Psychology in The Church

God vs Psychology –   What was Jesus’ approach?

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‘HE PAID IT ALL…. FOR YOU TO HAVE IT ALL!’

You don’t need a psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapists or shrink to have freedom, peace, joy, & love. 

What was the approach Jesus took?  He met all the needs of the people through the power of the Holy Spirit, and He wanted  His church to do the same. They don’t have to depart and go to the world to get their emotional needs met. They should bring them to Jesus.  

Psychology has crept into nearly every aspect of our lives, and most of us don’t know it .(Matt 14:16-18).

 Christian psychologists admit that psychology and Christianity do not offer the same answers to our problems.

If the people will receive the truths of God’s Word, they don’t need any other help. I suppose if they won’t receive the Gospel, then psychology is better than  nothing! ~ If you’re seeing someone who leads you to Christ and the answers Christ has for you, that is different and I would call them a Disciple not a psychologist. 

The  word “psychology” reveals an anti-god approach. Christianity and psychology do have some things in common: They both state that our actions are the product of inner processes. But  Christianity and psychology take the opposite approach on what those processes are and how to change them.

The word “psychology” comes from the Greek word “psycho”, which is a derivative of the Greek word “psyche” meaning “soul.” Psychology looks no deeper than the soul of man for answers. It totally ignores the spirit realm: Our spirits, God’s Holy Spirit, and demonic spirits. The Word of God is filled with teachings and examples of the influence of God, demons, and our spirits on our actions. Any “answer” that doesn’t take the spirit realm into account is not going to the root of the problem. The Greek word “psyche” was also the name of the Greek god of the soul. “eros” and “psyche” were lovers in Greek mythology.  Psychology has its roots in ancient philosophers like Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato. None of these men were worshipers and believers of the true and living God. At best, they believed in a god that was not involved in the affairs of men, and at worse they worshiped multiple pagan gods.

Modern psychology was brought to the forefront by Sigmund Freud in the late nineteenth century. Freud certainly was not a godly man. He was obsessed with sex and linked every problem of man to the sexual drive. This man had serious problems, even his most devoted followers admitted that. Our world still follows and teaches many of these obsessive sexual misconceptions.

Some major teachings of psychology that I believe are incompatible with Biblical Christianity: We are products of our environment. Therefore, we are not responsible or accountable for our actions.  This leads to placing blame for our actions on anything else but on us, making us victims. In Psychology self-esteem is paramount.

Environment is not the determining factor in who we are and what we do.   Our environment can influence us but, God is our determining factor.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

The Word of God shows us that OUR thoughts are what make us the way we are. Environment has some influence on your thoughts, but it is totally wrong to say you’re the way you are because of what has happened to you. If that were true, then everyone who has been through the same negative experiences would have the same problems and outcomes. That’s not so.  My own family is a perfect example of this. We all grew up in the same household yet we are all very different and the outcomes have been different.

We always have the choice of becoming bitter or better. God gave us that choice.  

Deuteronomy 30:19 says,  “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

God said the choice is ours, and what a simple one: life or death. A “No-Brainer.” But just in case anyone isn’t sure which to choose, the Lord gave the answer to this quiz. “Choose Life,” He said. (Deuteronomy 30:19). 

We are not doomed to be victims because of past experiences. We can be born again and become brand-new people through the power of Christ. Psychology doesn’t offer that. God has given each of us who believe Life, healing, prosperity, soundness of mind, love, joy, peace, forgiveness, freedom. It is up to you to take HIS truths and beleive and receive. Choose LIFE. We are New creatures in Christ.

Second:  since our conditions are a product of how we chose to react to our environment, we can’t blame others for our problems. taking responsibility for our actions is the big difference between true Christianity and psychology. Psychology has influenced our society to such a degree that no one is held accountable for their actions, even murderers are being acquitted because it’s “not their fault”; they were abused as children or whatever the circumstance. That’s stupid. Some of us have had problems that others haven’t, but God still holds us accountable for our own actions, regardless of what has happened to us.

The night before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples not to let their hearts be troubled but to be of good Cheer (John 14: 1 and 16:33). Those who hold to the belief that our environment is the determining factor in our emotions and actions would criticize Jesus for telling His disciples to do something they were incapable of doing. But they had a choice! The Lord told us to rejoice in the Lord always (Phil. 4:4). We can choose to go against the pressures of our environment.  

In John 16:33, Jesus told His disciples,

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world yea shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

In this passage, Jesus told His disciples that they would have tribulation. What an understatement! They would see Jesus crucified in just a matter of hours. Their hopes would be dashed. Sadness and confusion would overwhelm them. Fear would cause them to live behind locked doors for the next three days. Yet, Jesus told them to be of good cheer.  That wasn’t unreasonable; it was doable.  And we can do it too if we don’t listen to the psychobabble of today.

There is much more to ‘harnessing your emotions.’ I truly believe psychology undermines true Christianity and these differences need to be pointed out. Psychology has crept into nearly  every aspect of our lives, and most of us don’t know or recognize it. This may upset some of my friends who are psychologists or friends who are seeing these professionals, again if they are disciples of God’s Word and not mere worldly psychologists, that is different.

Instead of getting mad at me, get mad at the devil for his lies and deception. Start believing God and His Word.

YOU ARE A NEW CREATION, OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW.

 BELIEVE AND RECEIVE, YOUR GOD GIVEN INHERITANCE.

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About Connie

Author, Artist and Minister of The Word. I am blessed to have found God's healing that has changed my life. My book, "FOREVER CHANGED' records these experiences to help encourage others in their quest for LOVE, TRUTH, and HEALING. Go to my web www.cswmi.org I am also able to share this as a Keynote speaker at events and gatherings. I have a video available documenting my story. Produced by Andrew Wommack Ministries.
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