The Truth about Psychology in the Church
Psychological Counseling and The Church of Jesus Christ
What Scripture Says About Psychological Counseling
Psychology – and the Body of Christ
Like the rest of the world, most of the “church world” has accepted psychology as a valid means to help God’s people. In the majority of “churches” today, instead of dealing with and exposing sin in a scriptural manner (which upsets people), their leaders send the saints to the psyche doctors. In fact, in many “churches” the leaders are psyche doctors or they have one on “staff”. They have come up with great “churchy” sounding names for these new “ministries”, Christian Counselor, Pastoral Counselor, etc. But What Does God Have to Say About This?
The following will clearly show the heart and mind of God on this issue.
The Care & Feeding of the Christian Flesh
Before we can look at this subject we must find a scriptural description of the flesh.
What is the flesh?
Greek #4561 FLESH = SARX = flesh – meat of an animal – body as opposed to spirit – symbolic of external human nature – human beings – carnal mind of man (natural man) – unregenerated mind of man.
So we can see when we refer to the flesh we are talking about the soul realm of the natural man that has not been brought into subjection to the Spirit of God.
What is the nature of the flesh? (according to God)
The best description of the flesh is found in:
Gal 5:16-2516 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murder, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
see esp. verses 19 – 20 – 21 … in this we can see that ALL the problems men have are simply fruit of their flesh. They are just “doing what comes naturally”.
What Does God Think of Our Flesh
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make NO provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
There are many more scriptures on the subject, but we should get the full message from these three. God has no use for the flesh – it is against God and we must deal with it according to scripture.
What am I to do with my flesh?
The word of God is clear on how we are to treat our flesh.
Romans 13:14 Make NO provision for the flesh
Gal 5:24 Those who are alive to Christ, have crucified the flesh.
Romans 8:8 If you live in the flesh, you cannot please God.
Romans 8:13 If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit; you put to death the deeds of the body, you will LIVE.
Do you see it? We are to Crucify the flesh, we are not to let our natural man do anything. HE HAS TO DIE, so that we can please God and live eternally. We are not to try to understand our flesh, we are not to make provision for our flesh.
WE ARE TO KILL IT (Crucify it). We have no need for anything beyond the Word of God. He says crucify it, man (psychology) says – understand it – “…but – but – you know it’s not my fault, help me understand…”
NO! NO! Just crucify anything that is not according to the Word of God
Then you will LIVE!
How Did Jesus (our example) Handle His Flesh?
Let’s look at
John 5:19-30 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,“ 23 “that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
26 “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 “and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 “and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
esp. verse 30 “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
Jesus did not ever allow His flesh control. He at all times, in all things, controlled His flesh. His Spirit was always in control as the above scripture commands us to do. It certainly worked for Him, and since He came as our example it will surely work for us if we do it God’s way.
The Devil Made Me Do It – – – HOGWASH!!!!!!! Again, let’s look at scripture.
If we are going to profess to be Christians and walk with God, then it’s time we come to the place where we go to scripture to understand everything. According to God’s Word the devil cannot make you do anything. It is not his fault, It’s your fault!
James 1:12-16 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
Note verse 14, we are tempted when we allow who to draw us away?
OUR FLESH, that’s who, when we let the natural (carnal) man have control. Verse 25 says clearly that if we do as the word requires, we will be blessed.
James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it,and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
It’s time the Body of Christ was taught the TRUTH. Satan has no authority or control over you unless you allow it.
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. verse 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Do you see it now? Get close to God – crucify your flesh and do what scripture says to do and you will LIVE. God never promised the wonderful, trouble free life that most radio-tv and other seeker friendly false ministries preach. This is a great thing to teach if you desire to cause men to follow you. But God never made these promises. He promised needed provision, shelter and clothing. Jesus told us we would have trouble and be rejected of men if we follow Him, but… He said if we persevere (hold on) till the end we would not die, but LIVE forever with God.
I am not going to show the roots of psychology here, the ungodly evil men that founded the movement or the ungodliness that always follows it. Nor will I go into a discussion of the fact that they have never helped anyone. Maybe delayed the inevitable, but never has one person been healed by psychology.
Psychology is the unscriptural act of understanding the flesh so that provision can be made for it.
“Behold I set before you today, a blessing and a curse: The blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your To be healed according to scripture means to LIVE FOREVER.
I will however show what psychology is according to scripture
.Pysche, the mind, esp. the governing part of a person – natural part of a person – carnal person = FLESH
“Choose you this day, who you will serve” God or man? If you are not serving God then you are serving satan, our old adversary the devil.
TrueChristianity.org Charles LaFoe
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