3 Christian Responses to Mental Illness & Which One Comports Best with the Bible

This post is a P.S. to my article on Monday entitled Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians” which has become my most viewed blog post since I started the blog in 2008.

Throughout my years of being involved in various and sundry Christian movements and denominations, it seems that Christians understand mental disorders in one of three chief ways:

  1. Mental illness is demonic in origin. So the antidote is to cast out the demons that are causing it.
  2. Mental illness is psychobabble. There’s no such thing as a “mental disorder.” All so-called mental illnesses are just sinful behaviors. So the antidote is for the person to repent and get right with God.
  3. Mental illness is a physiological disorder. The brain is a physical organ just like the heart, the thyroid, the joints, etc. Thus if someone has panic attacks or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia or chronic depression or ADHD, they have a chemical imbalance in the brain, not dissimilar to a hyperthyroidism or high blood pressure or arthritis.

I cut my teeth on a movement that promoted #1. I’ve met many people who believed #2. But I believe #3 is often the case.

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Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians”

Now is a good time to go back and re-read Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another.

Why do so many people not want to have anything to do with Jesus? It’s because of the cruel, harsh, self-righteous, and judgmental attitude that some professing “Christians” level against their fellow believers.

“Why would I want to be part of that bunch!?” . . . is the common response by so many non-Christians today.

Yesterday, I got the sad news that Rick Warren’s youngest son committed suicide. Here’s a short explanation with quotes from Rick himself.[Continue Reading…]

The Bible Miniseries: 4 Disks on Blu-ray or Standard DVD at the Best Price

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting YEARS for a first-rate, high quality, non-laughable, riveting and engaging depiction of the biblical story made into film.

Well, we may have been born for such a time as this. I’m told that The Bible: The Epic Miniseries fits the bill.

Some are raving about it. Others said they didn’t like it. So the verdict is out for me.

Hence, I just bought my DVD set (Blu-ray) and look forward to watching the series.

From the Producer: Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have given us The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event will entertain and inspire.

Order them now at a great discount below.[Continue Reading…]

Behold His Mighty Hand!

I wanted to play this short video for Resurrection Weekend.

It not only reminds us about the mighty act of God to deliver His people during the first Passover — a shadow of what the death and resurrection of Jesus portrays — but it’s a great encouragement to all of you who are going through a tough time right now and are seeking God’s deliverance and salvation.

Remember, we walk by faith not by sight.

It is faith in God’s promises that moves the Lord to act on our behalf.

Fear is the opposite of faith.

To the child of God who is walking in love, God’s word is always “Fear not.”

He is Risen!

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An Interview with Bob Christopher

Bob Christopher is a friend of mine. Bob has written an excellent little book entitled, Love Is. I caught up with Bob recently to discuss his book. Here’s the interview.

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Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Bob Christopher: As you know, Frank, I host People to People, a call-in radio broadcast. The two subjects we address most often on the program are assurance of salvation and forgiveness of sins. Behind these two issues is the question of God’s love. Does God really love me, and how can I know that He does with full assurance of faith? Doubts about salvation, or God’s forgiveness, are really question marks about God’s love.  I hope this book will help erase those questions marks. If Love Is helps a person develop the conviction that nothing can separate him from the love of God, it has fulfilled its purpose.[Continue Reading…]

Love One Another: 20 Practical Lessons

Don McMinn has come out with a new book entitled, Love One Another. It’s more of a workbook in that it covers 20 practical lessons on how love is described in the New Testament.

The book is clear, easy to read, and inspiring.

As I explain in The Deeper Journey: Part II, love is the nature of divine life. Thus living by the indwelling life of Christ will manifest itself in love. Jesus defined love as treating others the same way we wish to be treated in all circumstances.[Continue Reading…]