Psychiatry's rejection of absolute right and wrong (moralizing) is opposite to Christianity:

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Psychiatry's rejection of morals, judging, advice giving, mentoring, is opposite to Christianity

Psychiatry opposes the idea of absolute right and wrong, but advocates a moral relativism. Psychiatry's rejects mentoring, judging and advice giving. All this is opposite to what the Bible says we should do.




1.      There is almost nothing psychologists, secular councilors, social workers do right. They are rotten right down to their core.

2.      A good example is the "Rogerian" (Carl Rogers) counseling approach most of them use. Judge Judy is an exception.

3.      The errors of most secular councilors:

a.      This approach rejects absolute right and wrong (moralizing)

b.      is opposite to Christianity

c.       rejects the idea of mentoring

d.      refuses to get personally involved

e.      will never give you any actual advice.

A. Psychiatry's rejection of absolute right and wrong (moralizing) is opposite to Christianity:

1.      First, they had to do something about yesterday's sin ("righteousness"). In 1973, Dr. Karl Menninger, one of the world's leading psychiatrists, published a startling book, Whatever Became of Sin? He pointed out that the very word sin has gradually dropped out of our vocabulary, "the word, along with the notion." We talk about mistakes, weaknesses, inherited tendencies, faults, and even errors; but we do not face up to the fact of sin. (W. W. Wiersbe, The Bible exposition commentary, 1989, Acts 24:22)

  1. Albert Ellis' therapy clearly represents one modern application of these principles. In the A. A. P. Tape Library, Volume No. l, entitled "Loretta," Ellis climaxes an interview with a strong attack upon Loretta's conscience. He threatens that she will never be released from treatment until she does away with her moral values. Listen to the following excerpts: "Your problem actually is the fact that you have a lot of what I call "shoulds," "oughts," and "musts." ... The main issue-as I said before-in my estimation, is that you set up a lot of "shoulds," "oughts," and "musts" which unfortunately you were taught when you were very young. You were taught these by your father, your mother, your church ... But if you didn't have this concept of ought which unfortunately is nicely defeating your own ends, then you wouldn't believe this-you wouldn't be disturbed." (After an objection by Loretta to this attack, Ellis tells her:) "Well, you're fully entitled to your views, but unfortunately as long as you maintain them you're going to sit in this mental hospital-now when you change your views you're going to get out." (Loretta, still staunchly objecting, triumphantly replies:) "Well, as long as we have air conditioning it might not be so bad."
  2. "let us never allow ourselves to make any moral judgments, judgments concerning the moral worth of a human being." (Rollo May, The Art of Counseling (New York: Abingdon Press, 1939), p. 176)
  3. "The more recent alumni of theological schools are very reluctant to be directive in the office of pastoral counselor. The good pastor in this office is not judgmental, he is not directive; and as we have ourselves insisted throughout, he is not moralistic. So when someone puts this kind of question to him, "What ought I to do?" he knows that he must not answer it, whatever else he does or does not do. He is permitted to ask, "Well, what do you think you ought to do?" (Julian Hartt, A Christian Critique ofAmerican Culture (New York: Harper and Rowe, 1967), p. 338)
  4. "This is a crucial point. The counselee asks for advice. If the counselor succumbs to the temptation with its implicit flattery and gives advice or even specific instructions, he short-circuits the process and thwarts the real personality readjustment of the counselee . . . Rather, he must seize this request for advice as a means of making the counselee accept more responsibility for himself." ... "You wish rules on the matter. You want these rules to compel you from the outside and you follow them with the same strain and tension which you manifest now. That will make your problem all the worse. Your desire for rules, you see, rises out of that same basic mistrust of life." (Rollo May, The Art of Counseling (New York: Abingdon Press, 1939), p. 139)
  5. "Moreover, I assure you that you are misinformed if you assume that advice and guidance in the affairs of life is an integral part of the analytic influence. On the contrary, we reject this role of the mentor as far as possible. Above all, we wish to attain independent decisions on the part of the patient." ... "Advice-giving is not an adequate counseling function because it violates the autonomy of personality. It has been agreed that personality must be free and autonomous; how, then, can one person justifiably pass ready-made decisions down to another. Ethically one cannot do it; and practically one cannot-for advice from above can never effect any real change in the other's personality. The idea never becomes part of him, and he will cast it off at the earliest convenience." (Rollo May, The Art of Counseling, 1939, p. 139)


B. Christians reject the humanistic approach of psychologists, secular councilors, and social workers:

  1. Christians are called to judge:
    1. "Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. " 1 John 3:4
    2. "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. " John 12:48
    3. Preach the word, rebuke, reprove, exhort, with great patience and instruction 2 Tim 4:2

d.      "Although many psychologists see all guilt as false, I do not. We need healthy guilt. We need to develop a clear sense of right or wrong." (A. D. Hart, G. Gulbranson, & J. Smith, Mastering pastoral counseling, 1992, p 55)

  1. Christians are called to mentor and be examples for others to follow:
    1. "For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, " 1 Peter 2:21
    2. "Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. " Hebrews 13:7
    3. "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. " Hebrews 13:17
    4. "Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. " 1 Corinthians 4:16
    5. "Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. " 1 Corinthians 11:1
    6. "You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, " 1 Thessalonians 1:6
  2. Christians are called to get personally involved:

a.      “And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,” (Acts 20:18–20)

b.      “Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?” (2 Corinthians 11:29)



1.      Psychologists, secular councilors and social workers have no idea what they are doing.

a.      Their morals are not based upon the Bible.

b.      They won't give you advice.

c.       They don’t really care about you because it is their job and how they make money.

2.      Seek out a Christian who knows what right and wrong is and isn't afraid to tell you.


By Steve Rudd: Contact the author for comments, input or corrections.

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