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The stampede to embrace the doctrines of secular psychology may be the most serious threat to the life of the church today. These doctrines are a mass of human ideas that Satan has placed in the church as though they were powerful life-changing truths from God. Most psychologists epitomize neo-gnosticism, claiming to have secret knowledge for solving people's real problems. Some of them even claim to perform a therapeutic technique they call "Christian counseling" when, in reality, they are using secular theory with biblical references tacked on to treat spiritual problems. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE (PDF)

 

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"'Mental and emotional health' is a new buzzword. It is not a biblical concept, though many seem to equate it with spiritual wholeness. Sin is called sickness, so people think it requires therapy, not repentance. Habitual sin is called addictive or compulsive behavior, and many surmise its solution is medical care rather than moral correction. Human therapies are embraced most eagerly by the spiritually weak, those who are shallow or ignorant of biblical truth and who are unwilling to accept the path of suffering that leads to spiritual maturity and deeper communion with God. The unfortunate effect is that these people remain immature, held back by a self-imposed dependence on some pseudo-Christian method or psycho-quackery that actually stifles real growth. The more secular psychology influences the church, the further people move from a biblical perspective on problems and solutions. One-on-one therapists are replacing the Word, God's chief means of grace (1 Cor 1:21; Heb 4:12). The counsel these professionals dispense is often spiritually disastrous. John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE (PDF)

 

   

Psychology Versus Christianity (Free MP3s, Books & Videos)   


"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." - 2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

 

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Secular Psychology and "Christian" Psychology Versus Biblical Counseling (many free online resources)

 

"True psychology (i.e. "the study of the soul") can be done only by Christians, since only Christians have the resources for understanding and transforming the soul. The secular discipline of psychology is based on godless assumptions and evolutionary foundations and is capable of dealing with people only superficially and only on the temporal level. [Footnote: Cf. the comments of a psychological counselor cited in Bobgan, PsychoHeresy 5-6.: "At the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non-Christian psychology. It is difficult to imply that we function in a manner that is fundamentally distinct from our non-Christian colleagues."]. The Puritans, long before the arrival of godless psychology, identified their ministry with people as "soul work." Scripture is the manual for all "soul work" and is so comprehensive in the diagnosis and treatment of every spiritual matter that, energized by the Holy Spirit in the believer, it leads to making one like Jesus Christ. This is the process of biblical sanctification." -  John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE (PDF). (This essay is adapted from Chapter 3 of John F. MacArthur, Jr., Our Sufficiency in Christ [Waco, TX:  Word, 1991] 55-77).

 

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).

 

SWRB does not endorse everything believed by the authors or ministers in the resources listed in this email, but maintains that there is much of value in the articles, quotes, books and MP3s listed in regard to both secular and so-called "Christian" psychology -- and the detrimental effects they have on individual Christians and the church.

 

"AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION: Pedophilia has been re-defined in the American Psychiatric Association's latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), says the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). Pedophiles are no longer classified as pedophiles if they merely fantasize about children or molest them, according to the NARTH Bulletin. They are only pedophiles if they show "clinically significant distress" about their behavior. The DSM-IV declares that pedophilia is not pathological unless the pedophiles feel guilt or cannot function in a major area of their lives, reports NARTH." (Reading: "Pedophilia Not Always a Disorder?" NARTH Bulletin, Vol. 3, #1, 4/95, pp. 1, 3, also see "The Problem of Pedophilia")

 

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Psychology Debunked

  

BOOK: Psychology Debunked by Lisa and Ryan Bazler

 

Can Psychology Help You Solve Your Problems?

For over a century, psychology has offered answers to people seeking help with problems of living. But are those answers reliable?

 

A Former Industry Insider Wants You to Know the Truth.

Drawing from years of experience in the field, Lisa Bazler evaluates the claims, beliefs and practices of secular and Christian psychology. She not only exposes fallacies and failures, but more importantly, she points the way to true healing and fulfillment.

 

Whether you're searching for personal solutions, or know someone who needs help, this book offers practical and effective counsel based on sound biblical principles.

 

Come and Discover the Overcoming Life.

 
  • Know the true causes and cures of depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, addiction, family dysfunction and other common problems of living.
 
  • Learn why secular and Christian psychotherapy, twelve-step programs and support groups aren't the answer.
 
  • Understand the severe dangers of psychiatric drugs that your doctor doesn't tell you.
 
  • Discover how the power of God can begin to transform your life today.

Psychology Debunked -- the truth behind psychotherapy, mental health, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, bipolar, self-esteem, Christian counseling, 12-step programs, support groups, Prozac, Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Dexedrine, Adderall, Effexor, Luvox, Elavil, Pamelor, Valium, Dalmane, lithium, Depakote, Haldol, Risperdal, Navane, Clozaril, Zyprexa, disorders, addictions, diseases and illnesses.

 

Former mental health professional Lisa Bazler and her husband Ryan sound an alarm to help seekers, exposing the true nature of psychology and its impact on the church. Readers discover shocking truths about psychotherapy, 12-step programs, Christian psychology and psychiatric medications. Readers also learn how the beliefs and practices of modern psychology differ from those of biblical Christianity.

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PsychoBabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative

Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative (16 Free MP3s) by Richard Ganz

 

Why is it many evangelical preachers shout from the pulpit about God's power, but then shuffle their emotionally troubled members off to the closest therapist?

 

Both church leaders and lay persons seem to believe that the psychological 'experts' have the answers for the wounded hearts and souls of God's people. And when churches do offer counseling, it often is tinged with the secular psychology and psychotherapy that have infiltrated the church.

 

Psychobabble explains the dichotomy between secular and Biblical counseling and shows the danger of incorporating secular techniques into a Christian approach.

 

This book will arm believers looking for Scriptural answers to the hurts of a broken world. As anti-Christian bias becomes increasingly pervasive in secular psychology, the church must look to the true source of all healing. This book will point the way.

 

- Back cover of Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology (Foreword by John MacArthur)


Dr. Ganz threads through all the sticky issues as he confronts the psychological demigods of the Christian integrationists' pantheon and exposes their feet of clay. For those who have wondered whether the integration of secular psychotherapy with the revelation of God in the Bible is possible--here is your answer.

 

- Dr. Jay Adams, Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary

 

My goal in this book is to help readers understand that the counseling concepts woven into psychoanalysis (and its secular psychotherapeutic offshoots) are inherently opposed to the Word of God. My approach will be to reveal the direct conflict between secular philosophies and Biblical principles and to strip back to its ugly roots the psychotherapy that the church has baptized and embraced. My hope is that the church will stop shuffling her hurting and broken members to the 'experts' who lack the power and perspective of the Word of God, that pastors will instead seize the opportunities to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness a people fit for service to King Jesus.

 

- Richard Ganz

 

Richard L. Ganz, Ph.D., clinical psychology, previously served on the clinical psychiatry faculty at Upstate Medial Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and is an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University. He also spent five years working with Dr. Jay Adams at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Philadelphia. He is now a pastor in the Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church and president of Ottawa Theological Hall in Canada.


Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation Resources (CCEF at Monergism Books)

 

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A "must listen" free (audio) MP3: Self-Esteem: Myth or Marvel by Richard Ganz

 

How John Calvin Led Me to Repent of Christian Psychology by Pastor Steven J. Cole (Must reading!)

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"Christian psychology" as the expression is used today is an oxymoron. The word psychology no longer speaks of studying the soul. Instead it describes a diverse menagerie of therapies and theories that are fundamentally humanistic. The presuppositions and most of the doctrine of psychology cannot be successfully integrated with Christian truth. In addition, the infusion of psychology into the teaching of the church has blurred the line between behavior modification and sanctification. The path to wholeness is the path of spiritual sanctification. It is foolish to exchange the Wonderful Counselor, the spring of living water, for the sensual wisdom of earth and the stagnant water of behaviorism. The Lord Jesus reacted in a perfect and holy way to every temptation, trial, and trauma in life -- the most severe ones that any human life could ever suffer. It should be clear that perfect victory over all life's troubles must be the result of being like Christ. No "soul worker" can lift another above the level of spiritual maturity he is on. So the supreme qualification for psychologists would be Christlikeness. If one is a truly Christian psychologist, he must do soul work in the realm of the deep things of the Word and the Spirit and not be following around in the shallows of behavior modification. Why should a believer choose to do behavior modification when he has the tools for spiritual transformation? This would be like a surgeon wreaking havoc with a butter knife instead of using a scalpel. The most skilled counselor is the one who most carefully, prayerfully, and faithfully applies the divine spiritual resources to the process of sanctification, shaping another into the image of Jesus Christ. - John MacArthur, THE PSYCHOLOGY EPIDEMIC AND ITS CURE (PDF).

 

Psychology vs. Christianity and the Bible

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Secular Psychology and Christianity: Two World Views by Dr. Richard Ganz

 

Psychology vs. Bible (Part 1 of 26) by Warren Sprouse (26 MP3s in this series)

 

The Bible and Psychology by Jim Savastio (12 MP3s)

 

Self-Esteem: Myth or Marvel by Dr. Richard Ganz

 

How to Solve Any Problem Biblicaly by Dr. Richard Ganz

 

A Testimony of Conversion #1 by Dr. Richard Ganz (Dr. Richard Ganz, when he was a psychologist (shortly after he became a Christian), was fired for sharing the Gospel with his patients. This story and many others are recounted in this stirring testimony to the sovereign grace of God.)

 

A Testimony of Conversion #2 by Dr. Richard Ganz

 

Smashing Anxiety for a Life of Joy by Dr. Richard Ganz

 

How To Face Any Problem #1 by Dr. Richard Ganz (four MP3s)

 

Developing Domination Over Depression by Dr. Richard Ganz

 

Solving Marital Problems (Part 1) by Brian Schwertley (three MP3s)

 

When Life HURTS -- Is Depression a Sin? by Dr. John Barnett

 

Psychology vs. Christianity & the Bible (FREE ARTICLES)

 

Take Your Thoughts Captive by Richard Ganz 

 

Is Good Self-Esteem Important for a Christian, and How Is It Developed? by David J. Engelsma 

 

The End of "Christian Psychology" 

 

Counseling Encourages Talebearing  

The Biblical View of Self-Esteem (PDF,

Chapters 6, 7, and 10 from the book of the same name, from Chapel Library) 

BOOKS FOR FURTHER STUDY:

 

Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative by Dr. Richard Ganz (eBook and printed) 

 

 The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, Self-Image by Dr. Jay Adams  


A Treatise of Self-Denial by Richard Baxter

 

Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling by Jay Adams

 

Christian Counselor's Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling by Dr. Jay Adams  

 

More books by Dr. Jay Adams on biblical counseling

 

A Christian Directory by Richard Baxter

Over 950 (8.5 inch by 11 inch) pages long, Dr. Timothy Keller calls this "the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced." John MacAurthur writes, "We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!"

 

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Cults, False Religions, Psychology, Humanism at Still Waters Revival Books

  

 Secular Psychology and "Christian" Psychology Versus Biblical Counseling (many free online resources)

 
   
 
     
 
       

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