by Susan Bertalotto
2nd Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
What is Psychological Warfare?
According to dictionary.com, “psychology” is defined as
1. the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.
2. the science of human and animal behavior.
3. the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity: the psychology of a soldier; the psychology of politics. 4. mental ploys or strategy
and “warfare” is defined as
1. the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations; war.
2. armed conflict between two massed enemies, armies, or the like.
3. conflict, esp. when vicious and unrelenting, between competitors, political rivals, etc.
By those definitions, “psychological warfare” means
the state of one’s mind and thoughts in struggle and conflict, needing strategic knowledge of one’s mental processes to relieve the behavioral symptoms
In other words, psychological warfare is the process of applying man’s wisdom and ways to hide or alleviate the symptoms of sin.In our present-day world, psychology is everywhere – governments, corporations, churches – in our everyday lives. I have heard it said many times “The only way to treat these types of (fill-in-the-blank) symptoms is to get to the root of the psychological problems.” The symptoms could be a man beating his wife, a United Nations official siphoning off money through bogus vendor accounts, a woman using her body for monetary gain, a church deacon having an affair with the church secretary, etc. They are all classed as “symptoms of psychological problems”.
Our society rejects behavior such as this which, according to the psychologists, causes a conflict in one’s mind – the conflict and struggle between what the society accepts and what we, as individuals, desire and condone. But our society does not acknowledge WHERE morals come from. Why do we believe that money-for-sex is wrong? Why do we reject wife-beating? God, of course, is the source of moral behavior; as outlined in the Bible, we read the commands He makes regarding the interaction we have with Him and with others. Immorality is SIN, plain and simple. And God absolutely abhors sin, refuses to look at it. It is only through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, that we can know God. Without Jesus Christ, without the regeneration of the Spirit of God, we are dead spiritually, dead in our sins. No matter how “moral” we are, we can’t live up to God’s expectations.
Since God is the source of all things moral, and Christians (those who are regenerated by the Spirit of God) are to uphold all God’s commands, it is perplexing why Christians would handle SIN with psychology. Psychology is the opposite of God’s commands and methods. Psychology is MAN’s way of figuring out behavioral problems WITHOUT God. Many of the Christians I have talked to don’t understand that a lot of what they believe about “human behavior” is nothing more than psychology, a fake knowledge, a high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
There are many church programs dealing with hurts and behavioral problems (SIN) that are supposed to put Christians on the right track with God. The only way for anyone to be “put on the right track with God” is to go to God directly through Jesus Christ, not through a man-made program. HE is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. NO ONE comes to God except through Him. But these programs don’t lift up Jesus as the ONLY WAY, they lift up their program, the pastor’s kindness, the counselor’s knowledge, and they are all seeped and stewed in psychology.
Dog Food for the Soul?
Some of the “Christian” programs that I know of are:
- Cleansing Stream, Jack Hayford, Church on the Way, California, USA
- Celebrate Recovery, Rick Warren, Saddleback Valley Church, California, USA
- G12, Cesar Castellanos, International Charismatic Mission, Bogota, Colombia (Note: G12 is a dominionist program used to conquer people and the world)
I’m sure there are many more. The difference between these “Christian” programs and Jesus Christ is night and day. The programs are full of psychological by-products, scraps of self-esteem building, half-baked truths disguised as biblical doctrine — similar to the animal by-products in dog food, but we don’t eat dog food, do we? Disgusting!
Supposedly these programs will “change” a person, help one to grow spiritually. Unknown to the makers of these programs, JESUS CHRIST is the only One who can change anyone. It is only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, THE power of God unto salvation, that anyone can change. Celebrate Recovery, Cleansing Stream, G12, you name it, these programs CANNOT effect a change in a person. That is a fallacy, a lie from Satan himself. There is mention of Jesus and God in the material, but there is no glory to God in applying a program to one’s life and “changing” behavioral patterns.
Psychology vs. the Bible by James Sundquist
The Blasphemy of the Religious Psychologist from PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries