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Feelings

FEELINGS (Morris Albert)

Feelings, nothing more than feelings,
trying to forget my feelings of love.

………

When I was growing up this was a hated song that was sung everywhere.  That song was sung for the purpose of making fun of others and as a parody in skits.  However, it honestly embodies a change that occurred in the way life has been lived since the sixties.  See until the revolution of the sixties people where more likely to make decisions based on “right and wrong”, honor, honesty, and the law; any number of governing factors were present.  But after the sixties “feelings” became a driving force in decisions.  Now, of course, there have always been individuals who based their life on their feelings, yet the majority of society did not, until the past fifty years.

Marriages were broken because spouses didn’t “feel” love for each other.

Children were sent off to daycare because mothers didn’t “feel” fulfilled as a homemaker.

Living together became more common because people didn’t “feel” like marriage.

Have you ever heard the expression “Feelings are neither right nor wrong; they just are“?  If you are a Christian you should instantly recognized that as a false statement.  Just an example:

Hate

Leviticus 19:17-18 (ESV)
17  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.
18  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Matthew 5:43-48 (ESV)
43  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48  You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

So see the feeling of hate of another person is wrong and it is a sin.  Yet we may hate their works (their actions) such as murder, abuse, etc.

Revelation 2:6 (ESV) Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

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Do you think the dramatic increase in “mental illness” and depression can be related to this focus on “feelings”?

This is what Jay Adams says in his book The Christian Counselor’s Manual:

“Feelings are up and down, they have peaks and troughs…. Nothing short of commandment living (often in spite of feelings) can keep life stable.  The peaks and troughs grow larger as they are allowed to become the life motivating force; however, on the other hand, they tend to flatten out as life becomes commandment oriented.”

Do you know people who are so swayed by their feelings that their emotions are up and down constantly?

Dare we not confront another when they are swayed by their feelings in direct opposition to God’s commands?

Proverbs 27:5-6 (ESV)
5  Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Oh, that another would love us such to confront us about our acting according to our sinful feelings!

 


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Mental Illness – John MacArthur

The following “Question” was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and “Answered” by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr.

It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-3, titled “Questions and Answers” —
A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing,
Word of Grace,
P.O. Box 4000,
Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.
Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved.

Question

To what extent do you believe that cases of epilepsy and lunacy, today, are due to demon possession, and would it be possible to cure these illnesses by casting out these demons through exorcism?

Answer

I think, personally, from just understanding the New Testament record, and knowing that demonic forces are powerful, strong, and the fact is that we do “wrestle against, not just flesh and blood, but principalities and powers,” according to Ephesians six–I think a lot more mental illness and a lot more aberrant and abnormal behavior can be attributed to demonic work than we ever imagine.

I think a lot of it is “functional disorder.” A lot of it, such as epilepsy, can definitely be due to a physical problem, rather than a spiritual problem. But what can be diagnosed as epilepsy can usually be diagnose as such by virtue of some physical things. Today, we have sophisticated enough diagnostic techniques to do that. But, I think that there is behavior that might appear to be epileptic that definitely could be demonic.

The answer to the question, “Do I feel that a lot of it could be eliminated by casting out demons?” I don’t believe necessarily, today, that the Lord calls us to cast out demons. I believe anyone who comes to Christ will be freed from that, and any Christian who is obedient to Christ will be freed from that. It’s not a question of having to go around and cast those out–that was a very unique ministry of Christ and the Apostles in a sovereign way. Christ just spoke to demons and they left, and the Apostles as well. I think today, we have no such ministry existing in the Church, but the promise, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you,” and we come to Christ, “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world.”

Yes, I do believe that much of mental illness is a result of demonic and Satanic activity, but it is hard to just isolate it, because it is a result of sin, it is a result of willful choices made by human beings, and it certainly involves Satan. If we knew the truth, then we would know that standard psychological answers don’t solve that problem. I think, we basically, in our contemporary psychological approach to these problems have come to the fact that, for the most part, psychology doesn’t help. So, if you have severe problems, what will happen–and I can tell you that I have been in mental institutions all around this area, calling on people and visiting people and so forth–inevitably what happens when a person goes in there is, they don’t have any cure–they just give them medication to calm the symptoms–they can’t deal with the problems.

I just got an article the other day across my desk, which I have started to read, which basically talks about psychology and its inadequacy. There is another new book called “Psychological Seduction” written by the man that is the Chairman of the Psychology Department at Boston College (I think it is), who is a very respected academician who says psychology, as such, the whole business is “bunk,” because it has shown now that they can’t get to the problems just through psychological means. As a solution it doesn’t really work.

So, I think the reason it doesn’t work in many cases (sometimes it does–people just need guidance), but the reason it doesn’t work is because the forces there are greater than can be dealt with, with just human information or human technique–and I think that it is supernatural. But I think the answer is to “Come to Christ” and then to live an obedient life. I don’t want to oversimplify, but I think that that’s it.

Added to Bible Bulletin Board’s “MacArthur’s Questions and Answers” by:
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