There has been a slow change to Christianity over the decades since the 50s. Much of this is due to the initiation of humanistic philosophies, introduced by the acceptance of Eastern Religious thought, into society, higher educational facilities, and the church compiled with a lack of proper discipleship in the church. One of the more recent implementations of this is seen in the humanistic views of enneagrams being taught and accepted into mainstream Christianity. Enneagrams are the study of personality traits as a model of the human psyche so that one can better understand themselves and their motivations and how they interact with others. These personality behaviors are based on a model of 9 persona (types) that all people fit into.
These Nine Personality Types:
The Reformer – The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionist
The Helper – The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
The Achiever – The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
The Individualist -The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
The Investigator – The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
The Loyalist – The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
The Enthusiast – The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
The Challenger – The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
The Peacemaker – The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
Seminaries have moved away from teaching Biblical Counselling that is based on scripture and have moved into humanistic psychologies which emphasize personal worth of the individual, the centrality of human values, and the dynamic nature of human beings. This means that Christian Counselling has by and large succumbed to self-help strategies that promote the idea that “at the heart we are all good people”. If you look at these 9 Personality types. None of these are bad or evil traits. All of these traits are good characteristics that when out of balance becomes bad. Therefore, if a Christian starts with this assumption, then they have already begun from an improper foundation. They have left the truth of scripture. Instead they have believed a lie.
This lie seeks to influence in a deception that basically we are all good and caring beings who just have different ways of living life. The false teachers are spreading a lie. This lie being told to Christians, is that they should seek to learn their personality type and isolate scripture that only addresses their personality. In focusing on the scriptures that apply to their personality types they can then overcome their shortcomings and be set free from bondage and become a good enough person to God.
Since all these personality types are actually positive types there is not need to address sin, or repentance. Instead you are a good person and only need to know what scriptures are needed to make you a better person. In being better you can become one with God and the universe. This is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. It is a state of complete bliss, liberation from the limitations and cares and desires of the physical world, and the end of the cycle of rebirth and suffering. This is referred to as Nirvana. Nirvana comes from “Moksha” from Jain literature and literally means liberation or salvation of soul. In order to achieve Karma.
The Eight Aspects of Karma are: of knowing, of seeing, of attachment, and concerning age, name, caste, feeling and obstacles.
There are four levels of Nirvana
Stream-Enterers – Those who have destroyed first three chains of life (false view of self, doubt, and clinging to rites and rituals)
Once-Returners – Those who have destroyed three chains of life and have lessened the chains of lust and hatred
Non-returners – Those who have destroyed five chains of life, which binds to the world of senses.
Arahants – Those who have reached Nirvana
Therefore, reaching of Nirvana (Karma) is breaking the Karmic cycles and liberating the soul from those temporal binds. This relieves us of such restrictions as age, sexual identity, marriage, family contructs, political influences, religious beliefs, patriotisms, ethnicities, right and wrong, ultimate truth, etc…
On the surface the lie seems to be ok, acceptable. After all what is wrong with someone learning how to identify who they are and how to become a better person? Surly we all want to live in harmony and not live in a world filled with hate and violence. See, that is a nice lie rolled up into a lie we can discuss later. But you can see how appealing the lie is. Furthermore, for you to not accept the lie then that makes you an enemy of humanity and selfish. You become the very evil of society because you do not accept the lie that they are telling you. You are hated because you are a hater, and if you are a hater as a bible-believing Christian, then Christians are haters and thereby hypocrites who do not even live by what they preach about loving one another. We already have Christians who are paralyzed by this false teaching and therefore refrain from church discipline or warning others about how the sins they live in is killing them. This is only the beginning of the trouble.
The problem is that we have a generation of young evangelical Christians who have been brought up into this humanistic theology at home, school, and in the church. Now we have a whole generation that does not know what the truth of scripture is. They see Christianity as a means of a moralistic mechanism that is practiced by a “good person”, or one seeking to be a “good person” instead of a means of restoring a lost relationship with God. With this view one has to be good enough for God to accept you. Others see the church as something therapeutic that is there to help them with psychological issues, marriage counselling, and the sort. Others see Christianity more of as a philosophy that has its own way of reaching enlightenment. By and large many Christians can no longer identify the core beliefs that make one a Christian. They are victims of improper discipleship. This leaves them susceptible to the lies of the whore Babylon and the One World Religion that has come into the world.
This humanistic approach to Christianity is contrary to scripture. What part? Glad you asked… the whole part is contrary to scripture. A Christian who teaches these things is a false teacher. If you are one who claims the title of being a Christian, then I would hope that this would be an obvious declaration to you. However, I am not ignorant. I know that there are many out there who claim to be Christians, but they have no idea what that means. For example, one might believe that a person is saved by “faith” and that would be a correct statement. So then that person says that they are a Christian because they believe in Jesus. But if we ask them, are all religions equal then they would say, “yes, as long as they have faith”. You see this is a humanistic view that is not supported by scriptural belief in Jesus Christ as the One True God. This then is a denial of, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
Jesus said that he is the Alpha and the Omega, he is the beginning and the end. Creation began with Jesus’ creating it. Creation will end with Jesus destroying it. He is the only one who has that authority. (Matthew 28:18-20) Because all power and authority has been given to him, we are to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and we are to make disciples in his name and teach then everything that he commanded. Surely as a good disciple you know everything that he commanded us to teach others, or at least you are in a good Sunday school and in regular church attendance so that you may learn everything he wants you to know. Second Timothy chapter three and verse sixteen tells us, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Listen very carefully to what Jesus says, “Sanctify them through thy truth: they word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through thy truth.” (John 17:17-23) This is part of a prayer that Jesus prayed for his disciple just before he was sacrificed to make atonement for sin. Sanctification comes through knowledge of the truth. The word of God, the scriptures contained in the cannon of the Holy Bible is the truth of Jesus Christ. We are sanctified through Jesus Christ. He is the only way that we receive sanctification. Why do we need sanctification?
We need sanctification because we are not good at heart. Maybe, in the original creation, we were good at heart. However, sin entered man through Adam. Since then we have not grown better over time and self-improvement techniques. Instead we have grown worse. “As it is written there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10) Humanism says that you are basically good or righteous, or that you can be if you try hard enough and focus on your goodness. God says that will not work, because a lemon tree cannot produce grapes.
Within the first 1500 years of man’s existence the scriptures tell us, “it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” (Genesis 6:6) Why was this? Because God say how wicked men had become. He saw that everything that man imagined, and desired in his heart, was evil. Man was depraved at his core. Man did not just make an error in the garden, he continued in error and like a rotten apple spoils the whole barrel, all of man was rotten. We have an old saying, “the blind leading the blind”. This means that both parties are doomed to fail because if the guide cannot see, there is no hope for those who are led by him. Why then would Christians who have the light allow themselves to be let astray by the false teachings of humanism? You see this is the blind leading the blind.
Man is now inherently evil in his heart; even a “good man”. Noah who built the ark and warning his neighbors of the impending judgement of God shamed himself, after being delivered from destruction by God, through getting drunk and passing out naked. Abraham a man who God called his friend and the father of Israel lied to protect himself from harm instead of trusting God. Lot committed incest. King David who is known for being “a man after God’s own heart” committed adultery and murder. The bible is full of “good men” who had were not good men. It is the mercies of God, who is good who saved them from themselves. Not their own will to overcome imperfection. The Apostle Paul said, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) Jesus himself said that there is none good but God. (Matthew 19:17) Mankind is gone astray and everyone is self-seeking, even the humanistic philosophers.
The 12 steps to AA and recovery are originally based in scripture. In Alcoholics Anonymous the first step to recovery begins with admitting to oneself that they are powerless over their addiction and their lives had become unmanageable. Romans 7:18 says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” That means that although I would want to do good, I have no idea how to do good, because in my heart I am not good. Christian do you remember the day that you finally saw that you are not the good person you thought that you were? Do you remember when you realized that no matter how good you wanted to be, you could not look in the mirror for all the terrible things you did to yourself, to others, and to God?
That was the first step in actually becoming better. You realized that you could not do it. This is not humanistic. This is a revelation brought to you by being confronted with the truth in scripture. Sin is real. Sin leads to more sin. Sin leads to destruction of homes, family relationships, loss of friendships, jobs. It causes illnesses and eventually leads to death. “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) This is truth. We know it is. We know by previous examples in our own lives the end result of sin. We can use that truth to cling onto the rest of this statement, “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. This is the way to eternal life.
God had given us this gift of eternal life through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ paid for our sin debt. The debt of death. He did this with his own death. His death is a substitute for our death penalty. It would be like being convicted of a crime and then being sentenced to death. Then while you were on death row the guard suddenly opens the cell and say you are free to go. When you ask why, he takes you to the observation window of the lethal injection chamber. To our astonishment you see your big brother strapped to the table with needles in his veins, then he looks at you and says I am paying your debt because I love you. This is the same thing Jesus did for you. He literally died in place of you. That made you a free man. Free from the penalty of your sin.
Then Jesus rose from the grave. Well, he is God, you say. I would then agree, he is God. Thant in itself should move you, God himself died for you. But that is not all he did. He rose from the grave. He actually defeated death. Now, this gives you the ability to have eternal life through his resurrection. So what about today? Sin has been paid for, all sin. Death has been defeated, now there is no fear of death for the believer. Now Jesus had all authority in heaven, because he is God. He has all authority on earth, because he is the creator. He has all authority over the grave, because he vanquished death. There is something else that Jesus is still doing for you today. He is interceding for you before God the Father. Jesus is praying for you. “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34)
Romans 8:34 is such an awesome verse! Who is going to condemn those who believe in Jesus? Listen Jesus has set us free from the Law and Sin, and Death. He is the one who is judge of all creation. He has the authority to condemn, but why would he? He himself knows the penalty has been paid. By believing in him and him alone, you are a recipient of this free gift. So no, he will not condemn you. Paul says, instead of condemning you he is praying for you. He is on your side. He is earnestly paying attention to you for success. Now in scripture are there ways that we can become a better person, a better servant to God and to one another? Yes there is. But for the believer, you don’t need to identify your personality type to become a better person so that God will love you more. He already loves you enough that he died for you. He already loves you enough that he gives you the free give of this atonement. So we study the Word and grown in knowledge not of ourselves, but of the God who saves us. Why, because we want to know him better, not ourselves. We want to understand his love for us. We want to learn how to show that love to others, because we want them to know about his love. This is why we “sanctify” our selves. We set ourselves apart to be a useful servant in what he desires. What does he desire? “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-10) God desires for everyone to repent, believing on Jesus and be saved from condemnation. He is patiently waiting for anyone who will believe.
What is your part in this? “How then shall they call on him whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14) This is what we should be doing. Instead of us being influenced by the humanistic One Word Religion, we should be influencing them with the truth of Jesus Christ by “preaching”. This is not talking about a preacher like we understand the preaching in the pulpit today. It is meaning that we should be declaring the truth of Jesus Christ in the scripture. Who cares about who we used to be? We are to tell who we are in Christ now. We are forgiven, we are free, we are in life, all because of the gift of grace demonstrated in Jesus Christ. Chris is our righteousness. We are justified before God because of Jesus Christ, not our own effort. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Go and teach them, not the other way around….