Biblical Briefs, Excerpted from PsychoHeresy (Revised & Expanded)

by Martin & Deidre Bobgan

In addition to psychological briefs, which we outlined in the last newsletter, there are biblical briefs for Christians to consider in relationship to the siren call of psychotherapy. The following are taken from Chapter One of the Revised & Expanded edition of PsychoHeresy: The Psychological Seduction of Christianity.

Beneath all the biblical reasons why Christians should not pursue psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies is this one fact: The use of psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies denies the sufficiency of Scripture for the issues of life normally taken to a psychotherapist. (2 Peter 1:3-4.)

  • “Sola Scriptura” for the issues of life needs no assistance from the broken cisterns of psychology. (Isaiah 55:1-3.)

  • The Bible has truth about mankind, whereas psychotherapy has only the very wisdom of men about which God warns His people. (1 Cor. 1:19-21; 2:4-6.)

  • One of the flagrant failures of the 20th century church and now the 21st century church is the promotion of counseling psychology and its underlying personality and therapeutic theories and techniques.

The words Christian and psychology (as it is used today) do not go together. They are different religions. Therefore there is no legitimate practice of “Christian psychology.”

  • People who attempt to integrate psychology with Christianity are like the Israelites adding idols to their worship of God. (Jer. 2:11-13; Eze. 6:6; 14:6-8; 20:31, 39.)

  • Christians who practice psychotherapy have hijacked the true faith and used it to their financial advantage and to the spiritual detriment of themselves and others.

  • For Christians there are no psychotherapies that should be used instead of the Bible or as an adjunct to the Bible because they are limited to the “old man” or the flesh, whereas born-again Christians have been given new life in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:17.)

  • Psychotherapy does not and cannot deal with the most important issues of life, namely sin, salvation, sanctification and glorification, and any licensed Christian psychotherapist who deals with any of these biblical doctrines during counseling is in violation of the restraints of the state license.

  • Psychotherapy is “science falsely so called.” (1 Tim. 6:20.)

  • No one has ever proved that psychotherapy produces better results than the biblical ministry done in the church from the day of Pentecost onward.

  • Because psychotherapy is problem-centered, its conversations regularly violate Scriptural teaching.

  • Problem-centered counseling, which is normally done by both psychological and biblical counselors, inevitably leads to sinful, evil speaking.

  • A little over 50 years ago Christians handled personal and interpersonal problems primarily in the family, with close friends, or in the church, rather than with strangers.

  • Psychotherapy cannot save a person from sin or produce new life in Christ. It cannot save, justify, sanctify, or glorify. It cannot help to conform a person to the image of Christ. It is limited to the flesh or old nature.

  • The Last Days’ lovers-of-self era in which we live has led to an era in which we have a plethora of personal and relational problems for which Scripture provides true spiritual answers and psychotherapy provides false fleshly answers. (2 Tim. 3.)

  • It is detrimental to add psychology to God’s Word or to use psychology in place of the Bible.

  • The Christian psychologizer generally knows less about the Word and its application to problems of living than a pastor.

  • There is almost no psychological idea that cannot be made to sound biblical.

  • The Christian psychologizer often interprets Scripture from a psychological perspective rather than evaluating psychology from a biblical perspective.

  • If someone is improved or delivered from his problems, competent biblical ministry could have done better.

  • For every psychological solution suggested there is a better biblical solution available.

  • Psychological explanations about life and psychological solutions to life’s problems are not only unnecessary for Christians but spiritually detrimental.

 (PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter, September-October 2013, Vol. 21, No. 5)

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