Concerning Biblical Counseling
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Counseling is a scary thing for me to do. It is scary because the implications
of dealing with human lives are serious indeed! It unnerves me to think that my
words, my suggestions, my advice will likely have a significant influence on the
course of life of the person I am counseling. For this reason I pray with
fervency that I will take heed to the words of James who warned that any who
would be teachers of others must be very careful because they bear a stricter
In order to help rather than hinder,
the counselor must hold tenaciously to some essential and non-negotiable basics.
is Creator, Man is God’s Creature!
Article I reads:
that the Bible is the only basis of true knowledge about God, human existence,
relationships between God and man, and relationships between people.
that man, his psyche, or his relationships with other people, may be understood
apart from the authoritative knowledge contained in the Bible.
Any theory of counseling that denies or ignores the fact that God created, and
that man is God’s creature, will lead to disaster and the ruination of souls.
Man and his hopes, fears, and problems, etc. cannot be understood without
whole-hearted acknowledgment of who man is. And who is he? God’s creature!
Man’s Real Problem is Sin!
A second key ingredient to Christian
counseling is the nature of man. Man is not just sick or a little broken and in
need of repair or a few slight modifications. He is dead in sins and trespasses
and in need of resurrection.
Article X reads:
that what the Bible calls sin is what is fundamentally and pervasively wrong
with people, and that counseling should be approached with this presupposition
foremost in the mind of the counselor who should seek to bring the counselee
into this same understanding.
that Christian counseling should rest on the presupposition that man’s
fundamental flaw is sociological, environmental, or psychological, or that such
a presupposition is ultimately helpful to the counselee.
Obedience is Paramount!
toward lasting wholeness and happiness will come only as the counselee learns
progressively to live in whole-hearted obedience to Jesus. Jesus is Lord, and
life lived apart from a heart bowed in humble reverence while lifted in joyful
expectation of the good promises of God will result in frustration, depression,
and guilt. The counselee must be nurtured toward a growing obedience with
Article XIV reads:
that the goal of Christian counseling is to aid in the process of biblical
conversion and sanctification, which process progressively restores human beings
to the image in which man was originally created, and ultimately into the image
that self-actualization, individuation, self-fulfillment, the meeting of
supposed psychological needs, etc., describe the goal of Christian counseling.
The International Church Council Project has elected to deal with the Biblical
Approach to Christian Counseling because many Christian counselors have traded
biblical fundamentals for modern theories of the nature and need of man.
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titled “Concerning a Biblical Approach to Counseling” at