Dr. Barry Wingfield
Liberty Theological Seminary
In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for PACO 600 D02 LUO
A SURVEY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING THEORIES
August 8, 2010
Anderson, Neil T. The Bondage Breaker. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2000.
Dr. Anderson claims he has ministered to “to thousands of Christians” all over the world who are being “deceived and are living defeated lives” due to possible possession by demons (Anderson, 2001, 9). These demons prevent them from taking control of their lives and from breaking free from bad (sinful) habits. When believers commit sins, they unwittingly make an entrance for demons to enter their lives, becoming enslaved and they cannot live a good and faithful life as intended by God, “people are in bondage to the lies they believe” (Anderson, 11). He assumes that the battle for control is in the heart of Christians, with lies and other temptations constantly attacking their core. Christians are warned to stand their ground in the truth of God’s Word, as they “are not trying to become God’s children, but rather, are children of God who are becoming like Christ” (12).
Anderson gives details about the dangers of losing control over our heart and emotions; this is where the demons are free to tempt us. There are three areas in which the devil tries to tempt us, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (139). He claims that demons are very much active in the world today by citing biblical passages and rejects the on the surface claims of psychologists and psychiatrists of psychological disorders. He says, “even many Christians who vociferously reject the scientific community’s explanation for the origin of the species naively accept the secular psychologist’s explanation of mental illness. (21).
Anderson argues that people who are suffering from mental illnesses are more than likely possessed by demons. He points to numerous examples of the most severe cases of people who were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Secular psychology and those in the medical field would see this as a simplistic explanation and an excuse for a person's problems. However, when all else on the medical side of things have fallen short, Dr. Anderson argues that we need to look to spiritual matters.
To protect ourselves from these spiritual attacks, Anderson says we must look to scripture as a how-to manual. In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul describes the armor of God that He has provided for our protection. Anderson says we must get “dressed for a spiritual battle” (95). He provides a well thought out series of steps, “Steps to Freedom in Christ” that are available to anyone looking to become free in Christ (199). This is his theoretical approach to counseling that is based on several truths in the Bible. He gives many success stories of people whom have become “free in Christ” by utilizing his theoretical approach to freedom.
I had an interesting conversation with a church member recently who believes strongly that Satan cannot touch a believer. His rationale is that the blood of Jesus Christ has covered us; therefore, as a new creation in Christ, we cannot be influenced or destroyed by Satan or his demons. This man is a very godly man, who is passionate about Christ and does his very best to lead his wife and children, while mentoring others. He regularly shares his faith in Jesus and is completely trusting of our Lord. We were at our monthly deacons meeting. The topic for this month was church security. He did not see any point in having a security plan in place, changing locks or having designated people in security positions. When he was questioned about his viewpoint, he said, “God is omnipresent, omnipotent and...