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The Error of Self-Actualization Preached in the Name of the Gospel

by Vincent Valentyn|Published January 30, 2020

Joseph Mattera

Since the dawn of the “positive thinking” message of Norman Vincent Peale in the 20th century, there has been an avalanche of preachers teaching variations of this message.  (The “health and wealth” prosperity gospel, “name it and claim it”, along with various modes of motivational types of preaching.) Although this positive message extracts truth from Scripture and has great merit, when isolated outside the whole council of God it can be misleading and even dis-heartening for adherents who fail to see their dreams come true. Furthermore, when the objective is “self-fulfillment”, the message often reduces the Gospel of Christ to appease the narcissistic dreams of half-baked Christians.

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