D. James Kennedy

1990 Television Messages


These messages (broadcast in November of 1990) were part of a two-part series against (supposedly) the teachings of psychology in general and self-image specifically. Even though most of the material was excellent and thoroughly Biblical, Kennedy again slipped into to some common psychological traps:

-  After properly presenting the image of a sinner without God (totally depraved, worthless, and without value), Kennedy depicts a Christian as one with value, significance, and meaning. He speaks of himself as, "I'm royalty; I'm a child of the King!"

-  Not psychological per sť, but an indication of where one's amillennial eschatology might lead -- a social/political action gospel message: "We must be very busy about changing society in order to bring about the Kingdom of God."

-  The greatest emphasis of the messages is how bad "secular" psychology is, and even though Kennedy depicts so-called "Christian" psychology as also 'bad,' he gives the clear impression that Christian psychology is not quite as bad as that 'godless, atheistic, kind.'

-  Kennedy falls into the trap of trying to salvage something for self as he asks, "Do you know who you are? What kind of self-image do you have? Christ would like to remake you into the very image of God. How's that for a self-image?!"

-  Kennedy closes the first of the two messages by praying for those "struggling with feelings of worthlessness and uselessness and insignificance and lack of purpose and meaning." Kennedy's answer to this dilemma is to find Christ, "the doorway to meaning and significance in life." (This is purely a psychological approach to man's focus on himself, not a Biblical one.)

-  Lends credibility to the ecumenical "ministry" of Mother Teresa.

-  Kennedy quotes Martin Luther as having the proper view of our value to God -- "God does not love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because God loves us." Kennedy ignores the fact that I can value something merely because of who I am, even though the object of my subjective "value" judgment is, to all objective observers, completely worthless, with no value whatsoever. Likewise, God loves us -- worthless, wretched sinners that we are -- because of who He is, not because of who we are. Merely because we are objects of His love does not necessarily follow that we now have value.

Biblical Discernment Ministries