The Enneagram

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I’m not sure if you’ve heard or read about this supposedly new self help movement that is making inroads within some segments of Christianity but just in case you haven’t, here are a few links that will provide you with background information and Biblical criticism that the movement has received. It never hurts to keep yourself informed!

THE ENNEAGRAM
forge.medium.com/the-self-help-movement-that-is-upending-american-christianity-9ce381e10d4f
thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/enneagram-road-back-somewhere-else/
biola.edu/blogs/good-book-blog/2018/the-not-so-sacred-enneagram
thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-faqs-what-christians-should-know-about-the-enneagram/
cicministry.org/commentary/issue138.htm
equip.org/article/tell-me-who-i-am-o-enneagram/
warriorpriest.net/blog/2018/3/23/the-enneagram-a-christian-critique-part-i
warriorpriest.net/blog/2018/3/23/the-enneagram-a-christian-critique-part-ii
solasisters.com/2014/10/the-enneagram-and-christianity-like-oil.html
christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Enneagram.html
philosopherswheel.com/enneagram.html

 

31 Comments

  1. I’ve heard of the term, but I know nothing about it. Thanks for the links, Bruce. I’ll look into it. You’re right, it’s best to be informed.

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  2. Bruce, I have a dear friend who loves the Enneagram. She constantly refers to this especially in regards to how she views her brother-in-law. I have warned her and I have begged her to not put stock in this thing. As the headline to one of the articles on the Gospel Coalition states, “personality tests do not excuse you from your sin.” Thank you Bruce, I will share these articles with my friend! Blessings, Mandy

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  3. I read the first article. It sounds a lot like personality tests that have been part of the Christian culture for as long as I can recall, only with a slightly different bent to it, but still based in the flesh of man and not in the Spirit of God. But, churches have used these all the way back to when I was a young woman in the 1970s and beyond. I can remember strongly how they were using these way back when to determine what type of personality we were and then they made judgments about some of us based on those results. But, included in their personality tests was no room for the Holy Spirit or the gifts of the Spirit, for empowered by the Spirit of God a timid and shy person, in nature, might be bold and articulate and speak with much strength and conviction of the Spirit of God. But, then the personality test might decide that person is something other than what they are. So, I hated those things for they were used unbiblically and they tagged people as such and such regardless of the Holy Spirit and his working in their lives.

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    1. Thank you Sue. You put into words what my heart had been wrestling with. I am in a Christian writers’ group that introduced me to this, but I’d much prefer to pick up and study the Bible to understand my “type”.

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  4. Never heard of this. I went to take the test but lost interest after the first page. Lol
    Didn’t want to waist 10 minutes on it as I wouldn’t want to waist 10 minutes having some religious person telling me what my purpose in life is.
    I find it a little hypocritical that religion always sells itself on helping people find their purpose and then comes against something like this. Even worse is that it’s infiltrating religious organizations. I see no difference between what’s called “the church” today and the world, none whatsoever.
    Not trying to lump you in with what I just said Bruce. I trust your intentions are good.
    I did read the first article, those who make a living in religion might want to pay attention to what the lady has to say.
    Hope you had a great weekend.
    Blessings

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    1. Hi Stephen, just bear in mind that ALL the Church isn’t necessarily like you paint it. Some of the most sincere and down to earth people I’ve ever met are active in churches. No church is perfect and no person is perfect and that includes you and me. I work tomorrow but then off for two days, love only working 5 days out of 15, should have started doing this a lot sooner! Blessings Stephen.

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      1. That’s the kind of shifts I could get into.
        I’m a slacker at heart but for the time being I need to provide for 6 of us. I’ll have to keep working full time for now.
        I hope your aches and sores are doing better Bruce.
        Blessings

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      2. Well I started working when I was 17 and quit full time work when I was 70 (just part time now) so it definitely is a nice break and the Lord has really blessed me with the part time job I have, NO stress, VERY little work etc, no boss to worry about. Couldn’t get much better. Reference the aches and pains, this month it pretty well has disappeared and I’m back to normal (relatively speaking of course) so no complaints. I did have to stop skateboarding though! God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours my friend.

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  5. As soon as I read the term “self-help” I see red flags.
    Isn’t the whole premise of the Christian faith the fact that we CAN’T help ourselves? The only way to truly help ourselves is to admit our helplessness and come to God for His mercy and grace.

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    1. I agree! One would think that is self evident but hey, evidently they missed that. It’s like Satan has a deck of cards, he doesn’t care which one you pick as long as you pick one. Crazy. Blessings Ann.

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  6. Thanks, Bruce. I know a lot about this but will read some of the links you shared. I took the Enneagram test and received the result. The first thing that bothered me is that I am supposedly locked into my personality type for life! Here’s the thing, if the “old me” took the test, he would have gotten completely different results than the new me. I told this to the person who gave me the test and they basically scoffed. I think we are born with basic personality types, but nurture can strengthen or weaken these. Becoming born again begins a whole new nurture process called sanctification. The Holy Spirit changes us.
    I think the Enneagram system is a type of legalism. Plus, it essentially gives the teachers of this license to judge.
    On another note, I like the format of your blog, but I am having eye problems and there’s not enough of a contrast between your font and background for me, it strains my eyes.

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    1. Hi Bill, good to hear from you! Yes, I read the same thing about being “locked in” so to speak. I don’t doubt that we could all possibly fall into specific personally types but as you say, when we are reborn, a lot of changes begin to take place and these changes are continual, involving our minds and our hearts. It kind of reminded me of some of the physiology courses I took in university many years ago where you were conditioning or manipulating others to respond favourably to what you wanted. It always struck me as just downright devious. The history of the Enneagram is definitely shakey at best. With regard to the color contrast, you’re the second person to say that so I guess I will have to change it so that it is easier on the eyes. I’m at work right now but I will fix it later on tonight. Thanks for mentioning it, sincerely appreciated. Let me know how you are feeling if you get a chance. Did I mention that spring starts in about five weeks! God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours as always. – Bruce

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      1. Ha, I bet you can’t wait for spring up there. I remember feeling that way when I was a kid in Chicago. We couldn’t wait to dust off our bikes! I think we always feel that newness of life, even when we’re old. I hope you and Peggy are doing well.

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