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.)
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;
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.
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.”
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.)
who practice psychotherapy have hijacked the true faith and used
it to their financial advantage and to the spiritual detriment
of themselves and others.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
detrimental to add psychology to God’s Word or to use psychology
in place of the Bible.
psychologizer generally knows less about the Word and its
application to problems of living than a pastor.
almost no psychological idea that cannot be made to sound
psychologizer often interprets Scripture from a psychological
perspective rather than evaluating psychology from a biblical
If someone is
improved or delivered from his problems, competent biblical
ministry could have done better.
psychological solution suggested there is a better biblical
explanations about life and psychological solutions to life’s
problems are not only unnecessary for Christians but spiritually
(PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter,
Vol. 21, No. 5)