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“You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:8)

Every answer to every question regarding our life in this world can be found in the world of God. The truth is, there is not one problem, be it mental, physical or spiritual that God’s word does not have an answer for. In simple terms, his word has the answers to every problem we face in this life, and it trumps everything else. Yet for the past few decades, the modern church has become endeared with another type of word, a gospel of the mind which has caused not only undue problems upon many a Christian, it has led others from the only means of true freedom – the cross. What I’m referring to is the religion called “Christian Psychology”.

Psychology is nothing more than the study of the mind. It was popularized by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in the late 1800’s and is rooted in humanism. To keep it in simple terms, psychology says man’s problems are the result of a mental disorder, that he is not responsible fully for his actions. Meaning, an alcoholic is only responsible for staying an alcoholic, but he is not responsible for being an alcoholic. In other words, man’s issue with outward and not inward. But what does God’s word say? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

To be clear, man’s problem, contrary to what clinical psychologists would have us to believe, is inward, and it’s something psychologists do not want to admit, it’s sin. Man has attempted to thwart his responsibility as being a sinner since the fall, when Adam tried to blame the woman and the woman blamed the serpent. Man has never taken ownership of his spiritual condition (sin) because he doesn’t see himself as the root problem, but the victim. This is the mentality that Christian psychology now attempts to do, attempt to replace God’s word with another word and that word is psychology under the guise of Christian principles, but when we examine these principles, we find that it’s not truly apart of God’s word, but an attempt to render the cross powerless, and replace it with the wisdom of man and not the supremacy of God’s word.

So how did so called “Christian” psychology come into the church? By one man – Norman Vincent Peale. Peale was a Methodist preacher, ordained in 1922 in Rhode Island. His desire to change the spiritual dynamics of the Christian church began when he went into Seminary, there he began a journey into psychiatry, where he would attempt to bridge the humanistic teachings of Freud and Jung (among others) with Christianity. The result? Peale began a religious-psychiatric clinic in the basement of his church, the findings from that religious experiment would begin the course to change and reshape how the church would view depression and other problems facing the Christian and in turn bring about a new type of gospel, the gospel of self awareness – Christian Psychology.

What Peale did back in 1950, and beyond, was introduce to the church another message, a message which said that we are not to be blamed for our moral problems, as well as spiritual problems and weaknesses, that the root cause was something much bigger than man, it was all in the mind. Peale became so detached in his feelings for clinical psychology that he began to make a dramatic shift from the truth (genuine Christian faith) to become more secular in his reasoning which said that all paths lead to God, not just one path (the cross). In a shocking appearance on the then television program The Phil Donahue Show, Peale made a shocking declaration when he stated that, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine…God is everywhere. Christ is one of the ways.”

But there were other heresies Peale ventured into, such as this particular quote by Peale and the relationship between God and man:

Who is God? Some theological being…? God is energy. As you breathe God in, as you visualize His energy, you will be re-energized! Prayer power is a manifestation of energy. Just as there exist scientific techniques for the release of atomic energy, so are there scientific procedures for the release of spiritual energy through the mechanism of prayer….
Prayer…is a procedure by which spiritual power flows from God…releases forces and energies…one must learn step by step the formula for opening the circuit and receiving this power. Any method through which you can stimulate the power of God to flow into your mind is legitimate…

Today, the church still continues to fall under the spell of this so called “religion” and it does so at such a rate that anything currently being used within the church is based, or rooted in clinical psychology. Many of today’s pastors and influential speakers today, such as Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and Beth Moore are proponents of this new gospel message of self awareness, whereby the cross is negated to a mere band-aid, but the ends to man’s needs is psychological therapy and not the cross itself. Even Billy Graham embraced Peale’s admonition of Christian Psychology. But why? Why would the church around the early part of the 1980’s, begin to embrace something which they knew was wrong? Pride.

When the church moved away from the gifts and the moving and operation of the Holy Spirit and began to lean toward a more intellectual gospel, the outcome was the church became powerless to deal with the changing times. In effect, the church lost its right to defend the faith, preach righteousness, heal the sick, cast out demons and so on because the promoters of Christian Psychology indoctrinated church leadership into believing that Satan is all within the mind, that demons were figments of our imagination, and that prescription drugs and clinical treatment was the way to heal the sick and not the promises found in the written word. Thus began the weakening of the church to this day, and it’s been one of great victory for the kingdom of Satan.

When someone listens to these proponents of Christian Psychology, it reaffirms the belief that says God is insufficient for helping man out of his mire, and that the only true help man can receive is through therapy. Therapists and counselors that are invading the church would have us believe that by focusing on the problems will help us deal with our struggles and weaknesses that hinder us in our day to day walk, but notice what the apostle Paul states in Philippians 3:13 “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
          What Paul was saying is that we must continue to reject and forget the past in order to live the quality of life we have which can only be found in Christ and what he did for us on the cross. The sacrifice on the cross established man’s only viable solution for his problems, which is all found in one thing – sin. Once we come to the saving knowledge of the cross, that’s when we can finally move from the past and into the future, knowing that whatever held us back in the past, be it abuse (physical, mental, sexual), addictions, depression and so on, is found in the cross and will never be found laying on a leather couch expounding past hurts and failures while counting the ceiling tiles.

Yet the church continues to promote psychological beliefs in other areas, pre-marriage counseling, marriage counseling, addiction therapy sessions. The list does on and on. Why would anyone seek human reasoning and human wisdom when they have the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit? The reason is, whenever another gospel is created and thus promoted, it desires to overtake everything else, including the only true solution (the cross) and attempt to hijack it so that people will turn away from Christ to another gospel message, the end result is people being bound to something which will keep them bound and never once being set free. That’s the key, Christian Psychology never once attempts to set men free from their condition, but instead it attempts to keep them bound with the hopes that they will one day be free, but freedom never comes. Such is the deception Satan lures so many with in this gospel of self. It never truly delivers freedom, only more bondage.

The church today is in mess, both physical as well as spiritual, and the only hope is for the body to repent of the many vices and doctrines it has created, or accepted as truth, including Christian psychology. If we are to become the church of Acts, we will do so by accepting everything by faith and thus walk in that perfect faith, knowing that Christ paid everything for us as well as our deliverance on the cross so that we can live this life victoriously, and not in a clinical office. Then we will do what Jesus told us to do in Mark 16:17-18, setting the world on fire once again in the full power of the Holy Spirit and not through another spirit, the spirit of the mind.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. Robin says:

    Good message, Mr. Gregory. No wonder many are demon-possessed, oppressed, losing their minds, etc. All in preparation for the Antichrist.

  2. Cathy Zabel says:

    God forgives you for making those people feel guilty who are consulting Christian counselors and are finding their way back to God and to wholeness.

    • The article is not to make anyone feel guilty for seeking help, my point is, anything outside the realm of Biblical truth and guidance is wrong. It is based on secular psychology and humanism, that’s the problem.

  3. Randy says:

    Mr Christopher, you would do much better if your words were truthfull and not filled with vitriolic confusion.

  4. San Juan says:

    Your insight into the history & root of “Christian psychology” is right on target.
    You have articulated very well the modern churches leader’s enamored affair with this Humanist Cult under the guise of “Christian Counseling”. It is in direct opposition to the true Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. It is in fact a well rehearsed diabolic heresy completely contrary to Biblical truth. Rev. David Wilkerson battled this engrained diabolic heresy within the “Christian church” throughout his ministry.

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