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Biblical Counseling

His divine power 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 1:3).

In The Crisis of Psychiatry and Religion, the former president of the American Psychological Association O. Hobart Mowrer, raised this penetrating question, "Has Evangelical religion sold its birthright for a mess of psychological pottage?" In 1970, Westminster Seminary professor Jay Adams, in his landmark Competent to Counsel conceded that it had, and spearheaded a revival of biblical counseling. He saw that many of the various problems counselees bring are essentially spiritual, and therefore require a spiritual solution. He perceived that many of our problems are not "mental illness" requiring "therapy" as a secular humanistic world view assumed, but rather sin requiring redemption as a biblical world view implies. He saw the Christian counselor's role as being an instrument of the Holy Spirit and directive in applying biblical solutions.

The Christian Counseling and Education Foundation continues to advance the biblical counseling movement through conferences, counseling services, training, church support and publications such as the Journal of Biblical Counseling.

Similarly, John C. Broger has continued in the tradition biblical counseling with the comprehensive, in-depth counseling and discipleship manual, Self Confrontation. The related Biblical Counseling Foundation is organized "to train and equip members of the body of Christ to face the challenge of living in a fallen world and to prepare them to disciple/counsel others using the Bible as their only authoritative source.

For more on Biblical Counseling, see the IAM Ten Steps of Faith and Obedience. These Ten Steps provide a way of applying the Gospel in our lives through discipleship and counseling. They are designed to be used in a small group setting the way the AA 12 steps are used.

Useful Links

Power to Change Excellent, inspiring stories of how people have overcome all kinds of problems.

Celebrate Recovery A good source of recovery information, plus a listing of meetings.

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