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How many marriages will end in the next 24 hours?

January 31, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a quick excerpt on why we do what we do and why we think the CHURCH is the answer as the body of CHRIST and not psychology. Read below:

“In the next 24 hours, 1,200 Christian marriages in the U.S. will end in divorce. Study after study proves that the children of these divorces will be far more likely to struggle with sexual promiscuity, drug and alcohol abuse, difficulty in school, and subsequent divorce in their own marriages. This family carnage has got to stop, and the key is the local church, God’s “plan A” for equipping and assisting his people to deal with relational difficulties in a fallen world. This new video series (called “Biblical Soul Care for the Local Church”) provides a biblical, gospel-centered, and easily applicable way for churches to build real community and train gifted members to provide soul-care to struggling saints. I highly commend this material and encourage every church to take advantage of this life-changing, marriage-saving, church-building teaching.” – Ken Sande President, Peacemaker Ministries

In a few months, I will be hosting a DVD series at my home or someone’s home where we will be watching this DVD series. If you are interested, stay tuned as we’ll post the dates soon! This will be a deeper study for us.

For more information from the website where I excerpted this quote by Ken Sande, go to:

http://www.biblicalsoulcare.org/10440/content/content_id/180442/Why_Biblical_Soul_Care

I recommend this DVD series for your local church. The hope is Christ. He is the answer. Not secular psychology or unbelievers.

-Mark (thankful that the local church is reclaiming the care of souls and that some of those 1,200 marriages have not ended by His grace through TIL)

Why I hate psychological lies (part 4)

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Hate is a strong word. The only time it’s ok to hate is when we hate what God hates. Even then, we must not RESPOND in hate but in love. That’s the hard part. (Rom. 12:17-21)

People often say, “God hates divorce” and I agree. We should hate it, too. Divorce is terrible and our God of love hates it because it devastates families.

God hates evil. We should hate it, too, and not allow it in our own lives.

In fact, Proverbs 6:16 states: “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

God hates “haughty eyes” or the pride in our prideful looks, tongues that tell lies, hands that shed innocent blood (abortion?), a heart that plans to do evil deeds, feet that run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a person who brings division among brothers in Christ. We must hate these things, too.

But that doesn’t mean we overcome them with evil. Instead, we overcome all of them with good. We’ve got to be loving toward others and overcome their evil with good. It’s the same for psychology. We must overcome it with good.

By “good,” I mean that we must seek to do our part in the body of Christ to reach lost souls, to reconcile marriages, to disciple others, and to lead people to Christ. That’s what we must be about and how we overcome our hate of psychology with the love of God.

I want you to know that I am PRO-Christ more than I am ANTI-psychology. I just hate lies that lead people away from knowing our transformational God (John 17:3; Rom. 12:1-2).

Furthermore, we know that the fathers of psychology Freud, Wundt, Maslow, Adler, Jung, and Skinner were NOT about the kingdom of God and were not going to point people to pray, read their Bibles, ask the Holy Spirit to open their eyes and empower them to obey God, go to church, submit to spiritual leadership, evangelize lost souls, and fellowship with other believers. The theories of these men OPPOSED the very Word of God!

So I ask you, does God hate psychology when it opposes His Holy Word and promotes self-centeredness and evil rather than obedience to Him?

I know this is strong but I want to encourage you to think through these issues. I recommend you read Ed Bulkley’s book, Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology, or David Tyler’s book, God’s Funeral, to learn more about the deceptions of psychology and its theories so that you can identify the myths of psychology that oppose God’s Word.

-Mark (praying that you’ll read these posts with understanding and the perspective of God while giving me grace – I am NOT preaching myself for I am a redeemed sinner but I am preaching Christ in all of this!) 

The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Pr 6:16-19). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Why I hate psychological lies (part 3)

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

You may be wondering, “Why is Mark so strongly blogging about psychological lies this week?” Maybe you think I need to chill out.

I must tell you why! Because I think the #1 enemy facing the CHURCH today is psychological heresy and psychobabble.

We hear a lot about abortion, homosexuality, stewardship, adultery, and divorce because Christians know what the Bible says about those things. However, we RARELY hear about the dangerous deception of psychological ideas in evangelical churches today. Rarely! That’s why I believe it’s a #1 problem – because very few recognize it as a problem.

Some are thinking: “Mark, you are making a big deal out of nothing.” Again, that proves my point!

Brothers and Sisters, we are woefully deficient in battling the lies of Satan and this world because they feed our flesh. In other words, these lies make sense to us so we believe them but they only make sense in the flesh – not in the Spirit and not when compared to the Word of God. That’s why you need both the Word and the Spirit to defeat these lies.

Do not think Freud, Skinner, Adler, Maslow, and Piaget are your friends and are more wise than the Word of God. Do not think that we must have these men’s ideas to improve upon the Word of God and where it is supposedly deficient. I will challenge you in this: the Word of God is NOT deficient when it comes to the problems of mankind. God speaks to the heart and deals with the heart in His all-sufficient Word of truth.

Is “hate” a strong word? Yes.

Do I “hate” psychological lies? Yes.

A righteous, loving God hates these lies, too, because He knows these lies lead you away from Him – the only true source of hope for this dying world. He is our God Who is love (I John 4:8) and real love hates the lies of Satan and this world.

-Mark (learning to hate what God hates & love what God loves – His truth)

Why I hate psychological lies (part 2)

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment

The world says that we have good in us apart from Christ. Secular psychology emphasizes this same wrong idea.

However, the Bible and biblical counseling teaches us that there is something that lives within us that draws us closer to what will kill us.

Our biggest enemy is ourselves, not Satan’s temptations or the lies of this world.

Only God’s goodness & His power that lives within us is what can overcome these 3 enemies: ourselves, Satan, and the world.

That’s why biblical counseling is a work of the Holy Spirit. God works through the counselors to transform the heart of a counselee by His Spirit. Period. It is NOT us. It’s Him and only Him.

-Mark (to God alone be all glory)

Why I hate psychological lies (part 1)

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

One idea of our world that is central in psychological heresy is this:

“Man is good and just does bad things.”

Wrong!

How about this biblical truth:

“Man is bad and does bad things that offend a holy, righteous, pure, and infinitely good Creator: God.”

Biblical counseling is superior to psychological counseling because we deal with the REAL problem – the sinful nature of mankind. We seek to point people to the gracious forgiveness of Christ.

-Mark (recognizing daily that no good thing lives in me EXCEPT for Christ)

Always

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

We don’t understand “always.” We think we do, but we don’t. We can’t. We’re finite unlike God Who is infinite.

God is always the same: yesterday, today, and forever.

God always loves us.

God is always truthful. God never lies.

God is always ours and we are always His. Always. No exception! Always. We belong to Him now and forever!

-Mark (serving a magnificent God, the King of the Universe)

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David vs. Goliath (part 2)

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I mean, really, what are we afraid of? What does psychology have to offer people? Eternal life? No!!! Not even much is offered in this life!

You may think that psychology has nothing to do with Christianity but you would be wrong. It has everything to do with it. Psychology focuses upon change. Psychology uses terms that describe behavior and thoughts. Psychology means “study of the soul.” I would say psychology is COMPETING with pastors and committed Christians. I would say it competes with the Gospel!

Am I angry at psychology? Yes! David called out Goliath! Here’s the true, historical account of what he said to Goliath to defend the honor of the Lord in I Samuel 17:45-47: “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.” The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (1 Sa 17:45-47). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Guess what happened? Exactly what David said. Goliath was slain.

Likewise, psychology is a defeated foe just like Satan – except that some in the church keep it resuscitated by embracing its ideals that do not work.

Let’s kill the giant of psychobabble together. It won’t happen with us sitting on the sidelines. We’ve got to become more vocal and active like David was & ready for the fight. But guess what? God has already won the battle for us. Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Come join the brave soldiers of Christ in Truth in Love Ministries and let’s slay Goliath together!

-Mark (we serve a powerful God Who uses the foolish things of this world to confound the enemy!)