Skip to comments.The Upcoming Psychologized Generation
Posted on 11/05/2012 10:11:25 AM PST by fwdude
When Dave Hunt and I wrote The Seduction of Christianity more than 25 years ago, the conservative evangelical church was more than pleased that we were addressing some of the erroneous teachings and practices of the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, particularly those that promoted the unbiblical prosperity and healing doctrines. Yet that enthusiasm was short-lived when many such readers got to chapters 12 and 13. Why? Those chapters addressed the biblical problems with psychological counseling in the church, a phenomenon that had installed itself within evangelical Christianity in a major way.
That was more than a quarter of a century ago, and one might guess (or hope) that the body of Christ would have become aware of the preponderance of studies from some research psychologists who demonstrate that psychotherapy is not only practically worthless but is even quite harmful in many situations. Few, however, have taken notice. As a consequence, psychotherapy has become so accepted among evangelicals today that rarely is anyone aware of the dangers.
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By the way, in case many of you TBC readers aren't aware, Dave Hunt is on his last leg of his sojourn on this earth, suffering the debilitating effects of a stroke several months ago. A short update was provided by Tom in the latest TBC Newsletter:
As most of you know, Dave Hunt had his 86th birthday in September. He is presently in a nursing care facility here in Bend, Oregon. Some months ago, Dave had a stroke, and though his vital signs are good, the Lords warrior and watchman is no longer standing on the wall or able to swing the sword of the Spirit as he once did. Ruth spends half of her 24-hour days ministering to her champion, a challenging care-giving task that she assumes with joy.
Please continue to pray for Dave and Ruth as they see the Lord using them in new and different ways that are certainly no less fruitful as they glorify Him daily. Pray also for their children as they have the opportunity to minister to their parents as never before. The wonderful thing about knowing the Lord is that whether He provides the opportunity for us to minister to others, or we become the opportunity for others to minister to us, spiritual fruit is produced and God is glorified.
T. A. McMahon
That's painting with a pretty broad brush to use the word "always."
I have a degenerative neurological disease that has destroyed certain areas of my brain. I haven't sought out professional psychological help at this point, but I could see a time when I might in order to help me sort things out and perhaps offer medication that will balance my brain chemistry.
We, as Christians, treat every other part of the body with medication, and think nothing of it. However, for some reason, these authors don't think there could be an imbalance in brain chemistry requiring psychotherapeutic counseling or medication? What makes the brain an organ that cannot be "treated" when we think nothing of treating the thyroid,heart, or kidney's, for example, with medication?
What’s not biblical about healing?
Show me where psychological counseling really heals anyone (other than in the movies?)
Medicines which relieve the symptoms of a disease are not the topic here.
I asked you where healing is not biblical.
Of course it is. But you are being intentionally vague here.
particularly those that promoted the unbiblical prosperity and healing doctrines
"Beloved, I wish above all things that you MAY PROSPER and BE IN HEALTH, even as your soul prospers". 3 John 1:2
So, is Voodoo healing acceptable in your reasoning?
I’m giving you scripture to counteract what you posted as saying something is unbiblical and you give me voo doo back?
Whose against healing? And what type of “healing” were you referring to?
And you accuse me of being vague?
What part of what you post are you not willing to stand behind? Don't post untruths if you refuse to stand behind it..particularly those that promoted the unbiblical prosperity and healing doctrines
you need to do some more reading. psychotherapy is a false healing, it is of the other and will only hasten your way to chaos.
the point is, genius, psychology is a false science and harms rather than heals