The Bottom Line

Tim Stafford’s cover article “Franchising Hope” [May 18] was, as usual, well-written and comprehensive. But it left me with more unanswered questions about the “Christian psychology” debate than I had before reading it.

Two issues trouble me. The first is the idea that Christians have to go to a therapy center to experience “more church than anywhere else.” Instead of our churches providing that haven (or sanctuary) from the attacks of the Devil, the world, and even our own fleshly natures, they are now places where problems are created and compounded.

The Christian psychology industry seems to want us to believe we need them to help us interpret what life means, how to get along with family, friends, and co-workers. (Where does that leave Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and the fellowship of the saints?) Are they saying we should replace the church with Christian therapy centers?

The second issue deals with motives and big bucks. If the bottom line of therapy centers is profit, can the work truly be of God? There are monumental opportunities for anyone who desires to help people deal with serious emotional and psychological issues. Is there any way the for-profit Christian therapy centers can provide services for the problems of the needy and poor of the inner city? Or is profit really the only bottom line in this industry?

Curtis Viles, Pastor

John Day, Oreg.

The Church Enquirer

I was standing in line at the supermarket check-out counter, bereft of the fourth fruit of the Spirit, when the National Enquirer shouted at me: “Elvis Does Show in Vegas—Gets Standing Ovation.”

As the minutes ticked by, I finally gave in. I scanned the article and discovered that a video of Elvis had played at some hole-in-the-wall Las Vegas ...

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