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“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” – Proverbs 16:25
CHARTING THE PAGANISM OF GALEN AND JUNG

Just look at these disturbing facts behind the background and beliefs of two men, Galen and Jung, who Warren has relied on to develop his Personality Theory in SHAPE

GALEN OF PERGAMUM CARL JUNG BIBLICAL RESPONSE
THEIR GENERAL BACKGROUND
GALEN JUNG BIBLE
Galen of Pergamum, a pagan physician and philosopher born in A.D. 131, was strongly influenced by the Greek myths and the Hippocratic Treatises. Though Galen’s teachings on medicine were influential for centuries after his death, very little is known about him personally. Some of his writings have been preserved, but many were lost forever in a library fire during his lifetime.

He was best known for his extensive anatomical studies, his elaborate pharmacological formulas, and his theory on the four temperaments (melancholic, phlegmatic, sanguine, and choleric) to classify human dispositions.

As a typical Greek, he was brought up in the pagan myths of his day and was not a Christian, though he seemingly appreciated the Christian sect as a philosophical school of thought. As a student of medicine, he became a devotee of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, and more than likely adhered to the Hippocratic oath which stated, “I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation…”

“Jung was certainly not a religious man in the Christian, Jewish, Moslem or Buddhist sense. He was essentially a pagan, more specifically a worshipper of evil gods and goddesses rather than those of the Olympian religion. Jung with his mixture of sophisticated superstition, vague pagan idolatry, and equally vague talk about God, together with his claim that he was building a bridge between religion and psychology, offered the right mixture to an age of little faith and little reason.” (Erich Fromm, “C.G. Jung: Prophet of the Unconscious,” Scientific American, 1963, p.209)

Jung's “psychological” theories were “constructed deliberately, and somewhat deceptively...to make his own magical, polytheist, pagan world view more palatable to a secularized world conditioned to respect only those ideas that seem to have a scientific flair to them.” (Richard Noll, The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung, Random House, 1997, xv)

Romans 1:21-22: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…”

I Cor. 1:20-23: “Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness…”

Rev. 22:14-15:  “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”


THEIR BELIEF IN ASTROLOGY
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As an admirer of Hippocratic medicine, Galen promoted and improved on the theory of the four temperaments, or humors. The humors were associated with the time of the year, the astrological cycles, and the astrological information pertaining to a person's birth. These changes in nature's cycles would cause subtle changes in a person's basic balance of humors, perhaps making them more susceptible to humoral imbalances. Thus doctors also had to be well versed in astrology, besides their medical training to treat their patients correctly.

Hippocrates, Galen’s predecessor in Greek medicine, is recorded saying: “He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool.”

“it must be confidently demonstrated that fire, earth, air, and water are the primary elements common to all things... and in his book On the Nature of Man, Hippocrates is first to explain not merely that these are the elements of all the cosmos, but he is also the first one to determine the qualities of the elements - qualities according to which one thing acts on others and is affected.” (Galen's “On the Elements According to Hippocrates”)

In May of 1911 Carl Jung wrote his (at that time) mentor Sigmund Freud saying: “Occultism is another field we shall have to conquer - with the aid of the libido theory, it seems to me. At the moment I am looking into astrology, which seems indispensable for a proper understanding of mythology. There are strange and wondrous things in these lands of darkness.”

“Please don't worry about my wanderings in these infinitudes. I shall return laden with rich booty for our knowledge of the human psyche.... For a while longer I must intoxicate myself on magic perfumes in order to fathom the secrets that lie hidden in the abysses of the unconscious…”

In a subsequent follow-up letter, Jung wrote Freud that his (Jung's) evenings were currently being taken up largely with astrology and the calculating of horoscopes: “in order to find a clue to the core of human psychology.” (From The Freud/Jung Letters, Abridged Edition, 1979)

Letter written to Hindu astrologer, B.V. Raman, September 6th 1947: “Since you want to know my opinion about astrology I can tell you that I've been interested in this particular activity of the human mind since more than 30 years. As I am a psychologist, I am chiefly interested in the particular light the horoscope sheds on certain complications in the character. In cases of difficult psychological diagnosis I usually get a horoscope in order to have a further point of view from an entirely different angle. I must say that I very often found that the astrological data elucidated certain points which I otherwise would have been unable to understand. From such experiences I formed the opinion that astrology is of particular interest to the psychologist, since it contains a sort of psychological experience which we call 'projected' - this means that we find the psychological facts as it were in the constellations.”

“...the serpentine way of the individual is the straightest way he can possibly go. That is symbolized by the serpentine way of the sun through the Zodiac, and the Zodiacal serpent is Christ, who said: "I am the way [John 14:6]. He is the serpent, so in the early Christian church he is the sun, and the signs of the Zodiac, the apostles, are the twelve months of the year.” (C.G. Jung, Dream Analysis, pp. 307-308.)

Isaiah 47:12-15: “Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.”

Jeremiah 10:2-3: “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain…”

(See also Deut. 18:9-12)


THEIR BELIEF IN PAGANISM AND THE OCCULT
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In his youth, Galen had a dream that Asclepius (or Asklepius), the Greek god of healing, told him to study medicine and he thus became an “attendant” of Asclepius within the pagan temple dedicated to the god.

People came from all over the world to be healed by the god Asclepius, who was worshiped in the form of a living serpent fed in the temple. The serpent was intimately connected with one of the ways in which cures were effected. Sufferers were allowed to spend the night in the darkness of the temple. In the temple there were non-poisonous snakes. If the sufferer was touched by the harmless snakes during the night (which was equivalent in their thinking to being touched by a god himself) he would be healed.

Galen records with apparent agreement the case of a wealthy man who came to the shrine of Asclepius at Pergamum and was cured there by a dream from Asclepius (Subfiguratio Empirica 10,78 Deichgräber = Edelstein & Edelstein T436, p. 250) and acknowledges his own cure at the hands of the god (De Libris Propriis 2 = Edelstein & Edelstein T458, p. 263).

Jung attended seances with his cousin Helene Preiswerk and wrote his dissertation on her psychic experiences, “On Psychology and Pathology of So-Called Occult Phenomena” (1902). Beginning in 1913 he conversed with spirit guides, in particular a guide named Philemon, whom he called his “guru.” One afternoon in the summer of 1916 Jung experienced spirits in his house. They gave him what was to be the first sentence, and under inspiration he wrote Seven Sermons to the Dead in three evenings. Jung felt that he was expressing the ideas of Philemon. He distributed it privately under the pseudonym Basilides. Jung said: “All my works, all my creative activity, has come from those initial fantasies and dreams which began in 1912 (MDR, p.217).

“Philemon (Jung’s spirit guide) was a pagan and brought with him an Egypto-Hellenistic atmosphere with a Gnostic colouration.” (Jung, from “Confrontation with the Unconscious” MDR, pp. 174-8, 181-5)

“Philemon and other figures of my fantasies brought home to me the crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life. Philemon represented a force which was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. . . . Psychologically, Philemon represented superior insight. He was a mysterious figure to me. At times he seemed to me quite real, as if he were a living personality. I went walking up and down the garden with him, and to me he was what the Indians call a guru.” (Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, op. cit., p. 183.)

In 1935 Jung started building Bollingen Tower, a stone building by a lake, which “represented himself.” After the death of his wife in 1955, he so considered Bollingen his true home that he had ‘Shrine of Philemon’ inscribed over its entrance. (Memories, Dreams, Recollections, p.235)

Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Leviticus 19:31: “Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”

Deut. 18:9-14: “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a wizard or a necromancer, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.”

1 Chron. 10:13-14: “So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.”


THEIR FALSE VIEW OF CHRISTIANITY
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“Galen compared medical doctors who practiced without scientific training to Moses, who promulgated laws and wrote his books without proofs, simply saying, 'God commanded, God spoke!' In his treatise de usu partium Galen criticized the Mosaic cosmogony and rejected its reliance on divine miracle.” (Stephen Benko, “Pagan Rome and the Early Christians,” BT Batsford Ltd, London, 1984, p 142-3)

Galen was a pagan who was critical of Christianity, but from an objective and scientific point of view. He was an ancient scientist, involved in live animal vivisections and as a gladiator physician able to observe human responses. Thus he had no respect for religions that were based on faith alone, because in his opinion faith was a poor substitute for experienced truth.

“The utter failure came at the Crucifixion in the tragic words, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" If you want to understand the full tragedy of those words you must realize what they meant: Christ saw that his whole life, devoted to the truth according to his best conviction, had been a terrible illusion…

“We all must do just what Christ did. We must make our experiment. We must make mistakes. We must live out our own vision of life. And there will be error. If you avoid error you do not live; in a sense even it may be said that every life is a mistake, for no one has found the truth. When we live like this we know Christ as a brother, and God indeed becomes man. This sounds like a terrible blasphemy, but not so. For then only can we understand Christ as he would want to be understood, as a fellow man; then only does God become man in ourselves.”  (Jung, New York Lecture, edited by Lane A. Pratt, 1972.)

“The self or Christ is present in everybody, a ‘priori’, but as a rule in an unconscious condition to begin with. But it is a definite experience of later life, when the fact becomes conscious. It is not really understood by teaching or suggestion. It is only real when it happens, and it can happen only when you withdraw your projections from an outward historical or metaphysical Christ and wake up this Christ within.” (C.G. Jung, “Psychology and Religion West and East”, Collected Works 11, par 1638, c1958)

“I had been living with the still medieval concepts of my parents, for whom the world and men were still presided over by divine omnipotence and providence. This world had become antiquated and obsolete. My Christian faith had become relative through its encounter with Eastern religions and Greek philosophy.” (Jung, Man and His Symbols, p.43)

“Jung was waging war against Christianity and its distant, absolute, unreachable God and was training his disciples to listen to the voice of the dead and to become gods themselves.” (Richard Noll, The Jung Cult, p. 224)

Matthew 10:32-33: Jesus said, “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

1 John 2:22: “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.”

Psalm 26:2-5: “Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.”

1 Cor. 15:33: “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”

2 Cor. 6:14-16: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols?...”


ARE THESE THE KINDS OF INFLUENCES RICK WARREN BELIEVES CAN BRING GODLY INSIGHT TO CHRISTIANS?

THE BIBLE SAYS: “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” --- I Cor. 6:14-15.

“All my works, all my creative activity, has come from those initial fantasies and dreams which began in 1912.” ~ Carl Jung, on the occult influence upon the whole of his work.

“Ask yourself questions:… Am I more introverted or extroverted? Am I more a thinker or a feeler?” ~ Rick Warren, using exact Jungian psychological typology in his SHAPE program. 


THE SADDLEBACK RESPONSE:  PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN...

“SHAPE is originated by Pastor Rick Warren, our senior pastor…not Carl Jung. There are NO connections between the two and there is absolutely no reason to try to connect them.”

Written by Erik Rees, Pastor of Ministry & Small Group Leadership Development at Saddleback Church, in a letter to James Sundquist, 2/19/2004.

CHARTING THE WARREN-JUNG CONNECTION
RICK WARREN CARL JUNG BIBLICAL RESPONSE
THEIR CONNECTION ON PERSONALITY THEORY

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JUNG

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“When you minister in a manner consistent with the personality God gave you, you experience fulfillment, satisfaction, and fruitfulness.” (The Purpose Driven Life, p. 246)

“…when you are forced to minister in a manner that is “out of character” for your temperament, it creates tension and discomfort, requires extra effort and energy, and produces less than the best results. This is why mimicking someone else’s ministry never works. You don’t have their personality.” (PDL, p. 245)

“…the ultimate aim and strongest desire of all mankind is to develop that fulness (sic) of life which is called personality… To the extent that a man is untrue to the law of his being and does not rise to personality, he has failed to realize his life’s meaning.” (The Development of Personality, Collected Works 17; from The Essential Jung, pg. 191, 207) There is absolutely no biblical precedent for this position. Personality typology has never been a criteria for God choosing someone for ministry, but is in great part grounded in Jungian psychology.

 Did Paul rely on personality assessment to guide his ministry? Hardly...

“God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, that no man should boast before God.” 1 Cor 1:27-29

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:9-10


THEIR CONNECTION ON A MUTUAL BELIEF IN THE "UNCONSCIOUS"
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“You may be driven by a painful memory, a haunting fear, or an unconscious belief.” (PDL, p. 27)

“(Guilt-driven people) often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success.” (PDL, pp. 27-28)

 

“The unconscious . . . is the source of the instinctual forces of the psyche and of the forms or categories that regulate them, namely the archetypes.” (The Structure of the Psyche, CW 8, par. 342)

“Constant observation pays the unconscious a tribute that more or less guarantees its cooperation. One of the most important tasks of psychic hygiene [is] to pay continual attention to the symptomatology of unconscious contents and processes.” (The Portable Jung, New York: Penguin Books, 1986, p. 156)

The “unconscious” is the foundational concept of both Freudian and Jungian psychology, and has no biblical basis whatsoever. In fact, Scripture does not allow for the idea that people are “driven” by an “unconscious belief.” By endorsing the idea of the unconscious, Warren is promoting the Jungian belief that people must analyze the forces of the unconscious to discover their life’s purpose. 

According to Scripture, any driving force outside of God’s will is sin, no matter where it resides. Psychology, however, downplays our personal accountability for sin by making the “unconscious” the ultimate reservoir and bastion of unavoidable human instinct.

“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith: for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.” Romans 14:23


THEIR CONNECTION ON UNCONSCIOUS METAPHORS & IMAGES
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“If I asked how you picture life, what image would come to your mind? That image is your life metaphor. It’s the view of life that you hold, consciously or unconsciously, in your mind.” (PDL, pp. 41-42)

“Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize. It determines your expectations, your values, your relationships, your goals, and your priorities.” (PDL, p. 42)

“An archetypal content expresses itself, first and foremost, in metaphors.” (“The Psychology of the Child Archetype,” CW 9i, par. 267)

Archetypes are not inborn ideas, but “typical forms of behaviour which, once they become conscious, naturally present themselves as ideas and images, like everything else that becomes a content of consciousness.” (Collected Works 8, par. 435)

“Indeed, the fate of the individual is largely dependent on unconscious factors.” (“Conscious, Unconscious, and Individuation” CW 9)

The analysis of “metaphors” housed in the unconscious is a trademark concept of psychology, not of Scripture. The use of images, fantasies, and dreams to better understand our “unconscious” is a signature feature of Jungian psychotherapy that borders on the occult.

THEIR CONNECTION ON USING JUNGIAN TERMINOLOGY
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“God made introverts and extroverts… He made some people thinkersand others feelers.’” (PDL, p. 245)

“Your personality will affect how and where you use your spiritual gifts and abilities. For instance, two people may have the same gift of evangelism, but if one is introverted and other is extroverted, that gift will be expressed in different ways.” (PDL, p. 245)

“Ask yourself questions:… Am I more introverted or extroverted? Am I more a thinker or a feeler?” (PDL, pp.251-252)

“Two types (of typical differences in human psychology) especially become clear to me; I have termed them the introverted and the extraverted types.” (“Introduction” Psychological Types, CW 6 par. 1)

“I have found from experience that the basic psychological functions, this is, functions which are genuinely as well as essentially different from other functions, prove to be thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition. If one of these functions habitually predominates, a corresponding type results. I therefore distinguish a thinking, a feeling, a sensation, and an intuitive type. Each of these types may moreover be either introverted or extraverted” (“Introduction” Psychological Types, CW 6)

Warren is explicitly using the specific terminology of the psychological typology theory originally conceived by Carl Jung. Despite the claims of his supporters, Warren has clearly based his Personality Theory (the "P" in his SHAPE teaching) on the unbiblical foundation of Jungian psychology.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.” 1 Cor 2:12-13


THEIR CONNECTION ON THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS
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“The Bible gives us plenty of proof that God uses all types of personalities. Peter was a sanguine. Paul was a choleric. Jeremiah was a melancholy. When you look at the personality differences in the twelve disciples, it’s easy to see why they sometimes had interpersonal conflict.” (PDL, p. 245)

“There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ temperament for ministry.” (PDL, p. 245)

“…the physicians of ancient times…tried to reduce the bewildering diversity of mankind to orderly groups… The very names of the Galenic temperaments betray their origin in the pathology of the four “humours.” Melancholic denotes a preponderance of black bile, phlegmatic a preponderance of phlegm or mucus, sanguine a preponderance of blood, and choleric a preponderance of choler, or yellow bile.” (“Psychological Typology” CW 6)

“The whole make-up of the body, its constitution in the broadest sense, has in fact a very great deal to do with psychological temperament…” (“Psychological Typology” CW 6)

 

Despite Warren’s claim, the Bible never gives “proof” of the classification of personalities; it is a purely pagan concoction. The four temperaments, as conceived by Hippocrates and later developed by Galen, was a prevalent Greek philosophy during the time of Paul’s apostolic ministry. Unlike Warren and Jung, however, Paul did not implement these Greeks ideas into his teachings. In fact, he categorically rejected them and “determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (I Cor 2:2).

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane [and] vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” I Timothy 6:20

Worse yet, Warren is teaching that a person’s “no right or wrong” personality is somehow unaffected by the fall and is always beneficial for ministry. How, we ask, does a “phlegmatic temperament” towards laziness and slothfulness serve God’s purpose in ministry?


THEIR CONNECTION ON PERSONALITY TESTING
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“Today there are many books and tools that can help you understand your personality so you can determine how to use it for God.” (PDL, p. 246) MBTI is “based on Jung’s theory of psychological types.” (Isabel Briggs Myers, Introduction to Type, Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press, 1983, p.4)

“The (MBTI) Indicator was developed specifically to carry Carl Jung’s theory of type (Jung, 1921, 1971) into practical application.” (Dr. Gordon Lawrence, People Types & Tiger Stripes, p. 6, also p. x)

“Carl Jung’s psychology lies behind...the MBTI.” (Robert Innes, Personality Indicators and The Spiritual Life, p.8)

Without qualifying this statement, Warren is promoting any and all Jungian personality and temperament tests and theories, including the widely-used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Kiersey Temperament Sorter (an offshoot of the MBTI), and the Enneagram Test, which has its origin in Sufism, a mystical offshoot of Islam. (Click here for more information on Enneagram).

Despite the contrary advice offered by Warren, Christians must acknowledge the Bible as the only book needed to understand the human condition:

“For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

(See also II Timothy 3:16-17)


THEIR CONNECTION ON THE ENDORSEMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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“Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude. God revealed this thousands of years before psychologists understood it.” (PDL, p. 181) “(Unconscious phenomena) manifest themselves in the individual’s behaviour… ” (“Conscious, Unconscious, and Individuation” CW 9)

“Modern psychological development leads to a much better understanding as to what man really consists of.” (“Psychology and Religion” CW 11)

Warren is suggesting here that psychologists have the same understanding as God on the issue of human behavior, thus putting man’s “wisdom” on equal footing with God’s revelation.

If Warren truly believes in the preeminence of God’s revelation to understand man, then why does he rely so heavily on the “useless wisdom” of psychology instead of Scripture?

“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‘; and again, ‘THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.’” I Cor 3:19-20


THEIR CONNECTION ON FINDING AND DEVELOPING PERSONALITY 
WARREN JUNG BIBLE
“The best use of your life is to serve God out of your shape. To do this you must discover your shape, learn to accept and enjoy it, and then develop it to its fullest potential.” (PDL, p. 249)

The SHAPE program states: “To discover your S.H.A.P.E. is to discover where God is calling you to do His work in the world.”

“Only the man who can consciously assent to the power of the inner voice becomes a personality.” (“The Development of Personality” CW 17)

“The achievement of personality means nothing less than the optimum development of the whole individual human being.” (“The Development of Personality” CW 17)

“In so far as every individual has the law of his life inborn in him, it is theoretically possible for any man to follow this law and to become a personality, this is, to achieve wholeness.” (“The Development of Personality” CW 17)

Finding your SHAPE has no biblical support. Warren’s teaching that one must “discover his shape” is philosophically and systematically akin to Jung’s teaching that a man must “consciously assent to the power of the inner voice” and be true to “the law of his being.”

While Warren has rightly acknowledged God’s sovereign purpose in creating us, he has mistakenly made God’s divine purpose synonymous with our so-called “shape” by advocating the Jungian idea of developing the personality to “achieve wholeness.” This Jungian process, however, does not serve God, but serves the god within us.

Scripture calls for an active, heartfelt obedience to God’s will through the transforming power of the Spirit, not a misguided exploration of our natural psychological makeup to define our God-given purpose.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“…your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” 1 Cor 2:5


CONCLUSION: THIS IS NOT SIMPLY "GUILT BY ASSOCIATION"
Yes, Jesus associated with sinners, but he certainly didn't borrow his teachings from the Pharisees or any other false teachers. Clearly there is a very tangible connection between Rick Warren's SHAPE teaching on personality and the psychological theories of Carl Jung. Not only does Warren base his teachings on parallel psychological concepts, but he uses exact Jungian terms to make his case. By focusing on assessing and developing one’s personality as the key to a successful life or ministry, Warren, like Jung, is promoting a reliance on one’s inner self instead of on God’s transcendent truth and the working of the Holy Spirit. As a popular Christian teacher, how can Warren ignore the crucial biblical truths of the sufficiency of Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit to perfectly furnish every Christian with the ability to minister according to God's purpose?

“All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto ALL GOOD WORKS.” II Timothy 3:16-17

“According as his divine power hath given unto us ALL THINGS that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” II Peter 1:3

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