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FROM CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, THIS IS THE CORAL RIDGE HOUR

DESPITE ALL THE EFFORTS OF ANCIENT ALCHEMISTS, NONE

WERE EVER ABLE TO TURN A BASE METAL, LIKE LEAD, INTO GOLD.

BUT OUR ALMIGHTY GOD IS THE GREAT ETERNAL

ALCHEMIST WHO TURNS ALL THE DROSS OF OUR LIVES, INTO GOLD.

THE ALCHEMY OF GOD, THE ALCHEMY OF GRACE, ALL

THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.

IN HIS NEWLY REPUBLISHED BOOK, TURN IT TO GOLD,

DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY TACKLES THE DIFFICULTIES WE ALL FACE.

CONTACT US TODAY TO RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF TURN

IT TO GOLD, ONE OF DR. KENNEDY'S MOST BELOVED

AND INSPIRING BOOKS, SO THAT YOU CAN BE ENCOURAGED

OR SHARE ASSURANCE WITH A FRIEND THAT GOD'S PROMISES

ARE THE RICHEST GOLD NOW AND FOREVER.

OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON THIS MORNING IS TAKEN FROM THE

TWENTY-SECOND CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO

SAINT MATTHEW.

WE'LL BEGIN OUR READING THIS MORNING WITH THE

THIRTY-FOURTH VERSE.

MAY WE HEAR THE INSPIRED AN INFALLIBLE WORD OF THE

LIVING GOD.

AND MAY GOD BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT WHO INSPIRED THIS

WORD ILLUMINATE IT TO OUR HEARTS AND MINDS THIS DAY

AND MAY HIS NAME EVERMORE BE PRAISED. AMEN.

WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?

WELL, THAT IS A SIMPLE ENOUGH QUESTION, YOU SAY.

IT IS A SCIENCE; IT IS ONE OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES.

IT TREATS PEOPLE WHO HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS.

WELL, OF COURSE, AND YET THERE ARE AN INCREASING

NUMBER OF PEOPLE TODAY, PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN

THE FIELD PEOPLE WHO ARE CREDENTIALED

PSYCHOLOGISTS, WHO ARE BEGINNING TO SAY THAT

PSYCHOLOGY IS SOMETHING MORE THAN A SCIENCE.

IT HAS BECOME, THEY SAY, A RELIGION.

IT IS, IN FACT, THE RELIGION OF THE MODERN

MAN, THE MODERN SECULARIST MAN.

PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS HAVE BECOME

THE "MINISTERS AND PRIESTS" OF THIS RELIGION.

THE COUCH HAS REPLACED THE CONFESSIONAL.

ABRAHAM MASLOW, ERICH FROMM, CARL ROGERS, ROLLO

MAY ARE THE ARCHBISHOPS AND CARDINALS OF THIS NEW RELIGION.

AND NOT ONLY DOES PSYCHOLOGY TODAY OFFER A

SUBTLE SUBSTITUTE FOR SALVATION TO A SECULAR

SOCIETY, BUT MORE THAN THAT, THE RED CARPET HAS

BEEN ROLLED OUT AND IT HAS BEEN INVITED INTO THE

CHURCH, BAPTIZED, AND OFFERED THE FRONT PEWS,

EVEN INVITED INTO THE PULPIT AND GRANTED AN HONORARY D.D.

FOR EXAMPLE: PSYCHOLOGIST WILLIAM KIRK

KILPATRICK, WHO IS A HARVARD TRAINED

PSYCHOLOGIST, AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AT

BOSTON COLLEGE, REPORTED ON AN INCIDENT WHEN HE WAS

ATTENDING A CHURCH SERVICE IN SCOTLAND A FEW YEARS AGO.

THE PREACHER WAS TALKING ABOUT SOME PARTICULAR

SUBJECT, AND HE CALLED TO WITNESS THE APOSTLE JOHN,

AND THEN THE EPISTLES OF PAUL, HE REFERRED TO THE

WRITINGS OF AUGUSTINE AND HE SAID HE NOTICED THE MAN

NEXT TO HIM YAWNED AND THE WOMAN IN THE FRONT PEW WAS

CHECKING THE CONTENTS OF HER PURSE.

AND THEN THE PREACHER CONTINUED: "AS ERICH FROMM SAYS ..."

SUDDENLY THE MAN STOPPED YAWNING!

THE WOMAN CLOSED HER PURSE!

EVERYONE MOVED FORWARD A BIT TO CATCH THIS JEWEL

THAT WAS GOING TO FALL FROM THE LIPS OF ERICH

FROMM, ONE OF THE MOST NOTED OF MODERN

PSYCHOLOGISTS, WHO WAS GOING TO SHED SOME OF HIS

LIGHT UPON THE RATHER TIRED OLD TRUTHS OF THE BIBLE.

YES, INDEED, MODERN PSYCHOLOGY HAS INDEED BEEN

BROUGHT RIGHT INTO THE CHURCH.

DR. KILPATRICK SAYS IT WAS NOT A CASE OF THE WOLF AT

THE DOOR: THE WOLF WAS ALREADY IN THE FOLD

DRESSED IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING AND FROM THE WAY

IT WAS PETTED AND FED BY SOME OF THE SHEPHERDS, ONE

WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT THE WOLF WAS THE PRIZE SHEEP.

NOW, SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY, WELL WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT?

IS NOT MODERN PSYCHOLOGY SIMPLY SAYING THE SAME

THING AS CHRISTIANITY, ONLY IN DIFFERENT WORDS?

AREN'T THEY MERELY OPENING A WINDOW AND LETTING IN

SOME FRESH AIR ON PERHAPS SOME RATHER STALE TRUTHS?

WELL, MY FRIENDS, THAT'S WHAT MOST PEOPLE THINK,

BUT THAT IS NOT ACTUALLY THE CASE.

THAT'S NOT MERELY MY OWN BIASED OPINION; THAT IS

THE VIEW OF AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PSYCHOLOGISTS THEMSELVES.

FOR EXAMPLE, DR. PAUL VITZ IS THE ASSOCIATE

PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, AN

ALMA MATER OF MINE, AND HE SAYS THAT PSYCHOLOGY HAS

BECOME A RELIGION, IN PARTICULAR, A FORM OF

SECULAR HUMANISM BASED UPON THE WORSHIP OF SELF.

AGAIN, PSYCHOLOGIST KILPATRICK SAYS,

"PSYCHOLOGY AS A RELIGION IS DEEPLY ANTI-CHRISTIAN.

INDEED IT IS HOSTILE TO MOST RELIGIONS".

IT IS MUCH TRUER TO SAY THAT CHRISTIANITY AND

PSYCHOLOGY ARE COMPETING FAITHS RATHER THAN TO SAY THAT

THEY ARE SIMPLY THE SAME THING SET FORTH IN DIFFERENT WORDS.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE MENTIONED ONE OF THE MODERN

PSYCHOLOGISTS, ONE OF THE LEADERS OF ONE OF THE

MODERN SCHOOLS OF PSYCHOLOGY, ERICH FROMM

WHO WAS QUOTED FROM A PULPIT AS HE HAS BEEN

QUOTED FROM THOUSANDS OF PULPITS AND IN THOUSANDS OF SERMONS.

IS THIS MAN REALLY SAYING THE SAME THING THAT WE'RE

SAYING IN DIFFERENT WORDS?

CONSIDER ERICH FROMM FOR A MOMENT: BORN IN 1900,

EDUCATED AT HEIDELBERG, FRANKFURT, AND MUNICH,

AUTHOR OF A NUMBER OF BOOKS, ONE OF WHICH IS THE

DOGMA OF CHRIST, WHICH HE STATES HIS BELIEF THAT

FAITH IN GOD IS ALWAYS THE ALLY OF THE RULING CLASS

AND IT IS USED TO KEEP THE MASSES IN CHECK.

DOES THAT HAVE SORT OF A FAMILIAR RING TO IT?

SORT OF LIKE: "RELIGION IS THE OPIATE OF THE PEOPLE"?

OR ANOTHER OF ERICH FROMM'S BOOKS ENTITLED YOU

SHALL BE AS GODS.

AND I WONDER IF THERE IS ANYONE IN THIS SANCTUARY

THAT DOESN'T KNOW THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF THOSE WORDS?

SINCE BIBLICAL ILLITERACY IS STAGGERINGLY HIGH

TODAY, I MUST ASSUME THAT THERE ARE SOME WHO DO NOT

KNOW WHO ORIGINALLY SAID THOSE WORDS, AND SO I WILL

TELL YOU THAT THEY WERE SPOKEN ORIGINALLY BY

SATAN, PART OF THE ORIGINAL LIE FOISTED OFF

ON THE HUMAN RACE IN EDEN, WHEN HE SAID TO EVE, "YOU

SHALL BE AS GODS".

SATAN'S LIE, NOW THE TITLE OF ONE OF FROMM'S BOOKS!

BUT KEEP IN MIND, ERICH FROMM HAS NOT REPUDIATED

IT; HE IS, INDEED, BASICALLY ENDORSING IT.

AND HE SAYS THAT THE CONCEPT OF GOD HAS EVOLVED

TO THE PLACE WHERE MAN IS GOD.

REMINISCENT OF SECULAR HUMANISM, BECAUSE IT IS

SECULAR HUMANISM AND HE SAYS THAT IF THERE IS SUCH

A THING AS THE SACRED, ITS CENTER IS IN THE SELF.

YOU SEE, MODERN SECULAR HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY HAS

SIMPLY BECOME THE CULT OF SELF-WORSHIP.

BASICALLY THE SAME THING THAT SATAN HAS BEEN TRYING

TO GET HUMAN BEINGS TO DO FOR COUNTLESS CENTURIES

NOW ENDORSED BY A VERY INFLUENTIAL CLASS OF

PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS.

ANOTHER OF ERICH FROMM'S BOOKS ENTITLED THE SANE

SOCIETY; HE EXPRESSES HIS BELIEFS IN ATHEISM,

MATERIALISM, AND WHAT HE CALLS "COMMUN-ITARIAN

SOCIALISM"- THAT IS DUST IN THE AIR TO CONFUSE THE NAIVE.

WHICH SIMPLY MEANS COMMUNISM.

ATHEISM, MATERIALISM, AND COMMUNISM.

NOW AGAIN, ERICH FROMM, IS HE REALLY SYMPATHETIC TO

OUR BELIEFS?

IS HE LIKELY TO HOLD THE SAME TENETS THAT WE HAVE?

THE FACT IS HE BELIEVES DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE ON

ALMOST EVERY BASIC ISSUE.

AND, YET, THE CONCEPTS THAT HAVE COME FROM THE

PENS OF THESE MEN HAVE NOW FLOODED OUR CHURCHES.

HOW ABOUT THE PREACHER WHO SAID THAT CHRIST REALLY

CAME INTO THE WORLD IN ORDER THAT YOU MIGHT BE

ABLE TO SAY THAT YOU'RE OKAY AND I'M OKAY, ISN'T THAT GREAT?

HOW ABOUT THIS ONE: YOU MUST LOVE YOURSELF; IN

FACT, IF YOU DON'T LOVE YOURSELF, YOU CAN'T LOVE

YOUR NEIGHBOR.

AT LEAST A THOUSAND SERMONS OR MORE HAVE BEEN

PREACHED ABOUT THAT IN THE LAST YEAR, I'M SURE.

HOW ABOUT SELF-ACTUALIZATION, OR

SELF-REALIZATION, OR THE HUMAN POTENTIAL MOVEMENT?

OR, HOW ABOUT THIS QUOTE: "HIS REAL PROBLEM IS A

POOR SELF-IMAGE.

AND THAT'S WHAT HE REALLY NEEDS FIRST TO CORRECT HIS

POOR SELF-IMAGE".

ALL OF THESE, MY FRIENDS, ARE MERE COUNTERFEITS OF

REAL CHRISTIANITY.

AND IT'S INTERESTING, AGAIN, HARVARD-TRAINED

PSYCHOLOGIST, DR. WILLIAM KILPATRICK, SAYS

CHRISTIANITY IS MORE THAN PSYCHOLOGY; BUT IT IS

BETTER PSYCHOLOGY THAN PSYCHOLOGY.

NOW THAT'S A PSYCHOLOGIST TALKING FROM BOSTON COLLEGE.

BUT INDEED, UNFORTUNATELY, NOT ONLY THE MODERN

SECULARIST UNBELIEVING WORLD, BUT MANY CLERICS

AND MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE FOLLOWED THE LURE OF THE

"SIREN SONG" OF PSYCHOLOGY.

BUT YOU KNOW THEY ARE DOING IT AT A TIME WHEN AN

INCREASING NUMBER OF PSYCHOLOGISTS ARE POINTING

TO THE ABJECT FAILURES OF PSYCHOLOGY TO PRODUCE OR

PROVIDE WHAT THEY CLAIM THAT THEY PROVIDE.

MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT IT HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY

MARVELOUS THINGS.

LET ME POINT OUT TO YOU A FEW STUDIES TO THE CONTRARY.

HANS EYSENCK, FROM THE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHIATRY OF

THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, DR. EYSENCK MADE SOME

CONTROLLED STUDIES USING PSYCHIATRIC THERAPEUTIC

COUNSELING METHODS WITH ONE GROUP AND NOTHING WITH

OTHERS AND HE REACHED THESE CONCLUSIONS: THAT

NEUROTIC PEOPLE WITHOUT THERAPY, WITHOUT

PSYCHOTHERAPY ARE JUST AS LIKELY TO RECOVER AS

NEUROTIC PEOPLE WITH PSYCHOTHERAPY.

PSYCHOTHERAPY IS NO MORE EFFECTIVE IN CURING

NEUROTIC PROBLEMS THAN IS THE PASSAGE OF TIME.

I WANT TO TELL YOU ONE THING, IT'S A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE.

(LAUGHTER)

DR. EUGENE LEVITT OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

OF MEDICINE SAYS AFTER CONDUCTING STUDIES THAT

DISTURBED CHILDREN WHO HAD BEEN TREATED WITH

COUNSELING, SECULAR COUNSELING TECHNIQUES,

RECOVERED AT THE SAME RATE AS THOSE WHO WERE NOT

TREATED AT ALL.

FURTHERMORE, THERE IS ALSO INCREASING SCIENTIFIC

EVIDENCE COMING TO LIGHT THAT SECULAR PSYCHOLOGY

MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH.

MAYBE WE WILL HAVE THE SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING

ON THE DOOR OF THE PSYCHOLOGISTS' OFFICE

BEFORE LONG.

THE CAMBRIDGE SOMERVILLE YOUTH STUDY, WHICH STUDIED

A GOODLY NUMBER OF DELINQUENT YOUNG PEOPLE,

MADE THIS DISCOVERY: THAT UNCOUNSELED JUVENILE

DELINQUENTS HAD LOWERS RATES OF FURTHER

DELINQUENCY THAN THOSE WHO HAD SECULAR PSYCHOLOGICAL

COUNSELING.

SO, IF YOU'VE GOT A JUVENILE DELINQUENT WHO IS

CAUSING YOU TROUBLE, AND YOU WANT TO HAVE MORE

TROUBLE IN THE FUTURE, SEND HIM TO A SECULAR PSYCHOLOGIST.

IT'S ALMOST GUARANTEED TO WORK.

FURTHERMORE, THEY HAVE DISCOVERED IN OTHER

STUDIES THAT LAY PEOPLE WITH NO TRAINING ARE ABOUT

AS EFFECTIVE AS PSYCHIATRISTS WITH COLLEGE

DEGREES, MEDICAL TRAINING, GRADUATE PSYCHIATRIC WORK.

IT SEEMS THAT THERE IS SOMETHING AMISS IN THIS WHOLE THING.

AS ALWAYS, SECULAR PHILOSOPHY, IGNORING GOD,

DENYING GOD AND DENYING HIS REVELATIONS, TRYING TO

PROVIDE THE SOLUTION TO MAN'S PROBLEMS TO ANSWER

THE GREAT QUESTIONS OF HIS EXISTENCE, UTTERLY FAILED

TO DO IT.

AND AFTER 2,600 YEARS OF TRYING TO PROVIDE A

RATIONAL ANSWER TO MAN'S PROBLEMS, MODERN

PSYCHOLOGY HAS ENDED IN THE QUAGMIRE OF TOTAL

IRRATIONALISM, AND PSYCHOLOGY IS FOLLOWING

SUIT MUCH LATER IN THE GAME AND IT SEEMS THAT,

AGAIN, IGNORING GOD'S WORD THEY HAVE DONE ABOUT THE

SAME SORT OF THING.

BUT I BELIEVE THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THEIR

MINDS INDOCTRINATED AND POISONED BY SO MANY

PSEUDO-SCIENTIFIC PSYCHOLOGICAL CONCEPTS

THAT THEY ARE NOT EVEN READY TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF THOSE: "YOU MUST LOVE YOURSELF".

I COULDN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY CHRISTIAN BOOKS

WRITTEN BY CHRISTIAN CLERGYMEN ARE OUT ON THE

STANDS TODAY TELLING YOU THAT YOU MUST LOVE YOURSELF.

NOT ONLY MUST YOU LOVE YOURSELF, BUT IF YOU DON'T

LOVE YOURSELF, YOU CAN'T EVEN LOVE GOD.

AND WHERE DID THEY GET THAT?

WELL, THEY TELL US THAT THEY GET IT FROM THE

WRITINGS OF THE SCRIPTURE.

MY FRIENDS, THAT IT NOT TRUE.

IT COMES OUT OF THE BOOKS OF ERICH FROMM, ABRAHAM

MASLOW, CARL ROGERS, AND OTHER SUCH PSYCHOLOGISTS AS THIS.

IT HAS BEEN IMPORTED, TAX-FREE, INTO THE

SCRIPTURE, AND THEY HAVE TRIED TO FIND SOME HAPLESS

TEXT TO TAG IT ONTO.

AND THEY HAVE DONE THAT WITH THE PASSAGE THAT I

READ TO YOU TODAY FROM THE 22ND CHAPTER OF MATTHEW

WHERE CHRIST WAS ASKED WHAT IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT.

AND DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID?

HE SAID THAT THOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH

ALL OF THY HEART, MIND, STRENGTH AND SOUL AND THEN

FURTHER THAT THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.

NOW, WE ARE TOLD BY THE MODERN PSYCHOLOGIZING

PREACHER, WHO SEEMS TO BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY

TO UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES IS TO PUT ON

THE GLASSES OF MODERN SECULARIST PSYCHOLOGY, WE

ARE TOLD BY SUCH CLERICS AS THESE, THAT WE HAVE THE

COMMANDMENT TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR BUT IN THAT SAME

VERSE WE HAVE A COMMANDMENT TO LOVE

OURSELF: "THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF,"

WHICH MEANS, THEY SAY, "THOU SHALT LOVE THYSELF".

NOT ONLY IS THERE A COMMANDMENT THERE THAT

THOU SHALT LOVE THYSELF, BUT FURTHERMORE, THAT THIS

IS A PREREQUISITE FOR BEING ABLE TO LOVE YOUR

NEIGHBOR, IF YOU DON'T LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, YOU

CAN'T LOVE, IF YOU DON'T LOVE YOURSELF, RATHER, YOU

CAN'T LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.

AND I SUPPOSE, IMPLICITLY, YOU CAN'T LOVE GOD, EITHER.

SO THEREFORE, OBVIOUSLY, NUMBER ONE ON THE AGENDA

AT THE TOP OF THE LIST HAS GOT TO BE THAT NUMBER ONE

PRIORITY TO LOVE YOURSELF.

OH, WOULDN'T THE DEVIL BE PLEASED WITH THAT?

IS THIS A COMMANDMENT TO LOVE OURSELVES?

I VENTURE TO SAY THAT PROBABLY AT LEAST 75

PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE IN EVANGELICAL CHURCHES IN

THIS COUNTRY TODAY HAVE BEEN CONVINCED THAT THAT IS TRUE.

BUT I ASK YOU TO LOOK AT IT WITH ME.

TAKE OFF THE GLASSES AND LOOK AT THE TEXT AND SEE WHAT GOD SAYS.

JESUS WAS ASKED WHAT WAS THE FIRST AND GREATEST

COMMANDMENT IS AND HE SAID, "THOU SHALT LOVE THE

LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY

SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND.

THIS IS THE FIRST COMMANDMENT AND THE SECOND IS LIKE UNTO IT.

THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.

ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS".

HOW MANY COMMANDMENTS ARE THERE?

TWO OR THREE?

IS IT LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR, LOVE SELF THAT

WE ARE COMMANDED IN THAT PASSAGE?

NO, NO, JUST TWO.

THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD, AND THOU SHALT

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.

ONLY TWO COMMANDMENTS.

CHRIST IS NOT HERE COMMANDING US TO LOVE OURSELVES.

HE IS SIMPLY SAYING THAT WE ARE TO LOVE OUR

NEIGHBORS AS IT IS ALREADY SELF-EVIDENT THAT WE LOVE

OURSELVES.

THIS IS ANALOGOUS TO A PASSAGE IN PAUL'S LETTER

TO THE EPHESIANS, WHERE HE TELLS HUSBANDS, HE SAYS TO

THEM, THAT HUSBANDS ARE TO LOVE THEIR WIVES AS THEY

LOVE THEIR OWN BODIES.

SAME EXACT CONTEXT, SAME TYPE OF TEXTUAL STRUCTURE.

THE HUSBAND IS TO LOVE HIS WIFE AS HE LOVES HIS OWN BODY.

ARE WE TO SAY THAT IS A COMMANDMENT FOR US TO LOVE

OUR OWN BODIES?

WELL, THAT'S CLARIFIED BY THE VERY NEXT WORDS WHICH

SAY, FOR NO MAN EVER YET HATED HIS OWN BODY BUT

NOURISHETH AND CARETH FOR IT AND ALL OF THESE SORT OF THINGS.

NOW MY FRIEND, WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE YOUR BODY OR

NOT IS NOT THE QUESTION, BECAUSE THE WORD HERE

AGAPAO, IT DOES NOT MEAN "LIKE"-IT MEANS "LOVE," IT

MEANS TO CARE FOR, TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT, TO BE

KINDLY TOWARD, AND TO PROVIDE THE NEEDS OF.

THERE IS NOTHING TO SAY IN THESE VERSES ABOUT WHETHER

YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

I MEAN YOU MAY LOOK IN THE MIRROR, HUSBANDS, AND YOU

MAY NOT LIKE WHAT YOU SEE.

YOU MAY DECIDE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN STRICKEN WITH

"FURNITURE DISEASE".

MY WIFE TOLD ME ABOUT THAT THE OTHER DAY, DO YOU KNOW

WHAT THAT IS? IT'S GOING AROUND NOW.

THAT IS WHERE YOUR CHEST HAS FALLEN INTO YOUR DRAWERS.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU MAY NOT REALLY PERCEIVE YOURSELF AS A

CANDIDATE FOR THE LEADING ROLE IN SUPERMAN III, BUT

THAT IS IRRELEVANT.

REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR BODY, THE

FACT IS YOU FEED IT, AND YOU WASH IT, AND YOU

CLOTHE IT, AND YOU KEEP IT WARM IN THE WINTER AND YOU

KEEP IT COOL IN THE SUMMER, AND YOU HAUL IT

AROUND IN A NICE AUTOMOBILE AND YOU TAKE CARE OF IT.

AND THAT IS WHAT GOD IS SAYING THAT WE ARE TO DO HERE.

FURTHERMORE IF YOU NEED ANY MORE PROOF OF THE

FACT, MAY I POINT OUT TO YOU IN ANOTHER PLACE,

ANOTHER GOSPEL WHERE CHRIST GIVES THIS

COMMANDMENT THAT THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF".

HE FOLLOWS THAT WHEN A PERSON SAYS, WELL WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

AND HE TELLS THE STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN.

NOW, SINCE JESUS IS OBVIOUSLY TEACHING THAT

OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS TO LOVE OURSELVES AND TO

PUMP UP OUR OWN SELF-ESTEEM AND TO DISCOVER

OUR OWN SELF-IDENTITY, AND TO HAVE OUR OWN

SELF-ACTUALIZATION AND REALIZATION AND HUMAN

POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, OBVIOUSLY THEN, THE

SAMARITAN, SEEING THIS MAN LYING BY THE SIDE OF THE

ROAD GROANING AND REACHING UP TO HIM FOR HELP, HE

SAYS TO HIM, "I SAY OLD BOY," HE SAID, "I'M SORRY

TO SEE YOU IN SUCH A PICKLE, BUT THE TRUTH OF

THE MATTER IS, I WAS JUST CONTEMPLATING MY NAVEL,

YOU SEE, AND I WAS EXAMINING MY SELF-IMAGE.

AND I'M WORKING ON IT, YOU KNOW AND I DON'T REALLY

LIKE MYSELF YET AND SO I REALLY CAN'T STAND YOU.

HOWEVER, I'M ON MY WAY DOWN TO SEE THE LOCAL

PSYCHOLOGIST, AND HE TELLS ME THAT IN JUST A COUPLE

OF YEARS I SHOULD LIKE MYSELF WELL ENOUGH TO BE

ABLE TO LOVE MY NEIGHBOR.

SO JUST HANG AROUND AND I'LL BE BACK AFTER AWHILE".

WELL THAT IS NOT WHAT CHRIST SAID AT ALL!

HE SAID THAT THE SAMARITAN SAW HIM AND HE MINISTERED

TO HIM AND HE CARED FOR HIM AND HE BROUGHT HIM TO

THE INN, AND PAID FOR HIS CARE.

YOU SEE, MY FRIENDS, IF LOVING OURSELVES BECOMES

THE FIRST PREREQUISITE AND DEVELOPING THIS IMAGE IS

ESSENTIAL BEFORE WE CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE, AND SINCE

THEY OBVIOUSLY INDICATE THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY SPEND

MANY, MANY YEARS DOING THAT, WELL AFTER TEN YEARS

OF WORKING ON MY SELF-IMAGE, JUST ABOUT THE

TIME I GET MYSELF TO THE PLACE WHERE I REALLY THINK

I LOVE MYSELF AND I'M REALLY DELIGHTED WITH MYSELF, I DIE.

AND GOD SAYS TO ME "I SEE THAT YOU DIDN'T LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR".

"WELL, YOU SEE, GOD, I WAS INTENDING TO DO THAT AND I

WAS GETTING AROUND TO IT BUT I SPENT THE LAST TEN

YEARS WORKING ON MY SELF-IMAGE, YOU SEE, AND

THAT'S NUMBER ONE, AS YOU TOLD ME, YOU KNOW, I CAN'T

LOVE MY NEIGHBOR UNTIL I LOVE MYSELF.

SO I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT AND I WAS GOING TO

GET AROUND TO THAT SHORTLY BUT YOU PULLED MY STRING TOO SOON.

I WANT TO ASK YOU, MY FRIENDS, HOW DO YOU THINK

THAT WOULD WASH AT THE FINAL JUDGMENT?

THAT IS A TOTAL DISTORTION OF WHAT THE BIBLE IS TEACHING.

INDEED, THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT WE SHOULD LOVE GOD;

THEN WE SHOULD LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR.

YOU KNOW, IT IS AN INTERESTING THING THAT THE

SECULAR PSYCHOLOGIST, HAVING ADOPTED HIS ATHEISM

AND HIS MATERIALISM, HAVING ABANDONED GOD AND

CHRIST, NOW FINDS MAN WITHOUT ANY ETERNAL

SIGNIFICANCE, SIMPLY AS A CONCATENATION OF

PROTOPLASM, SOME CHANCE GATHERING OF AMINO ACIDS

THAT CAME TOGETHER IN THE PRIMEVAL SLIME, THAT HAS

NO ULTIMATE PURPOSE OR MEANING AND HE COUNSELS

HIM TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE TRYING TO FIND

OUT WHO HE IS.

BUT IF A PERSON IS A CHRISTIAN, HE KNOWS WHO HE IS.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, MY FRIEND, BUT I KNOW WHO I AM.

AND IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW, THEN LET ME TELL YOU.

I HAPPEN TO BE ROYALTY.

MY FATHER IS THE KING, YOU BETTER KEEP THAT IN MIND.

MY FATHER IS THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS,

AND I'M A CHILD OF THE KING, A PRINCE ROYALE.

I WANT TO TELL YOU, THAT GIVES LIFE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE.

AS TO WHY I AM HERE?

I HAVE BEEN PLACED HERE FOR A GREAT AND GLORIOUS PURPOSE.

I AM TO FULFILL THE PURPOSES OF THE ALMIGHTY

CREATOR AND REDEEMER OF THE UNIVERSE.

I DON'T NEED TO RUN AROUND BLATHERING ABOUT WHO AM I

AND WHERE DID I COME FROM AND WHY AM I HERE AND

WHERE AM I GOING?

IF I AM A CHRISTIAN, I KNOW THOSE THINGS.

WHAT I NEED TO BE ABOUT IS OBEYING WHAT CHRIST SAID

TO LOVE GOD WITH ALL OF MY HEART, MIND, AND SOUL, AND

TO LOVE MY NEIGHBOR AS MYSELF.

AND YOU KNOW SOMETHING?

A SELF-IMAGE IS VERY MUCH LIKE HAPPINESS.

SOMEBODY ONCE WROTE ABOUT THE UNHAPPY QUEST FOR

HAPPINESS, THE UNHAPPY PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

AND THE UNHAPPIEST PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO PURSUE

HAPPINESS, BECAUSE HAPPINESS IS NOT SOMETHING

WHICH YOU CAN FIND BY DIRECTLY PURSUING IT.

IT IS SOMETHING WHICH IS A BY-PRODUCT OF PURSUING

SOMETHING ELSE.

IT IS SOMETHING WE DISCOVER WHEN WE ARE NOT

REALLY LOOKING FOR IT AT ALL.

MY FRIENDS, YOU CAN BE SOMEBODY WHO HAS ETERNAL

AND INFINITE SIGNIFICANCE, BUT YOU CAN ONLY DO THAT

AS YOU ARE RELATED UNTO THE CREATOR WHO MADE YOU.

AND WHEN YOU TRY TO DISSEVER THAT RELATIONSHIP

BETWEEN THE GOD WHO CREATED YOU, YOU WILL FIND

THAT YOUR LIFE LOSES ALL SIGNIFICANCE AND MEANING

AND YOU CAN SPEND YOUR LIFE CHASING IT AND IT

WILL BE NO MORE FRUITFUL THAN A DOG CHASING HIS

TAIL AROUND A TREE.

BUT INVITE CHRIST TO TAKE HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE UPON

THE THRONE OF YOUR LIFE, REPENT OF YOUR SINS, AND

TO PLACE YOUR TRUST IN HIM WHO DIED FOR YOU.

WHO IS WILLING TO PUT UPON YOUR FINGER THE RING OF

SONSHIP, TO ADOPT YOU INTO HIS FAMILY, TO GIVE YOU

HIS NAME, TO MAKE YOU A PRINCE OR PRINCESS IN HIS

REALM AND YOUR LIFE WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANCE THAT

YOU NEVER DREAMED OF BEFORE.

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

WHAT KIND OF SELF-IMAGE DO YOU HAVE?

CHRIST WOULD LIKE TO REMAKE YOU INTO THE VERY IMAGE OF GOD.

HOW IS THAT FOR A SELF-IMAGE.

MAY WE PRAY.

O GOD, FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH FEELINGS

OF WORTHLESSNESS AND USELESSNESS AND

INSIGNIFICANCE AND LACK OF PURPOSE AND MEANING, MAY

THEY LIFT UP THEIR EYES UNTO CALVARY'S CROSS AND

SEE THERE THE PORTAL THAT LEADS TO PARADISE AND THE

DOORWAY TO MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE IN LIFE.

MAY THEY ENTER THROUGH THAT ON ONE SIDE OF THE

DOOR, THEY ARE A PAUPER CLOTHED IN THE FILTHY RAGS

OF THEIR OWN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS BUT WHEN

THEY PASS THROUGH THAT PORTAL, THEY ARE PRINCES

AND PRINCESSES CLOTHED IN THE ROYAL ROBES OF THE SON

OF GOD AND GIVEN A MEANING AND PURPOSE WHICH WILL NEVER END.

WE BLESS THEE FOR THAT.

IN CHRIST'S NAME.

AMEN.

HELLO, MY NAME IS ROB PACIENZA, THE SENIOR

PASTOR OF CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

FOUNDED BY DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE?

I HOPE IT'S TO GLORIFY GOD AND TELL OTHERS ABOUT HIM.

BUT YOU CAN'T DO EITHER OF THOSE IF YOU DON'T KNOW

HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR AND YOUR LORD.

DO YOU?

IF NOT, I URGE YOU TO PRAY WITH ME AND ASK JESUS

CHRIST TO WORK OUT HIS PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.

IF YOU'LL DO THAT, HE'LL GIVE YOU JOY AND PEACE IN

THIS LIFE AND FOR ALL ETERNITY.

HE'LL SHOW YOU YOUR PURPOSE FOR LIVING.

I WANT YOU TO PRAY WITH ME RIGHT NOW, "LORD, JESUS

CHRIST, I WANT TO KNOW YOUR PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE.

I ADMIT THAT I AM A SINNER IN NEED OF A SAVIOR.

I REPENT OF MY SINS AND ASK YOU TO COME INTO MY LIFE.

I ACCEPT THE FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE THAT YOU CAME

TO GIVE AND I PLACE MY TRUST IN YOU FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.

AND ITS IN IN YOUR NAME I PRAY, AMEN."

IF YOU JUST PRAYED THAT PRAYER SINCERELY, FROM

YOUR HEART, THEN THIS IS WHAT JESUS CHRIST SAYS,

"HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME HAS EVERLASTING LIFE."

I WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!

TO HELP YOU GROW IN YOUR NEW FAITH, WE HAVE A

SPECIAL GIFT FOR YOU.

IT'S BEGINNING AGAIN, THE BOOK WRITTEN BY

DR. KENNEDY FOR NEW BELIEVERS.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING - BEGINNING AGAIN.

SO ASK FOR YOUR COPY TODAY BY WRITING TO OUR ADDRESS

OR CALLING OUR TOLL-FREE NUMBER.

AND MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

AND NOW, A CORAL RIDGE PROFILE, A PERSONAL LOOK

INTO A LIFE TOUCHED BY GOD.

HERE'S DR. KENNEDY.

TODAY WE'VE TALKED ABOUT AN ELUSIVE THING CALLED SELF-IMAGE.

MANY PEOPLE SEEM TO STRUGGLE WITH THIS BUT

WHAT IF YOU'RE HANDICAPPED AND HAVE A BODY THAT'S

BROKEN OR FAR LESS THAN PERFECT?

HOW DO THESE PEOPLE LEARN TO ACCEPT THEMSELVES?

ONE YOUNG LADY NAMED JONI EARECKSON TADA DISCOVERED HOW.

ON A HOT SUMMER'S DAY IN 1967, 17 YEAR OLD JONI

EARECKSON'S LIFE WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE FOREVER.

BUTCH, ARE YOU GOING TO COME IN?

OW, OW, A CRAB GOT ME, JONI WATCH OUT FOR CRABS.

JONI?

DIVING INTO WATER THAT WAS TOO SHALLOW, JONI BROKE

HER NECK AND SEVERED HER SPINAL CORD,

PARALYZING HER FROM THE NECK DOWN.

BUTCH, HELP!! BUTCH!

JONI BATTLED FOR HER LIFE IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED

THE ACCIDENT BUT THIS WOULD NOT BE THE ONLY

BATTLE JONI WOULD WAGE AS SHE BEGAN TO FACE THE

REALITY OF BEING A QUADRIPLEGIC FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

UP UNTIL THEN, ALTHOUGH I WAS A CHRISTIAN, I ALWAYS

DEPENDED ON THE OUTWARD SHELL, I ALWAYS DEPENDED

ON THE ABILITY TO MOVE AND RUN AND PLAY TENNIS AND GO

SKIING AND SO MANY OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE UP THE

PHYSICAL IDENTITY OF WHO WE ARE.

BUT SUDDENLY I WAS HIT WITH NOTHING BUT A SPIRITUAL IDENTITY

I MEAN, I WAS ONLY A YOUNG TEENAGER AT THE TIME AND

MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO MY SELF-IMAGE WAS HAVING A

ZIT ON MY CHIN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT AND SUDDENLY I HAD

TO DEAL WITH TOTAL PARALYSIS.

YOU IDIOT, STUPID JERK, YOU MUST HAVE HANDS LIKE MEAT HOOKS!

HER NERVES ARE ALL STANDING AT ATTENTION RIGHT NOW.

THE YARDSTICKS I USED WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL WERE

BASED ON ABILITIES, PERFORMANCE, APPEARANCE,

BACKGROUND, ACHIEVEMENT AND I REMEMBER ALL THOSE

BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ME AND THINKING I HAD NOTHING

LEFT AND I FELT SO SORRY FOR MYSELF.

AND I REMEMBER GOING TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EVERY

DAY AND MY THERAPIST TELLING ME YOU'RE GOING TO

HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO PUT A BRUSH BETWEEN YOUR TEETH

AND WRITE AND TYPE AND BRUSH AND PAINT.

AND I SAD, NO WAY, I MEAN, THAT'S FOR HANDICAPPED

PEOPLE THAT'S NOT FOR ME!

AND I KEPT SPITTING THIS PENCIL ON THE FLOOR AND

SHE KEPT WIPING IT OFF WITH LYSOL AND STICKING IT

BACK IN MY MOUTH AND I KEPT SPITTING IT OUT.

AND FINALLY SHE GOT TIRED OF THAT ROUTINE AND LEFT

ME IN THE CORNER TO FEEL SORRY FOR MYSELF.

AND THEN ONE DAY A YOUNG QUADRIPLEGIC IN A

WHEELCHAIR CAME IN AND HE WAS MORE PARALYZED THAN

ME, ALL HE COULD DO WAS BLINK HIS EYES.

AND THE NURSE PUT HIM IN FRONT OF AN EASEL AND PUT

A PENCIL IN HIS MOUTH AND HE DIDN'T COMPLAIN AND HE

DIDN'T SPIT IT OUT ON THE FLOOR AND HE DIDN'T LOOK

AROUND AT EVERYBODY ELSE TO SEE WHO WAS DOING WHAT

AND IF HE WAS BETTER OFF THAN THEM, HE JUST STARTED

PRACTICING WRITING WITH THAT PENCIL BETWEEN HIS TEETH.

AND I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH HIS ATTITUDE THAT HE

JUST "GOT ON WITH LIVING" THAT I DECIDED THAT THERE

HAD TO BE MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST FEELING SORRY

FOR MYSELF AND COMPARING MYSELF TO EVERYBODY ELSE.

AND I THINK THAT WAS THE POINT WHERE I FINALLY GRIT

MY TEETH AND SAID "YES" TO WHATEVER GOD WANTED TO DO

ON THE INSIDE.

OK, LORD.

I'LL STOP TRYING TO WORK IT OUT TO MAKE SENSE JUST FOR ME.

I KNEW THERE WASN'T MUCH CHANCE, MUCH HOPE FOR THE

OUTSIDE BUT I KNEW THAT A LOT COULD BE DONE WAY DOWN

DEEP IN MY HEART AND TRUE BEAUTY WASN'T GOING TO

DEPEND ON THE LATEST SHADE OF REVLON NAIL COLOR IT

WAS GOING TO DEPEND ON PATIENCE AND PEACE AND

SELF-CONTROL AND SELF-DISCIPLINE.

AND IT WAS A TRADE OFF, I MEAN, I HAD TO SUDDENLY

TRADE IN ALL MY OLD VALUES FOR NEW ONES AND THAT

YOUNG MAN IN THE THERAPY ROOM HELPED ME GET STARTED.

22 YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE JONI'S ACCIDENT AND WITHIN

THAT TIME, JONI HAS BECOME AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST, A

MEMBER OF THE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL COUNCIL ON

DISABILITY AND COMRADE AND COUNSELOR TO THOSE WHO

FACE SPECIAL PHYSICAL PROBLEMS.

YOU SEE SOMEBODY LIKE ON THE BUS OR SOMETHING AND

THEY'RE HANDICAPPED AND YOU DON'T REALLY THINK

ABOUT IT, IT'S JUST ANOTHER PERSON.

THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM.

AND THEN WHEN YOU'RE HANDICAPPED AND YOU CAN'T

DO SOMETHING IT MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT IT.

KEN TADA, JONI'S HUSBAND OF SEVEN YEARS COMMENTS ON

THE EMOTIONAL HEALTH OF HIS WIFE AND HIS MARRIAGE.

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SELF-IMAGE AND PEOPLE

THINK OF THE DISABILITY AS BEING A NEGATIVE, AND WE

REALIZED THAT MOST PEOPLE IN ANY MARRIAGE HAVE DISABILITIES.

IN FACT, WE CONSIDER OURSELVES THE FORTUNATE

ONES BECAUSE THE DISABILITIES WE HAVE ARE

VISIBLE BUT THERE ARE SO MANY WHO HAVE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES.

AND I THINK THE BALANCE COMES IN THE FACT THAT

JONI LOVES THE LORD.

THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE AND THAT'S THE THING THAT

SOLIDIFIES OUR MARRIAGE THE MOST AND MAKES IT SO

SPECIAL, FOR ME TO BE MARRIED TO A CHRISTIAN WOMAN LIKE HER.

I'M REALLY CONVINCED, NOT QUASI-CONVINCED, BUT

REALLY CONVINCED THAT BEAUTY IS WHAT EFFERVESCES

FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

THAT ITS JESUS THROUGH YOUR SMILE, THE EYES

REALLY ARE THE WINDOWS OF THE SOUL.

AND SO MUCH ABOUT POISE AND CONFIDENCE AND

SECURITY AND SIGNIFICANCE AND HOPE AND ASSURANCE HAS

TO DO WITH THE WAY YOU COMMUNICATE THROUGH YOUR

FACE AND THE WAY YOU EXPRESS IT AND REAL BEAUTY

DOESN'T DEPEND ON WHAT HAPPENS ON THE OUTSIDE.

IT'S GRACE UNDER PRESSURE.

IT'S THE ABILITY TO SMILE NOT IN SPITE OF YOU

PROBLEMS BUT BECAUSE OF THEM.

AND IT'S ANY DEGREE OF CHRIST'S CHARACTER THAT'S

BEEN CULTIVATED INSIDE SOMEHOW SHINING OUT LIKE A

CITY ON A HILL ON THE OUTSIDE.

AND THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO ACCOUNT FOR ETERNITY, NOT

MY LIZ CLAIBORNE SWEATERS.

DESPITE ALL THE EFFORTS OF ANCIENT ALCHEMISTS, NONE

WERE EVER ABLE TO TURN A BASE METAL, LIKE LEAD, INTO GOLD.

BUT OUR ALMIGHTY GOD IS THE GREAT ETERNAL

ALCHEMIST WHO TURNS ALL THE DROSS OF OUR LIVES, INTO GOLD.

THE ALCHEMY OF GOD, THE ALCHEMY OF GRACE, ALL

THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.

IN HIS NEWLY REPUBLISHED BOOK, TURN IT TO GOLD,

DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY TACKLES THE DIFFICULTIES WE ALL FACE.

CONTACT US TODAY TO RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF TURN

IT TO GOLD, ONE OF DR. KENNEDY'S MOST BELOVED

AND INSPIRING BOOKS, SO THAT YOU CAN BE ENCOURAGED

OR SHARE ASSURANCE WITH A FRIEND THAT GOD'S PROMISES

ARE THE RICHEST GOLD NOW AND FOREVER.

THIS HAS BEEN A PRODUCTION OF

D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES

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