3 Reasons Christians Should Say No to Enneagrams

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If you don’t know what an Enneagram is, don’t feel dumb or alone. A lot of people are still unfamiliar with the Enneagram.

In fact, I had never heard of it until a few months ago when I saw someone post about it on social media.

Shortly after that, I saw several articles pop up about how it can help your marriage, help your walk with God, and even a pastor took several weeks to preach a series of Sunday sermons on the Enneagram to his congregation.

That’s when I realized, I need to know more about this really funny word.

Over the past couple of years, Enneagrams have gained popularity among Evangelicals. But there is reason for concern. Here are 3 reasons to say no to Enneagrams. #alittlerandr #newage #myersbriggs #hedonism #gnosticism

The Enneagram isn’t something new, it’s just in the past couple of years that it’s gained traction among Christians.

Somewhat like the Myers-Briggs personality type test, the Enneagram is a tool used to help determine a person’s personality type.

There are 9 different personality types.

What makes the Enneagram concerning from the start are its origins in the occult, divination, and New Age. This article from The Gospel Coalition delves into the occultic background, and I encourage you to read it for yourself.

3 Reasons Christians Should Say No to Enneagrams

Beyond the sketchy origins of the Enneagram (something which Christians should absolutely take into consideration), there are other reasons why we should reject the urge to join this new fad in the church.

Over the past few months, my dad (Dr. Hackett and author of the blog Foundationaland I have been writing about our concern about the direction the Evangelical church is heading.

There is a growing love affair with New Age ideas, hedonism, gnosticism, spiritism, and extra-biblical revelation.

Because we have a form of godliness, but deny its power, we have to find that power in other places:

So we create adrenaline-charged atmospheres in our churches

We become fascinated by New Age doctrines

We practice energy healing

We preach self-help, self-care, and how to live your best life now

We obsess over preachers and evangelists of the past, visit their graves, take pilgrimages to their churches, engage in necromancy, and pray for their mantles

We “Christianize” yoga, meditation, centering and other Eastern religious activities

All because our godliness being void of power has created a vacuum that demands something…something for which we have determined that God, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit are not enough.


It is worse than blasphemous, because we expect unbelievers to deny God and His power, because by their very definition, they do not believe in Him.

But that light which is in us has become darkened, because by our very definition we should believe and we don’t.

We lie.

We blaspheme.

We declare God’s power and deny it at the very same time. But then we go a step further and march right into the devil’s territory and borrow His sulfur-saturated, evil, twisted, distorted, and demonic ideas and try to worship God with them.

I would like to add that researching Enneagrams has caused me to consider why Christians are so preoccupied with personality tests at all.

We spend a lot of time filling out questionnaires that tell us about ourselves, doing those silly Facebook quizzes, and pondering whether we’re introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between.

I know. I have done this very thing.

But preparing for this article has given me a whole new perspective on this and it is central to the danger I find not only in Enneagrams, but in this entire quest to know who we are.

1. Christians should say no to Enneagrams because their identity is in Christ.

The very first danger I see with Enneagrams is the quest to know who we are. 

This is a natural question every human, at one point or another asks themselves. “Who am I”? God created us with this deep need to find our identity.

And He simultaneously created the answer: Himself.

When we discover our true identity in Jesus Christ, we have no need for personality tests, quizzes, Enneagrams, Myers-Briggs – all of which have, at one point or another, been proven as scientifically inaccurate.

Of course they are!

Human psychological study will never be so advanced as to answer the plaguing question: “Who am I”.

The temptation to identify ourselves as introvert or extrovert; melancholy or sanguine; judging or perceiving…or any of these personality types is great.

We get a false sense of knowing ourselves and understanding others.

But we will only ever truly know ourselves when we seek to know God. The more we know who God is, the better we see ourselves for who we really are!

More importantly, the more we glorify God in our lives, the less our significance and self-awareness matters to us.

2. Christians should say no to Enneagrams because self-awareness is a trap

I am deeply concerned with how much the church has begun to shift its focus off of God, His sovereignty, and His supreme glory and on to self.

Self care

Self help

Self actualization 

Self awareness

In other words, self glorification.

The idea of “self” in general flies in the face of God’s Word that says commands us “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Philippians 2:3

Self awareness has its roots in ancient philosophy that denies God and His supremacy in our lives.

As Christians, we are not called to be self aware, we’re called to be God aware!

When we become God aware, our identity comes into proper alignment and we understand that we are:

  • Lost
  • Helpless
  • Corrupt
  • Not good (Romans 3:10)
  • Chosen
  • Adopted
  • Redeemed
  • Made new

What more do we need to know?

In other words, our self awareness cannot help us. Apart from God we are nothing and nobody, we cannot redeem or cleanse ourselves. 

When we are aware of this, if our natural inclination isn’t to turn to God, but to try to help ourselves, we will spend the rest of our lives in futility.

Once we come to a proper view of ourselves, our only hope is to become God aware and find a new identity and awareness in Him!

3. Christians should say no to Enneagrams because it is rooted in the counsel of the ungodly

Psalm 1 tells us that we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.


Because the mind of the unbeliever is unregenerate; it is filled with knowledge rooted in philosophies that deny God, His power, and His very existence.

While I know that this may seem extreme to some (perhaps many), if we calls ourselves Christians, we must allow God’s Word to dictate every decision and action of our lives.

And His Word clearly says that we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel, in the philosophy, in the advisement, of the ungodly.

So, using a personality test rooted in occultic and New Age origins and attributing our identity and awareness of who are to it, and then allowing this new-found identity to determine our direction is dangerous.

There is no blessing in that!

The Christian should, instead, turn to God’s Word, allow it to reveal who we truly are apart from God – in all of it’s raw, rough, ugly detail, and then discover Christ’s solution to that problem.

Through that, we will uncover our real identity.

When we become aware of who He really is, our own desire for affirmation and significance loses importance.

Once we come to this place, our direction is clear; the question of “who am I” is answered, and we have peace and security – the quest is over.

And that vacuum we were born with is filled.

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  1. Hi! Thank you for this post! It’s an important message. I needed to read this to be reminded that God is above all our human knowledge and wisdom. He’s the only one who can make us humans become what we are meant to be. I wasn’t really aware that enneagrams are a thing in christian circles these days. But then there’s lot I don’t know. Intrested to read the articles you’re workimg with your dad! Blessing!

  2. Thank you! So many Christians are doing this like it’s from God when it isn’t. It is just a Christianized variation of astrology that God clearly condemns in his word. You give me great encouragement to know that not everyone professing Christ has lost their Christian moorings in this sin-filled world we live in, Stay strong, stay faithful.

  3. Amen Rosalind, “As Christians, we are not called to be self aware, we’re called to be God aware!” Thank you for sharing this blessed lesson. So wonderfully spoken. Blessings.

  4. If someone utilized Enneagrams to figure out how to do life without God, then clearly that’s bad.

    BUT – there is nothing wrong with identifying problems in our lives and handing them to God, by being humble and allowing ourselves to be corrected. Ps 139:23-24 – We do it all the time. Identify in me God, where I fall short – where I haven’t been willing to go before – and begin healing in me, through my getting on my knees and addressing the problems….

    I’m not a fan of Enneagrams. Wasn’t until just recently that I even heard about them. I’m just frustrated that people have been going the total opposite direction and no longer wanting to get healing…… “I’m fine the way I am, because God created me this way.” NO – He created us in his image – and we are fallen and have huge gaping problems in our own lives that we don’t address or take accountability for….. Anyway…

  5. Great writing. I personally loved it…. Here is the truth loudly spoken. In the Holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you.

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