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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing (MN) (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885904584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885904584
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Johnny W. Kicklighter on September 19, 2006
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The book, Deceptive Diagnosis: When Sin is Called Sickness, explores the major shift in how Christian evangelicals view and deal with sin. The authors, Dr. David Tyler and Dr. Kurt Grady, believe that the Church stopped calling sinful and deviant behavior "sin," and started calling it "sickness" beginning in the mid 1960's. The sexual sinner Apostle Paul wrote about became the sex addict. The thief became the kleptomaniac. The drunkard became the alcoholic. The rebellious child became afflicted with "Oppositional Defiant Disorder." A family in which the husband will not work, the wife will not keep the home, and the children will not obey is no longer considered sinful; it is dysfunctional. The liar became a compulsive liar. The gambler became a compulsive gambler. The "deeds of the flesh, which are immorality impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing" (Galatians 5:19-21) were all redefined using psychopathological words.

Tyler and Grady believe the landscape of evangelicalism today is very disturbing. Christians have jettisoned their commitment to the Bible and embraced psychology. Biblical definitions and categories have changed and a new vocabulary has emerged within the Church. Behaviors and attitudes once regarded as sinful have undergone a dramatic change. Sin is called sickness and confessing sin has been replaced with recovering from sickness. The word "sin" has nearly disappeared from our vocabulary. As such, the impact of the Gospel to a non-believer is less pronounced and the need for progressive sanctification in the believer is minimized. Although we try to make ourselves feel better by calling sin by another name, it is always there. It never fully goes away.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Warriner on April 4, 2009
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This book exposes the deception of modern psychoanalysis and the practice of medicating the symptoms with no hope of cure for the underlying cause. The authors are imminently qualified to make these assertions and do so in a very understandable and readable style. Hopefully people who believe they are suffering from mental illness will find out there are alternatives that actually alleveiate the cause while helping with the symptoms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Technology Buff on October 18, 2013
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This was a very helpful book in knowing how to apply the truths of God's word to even those areas that are difficult, like brain injury and dementias. It also strips away the vaneer of "addictions" and rightly shows how they are repetitive choices that are made, with self at the center.
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