A Fabricated Mislabeling of Emotional Freedom Technique
There is a website that exposes cults at: carm.org Under the section Religious Groups and Cults, there is a sub-section called Alphabetical List. This has many groups and cults that are suppose to be religious. As I looked through this I came across one called “Emotional Freedom Technique.” This got my interest as I was a practitioner of this form of therapy.
Now, you may not know about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) so you might want to see some videos on YouTube to find our more or go to their website. Anyhow, I immediately saw the first thing that was wrong about this article put out by Matt Slick. EFT is NOT a religion or a cult. It’s simply a form of natural healing for people that have any kind of negative emotions. It’s also used for physical problems, too.
You can go to this website to read the full article Slick has if you want to know more. Otherwise, what he said about EFT is mostly true, as he copied what was on their website. In fact, in the footnotes he has, he has EFT web address.
As a student and practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique, having taken the course, and spending hours watching the videos and reading, I wanted to see what this Matt Slick said.
First, I find this ironic in that Slick shows his readers how to use Emotional Freedom Technique. But there is a big lie about this therapy, though most of it is in one short paragraph. From my “inside knowledge” of EFT, what Slick said is a lie. First, he said that EFT is founded on eastern mysticism. I don’t know where he got that; he has no sources or links to this claim. What he DID ignore when he mentioned the facts of EFT was that it was founded by Roger Callihan, who is a doctor and discovered this by mistake when working on a patient that had some kind of negative emotions. LATER, Gary Craig learned it from Callihan, made some refinements to it and made EFT easier to use and thus, more effective. None of which comes from some heathen religion or anything that would be considered Anti-Christian.
Then Slick goes on to say:
Emotional Freedom Technique has no scientific validity. It is based on eastern mysticism and self-promotion. Christians should avoid this practice since it can lead to self-deception and is not based on God’s revelation of scripture. It contradicts the Bible since it does not recognize the sinfulness of man, nor does it depend on God and his healing power that ultimately is manifested through the cross.
To say that Emotional Freedom Technique has no scientific validity, is like going to an agnostic and taking his word on the Bible. First, the scientists are mostly agnostic or atheists. But regardless of their belief or lack of it, scientists are taught that the only thing that helps people are what is “approved” by the FDA, the AMA and other such organizations. They automatically give a negative review and say “there is no scientific bases” on any therapy that is: cheap, effective, natural and does not harm you. Scientists are trained and repeat what they are told in college. But the bottom line is, the real reason for this false teaching is, that there is no money to be made and no drugs to be sold.
The “validity” is that IT WORKS! If it works and there is no harm, that is the proof. We don’t need any outside validation. The allopathic medical profession is one of the most evil professions there is (for more on this just go to: whale.to ).
We already discussed that it has no bases on eastern mysticism.
The next part Slick says is, “self-promotion.” What in the heck does he mean by that? If you are promoting your therapy and it works, what is wrong with that. It’s called MARKETING Mr. Slick. (Don’t you just love people who inject something and makes it sound like it’s Anti-Christian?)
“Self-deception”, again, what does he mean by that? My take on this is, that the self-deception is if a client comes in and says that, “I’ll never amount to anything. This is what my mother told me.” This is a typical problem that clients have when they come in for an EFT session. They are deceiving themselves because they believe what their parents told them and it carries through to adulthood. But I doubt that this is what Slick means. So, there is “self-deception” but not what he is referring to in the article.
What is wrong, biblically, about not believing in your own limitation? What if your limitations is the result of something you were told (which was a lie) and you believe it? Then, you have a problem with low self-esteem. So, by getting over this – naturally – is a bad thing? Apparently, this is what Matt Slick believes. Now, that is sick!
So, where is God’s revelation when it comes to “self-deception.” Should we feel like a worm our whole life? Unfortunately, many Christians are taught this. Yes, we are sinners but we are also to act like men (or women as the case may be). We should also be brave, fear no man, fight the good fight. We are NOT to be like a worm. For, what good does it serve a person who thinks they are not capable of doing something and they believe in it their whole life?
Matt Slick and others like him could meet two Christians. One person, we’ll call him Roy, could have a healthy self-esteem and other person, Colin, has a low self-esteem. So, he thinks that if you are in the low self-esteem category you should remain there all your life? So, Matt likes both guys, but Roy tells him, “I used to have low self-esteem but I learned a technique on how to get over it. So, what would Matt say then? Will he change his mind and say that Roy could be a better Christian if he only didn’t go to an EFT practitioner just to “prove” that EFT is not good?
Do you see how people can be shown how hypocritical they are?
Slick says “it contradicts the Bible since it doesn’t show the sinfulness of man.” I wonder what funny little cigarettes he smokes?! Seriously, what is he trying to say? It sounds like he’s implying that since we are all sinners, we should do nothing about our life; that we should not improve it in anyway; that we should not get well – emotionally or physically. Now, this is Slick, I mean sick!
What makes Slick and other “Apologetics” think that you must inject that we are sinners in everything, and thus, whatever we turn out to be to not improve it ourselves? What kind of twisted thinking are Judeo-Christians into? Notice I said, Judeo-Christians as opposed to simply Christians. To NOT improve ourselves, to not get will is exactly what the antichrists would want you to do.
If you want to learn how to ice skate and you are not good at it and a teacher comes along to show you how to skate good. Are you going to say, “I can’t learn how to be a better ice skater – after all, I’m a sinner.” In other words, what does that got to do to improve yourself? Nothing. Yet this guy, and others like him, inject things into the Bible that simply is not there.
When we don’t do things God’s way, we get cursed; you can read many examples of this in the Bible. Getting well is a blessing from God. So, when people get well with EFT, for example, this is somehow un-Christian? When people go a medical doctor and he doesn’t get well, that means we did something contrary to what God wants us to do to get well. But people like Slick ignores that.
That is why Christian Identity is rising and the Judeo-Christians are continuing leaving the churches.
Slick goes on to say that they (people who use EFT) don’t depend on the healing power of God and the cross. This guy is completely ignorant on how God works, though he professes to know the Bible. So, according to Slick, if you use a therapy like EFT you are somehow going outside of God laws.
Here is a story I’d like to tell you. There was a man downing in the sea and he prayed to God to help him. Then a boat sailed by but he didn’t climb up the ladder; he kept praying. Then a man on the boat threw him a life preserver. But the drowning man ignored it and kept praying. Well, the man drowned and when he got to heaven he asked God why he didn’t save him. He said, “I sent you a boat and you didn’t go on board; I sent you a life preserver and you didn’t grab it.”
The moral of the story is, that God often works through His creation to help us; He does not personally reach down and lift us up. So this is with everything in life. If a person is sick they think that all they have to do is pray to God and He will heal them. They never think to go to God’s created things to be healed. A man might pray to God to heal him of scurvy and God could do it in the blink of an eye. Now, the guy might get scurvy again and someone tells him he should eat grapefruit as it has vitamin C which prevents scurvy. He ignores his friend and continues praying. This time God does not help him. What happened? He should have used God’s creation to get help, to be healed. God put all things here for our benefit and one of them is to eat citrus fruit to make sure we do not develop deficiency disease like scurvy.
God still heals you if you ate grapefruit, as He created the grapefruit. You often hear of Christians that ask God for them to find a cure for whatever disease they have, and they are led to a certain person or reads something in a certain book that has information. God still helped him but he had to do a certain thing or have a certain therapy done to do so. There in nothing un-Christian about this.
That is why God gave us his Laws, Statues and Judgements so that we can have a good life. God gave us laws in which to remain healthy and there are other things that we learn about in our discovery of things. One of them is EFT. It’s natural, it has no side effects and anyone can do this. This is NOT calling on spirits to help you, this is not chanting spells or something that the heathen would have.
The hypocrisy of Slick and others like him is, he says that we should not use EFT, yet, I bet, that he goes to a allopathic doctor that injected him with vaccine, or gave him a pill that has poison in it (which they all do) and thinks that it’s Christian to do so. How sick. He should read in the Bible where drugs will be the problem at the end of the age; that this will be one of things that seduces all the nations. He claims he knows Greek. He should look up the words “pharmacy” and “sorcery” in the Greek and he will know that it’s drugs or someone who is a practitioner of drugs, i.e. drug pusher. So, Slick and others would go to a doctor and seek their healing from them and conveniently ignore what he warned others not to do. i.e., go to God in prayer. Of course, his rejoiner would be, I prayed to God before I went to the doctor’s office. Well, in like manner, he could pray to God then go to an EFT practitioner.
There is one caveat of what is called, “Optimal EFT.” Now, this is NOT Christian as they talk about some spirit that helps them, and they use the teachings from the book, “A Course in Miracles.” This book is eastern mysticism. This, I’d stay away from. But Matt Slick said nothing about this and probably it wasn’t around when he wrote his article. If he added this, it would be helpful to his readers.
There are other therapies that have some sort of demon influence that I would stay away from like the plague. Two of them that I can think of is Reiki and Yoga. Yoga is not a harmless stretching exercise. It would take another article to write about this but you can do your own research if you really want to learn more now. Just type in YouTube, “the dangers of yoga” or something like that to find out more.