Friday, September 14, 2007
nar·cis·sism [ nrssə sìzzəm ]
1. self-admiration: excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness
2. personality disorder: in psychiatry, a personality disorder characterized by the patient's overestimation of his or her own appearance and abilities and an excessive need for admiration. In psychoanalytic theory, emphasis is placed on the element of self-directed sexual desire in the condition.
One of the major problems with the "Prosperity Gospel", The Emerging "Church", and basically any other cult (Yes, I do use the term for what is a cult but a group that claims to be Christian but denies the biblical doctrine defining what one is?) is the basic infatuation each of these has with self. The reason why a certain emergent church pastor has no problem with a person like T.D. Jakes who openly denies the Trinity is basically because they're all in the same boat - one huge narcissitic one. All the time, I can read post after post on sites like Oldtruth.com, Slice (before it became defunct), and Pyromaniacs, and the resounding argument that comes from each of the people who support these sects of "Christendom" that teach openly heretical doctrine say, "Hey, what are you doing? We're on the same side! We're Christians just like you! See, we went to "church" Sunday! See?" When the term Christian became synonymous with self-love, self-glorification, and self-infatuation, the Gospel got thrown out of these people's sound minds and got replaced with self-love. Those that stand fast in the faith see these traits as nothing but anti-Christian, not fruits of the Spirit which a man must have or else "he is none of His". (Rom. 8:9)
All the while, sites like I listed above try and try to convice these people that they are missing out on what they are trying to say, and I submit that the reason these people cannot understand the message given is because the true Gospel is the antithesis of narcissim. These people may try to say, "Oh, we're Christians, just like you! Come on! Get over all your doctrinal issues and stuff that is not really neccessary anyway!" Well, they are right in a sense because sound doctrine is not needed for one to be narcissitic. Sound doctrine is not needed to for one narcissist to be in agreement with another narcissist, but when it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ who bled to death for the elect's sins... narcissim is the ENEMY of the Gospel. It attempts to place man in control instead of God. Of course, those devoted to waiting for Christ to return are bashed, called arrogant, unloving, etc. by these people because they do not love THE WORLD as themselves. What a narcissitic person cannot realize, though, is that the Gospel says to love your NEIGHBOR AS yourself and God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength. A narcissitic person turns that around and if anyone is not as infatuated with them as they are with themselves, well, they are labeled "Pharisee". Go figure that lack of logic...
Paul the Apostle said, "Let nothing be done through ἐριθεία (partisanship,
electioneering or intriguing for office) or κενοδοξία (self-esteem, empty pride); but in
ταπεινοφροσύνη (having a humble opinion of one’s self, a deep sense of one’s moral littleness) let each esteem others better than themselves." (Php 2:3) Have I done this perfectly my entire life? No, no, but when I wasn't, a concern for adhering to sound doctrine was the furthest thing from my sinful little narcissitic capsule. Do you really think it's any coincidence?
I have grown disgusted, weary, and am through with a "Christianity" that equates an individual's "spirituality" by how infatuated one is with their own self or how infatuted one is with those that are as well. That is not Christianity. That is cowardice and atheism, and what's is really sad is that most of this goes on today under the pretense of "evangelicalism". The true Church isn't made of a bunch of self-loving, self-honoring, pretenders, but it is made of those who really believe, love, obey, and are waiting on THE LORD'S coming. It is not made of those trying to get people in the doors at any cost to have a higher attendance raiting than the previous Sunday. Jesus said, "I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, who receive honor one of another, and do not seek the honor that comes from God only?" (Joh n5:42-44) Gladly honor one another? Is that like honoring people who deny the Godhead before honoring the Godhead? There has to be some kind of discression used, and I thank GOD that he hasn't let me forsake it to some of the people I could have. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (Jas 1:17) I don't give myself good gifts so why should I adhere to narcissits who might not claim by their words but instead in their actions that they do?
Talk about the numbers if you want, but if I told you I went to an apple orchard and picked three hundred boxes of apples, I'd be lying if I said I that in the same place that I went where only apples are grown and by using the means that I used to get all of those apples, I was able to produce even one genuine orange. I could be dishonest and call it an orange, but it still wouldn't change the fact that it isn't an orange.
A true believer sees the love involved in this post. A narcissit just sees another Pharisee trying to "be legal"...