COUNSELING GOD’S WAY
“Counseling God’s way is more than a catchy phrase. It’s a commitment to take the Scriptures seriously and to help God’s people apply His truth to their personal lives in practical ways.”
Light from darkness.
Counseling God’s Way is as different from psychological counseling as light is from darkness. You see, genuine Biblical counseling doesn’t merely sprinkle a few Bible verses here and there to make the counseling appear Bible-centered. In contrast to psychologically-integrated systems, Biblical counseling seeks to carefully discover those areas in which a Christian may be disobedient to the principles and commands of Scripture and to help him learn how to lovingly submit to God’s will.
While recognizing that many problems of thinking and behavior are physically caused, Biblical counselors recognize that many physical symptoms are generated by wrong patterns of thinking and action.
God has given us…
Psychological counseling, on the other hand, is based on “hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ,” (Colossians 2:8). That’s why Paul warns, “See to it that no one takes you captive” through such empty concepts.
Biblical counselors truly believe that God “has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness,” (2 Peter 1:5). If we apply God’s principles to our lives and grow in our character qualities, Peter promises “they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive,” (vs.8), but if we fail to do so, Peter says we are “nearsighted and blind” forgetting that we have “been cleansed from [our] past sins” (vs.9).