Psycho-Heresy: Christianizing Pagan Psychologies. This 6x9-inch, 336-page paperback examines the question, Can psychological counseling be Christian counseling? The first section presents the Biblical worldview—including a Biblical theory of knowledge (i.e., epistemology) and the impossibility of science arriving at truth (since it is based upon an epistemology of empiricism and probabilistic inductive reasoning). The second section presents key areas of systematic theology that are appealed to by Christian integrationist counselors (such as the nature of man, and general and special revelation). Since one of the main gurus of the Christian counseling movement adamantly rejects the gospel of “Lordship salvation” (which requires repentance from sin), a Biblical examination of this topic is also included. On this basis of the Biblical worldview and sound systematic theology, the third section examines the roots, teachings, claims, and practices of evangelical integrationist counseling (which attempts to synthesize psychology and the Bible). This examination includes pervasive psychological themes, such as: self-esteem; the meeting of psychological “needs”; the gospel as unconditional and undemanding love; inner healing and self-love as the keys to personal transformation; the healing of memories; and freeing from addictions and codependencies.
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“In 1970 Jay Adams published Competent to Counsel, which grounded counseling in the Scriptures. Today, I lament the relegation of his and others’ Biblical counseling to the sidelines of evangelical and Reformed Christianity. My heart aches for those thousands of Christians who have received essentially pagan counseling since that time.
Robert Fugate’s Psycho-Heresy: Christianizing Pagan Psychologies is the Biblical and philosophical capstone to Biblical counseling. He clearly demonstrates the antithesis of pagan psychologies over against Biblical truth. Such systems are grounded in epistemologies and ontologies that hate God. He is so bold as to have a section entitled, “Damnable theological errors in psychological counseling” and backs up that proposition.
My hope is that Fugate’s book will get the attention of, and then convince, those Christians who have bought the lies of pagan psychology. Such change can only advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereas uncritical counseling is destructive to that end.”
Dr. Franklin Ed Payne, M.D.:
“There are many ways in which humanism has crept into the church of Jesus Christ. Counseling is one of those ways. Few people seem to realize the enormous danger facing the church when pastors preach and counsel from a psychological worldview rather than from a Biblical worldview. Frequently the danger of psychological counseling is masked by mixing humanistic psychology with Biblical texts and calling this syncretism, ‘Christian counseling.’
Thankfully there are pastors and teachers who are boldly confronting this pervasive error. Dr. Robert Fugate’s book is a particularly helpful critique in that it analyzes the unbiblical presuppositions and worldview that undergird so-called ‘Christian counseling.’ This makes the book a must-read book. With the ammunition in this book, any reader should be able to meaningfully say, ‘To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them’ (Isaiah 8:20). May this book play a part in bringing about a desperately-needed Reformation in the church of Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Phillip G. Kayser, Ph.D.
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