The Psychological Way or The Way Of The Cross ?

Which will you choose. You cannot have both. They are tremendously opposed to each other. You will have to choose which worldview you will hold to.

In this blog, I am not going to attempt to give you the history of modern day psychology. I am simply going to highlight some of the contrasts between these two divergent paths; The psychological way vs The Way Of The Cross. Modern day psychotherapy has its roots in atheism, evolution, and humanism. Sadly, most denominations in modern Christianity have opted for the psychological way and have cast aside the way of the Cross.

The Bible holds ALL the answers of human behavior 2Peter 1:3
Psychology also claims to hold all the answers of human behavior.
The Bible tells us that man is an eternal soul St John 3:16
Psychology has as its foundation, evolution.
The Bible says that man is a sinner Romans 3:23
Psychology says that man is a victim.

The Bible says that the problem of man is an evil heart (Jer. 17:9) and that man is inherently evil.
Psychology says that the problem is man’s environment and man is inherently good.
The Message of the Cross treats the very depths; the very core of man’s problem, the heart. (Ez. 36:26-27, Eph 3:17, etc….)
Psychology treats only mans symptoms.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the answer (St. Matt. 11: 28-30)
Psychology says that therapy and “professional help” is the answer. Most psychology “professionals” will denigrate Faith and say that the minister of the Gospel is not qualified to help humanity.

The Bible tells us to deny self and crucify the flesh ( Matt. 16:24, Gal. 5:24).
Psychology says we should love “self” and pamper “flesh”.
The Bible directs us to the Cross, which assures us the help of the Holy Spirit.
Psychology directs us to the flesh.
The Bible directs us to Faith in God (Mark 11:22).
Psychology directs us to self effort.
Self cannot improve upon self. Remember that.

The Word of God, The Bible, Leads us into repentance (Acts 26:20) and restoration (Gal 6:1).
Psychology offers only remorse and referral.
The Bible IS TRUTH….
Psychology is mere, mortal, flawed mans opinions.
The Bible says that God’s truth is unchangeable (Psalm 119:89).
Psychology says that truth is determined by the majority and by culture.

There are many, many more contrasts that I could list for you but the bottom line is this; One simply cannot believe in the Bible and the message of the Cross; at least not as one ought, and also believe in psychology. It can’t be done.
If you as a believer put your trust in anything other than Christ and Him Crucified, no matter how well intentioned, you are committing spiritual adultery. Rom 7.

Psychology puts man as the center of all things. Our Faith, from the Bible, puts Christ as the center and the ONLY answer for man. The two cannot be joined. Preachers of the Gospel who attempt to join the two will help no one. The only true help that is available is found in the word of God which is The Message Of The Cross….

Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

The message of the Bible is the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

It seems however, that much of the modern church little recognizes this all important truth.
Todays seeker sensitive pulpiteer looks much more like an Amway salesman or motivational guru than any of the prophets of old. On any given Sunday, one can hear a most excellent little talk on ” How to improve thyself” but precious little Gospel truth about the real need of mankind, which simply stated is that our sins have separated us from our God and the only remedy is for each of us to be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor 1:17-18
For Christ sent me not to baptize,but to preach the Gospel; not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the Preaching of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

We as preachers are not called to give self help talks. We are called to declare the fact that men are sinners and God loves them and has provided a way for all to be saved, at least all who come God’s way. And that way is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. To preach anything else is to violate the sacred trust of the call.

So, preacher friend of mine, let us join together in calling America and the World back to the Cross of Christ.
Let us plead with men and women, boys and girls, to repent of their sins and run into the open arms of the savior today.

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working on a new series about “How David treated Saul as opposed to How Absalom Moved against David.”

The Absalom spirit always tries to draw the hearts of the people from established (by God) leadership by saying “If I were judging over the people, I would do better”. This is so sadly evident in churches today.

Working on a new message called “How Well Do You Take Correction?”. One of the hardest things for a pastor to deal with is when people do not listen to Godly counsel from the word of God. Many who claim to be teachable show differently when you challenge a direction they are going or a claim they make. This will be a controversial message.

one of the qualifications for the minister in 1 Timothy 3 is to be ‘vigilant’. Vigilant in the Greek is ‘nephalion’ and means “to be calm, dispassionate, and circumspect.” “Wise caution” may be included. This tells us that the call on ones life will prevent them from crying, whining, complaining, and getting upset every time someone opposes them. Look to Christ Crucified…….

Pastors, beware of people who come in and right away can see “better ways” that you could run things.. If God has given you a vision; run it strong. Do not cowtow.

The church needs no more superficial “10 step guides” that skims above the surface of thought and satisfaction and victory….. The deep things of God is the message of the Cross and that will promote real change in your life.

I have no interest in a watered down Gospel or a seeker-driven pragmatism of the modern church growth movement……… Just give me the Word, The Blood, and the power of the Holy Spirit… Give me the message of the Cross….. Just give me JESUS………………………….

when I was first saved (1981) some of the qualities the Holy Spirit gave birth to were: 1-When you say something; mean it.. 2- when you commit to something; follow through and 3- if you give your word; keep it… Folks, all these years later, the Holy Spirit has not changed… . these are qualities from the word…

The main message of the church is not to be ‘ We’re a nice, pretty place; you’ll like us.’ Rather the message should be ‘ This is a Holy place where sin is despised and if you will embrace Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, you will have victory over sin.’

The day will probably start out like any other; business as usual on planet earth. But then, as jagged forks of lightning rip through the eastern sky; a trumpet will sound in the heavens and we will be translated in the twinkling of an eye. Meeting Jesus in the air… Its gonna happen; ready or not……

Only The Blood

Sinners were crying, lost on their way.
Souls were dying, trying to find escape.
The price of redemption was blood sacrifice.
So on Calvary’s altar, Jesus died.

And only the Blood, only the Blood
Can save the sinner’s soul and set him free.
No other power can bring hope to man.
Only the Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.

I deserve judgment for the crime of sin.
God gave His son and judgment began.
A hammer and three nails
Beat out mercies sound.
So I could go free as the blood flowed down

Only the blood, only the blood
Can save the sinner’s soul and set him free
No other power can bring hope to man
Only the Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.

No other power, can bring hope to man
Only the Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.

~~~ Del Way~~~~

Thank God for Salvation through the Blood Of Jesus.
The Only hope for a darkened and lost world..

a keen observation

I try to be a keen observer, though i often do fall quite short. After watching, listening, and learning: here is what i told a crowd the other night in service……. I would rather have a letter than a dollar bill… I would rather have a phone call than a bank account… The hamburger of a real friend than the steak dinner of a casual enemy… the embrace of an aquaintance overwhelmed with emotion than the indifferent “umm mh” of someone with you a long time… etc. etc. Lets Celebrate life instead of dreading the road ahead of us…. Genuine interest can go a long way in pointing the right direction to those along the way.

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Show mercy when someone suffers a fall….. because you don’t really stand that tall… when your friend is down don’t give him a kick…. or you might receive the short end of the stick… on the day with God when you stand before Him…. to give account for a life of sin…. (a little something I wrote today while waiting for them to inventory a shipment of books for inmates)

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It may seem like you’ve been in this storm forever. Look past your troubles and you’ll see your turnaround on the other side of your fears. No storm lasts forever. Nothing lingers past its time. Hold on. God is answering all your prayers……..

Big always starts small. Many always starts with few. Much always starts with little. Any journey always starts with a step. Healing always starts with prayer. And miracles always start when you believe. Never be afraid to…always start…….

Open your eyes and take a good look at your life. In spite of your troubles you have a good life. Stop worrying about what’s not and see all the good that really is. Your life is better than any fairy tale. Be Thankful…….

You woke up this morning with one glowing truth. You’re one day closer to things getting better. You’re one day closer to seeing a turnaround. Shake off those fears. Your breakthrough is so very very near……

When you have reached the place that you can tell God to have it His way instead of your own, you have reached the turning point in prayer. It’s at that point your victory is near……

One of the blights of the modern church is MacDonald faith; Microwave Instant blessings… We often want what we want and we want it now…. I’ve learned through the years that seldom does God operate like that… Oh He can, and sometimes He Does. But often there is a growth process called Wait: I have had to wait and tarry in prayer for the salvation of souls in the meetings (I have no idea how many through the years but over a thousand in the past 3 years, Ah Practice.) I have sometimes had to tarry and wait in His presence for my own personal needs…. Generally I ask no one but the Lord… And He has never let me down!! Waiting on God may be the hardest thing in the world sometimes, but if you think about it, He’s the only one worth waiting on. Trust Him. It’ll be worth your wait…….

The Lamb will rule in the heart of His church! As we daily lay aside self, flesh, offense, and cast all our cares upon Jesus: we reach new plateaus of holiness and Christ likeness.. Together, we grow up into the fullness of Christ and then we see Him as He is more and more.. Together we run faster and grow the gifts He has placed in each us.. This season of Advent we get the realization of the meaning behind it all : We are waiting— He is coming.. wherever you are today; He is coming!!!