Monday, May 01, 2006

Basis of the End Time Heresies - Part 2

.... In Part 1 of this posting we examined the basic model of a religion, which will always include three elements: a god (or gods) to be worshiped, a basis of wisdom for teaching about this god, and a mediator or some form of clergy between mankind and this god. When we applied our model to the ‘foolish’ side of the end-time church, (foretold in Matt 25:1-13,) we discovered that their real ‘god’ would simply be themselves, even if they offered lip service to the Lord along the way (see Jer 2:12-13).
.... Here in Part 2, we'll describe the basis of wisdom that teaches this wayward side of the church about themselves, and how the professional 'clergy', of this group will emerge. To begin, please consider the following two passages carefully:
.... "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables."
(2 Tim 4:3-4)

.... ". . . always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
(2 Tim 3:7)

.... Both prophecies were given in the context of the last days and prove that a new type of wisdom will emerge during this period. It will be vast in its scope so that one could study it forever; its teachers will be plentiful and they will speak to people according to their desires, which demonstrates their selfish human focus.

.... About 100 years ago, just such a wisdom emerged in the world though it remained obscure until after WWII. In the years since then it has grown to unimaginable scope and influence, and it has infiltrated the church as well. We are speaking of psychology, that vast basis of wisdom that teaches us about ourselves; and it’s many teachers, who went on to become our new ‘clergy’, have found their way into the pulpit and every other form of Christian life imaginable.

Model of a Religion / The End Time Religion by the Model
.... The church of our recent past, which the Lord described as being ‘asleep’ (Matt 13:25; 25:5), was largely ineffective in pointing to the true life that is in Jesus. As psychology grew in our culture, many who felt the need for ministry found more attention there (and a better sense of justification) than they could obtain from the church. So instead of shaking themselves from their slumber and examining themselves and their teachings, many churches began to incorporate psychology itself into their messages. Psychology was seen as Christianity's a strong new friend.

.... As the assimilation took place, preachers cloaked their psychology in Christian sounding terminology and phraseology for use in the pulpit (2 Peter 2:3). Thus, even when the Bible was quoted, it was explained through a psychological grid of reasoning. (For example, Biblical characters might have been ‘psychoanalyzed’ as though their lives were fables, so that ‘biblical proof texts’ could be offered). But when the premise is psychology, the conclusion is essentially psychological as well, and not Scriptural at all. And through this, the church fell further and further away from the truth of God’s word (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

.... O, church of the Living God! The Lord has rejected your trusted ally, and you shall not prosper by them!

.... In an earlier posting we mentioned that thirteen false teachings would arise in the last days. About half of them spring from a basis in psychology. This is a subject we have studied at great length and for which we have develop an additional Break-out module (see the complete list of modules in the right hand column). But for now we’d like to suggest that the emergence of psychology in the pulpit is another recognizable step in the end-time sequence of events: and it is a step that most of us have lived to see.

.... We would greatly appreciate some further discussion on how psychology’s assimilation into the church took place. But in our next postings we’ll return to the ‘wise’ side of the end-time church to offer the next recognizable steps, and to attempt to explain their perspective as well.

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  • berry said...

    Can you give a practical example of a teaching that is laced with psychology to get an idea of what you are saying?

    3/15/2005 4:39 PM

    loren said...
    Hi Berry,

    I recall a sermon about rejection, in which David was bemaoned: 'His father didn't love him; he made him watch the sheep while everyone else got to eat with Samuel.'

    So then, why did his father name him 'David'? Because David means 'Beloved'.

    Another example is that Jesus was neglected on His birthday, 'not even a present was given, except those 'few things' that the wise men brought.'

    Well as you know, those 'few things' were the gifts of kings!

    In both of those examples, Biblical characters were psychoanalyzed and assigned the stigmas attached to rejection, which was then used to preach a sermon on the subject. From that point onward, the sermon was pure psychology, even though people thought they were learning from the Scriptures.

    3/15/2005 5:14 PM

    berry said...
    Thanks Loren, that helps me get a picture of what your talking about.

    Those examples are humorous to me they are so far off the true heart of scripture. I see the inherent danger in them though. These two examples are an example of approaching spiritual things with a carnal mind.

    I can see how we could do such a thing if we based our teaching on our personal experience and not on God's word and even more specifically finding God's heart in what He teaches us with the help of the Holy Spirit.

    3/16/2005 9:30 AM

    Unchained Slave said...
    “We would greatly appreciate some further discussion on how psychology’s assimilation into the church took place.”

    Originally, Psychology was an antithesis to the church. It was like evolution, abhorrent to churches. Like evolution, some did not know what they believed, so accepting ‘precepts’ of psychology into church happened. It happened through being in the world and of the world. Call it “pop-culture assimilation” which is more and more prevalent (and part of the ‘End Time Heresies’).
    Consider Alcohol.
    He drinks.
    He drinks too much.
    He is a drunk.
    He is addicted to alcohol (an alcoholic).
    Alcoholism is a disease.

    Churches saw ‘society’ meeting a need in society - so they joined the cause. It is that simple. We the ‘church’ should meet the needs of our society - so we need to have an alcohol recovery program…

    In the old days (and even today AA acknowledges) that the root of alcoholism was (as psychology puts it) self medicating to avoid dealing with ‘reality’. The primary ‘focus’, as you pointed out, is the individual. How do we help the person ‘recover’?

    Now we have all these programs - do you know a church that does not have some sort of ‘recovery outreach program’? I recently heard a ‘Christian Counselor’ (whom I have very little respect for) talk about her church’s outreach program to women with ‘Romance addictions’*. Everything now is an ‘addiction’, therefore a disease - it is ‘medical’ not ‘spiritual’.

    Most churches ‘use’ secular psychology (like Freud) that denies (or minimalizes) the True nature of God. Clothing secular (anything) in Biblical clothes while denying the nature of man (evil) and the nature of God - leads to false doctrines. There are no (that I know of) secular psychologist (Freud, Jung, etc.) that acknowledge that man is evil.

    Some ‘Christian Counselors’ (like Jay Adams) have a Biblical view. That is, they start with scripture:

    1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,”

    Titus 1:15, “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”

    They start with this basic premise: (Most**) psychological problems are SIN problems. That is the root of the problem is in SIN.

    Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”

    Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”

    Let us return to the alcoholic example. The individual ‘self-medicates’ to avoid dealing with their life. Okay, where is the sin? Either one of two places, the person is an unbeliever or the person is a believer. Add to it in either case, the sin of denial.
    If the person is an unbeliever, the sin is inherent, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;” Romans 1:28

    If the person is a believer, the sin starts with simple lack of trust. They do not trust God to meet their needs, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

    Christian Psychologists that start with “Let’s find the unconfessed sin in your life & deal with it,” (with a little more tact) have a tremendous success rate. However, many ‘Christian’ psychologists are like their civilian counterparts - there is no money in healing. There is only money in ‘repeat’ business. Very few psychologists WANT to run out of patients.

    There is also a fallacy in psychology - it serves as an alarm bell. When I first went to college (before joining the military), I went to a Christian college as a “psych” major. The first day of class in Psych 101 the instructor got up and said, “I do not want you to have any illusions. What I am about to tell you will have some of you changing your majors. 50% of the patients that see a psychologist will get better. 50% of the patients that do not see a psychologist will also get better.” She was right; I changed majors.

    The assimilation of these programs ‘adopted’ from unbelievers that deny the nature of man and God - has led to two problems. The first is non-Biblical counseling in churches. The second is ‘smart’ preachers - using the ‘analysis’ of Biblical characters as ‘teaching tools’ (as you pointed out).

    --Berry, I heard a sermon once that Paul suffered from a ‘poor self image’ that is why he ‘stubbornly’ demanded to go to Rome instead of taking his release as Felix, Festus and Agrippa urged him to do. (The sermon was totally ignoring Acts 23:11 where God tells Paul that he is going to Rome.)

    * Romance ‘addicts’ come in two types - Those that are ‘addicted’ to ‘Romance’ itself and not ‘capable’ of real relationships and Those addicted to reading Romance novels [The counselor was talking about the latter group.](Google it - be amazed).

    ** I said ‘Most’ because there are some psychological problems that have a physiological cause (chemical imbalances). While many of these are treatable, they still have as a root Adam’s curse.

    Sorry for the long post, but I hope it provides the type of discourse you were looking for.

    In Christ,

    3/30/2006 2:57 PM

    Pálmi said...
    Hvað segir snillingurinn um þetta?

    4/01/2006 6:54 AM

    Cleopas said...
    I'm sorry Pálmi, I don't understand your question.

    4/01/2006 6:58 AM

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 5:37 PM  

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