Looking back on the episodes of my own life, I quite agree with that crotchety old neighbor. I look back on my 20s and 30s (and even my early 40s), when typing took far less physical effort than it does now, and I wish I'd done things differently. The Lord has changed my theology so much since those days that I wince at many of the ways I used my writing ministry.
I cherished my role as Correspondence Counselor at Love In Action. Despite my self-centered attitudes that will undoubtedly result in fewer heavenly rewards (see 1 Corinthians 3:12-15), part of me honestly wanted to serve the Lord through that ministry. From my vantage point now, however, I see that my longing for acceptance and affirmation as a staff member motivated me to compromise my belief in the sufficiency of Scripture.
Love In Action claimed to be centered on the Bible, but in practice we augmented Scripture with psychology. Thankfully, my position protected me from having to lead clients through techniques like visualization and "healing prayer," which most of the staff knew I couldn't endorse. But I still accepted the premise that Scripture alone couldn't fully address the complexities of homosexuality. Or any other life-dominating sin.
As years passed, I found myself often confusing pop-psychology with Biblical Christianity, even to the point of considering that Oprah Winfrey might be saved because she said many of the same things about the effects of childhood trauma on adult behavior that we asserted. Essentially, I'd begun viewing psychology as a necessary component of Christianity. In order to experience victory over sin and the power of the Holy Spirit, I believed, people needed a good grasp on psychological principles.
Since the Lord sovereignly pulled me out of Love In Action 18 years ago, He has slowly restored my commitment to the sufficiency of Scripture. Psychology can't augment the Bible because, as God's Word, only the Bible offers God's answers.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ~~Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)My youth certainly lacked the wisdom of trusting Scripture as the only authority in dealing with sin. How I wish I had a young body that could type as much now as I did then, so that I could direct people exclusively to God's all-sufficient Word!