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The Suspicious Mind Pt. III, The Doubt & Secrecy Determiner

The Suspicious Mind Pt. III,

The Doubt and Secrecy Determiner


Dr. Lee Outlaw



If paranoia is the poisonous pretense to the Suspicious Mind, certainly doubt and secrecy play a significant role in both its development and function.

Doubt and secrecy are unique partners in this process, due to their ability to suggest and maintain the proverbial “status quo”. In other words, you might not believe or trust someone but if you simply act in secret, go along or simply keep your lack of belief or trust to yourself, no one will be the wiser.

Unfortunately it is this harboring of doubt and secrecy (holding it in or keeping it inside) which ultimately leads to paranoia and the subsequent suspicious mind. The longer doubt and secrecy linger in the far recesses of the mind, the deeper the paranoia often becomes and the greater the resulting suspicious mind.productmockup

Almost everyone becomes skeptical or doubtful that a person is telling the truth or if a certain thing is real at some point in their life. A few examples might be a fantastic story   which sounds utterly ridiculous and our mind tells us, it couldn’t be true such as, “I caught a fish as big as a whale” or the person we all know that was extremely over weight and then suddenly we see them in a chance meeting and they look perfectly fit; it’s simply difficult to believe so our mind says, “There is just no way”.

Added to this is usually the “secrecy factor”; not that the person, event or thing deliberately hid from you but due to our lack of knowledge about it, our mind says, “Why would they keep this secret”?

The doubt and secrecy determiner will definitely affect the degree of a person’s paranoia. The greater the doubt and the longer that secrecy is involved, the more determined the mind will become convinced that either someone or something is out there, to harm or destroy them.

One of the growing paranoia’s of our day leading to almost near hysteria is that of health care and medical treatment. So much has been reported in the media concerning health and fitness that the minds of people are overwhelmed with skepticism as to what is truth and what is exaggeration; especially with regard to allergies. It seems that almost everyone today has some form of allergy from dust mites to peanuts and even the very air we breathe.

The paranoia over allergies is so wide spread, it is almost impossible to find someone without an allergy and many of these are food related. It would be fine if all the reported allergies people claim to have were diagnosed by competent physicians, but that is not the case.

Such an example is found in a conversation I had some time back with a fellow church member discussing various allergies of his five children. Thinking this a bit strange that all five children would be allergic to all the same things, I enquired as to what the allergies were and how long it had been since their doctor had diagnosed the allergies. He emphasized almost immediately that their doctor had not diagnosed any of the children with allergies; in fact, it was his wife (which he praised for doing so) that had actually made the determining factor that all of the children were allergic to peanuts, citrus acid, dairy of all kinds and most meat. As this father began to describe some of the problems his children were having, it was quite evident that it was the mother and not the children who had the problem, which was obviously a mental health issue for the mom and not a physical issue at all for the children. As this man went on to describe two of his children as slow learners and another as dyslexic, it became apparent that at least three of his children were probably not getting enough protein in their diet subsequently suppressing their learning abilities.

It turns out the mother had rarely seen a genuine doctor and was actually skeptical of all doctors, doubting their abilities, and kept secret that she was treating her children for allergies based on the internet and what she’d heard from other mothers, without adequate knowledge or being qualified; yet openly she told everyone about her children’s (non-existent) allergies. Because of her doubt and secrecy, she developed a near hysterical and probable delusional paranoia giving birth to a full blown suspicious mind. Unfortunately her Suspicious Mind resulted more in her children’s harm than good, keeping them from proper nutrition and the potential of actually deterring their growth and learning abilities.

As that old saying goes, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste” but when the mind becomes packed with skepticism (doubt), secrecy, poisonous paranoia and ultimately giving way to suspicion, it can also become extremely dangerous.

As a good friend of mine so often says (facetiously), “Don’t let reality mess with your thinking”; in other words, people don’t immediately want to believe or accept what they intuitively know is real, because they’ve developed thoughts so strong, their mind just can’t accept what is beyond their ability to believe or reason. When it comes to preventing suspicion from totally occupying your mind and controlling who and what you are, it becomes essential to, “Let reality mess with your thinking” because your suspicion can simply be wrong and a wrong suspicion can harm or even kill you.

In Part four of The Suspicious Mind, we look at ways to both cope with and ultimately eliminate the most dangerous aspect of the Suspicious Mind, “The Conspiratorial Mindset”

© 2016 Dr. Lee Outlaw






The suspicious mind Part II

The suspicious mind Part II

Paranoia – The poisonous partner

Dr. Lee Outlaw


The pretense to suspicion in most people is certainly filled with a variety of feelings; everything from fear to delusions of grandeur and even a sense of false security.

Nothing however, is more conditioning and even poisonous to the mind in producing temporary or permanent suspicion than paranoia; the sense or feeling that someone or something is out to get you, cause you harm or even destroy you. Rather real or imagined, this person or thing can ultimately achieve the same result; impregnate your mind with suspicion.

Once the mind is filled with suspicion, it is often difficult to remove.

Paranoia comes in all shapes and sizes and has a tendency to rare its ugly head in almost everyone at some point in their life. It’s because of this near epidemic reach of paranoia and its destructive power that so many therapist and counselors try to eliminate any chance of paranoia being the root cause of their patient’s problem from the very start, giving support to the old adage that, “It’s not what you know but what you don’t know that can harm you”.

In other words it’s the fear of the unknown; the feeling that something or someone is out to get you but you just don’t know who or what it is and in most cases “how” the harm will come.

The obvious effect is the onset of emotional or mental instability which can ultimately lead to Paranoid Personality Disorder, delusional paranoia or even more serious mental illnesses.

Unfortunately, paranoia most often makes its appearance when our minds are most vulnerable such as times of stress, emotional instability, non-clinical depression (a.k.a. “the blues”) and relationship difficulties or changes, such as a break up, separation, divorce or the loss of a family member or close friend.

Most of us have heard someone say (or maybe thought our self), “Everything is falling on me, and everyone just picks on me or dumps on me.”  “Why doesn’t it stop?”

Does this sound familiar?

Paranoid MovieA perfect example as to the destruction  paranoia can have in  developing a suspicious  mind is the novel Paranoia by Joseph Finder from which the movie of the same name was made; starring  Liam HemsworthGary OldmanAmber Heard and Harrison Ford the emotion of “paranoia” is seen from nearly every level.

Although it bombed at the box office, “Paranoia” the movie is actually very good. It brings to light all the aspects of the entanglement of paranoia, secrecy, doubt and the conspiratorial mind as they weave their way deep into the unconscious of not just one but most of the characters, almost to the point of no return. It is only after one of the characters actually utilizes his suspicious mind for good that he’s able to turn his life around.

Just like in the movie, sometimes as the burden of no answers coupled with the slightest thought that someone besides you is causing your problems and suddenly paranoia takes root. If such thoughts are not eliminated, they dig deeper into the unconscious implanting a wave of successive suspicions until a once stable mind is totally and completely suspicious.

Everything becomes doubtful and no one can be trusted. Eventually things become extremely serious and even dangerous as reality and fantasy begin to merge and the ability to reason and rationalize become void, leaving the mind to wander aimlessly without purpose or direction.

The end result is the birth of a suspicious mind.

Although the movie “Paranoia” tends to demonstrate a positive effect from a suspicious mind, for most of the characters (as is the case in real life) the outcome was negative. Read the book or watch the DVD to learn more.

In Part III of “The Suspicious Mind”, we will discuss how doubt and secrecy play an intricate part in producing paranoia and ultimately developing a mindset totally controlled by suspicion.

© 2015 The Outlaw Observer and Opinion




The danger of hysteria – by Dr. Lee Outlaw

The danger of hysteria – by Dr. Lee Outlaw


A psychoneurosis

Psychologically speaking, hysteria as a phenomenon is a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability.

More simply defined, it is behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or uncontrollable emotion and frustration; a sense of hopelessness yet with feeling and determination.

The problem occurs when a mind or minds conditioned in hysteria begin to produce hysterical results. (more…)

If they’re not lying they’re probably dying

If they’re not lying they’re probably dying



Dr. Lee Outlaw

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We have all lied; in fact, let’s be honest, we all do lie. . . . . . 

When going it alone is not enough



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When going it alone is not enough


Dr. Lee Outlaw

It doesn’t matter what the addiction is but especially alcohol and controlled substance addicts require professional help to initiate the recovery process.

For some of the minor addictions (and alcohol and controlled substances are not minor addictions), spiritual help from a minister or prayer group might be all that is needed.


Dr. Lee Outlaw’s guidelines for identifying when the need of professional help for addicts is necessary in his latest Christian Counseling article from the #examinercom #LeeOutlaw #Drtruthman3

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How to determine if divorce is appropriate for a Christian


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How to determine if divorce is appropriate for a Christian

by Dr. Lee Outlaw

“Is divorce an alternative for my (possibly) painful marriage which appears to be going nowhere?”

There are so many questions which develop for Christians in determining if divorce is the correct decision.

If you’re one of the many people who struggle with this issue, hopefully this article will help in your decision.

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The Psychological Aspects of Glossolalia In Contemporary Society

NOTE: This is an Abridged Version of My Doctoral Dissertation

The Psychological Aspects



In Contemporary Society

By  Lee W. Outlaw III

An academic paper submitted to the

Hamilton University

In partial fulfillment of requirements

for the degree of

PhD  in Christian Counseling

Written under the direction of the

Office of the Faculty Advisers


Ocala, Florida

February 8, 1999

The Psychological Aspects



In Contemporary Society

Since it’s very beginning, Christianity has been plagued with controversy.  There were the disciples of Jesus who always argued over when the kingdom of God would take place. Controversy also arose among the first century believers over whether or not Jesus had actually risen from the dead; such an instance was the case of doubting Thomas.

As Christianity grew and developed into the institution and the force it has come to be, the issues became more controversial and quite difficult to explain. Probably the most controversial of all issues to plague Christianity, is the issue of the Holy Spirit and His gifts; primarily the gift of speaking in tongues.

The speaking in tongues controversy  (as it is known among Christians) is far-reaching and widespread.  From the seminary classroom to the individual in the pew, there are nearly as many differing views as there are churches and denominations.

In general, most contemporary Christian believers are willing to accept without issue the presence of the Holy Spirit as the comforter Jesus had promised to send, following His ascension into Heaven.

The controversy arises over the way in which the Holy Spirit comes upon (or into) an individual. With such diverse opinion on this subject, the emphasis here will endeavor to look at the most commonly held views that are effecting the church today.

One commonly held view is that a person cannot be a Christian unless he speaks tongues; otherwise known as the charismatic experience or second blessing and more correctly known in theological circles as glossolalia

Another view states, the gift of tongues is simply a God given ability which allows a person to learn and communicate freely in a foreign language.  Still others make claim that the ability to speak in the unknown tongue or glossolalia (an unintelligible ecstatic utterance) is proof that a supernatural ability is indwelled within a person made possible by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

As such, the doctrine of or concerning tongues has become one of the greatest of all Christian Doctrinal controversies.  For most Christian believers and theologians alike, only the arguments surrounding the Virgin Birth and Deity of Christ would be considered a greater controversy.

The main reason for such a controversy, stems from the mention of ability by the apostles and first century Christians to speak and understand in an unusual manner as mentioned in Acts 2:3.

Up until the late 1960’s glossolalia, tongues, the charismatic movement, etc., seemed restricted to the neo-Protestant groups known as Pentecostals and Pentecostalism. This particular group was started by a former Methodist minister named Charles Parham, who began his venture with the establishment of a Bible school in Topeka, Kansas.  Because of the restriction to such a small body of individuals (at the time), most other denominations simply ignored Parham and continued with their own hermeneutical interpretations and explanations as to what happened at Pentecost. Recently however, this charismatic movement has spread to virtually every Christian denomination, both Protestant and Catholic alike.

In some cases it has even moved outside of the realm of Christianity altogether. It should be noted at this point that glossolalia is not peculiar to Christianity alone.  Other religions and cult groups note similar occurrences. Such instances are found in Egyptian and Assyrian records. [1]

Because glossolalia is not restricted to Christianity, its primary aspects will be discussed with emphasis on those that tend to be in the psychological realm.

First, some background on the word itself. Glossolalia comes from two Greek words: glossa (glossa) and lhlin (lalein), Glossa means tongue and lalein means to speak.  Lalein being an infinitive and glossa being a noun, the literal meaning is “ to speak  tongues”.1

Glossolalia is a gift of the Holy Spirit as previously stated.  It is for all practical purposes, credited to Christianity.  In describing this gift  (or as some would say- “phenomenon”)2,   there is a considerable amount of difficulty in trying to appear positive.

For example, some scholars define glossolalia as:  “… a striking phenomenon of primitive  Christianity.  It consisted in articulate, unintelligible speech issuing from Christians who in a state of ecstasy, believed themselves to be possessed by the spirit.”1

Others not primarily interested in the Christian aspect of glossolalia define it, as does George Barton Cutten, “a personal disintegration in which the verbo-motive centers of the subject are obedient to subconscious impulses.”1 There are still others who say that glossolalia whether Christian or not is strictly a psychological condition. This condition is usually ascribed to hysteria, ecstasy or catalepsy; the individual or individuals involved being highly susceptible to suggestion.2

Here is where the underlying problem for this discussion is involved.  If glossolalia is to be seen as a simple psychological condition, then what happened at Pentecost?  What happened in the other New Testament accounts such as Ceaserea, Ephesus, and Corinth?  Why is the charismatic movement so popular today when psychology (even Christian Psychology) is so well known and accepted in all well educated and informed areas of twenty-first century society?

To answer this, it is necessary to see exactly what happened at Pentecost.

There are many explanations, but the four most popular are as follows:

1)              For the purpose of evangelization a miracle of language is said in a number of foreign languages. Many of the early church fathers held this view, as do many contemporary theologians.

2)              The multitude, all of which spoke either Greek or Aramaic, and many of them both, would understand (particularly those who knew the various dialects), what Peter and the others were saying.

3)              It has been suggested that the speech of the apostles was filled with foreign phrases and idioms, heard over the years, which, under the intense emotion and excitement, began to pour fourth.

4)              The final view is that because of the close spiritual rapport, the thoughts and feelings of the speakers were transferred to the hearers and there was general understanding of what was said. 1

Now all of these views might appear at first to be somewhat reasonable.  But when other accounts of glossolalia are mentioned, such as Corinth2, the meaning is clear, that what was experienced, was an ecstatic unintelligible form of speech.

It is certain; however, that the first reference to tongues being spoken of at the day of Pentecost was foreign languages; for this, there is no mistake.  But the references in Acts 10:46; 19:6 are to the unknown tongue.1

Since the condition mentioned both in Acts and Corinthians is glossolalia and this is ascribed as psychological by many contemporary scholars; it is necessary to look at that which plays whatever part it might, in this type of conditioning.

It should first be noted that those who experience the tongues phenomenon, have the experience in a variety of ways. Some experience it only in private, others only in public and some, in both private and public.  Almost all have a deep need for personal security and emotional expression.

Those whose experience is restricted in private would have a need for emotional expression, while those having the experience only in public, have an apparent need for personal security.3

It seems obvious that speaking in tongues serves as a definite emotional outlet.

Studies concerning glossolalia show that those involved in the charismatic movements are usually very troubled people.  They have more anxiety and personal instability than do most non-charismatics.1

Some aspects of glossolalia have similarities to other psychological experiences.  Such experiences are trance states and sleep walking.  These experiences are considered similar because they are called automatisms, which some also consider glossolalia.

Automatisms are automatic movements of voluntary muscles dissociated from conscious control.  Automatisms (as viewed by most professionals involved in such studies as this), are seen as a means providing escape for deep-seated conflicts within an individual. Thus, some people bothered by problems on the job, may repress them, only to have them surface in the form of sleepwalking or sitting in their favorite chair staring at the wall or simply staring into nothingness.  Others religiously motivated, may find the same release (although unintentional) through glossolalia.

It is therefore asserted by most ministerial and psychological groups, that glossolalia, whether Holy Spirit produced or not, is a form of escape valve for problems and difficulties in life.

There are however, other psychological aspects concerning glossolalia, which involve more of the religious idea.

One of the most popular ideas is that glossolalia is actually a means of escape for deep rooted religious desires and repressed feelings.  It is asserted that certain persons having been neglected spiritually may seek glossolalia as their first means of religious expression.

This expression can be compared somewhat to that of an infant attempting to say its first words.  At first the child has difficulty with vowels and consonants so it expresses unintelligible utterances.  Gradually speech is improved and developed where full expression can be made.

There is further evidence by some scholars, that the chemical imbalance in the body that takes place from long periods of fasting (which many charismatics practice as well) is very similar to that produced by certain drugs such as LSD.  These studies have even noted that addicts of LSD and other hallucinogenics have expressed with ease and similar proficiency this same verbal ecstatic utterance we call glossolalia.1 For Christians, this should be a “red flag” of sorts.  It should give reason enough for those who would seek the truth, to challenge the contemporary Pentecostal doctrine.

Of all the study done by psychologist in the field of glossolalia or ecstatic utterance experience, probably the most difficult to explain is the fluency of the language produced from the addict.  There is little if any difference between that which is produced by the addict or Charismatic Christian.  Again, an apparent heavenly warning to those who would seek a “mystical” side of Christianity to think and know rather than become dependant on an emotional surge for spiritual confirmation.

In the speaking in tongues experience, a genuine glossolaliast can go on for hours in a very fluid manner producing sounds such as, “aish  nay  gum nay  tayo”.1 It appears that the one involved in the speaking never has to reach for words.  They are always there.  For most psychologists, glossolalia is not completely under the conscious control of the individual speaking in the unknown tongue.

Because glossolalia is considered by most psychologists to be produced by the subconscience, it is worthy to note the various aspects of glossolalia as a “Vocal Phenomenon”.2

First of all, most that speak in tongues believe that what they are saying is a real language.  There is however, no consistent understanding of the meaning by either speaker or hearer.  It is however, apparently patterned after real language because of its flowing sounds and sometimes familiarity to lost or less used languages.  It does have value to the speaker, although (and more than often) it is meaningless.  The value to the speaker is at best an emotional release similar to the expansive rambling of profanity used by an extremely angry person prone to similar chronic outburst.

Glossolalia is also considered by many scholars to be a non-human language.  If this is the case, then there is no possible way to evaluate such a practice on human terms alone.  Unfortunately, upon this single scientific diagnostic, the Pentecostals have attempted to develop and rationalize what they consider as the “true spirituality” of an entire biblical doctrine known as everything from the “second blessing” or “the language of angels” to  “the language of prayer.”

Most linguist state that glossolalia is not a natural language and nothing is found today that can be compared with it except for speech impediments, gibberish made by children and particularly infants and the physically and mentally retarded and the mentally ill.1

In general, glossolalia can be discussed forever and still have questions raised concerning its validity.

There are those who see it as a genuine gift of God not capable of being explained by mere mortal men.

Others see it as a very strange and extreme psychological condition ranging from a simple neurotic and pathological state to a full blown psychosis which enables the participant with a false sense of power and confidence to the point of producing advanced anger, violence, and associated acts of passion.

Of course, many will still want to argue the validity of what they consider the only genuine evidence of a real and living Holy Spirit.

Jesus, however, said that He was leaving “the comforter” with us; one who would give us peace in difficult moments.  Those who seek to speak in the so-called unknown tongue seem to be anything but comforted.

As such, there is more factual knowledge concerning the reasons for glossolalia being psychologically conditioned than not.

It is therefore the conclusion of this writer, based on both the research stated herein and over fifteen years of counseling of those who either seek to or have practiced glossolalia, that there is one single, underlying theme among those who speak in tongues; a lack of touch with reality and a pseudo–faith, based more on a sense of the mystical than on genuine spirituality.

An individual whose faith is genuine and sincere does not need the magical qualities desired by those who would speak in an unknown tongue, nor is there any need to withdraw from society to communicate with God in an ecstatic utterance.

God does not need any outward, verbal expression from us.  The Bible says he knew us before we were conceived1 and has spoken to us in many ways and many times. 2

Because of its use elsewhere in the world besides Christianity and the apparent problems it caused in the first century church, there can be no other conclusion apart from glossolalia and its subsequent charismatic movement being strictly a psychological condition.

The charismatic churches have positioned both their worship practices and associated doctrines for the specific purpose of conditioning their followers to hysterical heights of induced euphoria leaving the side effects of fear and lowered self-esteem.  As such, it is no accident that in the decades following the first moon landing, Watergate, Viet Nam and “free love” which left the general populous empty, skeptical, afraid and searching for love, that the charismatic church became the success that it has become.

A mind conditioned in hysteria will produce hysterical results.  In short, the hysterical mindset was already in place.  The charismatic church simply capitalized on that hysteria with further hysterical conditioning which it produced based on doctrine that was controversial to the most knowledgeable of theologians.

The end result upon contemporary society has been the transforming of the church from a source of truly Spiritual led teaching and preaching for life application, into one of mysticism and emotional release.

For the charismatic church or denomination whose doctrine has been spiritual gift centered with an emphasis on tongues, the results have certainly been amazing if not alarming.

The statistics have certainly spoken for themselves.  The seventies and eighties were definitive years of growth among the Pentecostals, Church of God and Assemblies of God, to mention but a few.  In fact, at one point in the late eighties, the Assemblies of God were the fastest growing denomination among evangelical Christians in the world.  For some, there is still the desire to hold on to that point.

Hysteria (induced or otherwise), however, will only last so long.  Just like the last person left in a movie theatre after “FIRE” has been yelled realizes there isn’t even any smoke and sits back down to enjoy the balance of the movie, so has the charismatic Christian begun to see the reality of his spiritual self.  He now wants more.  Mysticism and emotion will no longer hold his attention because he needs to know how to live as a Christian in the real world.

It is unfortunate that the church has always found the need to accentuate the negative as opposed to the positive as a means to reach people.

It is also unfortunate that the very use of conditioning and behavioral modification used unwittingly by the charismatics to intimidate and control their followers is condemned and belittled when used by those of us who are properly trained and educated in the field of psychology and counseling.

There has always been a close relationship between the spiritual and psychological side of man and the bible would have to be included as one of the greatest behavioral modification manuals and tools known to man.

To use a small portion of scripture to formulate a major doctrinal belief is irresponsible and demonstrates a lack of genuine concern for the individual believer.

The use of glossolalia as practiced by contemporary charismatic groups demonstrates a less than genuine concern for the individual and projects a spiritual environment of exclusivity;  i.e., if  a person does not speak  in the unknown tongue (as practiced today) they are often excluded from the local fellowship.

Ironically, this is the very thing Jesus came to change.

The church must be inclusive and not exclusive.

It is time the church focused on a known language rather than one that is ecstatic or unknown.

It is time to focus on the language of Jesus . . . LOVE!

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Brown, Bill: Rimmer, C. Brandon,  The Unpredictable Wind.  New York, Nashville & Camden:  Thomas Nelson, Inc., Publishers, 1972.

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[1] The Interpreter’s Dictionary Of The Bible, 1963 ed., s.v.  “Tongues, Gift Of.”

2 George Barton Curtten, Speaking With Tongues: Historically And Psychologically Considered  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1927), p. 160.

1 George Barton Curtten, Speaking With Tongues: Historically And Psychologically Considered  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1927), p. 160.

2 Morton T. Keley,  Tongue Speaking:  An Experiment In Spiritual Experiences  (New York:  Doubleday & Co., 1961), p. 192

1 The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia Of The Bible, 1975 ed., s.v.  “Tongues, Gift Of “.

2 The Bible,  I Corinthians 12:1-14:40

3James N. Lapsley and John H, Simpson,  “Speaking in Tongues; Token of Group Acceptance and Divine Approval, “ Pastoral Psychology”, May 1964 issue, p. 52.

1 John P. Kildahl, The Psychology Of Speaking In Tongues  (New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972, ),  pp. 29-30

1 John P. Kildahl, “Psychological Observations” in Michael P. Hamilton’s, The Charismatic Movement, (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1975), pp. 124-142.

1 John P. Kildahl, The Psychology Of Speaking In Tongues  (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972), p. 35.

2 William J. Samarin,  “Glossolalia As A Vocal Phenomenon” in, Watson E. Mills, Speaking In Tongues: Let’s Talk About It (Waco: Word Books, 1973), p. 128.

1 William J. Samarin,  “Glossolalia As A Vocal Phenomenon” in, Watson E. Mills, Speaking In Tongues: Let’s Talk About It (Waco: Word Books, 1973), p. 128.

1 The Bible,  Jeremiah 1:4

2 The Bible,  Hebrews 1:1


NOTE: The Fifth inf the The Five Fires of Life- “Temptation”

will be published NEXT Week.

Procrastination – A Survivor’s Guide

4th in the Five Fires of Life series

Video – 10 Tips to Fight Procrastination

Are you a Procrastinator?

Do you put off till tomorrow or the next day or the next day or the next what you should’ve done today?

Doctors and Psychologist tell us that two of the leading causes of both physical and mental destruction are the partners of procrastination and anxiety.

A survival guide for anxiety has already been discussed but the irony is procrastination ultimately leads to anxiety.

The frustration of knowing that one has unfinished business in his life leads to “high anxiety”; not just another anxious moment but clinical anxiety requiring anything from medication to hospitalization for control of the anxiety.

Putting off what needs to be done now is unhealthy physically, mentally and spiritually.

Failure to see a doctor when you’re sick can only worsen your condition, failure to see a counselor when  you’re emotionally troubled just  complicates your ability to stabilize your emotions and your failure to pray, seek Christian fellowship and study the Bible regularly depletes your  spiritual power and ability.

Procrastination is one the most dangerous and disastrous fires of life.

The writer of the book of Hebrews (either the Apostle Paul or his friend Priscilla) is very concerned with the well being of the child of God and besides the central issue of faith which Hebrews is primarily about the writer seems to be concerned with the issue of “procrastination”.

Hebrews 3:13, says “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

In general, the writer is interested in Christians not being procrastinators and insistent that procrastination is sin.

The Bible is very aware that human beings are plagued by the problem of procrastination and it is not just procrastination itself but results of procrastination which are of great concern.

Although many, there are four specific problems procrastination causes:

  1. Procrastination PETRIFIES – that is, it hardens your heart.  As we continually postpone what we should have done, it becomes easier and easier to put off more and more until we develop calluses of contrite upon our heart.  This often makes us unloving, less compassionate, and full of misery, malice and bad memories.
  2. Procrastination POISONS – it slowly but surely kills individuals, homes, marriages and even churches. Just like someone who has ingested a lethal dose of a slow killing poison, PROCRASTINATION can so convince a person that continually putting off is so normal that  before the full effects are felt, “baam” your life is destroyed.
  3. Procrastination PENETRATES – the lives of others; friends, family and even people we might not even know. If your employer is depending on you to do something today and it doesn’t get done, your procrastination penetrates your employer’s business.  Your failure to help your child with their home work can penetrate their life and possibly cause them a bad grade in school. Your failure to pay your power bill penetrates your entire family and results in misery for you and your family.
  4. Procrastination PARALYZES – When things need to be done today but get put off until tomorrow lives become stagnant and many times go nowhere.

It’s much like needing a new car battery. You keep trying to charge it over and again until one day you find the battery will no longer take a charge and your car won’t start, you’re stuck standing still and going nowhere.

The Bible gives a 4-Fold approach to getting rid of Procrastination:


  1. Don’t procrastinate getting rid of PROCRASTINATION. Don’t doubt God. Hebrews 3:12 states, “12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”
  2. Begin IMMEDIATELY – Turn idleness into encouragement. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13
  3. Live your life with CONFIDENCE………confidence in Christ. 14 “We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end”. Hebrews 3:14
  4. Proceed Immediately (in God’s will) so as NOT to change and NOT to rebel. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”  Hebrews 3:15

The fact is that most people procrastinate.

The great paradox of procrastination is that most people procrastinate getting rid of procrastination.

Begin a new today by making a commitment to rid yourself of procrastination, attempt to finish those unfinished things in your life, develop a strong confidence about your life and be quick to encourage and help others eliminate procrastination in their lives as well.

©Copyright 2012 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III

By Popular Demand

I have been very excited by so many readers of this blog as well as FaceBook, Twitter and Google plus as well as private email who have had positive comments about this series which I preached back in the 1980’s and later revised in the mid 1990’s.

There have been two complaints however, which I would like to address and hopefully have begun to solve.

The first is that I have not finished posting the final two articles in the series on “Procrastination” and “Temptation” and many have asked  if and when I was going to post the articles.

The answer to this question is YES, the final two articles will be posted. Along with the holidays and taking on  new writing responsibilities (for one, the new Brownsville, Texas Political writer/reporter for The, I have simply gotten behind with post.

The final two articles should be posted by the end of the week of January 20th, 2012 and if you are a subscriber or follow me on FaceBook, Twitter, or Google plus you will be automatically notified.

The second complaint was that the three previous articles on Anxiety/Fear, Anger and Jealousy had become difficult to find for reference due to my utilization of WordPress during the holidays as a distribution point for my articles.

I believe I have now solved that problem by dedicating an entire page entitled, “The Five Fires of Life”  with it’s very own tab next to the “About Dr Lee Outlaw” tab. Just click the tab or you can sample the first three by clicking the  link or photo above. The entire series will be duplicated in the order they are posted as well as the original post.

Again, I am delighted that this blog has become the ministry site I had prayed it would become in offering genuine, professional yet Christian answers to many of the struggles and difficulties we all face in life.

Many thanks to all of you who read, click the star ratings, LIKE and other social network buttons and a special thanks to those who comment and send emails.

By the way to those of you who have suggested I write a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, it is already in the works and it too will have a special page.

Thank you for reading.

©Copyright 2012 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III

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