Joh 5:30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
1Pe 2:24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Self esteem, Self control, (new versions) Self ascendancy, (Satan) Self will, Self Sufficiency, Self accomplishment, Self Justification
The guru's of the "Self" movement, have taken humanistic psychology and add what seems to be a bible candy coating and administer the drug of self esteem, and it's related counterparts to the woes of modern Christians who have been robbed of their joy though deception and false doctrine coupled with perverted scripture.
John makes it clear in his gospel:
Joh 10:10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Since the scripture never hesitates to name names (Balaam, Demas, Simon the sorcerer et al) we shall do likewise to warn the wary and instruct those who are being led into the ditch of deception by their blind leaders.
The head of the pack is a professional psychiatrist and has taken over leadership of the body of Christ in areas of family training and moral issues. His salvation is very doubtful, and if he is saved, there is little evidence of him leading anyone to Jesus Christ. He has no problem with fraternizing with the Pope of Rome or glorifying Rome's "saints" having met the Pope in person and praised "mother Teresa". He is a certified heretic and has been admonished the scriptural three times but continues to lead the blind into the ditch of secular "biblicized" humanism. We are to avoid him. He is the head of Focus on the family. Dr. James Dobson. One of the pied pipers of modern apostate Christianity. His gospel of self esteem has replaced the truth of our total unworthiness and has infected other "mega" church leaders with his psychological heresy.
Following in his footsteps is a man whose ministry spans the globe, with offices around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta Georgia, Charles Stanley's "in touch ministries" doesn't do much better, although it is clear Stanley is at least a true believer.
In a message broadcast 10/23/98 titled "Self-Defense Against Satan's Relentless Assault," Stanley taught that Satan's constant assault causes Christians to feel worthless and have their self-esteem crushed. This is bad, according to Stanley, since "Christ died for us because of our great value."
That is heresy that borders on blasphemy!
Stanley's "theme" is "Self esteem". God loves you unconditionally because of your great value to him. That is a very subtle doctrine of devils. It was our utter lack of value, that caused him to give himself for us and magnify his grace. We were totally without merit, (and still are!) but because GOD IS LOVE, he loved us in spite of our unworthiness. Stanley, as many others, teaches that we are made in the image of God. Stanley and crew are wrong. We lost that image and are now born in the image of Adam. It is a far cry from what Adam had before he fell.
Now, don't click off until you have finished reading. We are not saying that all Stanley's teaching is bad, but this one is the leaven that leavens the whole lump. It is his good teaching that draws in the unsuspecting and gives them spiritual blood poisoning. The same with many of the other purveyors of this doctrine of devils. Be aware that when a man uses perverted scripture (and Stanley knows better!) God will allow other deceptions to accumulate. Stanley is no friend to the King James Bible!
Morey, in his book Death and the after life states "Man's intrinsic worth and significance as the image-bearer of God is magnified by the lengths to which God went to redeem him. [pg 41]. Morey is no doubt sincere but needs to pay more careful attention to his bible. We are no longer the image bearers. That is now left to Christ alone....
Col 1:15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Does the scripture give rise to the idea that we are born with value?
Psa 51:5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psa 39:5Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
Psa 14:3They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Job 15:16How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Isa 40:17All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
Gal 6:3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Rom 7:18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: (Before you were saved your spirit was dead - no value there!)
Rom 5:6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Rom 5:8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Mat 16:24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
God loved man, not because of some intrinsic value that man has, but because God is love and to best display that love he put it on display dying for his enemies.
Are we denying that some people need help. No! But the self esteem gospel starts wrong and ends wrong. The self esteem movement does not comprise an army of non-compromising soldiers for Christ, but rather a vast hospital of wounded infants. We have lost the vision of harvesting in the fields and gone to introspection, focusing on self and attempting to correcting problems with a form of godliness while denying it the power of it's truth. We deny the power of God by substituting a false gospel and a false hope.
What can we say about the grief and depression that has enveloped so many who profess to be saved? Are they really born again? The false gospel of easy believeism (no need of repentance or conviction of the Holy Ghost.) has left many without hope. Or, the unscriptural "let Jesus into your life" or "heart" or "put him on the throne of your life" which is just another humanistic falsehood. The problem with many then is that they never really got saved to start with. Do we check before we start dealing out the poison? Do we just assume because someone says they are saved that they are? The gospel is not what you do for God (Letting him into, putting him on et al) but it is majestically what he does for you. There are a myriad a folks who profess to get saved and then never darken the door of a church or develop a hunger for God. False professions. Thousands of them. A watered down gospel that fails to convict of sin and requires no repentance is not the gospel. The gospel is:
1Co 15:3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1Co 15:5And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Co 15:6After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
Did you notice the difference. It is not what you do, but what HE did. Your response? Repentance and faith, not letting [Giving God permission???] Christ come into or enter your heart or life!
(Yes, I know that Christ dwells in our hearts by faith, and that you were saved by grace through faith, but I challenge anyone to show me one verse saying that says the gospel is anything more than an invitation from GOD to believe on his son. It is certainly not an invitation by you to let God do something. The first option is God centered the second humanistic. Self centered.)
Act 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
What does faith involve and how does it work?
Act 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Act 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
To know your desperate need, and then to believe that his blood was shed to meet that need, and then to ask him to save you. That will work every time.
So what about those who are saved and suffering? Will Dobson or Stanley or Colson or Jeremiah or Morey or Narramore or Maines or the myriad of 1others caught in the craftily manufactured web of Satan really help anyone with their unscriptural poison, slyly disguised as scriptural help? No.
Paul again lists signs of the end time apostasy:
2Ti 3:2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, [self esteem] covetous, boasters, proud, [The definition of self esteem is "proud"] blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
I am not to promote people loving themselves. It is ungodly. You love yourself already. Your problem is not a lack of self esteem, because your friends don't like you or your mother wasn't very nice. Your problem is sin, and until you find it and deal with it, all other solutions are just temporary band aids.
You have been sold a bill of goods. "
How does Paul deal with the whole issue?:
1Co 15:10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Paul has an even balance in his life. I am what I am. His grace made me what I am.
Paul taught us to esteem others better than ourselves. The Holy Ghost teaches us not to esteem ourselves more highly than we ought.Phi 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Rom 12:3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
What did Paul think about his own self esteem? He cried "
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? While his self esteem suffered badly, his work for Christ was second to none.
What did Job cry out in his finest hour?
Job 42:5,6 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes
It was only after he realized that his own self righteousness [self esteem!] was only worthy of repentance that he could effectually pray for his friends. Read the book of Job and see his esteem for himself, and then repent of your own self righteousness and begin to see God work in answering your prayers
The argument will be made, "He saw potential value in us". That is true. But that value had nothing to do with our own goodness, but everything to do with what he would make us. We had no "intrinsic" (to quote one of our teachers below) value. God does save junk! That's exactly what you and I were when he found us. If we have any value at all now it is only because He now resides in us. Where is the room for self glorification, self justification, pride or self esteem in that equation? It does not exist! Anything we are is what he made us and we are worthless without Him!
The self esteem heresy prevents revival where the Holy Ghost works to uncover and reveal the deep wickedness of our troubled hearts. Self esteem prevents God from revealing to us our own utter depravity and hence the true magnitude of our sin and thus his unfathomable love and grace. Do some reading and study the past great revivals. In not one case did they come from the preaching of wicked psychology, but through the mighty work of the Holy Ghost in conviction, working repentance in both unbelievers to salvation in believers to a clean life and renewed vision for the lost. Nowhere in the preaching of Spurgeon, Moody, Whitfield, or Wesley will you find anything that remotely resembles the blasphemous pronouncements of today's modern bible correcting heretics. And none of them preached anything but a king James Bible.
The first self esteem guru was none other than Satan himself. It began in a garden with a perfect family and a perfect environment. He created a doubt about God's goodness (How you got your low "self esteem" - Satan caused you to doubt - unbelief"), and then painted a rosy picture on how to get it back. All at the expense of fellowship with God.
Gen 3:4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Gen 3:6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
So began the sad saga of self esteem and Sin. Good, pleasant and desired. Sin created the problem and then gave a false way to fix it and it lead only to shame and dishonor.
What was the immediate result of this attempt to fix the problem? Shifting responsibility. The woman made me do it. The serpent made me do it. It wasn't my fault. I was traumatized growing up. It wasn't my fault, it was my parents fault. I never got any "positive reinforcement".
Do you need to "recover" your self esteem? No. Don't worry about getting it back! The bible nowhere instructs you to love yourself. Psycho-heresy says "you need to love yourself in order to love others". Well meaning (We'll give them the benefit of the doubt) teachers have bought that one hook line and sinker and have palmed it off on the unsuspecting Christian population as if they had gotten it from God Himself! It is ludicrous. The self esteem fraud will not help you feel better, nor will it help you love anyone but yourself.
Not until a person shoulders responsibility for their own condition and seeing it as a prideful attempt to justify themselves and repents will they find lasting peace. Salvation is not God sending his son to rescue worthy people. Christ Jesus came into the world to save no good, wretched, vile, ungodly, lost rebellious sinners. The only difference between what you were and what you are is based on His worthiness. The scriptures scream of Christ: "THOU ART WORTHY".
Well, the promoters of self esteem steam on. In spite of the fact that the scripture says:
Jer 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Deceived is the only word that can explain such statements as these - I quote:
"Under the influence of humanistic psychologists like Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow, many of us Christians began to see our need for self love and self esteem. [Bruce Narramore You are Someone Special pg 22] (speak for yourself Bruce!)
"The human being is a glorious, dignified creature of infinite worth" [You Can Learn to Like Yourself - Baker books] (Where did the author find THAT in the Bible????) The human being is a depraved, lost, filthy, vile, unclean worm. That you will find in the scripture. Go look it up!
"By creation, every human being is a unique person of great worth and dignity" [Radio Bible Class] Wrong! By the fall, every human being is completely and totally dead in trespasses and sin, and is under the wrath of God.
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him
"Of course the greatest demonstration of a person's worth to God was shown in giving us His Son." [Foster pg 6] No! God giving us his son was not a demonstration of our worth! It was a magnificent demonstration of his grace. The scripture says:
Joh 15:13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Now, (pay attention!) if God is love, and he is, to demonstrate his love he would have to go beyond the greatest love a man could demonstrate. A man's greatest love is demonstrated in laying down his life for someone who has worth. A friend. But in order for God to demonstrate his love he would have to lay down his life for something that was bereft of worth. Lost, filthy, ungodly, vile sinners. And that is just exactly what he did. Hence the great cry in Revelation 4:11 and 5:9!
Rev 4:11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Rev 5:9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
There are many who have seen through the blasphemy of this substitution of psychology for scripture in the promotion of self. I recommend that you not just take my word for it. Check what others have discovered. I am not alone in my disdain for those who corrupt the word of God.
1 Max Lucado, Tony Campolo, Howard Hendricks, Stuart Briscoe, C. Peter Wagner, Joseph Stowell, Elmer Towns, Bill Bright, and Gary Collins Josh McDowell and others.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
(Act 20:28)Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
(Act 20:29)For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
(Act 20:30)Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
(Act 20:31)Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.