Let it be noted that I don’t write this with a self-righteous attitude like, “How could they do that?” Regretfully, decades ago, I utilized the professional services of a psychologist, who referred me to a psychiatrist, who gave me prescriptions for psychotropic drugs. But as the old adage says, “If only I knew then, what I know now.”
And so, I write.
I’ve been watching a Facebook friend, who professes to be a Christian aggressively promote psychology, psychiatrists, and/or psychotropic drugs to others struggling with sin(s) and/or what he calls “mental health” issues. He even calls himself a “mental health advocate.”
But this man’s views are not something that I (nor you) should ignore, it’s not an isolated incident. I am seeing a growing list of “friends” subscribing to his repackaging of troubles, trials, temptations, or sin, and relabeling them as “mental health problems.”
In other words, these “mental health advocates” seemingly minimalize or normalize sin. Some turn the sinner (the suspect) into a victim.
It is very unwise for alleged believers to promote this to an anonymous internet. But to pimp & pander to this in the church, or to other professing Christians on social media, is a form of theological malpractice. Aside from the dangers of psychology, psychiatry, and psychotropic drugs, let me briefly address psychotropic drugs. This is one of those I wish I knew then, what I know now learning moments.
The Scriptures warn in Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
The word “sorcerers” is the Greek word ‘pharmakeus’ (or pharmakeia) which is where we get our modern words pharmacy and pharmaceutical from, aka drugs. It also means a person that practices magic, or sorcery. Anything that can affect or alter the mind, is in fact a sinful drug, sorcery, and/or witchcraft.
As a follower of Christ, my intentions are not to assist others in masking their sin with a pill bottle or a bottle of alcohol. It’s to encourage others to get off the bottle and prescribe to them the Great Physician, not Big Pharma or other gods or idols.
As John Owen’s said, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you!”
Though a sinner’s salvation is monergistic. Holy Spirit willing, we do have a synergistic responsibility in our progressive sanctification. And that should never be done alone. But don’t run to Facebook for help. Repent, while running to God and thrusting yourself upon Christ. Secondarily, run to the brethren in your local church that can be trusted in Biblical orthodox discipleship.
In closing, below are a few of the many passages warning against worldly wisdom.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:1-2
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”; – 1 Corinthians 3:19
“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” – Colossians 2:1-10
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:1-17