Thoughts to Ponder

Man's Wisdom

I have taken some heat for my stance on psychology, self-esteem, inner healing, bondage breakers, etc... I stand by what I have said in the past. I believe that Christ is sufficient for our lives. No matter what your past was, no matter if you were abused, or were the abuser; Christ is sufficient to handle the past. He is sufficient to handle today and the future too.

One thing all of these new "Christian" programs have in common is that they preach a different gospel. They preach that the person has to do something to allow God to help them. Christ is not sufficient, the person has to assist or they will never heal, or be able to understand God or His love for them.

This is hog wash at best and blasphemy at worst. The result is a lowering of the persons respect for and image of God. These things are all dressed up nicely in Christian cloths, and that is why many people are afraid to speak out against them. That is also why so many people fall for this garbage; it seems biblical. They use many scriptures to show how biblical they are. Yet if a person really reads their Bible and asks God for wisdom, they will see that these are dangerous teachings.

The Bible warns that in the last days there will be a great falling away: (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NIV) Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. {3} For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. {4} They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

I believe we are in that period now. People don't want sound doctrine, they want what will make them feel good. Sin is no longer talked about very much. "We must all deal with our past because our problems are caused by the lies we have believed in the past." "Our problems are not due to our sinful flesh," which could be cured by allowing Christ to control our lives. "The enemy is Satan, (I would agree, but he is not our only enemy, so is our flesh; our carnal nature) who lied to us about whatever it was that has us in bondage." "We need to face that lie so that then and only then can God give us His word."

I have news for you, God gave us His Word 2000 years ago and beyond. Do you need to know that Satan is a liar? Read your Bible. Want to know how to live your life? Read your Bible. Want to know how to deal with the past? Read your Bible. God has already spoken, why should you have to relive something from your past so that you can hear from Him?

The first sin that we know of was Lucifer's sin of pride in himself. The Bible speaks a lot about pride and being proud, here are just a few: Leviticus 26:19, Deuteronomy 8:12-14, 2 Chronicles 26:16, 2 Chronicles 32:25-26, Psalms 10:4, Psalms 31:23, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 11:2, and Proverbs 16:18. As I said these are just a few verses that show how God feels about pride and a proud heart. Yet people flock to the polluted waters of self-esteem and drink until they can't drink anymore. What is self-esteem? That is a question you better answer from God's point of view before you take courses or counseling which promotes high self-esteem as the cure for your problems.

There is no such thing as "Christian Psychology." There are Christians who practice psychology, but it is secular psychology still. There are those who try to integrate secular psychology with theology, but that is like dressing Christ in dirty rags. He does not need man's wisdom, He is sufficient!!

I have stated before and I will do so again, many Bible believing devout Christians, who try to live holy lives have fallen for this polluted stream of humanism. Many very well known Christian leaders promote it in one way or another. So what gives me the right or the knowledge to take a stand against it? The Bible does. (Philippians 4:19 NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Christ's riches are enough for me.

So what is the harm in this stuff? Anything which keeps a person from the knowledge that they are a fallen being in need of a Savior is dangerous. Christians who have already given their lives to Christ, admitting that they have sinned and need forgiveness are then convinced by these teachings that something in their past made them this way. It is no longer called sin, or our fallen state, it is no longer our fault. We are victims of lies!

Jesus said that the only way to heaven was by being born again, but not physically, spiritually: (John 3:1-7 NIV) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. {2} He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." {3} In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." {4} "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" {5} Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. {6} Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. {7} You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'

Now what I find amazing is this. Many of these inner healing ministries, by whatever name they might go, teach that a person's life is a mess, not because of sin, but because of the past. Whether that past contains trauma or lies or generational curses, or whatever. The person must regress back to that time and deal with that situation. Many even teach that the person should try to visualize themselves before birth, while still in the womb. Now I am talking about Christian counseling here, but it applies to secular counseling as well. Again there is very little difference, other then the semantics of who the 'spiritual' guides are.

Does anything strike you as strange? Jesus says you must be born again... Satan always uses a little bit of truth and copies the things of God. Instead of being born again and thereby becoming a new creature in Christ, these counseling sessions help the person to be born again in the flesh, or relive that physical birth. That should be enough to scare you away.

I beg you, don't clothe Christ in the filthy rags of human wisdom. God is Wisdom. He does not need our feeble minds to help Him. He is sufficient to deal with any and every problem you have or will ever have. He has given mankind wisdom when it comes to medical science, and we should seek professional medical help when we have a physical sickness. But don't be fooled by the claim that Psychology is either medical science or even scientific fact. It is not. The brain is a physical organ and can become sick (diseased, or out of balance organically). The mind on the other hand is not a physical organ and we as humans do not understand it, no matter what you have been taught. It is God's domain just as our soul is. If there is a disease in either your soul or your mind, you need God, the Great Physician, to deal with it.

I am going to quote a news story next. I will warn you that it should make you sick. It should make your blood boil. It should make you call out to God for help. It has nothing to do with Christian counseling, or integration between theology and psychology, however, it is worth reading because it is psychology and it is just one step past what is happening in many Christian counseling rooms today. How long before we start practices like this in our churches as a way to cure or heal problems? If this child had been told to visualize Jesus outside of the womb calling her to come out, we would call it "Christian" counseling. If you don't believe me then check out what is happening today in the Christian community. Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment. We have convinced clergy that they are no longer able to counsel, that they need to refer their congregants to professional counselors. Of course we require the counselors to be Christians, but as I said there is no such thing as Christian psychology, at best you get integration between theology and psychology.

DENVER (Reuters) - Police Thursday arrested three people for conducting a controversial "rebirthing" therapy on a 10-year-old girl who died after being wrapped in a blanket despite telling them she could not breathe and was going to die.

The procedure, aimed at helping children who cannot form bonds with their parents by making them "relive" birth, was captured on closed circuit television on April 18 while the girl's horrified mother watched in a nearby room, according to the Jefferson County sheriff's office.

The girl, Candace Newmaker of North Carolina, told the therapists seven times that she could not breathe and said six times that she was going to die. But instead of unwrapping her, the therapists said "you got to push hard if you want to be born --or do you want to stay in there and die?"

The girl, who was adopted four years ago and had been treated for Attention Deficit Disorder and depression, lost consciousness during the procedure and was rushed to a local hospital where she died the next day.

BLANKET IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE WOMB

In the procedure the child was completely wrapped in a blue, flannel blanket that simulated the womb. Large pillows were placed around her. Counselors then pressed in on the pillows to simulate contractions and to motivate the girl to push her way out of the blanket through a twisted end of the blanket at the top of the girl's head.

Brita St. Clair, Jack McDaniel and Julie Ponder, employees at Connell Watkins and Associates, a counseling office in Evergreen, Colo. were arrested for "child abuse resulting in death," the sheriff's office said.

An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth person, Connell Watkins, who ran the counseling office that specialized in attachment therapy for children. Attorneys for Ponder and Watkins were not available to comment.

According to an investigator who viewed the tape there was a 20-minute lapse between the time the girl's last breath could be heard to the time she was unwrapped.

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