4thought.tv – Malcolm Bowden – Christian Evangelical Geocentric Creationist – posits sufferers choose mental illness
Tonight (25th April) will be the turn of Malcolm Bowden, a self-professed Evangelical Christian. From my cursory Internet roaming he is also an: anti-science, young earth creationist, geocentrist; advocating, a “Bible Only” approach to counselling.
What follows is a transcript of Bowden’s appearance on TV tonight; which in all honesty, whilst writing, I felt quite sick to my stomach and somewhat sullied.
Here it is:
I consider that depression and many other mental illnesses are very deliberately decided by that person.
My name is Malcolm Bowden, I’m a committed evangelical Christian, and have been giving true Biblical counselling to many people with mental health problems. And from my experience, I believe that depression is a behavioural problem, rooted in pride, self-centredness, and self-pity.
True Christians, if they accept the Bible as being the Word of God, they will read in there many encouragements to live the full outgoing and loving Christian life. And a Christian, a TRUE Christian, should not ever be depressed, because he should be living his life for others, and he should have that peace of heart with God, when he knows that God has promised him a wonderful future in heaven with him.
Many depressed people turn in on themselves and feel that people are against them, the world’s not going right, they don’t appreciate how hard they’re working, they’re terribly proud of their situation, and try to be perfect in order to impress people, and people aren’t ultimately impressed, and when they suddenly deflate themselves, they fall right back into a pit of depression.
Man is basically so proud and so self-centred, he refuses to come to God in total humility. But that is ultimately what God is seeking from all of us, and we reject His requirements at our peril.
Seriously, where do you even begin with this?
Just a couple of points.
Firstly, shame, not pride, is the currency of mental illness.
Secondly, there is no element of ‘choice’ in mental illness and it’s this perverted thinking that heaps yet more shame and blame on the laps of sufferers.
Thirdly, from Bowden’s perspective I wouldn’t even be a true Christian….
Isn’t this exactly the type of thinking we’ve been fighting so hard against, for so long.
Anyway, in order to provide yourself a much needed antidote to Bowden’s poisonous bullshit, please do take a minute to listen to Debbie Harvie’s appearance on 4Thought.tv.