In my ‘spare’ time, I am reading a book called Christless Christianity by Michael Horton. Horton was doing an interview with Robert Schuller. Schuller made this statement, “It was appropriate for Calvin and Luther to think theocentrically, but now, the scales must tip the other way toward a human needs approach.” Sin is identified as ” any act or thought that robs myself or another human being of his or her self-esteem…”
What??? This explains something I heard the other day on the radio about the many people who are leaving the Christian faith because it is not meeting ‘their’ needs. I want even discuss the issue as to whether they ever even knew Jesus. Many of those who leave, try out at least 3 other religious groups trying to find something that ‘works’ for them. It is as if they were trying on a pair of shoes.
So the Gospel message of Jesus Christ has been replaced by whatever helps your self-esteem issue! That is not the Christian message. Horton asks, “Does Christ come to boost our ego or to crucify our ego and raise us up as new creatures with our identity in him?”
In a Newsweek article, this statement was made, “Disguised in the secular language of psychotherapy, the search for the sacred has turned sharply inward– a private quest. The goal….has been variously described as ‘peace of mind, higher consciousness, personal transformation, or in its most banal incarnation–self-esteem”
Philip Rieff writes, “Christian man was born to be saved…psychological man is born to be pleased.”
We must return to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ not some psychological blabbering. Speaking of secular psychology, since when was guilt for sin something to be suppressed? It is not about protecting our fragile self-esteem, it is about the search for truth in Christ. Guilt leads to confession. Confession leads to forgiveness. Forgiveness leads to reconciliation. Now that is good psychology, God-centered psychology.
Paul writes, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” Col. 3:3-4
As the song says, For I am crucified with Christ, but YET I live!