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Psychology Won’t Help! — 11 Comments

  1. I’m a follower of Christ and have decided to use a secular psychotherapist instead of a Christian counsellor as part of my healing. I been seeing this unnecessary boxing up of God’s ways, is he not creative and if we believe his heart is always to save and redeem, why are we limiting the many ways he can reach us and relate with us? It’s exasperating to witness this time and again, and I’m honestly quite put off by the pride coming off those who put down secular methods. Can we not take the middle ground? Show some mercy please and let his spirit move freely.

  2. It doesn’t have to be Psychology versus Jesus. The key is that Jesus is always in first place. It is not Jesus in equal first place and it is not Jesus in first place some of the time. This is why love has to be so intense that we are not distracted from Jesus.

  3. Could God not also work through a therapist?  Psychology studies human behavior.  It’s a science.  so studying human behavior seems as if it would give insight into God and he may work.  Do we need the spirit?  Yes.  But does that mean we should toss out all that psychology offers us?  I think that would be deveatating.  God has given man the ability to think, feel, reason and we should use those gifts to better understand ourselves and others.  I believe in this way we will be even better able to love others.

    I am actually shocked this article was written in 2019.  I would have believed the 70s or something….but not today.

  4. Psychology or religion what attracts folks most is being social with others.
    Have nothing to sell.no opinion or advice to give.just listen,and offer empathy.the answers well come to people on their own.

  5. The strength of this model is that you don’t have to experience pain to develop dental phobia.
    Certainly, ministers who are not anointed can pray with people who have experienced trauma. However, that is not the same as prophetic ministry.
    I remember speaking with someone on the phone and she began to cry. She was an anointed minister, but I knew that she had been abused when she was a child.
    I had been reading about the eye-salve in the book “Hidden Kingdom” by Dale Fife. I invited her to ask the Lord for the eye-salve in Revelation 3:18.
    When she did that I had a vision of a bunch of grapes. The grapes were pushing against each other and these interconnections were interfering with healing.
    The vision changed and I saw oil flowing between the grapes. The eye-salve was able to penetrate these ‘interconnections.’
    She said that there was a reduction in the pressure in her mind. The eye-salve was beneficial.
    In Hidden Kingdom, Jesus said that the church would NEED to have eye-salve in the tribulation. I do not believe that there will be a pre-tribulation rapture.

  6. When I found out about ‘anointing’ I relied more on the anointing than I relied on psychology.
    Ministers who are not anointed can put people in the right direction but that is about all.
    There was a case of a woman in a psychiatric unit who kept stealing towels. The nursing staff had difficulty with this woman about her behavior. So they called the psychologist. The psychologist said that they should give the woman as many towels as she wants and that they count the number of towels she takes.
    After the first week they counted 625 towels in her room. The woman had difficulty moving about in her room. Then she told the nursing staff to get the towels out of her room.
    After the first week she never had more than 2 towels in her room. That is why I became a psychologist rather than a minister – measurement of behavioral change.
    Psychologists are effective with phobic disorders. However, psychologists are not so effective with cases of PTSD.
    I wanted to investigate intrusive thoughts but I developed a disability. Although pain can be controlled in dental practice, some people develop dental phobia.
    In my model, there are 2 factors. Factor 1) is fear of pain and factor 2) is pain expectancy.
    You can have a fear of pain, but if you don’t expect to experience pain you won’t develop dental phobia. If you don’t have fear of pain but you expect pain, you won’t develop dental phobia.
    However, if you have fear of pain and you expect pain, you are more likely to develop dental phobia.

  7. But thankfully there are people such as clinical psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson, whose lectures are available on YouTube, who DO speak the truth in a secular venue. He reaches many who would not listen to a religious talk, and helps people, especially men, to find the motivation to start getting their lives in order.  See his talk, The 13 Truths. Many listeners in the comment section of his talks refer to him as a father figure in their lives. I think we need to not reject psychology wholly but to realize that loving TRUTH acts as a cleanser wherever it operates, and may it ultimately lead to Jesus who is the Truth, Life, and Way.

  8. Thank you for saying this.  Too much of the gospel is now mixed with psychology and so many believers have become confused. God’s Word does not need any help.  “He spoke and it was done and He commanded and it stood fast.” – Psalm 33:9

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