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"The entrance of thy words giveth light (Psalm 119:130)."

Doctrines of Demons and Mental Health

"Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ (Colossians 2:8 NLT)."

"O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called 'knowledge'— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21 NASB)."

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons . . . (1 Timothy 4:1 NKJV)."

Doctrines of demons are evident in many facets of society. But nowhere are they more obvious than in the "science" of psychology and the field of mental health care. Let's examine some of these doctrines.

Psychology is a science: I once had another Christian tell me that she regarded psychology as "a science." Really? A science? Can Christians really believe that secular mental health treatment is just like a physical health problem? That a psychologist is just another doctor? Yes they can. But let's examine the issue.

Sigmund Freud, the founder of the modern mental health movement, made no secret of his antipathy toward religion. He regarded religion as " . . . the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity."1

Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz put it this way: "It [psychology] is not merely a religion that pretends to be science, it is actually a fake religion that seeks to destroy true religion . . ."1

In attempting to evaluate the status of psychology, the American Psychological Association appointed Sigmund Koch to plan and direct a study which was subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This study involved eighty eminent scholars in assessing the facts, theories, and methods of psychology. In 1983, the results were published in a seven-volume series entitled Psychology: A Study of Science. Koch describes the delusion in thinking of psychology as a science:

"The hope of a psychological science became indistinguishable from the fact of psychological science. The entire subsequent history of psychology can be seen as a ritualistic endeavor to emulate the forms of science in order to sustain the delusion that it already is a science."

Dr. Koch later stated that, while psychology, generally, is not science, there are aspects of psychology that do meet the criteria of true science.

 The dictionary defines pseudoscience as "a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific." Pseudoscience, or pseudoscientism, includes the use of the scientific label to protect and promote opinions which are neither provable nor refutable.

One aspect of psychology riddled with pseudoscience is that of psychotherapy. Had psychotherapy succeeded as a science, we would have some consensus in the field regarding mental-emotional-behavioral problems and how to treat them. Instead, the field is filled with contradictory theories and techniques, all of which communicate confusion rather than anything approximating scientific order.

Psychology, and its active arm of psychotherapy, have indeed adopted the scientific posture. However, from a strictly scientific point of view, they have not been able to meet the requirements of true science.1

Mental health problems always require treatment by a mental health professional. The Bible states as follows: "By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life (2 Peter 1:3 NLT)." Mental health issues are usually the result of God's discipline and/or spiritual warfare. Secular professionals cannot understand or address spiritual issues. Competent Christian counsel is useful—but it is often hard to come by.

Mental health symptoms involve a 'chemical imbalance' and require the use of psychotropic medication. The need for psychotropic drugs is highly suspect in light of the Scripture just mentioned. Also, Jesus said: "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32 NKJV)." There is no mention of the need for drugs.

The Bible does work. But it is a learning process with inevitable setbacks. The key is "if you abide" and don't give up. Usually, using psych meds by Christians can be characterized as giving up.

Even some psychiatrists are speaking out about the 'chemical imbalance' fallacy. Here's a particularly telling quote.

"Despite more than two hundred years of intensive research, no commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders have proven to be either genetic or biological in origin, including schizophrenia, major depression, manic-depressive disorder, the various anxiety disorders, and childhood disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity. At present there are no known biochemical imbalances in the brain of typical psychiatric patients—until they are given psychiatric drugs." — Peter Breggin, Psychiatrist2

The pervasiveness and breath of the use of psychotropic medications is astonishing. Today, even toddlers are being prescribed psychotropic drugs. Lives are being damaged or destroyed by the millions.

These medications are popular because secular mental health counseling—by itself—does not usually provide adequate relief.

For more information, refer to my article on psychotropic drugs.

Spanking is child abuse. The move is on to label spanking as child abuse and make it illegal. However, the Bible is clear that there is a place for spanking in the discipline of children (Proverbs 13:24).

Banning spanking is damaging to children and families. I have seen children come to the attention of the criminal justice system because their parents—unable or unwilling to use spanking—were unable to control their child's behavior. I also remember one adoptive mother who, for the first time in her life, went on antidepressant medication as a result of being repeatedly disrespected by her newly adoptive daughter. Of course, spanking was out of the question.

I would caution that spanking can be child abuse if it is excessive or done in the wrong spirit. Children should not have to live in fear if they're making a good faith effort to be obedient. Also, the Bible includes this admonition: "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4 NKJV)."

I should also note that spanking is implicitly or explicitly illegal in many parts of the United States and the world. Parents who spank their children can face legal sanctions and harassment by child protective service agencies. Parents need to be aware of this.

I want to end this article with the same Scriptures that I started with, this time with both in the New King James Version.

"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ (Colossians 2:8 NKJV)."

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons . . . (1 Timothy 4:1 NKJV)."

Christians can be defeated in their Christian lives if they fall for popular humanistic ideas that are really nothing more than doctrines of demons.

1 Excerpted from Psychology and the Doctrine of Demons.


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