October 15, 2009

The Gracelessness (and Evil) of Self-Esteem Teachings

The extremely Biblely Pyromaniacs blog published a great post today by Dan Phillips titled: Self-help, self-esteem, self-destruction, and large, irresponsible mouths.

It is a powerful short warning about how self-esteem teachings go directly against the grain of what God really wants for you, which is His revealed will in the Bible).

Consider the striking words of Jeremiah concerning those who promote self-contentment:

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”
(Jeremiah 23:16-17)


Anonymous said...

Hi Penn,
I was reading Daniel's prayer-9th chapter and he prays just the opposite of what prosperity preachers preach. What a beautiful prayer! After personal confession he acknowledges GOD as the covenant keeper with those who love Him and keep His commandments.
He then declares himself and his people to be wicked rebels who are receiving the righteous punishment of God for failing to turn from "...our wickedness". His supplication is that although confusion and shame of face rightly belong to the people, God hear this prayer and turn away His anger and wrath and cause His face to shine on His desolate sanctuary for the LORD'S sake.
Our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to believe on Him and to love one another. How humbling it is to know that the One who gives this command did everything required to reconcile us to the Father by dying in our place. What a great and awesome God! We love Him because He first loved us. We love Him because He kept the commandments that we couldn't.
We love Him because He was obedient unto death. HIS body was the temple of God that was made desolate as God the Father turned His face from Him and poured out His anger and fury on His own perfect Son as the cursed sin offering. -Psalm 22 Yes, we are wicked rebels, but we can come humbly and boldly to the throne of grace not because of our righteousness, but because of His mercy. Jesus Christ took the punishment we deserved and paid our sin debt in full! Praise be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He paid our sin debt in full! Grace to you Penn!


p.s. I will keep you in prayer for your trip.

Penn Tomassetti said...

Wow... amen! Thanks for this John, and thank you for praying. It has been my desire to visit Pittsburgh before I travel to Santo Domingo, but doesn't look like that will happen this time. Please keep Grace Missionary Church of Upper Darby/Landsdowne in your prayers as well (Mark Loeffert's church).

Grace be with you always, brother.