The first two questions face anyone who cares to distinguish the real from the unreal and the true from the false. The third question faces anyone who makes any decisions at all, and even not deciding is itself a decision.
Who will set me free from the body of this death? I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
A Christian friend recently handed me a bulletin insert that was distributed in a large Evangelical church. The card asks in bold letters "Who am I? These facts were gleaned from Scripture and placed into first person "I am" statements.
The credit for the ideas on the card is given to Dr. Anderson's book and the therapy it promotes.
Key issues addressed are: Should believers practice "self-talk" or "self-affirmation" as therapy? The thesis of the book is that Christians fail to live victorious lives because they do not know who they are.
The heart of Anderson's solution is the use of "I am" sayings that will help Christians understand their identity. Anderson presents the self-understanding of one's identity as a Christian as the key to spiritual victory. In laying the foundation for his theology and therapy, Dr.
Anderson states that the Fall created needs in humans that are the keys to human behavior. He states, "All sinful behavior is a wrong attempt at meeting these basic needs.
Anderson writes, "Self-worth is an identity issue.
Your sense of personal worth comes from knowing who you are: This is the same trap others have encountered who have viewed Biblical issues through the spectacles of current psychology. If sin is a wrong attempt to meet needs, why did Adam and Eve sin?
They already had everything they needed. They did not need to seek autonomy, they chose to in willful rebellion. Sin goes far deeper than "looking for love in all the wrong places" as a popular song puts it. Even for Christians, passages such as Romans 7 suggest that the problems are deeper than a lack of understanding of personal identity.
Having posited identity as the key issue, Dr. Anderson proposes a solution. He lists thirty six "I am" sayings, "scriptural traits" that are ". The first two are, "I am the salt of the earth Matt.
Self-affirmation as Therapy To make these "I am" statements effective, Christians are urged to read them and speak them out loud. Is self-talk an acceptable therapy for Christians if the affirmations are scriptural?
While it is true that some methods can be neutral and thus used for good or bad purposes, it is also true that there is danger in using novel techniques that are currently the rage in the world. Not every method or technique is neutral. For example, Deuteronomy If you want to know the future, read what Jesus says about it, do not do like the pagans and use forbidden divination techniques.
Not everything that seems to "work" is permitted or expedient. The danger in "practical theology" is that the drive for a practice that "works" could change one's theology, however well intentioned the endeavor may be.
In this case, the practice of self-affirmation has created the need to change the person of Biblical verbs. Is there any difference between Christ telling us as the church, "You are the light of the world," and me telling myself, "I am the light of the world?
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