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Both the big umbrella and good intentions

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Both the Big Umbrella and Good IntentionsNotwithstanding abhor the excesses of the Flea Market andseek to distance themselves from such conspicuously badtheology and careless uses of psychology. But in the lastanalysis all integrationism evidences a defective view ofhuman nature and a defective functional epistemology. Forthem sin is neverthespecific issue that underlies problemsin living. And the categories that emerge from specificexegesis of Scripture are neverthesignificant categoriesfor understanding and helping people.1. “What is at the bottom of the heart of man?”: Thequestion of anthropologyBiblically the heart of man is the crucible where theFirst Great Commandment plays out: Do you love, fear,trust, serve and listen to God? Or do you love, fear, trust,serve and listen to idols, self, other people, your ownperformance, mammon, Satan and cravings (for love,importance, self-esteem, control, among a horde of otherthings)? In other words, the law of God cuts to the verydeepest issues of human life, not just in high-flown theorybut in the trenches of daily life: behavior, thinking,emotions, priorities, relationships, attitudes, conscience,desires and the rest.J. C. Ryle commented astutely.There are very few errors and false doctrines of whichthe beginning may not be traced up to unsound viewsabout the corruption of human nature.Wrong views of a disease will always bring with themwrong views of a remedy. Wrong views of thecorruption of human nature will always carry with them12Ibid.,page 70, emphasis his.wrong views of the grand antidote and cure of thatcorruption.It is striking how all three forms of integrationism—chaotic, sophisticated and covert—converge in their viewof the core of man. For all their differences they are allfundamentally man-centered. Integrationists systematicallymake human needs and desires fundamental. They baptizecertain lusts of the flesh as “needs.” As need theories,rather than sin theories, they typically focus attention onsupposed basic needs for love or to feel good aboutourselves or to accomplish something worthwhile. In thelogic of each theory the human heart is fundamentallygood, but because of the rough sledding of life in a fallenworld hearts become empty, needy, yearning, and wounded.All integrationists subscribe by profession of Christianfaith to the fact of sin. All profess to believe in humanresponsibility. Many make incidental comments along theway that are wise and perceptive. (Naturally, such “happycontradictions” are more frequent in some than in others.)All profess to believe Mark 7:21–23: “From within, out ofthe heart of men, come...” But the logic of a psychologizedsystem defines that heart in such a way that “out of thewounded, needy, legitimately yearning heart come...” Theultimate WHY for our problems islogicallyin those otherpeople who wounded us, who did not meet our needs, wholeft our longings unfulfilled.

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