I've personally struggled with all three problems due to my involvement in fellowships that incorporated psychology into their counseling and teaching. As time progresses, I hope to narrate some of my experiences and observations in these posts in order to illustrate the ways psychology undermines the obedience to God's Word.
But today, I want to address my primary objection to so-called Christian psychology. Above all the serious problems I've mentioned, Christian psychology tacitly argues that Scripture doesn't quite give us all we need in order to live complete Christian lives. This underlying belief directly contradicts Paul's words to Timothy.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. ~~2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)According to these two verses, God's Word thoroughly equips Christians to minister to each other. Paul makes no mention of exploring troubled childhoods, hypnosis or guided visualization as necessary tools in Timothy's ministry. Scripture, he said, gave Timothy everything he needed to shepherd his flock.
Sadly, all too many present-day pastors either incorporate psychological tools into their counseling or they helplessly refer their people to professional counselors. Such actions communicate the notion that the man-made discipline of psychology supersedes the words of our very Creator. That supposition makes absolutely no sense! It denigrates Scripture while exalting paradigms of Freud (an avowed atheist) and Jung (a non-Christian mystic). In short, it demonstrates an attitude that God's Word, despite being authored by the Holy Spirit Himself, just doesn't have everything Christians need.
And yeah...that attitude bothers me.