Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III. I am the president of Gospel Light Society University. We are going through the book “Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study Of Mental Disorder And Religious Experience” by one of the pioneers of chaplaincy, Dr. Anton T. Boisen. This is episode #65.
Our Scripture Verse for today is Isaiah 43:2 which reads, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Helen Keller. She said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Chapter 4: A Little-Known Country” (Part 14):
A few days after your visit I was called to the door. Dr. Chambers, the assistant superintendent, was there. With him were two men, and he wanted to know if I recognized them. They were the men who had brought me out from the Psychopathic. After a short talk Dr. Chambers remarked, “Quite a change, isn’t there? It’s certainly a good ad for the hospital.” Of course, I was glad to hear him say that. I am indeed appreciative of all they have done for me here, but with this conclusion I cannot agree. If I have recovered, as I think I have, I cannot ascribe it to the methods of treatment, but rather to the curative forces of the religion which was largely responsible for thee disturbed condition.
At Westboro I was also violent, but there was no solitary confinement there. I was either in the tubs or else on a large sleeping porch with a score of other patients. I got a favorable impression of the doctor, but I was still suspicious of the nurse and of the chief attendant. I thought the food was doped. Here also I thought I was engaged in the same great struggle and here also it seemed that the Christ spirit was embodied in one of the patients, a young ex-sergeant whom I saw helping other patients who could not help themselves.
One of the things which excited me very much was the treatment given in the hydrotherapeutic baths. I looked upon it as a sort of punishment or persecution. I would go repeatedly to the door of the tub-room and ask to take the place of one of the men whom I regarded as among my friends. One day–I think it was October 27–when I went there with this request I was ordered to stop. When I did not immediately obey, three young attendants threw me down on the floor and began to beat me up, starting in the small of the back and working upwards. I was then carried back to bed. After staying there a little while, it came to me that I had done wrong in going back so easily, that I ought to have made them finish me up and that only thus could I release the spirit I thought imprisoned within myself. I went back then and was given a more severe beating. I can feel the effects of it now, even after five weeks. One of the older attendants told me later that I was given what was known as “the old bughouse knockout.” As I was being carried back–for I was not able to walk–I had the momentary consciousness of being once more myself. For a day or two I was not able to get up. Then on October 29, which happened to be my birthday, I seemed to wake up. On that day I was brought before the staff and my doctor remarked, as I was leaving, that I had done pretty well.
In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 15 of Chapter 4, “A Little Known Country”.
Now, if you have come across this podcast, and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, God bless!