Thoughts to Ponder

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

In several of my articles I have made statements about psychology, and I have taken some heat for my views. I view psychology as a competing religion, which is anti-Christian. I am alarmed at how the church has embraced this rival religion.

Many churches offer counseling by trained and certified Christian counselors. The bottom line is that these counselors are trained and certified in psychology's anti-Christian thought. The men that came up with psychology were godless men who denied God, denied Christ and even denied the guilt of mankind.

These men viewed religion as a crutch for the weak minded. Yet today there is just as much psychology in the church as in the secular world. It is time that believers wake up and realize that Satan has gotten a foothold in the church with his godless anti-Christian religious views.

I am appalled at how many churches believe in integration between psychology and the Bible. I was told by one counselor that they took the best of the Bible and combined it with the best of psychology. He saw nothing wrong with this approach.

I have quoted this passage before but I believe it warrants repeating here:

(Jeremiah 17:5-9 NIV) [5] This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. [6] He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. [7] "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. [8] He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." [9] The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

The psychology industry will tell you that they understand the heart (mind) of man. They're either lying or mistaken! This godless pseudo-religion is going to destroy the Christian church if believers do not wake up in time to stop it.

Paul warned us about just this type of thing:

(2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV) [1] But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. [2] People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, [3] without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, [4] treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-[5] having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

Psychology denies the power of God. It also gives people excuses for being lovers of themselves (in fact, it promotes self-love), lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient, ungrateful and unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, etc… It goes against everything God teaches us in His word, yet churches are flocking to it as if it were the Messiah.

Am I out in left field? Decide for yourself. The following are quotes from an article by Judith Reisman published on WorldNetDaily.com. I urge you to go read the entire article: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33551

Psychiatrists and professors are lobbying to normalize and decriminalize pedophilia (child rape and molestation).

You heard right. The movement to legitimize pedophiles has been gathering steam for some time. In the late 1980s, for example, during the two years I spent as principal investigator for a U.S. Department of Justice study on "Images of Children, Crime and Violence" in mainstream pornography, my research team encountered a stable of paid pornography agents we dubbed "Academic Pedophile Apologists."

Now, things have gone so far downhill that this May, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) was walking the Academic Pedophile Apologist tightrope, actually publicly debating a proposal for "Lifting [The] Pedophilia Taboo."

Several APA presenters "proposed removing ... pedophilia, exhibitionism ... voyeurism ... from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)." The DSM - the bible of the mental-health field - tells psychiatrists, judges, juries and the rest of the world what is or is not abnormal human behavior, and what to criminally "punish" versus what to therapeutically "treat."

Is this really a world view that you want embraced by your church? Okay, I admit that it is far fetched to believe that churches would embrace this stance, but the pseudo-religion most churches are integrating with the Bible does.

Many people who attend churches are on psychiatric drugs. These drugs are dangerous. (Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself: The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, by Dr. Peter R. Breggin) They dull the senses of the person. I am not talking about the sense of touch or smell, I am talking about the senses as in the heart of man; such as the sense of conviction of sin, or the sense of need to lean on and reach out to God.

They mask the symptoms of life instead of treating them. They cause the person to believe in the drug and psychology when what they need is God. Lose your temper easily? That is no longer a sin for which you are accountable, you just need a drug to keep your temper under control. Or do you have wild mood swings where you're either totally up or totally down? You don't need to change your focus and deny yourself and follow Christ; all you need is a drug to help you level. Do you feel guilty and alone? You don't need to come to Christ as a sinner; you just need a drug to take the feelings of guilt away.

We read many accounts of people who were demon possessed when Jesus walked this earth and after also. These people exhibited some pretty strange behavior, but the treatment was always the same. Whether the person treating them was Jesus, Peter, Paul, or another believer, they cast the demon out. Today those same people would be given psychiatric drugs so that their senses would be dulled enough so that they could possibly carry on daily living. Yet their souls would be lost for eternity.

I am not promoting the idea that we should go around casting out demons from everyone who has an emotional problem, but my point is that drugs are not the answer either. Prayer on behalf of a person who is suffering and the clear counseling that comes from God's word can and will take care of these problems.

Cutting is a major problem with teens today. If you've never heard of cutting, it is the practice of taking a sharp object and cutting the skin just deeply enough to bring pain and blood. There are many reasons for this behavior, but many say that they only feel alive and in control when they cut themselves. Or they will say that the pain and blood are an emotional release for them. Cutters are also very likely to be suicidal.

So what should be the treatment for cutters? Should they be drugged? Note that one of the common reasons for cutting is to feel in control. Well, drugs will only make them feel more out of control. Let me show you what God's word has to say:

(Romans 6:16-18 NIV) [16] Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? [17] But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. [18] You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

You may wonder what this has to do with cutters, but hang with me for a few minutes. Notice that Paul tells us that we will never be in control; either we will be controlled by sin or we will be controlled by God, but never will we be in control. So the answer to a person who is a cutter is to come to Christ and allow Him to control their lives.

(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV) [28] "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Rest for their souls, that is what they are really looking for. That will make them feel more alive than they have ever been before. It will take that emotional pain away so that they no longer feel the need for an emotional release through cutting. Is this the help they get through counseling at your church? Find out: go ask. Ask how one of the counselors on staff or one to which the church refers people would treat a person who is a cutter.

Go back to the article I quoted from and think about it. The psychology industry is debating about taking the taboo away from pedophilia. Is that what is needed? Or do pedophiles need Christ? Is pedophilia a sin which should be punished or a condition that should be treated and understood? If you are unsure, you need to go to God's word and see. No, pedophilia is not mentioned but all the other like sins are and they are all clearly condemned as sins deserving punishment and which are under the control of the person committing them.

That is another place where Christianity and psychology differ. Christianity says that man is accountable for his actions, but psychology looks for the root cause of those actions and will always find a source external to the person. When a person or organization (such as a church or a counselor) integrates the Bible and psychology, they will start to look at both areas, both the person and external factors. Since they must take the person's word for many of the answers, is it surprising that even Christian counselors often find external root causes of sinful actions by their patients?

Now you might believe what psychology has said and feel that a pedophile has no control over his actions. That is dead wrong. I will agree that a pedophile has no control over the urges (temptations) that he has, but it is up to him whether or not he follows through with those thoughts. Homosexuality is the same thing. No, a person may not be able to control the temptations and thoughts but it is up to them whether they sin or not.

This goes back to the passage I quoted earlier: to whom are they a slave? If it is to sin, then they will continue to sin, if it is to righteousness then they will be set free.

Either we as believers take our churches and point them back to Christ, or we are going to lose the battle and our churches will continue to die and become even more ineffective then they are now. Take a stand and demand that your church follow Christ and that they counsel people using God's word alone, and not with integration of the godless pseudo-religion psychology.

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These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflect his views.

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