022: Positive Thinking is Not Biblical Thinking

I was doing some blog-housecleaning and discovered that this podcast episode never made its way to the blog! So weird. Anyway, this was a great show and this book is really profound! Enjoy!



Today’s long awaited episode is an interview with L.L. Martin author of Positively Powerless: How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity. I read this book and loved it and think it has a really important message we all need to pay attention to. Satan is very sneaky and this is definitely one of his angles. 

She isn’t suggesting there is evil in a “positive attitude,” but that the movement of New Thought has been watered down into Positive Thinking which looks and sounds good but is not consistent with God’s Word. We touch on the role of this thinking in the prosperity gospel, success, self-concept, confession, sanctification, and community. The book is filled with great doctrine and practical application of Martin’s ideas. Go buy it!


Link to Positively Powerless. 

During the show I reference this Issues Etc. episode. 

Martin’s website


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Production Notes · music – Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer


1 Response

  1. Heather Hicks says:

    Tom Gehring has a book called The Problem Solver and he has written a book that is positive thinking, and helps you remember where to go to get right. I look at it as a positive thinking book, but the positive comes from God, I think that is the way they need to written in this case.

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