Desiring God; John Piper; Church Attitudes Toward Mental Health
JA is scratching her head. I don’t get it. Do you?
John Piper does it again. A recent tweet from John Piper has me scratching my head. I need an interpreter, please!
Phil Johnson, Grace Community Church, Sex Abuse, Domestic Violence, Twitter
Blog reader, Christina, left an important comment on yesterday’s post regarding an insensitive and callous tweet Pastor Phil Johnson sent out regarding domestic violence. His tweet created quite an uproar on Twitter. Because Christina’s comment is addressed to Phil Johnson, I didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle. It is excellent. Thank you, Christina for sharing. ~Julie Anne
Response to Phil Johnson
Dear Phil. I guess you are a teacher, not a pastor, maybe that accounts for your lack of compassion. Perhaps we expect too much of you since you work and speak for John MacArthur, and so many people hold you in high esteem I used to be one of those, even though I am not a Calvinist, I always respected your teaching. Lately however, I can’t bring myself to listen to you. Continue reading
Domestic Violence, Phil Johnson, Grace Community Church, John MacArthur
Franklin Graham, Twitter, Spiritual Abuse
I would like to discuss this tweet without making it political. I find it spiritually abusive, but not because it has to do with Trump winning. Look within the message. What can you find here that is spiritually abusive?
Tullian Tchividjian article at ExPastors.com, clergy sex abuse, suicide, repentance, restoration
Only one month after Tullian Tchividjian remarried, he has publicly released a new article at a site for former pastors, ExPastors.com. In the article, The Freedom in Losing it All, Tchividjian shares lessons he has learned about himself since his sexual scandal.
The following is an excerpt from the article: Continue reading
This is a very insightful statement from C.J. Mahaney.
John Piper – Troubling Tweets
John Piper is known for troubling tweets. Here’s a new one.
Below is the live link tweet. You can click on the timestamp to read the many responses:
Here are the Bible verses mentioned in the tweet:
Deuteronomy 5:9: Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
Ezekiel 18:20: The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
A couple of tweets expressing their thoughts about the tweet:
What are your thoughts on this?
Mental Health, Biblical Counseling, Geoffrey Kirkland, Addictions, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Bulimia, ADHD
This evening, I tweeted the following:
After seeing this tweet:
Who is Geoffrey Kirkland?
From Geoffrey Kirkland’s bio:
Geoff grew up in St. Louis and then moved to LA to go to the Master’s College. God saved Geoff in 2001. Geoff loves studying, preaching, and discipling men in the truth of the Word. But most of all, Geoff’s passion is to shepherd his wife, Elizabeth, and five children: Hezekiah, Tikvah, Emunah, Kesed, and Ahavah. Geoff is a graduate of The Master’s College (BA), The Master’s Seminary (MDiv and ThM), and Baptist Bible Seminary (PhD). Source
Counseling & Psychology
We believe that the Bible is wholly sufficient for all of life and godliness. Therefore, the Bible has the answers for any and every problem that may arise. We find our wisdom and counsel from God’s Word and apply it to the specific counseling situation so that the Spirit-indwelt person can implement biblical principles and get to the root of the sin-issue and replace that sin with a Godly and holy virtue. We do not practice psychology, psychotherapy, or so-called ‘Christian psychology’; we practice biblical counseling.
So, what’s the big deal about this Biblical Counseling PDF?
Go ahead and see for yourself. This pdf on “Biblical Counseling” claims to have the answers on how to treat addictions, depression, schizophrenia, bulimia, ADHD, etc. I’ve highlighted a few examples below.
A brief excerpt from Biblical Counseling On Depression
The Root Issue Biblically, depression always involves hopelessness & it manifests a low view of God at that moment.
3 crucial biblical counseling diagnostic questions related to depression:
- Could God have changed the circumstances? (yes)
- Did he? (no)
- Is God good? (yes)
We must constantly repeat this in our counseling our own hearts (and others)
A brief excerpt from Biblical Counseling On Eating Disorders
The Biblical Truth
Overeating Is Not an Addiction Some overeaters label themselves “food addicts,” believing they are addicted to food. However, addiction is not a biblical term. The world uses this terminology to describe the behavior of someone who is controlled by a substance. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines addiction in this way: “To devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively.” But the danger in labeling overeating as “addiction” is that it undermines the personal conviction of sin. If the problem is not sin, then you will look for solutions in a system of theories, not in the person of Jesus Christ. [This is fundamental to biblical counseling!]
A brief excerpt from Biblical Counseling On Guidelines for Counseling the Sexually Abused
I found this section very disturbing. The first part is a very tough pill for many survivors to swallow. Some will interpret this to mean that God has acted as an abuser because He is Sovereign and knew abuse was going to happen, yet didn’t stop it from happening:
God is sovereign (Job 1-2; Eph 1:11; Rom 8:28-29; Gen 50:20)
It doesn’t get any better here:
Why does God allow abuse?
(1) To bring deliverance to others. Gen. 50:20
(2) To build character in us. Rom. 5:3-5 James 1:2-5 I Pet. 1:6-9
(3) To equip us to comfort others. II Co. 1:3-11
(4) To display the works of God. John 9:1-3
(5) To help us to appreciate the hope we have in Christ. Rom. 8:18,28-29
I hope Elder-Shepherd Kirkland has a good insurance policy in order. It sounds like he could be “treating” folks out of the scope of his educational qualifications. Kirkland’s PhD is no MD, and I am concerned that his counseling could put people in harm’s way, especially those who need medical treatment.