Rise of Religious Narcissism
Narcissism is defined as: excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance.
extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.
self-centredness arising from failure to distinguish the self from external objects, either in very young babies or as a feature of mental disorder.
You can see this in society today of people from all walks of life. However, narcissism is also seen more and more in the churches and it’s especially pushed by televangelists. This is definitely not Christian. Of course, you come across people like this who claim to be brilliant scientists that push the globe earth model. But for this article, I would like to focus on how this character trait has infiltrated the churches today.
We live in a society today where we consider our feelings as more important than facts. The fact is, that our feelings are often misleading and they are self-centered. We now have an emotional-based interpretation of Scripture where our thoughts, feelings and personal emotions are more important than what God says. All of this was probably started by humanistic psychologists Carl Rodgers and Abraham Maslow. They pushed an Eastern mysticism as a means of self-realization.
This therapeutic New Age preaching is all self-centered and highly emotional brand of Christianity – if you even want to call it “Christian” to begin with.
Many people that go to these churches, especially the mega-churches go for the “feel good factor;” they go to raise their self-esteem, to get self-actualization all in the guise of Christianity. Two big promoters of this – and there are many more – are Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. Even Joel’s wife, Victoria, declared that, “we practice a life of faith not for God, but for ourselves.” Now, how blasphemous can you get? And what is congregation’s reaction? They like it and they want more. These preachers (Baal) tells their followers, “That God wants you to have it all!”
God knows the beginning from the end and he knew that a time will come like this when we read:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2Ti 3:1)
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (2Ti 3:2)
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (2Ti 3:3)
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (2Ti 3:4)
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2Ti 3:5)
There are many books that are in the “self-help” category that pushes “you can have anything.” While I’m not condemning all these books (as I haven’t read them all) this is a common thread in many of them.
Robert Schuller is another Baal Priest who, long ago, pushed this, as he had written books on this subject. Yet his followers are led to believe that this is Christian. Some of his books include: The Be Happy Attitudes (1985) and Move Ahead With Possibility Thinking (1967).
This self-centered religion goes hand-in-hand with sentimentality, lose morals and “anything goes” attitude towards life.
We can see today of how society is to cater to people who “feel like a woman” though they were born a male. So, when he dresses like a woman and says this helps his “self-esteem” we are all to accept this. After all, we don’t want to offend his sense of “self.” This cross-dressing is condemned in the Bible along with Sodomy. But this is all part of what is being taught in the churches today. Is there any wonder why we have so many problems in our country today?