Bryan College professor, J. Daryl Charles, provides a good critique of the therapeutic turn in modern evangelicalism. He writes,
“In contrast to the traditional model [i.e. the biblical model traditionally understood] of morality, informed by Christian religion and expressed through varying degrees of self-restraint and self-accountability, the new model was permissive, allowing the self to be indulged. Whereas the religious person was born to be saved, the psychological person is born to be pleased. How one feels, not what one believes, was now understood to be the spiritual and ethical guide.” (Quoted by Hans Boersma in Hospitality, Violence, and the Cross, pp. 225).
Boersma responds in the affirmative and so do I. One of the most insipid streams eroding the evangelical church is the turn away from sin, repentance, and the doctrines of grace, and towards psychological problems, therapy, and healing.
The gospel calls us to believe and receive Christ, not to simply have a Godward feeling. It calls us to walk a life of faith based on revealed truth, not to live a hyper-spiritual life looking for the next emotional high. The born-again believer feeds on the Word preached, not the event experienced.
May we grow in grace and truth, as we return to the biblical gospel.
Soli Deo Gloria, dss