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The Ego-centric Religionists Have Created God in Their Own Image.

Updated on January 27, 2020
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I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura

The wolf among us.

The bait has been cast; the Church has bought it hook, line & sinker.
The bait has been cast; the Church has bought it hook, line & sinker. | Source

Churches have chosen to re-invent God, to justify their selfish desires.

Perusing social media recently, I came across a young lady speaking on the subject of self-love and addressing the phenomenon as being prevalent for the last 5 to 10 years. I had to sadly chuckle at her statement, for this self-love movement has been a stalwart within church circles for at least the 50+ years I have been a Christian. Her take on this self-love idea was very sound, being that it is not scriptural and is a very unhealthy approach for the believer. Though Paul Vitz in his book, The Cult of Self-Worship, blames prominent psychologists of the 3rd quarter of the 20th century: it has been the bible schools and seminaries that have done the damage within the Church.

Explicit selfishness as a desirable end and moral good was also marketed during this period by the writer Ayn Rand, who called her philosophy Objectivism. Anton LaVey, founder of the church of Satan and author of the Satanic Bible acknowledges Ayn Rand's objectivism as his source for LaVeyan Satanism, which holds self above all else.

In my research I came across an unfamiliar term, Christian hedonism. It is a Christian doctrine found in some evangelical circles, particularly those of the Reformed tradition as espoused by Reformed Baptist pastor John Piper. To quote Piper from an article he wrote:

By Christian Hedonism, I do not mean that our happiness is the highest good. I mean that pursuing the highest good will always result in our greatest happiness in the end. But almost all Christians believe this. Christian Hedonism says more; namely, that we should pursue happiness, and pursue it with all our might. The desire to be happy is a proper motive for every good deed, and if you abandon the pursuit of your own joy, you cannot love man or please God — that’s what makes Christian Hedonism controversial.

This is a doctrine that elevates self; sadly there are a great many pitfalls awaiting the unwary.

Notice how psychology has become the foundation of modern Christian counseling.

50 years ago, this would have been anathema.
50 years ago, this would have been anathema. | Source

Let the buyer beware.

The tale:

During the mid-nineties, I was attending a conservative Baptist church, when the pastoral staff stated that the church was not only endorsing the book Inside Out by Dr. Larry Crabb, but would have classes based upon the study of the book. Initially, it meant nothing to me until a friend expressed some very serious allegations concerning the book and its author. This friend was an in-law of John MacArthur of Grace church and Master's college, and related to me the incident behind Dr. Crabb being fired from Master's staff where he was teaching Christian psychology and counseling.

The incident:

John was going on a speaking engagement and asked Dr. Crabb if he would take Grace's pulpit for the Sunday he would be out of town, to which Dr. Crabb agreed. Upon returning to Grace, John reviewed the tape of the service. He never finished the tape; immediately called Dr. Crabb into his office and fired him on the spot. He then requested that his staff retrieve all copies of the sermon and have them destroyed. This incident was the basis for his book The Sufficiency of Christ; which is a great read by the way.

After hearing this tale, I took it upon myself to read the book by Dr. Crabb. I could not finish it, for when I came to a paragraph that basically stated the following: when the Holy Spirit is not sufficient for the spiritual need of the individual, then one must seek the help of a mental health professional. Shortly thereafter, at my request, I had lunch with the head pastor concerning the dangerous direction the church was taking. He couldn't understand my reservations until I showed him the same passage in the book. He asked if we would put together some information about our fears and present it to the pastoral staff, of which we did. They called for a meeting with us and we took our wives, one of which is the sister of John MacArthur. Immediately we knew they had not reviewed anything we presented to them and had already deemed us as potential trouble makers. Their final authoritative directive was that we were to shut up, do as they say or get out: my decision was not difficult.

Quotes that reveal:

Dr. Crabb's foreword to David Benner's, Sacred Companions,stated - "The spiritual climate is ripe. Jesus seekers across the world are being prepared to abandon the old way of the written code for the new way of the spirit."

Dr. Crabb excerpt from his book The Papa Prayer - "...in today's church, therapy should be replaced by another, more ancient practice—spiritual direction."

Is anybody listening: a pack of wolves not only lives among us but they have achieved a prominent status as well?

The world loves to love itself.

Oh, the tales of woe that have been wrought because of "self-love".
Oh, the tales of woe that have been wrought because of "self-love". | Source

Selflessness is the basis of true Christianity.

The Bible loves contradict every worldly ideal.
The Bible loves contradict every worldly ideal. | Source

The Gospel of Self, the new image of God.

The megachurch Willow Creek, the vanguard of the New Gospel has a tarnished image these days.

Chicago Tribune - Willow Creek Community Church, lead pastor Heather Larson and other church elders resigned Wednesday and apologized for mishandling allegations that church founder Bill Hybels engaged in improper behavior with women “It has become clear to me that this church needs a fresh start,” Larson said. Per CT Magazine "Steve Carter, the church’s lead teaching pastor, had already resigned on Sunday, saying he could no longer continue at the church in good conscience.”

Since when is a man a founder of a church; this is the foremost form of hypocrisy in the light of the Word, but truly the Pied Piper of the world's theology of self..."tell me what I want to hear". I also wonder how anyone could have a good conscience when they were a proffering a false gospel.

Sadly, the world has always needed a more man centered religion; one that does not speak of judgment or accountability for holiness. As Scrooge in the Christmas Carol pleaded with the ghost of Christmas future that he would speak words of comfort and that the impending doom need not be: we have the many heaping to themselves, those who are more than eager to tickle the hearers ears. As there is a Trinity which governs the true Gospel, there is an evil trinity that seduces the masses.


Does evil exist?

Please tell us the lies that bring us comfort.
Please tell us the lies that bring us comfort. | Source

Love, esteem and righteousness.

The evil of self-love – the godfather of psychology’s inroads into the church:

In today’s psychobabble found within many a congregation, you hear that you cannot truly love another until you learn to love yourself. It is kind of strange that the Word of God states that no man ever hated himself, but yet it is being preached and taught in Christian circles that depression and suicide are the results of hating oneself. If one truly hated oneself as an enemy, they would rejoice in their own calamity. The truth is that those who suffer deep depression or suicidal thoughts are so consumed with themselves, they can think of no one but themselves. I have been there, both depressed and suicidal but by the grace of God, my hand was stayed at the last moment and I was set free. We are not to be consumed with ourselves, but to have our minds staid on that which honors others and as a Christian, brings glory to God. There are many good sources of authentic counsel available that deal with this self-love lie and how to deal with one's self-pity party.

The evil of self-esteem – the offspring of the godfather who learned his lesson well and has made himself a household word:

Whole ministries have been created and fortunes made by eliminating the concept of the word SIN. Again, that crazy Word of God tells us that we are to ESTEEM others as better than ourselves yet does not neglect the SIN issue in both a believer’s or non-believer’s life. What a wonderful doctrine for those who desire a kinder, gentler gospel that leaves off that terrible word – SIN. This monkey is more wicked than his mentor and has been able to infest the whole society: families, schools, businesses and government; it is the politically correct lie.

The evil of self-righteousness – the godfather's protégé', a most wicked master of deception, dragging hell itself in his wake:

This self-righteousness in not what you may think it is; this is where people have been deceived into believing they have a righteous standing with the Father. Megachurches are entertaining people on their way to perdition and the sheeple are happy to follow. A quote from CT Magazine concerning Willow Creek from 2008 demonstrates from their own perspective, their failure:

“We made a mistake,” he told the crowd gathered for the 2008 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). A detailed Willow study had found that the church had helped many people find new faith in Jesus, but had failed to teach them how to practice the spiritual disciplines needed to grow their faith. He vowed the megachurch would do be better in the future."

What amazes me is how did they come to this conclusion and what did they use as a standard for success?

Megachurches are just one example, for this disease of self-righteousness dwells in a countless number of “churches” where easy believism is the message of choice.

All of this is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg, for it is a sign that we are in the Last Days. Part II - Selfism a Sign of These Perilous Last Days - coming soon!

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Do you believe that modern counseling methods have a place within the Church?

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    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Charlie:

      Another sign of the times, when the devil doesn't want the message to get out. I sometimes wish there was another site I could use, then I would unpublish all my articles and move them all to a new site BUT I do have a lot of people that read my articles. There probably are more people we affect indirectly because someone passes our articles along or incorporates them into their own personal and/or corporate studies. At the moment my article is "under" review. If nothing else, I could use more than one site for the same articles. The copyrights belong to us. I helped a son start a publishing company and I checked into the legal aspects of it all. As soon as we write something down, it belongs to us for perpetuity. P.S. Part II is in rough draft and should be out soon, Lord willing. I guess it is okay to be hated for the right reasons.

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      charlie 

      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      David, they have some people that disagree with anything that disagrees with the "standard church system doctrine" I have a hard time getting my articles featured any more. And of course they give us no real recourse, it is frustrating. I have 95 article sand most were featured until a few months ago. The problem is none of the moderators understand scripture, just "church doctrine" and so they block what they do not understand. Only one seems to understand anything and it seem if I get that one, one of mine gets approved through when they get it. They warned me about one response to a guy that was bad mouthing me and said to tell them instead, so I did and they do nothing about it. We have to remember it is a secular site made to make money ( I do not accept $$from here).

      Of course you are gentle with the fake church system and I am not, I have seen too many people die heading for the lake of fire because they have been deceived by the churchmen. My "Do Not Be Deceived" series about being a disciple of Christ was not well received by the "church christians".

      My last vestage of being nice to the churchmen was when a man I had spent 6 months teaching ( two nites a week I sat with him and his girl friend in their smoke filled trailer, sometimes they had been drinking too), he was about ready to commit to Christ when he ran into his old "pastor" who told him that since he "walked the aisle" when he was a kid he was forever saved. He was an alcoholic at the time and that was what we were working on. He told me about the meeting him and that he did not need to change, he also had cancer at that time. He died a couple weeks later.

      There are millions that they have led through that wide easy to find gate headed down that wide easy path straight into the lake of fire for destruction and that breaks my heart.

      Being a disciple of Christ has nothing to do with the "ministry of man" it is all about Jesus and His Father but the make it about serving man and his little kingdom. and their rules are sloppy and easy, but Jesus says the world will HATE us if we follow HIM, and that His path is DIFFICULT but is the ONLY way to the Kingdom, that we must crucify our self life, not understand and make provision for it. I choose to follow Him no matter the cost.

      Keep writing the good stuff like this one.

    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Charlie; this was my 104th article and all the previous 103 are featured articles … but this one is not to be featured due to "quality" issues. I find that interesting. I have made some changes in appearance only, not textual. It is now being scrutinized and we shall see if it will be featured. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      charlie 

      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      Amen right on the money and on time. Look forward to the next chapter

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