Exposing psychoheresy and its increasing stranglehold on the Church
POSITION PAPERS ... critiquing various promoters of psychoheresy
By Bruce W. Davidson
This paper critiques the thinking of both secular and religious advocates of self-esteem. Many in the secular and religious worlds claim that self-esteem is the key to successful and happy living. However, closer examination of the reasoning behind self-esteem ideology shows it to be full of flaws and contradictions, and a number of researchers have found that self-esteem ideology rests on scant solid evidence.
“Celebrate Recovery: A Way Which Seemeth Right”
In this paper, T.A. McMahon describes his firsthand experience at the Celebrate Recovery Summit 2005 at Saddleback Church in Southern California. Furthermore he carefully analyzes the Celebrate Recovery (CR) program, which is a rapidly growing program throughout more than 4500 churches. McMahon demonstrates CR’s dependence on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and shows how Scripture is twisted to fit the 12 steps program.
A Response to the Christian Research Institute's Evaluation of Theophostic Prayer Ministry
By Martin and Deidre Bobgan
Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Publications, Christian Research Institute (CRI), has written a position paper on Dr. Ed Smith’s Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM). In his paper, Miller totally misrepresents our work; ignores Smith’s claim for God being the direct source of TPM; finesses the fact that TPM is not new information, as Smith claims, but merely an eclectic combination of psychotherapies practiced by him for years, plus inner healing; fails to recognize the junk science involved in TPM; overlooks the damaging effects of Smith’s practice of recovered memory therapy and visualization; gives his personal impressions and opinions on important issues without the necessary support where needed; disregards a number of the outrageous and unsubstantiated claims made by Smith; does not condemn Smith enough for his extreme misuse of Scripture; and finally undermines his own many warnings about TPM by leaving the door open for Christians to pursue it. TPM is thoroughly unbiblical and lacks scientific support for its claims and practices.
Confronting the BCF Self-Confrontation Manual
For a number of years we have recommended the Biblical Counseling Foundation’s manual currently titled Self-Confrontation: a manual for in-depth discipleship. However, with our growing concern about the biblical counseling movement, we have taken another look at the manual as an integral part of the counseling training program offered by the Biblical Counseling Foundation (BCF) and describe some of our concerns. And, while we no longer recommend any manuals or training programs for biblical counseling, we do issue the recommendations for changing the manual and for restraints if the BCF manual is to be used at all. We delineate our concerns with the unbiblical attachments to so-called biblical counseling programs, courses, manuals, and all that would intimidate Christians from ministering to one another.
A Church's Unholy Union with the Four Temperaments
In our speaking and writing over the years, we have never singled out a specific church in relationship to false teaching. However, in this case, the church leadership is publicly united and supportive of a false teaching and has approved a paper espousing it. The church leadership specifically responded to our book The Four Temperaments through a paper written by Brian Myers, Associate Pastor at Spring Branch Community Church (SBCC) in Houston, Texas. The SBCC Administrative Board supports his paper. That means Myers’ paper has the official approval of the ruling and leading body of the church. It is our understanding that the false teaching we will address is not a small issue in the church, but is part of what it means to be a member of SBCC. This paper includes additional research in support of our analysis of the Four Temperaments and the DISC.
Trevor Morrison: Devoted to God and His Word or to Dr. Lawrence Crabb and his teachings?
This paper is a response to Trevor Morrison’s paper titled “Misunderstanding People: A Rebuttal of Martin and Deidre Bobgan’s Criticisms of Dr. Lawrence Crabb,” dated June 1992. Many people have been devoted to Crabb through the years. Morrison is one of them. Throughout this paper Morrison’s strong statements supporting Crabb are rebutted both biblically and scientifically.
A Response to Robert Hicks, author of The Masculine Journey
Following our articles “Promise Keepers & PsychoHeresy,” Parts One and Two, which were critical of his book The Masculine Journey, Robert Hicks responded with a paper titled “A PsychoHeresy Response; A Critique of the Critique of The Masculine Journey.” Therefore, prior to reading this paper, we suggest that our readers first read our original articles.
A Critique of Dr. Jay Grimstead's Support of Theophostic Counseling
This paper is a response to Dr. Jay Grimstead’s paper titled “Critics of Theophostic Ministry,” which was directed primarily at the PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter but also at others who have critiqued Theophostics from a biblical and scientific perspective. This paper demonstrates that Grimstead’s response reveals flawed thinking, flawed theology, and anti-science views as he attempts to support Ed Smith’s inner healing/psychotherapy teachings.
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