Question: I have read your article exposing the mind science used by those teaching The Secret. That's the way I've always felt about The Secret, but when I express those opinions to others, they retaliate with Proverbs:23:7. How would you handle that?
Response: Proverbs:23:7 reads, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee."
Those who use this verse to support their preconceived ideas are not reading the verse in context or in its entirety. It's like using an 8-foot board to bridge a 50-foot chasm--it just won't stretch that far.
These verses are an admonition to discernment, for verse 6, right before this one, reads, "Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats." Thus it is the man who "hath an evil eye" of whom it is said, "as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...."
As a man "thinketh in his heart"--this tells us that the key to his true character is in his thoughts, unseen. The verse goes on to read, "Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." What is "in his heart" differs from what comes out of his mouth.
The followers of mind science, who use Proverbs:23:7 as evidence, are "wresting" (twisting) the Scripture to suit their own purpose and agenda. Of these individuals, Peter warned, "They that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2 Pt 3:16).