Monthly Archives: August 2007

The Mind is Spiritual not Physical: Exposing psychotherapy

Many so-called Christian psychologists have said that the mind is the brain.  As a result, they believe that the emotions can be manipulated by psychotrophic drugs.  They have taken a cue from the secular humanists’  theory of behaviorism, which teaches that there is no spirit.  The “Christian” psychologists do not deny the existence of the spirit but equate the spiritual mind with the physical brain.

The book of Romans makes clear that the mind is spiritual not physical as psychologists claim.  Using the scripture’s built-in dictionary,  it is easy to find out whether the mind is spiritual or physical.

Romans 7:21-25

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Here Paul states that he delights “in the law of God after the inward man” with his mind.  He delighted in God’s law inwardly, the law in his members warred against the law of his mind, with the mind he serves the law of God.  The mind is therefore in the inward man.

Paul explains the difference between the outward and inward man in Romans 2:28-29.

28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

The mind and the heart are thusly both in the spirit.

The psychologizers want Christians to believe that the church is to handle spiritual issues and not mental.  However, I have shown that the mind is spiritual.  We are to have our inward man renewed by the washing of the water of the word of God through Christ’s Holy Ghost.

Luke 11:38-40

38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. 39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

It is in the inward man where all evil resides and it is the inward man that needs to be renewed.  Only God can renew our spirits.

2 Corinthians 4:6-16

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

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An Examination of the Roman Catholic Heresy of Sacraments of Salvation

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that there are seven sacraments.

From http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p2s2.htm
“1210 Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life:1 they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.

1211 Following this analogy, the first chapter will expound the three sacraments of Christian initiation; the second, the sacraments of healing; and the third, the sacraments at the service of communion and the mission of the faithful. This order, while not the only one possible, does allow one to see that the sacraments form an organic whole in which each particular sacrament has its own vital place. In this organic whole, the Eucharist occupies a unique place as the “Sacrament of sacraments”: “all the other sacraments are ordered to it as to their end.”2

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that there are sacraments necessary for salvation:

From http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p2s1c1a2.htm#IV

“The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation.51 “Sacramental grace” is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature52 by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.”

The sacraments they claim are necessary for “Christian initiation” are “Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist”.

Let’s examine this claim in light of scripture.

I will examine by each sacrament.

Baptism:

The Roman Catholic Church teaches:

From http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a1.htm#II

“1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.59 He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them.60 Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.61 The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are “reborn of water and the Spirit.” God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments. ”

The scriptures in direct contrast declare that salvation is by grace through faith (old and new testament).

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” 1 Peter 3:21

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. ” Galatians 2:16

“But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” Acts 15:11

“44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” Acts 10:44-47

“13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

“14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:14-21

So the Roman Catholic church teaches works based salvation whereas the scriptures teaches grace based salvation.

Confirmation:

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the individual who has been baptized must then go through the rite of confirmation.

Confirmation, as defined by the official catechism, is “anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism (in the East other sense-organs as well), together with the laying on of the minister’s hand and the words: “Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti” (Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.) in the Roman rite, or: Signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti [the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit] in the Byzantine rite.” ( http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a2.htm )

Again this is works based salvation the scriptures above refutes this.

“9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

Eucharist:

The Roman Catholic Church defines the eucharist as follows:

From http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a3.htm
“1412 The essential signs of the Eucharistic sacrament are wheat bread and grape wine, on which the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked and the priest pronounces the words of consecration spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper: “This is my body which will be given up for you. . . . This is the cup of my blood. . . .”

1413 By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651). ”

The scripture does not anywhere teach that any rite is necessary for salvation.

“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Romans 4:1-8

Also transubstantiation is another heresy. The scriptures teach that communion is done in remembrance of the Lord Jesus. Also to teach that the bread and wine become the literal body and blood of Christ is to deny his ascension to heaven. Since Christ has ascended to heaven, how can his body be on earth?

That is my rebuttal against the Roman Catholic doctrine of sacraments of salvation.

True Christian Music

  Many Christians today assume that just because an artist is under a “Christian” label that the music is Christian.  It is very dangerous.  It leads to erosion in doctrine as well.  We must return to music that presents a clear message.  No more using vague pronouns such as he, him, you, etc that don’t identify who is being discussed.  It leads to private interpretation.  Christian lyrics must present doctrine that is consistent with the teaching of the scriptures.

I believe that much of the deception in the music realm stems over the bible version issue.  Christians do not know which bibles to read.  They read corrupt versions and base songs on the corrupt texts.  The doctrinal errors presented in the texts becomes embodied in the songs.  Christians need to study this issue and learn to interpret scripture by scripture.  A good resource is http://avpublications.com

Christians all too often will listen to secular music that presents messages about how to solve life’s problems the worldly way instead of God’s.  Psychology and new age philosophy is leavening throughout the church.  Christians need to begin to reevaluate the lyrics they listen to in light of the scripture to see whether it contradicts the teaching of the scriptures.

I intend on discussing this issue more in detail as I acquire more knowledge about the subject.