In the January-February issue of PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter we published an article about the biblical counseling program at The Masters College. Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. has now responded to that article. Before presenting and discussing MacArthurs response, we will give a background against which the response can be considered.
A few years ago MacArthur was enthusiastically supporting the work of psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb. Many faculty and students of The Masters College and Seminary and numerous members of Grace Community Church were enamored of Crabb and his teachings.
During that period of time we were speaking out about Crabb and his teachings. In our March-April newsletter we wrote an article titled "Has Larry Crabb Changed?" Over the years we recognized that Crabb changes his language but yet remains wedded to psychology.
During the height of the Crabb popularity at the Grace Community Church/ Masters College and Seminary complex we spoke with a number of faculty, students and church members about our concerns. These faculty, students and church members were as concerned about Crabb as we were and they were the ones who initiated the dialogue.
Eventually it became apparent to MacArthur that Crabb was indeed unbiblical and something needed to be done. As a result, Crabb is no longer invited to the Grace/Masters complex, faculty were notified of the change, and Crabbs books are no longer available at the Grace Book Shack. At one time the most well-known name next to MacArthurs at the Grace/ Masters complex was Crabb. However, after MacArthur examined Crabbs teachings, Crabb is no longer followed there and his name is less known there than before.
Prior to the current biblical counseling program, The Masters College had a Behavioral Studies Program. At that time we were still involved in and promoted the biblical counseling movement. We thought it would be wonderful if the Behavioral Studies Program would be replaced by a biblical counseling program and even strongly recommended that it be done. Eventually it was decided to replace the Behavioral Studies Program with a biblical counseling program, and Dr. Bob Smith from Faith Baptist Counseling Ministries was hired for two years to establish the program. After Smiths two-year stint, Dr. Wayne Mack of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation was employed to carry on.
During this period of time, after considerable soul searching and discussions with trusted friends (some of whom disagreed with us), we wrote and published Against Biblical Counseling: For the Bible. We did not come to the conclusions contained within that book quickly or easily. And, we did not expect those immersed in the biblical counseling movement to make an immediate about-face. We know that some never will.
In summary, MacArthur reversed himself on Crabb and we reversed ourselves on the biblical counseling movement. In order to clarify our position, we wrote articles indicating that we could not support a number of biblical counseling organizations and activities. As a result of the article about the biblical counseling program at The Masters College, MacArthur was quoted by Doug McMasters, who is employed at the Grace/Masters complex as saying:
While MacArthur says, "I wont dignify the accusations by a response," he has already responded and accused us of "misrepresentation," "distortion," "no basis whatsoever in fact," "out of context" reporting, and mistreatment of others. Contrary to not responding, MacArthur has responded and made serious charges against us. Since he did respond and made public such serious charges, we are asking that he document them.
We wrote to MacArthur, but to date he has not responded to our letter.
MacArthur was initially mistaken about Crabb, and he is mistaken about the biblical counseling movement. We openly criticize MacArthur about the very thing for which we openly criticized ourselves. We should have seen the biblical counseling movement for what it was from our first involvement with it. Against Biblical Counseling: For the Bible outlines the reasons why we left the movementthe very reasons why MacArthur should remove the biblical counseling department from The Masters College.
As we stated in the January-February issue of PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter:
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