This article is from the issue: A Call for Moderation by: Dave Datema Nov 27, Introduction The Boko Haram movement literally exploded onto the world stage in in Nigeria and has been the most active expression of militant, Salafist Islam in Africa ever since. However, these names are recognized by few outside Nigeria.
Introduction The cure for the sinful soul and the problems of life was the vital ministry of the church, using the Word of God, for more than years. The early Church faced and ministered to mental-emotional behavioral problems that were as complex as the ones that exist today.
If anything, the conditions were more difficult than those we face today. The early church suffered persecution, poverty, and various afflictions which are foreign to most of twentieth-century Christians especially in the West. The catacombs of Rome are a testimony to the extent of the problems faced by the early Church.
Freud and Jung were two such individuals from their generation. They boldly rejected the authority of the Word of God. But did not stop there.
They developed a theory that claimed offered an alternative solution for the sin problem and the problems of life. It was called it psychology. Freud and Jung believed that they had found a means through which the soul of man could be perfected without having to repent of sin and submit to God.
From this root psychology has grown by leaps and bounds with more than separate systems of psychotherapy. But is even more mind boggling is that the Christian church has been duped into buying into this human wisdom.
There are many Christians that have been convinced that the difficult problems of life need more than Word of God and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. But, the Bible assures us, "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: Non-believers can only attain spiritual life and health by surrender to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
That is the direction the church should be pointing them.
Psychological techniques, even in the name of Jesus, cannot produce spiritual life. The problem is, that many churches and Christians have been spoiled by the humanly devised philosophy of psychology. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
The key word in this verse is spoil. When we hear the word, we think it means "to become unfit for use or consumption, as from decay. To lead off as prey rob, or kidnap. Figuratively, used of the destructive effects of false teachers who rob believers of the complete riches available in Christ and revealed in the gospel.
The therapeutic appropriateness of the disciplines is determined by assessing various factors involving the client, therapist, and clinical setting. A vital piece in implementing and sustaining HIV testing and linkage-to-care within Black churches is the support of the pastors and church leadership.
The Spoiling of Christianity By Psychology. Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D. September At an early age "he renounced the austere and formal Protestant Christianity in which he was raised." Many pastors are giving their people a steady diet of psycho-babel from the pulpit and in their counseling.
In fact the most listened to theologian. Janeé R. Avent, Craig S. Cashwell. Researchers, scholars and counseling practitioners note the differences in help-seeking behaviors among racial and ethnic minority clients.
Michael Martin asserts that Mary's virginity is a later addition to Christianity as indicated through Paul's letters. Further, Martin notes that early Christian communities did .