Empty Deceit and “Christian” Self-help

To the atheist, the conscience is the end product of a long line of evolutionary and social conditioning, so when it bothers them they are not really guilty of anything.  As James Sire puts it, they are really only guilty of guilt.  This is why we live in a culture of therapy.  The goal is to rid ourselves of the feeling of guilt instead of the guilt itself.  Unfortunately, we see this being translated into many churches as sin and the cross of Christ are ignored and replaced with a “Christian” self-help regimen.  So even under the name of Jesus, empty deceit can hold sway.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8-

Doug Eaton


  1. Well said. I believe that we can really learn to enhance our lives by exploring ideas like this. It’s amazing what people can accomplish with some thought, effort and a little self-confidence. It’s not just about feeling better. It’s about feeling better for the right reasons. This is why we follow Christ.


  2. We are all guilty of the blood of Christ whether we believe it or not. We are forgiven in Jesus Christ precious blood. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 ESV


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