What the Bible Says
The Bible makes it clear that the troubles we experience in this life are not merely the result of negative thinking that can be overcome by tapping into our potential through positive thinking. They are the result of a deep-seated rebellion against God that involves not only the mind, but the will. We simply cannot overcome the evils of this world, or even the evil in our hearts, in our own strength. Apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5). Apart from being born again, we are eternally dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).
Where Peale taught that our deepest problem is a lack of belief in ourselves and that our salvation comes with a simple shift in thinking, the Bible teaches that no man can save himself, regardless of how positive his thoughts may be. His salvation must come from outside himself. The glory of Jesus Christ is in the fact that he “has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death” sinners “who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds” (Colossians 1:21-22). Tragically, by his life and legacy, Peale showed that he rejected this Savior and chose to trust in his own strength.
Am I astonished with this revelation? And to think how my Father prevented me from succumbing to this evil false teaching? Wow!
For a long time I have seen the evil disguised as good going on amid the multitudes following from Billy Graham to all the amazing prosperity ministries, but!
Why Father planted me in SIWO? SIWO is Father’s trumpet card for His plan of restoration to the original intent for our creation. To love. To be loved. His cherish family forever to be.
I am beginning to see, O my Father, I am beginning to see with Your eyes not mine.
Your intent for our creation? Not to be and do and live on this insanity ridden world by the power of our minds.
The enemy of our souls in the guise of Norman Vincent Peale programmed into the human mind the doctrine sure to separate us from our Father’s intent for our creation.
Phew! To see it all with Your eyes not mine? What a difference! Even from yesterday to this moment as I finish writing this post.
Father? This is a long post, but! I trust Your words to penetrate the heart of leaders and followers of this false doctrine.