October 7, 2010
My dear friend,
In the past, when a church looked for a new pastor or a Christian college looked for a new president, people prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They prayed that God would send them a true shepherd, not a hireling. And even though many able men applied for the job, true Christians knew that the guidance of the Spirit was crucial in choosing the right man. True Christians desired to have a spiritual leader chosen by the Hand of God, not chosen by the hand of man.
But this is not true today. “Progressive” Christians have quenched the leading of the Holy Spirit and replaced the Spirit with “scientific” tests - psychological tests, profiles, etc. They feel that a great leader can be chosen by trying to assess the mind of the candidates.
For example, Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God is using SIMA to find their president: http://www.seuniversity.edu/ps/process.php. SIMA stands for System for Identifying Method Abilities. Basically, SIMA uses personality assessments to decide which applicant fits the job.
So, how successful is this system?
Well, ...Southeastern University has been without a president for almost 2 years!
Here are a few of my brief comments (boldfaced) on statements from “How to Hire Great Leaders: Pt. 1” by William Hendricks and Marlys Hanson who promote Motivated Abilities Pattern, or MAP. MAP is an assessment test created by SIMA.
1. “The difference between a great hire and a big mistake lies in the ability to understand (and thus predict) how a particular individual will carry out a particular role.”
True Christians pray for the revelation of
God’s will when choosing a leader.
based on special knowledge
to reveal the will or message of God;
reveal by divine inspiration
“In the article, ‘Hiring Wrong – and Right.’ Welch estimated
that managers make good hiring decisions only about 50 percent of the
Holy Spirit makes good hiring decisions 100% of the time!
3. “What’s especially subjective is the decision-maker’s
‘read’ of the person. ‘Is she a “team player’?”
In other words, does she “play the game”?
he one of the good ole boys?
4. “The point is that the most important things you as a
decision-maker would want to know when hiring someone – viz., how
a candidate will do the job – cannot be learned by quizzing the person
about his/her resume. Instead, to fully understand him/her, you need to
know precisely how (or if) the person is motivated to perform specific
What if it’s a person’s calling?
How does SIMA assess a
person’s calling as motivation?
Obedience (motivation) to a calling is from the heart.
Psychology cannot assess the heart; attempts to assess the mind.
Most leaders are motivated by power, money, praise, ego, and so
forth. God alone knows a
man’s hearts and motives.
5. “The MAP is invaluable in hiring because it not only pinpoints
what the candidate loves to do and does well, but it also describes how
they go about doing what they are motivated to do…at PMI Inc., we rely
on the two-hour MAP Achievement Interview…candidates are asked to recall
stories from throughout their lives about activities they have enjoyed
doing and felt they have done well.”
men will tell interviewers what they want to hear, even if they have to
make up stories to get the job! They
will utter deceit for profit.
6. “By identifying the candidate’s pattern of performing,
you will have evidence of how this candidate does (or does not)
exercise leadership motivation. Using this evidence of recurring behavior,
you will be able to make a more informed (and accurate) decision as to
whether or not the candidate is likely to satisfy the expectations you
have for the position.”
alleged evidence of recurring behavior assumes that the person’s mind
and heart remain the same year after year.
This leaves out personal, professional, and spiritual growth. What about learning from your experiences?
What about increasing in knowledge and wisdom?
What about the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Etc.
For a detailed analysis of
MAP, read the investigative report following this letter: “An Analysis of SIMA
Motivational Abilities Pattern vs. Scripture" by James Sundquist.
My dear friend, when seeking a true spiritual leader, don't seek the guidance of the foolish pseudo-science of man.
Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit!
not the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:19
Faithfully serving our Lord Jesus Christ and Savior,
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
MOTIVATIONAL ABILITIES PATTERN (HEREAFTER MAP) vs. SCRIPTURE
Sources of all quotes by SIMA International and/or Arthur Miller located at:
There is now an epidemic today in churches and ministry organizations which has convinced people that they must take some sort of psychometric personality and gift evaluation assessment(s) or test(s) in order to be able to determine how God would want them to serve, whether it be in the church, in para-church ministries, or in the workforce. These assessments and/or tests claim that up until now there has been no way to determine how one should serve or work without using the assessment(s) or test(s). Some of these assessment(s) and test(s) even claim that they can predict future behavior and job performance. The founder of the evaluation being featured in this article claims that his assessment is “as from the hand of God.”
Ironically, some of the originators of these assessment(s) and test(s) contradict and/or criticize each other as invalid. Many of the personality assessment(s) and test(s) used by Christians today are based on some sort of Greek mythology, principles of this world, or even have occult roots (such as MBTI Carl Jung and Rick Warren's SHAPE). Some Christians are now compelled to take these assessments or they will not be allowed to be a church member or to be employed by a particular organization or denomination. In other cases the ministerial credentials of pastors are even threatened unless they comply with taking the required assessment(s) or test(s).
It is important to make a distinction here between assessments or tests which evaluate personality traits vs. objective skill sets such as trade requirements (e.g. plumbing) or professional requirements (e.g. bar exam). Of the course the latter is needed to determine competency and, in some cases, safeguard society. So tests, per se, are constructive for job placement when they deal with skills and aptitudes.
This article profiles one particular psychometric assessment system (SIMA) using content taken directly from the published resources of SIMA International (see MAP references below), as well as emails from its founder, Arthur Miller, and then compares it with scripture (see SCRIPTURE).
SIMA International came to my attention when I was discussing with a close colleague her interest in applying for the position of President of Southeastern University (Assemblies of God). Up until then I had never heard of SIMA. However, I was very familiar with many of the other personality assessment systems in use today. SIMA International was listed as the contact to begin the process of selecting a group of the “best of the best” candidates for the position of President at Southeastern University. Prospective candidates are required to contact SIMA International (as documented on Southeastern University's Presidential Search Committee website) as the initial step of screening. This led to my researching where the MAP assessment originated. I discovered that the founder is Arthur Miller. Subsequently I emailed him with several basic questions about the MAP assessment and his own testimony and was shocked by his responses, which are also cited below.
1. MAP: “What we accomplish through the System for Identifying Motivated Abilities (SIMA®) is a definition of the uniqueness of individuals: their personality; their 'ways'; their m.o.; their heart and mind”.
is not a test and is diametrically opposed to psychometrics because
it cannot access the heart and mind of the person...SIMA
is a study of the uniqueness of each person. We represent it as from the
hand of God.” “knowledge of those ways
enables us to predict his detailed behavior, which is the essence of our
Miller September 7, 2010 email to James Sundquist
RESPONSE: But in SIMA's FAQ
page, they state: “The research design followed test standards
established by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1985 for
determining psychometric characteristic of assessment techniques.”
So Arthur Miller says it is a test then he says it is not a test,
so he loses all credibility. He
spends much of his website denouncing psychology and psychometrics,
while simultaneously defending it.
Does the APA know that Arthur Miller states that SIMA comes “as
from the hand of God?”
Do any of his non-Christian corporate clients know this?
There is not a single example in all of Scripture in which a person's calling or job was ever based on one's personality profile. But for the righteous, every job was determined by their character and conversion.
Mat 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Phl 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
1Jo 2:16 “For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
1Cr 2:16 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
If Arthur Miller's SIMA were as from the hand of
God, it would not contradict Scripture, promote false teachers, and
falsely accuse, as you will see cited throughout this document!
If SIMA is indeed “as from the hand of God” which would
reveal an individual's mind, there should be something in it about the
“mind of Christ.” So
where is it? I could not
find it on his website. Furthermore,
if Arthur Miller refuses to answer my simple question of whether he is a
born-again Christian, we must question whether his SIMA system can be as
from the hand of God.
Arthur Miller says SIMA is not a test.
But science requires tests. He even states "SIMA®'s
scientific "accuracy" has been evaluated against other forms
of assessment in a number of formal studies". "Scientific
accuracy means testing and measuring." So if it is not
a test, then it can't be scientific. The recruitment
industry would consider any assessment profiling a "test".
Merriam-Webster definition of "test" would render
Miller's MAP assessment a "test":
Merriam-Webster Definition of TEST
1a chiefly British : cupel b (1) : a critical
examination, observation, or evaluation : trial; specifically : the
procedure of submitting a statement to such conditions or operations as
will lead to its proof or disproof or to its acceptance or rejection
<a test of a statistical hypothesis> (2) : a
basis for evaluation : criterion c : an ordeal or oath
required as proof of conformity with a set of beliefs
2a : a means of testing: as (1) : a
procedure, reaction, or reagent used to identify or characterize a
substance or constituent (2) : something (as a series of
questions or exercises) for measuring the skill, knowledge,
intelligence, capacities, or aptitudes of an individual or group b
: a positive result in such a test
3: a result or value determined by testing
“Use of tests to measure skill,
knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitudes and to make
predictions about performance. Best known is the IQ test; other
tests include achievement tests — designed to evaluate a student's
grade or performance level — and personality tests. The latter include
both inventory-type (question-and-response) tests and projective tests
such as the Rorschach (inkblot) and thematic apperception
(picture-theme) tests, which are used by clinical psychologists and
psychiatrists to help diagnose mental disorders and by psychotherapists
and counselors to help assess their clients. Experimental psychologists
routinely devise tests to obtain data on perception, learning, and
motivation. Clinical neuropsychologists often use tests to assess
cognitive functioning of people with brain injuries. See also
experimental psychology; psychometrics.”
MAP as well as all Personality Profiling (SHAPE, DISC, MBTI, MINNESOTA
MULTI-PHASIC, KEIRSEY-BATES, TAYLOR-JOHNSON, PLACE and others), is based
upon and considered magic arts (sorcery).
Personality Profiling schemes are a form of “divination”
because they think they can predict the future....like horoscopes.
They are also a form of divination because they think they can
reveal Satan's so-called secrets (of course most Christian psychologists
would say these are not from Satan, but God).
I also call them magic arts because I simply use the template of
what Simon the Magician did...making profit off of the souls of men.
Sorcerers seek assistance from evil spirits. But even though
psychotherapists do not directly invoke evil spirits, they are still
letting them in by practicing psychotherapy because the origin of its
teachings came from evil spirits in the first place.
2. MAP: Human heart is the mother lode: “accesses the heart, mind and will of a person by identifying an inborn Pattern of motivated competencies which determines and drives performance and results.”
Gen 8:21 ...for the imagination of man's heart [is] evil from his youth...”
Jer 17:9 “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Only the Holy Spirit has ultimate access to the heart, mind and will, dividing soul from spirit. Neither MAP nor ANY Psychological theory or profiler can do that:
Hbr 4:12 “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the
heart; and they defile the man.
15:19 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts,
murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,
So how reliable is the heart that Miller
thinks is so reliable? Answer:
Conclusion, in defiance
of Scripture Miller and MAP take a totally depraved and unclean thing as
a basis for determining the future for job applicants.
Where is the Grace of God in reversing downward spiral into
darkness in MAP? Where is
supernatural intervention even if MAP were accurate?
And where is the doctrine of Original Sin in Miller's model of
SCRIPTURE: A person comes into the world in sin and is only driven by the lusts of the flesh...
no man seeks after God; he is incapable:
Rom 3:11 “There is none that understander, there is none that seeketh after God.”
“The Pattern inheres in the nature of each person and is not the
result of a developmental process. Effectively, a person comes into the
world with the focus, drive and capability to follow and fulfill a
describe the way you naturally function”
is not designed or intended to look at those kinds of factors. We want
to discover, not what's wrong with you, but what's right with
you—the "good truth" about your core strengths and natural
cases like these, the MAP® itself will be presented by the SIMA®
practitioner, as a way of helping others gain the best, most accurate
understanding the person's core strengths and natural motivation."
It is far more important to find out the “bad truth” in every individual. Miller also assumes that there must be “good truth” behind every motivation. And who defines “good”? Is it Miller? If Miller were to state the true natural motivation of man, according to the Bible, he would have to say human nature is born iniquity and motivated to do only evil continually. To demolish this fatally flawed premise read: The Bible, Natural Theology, and Natural Law: Conflict or Compromise.
“I encourage you to
read Dr. Robert Morey’s “The Bible, Natural Theology and Natural Law:
Conflict or Compromise”, in which he documents that the Methodist Church
was the first mainline denomination to go apostate. Dr. Morey also writes
one of the best commentaries I have ever read on the Book of Job. In
addition, in his chapter on Job, Dr. Morey with a single swing of a giant
scythe, levels and demolishes the strongholds and principalities of
natural man’s rationalism, empiricism, mysticism, and fideism embedded
in Emerging Church and Purpose-Driven Theologies.”
Regarding SIMA: “It sounds like pyscho-babel”
Dr. Robert Morey, September 9, 2010.
SCRIPTURE: A person comes into the world in sin and is only driven by the lusts of the flesh...no man seeks after God, he is incapable:
3:11 “There is none that understandeth, there is none that
seeketh after God.”
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is
good-except God alone.
4. MAP: “Predictive: The Pattern describes detailed future behavior.”
RESPONSE: MAP can't predict behavior for a Christian, as behavior (the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord, through prayer, obedience to Christ's commands, and the Holy Spirit convicting behavior). And MAP can't predict behavior for non-Christians either. Only God through his Scripture and Holy Prophets can predict the future behavior of man with 100% accuracy...anything less are marked as false prophets.
Jam 4:13 “Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
5. MAP: "SIMA is based upon a time-honored law in personnel psychology: the best predictor of future performance is past performance...” Dr. John O. Crites. Don't forget that which is behind, but tap into it, remember it.
Eph 2:2-3 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
I count not myself to have apprehended: but this
one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that
are before.” Philippians 3:13
“But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are]
as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the
wind, have taken us away.”
6. MAP: “In matters of style of living, dress, relationships and personal communications, a person's social behavior is anticipated by the Pattern.”
RESPONSE: MAP cannot predict style of living for Christians because the worldview is completely transformed, MAP can't predict dress, as Scripture teaches modesty of dress, and not out adornment. MAP can't predict social behavior because Christians forsake not the assembling of one another. MAP can not predict biblical doctrine of separation shattered any notion MAP might project. Three Scriptures alone demolish this fatally flawed MAP premise of environmental impact on human behavior: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers”. Below are the exact phrase.
2Cr 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,”
7. MAP: “The core distinction of Motivational Pattern is based on the repetitive past performance of the achiever. Every conclusion relies on recurring, demonstrated performance which gives it the unique power to comprehend, explain and predict behavior.”
RESPONSE: Non-Christians are slaves of the
Power of the Prince of Darkness, not MAP.
“such were some of you”. Christians
are not slaves of past behavior but are governed by the power of the Holy
8. MAP: “Because the Pattern is both stable and irrepressible, it predicts how the person will attempt to perform in any position”
RESPONSE: The Natural state of man is unstable and unpredictable.
9. MAP: “Patterns answer performance questions before the fact about whether the person…”
RESPONSE: Prophesy of human behavior is the domain of Scripture, not man or man-made principles of this world. Behavior can not be predicted by man. Prophets who did this who were not 100% accurate were properly marked as false prophets...and stoned in the Old Testament. Speaking of prediction the future, the Bible actually foretold about people like Arthur Miller and Psychotherapy (religions of self):
2Ti 3:1 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.”
3:2 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,
boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful,
10. MAP: Every human is bound by SIMA's profile.
RESPONSE: Even if and when MAP is accurate to predict potential behavior, there is nothing the individual can do about it if he or she is under a curse from God. Arthur Miller's “happiness” is impossible irrespective of an employer complying with every single component of a human's MAP. Miller's MAP could not save the Judaizers whom the Apostle Paul cursed in Galatians.
11. MAP: “The Power of Sima...The core distinction of Motivational Patter is based on repetitive past performance of the achiever...which gives it the unique power to comprehend, and explain and predict behavior”
RESPONSE: Instead of given “pattern” the power, it give the Person of Christ the Power in Christians. Only Christ can predict behavior.
12. MAP: “The controversy which bedevils our civilization is our inability to come to true understanding of our nature.” But MAP does!
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned.” I Corinthians 2:14
13. MAP: RELIGION which glorifies SELF...is effectively Self-Actualization Psychology
II Timothy 3:2 “For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”
“Not my will, but Thy will be done.” Self is crucified with Christ.
Rev 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
RESPONSE: And the blood of the Lamb (Christ) would be where in Miller's MAP in order to overcome?
14. MAP: “The Pattern of a person emerges in childhood and remains consistent in its essential content, structure and dynamics throughout the productive life of that person. Stable: It remains fundamentally the same throughout life.”
SCRIPTURE: For a Christian man's nature does not remain the same.
2Cr 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
15. MAP: “is irrepressible and works to exhaust the potential for its expression in any job or situation occupied,”
SCRIPTURE: For a Christian his nature is repressible according to these commands:
Rom 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. “
Col 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”
16. MAP: “and being amoral, can be used for good or evil”
Mar 10:18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good-except God alone.
Rom 14:23 ...”for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.”
Rom 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.”
RESPONSE: So if it can't be found, how does Arthur Miller find it?
If MAP is “amoral” it is still worthless. The Bible is THE moral guide and totally sufficient for ALL training in righteousness that every Christian would be thoroughly equipped for EVERY good work!
3:16 “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and
[is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
But they perform “all” good works because they have not taken MAP.
17. MAP: “Useful: It contains practical strengths of value to those served.”
2Cr 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
MAP can not be useful if it is based on a fatally flawed premise of true nature of man.
“the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Christian Existentialist-Mystic Kierkegaard (whom Miller touts) taught that truth is subjective”
RESPONSE: Objective and didactic. And “natural man understands not the things of the spirit.”
19. MAP: “Not only what a person is motivated to learn but how and why; also alone, with others, and with or without a teacher, are determined by the Pattern.”
RESPONSE: Motivated by fear of the Lord and loving God to do righteousness and obedience to Christ and his Apostles commands. A Christian is motivated to have the mind of Christ, not the Pattern of the old man. You need wisdom to find your job?
Pro 9:10 “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.”
20. MAP: “Environment is not an efficient cause for a Pattern, although it plays a critical role in its expression.”
1Cr 15:33 “Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
21. MAP: does not even mention the Holy Spirit or Christ crucified.
Gal 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
22. MAP: “Alone among all those seeking to understand qualities about people is our focus on the individual person, completely unique to SIMA”
RESPONSE: In the Bible focus is on both the individual to become redeemed and washed in the blood of the Lamb and focus on community via the church.
23. MAP: “This Pattern defines the only means and power within the person for accomplishing anything of significance”
RESPONSE: If a man is not born again, he can not accomplish anything of significance before God. This statement by MAP is totally blasphemous and usurps “the only means and power within a person” which belongs only to the Lord and the Grace of God. I am shocked SIMA faith-based clients would not detect this colossal heresy!
24. MAP: “Information generated is empirical or objective in nature.”
RESPONSE: That is debatable, since one of Miller's MAP pillars is drawn from Kierkegaard, whose view of Scripture is that nothing is objective only subjective. So which is: MAP truth is subjective or objective?
25. MAP: “Solutions to problems caused by emotional reactions are readily diagnosed because people have so much emotionally invested in fulfilling their Patterns.”
SCRIPTURE: Non-Christians would certainly be in slavery to the old man and patterns. A born-again Christian should not be emotionally invested in any of the old man...as all things become new.
2Cr 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” [opposite of what Miller teaches]
26. MAP: “Performance mysteries can be solved about individuals by referring to their Pattern. ...The analysis and solutions to all of these performance mysteries? Consult their Motivational Pattern of Giftedness.”
RESPONSE: Performance mysteries of ungodliness are unlocked by Scripture itself. So there is no mystery. Performance mysteries of a New Creation are no longer hidden mysteries but revealed in Scripture. Motivation of behavior and performance of both Christians and non-Christians are revealed in Scripture and they are not the same as MAP purports. Non-Christians have no Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Christians have Gifts of the Holy Spirit for building up the Body of Christ, but they are given and determined by the Holy Spirit, not SIMA's Motivational Pattern of Giftedness.
27. MAP: Focus is on individual's will be done, as in Neitzsche's (Arthur Miller disciple) “Power to Will”
“Not my will but Thy will be done.” Luke 22:42
28. MAP: Miller admires and forms part of his philosophy from Neitzsche who says “God is dead.”
SCRIPTURE: He (the Lord God) is alive forevermore and is the Resurrection and the Life (Eternal Life)
“[I am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for
evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Jesus Christ
29. MAP: No fear of God found in MAP (i.e., the heart of man so revered by Miller)
Rom 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
30. MAP: “Inherently positive, confirming core strengths. SIMA® affirms what you do well and find satisfying. It doesn't dwell on your so-called "weaknesses." In other words, humans are not motivated by fear or negative.
SCRIPTURE: Nine of the Ten Commandments to motivate behavior are negative (“Thou Shalt Not”). Jeremiah and the rest of the Old Testament Prophets, and the Apostle Paul were not motivated by what was inherently positive for them personally, but by fear of the Lord and faith...irrespective of how happy they were in their jobs. If anyone thinks Jeremiah's job was “happiness”, they need to read the Lamentations of Jeremiah. Ask Ezekiel what he thought of his job! Or Jonah who ran from the Lord and later complained. Had they only taken MAP were it available to them, so they could have a happy job. Jeremiah, David, Job, Paul and even Jesus Christ despaired unto death in their job. In the world, many people are not happy in their jobs because they are in sin and are reaping what they are sowing, and are under the chastisement and/or punishment from God. Others may love their jobs, but are promoting false teachings, and should be marked, and maybe even fired. Others out of obedience do not and will not receive a perfect fit job in this life, but will only receive benefits in the life to come. [See Hebrews Chapter 11]
Moses, Jeremiah, and Paul were not public speakers as their MAP would reveal, yet God called them to public speaking to the masses! From a worldly and MAP perspective, their jobs could only be described as a “poor fit.” The Judaizers including Paul himself prior to his conversion had a tremendous zeal in their pursuits, yet Scripture marks them as examples “not according to knowledge.”
31. MAP: It seems to be elevating the MAP process to in all thy ways acknowledge MAP and it shall direct thy paths (job).
“In all thy ways acknowledge HIM, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6
32. MAP: “The Pattern is irrepressible and works to exhaust the potential for its expression in any job or situation occupied, and being amoral, can be used for good or evil..it describes person in full motivated flight”
RESPONSE: “Mortify the deeds of the flesh” (so human nature is repressible). Miller doesn't even define evil, let alone Biblical definition, so how can he know this? For a Christian it is the devil who is put to flight, if a Christian resists his temptations. Miller's definition of evil [or good] would be where? Miller has it backwards.
33. MAP: “Learning and other cognitive functions are effectively channeled by the Pattern...determined by the Pattern.”
RESPONSE: Learning is determined by Scripture: “Study to show thyself approved”. The Holy Spirit will lead you to all truth. (MAP has no Holy Spirit). Behavior is determined by obedience to Christ and his Apostles' commands.
34. MAP: “focus on the individual person”
RESPONSE: Focus on Christ, and conforming to Christ and building up his Church the Body of Christ which is composed of individuals...i.e., focus is on the community of Saints.
35. MAP: “Focused on the past performance and experience”
RESPONSE: This heavy reliance on “experience” is eerily similar to the “E” for Experience in Rick Warren SHAPE which I exposed Page 140 in Chapter 10 of my book Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church in which I state:
SHAPE asks:“Which of the elements of experience do you feel were most influential in determining who you are?”
“I don’t know how many more umpteen times I am going to hear the word “experience” as a major determining factor where we learn God’s direction for our life, gleaned mainly from our own subjective, carnal, fallen, corrupted nature! Where have I heard the word “feel” before? This is wonderful . . . we get to trust our feelings for determining “who we are”! (It occurs thirteen times in the SHAPE profile test document.) Since when do subjective feelings determine our spiritual gifts?”
Then with SIMA, just like with SHAPE, you are assigned trained mentors to interview you and assess the answers to your questionnaire. Are these mentors Christians or non-Christians? Do these mentors use the same quotes of false teachers, humanists and atheists that Arthur Miller cites on his SIMA website? SHAPE uses both Max Lucado and Arthur Miller to build their case for SHAPE, while Miller denounces Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life which includes his SHAPE Psychometric Personality Profiling system. Arthur Miller says: “SIMA is not a test and is diametrically opposed to psychometrics because it cannot access the heart and mind of the person.” In fact, he denounces other personality profiling systems such as MBTI and DISC as well. Yet both Warren and Miller claim their contradictory systems came from God. And for someone who champions “experience,” Miller exhibited no interest in my experience(s). Had he done so, he would have found out that I had read Rick Warren's books, instead of lying about it!
I am also rather shocked that Mr. Miller would trash Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven because one of his major leaders the curriculum he uses in conjunction with SIMA/MAPs is Max Lucado. And Max Lucado is a key endorser of Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life which contains Warren's SHAPE Personality Profiling test. Mr. Miller lashes out with indignation the use of the term “test” and “scoring”, but that is precisely what Rick Warren does in his SHAPE Program. So significant is Max Lucado's endorsement of Rick Warren's Purpose-driven life model, that Warren placed his endorsement on the back of Warren's book:
"Disoriented about your direction in life? Are decisions tough to make and steps hard to take? If so, Rick Warren has written a masterpiece of wise counsel for you. Whether you are a seeker, a new believer, or a seasoned saint, let God use these pages to place your feet firmly on the right path!" —Max Lucado, author, Traveling Light
Max Lucado, a SIMA Collaborator, whose book is included in its curriculum says this about SIMA says this about Sima:
“My experience with SIMA® has been nothing short of life-changing. The strategy helped me identify and develop my unique skills. I’ve recommended the process many times and am honored to recommend it again!”
But according to Mr. Miller, MBTI, Purpose-driven and virtually all personality temperament tests are wrong direction and the wrong path. No wonder the Apostle Paul writes:
1Cr 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
And a battle it is, warring against these principalities and principles of this work. Satan is the author of confusion. And how could you not send a more mixed signal of confusion then to promote opposed philosophies, then condemn one of them, yet sell the books of someone who promotes the opposite philosophy as in the case of Max Lucado. Lucado says Warren offers the “sweet spot” in his purpose-driven life tests, yet Mr. Miller invalidates “purpose-driven”! One of Mr. Miller problems with Warren's SHAPE Personality Profiling is that it does not predict behavior. But Warren's SHAPE should be rejected from the onset because it is based on same occultic roots as MBTI, that is Carl Jung.
What I found most striking is that the Assemblies of God headquarters promotes and even enforces psychometric testing for members, employees, missionaries using Rick Warren's Personality Profiling (based on occultist Carl Jung) as well as other psychometric tests, yet they contracted Sima International that says all other tests but their are invalid and useless and require job applicants to take the SIMA MAP test. But the Holy Spirit is not the author of confusion and not once in Scripture is anyone's calling based on Personality Profiling (with or with out a man-made...let alone occultic testing process), rather job placement is based on character. Here is the statement by Sima International Founder himself Arthur Miller that trashes virtually every other Psychometric Testing procedure for job applicants:
“SIMA is not a test and is diametrically
opposed to psychometrics because it cannot access the heart and mind of
the person.” Arthur
Miller, September 7, 2010 email to James Sundquist
36. MAP: “Psychometrics, was developed by psychology based on an assumption that people share common traits or attributes.” Miller concludes that this is false: “It follows that no governing principles have been uncovered.”
RESPONSE: It is true that psychology has not uncovered universal principles of behavior. But that does not mean there aren't any ask Miller postulates, for Scripture is full of principles of this world that govern behavior and that the world is wrongly pursuing them.
SCRIPTURE: Focuses on present and future:
Hbr 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
Mat 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
37. MAP: “There is a power in us, fully capable of transforming the ways we experience life, in all its dimensions”
SCRIPTURE: There is no power within us to be transformed:
Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Phl 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
“Apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
38. MAP: Miller rejects Carl Jung based MBTI and Rick Warren' s Purpose-Driven Life because it does not predict behavior and calls these personality profiling tests are “at their core, misinformed, wrong 50-60-70A% of the time” and “practically useless”... “humanity has been betrayed” [by those who promote and charge for these psychometric tests].
Yet many of SIMA clients such as Willowcreek and Assemblies of God
highly tout and implement MBTI. Bill Hybels the Director of the Willowcreek Association,
promotes the Meyers-Briggs test itself in more than 7,500 churches and 90
countries who endorses the Meyers-Briggs test for his members and
"Do you and your
spouse need to patiently understand each other's ways of behaving that
stem from different inborn temperament traits? Then do it! Or better yet,
find a counselor who can give you the Myers-Briggs test, and help you work
through the results. It's an investment that could revolutionize the most
important relationship in your life." Source: Bill Hybels,
"Honest to God," (pp. 74-75),
For a complete report and proof that Assemblies of God denomination promotes MBTI and DISC personality profiles for employees and members, diametrically opposed to SIMA profile, see my investigation report at:
MAKING MERCHANDISE OF MEN'S SOULS:
Assemblies of God own seminary (not SIMA is not even present):
World Vision has used MBTI assessment tool for years...again collides with MAP) see:
SIMA's own author and curriculum leader Max Lucado calls Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven counsel a masterpiece to direct your path. So what Max Lucado calls a masterpiece on his endorsement on the back of Rick Warren's book, Arthur Miller calls useless! Meanwhile, Rick Warren's SHAPE Director Eric Rees ironically admirably cites both Max Lucado and Arthur Miller himself in his Praise for S.H.A.P.E. Book.
Conclusion: Arthur Miller, Founder and Senior Consultant for SIMA engages in the most bizarre of business practices: Belittling and trashing his own clients and colleagues as well as legitimate inquiries such as mine who was simply doing what anyone should do in researching an organization; it is called “due diligence.” Mr. Miller responses reflect the poorest of bed-side manners. I would be indeed difficult if not impossible for employees and missionaries not to be totally confused when the received the opposite counsel and personality profiles that are completely contradictory, even worse when they profiles are forced on employees and missionaries, while both Rick Warren and Arthur Miller boast that their programs are from the hand of God.
Scripture rejects MBTI, Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Personality Profiling because they are based on Carl Jung's occult and demonic spirit guides not because they fail to predict behavior, and rejects MAP because it is impossible to predict behavior. Both are fortune-telling and divination forbidden in Scripture.
1Pe 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
MAP: “There is a power in us, fully capable of transforming
the ways we experience life, in all its dimensions”
SCRIPTURE: There is no power within us to be transformed:
Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Phl 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
“Apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
MAP: Seems to suggest that individuals seek first MAP which
promises “perfect fit” job. The
steps to and after a good job are ordered by MAP.
Psa 37:23 “The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
Mat 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
MAP: “Revere God as our Creator” but seem to suggest that
we don't obey the Creator's commands to be instantly in season to give an
answer for the hope (Christ) that lies within you (this applies to Miller
and every other SIMA consultant we contacted).
Arthur Miller, won't even answer the question of whether or not he
is a born-again Christian. Falsely
accuses inquirer without evidence. If
revering God as Creator is so critical to SIMA, how are they able to
integrate that concept into MAP for their secular clients like NASA.
“Do not be ashamed of the Gospel of Salvation, for it is the power of
God unto salvation to any that believe, to the Jew first, and then the
gentile.” “Thou shalt not
bear false witness”...and “slanderers will not enter the kingdom of
Heaven.” What Arthur Miller calls “lust” for information and
“picking a fight”, the Bible calls obedience to the Apostle Paul's
command to be a good Berean to study Scripture to see if these things (SIMA's
philosophy of human nature) be true and testing the spirits to see if they
be of God. Arthur Miller is
not competent to manage his own lips without bearing false witness by
telling me I have not read Rick Warren's books, yet he and/or his SIMA
Organization thinks it can manage God's house or ministries, R.C. Sproul:
Ligonier, SIMA Ministry Clients, and Christian Herald, Salvation Army,
Alliance Defense Fund, and Assemblies of God (Southeastern University)?
I know many of the leaders in these ministries, I will be sure to
alert them as well as SIMA's other Christian and Faith-based clients,
hoping that simply are not aware of the false teachings embedded in SIMA's
process, curriculum, and collaborators.
SIMA CHURCH CLIENTS: http://www.simainternational.com/mbd_clients.cfm
SIMA CORPORATE CLIENTS: http://www.simainternational.com/corporate_clients.cfm
adhere to these Scriptures in spite of Miller stating that for me to ask
him such questions I am lusting:
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
Miller defies all of these Scriptures and turns Matthew 5 and 18 on its
MAP: Miller says
“do your homework” and read his book.
Read THE Book and learn that MAP contracts Miller's nature of man and
43.43. MAP: Cost, Fees
& Expenses: “Initial
investment $2,500” daily fee...to $30,000 see website: http://www.yourhrdreamjob.com/introducing_page2.html
Arthur Miller boasts that 50,000 people have taken and/or paid for SIMA.:
“We have done over 50,000
people one at a time over the last fifty years.”
But in so doing, Arthur Miller indicts himself. That is simply saying that he has stumbled 50,000 people.
Mat 11:28 “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus Christ
2Cr 11:7 “Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?” The Apostle Paul
Rev 21:6 “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say,
Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take
the water of life freely.” Jesus
“In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have
made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their
destruction has not been sleeping.”
44. MAP: Power is within every human being to exalt himself.
Eph 2:2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
children of darkness are powerless..contrary to MAP)
45.45. MAP: Exalts the individual and his own drive and personal motivation.
Become servants and obey
your masters and them that rule over you.
Crucifies the self.
Rom 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”
46. MAP: Pattern of humans “immutable”
Only God is Immutable:
Hbr 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
47. MAP: Make your requests and checks payable to SIMA International and they will direct thy paths.
careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Pro 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
48. MAP: “Meets all American Association of Psychologists standards for assessment and selection of leaders”. This is a staggering paradox in light of the fact that SIMA Senior Consultant leader Arthur Miller trashes virtually every psychometric personality profiling tests out there except his own!
SCRIPTURE: Psychology promotes and trains a host of theories and worldviews which are the antithesis of Scripture and Biblical Christianity...
Mar 5:9 “And he asked him, What [is] thy name? And he answered, saying, My name [is] Legion: for we are many.”
49. MAP: “There is a power in us, full capable of transforming the way we experience life, in all its dimensions...lights our path. Where we are starved for meaning...IT IS ALREADY EMBODIED IN OUR SOUL.”
RESPONSE: You can't get more New Age than this! Tony Robbins says virtually the same thing: “Unleash the Power Within” and via his Purpose-Driven Life teachings that Arthur did not even know about which was published almost a decade before Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life book. He would have known had he done his homework!
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path” Psa 119:105
Rom 5:6 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
We (as Christian are transformed by the renewing of our spirit) not by man-made MAP.
50. MAP: “People keep repeating the same Behavior Pattern throughout their life.”
“I have yet to encounter a single case where an people acquired new motivated giftedness.” Arthur Miller cited from: “All Human Being are Uniquely Gifted” (sic...”an” should read “any”) http://www.yourhrdreamjob.com/five_decades.html
RESPONSE: Not if they are Christians. “Behold all things become new.” The entire New Testament is full of instructions on how NOT live and repeat the same behavior patterns they did before they were Christians. Repentance (change one's mind from MAP) would then be impossible!
1Cr 6:9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”
6:10 “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,
nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Rom 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
RESPONSE: So if we are stuck with our same hard-wired Behavior Pattern (MAP), then it is impossible to please God and do his perfect will, i.e. SIMA's self-based employment. Repentance and Regeneration would be where in Millers' SIMA assessment tool? Furthermore, and most critically, only born again Christians possesses the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. So Arthur Miller's statement is almost farcical, because it would mean he never met a Christian because they would possess NEW motivated giftedness, then NEVER had before they were Christians. This makes it all the more shocking that a single Christian or Christian organization or denomination could possible take Arthur Miller seriously, particularly the Assemblies of God who historically have championed the charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and should have rejected SIMA based on that statement alone.
51. MAP: “SIMA as the best gauge to describe the essential connection between pastoral leadership strengths and church growth.” [read this statement three times..then read]:
SIMA's statement could rank as the most blasphemous usurpation of authority and authorship of church growth only belongs to the Lord:
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to
the church daily such as should be saved.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
52. MAP: Arthur Miller states in September 7, 2010 email to James Sundquist:
“No one would refuse SIMA if they understood it was based exclusively on the unique nature with which they were born.”
As this document proves, there are a host of reasons why all Christians should reject SIMA because the Bible tells us the true nature of man that SIMA contradicts time after time. Mr. Miller clamors that I should read his book. But there is so much on his own SIMA website that I have quoted that is saturated with false teachings, there is no need to read his book. He bears false witness against me then expects me to read his book after his credibility has been totally demolished by his own hand. And, as would be the question for all personality assessment profiling instruments, what happens to the applicant if they refuse to take SIMA either for reasons of religious convictions or fallacies, or to warn other applicants to personally beware of Arthur Miller himself!
53. MAP: Miller promotes and quotes false teachers Soren Kierkegaard, Frederick Nietzsche, and Abraham Maslow [see: http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/story.jsp?storyId=462015054]
Kierkegaard believes truth is subjective, and Nietzsche who stated that “God is dead!”
is truth" and "truth is
“The ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ is a condition of the heart—not something that comes ‘upon the earth’ or ‘after death’…The ‘Kingdom of God’ is not something one waits for; it has no yesterday or tomorrow, it does not come ‘in a thousand years’—it is an experience within a heart; it is everywhere, it is nowhere…”
had done away with the concept ‘guilt’ itself—he had denied any
chasm between God and man, he lived this unity of God and man as his
More proof that both Kierkegaard and Nietzsche are false teachers see Dr. John McArthur's expose on them:
SIMA promotes and quotes Abraham Maslow. No surprise here, as Maslow humanist who considered himself an atheist, and another self-actualization guru like New Ager Tony Robbins (“The Giant Within”) and Ron L. Hubbard Scientology...that man is basically and already possesses within his true self to develop and reach his full potential. Robbins' Purpose-Driven Life is much more akin to Arthur Miller than to Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life which came along much later, so am very surprised Miller would not know that! For biblical exposes of Abraham Maslow see:
From Maslow’s Psychology to Mystical Experiences in the
So one has to ask themselves, why does Arthur Miller of SIMA seek counsel from the ungodly, clearly prohibited in Scripture? And why do Christian clients and ministries seek Miller's counsel which is built on a house of sand and false teachers and teachings?
Arthur Miller via his SIMA INTERNATIONAL also has a number of false teachers or organizations as clients or collaborators, such as:
Leadership Network (Bob Buford...Emerging Church, Peter Drucker, mysticism...see Roger Oakland's expose on Buford at: http://www.raptureforums.com/forum/apostasy-local-church/15864-bob-buford-peter-drucker-emerging-church.html).
Buford is a disciples of Peter Drucker and endorses Leonard Sweet whom I will soon release my expose on him.
ALSO LISTS AS CLIENTS OR COLLABORATORS STILL MORE FALSE TEACHERS AND
ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS:
Association (Bill Hybels),
Cathedral (Robert Schuler),
on the Family (James Dobson),
Family Catholic High School
(If SIMA were really the “hand of God” it would expose and mark Roman Catholicism as a false religion). Is it biblical to help a false religion's church or school growth with this church growth model?
World Vision (see exposes: http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/wv/p-h.htm and http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/engstrom/general.htm and present President Rich Stearns endorsement of Jim Wallis: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8634513444.html,
Oak Hills Church (Max Lucado...Church of Christ...teaches baptismal regeneration)...who is also a collaborator in SIMA curriculum.
organization is so riddled with false teachers, humanists, atheists, and
blatantly anti-Christian teachings, as well as a host of contradictory
theories of human behavior, it is simply staggering that Arthur Miller or
any Christian would give it any credence, let alone cite it as a standard
for defending Christian counsel and predicting human behavior. It can't even be labelled a single religion or demon, because
they are legion.
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be
false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive
heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift
destruction on themselves.
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see
whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into
[is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth
in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
International is guilty of this Scripture.
But so are the Christian clients who took MAP:
1:10 “If there come any unto you, and bring not this
doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:”
Resources which demolish strongholds and principalities promoted by Arthur
A Wonderful Deception by Warren Smith, Lighthouse Trails, 2009
Psychology and The Church, Dave Hunt & T.A. McMahon, Berean Call Publishers, 2008
On Global Wizardry, Peter Jones, General Editor, Main Entry Editions, 2010
Faith Undone, Roger Oakland, Lighthouse Trails, 2007
Tender Blasphemies, Marvin J. Fieldhouse, Bibla Books, Japan, Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Eastgate Publishers
The Bible, Natural Theology and Natural Law: Conflict or Compromise?, Dr. Robert Morey, Christian Scholars Press, 2010
Investigative Report is now available at the following websites: