(originally posted on October 19, 2016)
The Bible claims to be sufficient (it needs absolutely nothing else to work or be effective) for the salvation of the sinner (Luke 16:30-31; 2 Tim. 3:14-15; 1 Pet. 1:23; James 1:18), and the sanctification (the practical changing, or spiritual growth and development) of the saint into Christ-likeness (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:3-4).
Now, that is either true, or it is not.
If you do not believe that is true, then you are saying by your actions and beliefs that God is a liar, which is the sin of blasphemy. If you believe the Bible must be augmented by human wisdom or psychology or worldly philosophy to produce change into Christ-likeness in a person’s heart and life (both internally and externally), you are calling God a liar, whether you realize it or not!
Keep in mind that psychology is to the Bible (and the counsel that Scripture gives) what evolution is to creationism.
In other words, if you truly understand the nature of vertical macro evolution, and you really understand biblical creationism, you know they are not compatible at all. Likewise, when one genuinely and thoroughly understands the basic tenets of psychology (which is really nothing more than a humanistic religion, just as evolution is nothing more than a naturalistic religion), and really and fully comprehend the nature and attributes of the Bible, you will correctly conclude that psychology and the Bible are not compatible.
The only time psychology is right is when it accidentally intersects with the truth of Scripture. To put it another way, psychologically integrated “Christian” counseling is analogous to theistic evolution.
If you are a genuine Christian,
do yourself a huge favor and
just believe and receive
the Word of God in total as it is written.
Stop trying to get around it because you don’t like what it says! The Bible has all the answers you will ever need for spiritual issues related to life and godliness, including your emotions and marriage. One of the best things some of you married couples could do is burn every “marriage” book you own that is written by a psychological integrationist. Replace them with memorizing Scripture, so you can put off the old man and put on the new man by faith!