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What You'll Discover in this Episode:
Counseling - God's Way or Man's Way?
A Crisis in Christian Counseling
There is a sad, tragic, and growing crisis is facing the body of Christ concerning the ministry of counseling. I would estimate that 80% of pastors and ministry leaders are forsaking God’s way of counseling and turning to man’s ways.
Seminary professors and Bible College teachers are relying more and more on psychological theories, and less and less on the truth of the word of God. This trickles down to the ministry leaders and it affects (and infects) the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. To often, ministry leaders are looking to self for answers, instead of to the Lord. They are turning to the experts of the world, instead of to the family of God.
Many concerned Christians are developing the same apprehension for the church world today that the apostle Paul expressed in 2 Corinthians 11:3:
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
It is a sad testimony that we must convince Christians that the blending of the psychological and biblical only weakens Christianity. Humanistic psychotherapy has a worldview that conflicts with biblical Christianity.
Although many won't admit it, an observation of the facts show that the self-sufficient, carnal, intellectual, academic person will naturally push God out and say, “I don’t need God's Word, I have this figured out.” Humankind loves to ask, “What can I do to get out of this difficulty?” This is psychological theory superimposing biblical theology. Instead of people finding God’s help through humble dependence upon Him, they’re off on another fleshly attempt to be their own redeemer.
Too many Christian counselors, if they are trained in psychotherapy, give hundreds of self-satisfying false hopes but they’re enclosed in these sophisticated pseudo-scientific psychological perspectives.
What God would say in Luke 9:23 and Romans 7:24-25 – any believer willing to humbly declare spiritual bankruptcy and cry out who can rescue him, will sing a song of thanksgiving for the delivering work of Jesus Christ. But we must first say, “I don’t have what it takes.”
The Word of God has a power that cannot be compared to the world’s ways. In this episode, Pastor Jeff will discuss the difference between looking at the "what" and looking unto the "WHO" (Jesus)!