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Emotional Faith Healing
, December 8, 2003
This review is from: Only God Can Heal the Wounded Heart (Paperback)
This is a problematic book from an extreme viewpoint on the Biblical Counseling issue (bible-only vs. secular psychology). Bulkley's arguments are full of strawmen and poor Biblical exegesis.
This is the irony: that in pillorying "Christian psychology" and upholding "Bible-only" counseling, Bulkley shows his own weakness in handling the Word of God. In one passage (I believe it's page 91, but I don't have the book in front of me during this writing), Bulkley uses the story of Jesus healing the blind man in John 9 to espouse his belief that Jesus is "still [telling] us today" to "go, wash [our] eyes and be healed." Is this really what Jesus is telling us?
This is nothing more than Benny Hinn for the Soul. Claim your healing in the name of Jesus. Jesus doesn't want his saints suffering. Of course, with Hinn, it's physical healing primarily, but with Bulkley, it's the same mentality applied to the soul.
Very dangerous, and very wrong when considered with the rest of Scripture. Take 2 Cor 12, for instance-- is not the suffering of the saints to the glory of God? Does not Romans 8 say that God uses ALL to bring about good? Suffering is a reality, and not a good one in and of itself. Suffering is bad. But our Sovereign Lord can use it to his eternal glory through the mystery of redemption. The Lord does not necessarily remove emotional pain in this life just because we desire it to be gone.
The strawman argumentation I alluded to earlier has to do with Bulkley's archetype of the Christian Psychologist. This is a FICTIONAL character, a so-called Christian Therapist who doesn't even know where his Bible is in his office. A therapist who believes in hypnotic regression, multiple personality disorder (personality dissociation) and other controversial, subjective, and dangerous practices.
This is not an accurate picture of many counselors who ascribe to some of the truths of secular psychology while holding to the absolute authority and sufficiency of the Word of God and espousing a thoroughly biblical worldview (which of course, necessitates rejecting a great deal of secular theories about emotional healing).
All in all, this book is anti-psychology screed from a man who apparently holds a PhD, but is nevertheless a failure as a biblical scholar.
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