Top 7 Reasons the Enneagram is Unbiblical

It’s all over social media; everybody’s talking about it, and some churches are even teaching classes on using it. The Enneagram is the latest “shiny new thing” to hit evangelicalism, but is it just a harmless personality test, or is there a more sinister side to this popular fad? Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Enneagram and what the Bible has to say about it.


Enneagram articles Berean Research

The New Age & Quack Spirituality Origins of the Enneagram at Fighting for the Faith (Steven Kozar’s interview with Marcia Montenegro focuses mainly on the historical origins of the Enneagram and includes additional helpful links.)

Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA) Facebook Page Marcia Montenegro (Marcia frequently posts informative Facebook articles on the Enneagram. You do not have to have a Facebook account to see them.)

Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA) Website Marcia Montenegro (Scroll down to “E” for Enneagram articles.)

Girl, What’s Your Number: The Enneagram Episode Sheologians

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Top 7 Reasons the Enneagram is Unbiblical
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10 Responses to Top 7 Reasons the Enneagram is Unbiblical

  1. Steven Linville September 5, 2019 at 7:20 am #

    My exposure to the enneagram came through a “friend” and a Gurdjieff study group. I believed the Gospel as a young man. My conversion was a very dramatic event in my life. At the time I was surrounded by friends that, like many others in the hippie days, were into astrology, New age teachings, etc. The morning after I came to Christ on my knees and alone the night before I announced my conversion to my friends. They and others close to me thought I was nuts. My joy subsided in a few weeks as I really had no root or direction towards growth in my new found faith. I drifted back into my life style of pot smoking and hanging out with my friends. I still had a hunger for spiritual truth and got involved, with one of my best friends, in a Gurdjieff study group. G.I. Gurdjieff was a near eastern mystic that taught his own amalgam of teachings that mixed various near eastern teachings. I read all of his books and participated in “The Work”. After two years in this group my marriage, my mind were a wreck. One night on the heels of events involving my friend I cried out to God just the words “help me!” A peace came over me and when I got home I picked up a bible and read through the New Testament in a couple weeks. I began to really understand “The Faith once delivered.” Through some other study and events I came to understand that I had opened myself to a true doctrine of demons. This is how false teaching is described in 1Tim. 4:1. I had opened my self to spiritual bondage. Imagine my shock when I heard Andy Stanley mention where he fell on The Enneagram. Then I read an article in Christianity Today encouraging the use of this as a tool in Christian growth. I just want to say as strongly as I can run from this. Look it up, Google it, check out the origins of this so called “Tool” for Christian growth. It originates from decidedly non Christian philosophy and mysticism. It is more akin to Gnostic teachings than anything related to the Christian faith. The fact that some with a reputation of solid biblical teaching are encouraging its use is alarming.

    • Michelle Lesley September 8, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

      Steven- Thank you so much for your testimony. I rejoice with you that God brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light! :0)

      • Sheryl A Laughlin January 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm #

        I’m a little behind the times, here, but echo an experience that might sound like Steven’s. I was so relieved to find origins of the enneagram exposed. Prior to that, I felt as if I were drowning in confusion and self doubt because I simply could not decide on my “number.” After YEARS of monkeying around with the thing. A pastor told me it sounded like I had a lot of work to do. In the end, it took no effort at all to toss the thing into the trash.

  2. Pamela Loudon September 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

    Thank you ladies for this information I’ve never heard of it but I’m sure it’s coming. Churches and bible studies are promoting the idea that the is “something more” or “something deeper” that the average bible reading Christian is missing.

  3. VM September 11, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for this. Well done.
    The enneagrams is out there. Thanks for bringing topics back to the word. .

  4. Judy Spradley October 3, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

    I understand your concerns about the enneagram, but it is inaccurate when attributing it to some contemporary new age guy. The enneagram as a tool, not a doctrine, goes back to the early days of the Catholic Church. I am more concerned with using the Ancient Greek humors (plhlegmatic, sanguine, melancholic, choleric) as a tool for understanding personality types and it’s influence on more respected tools such as the disc test.

  5. Mary Phillips July 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm #

    If anyone is using the Enneagram as a counseling tool or for their personal benefit, I would highly recommend reading Richard Rohr And The Enneagram Secret by Don and Joy Veinot and Marcia Montenegro. The authors have written an extremely well researched and presented piece of evidence to prove that the Enneagram as it is now being marketed is not only of quite recent origin but occult to the core. It is available on Amazon.

    • Amy Spreeman July 21, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

      It is excellent! I have a copy and recommend it as well.

  6. Becky October 2, 2020 at 9:08 am #

    My daughter’s private Christian school in Orlando is now giving the Enneagram to all their students. I wrote the headmaster, principle, and guidance counselor, sharing what I knew from Marcia Montenegro and asking them to prayerfully consider not using it. I’m pretty sure they never watched or looked at anything I sent. I was told that my daughter could sit out of the test but they still viewed it as a “useful tool”. It is so disheartening but not at all surprising. The church that is attached to this school has a pastor that lists himself as “an enneagram coach”. What a giant pile of nonsense! I’m so aggravated.

    • Michelle Lesley October 6, 2020 at 7:03 am #

      So sorry to hear that, Becky. Not to worry you, but if they willfully deny Scripture to use the Enneagram, I would encourage you to dig in to everything else they are teaching your daughter, theologically. If they’re mishandling Scripture in one area, they’re probably mishandling it in other areas as well.

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