"When we start shifting our words to something worldly, something happens inside of us"
YES! THIS! THIS! THIS! I had written down on my tickler list to write a post about "stop using other terminology" when I (cough) happened (cough) across this video. I've cued it up to the part where Krista Bontrager nails it. Watch it to the end.
Christians are obsessed with everything except the Bible. The language of the Bible is rich enough that we don't need to adopt the words of other cultural movements. Christians talk more in the language of the Left than they do the Bible right now.
I had been thinking about removing the INFJ stuff from my site because I feel like it's a distraction from the bigger picture of who we are in God.
Related article: Explosion of the Enneagram among Evangelicals
I find stuff like the Enegram of the Meyers-Brigg to be helpful to talk about, but not obsess about. It can help explain parts of why and how our personality works, but it's not the be all and end all of who I am or why I act that way.
So knowing I'm an INFP or on some days an ENFP (I really like the idea of being a Crusader, standing in the way for what's right, but that's another discussion) can help me figure out why I'm doing something, but at the same time that's not ultimately who I am. Ultimately, I'm a daughter of THE King and my identity is in Him and only Him. I am Chosen, Called, and Adopted into the Royal Lineage. Whatever other descriptors I have, are just lesser things that I find amusing.
But it is also totally true that too many Christians are finding their worth and their identity in these descriptions. I'll start worrying about this when I click on more articles about this than I do about the Bible.
Forgot to hit subscribe to this topic so I can see any responses.
Excedrin Migraine has finally kicked in so now I need to go be mildly productive for the day.
I have always thought the Meyers-Brigg and Enneagram were a fun way to get insight into personalities (myself and others around me). I certainly don't see people exclusively through those lenses to the exclusion of the knowledge that they were (I was) formed in the image of God in accordance with His perfect plan. I have taken classes in a couple of my church homes helping define spiritual gifts and what they might be for individuals. I have found that my spiritual gifts line up with my results from the other tests. (I am an ESFP, Enneagram 2, and my spiritual gift assessments always include "helper" and "hospitality".)
The place I have had the most help from an Enneagram result was when my daughter took the test and got her results. So many of the "quirks" I thought were part of her 2E-ness are actually things that were related to her enneagram results. Turns out that many of our difficulties communicating and understanding each other have a lot to do with the differences in our personalities. I have been reminded often through others discussing enneagram personalities of ways I can better approach her and empathize with the way she sees the world and herself.
Having said that, I am not an Enneagram proselytizer or follower and I don't know much of the arguments for or against, or the history of it. The only thing I actively follow is justmyenneatype on Instagram because they have fun and insightful posts that have given me some new tools and ideas.
I think that as with anything, too much of something, even something good, can be harmful and distracting from the truths of God. If you put anything above God's Word, it will lead you away from truth.