Ronald said of false teachers:

<<They are recognized by their flattery and their doctrines which are meant to boast up its audience self-worth>>

Here are some prime examples:

"Prayer, worship, and well-thought-out sermons will not produce morally strong and spiritually exciting Christians if they fail to produce self-confident, inwardly secure, nondefensive, integrated persons. What we need is a theology of salvation that begins and ends with a recognition of every person's hunger for glory. ... Why would love-needing persons resist, rebel against, and reject beautiful love? ... Deep down we feel we are not good enough to approach a holy God. ... It is precisely at this point that classical theology has erred in its insistence that theology be 'God-centered,' not 'man-centered.' ... [Original sin] could be considered an innate inability to adequately value ourselves. Label it a 'negative self-image,' but do not say that the central core of the soul is wickedness. If this were so, then truly, the human being is totally depraved." --Robert Schuller

"I don't think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence, counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition." --Robert Schuller

"Feelings of self-worth and acceptance ... provide the cornerstone of a healthy personality. ... What is the primary motive that would cause a husband or wife to 'cheat' -- to even risk destroying their homes and families for an illicit affair? ... I have observed the most powerful influence to emanate from ego needs." --James Dobson

"If I could write a prescription for the women of the world, I would provide each one of them with a healthy dose of self-esteem and personal worth I have no doubt that this is their greatest need." --James Dobson

"If you're struggling with a lack of self-worth, remember that you were important enough for God to give you to Jesus as an inheritance." --John MacArthur

"... we are precious to God, for He continues to love us even when we pay Him no mind. He still sees us as individuals with great value. ... He considers each of us important enough to love. ... Because you and I are special to God, He wants to forgive us and give us a full, meaningful life. When we trust in Jesus Christ and let Him put our lives together, the Bible says that we become 'God's masterpieces, created in Christ Jesus.' Can anyone be more special than that?" --John MacArthur


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