By Rick Galarneau / SO4J.com / SO4J-TV & Video Productions
Top Ten Reasons Theophostic Prayer Ministry is Not Christian— is an Article answering some of many problems, biblically, with Theophostic Counseling. But right before we get into— What is wrong with TPM, we will first share some: Fast Facts of TPM, and answer briefly: What is TPM?
This main Article below is merely a Bullet Point List which goes along with an Audio that Rick Galarneau & Sam Madrid did on this Topic.This is NOT an in-depth thorough Study. See right below for a List of more Detailed Studies on the Subject of Theophostics.
NOTE: Theophostics might seemingly work for you (so to speak)— what we're trying to warn about at SO4J-TV is that Theophostics is not 100% Biblical. i.e. Just because something Looks & Feels right, and is even called "Christian", and you've had a Great Experience with it does NOT make it Biblical! Example of being Deceived (but in a different way...please try and understand what we're trying to say) is found in: Matt 7:21,22-23 (hover over verse). People who called themselves "Christians" (i.e. called Jesus "LORD") and had said to Jesus that they had "Cast out Demons, and Healed people in Jesus' Name..." (it apparently "worked" for them to Cast out Demons....so to speak), yet Jesus will say "I Never Knew you, Depart from Me, you who Practice Lawlessness (Break God's Laws)."
We are to carefully Examine the Scriptures on everything (Acts 17:11), to make sure that what we: Say, Think, and Do is Biblical. Remember—
"If What You SAY, THINK, or DO is CONTRARY to God's Word, Then You Are Being Deceived!"
—Martha Mac, SO4J-TV & Video Productions
Rev 12:9 says, "Satan Deceives the Whole World"
See below Resources for more in-depth Studies on Theophostics & why it's NOT Biblical, or read this Bullet-Point list that goes with the Audio. Lord Bless! SO4J-TV
RESOURCES LINKS & BIBLE STUDIES
For More Info On the Dangers of Theophostics Prayer Counseling Go To—
**(Article above: "Top 10 Reasons" goes with the AUDIO
right below Re: "Dangers" of TPM)**
8 - AUDIO: The Healing of Memories or Cleansing of Conscience? – MP3 - By Bob DeWaay - PT 1
SUFFERING, TESTS & TRIALS – SO4J BIBLE STUDIES
Theophostics Prayer Ministry (TPM) is part of the unbiblical Inner Healing Movement.*
Answer: The word “Theophostic” comes from two Greek words which mean “God” and “light.” Theophostic counseling is essentially “God bringing to light the truth.” Theophostic counseling was originally developed by Dr. Ed Smith. The primary theory behind theophostic counseling is that many issues that require counseling, such as depression and anger, are based on falsehoods that a person believes based on comments made about them by others, errant teachings, and/or bad experiences in life. The goal of Theophostic counseling is to lead a person to Jesus for healing and allow Him to reveal the truth to the suffering person. Examples of this would be a young man who believes he was at fault for his parents’ divorce, or a woman who experiences constant shame as a result of a sexual act she feels God will not forgive her of. Theophostic counseling seeks to reveal the lies and expose them to the truth that we are not responsible for the sinful actions of others and that God can and will forgive us and cleanse us of all of our sins.
Is Theophostic counseling biblical? As seen in the paragraph above, there is some truth in theophostic counseling. Many people do believe lies about painful events in their lives. These lies can cause pain, depression, and unbiblical beliefs about God, forgiveness, and salvation. Exposing these lies to truth of God’s Word and the love and grace of Jesus will bring spiritual and emotional healing. In this sense, yes, some aspects of theophostic counseling are biblically-based.
At the same time, when seeking any form of counseling, we must be wise and discerning (James 1:5). While some who practice theophostic counseling may be godly Christian men and women with a genuine love for the Lord and His Word, this cannot be said universally for all who claim to use theophostic counseling. Not every emotional problem is the result of a lie. Not every traumatic event needs to be brought up and dealt with for a person to experience the love of God and the joy of knowing Him. Some theophostic counselors delve far too deeply into the arena of unbiblical psychology, such as repressed memory therapy. As with any form of “Christian counseling,” there is a huge difference between counseling according to the teachings of the Bible and counseling using ungodly psychology while attaching Scripture references here and there.
In all areas of life, Christians must be wise and discerning when seeking counsel. We should not accept what any counselor says without first comparing it with Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and bathing it in prayer (Philippians 4:6-8). Some aspects of Theophostic Counseling can bring spiritual healing, if they are used biblically. But Theophostic counseling can be a great evil if it is detached from a solid biblical basis. Before considering Theophostic Counseling, we strongly recommend thoroughly researching the issue and thoroughly examining the counselor to see how he/she uses the Bible in his/her counseling methods.
Top 10 Reasons Theophostic Prayer Ministry is Not Christian
Throughout history God has had ordained ways with which He has chosen to communicate with man. These ways have changed over the centuries. Many of these ways are no longer God’s ordained ways to communicate with man. In these last of last days God has chosen His written word (scripture) and His creation as his ordained ways to communicate with man.
Ed Smith prayed for and received the Theophostic Prayer Ministry method directly from God in a way that is not at this time ordained by God.
Man’s greatest problem is that he has been working hard his whole life to earn a place in a Christ-less eternity. This is the worst news possible. “Lie-based thinking” pales in comparison. Mainstream psychology once treated clients using very similar techniques but abandoned the whole process decades ago. Theophostic Prayer Ministry is basically a reintroduction of a failed psychological method laced with demonic mysticism. It is very dangerous and many individuals have lost their health and even family members in its wake. The frequent excuse when these individuals contact Smith regarding these issues is that the particular minister they were dealing with was “not trained well enough”. This is a sad excuse to the ruining of lives of ones who were made in God’s own image.
Theophostic Prayer Ministry’s aim is to have its recipients enter into a pain free life upon completion of the program. Since the bible says that Christians will have tribulation it is anti-Biblical to say that Theophostic Prayer Ministry can make a Christian tribulation free.
A posting on the worldwide web was found where a Theophostic Prayer Minister was soliciting “individuals gifted in healing” from around the world, irregardless of their religious affiliation to train to become Theophostic Prayer Ministers. This is anti-Biblical.
5 - Minimization of God’s Grace
So which is it? Is God’s grace enough for the believer or does he also need Theophostic Prayer Ministry?
6 - It is not the Case that Every Man is in Need of Mind Renewal
How could a believer want, let alone need, mind renewal when we have the mind of Christ?
7 - True Believers are Not Helpless and Trapped in their Own Emotional Bondage
If Jesus grants unto you a softened heart you are no longer a slave to anything but Christ.
8 - There is No Act of Man Required in Order to Allow God to Set Him Free
The Son chooses to set free any that he wills. A Theophostic Prayer Minister has absolutely nothing to do with it.
9 - Repentance & Approval of Theophostic Prayer Ministry are Not the Same
Theophostic Prayer Ministry did not exist before Ed Smith. Repentance has been here since Adam and Eve.
10 - There is No Such Thing as a Maintenance Free Christian Walk
In order for a believer to walk in a manner that is pleasing to God there is some regular maintenance.
Among which are fellowship, prayer, the continued study of God’s Word in addition to keeping the wolves away from God’s flock:
Theophostic Prayer Ministers are such savage wolves. Stay away! Repent while there is still time, and keep looking up for our soon coming King!
"TOP TEN REASONS THEOPHOSTIC PRAYER MINISTRY IS NOT CHRISTIAN"