Louisiana Baptist University School of Christian Counseling & PsychoHeresy

by Martin & Deidre Bobgan


Louisiana Baptist University (LBU), like many Christian universities and seminaries, has a counseling department. We have exposed a number of such institutions with a statement of faith and institutional intentions that are contradicted by their counseling departments. We went to LBUís web site and examined their "School of Christian Counseling" (SCC). Based upon what follows, we would describe SCC as infected with psychoheresy because of its "Recommendations," "Helpful Resources," "Class Offerings," and "Textbooks."

Psychoheretical Recommendations

In "A Message from Dr. Mark Crook, Dean of the School of Christian Counseling," he says: "Louisiana Baptist University recommends that graduate students pursue membership in professional counseling organizations. Graduating students are encouraged to seek membership in The American Association of Christian Counselors [AACC], Board of Christian Professional & Pastoral Counselors [BCPPC], The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors [NANC] as well as others."1

The AACC and its BCPPC are committed to integration, i.e., a mixture of psychological counseling theories with some Bible. Our article titled "American Association of Christian Counselors: A Sham & a Shame" reveals that they are considerably more psychological than biblical.2 In contrast, although NANC is problem-centered, it is not a prime promoter of psychology.

It is amazing that, even though LBUís statement of faith is very fundamental, its SCC liberally encourages students to join two organizations (AACC & BCPPA) that do not believe in the sufficiency of Godís Word for the issues of life and are therefore deeply involved in psychoheresy.

So-called "Helpful Resources"

We next looked at LBUís recommendations for "Some Helpful Resources." We did an internet search for a number of them and found a contradictory and questionable mixed bag that includes secular, Christian, and psychological integrationists. This carelessness is reflected throughout the SCC.

Class Offerings

We next looked at the LBU catalog of class offerings in "Christian Counseling." In the descriptions of the 59 classes offered in the SCC the words Holy Spirit and Christ are used only once each and the word God is used twice. Other than that these class descriptions do not mention God, the Holy Spirit, Christ, sin, or salvation. The Bible is not mentioned at all! Aside from the four individual references out of 59 classes, the descriptions with only slight editing could well describe totally secular offerings. The SCC class titles and descriptions are more examples of psychoheresy at LBU.

Textbooks

The "Counseling Department Textbooks" used in the classes are further examples of this psychoheresy. The books are an amazing collection of ecumenical, contradictory, and questionable teachings with psychoheresy rampant in many of them. After examining the class tiles, descriptions, and books used, it appears that there is no one consistent thread that runs through them, but rather, some Bible with much psychoheresy. It seems that an instructor appears with a book he wishes to teach and a course is created with little examination as to how the class fits into a biblically confessing university. For example, our book Competent to Minister, which is biblically based, is shown next to Gary Collinsí psychologically tainted integrationist book Christian Counseling, which is filled with psychoheresy.

Below we list only a few of the many questionable authors and books used in LBUís SCC department by course number, author, and our own brief description of the author and book.

PCC200, Minirth/Meier: Frank Minirth and Paul Meier have been among the ranks of the most popular psychologizers of Christianity for over thirty years. Their Introduction to Psychology and Counseling is exemplary of all of the psychoheresy that they have been promoting and teaching over the years.3

PCC 201, 202, Dr. Gary Collins: Collins is a past president of the AACC and is a popular author and devoted integrationist, i.e., he does not believe in the sufficiency of Scripture for the issues of life. His book Christian Counseling is exemplary of the integrationist point of view.4

PCC204 & 513, Neil Anderson: While Anderson criticizes psychology, he nevertheless uses ideas from psychological theories of the unconscious, past determinants of behavior, and other self-concepts and mixes them with the Bible and various demon-deliverance teachings. Because he does not believe that Christians have a sin nature, he attributes sinful behavior to demonic control through oneís own past sins, ancestral sins, and satanic curses. His seven "steps of freedom" include searching out the demons, confessing the sins of others, and rebuking Satan.5

PCC207, Tim LaHaye: Tim LaHaye introduced the four temperaments to evangelical Christians in 1966 with his book Spirit-Controlled Temperament. Besides the four temperaments being related to astrology and the occult, it is a much discredited view of personality. Nevertheless LaHaye contends that explaining personality through the four temperaments will help people understand themselves and one another. This has never been scientifically established.6 Moreover they are flesh-bound and have nothing to do with the new man in Christ.

PCC409, Robert McGee: Throughout his book The Search for Significance, McGee intertwines three strands (1) some very basic Bible teaching; (2) unbiblical psychological teachings, particularly from Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Albert Ellis; and (3) emotionally charged stories that fit the theories he is trying to promote. As with most Christians who try to combine psychology with the Bible, McGee does not seem to notice inherent contradictions between his biblical and anti-biblical teachings.

PCC435, Thomas Verny, MD: Vernyís book The Secret Life of the Unborn Child has the following promise on the cover: "How you can prepare your unborn baby for a happy, healthy life." Vernyís claims are a huge exaggeration of some in-utero findings and fly in the face of the fact that, in spite of various claims, "There is very little evidence of any specific thing a parent can do to affect a childís intelligence or temperament before birth."7

PCC621, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross: Kubler-Rossís books On Death and Dying and Questions and Answers in Death and Dying promote a five-step model in death and dying of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. In contrast to Kubler-Rossís rigid model of grief, research reveals the following: "Now an examination of about 500 studies on grief and bereavement, led by social worker Janice Genevro, concludes that thereís no one-size-fits-all model for grieving, that grief therapy doesnít shorten grieving, and that it doesnít significantly alleviate the intensity or side effects of grief."8

Conclusion

There is much more wrong with the books above and many other books listed for SCC classes that are based on them. However, the above information about SCC "Recommendations," "Helpful Resources," "Class Offerings," and "Textbooks" should be sufficient to conclude that the psychoheresy that is promoted at the School of Christian Counseling at Louisiana Baptist University is a poisonous leaven in a loaf that casts a dark shadow over the rest of the institution.

(Endnotes)

1 Louisiana Baptist University School of Christian Counseling, http://www.lbu.edu/counseling.htm.

2 Martin & Deidre Bobgan, "American Association of Christian Counselors: A Sham & a Shame," PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter, Vol. 19, No. 3-4.

3 See Martin and Deidre Bobgan. Prophets of PsychoHeresy I. Santa Barbara, CA: EastGate Publishers, 1989, Part Three; http://www.pamweb.org/bkchapts/Pro_1_3.pdf.

4 Ibid., http://www.pamweb.org/bkchapts/Prophets_I.pdf.

5 See Elliot Miller, "The Bondage-Maker: Examining the Message and Method of Neil T. Anderson," Christian Research Journal, July-Sept, 1998; Thomas Ice, "Demon Possession and the New Clinical Deliverance," Biblical Perspectives, Vol. V, No. 3, Biblical Awareness Ministries, 1992.

6 See Martin and Deidre Bobgan. Four Temperaments, Astrology & Personality Testing. Santa Barbara, CA: EastGate Publishers, 1992.

7 Dr. Rick O. Gilmore, Director, Brain Development and Cognition Laboratory; http://news.psu.edu/story/141254/2009/02/23/research/probing-question-can-babies-learn-utero.

8 Psychotherapy Networker, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 21-22.

(PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter, July - August 2013, Vol. 21, No. 4)

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