Archive for May, 2010

Playground or Battleground?

During World War 2, three neighborhood children living in England were allowed to go out and play each afternoon.  Their parents gave them only one rule.  Each night they were to come home before the sun went down.  One day, as the children walked past a long alley way, one of them carefully gazed to the end of the alley and saw something amazing.  “Look!”, he shouted, “it looks like a playground.”  The children excitedly ran across the broken stone road, and to their enjoyment discovered an amazing playground.  They played and played until one of the them noticed the sun was going down.  “We need to go”, she cried!  They all quickly made their way home. 

Each afternoon, the trio returned to the playground and played and played until one day they were all having so much fun, not one of them noticed the dimming light and growing shadows.  Before they knew it, darkness was upon them and the children were forced to stay over night.  As the night grew on, they couldn’t help but worry about all the horrible things that might happen to them.  Awaking the next morning, they were surprised to discover they were just fine.  Each began to smile, then went back to playing. 

At this point the children decided to stay at the playground.  This went on for days.  The children deceived themselves into thinking that nothing bad could happen when in reality, something bad already had and none of them even realized it.  The children were having so much fun playing, they forgot that the playground was not their home.  Then one day, one of the children suddenly stopped.  He turned to his friends, “I’m done playing and want to go. How do I get home?”  They all looked at one another and it was at this point that they all realized what had really happened.  They could no longer remember how to get home.  They were…LOST.  

Although there is a time for play, may we never forget that this world is not our personal playground. To those who’ve had their sins fully and feely forgiven by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God; to those who are born again by the Spirit of God, who are now the children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, this world is neither our playground nor our home.  May we always hold lightly to those things which are quickly perishing, guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Philippians 4:7

“Well-meaning psychologists who profess Christianity have merely borrowed the theories and techniques from secular psychology.  They dispense what they believe to be the perfect blend of psychology and Christianity.  Nevertheless, the psychology they use is the same as that used by non-Christian psychologists and psychiatrists.  They use the theories and  techniques devised by such men as Freud, Jung, Rogers, Janov, Adler, Fromm, Maslow and others, none of whom embraced Christianity or developed a psychological system from the Word of God. 

The Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) is a group of psychologists and psychological counselors who are professing Christians.  At one of their meetings the following was said:  “We are often asked if we are “Christian psychologists” and find it difficult to answer since we don’t know what the question implies.  We are Christians who are psychologists but at the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non-Christian psychology.  It is difficult to imply that we function in a manner that is fundamentally distinct from our non-Christian colleagues….asyet there is not an acceptable theory, mode of research or treatment methodology that is distinctly Christian.”

“Christians who seek to integrate psychology with Christianity have actually turned to secular, ungodly sources for help.  But, because these unbiblical, unsubstantiated theories and techniques have been blended into the dough, they are well hidden in the loaf.  Thus many Christians honestly believe they are using only a purified, Christianized psychology.  Instead, they are left with a contaminated loaf, not with the unleavened bread of the Word of God.” 

Martin and Deidre Bobgan, “James Dobson’s Gospel of Self Esteem & Psychology”, pp. 192-193.

“The Christian life is not what I can do for God, but what Christ wants to be in me.  Therefore, when my purpose, goal, and aim in life is simply to know Christ — living a life of intimate, abiding fellowship with Him — then He will initiate and fulfill His good works through me (Ephesians 2:10).  His good works are the overflow of my daily walk with Him — His life being lived through me —without my even realizing that which He is doing.  And this will bring praise and honor and glory to christ, the Preeminent One, “Christ in you, [which is] the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).”  Jerry Benjamin, Simply Singular Is Christ Prominent or Preeminent?, p.14.

“Even though we live in the world’s most advanced civilization, we have been betrayed by our teachers — tragically and cruelly betrayed by our teachers!  Years ago our teachers told us the world was getting better.  They supposed that because we have become brilliant toy makers, we had also become morally good toy makers.  It is true we have invented and developed and discovered all kinds of brilliant new toys.  And so our teachers have concluded that we must be better because we know so much more!”

“But one little thing has been overlooked in their preoccupation with our wonderful new ability to take the forces of nature and harness them.  Our scientific and intellectual advances were not accompanied by similar moral strides.”

“Technology, instead of making us morally better, has been accompanied by a time of moral disintegration. Do not quote me as saying that science has made us bad.  But science has not made us [morally] better.” A.W. Tozer, “Faith Beyond Reason”, pp. 123-124.

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