MP3)
On the interplay between body and soul and why secular psychology can't deal with the most important matters of life (i.e., the maters relating to the soul).

Secular Psychology and Christianity: Two World Views by Dr. Richard Ganz  (free MP3)

Exposing psychoheresy and its increasing stranglehold on the Church (free chapters and articles)

How John Calvin Led Me to Repent of Christian Psychology by Pastor Steven J. Cole (Must reading!)

Difference Between Biblical Counseling and Christian Psychology by John MacArthur, Jr. and Wayne A. Mack

Providential Care by Jay Adams
In my opinion, unless a counselor is well aware of how God works for the good of His children, and is able to communicate something of those facts to counselees in times of distress, he will be a pretty sorry counselor." - Jay Adams

Report Highlights Pedophile Connections of American Psychological Association

"Americans for Pedophile Advocacy? Dutch pedophilia advocate Theo Sandfort is a Fellow with the American Psychological Society (APA). As part of his "research," Sandfort once interviewed 25 boys from between the ages of 10 and 16 who were in "sexual relationships" with adults. The adult predators took Sandfort to interview their underage sexual "partners" (i.e., their child victims).  "For virtually all the boys... the sexual contact itself was experienced positively," Sandfort duly reported. Not surprisingly, the APA, which has an overwhelming pro-homosexualist bias, has worked to cast doubt on the idea that people practicing homosexuality can make the healthy transition to heterosexuality... In 1998, the APA released a study by three psychological researchers from Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan, claiming that the "negative potential" of adult sex with children was "overstated" and that "the vast majority of both men and women reported no negative sexual effects from their child sexual abuse experiences."  It even claimed that large numbers of the victims reported that their experiences were "positive," and suggested that the phrase "child sex abuse" be replaced with "adult-child sex."

The APA not only passed the paper through its peer review process where it was approved by multiple psychologists associated with the organization, but actually published it in one of its journals, Psychological Bulletin.  Moreover, when objections were raised by radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger and various pro-family groups, the organization defended the article for an entire year.  It was also defended by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which chillingly stated that it "saw no clear evidence of improper application of methodology or other questionable practices on the part of the article's authors."

The publication of the paper was only one example of such lunacy by mental health professionals in peer-reviewed journals.  One of the three authors of the study, Robert Bauserman, has a history of publishing pedophilia-advocacy "studies," including one for the now-defunct journal Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia, whose editors admitted to being pedophiles.

Another apologist for child sex abuse who has received acceptance, affirmation, and recognition from the mental health professions is Dr. Theo Sandfort, who is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry) at Colombia UniversitySandfort published a study in 1981 that claimed that boys as young as 10 years old had "positive" experiences in their "sexual relationships" with adults.

While he was co-director of the research program of the Department of Gay and Lesbian Studies at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, Sandfort interviewed 25 boys from between the ages of 10 and 16 who were in such "sexual relationships" -- that is, they were being sexually abused by adults. In fact, the abusers themselves took Sandfort to their victims so he could interview them.  When the victims gave Sandfort their "positive" responses, he duly recorded them.

"For virtually all the boys… the sexual contact itself was experienced positively," Sandfort wrote, without a hint of irony.

The fact that Sandfort was promoting the sexual abuse of minors with the help of their victimizers didn't seem to faze him.  Nor did it faze his then-employers at the University of Utrecht.  Nor did it faze the prestigious University of Colombia, which later gave him a professorship, even after he went on to write articles such as "Pedophile relationships in the Netherlands: Alternative Lifestyles for Children?" and books such as "Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development" (2000)."

It hasn't fazed the APA either, which has named Sandfort a "fellow" of the organization since 2002.

The Spirit in Counseling by John MacArthur

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.

Psychology: Science or Religion?

Pyschotherapy vs. the Bible by C.J. Mahaney (Free video on YouTube)

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.

A 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).

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies (Jay Adams)

What is Nouthetic Counseling? by Jay Adams

How does Nouthetic counseling differ from other forms of Christian counseling? by Jay Adams

Nouthetic counselors oppose the use of medicine, don't they? by Jay Adams

I have heard that you call the Bible a textbook for counseling. How can you say that? by Jay Adams

What empirical evidence do you have that Nouthetic counseling is superior to other forms of counseling? by Jay Adams

If Nouthetic counseling is what you say it is, why are some people so upset about it? by Jay Adams

Why shouldn't Christians use the methods of men like Freud, Rogers and others? by Jay Adams

You talk about nothing else but sin! by Jay Adams

What you are doing isn't really unique. It's only a species of Behaviorism by Jay E. Adams

The Monster Nnown as Kinsey by Joseph Farah

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."

The latest book from the foremost expert on how sexuality has been twisted in our day: "Sexual Sabotage: How One Mad Scientist Unleashed a Plague of Corruption and Contagion on America"

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.

Stunner! Kinsey paid my father to rape me: Subject of 1940s 'research' goes public with horrific details of abuse by dad
The following report is part of WND's ongoing, multipart investigation into alleged crimes committed by sex-research pioneer Alfred Kinsey and his Kinsey Institute.

"There's no question that Kinsey broke a number of laws and conspired to break a number of laws to conduct his faux research," said Matt Barber, a law professor and associate dean at the Liberty University School of Law.

Kinsey's 1948 and 1953 books on human sexual behavior contain tables of information about sexual responses in children as young as 2 months old. Several tables record how long the children needed to be stimulated to achieve "orgasm," and others record how many orgasms the children achieved in given periods of time.

Find out who launched the sexual 'devolution,' and opened the door to the abyss

The Kinsey Syndrome
Written & Directed by Christian J. Pinto
Produced by Joe Schimmel & Christian J. Pinto (Offsite, DVD $19.95)

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 upon?

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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" of the most important productions of the 21st century." -- Dr. Ted Baehr, MOVIEGUIDE

"...a masterpiece." - The New American

“Wow … I just finished the movie … Your presentation is incredibly dramatic and, at times, I felt near tears, trembling, and nauseous … I think the most compelling segments were the testimony of the adult victim, ‘Esther White.'  Irrefutable – not opinion or analysis … I learned so much from your overview of the various angles and issues.” – K.C. Veccio, Writer/Literary Consultant

Examine the Science Behind the Kinsey Reports

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 Truth Behind Alfred Kinsey - Susan Brinkmann on the "Scientist" and His Research

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."

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Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative #1 by Richard Ganz
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Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative by Dr. Richard Ganz (free at Google books)

Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative by Dr. Richard Ganz (16 free MP3s)

"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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Christianity Versus Psychology

Take Your Thoughts Captive by Richard Ganz

Is Good Self-Esteem Important for a Christian, and How Is It Developed? by David J. Engelsma

The Myth That Psychology Is Scientific

The Myth of Psychological Labels

The Myth That Psychology Is Effective

The Myth That Psychology Is Motivated by Compassion

Wake up, it's time to take a stand!

The End of "Christian Psychology"

Counseling Encourages Talebearing


The Psychoanalytic Stream of Psychology: Freud's Legacy to "Christian Psychology" (Warning: This Stream is Polluted)
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.

Freud, 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.

The End of "CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY" - The End of "Christian Psychology" has been translated into Chinese (Mandarin) and is available through Psychoheresy Awareness Ministries.

Bible Verses about Psychology

Bible Verses about Psychologists

Christ: Sufficient for You by David & Tamra Lee

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment - booklet by Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) (PDF) 


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Self-Esteem: Myth or Marvel by Richard Ganz
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How to Solve Any Problem Biblically by Richard Ganz
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The Bad Root of Psychology by Ernest King

A Testimony of Conversion #1 by Richard Ganz (Richard Ganz, when he was a psychologist, was fired for sharing the Gospel with his patients shortly after he became a Christian. This story and many others are recounted in this stirring testimony to the sovereign grace of God.)
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A Testimony of Conversion #2 by Richard Ganz
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Smashing Anxiety for a Life of Joy by Richard Ganz

How To Face Any Problem #01 by Richard Ganz (four MP3s in this series beginning at the URL below)
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Developing Domination Over Depression by Richard Ganz
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Solving Marital Problems, Pt 1 by Brian Schwertley (three MP3s in this series beginning at the URL below)

Who Are We? Psychology's View and Scripture's View by Ed Welch
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The Book of Job #03: The Psychology of Depression by Jim Moore
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The Ultimate Discipline by Richard Ganz - 56 min
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When Life HURTS -- Is Depression a Sin? by Dr. John Barnett
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Brief Sermon Overview:
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.

God's View of Homosexuality (1 of 2) by Pastor John MacArthur

God's View of Homosexuality (2 of 2) by Pastor John MacArthur

The Bible and Homosexuality by David Silversides


Pastor's Calling, Ministers, Puritans, Psychology, Preaching, Preachers, Communication Prayer, Self Esteem (Wild Boar News #4) by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon


A Christian View of Psychology by Kevin Swanson 


Delay DSM Forever: Problems With Psychiatry's Label Bible May Unite Left and Right (non-Christian source of information)


Psychiatric leaders note lack of science for psychiatric theories (non-Christian source of information)


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



The Intrusion of Psychology into Christian Theology by Don Matzat - Part 1. Sin and Self-Esteem; Part 2. Encountering "Encounter"; Part 3. Psychological Mysticism

Free PDF books Exposing psychoheresy and its increasing stranglehold on the Church

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Person to Person Ministry: Soul Care in the Body of Christ


PsychoHeresy: The Psychological Seduction of Christianity


Competent to Minister: The Biblical Care of Souls


Christ-Centered Ministry versus Problem-Centered Counseling 


The End of "Christian Psychology"


12 Steps to Destruction: Codependency Recovery Heresies


Four Temperaments, Astrology & Personality Testing


Hypnosis: Medical, Scientific or Occultic?


Against "Biblical Counseling": For the Bible


Larry Crabb's Gospel


James Dobson's Gospel of Self-Esteem & Psychology


Missions & Psychoheresy


CRI (Christian Research Institute) Guilty of PSYCHOHERESY? 


TheoPhostic Counseling: Divine Revelation? OR PsychoHeresy?




El ministerio centrado en Cristo comparado con el asesoramiento centrado en el problema
(The Spanish translation of Christ-Centered Ministry versus Problem-Centered Counseling


(The Spanish translation of The End of Christian Psychology.)

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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

Questions at a glance . . .

POSITION PAPERS ... critiquing various promoters of psychoheresy





A Contrite Heart is Better than an Esteemed Self:
How Self-Esteem Ideology Contradicts Reason and the Bible



By Bruce W. Davidson



This paper critiques the thinking of both secular and religious advocates of self-esteem. Many in the secular and religious worlds claim that self-esteem is the key to successful and happy living. However, closer examination of the reasoning behind self-esteem ideology shows it to be full of flaws and contradictions, and a number of researchers have found that self-esteem ideology rests on scant solid evidence.






"Celebrate Recovery: A Way Which Seemeth Right"



By T. A. McMahon



In this paper, T.A. McMahon describes his firsthand experience at the Celebrate Recovery Summit 2005 at Saddleback Church in Southern California. Furthermore he carefully analyzes the Celebrate Recovery (CR) program, which is a rapidly growing program throughout more than 4500 churches. McMahon demonstrates CR's dependence on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and shows how Scripture is twisted to fit the 12 steps program.






A Response to the Christian Research Institute's Evaluation of Theophostic Prayer Ministry



By Martin and Deidre Bobgan



Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Publications, Christian Research Institute (CRI), has written a position paper on Dr. Ed Smith's Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM). In his paper, Miller totally misrepresents our work; ignores Smith's claim for God being the direct source of TPM; finesses the fact that TPM is not new information, as Smith claims, but merely an eclectic combination of psychotherapies practiced by him for years, plus inner healing; fails to recognize the junk science involved in TPM; overlooks the damaging effects of Smith's practice of recovered memory therapy and visualization; gives his personal impressions and opinions on important issues without the necessary support where needed; disregards a number of the outrageous and unsubstantiated claims made by Smith; does not condemn Smith enough for his extreme misuse of Scripture; and finally undermines his own many warnings about TPM by leaving the door open for Christians to pursue it. TPM is thoroughly unbiblical and lacks scientific support for its claims and practices.






Confronting the BCF Self-Confrontation Manual



For a number of years we have recommended the Biblical Counseling Foundation's manual currently titled Self-Confrontation: a manual for in-depth discipleship. However, with our growing concern about the biblical counseling movement, we have taken another look at the manual as an integral part of the counseling training program offered by the Biblical Counseling Foundation (BCF) and describe some of our concerns. And, while we no longer recommend any manuals or training programs for biblical counseling, we do issue the recommendations for changing the manual and for restraints if the BCF manual is to be used at all. We delineate our concerns with the unbiblical attachments to so-called biblical counseling programs, courses, manuals, and all that would intimidate Christians from ministering to one another.






A Church's Unholy Union with the Four Temperaments



In our speaking and writing over the years, we have never singled out a specific church in relationship to false teaching. However, in this case, the church leadership is publicly united and supportive of a false teaching and has approved a paper espousing it. The church leadership specifically responded to our book The Four Temperaments through a paper written by Brian Myers, Associate Pastor at Spring Branch Community Church (SBCC) in Houston, Texas. The SBCC Administrative Board supports his paper. That means Myers' paper has the official approval of the ruling and leading body of the church. It is our understanding that the false teaching we will address is not a small issue in the church, but is part of what it means to be a member of SBCC. This paper includes additional research in support of our analysis of the Four Temperaments and the DISC.    






Trevor Morrison: Devoted to God and His Word or to Dr. Lawrence Crabb and his teachings?



This paper is a response to Trevor Morrison's paper titled "Misunderstanding People: A Rebuttal of Martin and Deidre Bobgan's Criticisms of Dr. Lawrence Crabb," dated June 1992. Many people have been devoted to Crabb through the years. Morrison is one of them. Throughout this paper Morrison's strong statements supporting Crabb are rebutted both biblically and scientifically.






A Response to Robert Hicks, author of The Masculine Journey



Following our articles "Promise Keepers & PsychoHeresy," Parts  One and Two, which were critical of his book The Masculine Journey, Robert Hicks responded with a paper titled "A PsychoHeresy Response; A Critique of the Critique of The Masculine Journey." Therefore, prior to reading this paper, we suggest that our readers first read our original articles.






A Critique of Dr. Jay Grimstead's Support of Theophostic Counseling



This paper is a response to Dr. Jay Grimstead's paper titled "Critics of Theophostic Ministry," which was directed primarily at the PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter but also at others who have critiqued Theophostics from a biblical and scientific perspective. This paper demonstrates that Grimstead's response reveals flawed thinking, flawed theology, and anti-science views as he attempts to support Ed Smith's inner healing/psychotherapy teachings.


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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.

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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).

"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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Why Christians Can't Trust Psychology

"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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Christian Psychology's War on God's Word: The Victimization of the Believer
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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.

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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).

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A Christian Directory

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!

A Christian Directory: A Sum of Practical Theology and Cases of Conscience... by Richard Baxter

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A Treatise of Self-Denial

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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