Rejecting The Healer For The Inferior

September 28, 2012

It is truly distressing to have people talk about how certain counselors, counseling techniques, therapies, and practices are bringing them healing –even when they have been involved for years and actually seem no better at all. In fact, though the problems they say they need healing from actually seem to multiply as they focus on themselves, these individuals apparently don’t recognize this. They also don’t seem to realize that they have become overly attached to their counselor (or their technique), nor that the reliance itself keeps them immature, needy, and unhealthy.

God did make humans to need each other, and this so that, among other things, we will put into practice selflessness and love. But we are to do this as the body of Christ, supporting each other under one Head –the Lord Himself. This we learn to do correctly by reading the Instruction Manual (the Word of God) as tutored by the Spirit and while being infused with power from Him to put into action what we’re told.

What has been happening, sadly, within Christianity, is that there has been a growing and ungodly awe of those who are considered “scholars”. It has replaced the awe we should have for the Word of God alone. Many do see the importance of esteeming the Scriptures, but then they turn right around and begin to idolize, not the doctors of psychology, but instead the doctors of theology. However, whatever the object of awe, if it is not the Lord God Himself –as He is revealed in His Word– then it is idolatry.

God’s Word is living, alive, active. (Heb. 4:12 // 1 Peter 1:23) It is God’s breath. It contains His Spirit. God is the only true Healer and He has ordained that He work miracles through His Word and Spirit. This He does when we ingest His life there by reading it, meditating on it, and seeking Him there. It does take effort and it does take time. It takes discipline and patience to go to Him there and wait. It takes faith. It takes obedience and a submission of our will to the Lord’s will. All these things are things people don’t want to involve themselves with, for being counseled by a visible and talking (aloud) human seems easier than hearing from a quiet-voiced and invisible God. Besides, because attention is really what most people are craving, rather than try to get this from God who might rebuke them, it seems much more gratifying to get it from a human who is coddling them and telling them (so as to boost their self-esteem) that they are wonderful. And that more than wonderful, they are poor victims who, it’s understandable, have had to express their hurt (even if the expressions are immature and sinful).

But why wouldn’t a counselor or technique-promoter continue to deceive a person in thinking he needs more than God’s Word to become healed and whole? For are they not receiving money, prestige, and a sense of purpose through others’ neediness? Of course. So why should they not deceive even themselves into thinking therapy is the right thing to do for wounded souls? And so the idolatrous system continues…

But what does God in His Word say about this kind of idolatry? He says a lot. He says that because of forgetting Him and trusting in false gods, He will expose their shamefulness. (Jer. 13:25,26) He says that going to anyone or anything but Him for healing is vain effort (2:13 & 46:11 // Isa. 30:1-5 & 31:1-3) and is actually to come under a curse. (Jer. 17:5) He commands us to stop relying on men and idols and rely on Him alone. (Isa. 2:22 & 57:13) He declares that He is the LORD who heals (Ex. 15:26), that He restores to health and heals otherwise incurable wounds. (Jer. 30:12,13,17) –That is, for all who will open their eyes, perceive Him, listen to Him, and repent. (Acts 28:26,27) Ps. 147:3 proclaims that the Lord “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” He (who is Jesus and the Word) says He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6) –True and abundant life! (6:53-63 & 10:10) He says He will come to obedient ones as the Counselor, the Comforter, the One who gives peace, and the One who guides into all Truth. (14:15-28 & 16:13)

The Scriptures are clear: Taking refuge in the Lord is true help (Ps. 60:11,12 & 118:8), and His Word, which He has exalted above all things along with His Name (138:2), is true healing. (107:20 & 119:93) Certainly then, it is very unwise for anyone who has the Lord to ever turn aside to that which is inferior.

with love,

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