In one of my last articles I wrote this about false self improvement: "There was this idea of "self improvement" underneath these religious words and crossing the "empowerment" rubicon, and gaining "miracles" for my life. "
Here is an example of what I am talking about when I referred to "self-improvement" false gospels and in another article I referred to false moral precepts being laid on people.
Joyce Meyer: God's Plan for Your Life
"Just like trees need pruning from time to time to remove dead branches or areas where there is overgrowth, you and I need to be pruned or reshaped at different times in different areas of our lives. We may not enjoy the pruning process, but when it's over, we're much better off than we were before.
John 15:2 (AMPC) says, "Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit."
It's good for us to stop and evaluate our lives sometimes and ask God to show us if there are things that need to be cut off because they are hindering our growth in our relationship with Him. Ask yourself: Am I dragging around "dead branches" in my life? Maybe it's a bad relationship, an old wound from your past, or a negative attitude that keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest."
Is life supposed to be nothing but constant hoop-jumping for the "best life" now, where one's fruits are for the here and now? Now Joyce Meyer's is one of the most extreme examples, but this is a concept to be pondered. The words above, tell people they are never enough, they must "measure" up, "cut those dead branches" and "be their best". It isn't just the Catholic church teaching a false gospel of works. The human potential movement nonsense has infused so much, many don't realize how deep it's roots have sunk even into false portrayal of these false gospel. Is one's life supposed to be about "proving goodness" via fruits evident on earth immediately? Many people go to motivational seminars and they hear the whole spiel, change yourself and change your life! How many got fired up from those speeches and thought this time things will change, only to be disappointed? Religion that goes down this highway is failed religion.
What ever happened to abiding in the grace of Jesus Christ? The Catholics told me, "I must do good works and sacraments to be worthy", those who preach one must "prune", "be their best", "achieve miracles", or jump through hoops in general, are going back to works.
Human beings love being in control, and sadly there is an insidious blending here with competitive American culture where everything is being constantly measured. Human beings are given humanistic answers where they are told they can fix everything. People are promised via these messages, they will be healthy, confident, successful and hold higher status in society. They will be told "deliverance" will grant them "new lives". We see a lust for the "good life" in the words of Joyce Meyers, we see this messages in the churches. Happiness itself has become a contest and superficiality rules in a world where the one who has the least suffering "wins".
Just as the Dominionists teach the world can be overcome and made into an "Utopia" the same
message is being applied to INDIVIDUAL LIVES. The message is that man is in control and
rewards will come in this life and on THIS EARTH. All I have to do is look around me and know people are in some serious delusion.