INTP? ENFP? ENTJ? ESTJ? What do these abbreviations mean for the Christian? Nothing. Those are just a few of the abbreviations from the personality test called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). According to people on the gentlechristianmothers.com site, this is what they use to help know oneself and one another better. My concerns I see on this site are:
1) It is a distraction from who we are in Christ. Instead of focusing on a Biblical way to view ourselves and others, they are focused on a man-made way to understand one another better. See below for a few examples from the Bible of who we are in Christ.
2) Myers-Briggs derives their test from the work of Carl Jung. Carl Jung is considered New Age. He is well known for consulting spirit guides, Philemon and Salome. He is a man who hates Christ but loves demons, aka spirit guides. We should be running away from teachings that may have their origins from the demonic realm.
3) Would you rather identify yourself as the Bible identifies us (which if you are a Christian you believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God) or from a man with his own theory (something that hasn’t been proven true, but only a proposed explanation), the theory of psychological type? If you are choosing the latter, why are you? Or if you are choosing both, why?
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
(Ephesians 5:6 ESV)
4) Delving into New Age ideas lead to more New Age ideas which keep leading farther from the truth of God’s word (and there is at least one more New Age idea that is very popular on this site). With having more than 4 million posts -I obviously have not read them all nor has my sister shared that much with me, but from reading a great deal from that site – I can say that the Scriptures are not spoken of as often as you might think on a “Christian” site. From what I have seen, Scripture is mentioned a lot less than New Age ideas.
Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.
(Ephesians 5:7-14 ESV)
My encouragement for you GCMers: run from the mysticism of man and run to the word of God. GCMers encourage one another in the Lord not in the theories of man.
Who We Are In Christ Jesus
Children of God-Galatians 3:10, Romans 8:14, John 1:12, 1 John 5:18
Hidden with Christ-Colossians 3:3
Citizen of Heaven-Phillipians 3:20
Sealed with the Holy Spirit-2 Corinthians 1:21-22
As Bold as a Lion-Proverbs 28:1
Christ is Our Life-Colossians 3:4
Salt of the Earth-Matthew 5:13
Walk in Good Works for Christ-Ephesians 2:10
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