Promoter of Psychology and Contemplative
LARRY CRABB is
a former Stonecroft endorser and current Stonecroft Cruise Speaker. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and
promoter of Contemplative Spirituality.
His wife, RACHAEL CRABB serves on Stonecroft's National Board of Directors.
Larry Crabb integrates Psychology and the Bible as well as a promotes of Contemplative Spirituality. He has been and continues to be a guest speaker on Stonecroft’s cruises. His psychological false teachings appear to be very similar to those within Stonecroft Ministries. His wife,
Rachael Crabb is also a prayer consultant for Stonecroft Ministries and a member of their National Board of Directors.
"Larry Crabb is an author, licensed clinical psychologist, and founder and Director
of the Institute for Biblical Community (IBC) (formerly the Institute of Biblical Counseling) at Colorado Christian University
in Morrison, Colorado, where he is also Distinguished Scholar in Residence (since 1996). (IBC is an organization Crabb founded
in the early-1980s while on the faculty at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana [1982-1989]. IBC has been replaced
by Crabb's School of Spiritual Direction & SoulCare -- see below.) He has developed a model of counseling that is primarily
a psychological system of unconscious needs motivating behavior, which is derived from both Freudian (the unconscious
supposedly being a hidden reservoir of the mind with drives and impulses governing a person's thinking and behavior) and humanistic
psychology (a hierarchy of needs, with great emphasis on so-called emotional needs). His counseling model is Freudian,
Adlerean, and Maslowian in its underlying theories. It is an integrationist model; i.e., it seeks to combine theories,
ideas, and opinions from psychotherapy, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and their underlying psychologies, with
the Scriptures." Excerpt from Biblical Discernment Notebook: Larry Crabb General Teachings/Activities
The following description for an online eBook titled "Larry Crabb's Gospel" by Martin & Deidre Bobgan, sounds strikingly similar to Stonecroft's Gospel. "Needs" are emphasized while sin is ignored.
"Dr. Crabb is well-known for his books on counseling and Christian growth. While he refers to his counseling model
and methods as "biblical," his psychological theories affect his teachings about the human condition, how people change and
grow, and how they can find God.
Crabb interprets the message of the cross according to his psychological ideas about the nature of man and how he changes.
The gospel becomes the good news that Jesus meets the needs/longings/passions which motivate behavior from the unconscious.
Sin becomes wrong strategies for meeting the needs/longings/passions. Confession is telling our stories and gaining insight
into those wrong strategies. Full repentance comes through getting in touch with the pain of the past. Hence, the gospel message
itself is directly tied to a psychological construct. Not only is the doctrine of man psychologized, but the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit are made subservient to Crabb’s psychospiritual theories.
Through the years people have argued, "But Larry Crabb has changed." Has he? This book examines his writings from 1975
through 1997 to answer that question and determine the status of his approach to counseling and ministering the gospel of
salvation and sanctification."
Larry Crabb's Counseling Model based on theories from Psychology Founders Freud, Adler, and
As noted above, "His (Larry Crabbs) counseling model is Freudian, Adlerean, and Maslowian in its
"Freud had experiences with clairaudience (the supposed power to hear things outside the range
of normal perception), telepathy (communication through means other than the senses, as by the exercise of an occultpower), dreams of premonition as well as hearing voices (Harpers's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal
Experiences by Rosemary Guiley). Further, he rejected the truth that man was a sinner and that sin was at the root
of man's problems."
In Maslow's view there were no absolutes. You determine your
own reality. The answer to your problems is Self-Actualization, discovering that you are "god." You just need to accept that
fact and live accordingly. American Health magazine sums this view up quite well when it said, "There's a new breed
of shrinks in the land. But instead of couches and Rorschach tests, theiraccouterments are tarot cards
and astrological charts... [These are] the shrinks of the yuppie generation... belief in the occult is stronger than ever."
Excerpt from: The Spoiling of Christianity By Psychology
"Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology that Abraham
Maslow proposed in his 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation, which he subsequently extended. His theory
contends that as humans meet 'basic needs', they seek to satisfy successively 'higher needs'
that occupy a set hierarchy." (Motivation and Personality, 1987)
"Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often depicted as a pyramid consisting
of five levels: the four lower levels are grouped together as deficiency needs associated with physiological needs,
while the top level is termed growth needs associated with psychological needs. While our deficiency needs must be
met, our being needs are continually shaping our behaviour. The basic concept is that the higher needs in this hierarchy
only come into focus once all the needs that are lower down in the pyramid are mainly or entirely satisfied.
Growth forces create upward movement in the hierarchy, whereas regressive forces push prepotent needs further down the hierarchy."
Read the rest here at the "Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia."
"After Freud and Jung came Alfred Adler, also a follower of Nietzsche,
with "Individual Psychology," which maintains that the individual strive for what he called "superiority" but now is called
"self-realization" or "self-actualization," and which came from Nietzsche's ideas of striving and self-creation. The "human
potential movement" and humanistic psychology of Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogersare imbedded with these types
of idea. The psychologists of "potential" teach the superior man.
Edward Munch said: "Alfred Adler translated Nietzsche’s philosophical idea of 'will to power'
into the psychological concept of self-actualization. Thus, Nietzschean thought forms the foundation for and permeates Alfred
Adler’s Individual Psychology, Abraham Maslow’s Humanistic Biology, Carl Rogers’s Person-Centered Psychology,
and has influenced many other psychological ideas and systems... Alfred Adler was the first psychologist to borrow directly
from Nietzsche, making numerous references to the philosopher throughout his works. Adler took Nietzsche’s idea of 'will
to power' and transformed it into the psychological concept of self-actualization, in which an individual strives to realize
his potential." Excerpt from: "'Will to Power' becomes Self-Actualization"
Integrationist -- Psychology and Scripture provide answers
to the problems of living.
Biblicist (1) -- The Scriptures
alone provide answers to the problems of living.
Very Positive -- Starts from the image of God [arbitrarily defined(2)],
and is thus controlled by a semi-Pelagian mentality.
Very Negative -- Starts from the fallenness of man, and is thus controlled by an Augustinian
Man's Basic Needs
Security/Significance [Or: Relationship/Impact]
Man's Consequent State
He is Confused! -- That is, hitherto unable to recognize the truth regarding the only way
to meet his needs.
He is in rebellion! -- That is, by nature unwilling to accept the truth regarding the only
way to have his true needs met on his behalf.
Man's Prevailing Condition
He is miserable, and thus he needs compassionate direction.(3)
He is guilty, and thus he needs compassionate confrontation.
The Message to be Delivered
"Know this -- God loves you and gave His Son for you."
Therefore, you ought to love and accept yourself!" (Security/Significance thus provided.)
"Know this -- God loves you and gave His Son for you."
Therefore, you ought to love and serve Him!" (Salvation/Sanctification already provided.)
Is Crabb Now Anti-Psychology?
Is Larry Crabb taking a bold move in the right direction—away from psychological
counseling theories and methods to biblically ordained ministries? Some of what he is now saying reveals that he does see
shortcomings in psychotherapy. Some of what he is now saying sounds like what some of us have been saying all along—that
the cure of souls belongs in the church and that mature believers should be the ones to minister to those suffering in the
depths of their souls.
The words "Larry Crabb’s Antipsychology Crusade" on the
cover of the August 14 issue of Christianity Today could easily lead people into thinking Crabb is finally repenting
of his psychologically based "biblical counseling" model and his years of therapizing. Is he really on a crusade against professional
therapy and integrating psychology and Christianity? Excerpt from Psycho Heresy Awareness Ministries:
Interestingly, Larry Crabb has an article posted on his "Institute For Life Enrichment" site titled "The Spoiling of Christianity by Psychology". This article is posted without permission and does not include the
correct title of the ministry which provided it nor a direct link to the site. Rather there is a link to e-mail
the author. I quote it several times throughout this site. Might the
above be a way for Larry Crabb to deceive people into thinking he doesn't believe
in mixing psychology and the Bible?
CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY promoted by Larry Crabb and the American
Assocation of Christian Counselors.
"Christian counselor and popular author Larry Crabb took the trouble to earn a Ph.D. in clinical
psychology. But now he believes that in today's church, therapy should be replaced by another, more ancient practice—"spiritual direction." This is one of the classical Christian spiritual disciplines Crabb and others from a wide variety of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox backgrounds are examining
and recommending anew in a biannual journal, Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation ..." Chris Armstrong and
The American Association of Christian Counselors promotes the integration of the Bible
with Psychology. An article written by an associate of Lynda Freeman, Editor of Round About Church, promotes Larry Crabb as Spiritual Director for AACC's 2005 World Conference. Excerpt: "The greatest joy for me while attending the conference
was the incredible thrill of interviewing the Spiritual Director of the conference, Dr. Larry Crabb". It goes onto state,
"Dr. Crabb and I talked about how his personal views have "evolved" over the years. He was quick to point out that he
hasn't changed his perspective on many of the issues he wrote about early in his career, though from his words, "If I were
to write those books now, I would communicate more clearly what I was trying to say."
On page 9 of Larry Crabb's book "The Papa Prayer" he states, "I've practiced centering prayer. I've contemplatively prayed. I've prayed liturgically...
I've benefited from each, and I still do. In ways you'll see, elements of each style are still with me."
Contemplative Education Department at a Pagan University - Naropa.
"Contemplative education has been practiced at Naropa University and affiliated pre-K-12 schools since 1974.
This department, since its inception in 1990, has been founded on a non-sectarian, yet distinctly Shambhala Buddhist approach
to teacher education. Through the use of mindfulness/awareness meditation and related exercises, students develop clarity,
depth, delight, openness and synchronization within themselves." Excerpt from Naropa's website.
Naropa University offers an MA in Transpersonal Counseling PSYCHOLOGY. Read
more at bottom of this page.
PSYCHOLOGY AND OCCULT PRACTICE LINK?
The answer may surprise you.
Occult: Demonic wisdom sought by man.
Psychology: Man's wisdom a part from God.
Notice the Psychology/Occult Practice Connection:
As noted above, "His ( Larry Crabb's) counseling model
is Freudian, Adlerean, and Maslowian in its underlying theories. Excerpt from Biblical Discernment Notebook: Larry
Crabb General Teachings/Activities"
"Freud had experiences with clairaudience
(the supposed power to hear things outside the range of normal perception), telepathy (communication through
means other than the senses, as by the exercise of an occult power), dreams of premonition as well as hearing voices
(Harpers's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experiences by Rosemary Guiley).
"Peak Experiences: American psychologist and philosopher Abraham
H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences." " The two types of peak experiences are relative and absolute. Relative characterize those
peak experiences in which there remains an awareness of subject and object, and which are extensions of the individual's own
experiences. They are not true mystical experiences, but rather inspirations, ecstasies, and raptures." Excerpts from Peak Experiences, The Mystica
"An extension of this basic theory was (Alfred) Adler's approach to collecting
information on his patients." "His assessments were qualitative, subtle, and complex. And he based them upon a patient's dreams,
statements about relationships and childhood traumas, as well as medical history and the circumstances under which the current
troubles arose." Excerpt from NNDB.com
"The Occult Significance of Dreams. ... Two categories of dreams can be linked to occult phenomena: prophetic dreams
and telepathis ones." "On the basis of a number of experiences I am inclined to draw the conlusion that thought-transference
of this kind comes about particularly easily at the moment at which an idea emerges from the unconscious, or, in theoretical
terms, as it passes over from the 'primary processs' to the 'secondary process'." If telepathy exists then there is
no reason why telepathic mesages should not reach people in their sleep, or be left over from the previous day. ie.telepathic
material would be like any other, and modified and transformed accordingly. "Excerpt from Some Additional Notes on Dream Interpretation as a Whole (1925) www.Freud.org.uk
Margot Adler,daughter of Alfred Adler, is
a National Public Radio correspondent based in NPR's New York Bureau. She can be heard regularly on All Things Considered®,
Morning Edition®, and Weekend Edition®. Excerpt from: The Wiccan/Pagan Times.
She states the following:
"I am also involved in Witchcraft"...
"I think on a very deep psychological level, I did write the book to be one that my atheist
father could be proud of, and he was. He could always defend it intellectually, even though he hated all
that "religion stuff"."
"I’m a pagan and a priestess and all these other odd things that are completely different
from the reporting I do for NPR."
Psychology in an Occult Encyclopedia
After searching for "psychology" at "the Mystica", an online encyclopedia
of the occult, mysticism, magic and paranormal, one can see there is a connection between the occult and psychology.
Here is an excerpt from an article titled "Healing". (Bold: emphasis mine).
Healing is a most important function of neo-Paganism and neo-Pagan Witchcraft. It is considered a very important practice
by many, and some even consider it a gift. This is as it should be because healing has played a dominant part in the evolution
of humankind. Within neo-Paganism there are a variety methods of healing which involve magic; herbal and folk remedies; Eastern
techniques which involve the changing of the body’s energy field; Native American and shamanic techniques; and Western
approaches to medicine and psychology. While some neo-Pagans are professional healers trained in
Eastern and/or Western medicine and psychology, others prefer holistic and natural healing methods involving healing
by sound, breath, color, touch and movement.
A Psychotherapist Witch & A Clinical Psychologist Shaman Practitioner
High Priestess (witch), Selena Fox is a clinical psychotherapist
and spiritual counselor with an MS in counseling from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is one of America's
best known Pagan elders and religious freedom activists. Selena's approach to spirituality
emphasizes Nature communion and blends together ancient and contemporary Pagan folkways, Wiccan traditions, multicultural
shamanism, and transpersonal psychology. Her occult "ministry" is Circle Sanctuary. Drake Spaeth, Ph.D., is also clinical psychologist, shamanic practitioner,
writer, and ordained minister of Circle Sanctuary.
"Transpersonal psychologies involve faith in the supernatural -- something beyond the physical
universe. However, the spirituality they offer includes mystical experiences of both the occult and Eastern
religions." Excerpt from Psychology, Science or Religion? by Rick Miesel.
University Offers an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
Excerpt from Naropa University's website: "The MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology is designed as a three-year full-time program. Most
students complete the program in three years, and in extraordinary circumstances, four years may be approved. The transpersonal
core curriculum is made up of five key elements: transpersonal/contemplative, theoretical/experiential and clinical training
courses, the counseling experiential and the internship .
Transpersonal/contemplative courses survey the interplay between psychology and spiritual paths, provide training in moment-to-moment
awareness and the development of compassion and introduce various body awareness disciplines. We expect students to maintain
a contemplative practice while enrolled in the program.
Theoretical/experiential courses offer various views of psychological development, psychotherapy and healing. Clinical
training courses include participation 102 Graduate Academic Programs: Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in group process
and skills courses that emphasize the student’s personal and professional development."
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