Counseling
Counselor's Corner

For the first eighteen centuries of the Church’s existence, the Bible was accepted as the absolute standard for faith and conduct.  The Bible was the source of all advice given by counselors, because the Lord’s power enables it to provide everything necessary for godly living (2Peter 1:3-4) and it will accomplish the purpose God intends (Isaiah 55:11).  For those centuries, pastors and godly believers provided the counseling people needed (Romans 15:14; Galatians 6:1, etc.) using the content of the Bible. In 1859, Charles Darwin proposed a theory of origins, based on secular ideas that had been expressed by such non-believers as Georges-Louis Leclerc, Georges Cuvier, James Hutton, and others. His ideas, however, crystallized during a journey he took in 1832 aboard a ship, but fearing a backlash from Christians, he waited 27 years before he printed it.

His theory (called "evolution") failed in its attempt to explain the origin of life without God's involvement.  In the second half of the 19th century, scientific discoveries and technological inventions captured the attention of most living in the Western Hemisphere.  Man's fascination with these new "conveniences" resulted in the idea that science had more answers to life's problems than the Bible.  That movement to give science more respect than the Bible was termed "Modernism."

At that time, an Austrian scholar began developing another type of theory: this one attempted to explain human personality and behavior apart from the Bible.  Sigmund Freud (the theorist) described himself as a "completely godless Jew" and his secular, humanistic theory began the branch of medical practice we now call "Psychiatry."

Carl Jung and others who studied under Freud developed a host of their own behavioral theories, thereby inventing another secular practice: "psychology."  (It is sad, however, that they chose this word: for it actually means "the study of the soul.")  A careful study of their theories reveals the anti-Biblical nature of their ideas.  What is also sad, is that during the middle of the 20th century, some Christians accepted many of those concepts, and began mixing them with biblical principles, producing an "Integrated" form of counseling, which they termed "Christian counseling."

By the 1960's a host of conservative theologians and pastors recognized that such a practice was, in reality, a counterfeit.  They did not believe in mixing secular, humanistic theories with God's Word, so they began teaching a practice called Biblical ("neuthetic") Counseling.  Biblical Counseling relies totally on the sufficiency of Scripture to provide the advice a person needs to overcome problems.  It is not new: it is actually a return to the type of counseling used by pastors from the earliest days of the Church.  In our ministry, we provide biblical counseling instead of "integrated" or secular counseling.  After all, who is best qualified to deal with the soul: a secular humanist, or a theologian?

For further information, we recommend you study Romans 15:14; 1Thessalonians 5:14; 2Timothy 3:16-17; and 2Peter 1:3-4.  Also, we suggest books by the counselors listed at the end of this page.

 
In the index below, you may click on any of the topics listed to see the biblical answer given.  If you do not see the answer to your counseling question, please feel free to email us and we will explore the biblical answer for you.  If you do not find your answer here, you might also try GotQuestions.org
(the book list and topical studies are under construction)
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Counseling Questions

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  • What does the Bible say about using medications to cure things like ADD or ADHD?
  • How do you counsel an alcoholic to stop drinking?
  • Is there a cure for bipolar disorder?
  • How do you counsel a person to get rid of bitterness?
 
 

 

Biblical Counseling Booklist
(this list is included in the Recommended Reading page)




 

Adams, Jay E. Competent to Counsel, Zondervan Publishers, 1970

____________ Ready to Restore: the Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling, P&R Publishing Co, 1981

____________ Solving Marriage Problems, Zondervan, 1983

____________The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Image, Harvest House, 1986

____________ How to Help People Change, Zondervan, 1986

____________ From Forgiven to Forgiving, Calvary Press, 1994

Bobgan, Martin and Deidre. Psycho-Heresy, EastGate Publishers, 1987

____________ Competent to Minister, EastGate, 1996

____________ The End of Christian Psychology, EastGate, 1997

Bulkley, Ed. Why Christians Can't Trust Psychology, Harvest House, 1993

____________ Only God Can Heal the Wounded Heart, Harvest House, 1995

Brandt, Henry, and Kerry L. Skinner. The Word for the Wise, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1995

Burkett, Larry. Answers to Your Family's Financial Questions, Focus on the Family Publishers, 1987

Hindson, Ed, and Howard Eyrich. Totally Sufficient, Harvest House Publishers, 1997.

Mack, Wayne A. Strengthening Your Marriage, P&R Publishing, 1999.

____________ Your Family, God's Way , P&R Publishing, 1991.

Mallett, Doug, and Debra A. Read. Bible Counseling, Xulon Press, 2003.