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This Is My Beloved Son
Seeing Christ In the Scriptures
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THE HOLY GHOST
Holy Ghost Baptism

PRECIOUS CHILDREN
Can I Borrow $25?
Read the Handwriting
If I Had My Child to Raise Over
The Persistence of One Child

OVERCOMING VICTORY
The True Temple of God
Victorious Fruit Bearing
The Only Way Up is Down
The More Blessed Life
The Great Release
True Happiness
Gospel of Greed
The Laid Down Life
An Angry Man In Hell
The Grand Illusion
Sin: Mans Core Problem
Is Your Sin Really Worth Going to Hell for?
Absurd Hypocrisy
Tozer: the Cross
Getting Off The High Horse
So You Call Yourself A Christian
The 5 Sins that Keep God's People Out of Their Promised Land
Does God Know I Love Him?
Did Jesus Teach Men to Love Themselves?
Smooth Things or Rough Things?
Real Success
Christ or Religion?
My Sins
LORD, Change Me
What To Do After You Sin
Bone To Pick With Paul!
Poor In Spirit
Forgiveness
All Things Work Together
Where Are My Sins Rooted?
The Lord Is My Light
No Cross, No Growth
No Brand Name!
Am I Seeking My Own Glory?
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THE RETURN OF CHRIST
This Hope
Where is Your Kingdom?

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What's Behind Atheism & Evolution?
Atheistic Evolution?

SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Testing the Fruit of our Lives
The Thoughts of His Heart
Loving God in Truth
I Will Give You Rest
The Exceeding Riches of His Grace
The Love Walk
The Unity of the Spirit
LORD, Increase Our Faith
The Blessings of Bible Reading
Wanting Great Peace?
Get Over It!
The Spirit of Holiness
Grace Abounding
How to Learn God's Word
The Thankful Heart Is A Grateful Heart
Truth Protects
How to Find a Good Fellowship
Psalms 112
As He Thinketh
My Father's Business?
Great Grace
Sinners Saved By Grace?
Divine Detergent
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Why Did God Give Us His Word?
The Stone
Are Christians To Fear God?
Romans 1:32
Chrestotes
Looking For Direction In the Word?

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Reconciling with other Saints
When a Brother Stumbles
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Trusting Miracles OR Christ?
Dear Pastor
Essentials of False Leaders
How to Find a Good Fellowship
Open Letter to all who Lead/Follow
Missionary Madness?
True & False Authority
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Power of Life & Death
Confess This!
Characteristics of Pharisees
What about the False Teachers?
Where Is Jesus In All This Noise?
Truth Protects
Belly of the Matter
The Original Gospel
God of All Comfort
Biblical Case Against Naivety
Who Should I Believe?
Judging Prophecy
2nd-Hand Spirituality

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At His Feet
The Supply of the Spirit of Jesus
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Answered Prayer!
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Peace, Good Will to Men
The Communication of Thy Faith
Communicating the Gospel in Spanish
The Persistence of One Child
Oh God, Help Me Reach the Unsaved!
Satan Hates Soul Winners With A Passion
God of Restoration
Missionary Madness?
Off the Chain

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Woman of Virtue
Submissive is NOT a 4-Letter Word
Are Women Innocent Victims?

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New Testament Distribution (audio)
The Liberal Soul (audio)
Helping the Word (audio)
Obadiahs Needed
Inheriting the Eternal Kingdom
Treasures in Heaven
Making Merchandise of You
Financial Stewardship Grid
12.5 Million Dollars
Gospel of Greed
Local Church Revenues
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Lay Up For Yourselves Treasures
Charge Them
Where to Give Your Money
Being Trusted
The Workman Is Worthy
Giving Leads To Revival
Jesus Sat Over Against the Treasury
Are You Testing God, Like He told You To?
Am I A Giver Or A Thief?
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PROPHETIC - End Times
FDA Approves Microchip

ETERNAL SECURITY
Soul-Damning Sins
OSAS Dialogue
John Calvin Exposed
Evil Shall Not Prevent Us!
Artificial/False Assurance
What About Judas?
The Eternal Security Teaching
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
Coming to the Light
The Perversion of Grace
ETERNAL SECURITY DIALOGUE
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Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God

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Prayer for America
America in the Balance (audio)

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Victimizing Christians
Manufacturing Victims
Nothing Christian about PsychologySin: Sin: Mans Core Problem
Self-Esteem for Christians?
Did Jesus Teach Men to Love Themselves?
Are Women Innocent Victims?
Submissive is NOT a 4-Letter Word
"Men shall be lovers of their own selves"
Unconditional Love and Acceptance?
PsychoHeresy Critiques
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Rick Warren: Purpose Driven Deception
Todd Bentley / Lakeland Revival
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Joyce Meyer
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NAMING NAMES: Is it Biblical?
Joel Osteen Exposed
Exposing Error: Is it Worthwhile?
Creflo Dollar
John MacArthur
John Hagee
Benny Hinn
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Rick Joyner
Chuck Pierce
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Rodney Howard-Browne
John Calvin Exposed
Soaking: Is it Biblical?
SDA Seventh Day Adventists
Expose Dialogue
Kenneth Copeland
Emergent Church: Beware
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One World Church
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Marilyn Hickey
Todd Coontz/RockWealth
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Judge Not!
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JESUS & Wonders

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“MEN SHALL BE LOVERS
OF THEIR OWN SELVES”

Martin Bobgan, PhD.

So . . . what do you think Jesus would say to pop singer Madonna? While former reporter and atheist, now assistant pastor at Willow Creek Community Church Lee Strobel admits he’s "not pretending to have divine revelation from God on what Jesus would say," his book title, What Jesus Would Say, gives the impression he has a pretty good idea about what Jesus would say. But, we have to wonder what Jesus he’s talking about, because his Jesus sounds more like a pop-psych-pastor than God the Son. Strobel’s Jesus identifies Madonna’s problem as a self-esteem issue. Self-esteem? That’s because it’s easier to get someone to come to church if you identify one’s problem as low self-esteem instead of sin. And, contrary to what so many pastors-turned-pop-psychologist like Strobel would have you believe, the Bible says: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves. . ." (2 Timothy 3:1,2).

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Promise Keepers also promote self-esteem and self-love. The following is from Promise Keepers Newsletter, Winter, 1993:

  • Many Christian single men have fought the battle to build their own self-worth, self-esteem, and self-love. They have learned that it is impossible to have a healthy relationship with others while having an unhealthy relationship with one’s self. Jesus recognized this when He challenged us to love our neighbor as we would love ourself (Mark 12:31).

In their eagerness to embrace psychological teachings of the world, Promise Keepers shift the thrust of the verse and make it sound as if we are commanded to love ourselves. But Jesus gave two commandments: to love God and to love neighbor. Loving self was not a commandment, but rather the manner in which to follow the second commandment. In other words, loving self is the natural human propensity. The very statement of Jesus is built on the fact that people already love themselves (see also Ephesians 5:28,29).

Christianity is about a loving relationship with the Lord and about loving one another. Christ did not teach his disciples to love themselves, but rather assumed that they already did when he said: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself" (Luke 10:27). Just as we naturally care for ourselves and want what is good for ourselves, we are to care for others and want what is good for them.

An individual wrote to us and asked how Proverbs 19:8; Proverbs 8:35,36; and Proverbs 15:32 might relate to the idea that "we already love ourselves" and "don’t hate ourselves."

Here is what we understand these verses to mean and how they do or do not relate to self-love and self-hatred. "He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good" (Proverbs 19:8). While everyone already loves himself, not all people are wise. While they may love to indulge themselves in foolishness, they do not care for their soul, their spiritual life; therefore the encouragement is to get wisdom and keep understanding. An analogy might be that we must eat to live, but those who eat unwisely do not properly care for their bodies. This verse does not refute "we already love ourselves." Proverbs 8:35 continues that same theme regarding wisdom: "For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD." These Proverbs offer two options:(1) finding God’s wisdom and thereby living a good or godly life, or (2) refusing God’s wisdom and losing the possibility for living a good life.

The next two verses speak warnings to those who choose option 2. "But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:36). Those of whom the verse speaks love themselves more than they love God, but in the long run they will destroy themselves. It is not that they actively "love death" or that they hate themselves.

It is that the arrogant self-indulgence of hating God and going one’s own way is spiritual death. The same is true for Proverbs 15:32, "He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding." It is not active self-hatred here but rather a warning that one’s soul is in jeopardy if one refuses the Lord’s instruction. The contrast is that those who "heareth reproof getteth understanding."

The following is from our book Prophets of PsychoHeresy II regarding self-hatred:

    Now we are not saying that there are no individuals who genuinely think that they hate themselves. However, what they generally hate is something about themselves or their circumstances. They exhibit actual love for themselves in that they continue to spend most of their time concerned about themselves, even if it is with unhappy thoughts. They generally get to the point where they are unhappy about themselves because a discrepancy exists between their aspirations or desires and their performance or condition. This intensive hate is evidence of high self-interest.

The problem is always the self-focus with people who think they hate themselves or think they need to love themselves more.

In his book Life in the Spirit, Martyn Lloyd-Jones says:

    The real cause of failure,ultimately, in marriage is always self and the various manifestations of self. Of course that is the cause of trouble everywhere and in every realm. Self and selfishness are the greatest disrupting forces in the world. All the major problems

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    confronting the world, whether you look at the matter from the standpoint of nations and statesmen, or from the standpoint of industry and social conditions, or from any other standpoint—all these troubles ultimately come back to self, to ‘my rights,’ to ‘what I want,’ and to ‘who is he?’ or ‘who is she?’ Self, with its horrid manifestations, always leads to trouble, because if two ‘selfs’ come into opposition there is bound to be a clash. Self always wants everything for it-self. That is true of my self, but it is equally true of your self. You at once have two autonomous powers, each deriving from self, and a clash is inevitable. Such clashes occur at every level, from two people right up to great communities and empires and nations.

Self-esteem teachings distort the Bible, reflect the world, and appeal to the natural man. The Bible teaches believers to esteem others better than self, to love one another as we already love ourselves, and to deny self daily.

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PSYCHOHERESY
Victimizing Christians
Manufacturing Victims
Nothing Christian about Psychology
Sin: Man’s Core Problem
Self-Esteem for Christians?
Did Jesus Teach Men to Love Themselves?
Are Women Innocent Victims?
Submissive is NOT a 4-Letter Word
"Men shall be lovers of their own selves"
Unconditional Love and Acceptance?
PsychoHeresy Critiques
Psycho Feedback