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Overview For nearly two thousand years prior to the rise of modern psychiatry and psychotherapy, the church has ministered to believers experiencing mental, emotional, and behavioral problems by using the teachings of the Scriptures and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Contemporary Christianity's embrace of psychology, then raises an important question: Was there an insufficiency on the part of God's Word and His Holy Spirit during those two millennia that made it necessary for the church to turn to modern psychotherapy in order to more effectively address a Christian's problems of living? The crucial answer to that question are the focus of this program, as we consider the influence of psychological counseling upon the church. In the history of contemporary Christendom, no secular enterprise has had such a profound influence on Christianity as has psychological counseling. The critical question raised by these developments is: Have they been helpful or harmful to the body of Christ? In the last fifty years, multitudes of pastors have added clinical counseling degrees to their theological credentials, and psychological theories have been preached so often and from so many pulpits that they are accepted without question by increasing numbers of Christians as biblical doctrines. Is this helpful or harmful? This incisive examination will guide you to the answers-and the same source of help sought by the early church.
Publishers Description For nearly two thousand years prior to the rise of modern psychiatry and psychotherapy, the church has ministered to believers experiencing mental, emotional and behavioral problems by using the teachings of the Scriptures and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Contemporary Christianityi1/2s embrace of psychology, then, raises an important question: Was there an insufficiency on the part of Godi1/2s Word and His Holy Spirit during those two millennia that made it necessary for the church to turn to modern psychotherapy in order to more effectively address a Christiani1/2s problems of living? In the history of contemporary Christendom, no secular enterprise has had such a profound influence on Christianity as has psychological counseling. The critical question raised by these developments is: Have they been helpful or harmful to the body of Christ? Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon, co-authors of The Seduction of Christianity, unearth the rootsi1/2and expose the resultsi1/2of Christianityi1/2s embrace of the beliefs of Freud, Jung, Rogers, Maslow and others. Using content compiled from past feature articles in The Berean Call newsletter, the authors also contribute new material and tackle answers to tough questions in a special Q&A section. Table of Contents:
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Studio: The Berean Call
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.86" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.01" Weight: 1.28 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher THE BEREAN CALL
ISBN 1928660614 ISBN13 9781928660613
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More About Dave Hunt & T. A. McMahon
Dave Hunt Dave Hunt is an internationally-known author and lecturer. His bestselling books have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold more than 4 million copies. Mr. Hunt co-hosts his own weekly radio program "Search the Scriptures Daily "which is broadcast to over 100 stations in the US and worldwide. He and his wife, Ruth, have four children and live in central Oregon. James White James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, which is dedicated to defending the historic Protestant position on the sufficiency of Scripture and Salvation. The author of "Letters to a Mormon Elder "and" The King James Only Controversy, "and the coauthor of "The Same Sex Controversy, "White and his wife, Kelli, have two children and live in Phoenix, AZ.
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A quite different interpretation of Psychology Mar 20, 2010
The author states that humanistic psychology especially as championed in Christian" psychology is to Bible-believing Christians subversive and destructive. He gives for this mainly 5 points. 1. Humanistic psychology`s theories came from the atheistic, anti-christian founders of psychotherapy like Freud or Jung, whose concepts qualify for what the Scriptures condemn as the counsel of the ungodly" (Psalm 1,1).He asks, can from a poisonous well come healthy water? 2. The humanistic emphasis upon loving and esteeming self rejects the biblical commandment to deny self, which Jesus admonished us to do in Matthew 16,24. 3. The increasing focus on esteeming oneself gradually distorts a believer`s understanding of the truth regarding the sinful nature of man and hides conviction of sin in a morass of humanistic rationalizations. 4. the subjective feelings orientation of humanistic psychology undermines the absolutes of God`s objective truth. 5. as the leaven of humanism grows in the mind of a believer, this interpretation of the Scriptures gradually shifts from what God has indeed said (Genesis 3,1) to "a way which seems right unto a man but in the end it leads to certain death" (Proverbs 14,12). He also says, that the fruits of humanistic psychology are already seen as destructive in the American society where the morale is on the decline everywhere, the criminality rate rising and the families breaking up. Psychology says there is no sin, only hurt feelings and low self-esteem. To set hope in a renewed "Self" is a false gospel, and contradicting God`s word which says that on should be "dying to self" (Matthew 16,24) , crucifying the self (Galatians 2,20), sacrificing the self (Romans 12,1) and being delivered from one`s self (Luke 4,18). He has made the observation that the power to build opinions is in the hands of a few who make a fortune. And the Christian churches play a supporting role to all this, leaving alone the dedication to the only one who can not only safe souls but also heal them. Only Jesus Christ is the healer and redeemer, not psychology. Psychology is in its worst forms mythology enriched with theories of sexually and spiritually shipwrecked people like Freud or Jung who even dealt with occultism. "Replacing God with Self leads to the central dogma of the religion of psychology: mankind is innately good." It is true that the Bible teaches that man in innately not good. Therefore the conclusions of the author are right from the standpoint of a Christian who cares for regarding Gods Word as faultless. It says in 2Tim 3,16 about itself, that it is good for reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness, or that it is good for making man a new creation and the old things pass away (1 Cor 15,3-4). But here you have, according to the author, the next problem: many Christians doubt the word of God. Even the Catholic church does not give full credit to the Bible at the price of denying the Bibles inerrancy, sufficiency and authority to erect the own inerrancy, sufficiency and authority. This is indeed a remarkable discovery of Hunt. Psychotherapy is, the author says, also a modern form of shamanism. In so far E.Fuller Torrey agreed with him when he said that: "The techniques used by western psychiatrists are, with few exceptions, on exactly the same scientific plane as the techniques used by witchdoctors." The great Philosopher Karl Popper said: "Though posing as science psychotherapy had in fact more in common with primitive myths than with science and resembled astrology rather than astronomy." He could say so, because Jung and other psychotherapists used astrology within their methods. In psychology, the author warns, virtue is ridiculed, evil is praised as good and liberating, biblical moral standards are mocked as the narrow-minded thinking of a past generation out of touch with todays`s reality. Maybe the people of Sodom and Gomorrah thought the same. Then seeds of this liberal totalitarianism are sprouting even in evangelical circles, where those who dare to oppose false teachings and the belittlement of sin are accused of division, are denied a voice from pulpits, radio and TV, and their books are refused. Hunt gives also an answer to the question why the world embraces psychology so willingly. He cites 2Cor. 4,4: "the God of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not". And why is it that so many Christians join them? Because they love the world more than God, he says. Why should they reject psychology when they do not reject the rest of the world? Although Jesus commanded (1.John 2,15): "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world." Or is it to escape the blame not to be "scientific" and be regarded as backward and inferior? The main concern of the author is that psychology has redefined sin as sickness. So that it could excuse immorality and thereby encouraging it, drive the people further away from Christianity. The sinner is now diagnosed as in need of a therapy rather than being accountable and called upon to repent. Every kind of failure is excused as some kind of addiction. "Psychology has been rightly called the only profession that creates the diseases that it claims to cure." Friends of the doctrine that the Scripture alone is necessary to cure people will find this book as an affirmation. Friends of psychology will have it difficult to sit through the whole book. They have something to digest.
Excellent Book. Jan 22, 2009
I read this book after watching the documentary DVD and just by examining through the pages, It really gave me solid facts to Debunk Psychology Forever!! This book along with some other books from the Bobgans and other material coming from Psychologists who discredit's psychology, shed's light on issues that psychology claims can solve but in reality, it creates it's own problems. This book is a real blunt attack against "christian psychology"(which is really an oxymoron honestly speaking). It also helped me to stay away from dangerous 'psychotropic drugs' that psychologists prescribed to me when I was still seeing one. To those Genuine Christians who honestly want to seek answers about the dangers of psychology and to give some insights to the history of it's founders like Freud, Hung, Adler, this book is for you. It also helps Christians to have a more solid Biblical foundation to the truth of the Gospel.
My only reason for rating this book as four stars is that some portions of the book includes topics such as Dispensationalism and Eternal Security which to me is not suppose to be discussed in the book. Other than that, Dave and T.A. did an amazing job in researching and exposing some hidden truths about psychology, much as the same way they did in the Seduction of Christianity.