John continued with his contrast of lies versus the truth in 1 John 2, in order to establish that there is a difference. In verse 4, he gave us an example of truth versus lie:


“He that saith, ‘I know Him,’ and keeps not His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.”

In verse 21, he established the purity of the truth:


“I have not written unto you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.”


In verse 27, he told us that the truth only comes through sacred, divine appointment, an unction from the Holy One:


 “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abide in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but that as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.”




This is the reason we teach in Biblical Therapy that until God shines His light of truth into the darkness of a lie, no change will take place. Truth comes by divine appointment. Dr. Archibald Hart, in his book, Habits of the Mind: Ten Exercises to Renew Your Thinking, says:


“You cannot control your feelings directly, only individually through your thoughts. I speak as a psychotherapist. And my estimate is that 75 percent of the psychotherapy delivered across the country is of little value, precisely because it focuses too much on past hurts, unmerited self- aggrandizement, and a culture of anger enhancement. It would be a lot more effective if it focused on the present, and what a troubled person can do to change unhappy circumstances. In short, change your thoughts first, and the desired feelings will follow. Feelings are the consequences, not the cause, of our emotional problems. This truth opens up a whole new world of freedom and control for us.”




This is precisely the reason why God wants us to guard our hearts and minds against lies. It is also the purpose why we are told to repent of telling lies as well as listening to and believing lies. The darkened emotions that so easily beset us are rooted in the lies we believe. Jeremiah takes on the lying priests. The priest and false prophets peddled a popular brand of religion that gave the people enough experience to make them happy, but not enough to make them holy. They would worship Baal one day, and then go to the temple the next day to worship Jehovah. It was very much like the “big religious business” of today.




Jeremiah cried out against the prophets and priests condemning them for what they were telling the people (Jeremiah 5:30-31). The nation was destroyed “because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests” (Lamentations 4:13). Jeremiah even named the culprits: Pashhur (Jeremiah 20:1), Hananiah (Jeremiah 28:1), Shemaiah (Jeremiah 29:24), Ahab and Zedekiah (Jeremiah 29:21). The popularity of these false prophets and priests existed because they dealt only with surface issues. They would never address the root of the people’s problems – the desperate need for repentance. When the diagnosis was wrong, how could the remedy be right? The ministry of the Biblical Therapist is not to smooth things over, but to help hurting and healing people identify the lies, process them, and replace them with the truth.




This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.