NORMAN_VINCENT_PEALE_AND_THE_POWER_OF_POSITIVE_THINKING.doc

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I John 2.16 states : " For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world " (NASB). Here two of the appeals (temptations) of the New Age are elucidated: sensual appeal in the " lust of the flesh and the eyes, " and motivational-pride appeal in " boastful pride of life. " By "world," this passage is speaking of the system that sets itself against God's will - a system that is man- centered, and is focused on man's pride, sensual greed, and materialism. This is not a matter-spirit duality but rather a contrast between man's innately selfish desires and systems versus the desire to be submitted to God's truth. God's word tells us that we can never be satisfied by seeking to fulfill worldly or fleshly desires. Proverbs 27.20 states: " Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied. " (NASB) And Ecclesiastes 1.8 addresses the perennial disappointment man experiences in seeking lasting happiness from the world's pleasures, " All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing " (NIV). True satisfaction comes only through knowing Jesus Christ, who is the bread of life and who offers the water of life (John 6.35, 7.38). Dyer and other new spiritual motivational speakers offer that which greatly appeals and may temporarily gratify but can never fully satisfy: practical steps to worldly success, affirmations that fuel pride in one's supposed goodness and power, and beautiful words that veil a false spirituality. It is the continuation of the temptation in the Garden.
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The Wisdom of Man Rejects the Wisdom of God Dyer has accomplished much, giving a misleading validity to his allure. However, Dyer has cast his lot with Eastern and New Age spirituality: "Dattatreya Siva Baba has served as a spiritual teacher to Dr. Wayne Dyer, whose book, Manifest Your Destiny, is based on Baba Sri Siva's teachings. Indeed, Dr. Dyer dedicated this book to Baba Sri Siva as 'Guruji'." ( ; see also ; ; and - dyer.inspiresyou.com/viewtopic.php?t=182 . Dyer's wisdom is the wisdom of man, a postulation that proclaims man's innate divinity and does not acknowledge the true God, man's separation from God through sin, nor man's inability to redeem himself, and which rejects reconciliation with God through faith in Jesus Christ. This wisdom will never be gratified, satisfied, answered, or restful. Ultimate satisfaction, wisdom, and rest are found only in the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who makes this appeal to you : " Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light " (Matthew 11:28-30).
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  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

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