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Church Bulletin 13

March 10, 2009

The God who Speaks: Part 4

This week we need to look at Freud’s influence on modern counseling theory/practice that the church has uncritically accepted in the area called Enviromental determinist (hereafter abbr. as ED)  I will deal with biological determinism  next week.

                ED is the idea that my environment, background, surroundings, etc. have left an irrevocable influence of my life, thought, and behavior. For example, why do I feel depressed? “Because my parents, school teacher, etc. never filled my ‘love cup.’ I NEED love but they failed to meet my need therefore that’s why I feel and do what I do. I just can’t help it. My environment shaped me this way.”

                What is the root of Freud’s ED? In other words, what does he base this idea on? Why did he believe it was true? He promoted this view because he believed man is an evolved creature. Evolution shapes creatures to be able to ‘adapt to their environment.’ So, why did birds evolve feathers? The answer: evolution made them what they are due to the nature of the environment they lived in. They didn’t exercise their will in wanting feathers; the process of evolution programmed them to become what they were. And in Freud’s mind since man is only a socialized animal, he is no different. So the result is that now I’m shaped and determined by my environment and background.  The idea is also built off the premise that man is inherently good by nature. Man does ‘bad things’ because he’s been shaped, deprived, etc by his environment.

                Turn on Court T.V. and listen to the hearings of the murders, child molesters, etc. “Billy, killed and raped five women we agree. But he grew up in an abusive home. Therefore, your honor, we recommend Billy get therapy and not the death sentence.” Even our judicial system has bought into ‘rehabilitative justice’ rather than ‘retributive justice.’ Why? Because the Christian worldview of sin, personal responsibility, moral accountability, etc. has been undermined by ED, and often with the help of Christians! People may have had bad backgrounds, situations, etc. but it is NOT, I repeat NOT, deterministic for their life! Experience even teaches this to be true! How many people have had the same background and still have went on to have productive lives? How many have taken responsibility for dealing with their issues biblically and see God restore, heal, bring restoration, give God glory despite the environment, etc. in their lives? Many!

                ED has killed our ability to reach people with the life transforming grace of Christ because if they are only a product of their environment, then there’s no responsibility for evil choices. With no responsibility, then there is no sin and therefore no need of the Savior! ED undermines the inherent man’s sinfulness, responsibility, guilt, the sufficiency of Scripture, the need for the Savior, the need for God to explain reality…in short, the whole Bible!

                With ED, when the doctrine of sin/sinful nature is destroyed so is hope. Why? Because if there’s sin, there’s grace and forgiveness for CHANGE! No sin, no hope! Not so with ED. You’ll always be what your environment made you. This is why people are always a ‘label’ and ‘recovering’ rather than forgiven and changed by the grace of Christ. Labels are hope killers! When will we stop accepting the lies of Satan and own up to our responsibilities for change before God?

                Psychology/psychiatry are in opposition to the Scriptures. They are not friends/helpers to the gospel. Sadly, Freud realized more than most deceived Christians today that his counseling and the Bible were not compatible. Consider: ‘For what partnership does righteousness have with unrighteousness or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial?” (2 Cor. 6:14, 15) NONE!! Church, please wake up! Oh yes, we make good talk about how we ‘believe’ the Bible. But when it comes to answering life’s problems, etc. we have swallowed hook, line, and sinker all the evolutionary, atheistic, godless counsel the world has given us. And we seem to be oblivious about it. When we have problems, we RUN to godless counsel. (see Ps. 1) Ever wonder why the church is ineffective in seeing lives changed today?

 If God has spoken, let the world remain silent! Speak Lord, for your servant hears! ( 2 Sam 3:10) Please remember, your ultimate environment is the presence of God. “In Him we move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28). Everything that happens to you and whatever you do is God related. (See 1 Cor. 10:31). ED says nature is your god; Scripture says relate all of life to the presence/activity of God! ED says evolutionary nature made you what you are; the Bible teaches the God of heaven and earth is the ONE whom you must give an account to. We all move within His presence at all times! This ultimately why the counsel of the world will fail because it fails to take into account man’s ultimate environment: the LORD Himself! Plus ED sees man equal with creation. Not so with the Bible. Man is made in the image of God and is to exercise dominion OVER his environment by the word and grace of God! How contrary can two systems be? And why do we think we can blend, adopt, etc. Satanic (yes I said it!) wisdom with purity of the word of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.  Only in the gospel is their hope to overcome. In His word, “He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness.” (2 Pet 3:1) Read Jeremiah 17:5-18 about what God says about listening to man’s counsel!

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