Anderson's Theory Critique

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c A Critique of Anderson's Theory Liberty University Theology and Spirituality in Counseling COUN-507 April 24, 2012 A Critique of Anderson's Theory In Neil T. Anderson’s book entitled The Bondage Breaker, he presented a theoretical model to overcome negative thoughts, irrational feelings and habitual sins. Anderson’s theoretical model also compared to Hawkins concentric circle theory of personality including strengths and weaknesses. Anderson believed that there are a few common misconceptions about bondage which include “ demons being active when Christ was on earth, but their activity has subsides; what the early church called demonic activity we now understand to be mental illness; some problems are psychological and some are spiritual; Christians cannot be affected by demons; demonic influence is only evident in extreme or violent behavior and gross sin; freedom from spiritual bondage is the result of a power encounter with demonic forces” (Anderson, 2000, pp. 19-23). In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Paul specified that “believers are engaged in a spiritual battle against forces which stand against the knowledge of God (Anderson, 2000). Anderson also believed that before people received Christ into their lives, they were slaves to their sin, and because Christ hung on the cross and paid the price for our sin, sin no longer have dominion over them. He also believed that maturity and freedom are essential to a Christian’s life. Anderson stated that Satan has no right or ownership or authority over God’s children (Anderson, 2000, p. 11). Anderson also stated that “the Western world has experienced a massive paradigm shift in its worldview and voiced his concern about the influence of the “kingdom of darkness” (pp. 29-31). Additionally, Anderson (2000) affirmed “that the Christian worldview sees life through the grid of Scripture and not through culture
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