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The False Self

May 17, 2010

Eric Johnson, Professor of Soul Care at Southern Seminary, writes about the “false self” that we tend to construct.

It is indeed false.  It is every way that we choose to live outside of God’s will.  It is our way of resisting God and others.  It is our attempt to control our lives and sometimes the lives of others.  It is rooted in a refusal to not trust God to secure us.  It is how we say, “I will do this my own way.  I will not believe God or his words.  I will be good on my own.  I will not trust Christ crucified and raised from the dead.”

Some examples of the false self could be: the good boy, the independent one, the performer, the busy one, the perfectionist, the controller, the passive one, the religious one, the expert, the addicted one, the codependent, the stoic, the clown, the judge, the critic, the liar, the rager, the know it all …  All of these are about control.  I will control how I experience life.

HT: Life Together blog

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