For a more detailed biblical breakdown, here’s my other post on it.
Sometimes these systematic constructs come out that have immediate appeal to the intellectual snob in all of us. I was recommended a long time ago to listen to a series called Heart Motives. It breaks down people into four groups: Love Me, Like Me, Respect Me, Perfect Me. It sounds simple but gets strangely convoluted with a major and minor category and a high and low level. A respected Pastor Min, who apparently wrote his PhD thesis on the whole thing, regularly gives seminars that gut punches people with familiar scenarios to connect them to a heart motive. It reminds me of those broad horoscopes that when passed down to the next person is just as likely to describe them.
Call it Heart Motives, the Five Love Languages, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (and don’t forget the Eighth Habit), they’re really all fraudulent voodoo pseudo-science nonsense. Pastor Min starts off with some Bible verses about sinful motives and then turns the rest over to his own psychological chicanery. I’m unapologetic about the authority of the Bible; I’m also indignant at its abuse as a jump-off for bad agendas. Even if I were not a Christian, I’d call foul on some of the awful stereotypes and toxic dangers of his ridiculous system. And those who have invested into it as truth practically run their decisions and marriages and future on their so-called heart motive: even by me disregarding heart motives, I’ve been told that this is also a heart motive. I guess there’s some truth to that, except the parts that aren’t true, which is every part of it.
The biggest problem here is that it’s told under the guise of being based on the Bible. These five-point twelve-step constructs are not too far from the Miracle Water scams of Peter Popoff and the arrogant feel-good teaching of Mike Murdock. The only thing worse than an obvious, deceptive charlatan is an entertainer who almost sounds like he’s telling the truth. A clown who removes his nose is still a clown.
I worry about the compromise of relevancy and the need to reach by fake intellectualism. I worry for the tricked and the tricksters. I say nothing new: the fraud will continue. For every businessman using the cross as a sales pitch, that’s several thousand people who instantly turn away from the church and several other thousands getting duped in heart and wallet. Jesus made well known how he felt about stumbling blocks: tie a millstone around their neck and throw them in the ocean. But grace has priority. I would hope we could be so wise to sort the real from the filth.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
– 1 John 4:1-3a