Should Christians Continue Mixing Psychology And The Bible
The mixing of psychological counseling and the Bible can be likened to adding leaven to dough, intermarriage, being unequally yoked together, joining the wisdom of men and the wisdom of God, adding to and taking away from the Word of God, and giving priority to the traditions of men.
Leaven, or yeast, is used to make dough rise when making bread. It only takes a small amount of yeast because it spreads and infiltrates all the dough very quickly (Gal. 5:9). Leaven in the Bible is likened to sin (I Cor. 5:6-8; Gal. 5:9), false doctrine (Matt. 16:6-12; Mark 8:15-21), and hypocrisy (Luke12:1). It contaminates the meal, which represents the Word of God (Matt. 13:33).
Intermarriage of believers with non-believers has been a tactic of Satan for thousands of years. It was part of the problems of Solomon (I Ki. 3:1) and repeatedly for Israel (Deut. 7:3). It became widespread because of the teachings of Balaam (Num. 31:16; II Peter 2:15; Rev. 2:14), who told Balak that God would destroy Israel if he would give his unbelieving women to marry the Israelites and get them involved in idolatry.
Paul expanded God’s condemnation of this joining together of believers and non-believers in any spiritual way. He called it being unequally yoked, and it included the joining of the righteous with the unrighteous, light with darkness, Christ with Satan, believers with infidels, and the temple of God with idols (II Cor. 6:14-18). Instead, God demanded that his people come out and be separated from unbelievers.
Paul also compared the wisdom of men with the wisdom of God (I Cor. 2:1-8; 1:18-31), and says they are totally different and cannot be combined because it will destroy the wisdom of God. This applies to psychological counseling because it was created by unsaved people who cannot even understand the things of God (I Cor. 2:14). They are from two different worlds. If they could have known the things of God, they would not have crucified Christ (I Cor 2:8). This is why there is no such thing as Christian psychology. There are Christians who practice psychology, but it contradicts and undermines the truths of the Bible and Christianity.
John the Revelator, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, prohibited anyone from adding to or taking anything away from the Word of God (Rev. 22:18-19).
This is similar to what the Jews did when they added the oral traditions to the Mosaic law. In doing that, Jesus said the Jews and other religious people were not only rejecting the commandments of God, they were giving their own traditions priority (Mark 7:6-9). So, by doing this, “psychologists have contrived ways of explaining man other than the fall, ways of saving man other than the cross, and various ways of transforming man other than through Christ.”1 So, by doing this, they were also making the Word of God of none effect, or they were invalidating and disannulling it (Mark 7:13).
The psalmist wrote that only the person who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of the sinners, or sit in the seat of the scornful will be blessed (Ps. 1:1). Otherwise, he will be like chaff, and he will perish (Ps. 1:4-6).
Jeremiah said the Israelites had forsaken God, who is the fountain of living waters, in order to make broken cisterns that could not hold any water (Jer. 2:13).
So, every individual needs to choose whether he will serve the gods of the world (Josh. 24:15) and Baal (I Ki. 18:21) or the God of the Bible.
Since the mixture of psychology and the Bible is already taking place, what should be the response of the true believers? First, they must repent of the sin of mixing psychological counseling with the Bible because it is a counterfeit religion, it has changed the message of the church, and it is destroying Bible teaching and churches. Since part of repenting is turning away from the sin, the church must come out and separate itself from psychological counseling and turn back to the Bible. It must turn from the leaven of intermarriage with the world, being unequally yoked with the world, joining the wisdom of men with the wisdom of God, adding to and taking away from the Word of God, and elevating the traditions of men above the Bible. Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, James called those who do these things, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
1 Martin and Deidre Bobgan. Psychoheresy: The Psychological Seduction of Christianity. Santa Barbara, CA: Eastgate Publishers, 1987, p.118.