The Gospel of Self

Joh 5:30 I 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 2:24 Who 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 10:10 The 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 1:15 Who 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?

David says:

  • Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
  • Psa 39:5 Behold, 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 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Job writes:

  • Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Isaiah declares:

  • Isa 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Paul writes:

  • Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
  • Rom 7:18 For 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 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
  • Rom 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
  • Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Rom 5:10 For 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.

Jesus taught:

  • Mat 16:24 Then 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 believe-ism (no need of repentance or conviction of the Holy Ghost.) has left many without hope. Or, the scriptural “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 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
  • 1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
  • 1Co 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
  • 1Co 15:6 After 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 3:2 For 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 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
  • 2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
  • 2Ti 3:5 Having 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 15:10 But 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 12:3 For 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!