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Welcome back to week 24. Last week we briefly examined the goal of biblical counseling and why having the right goal matters. This week we will consider the sufficiency of Scripture in biblical counseling. Are the Scriptures sufficient for biblical counseling or do we need professional help? As believers, what should our position be on this question? It’s important to know this because people’s walk with God and even their souls are at stake. 

As believers in Christ, and the Word which came from Him, we ought to firmly hold that the Scriptures are indeed sufficient for biblical counseling. The Bible is not unclear about this fact (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pt. 1:3). Without God’s Word as the basis of knowledge and practice for counseling one is left with only two options; which could really be boiled down to one. 

The first option, the Freudian, named after Sigmund Freud, who was a God-hating Jew, has an ”expert” therapist, who after studying all the ins and outs of humanity, has acquired a degree which supposedly proves that he is more competent to direct a counselees’ life than the counselee himself. The second option, the Rogerian, named after the American psychologist Carl Rogers, who was an unbeliever, again uses an “expert” therapist who, because of his training and study, is able to help the counselee look inside himself for the solution to his problems.[1]

However, we know of a prophet that would greatly disagree with this course of action. In Jeremiah 17:9 it says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? Looking inside oneself for “the answers” only leads to more sin and self-deception.

These types of “experts,” psychologists, are trained in the discipline of psychology. It might help our thinking process about this topic if we define what “psychology” means. The word “psychology” literally means soul (psyche) study (ology). Since this is what the word means we should ask ourselves a very important question. Do we want someone, who is an unbeliever, helping us with things pertaining to the soul? Moreover, do we want someone, who claims Christianity but uses the world’s philosophy mixed in with Scripture, helping us with soul problems?

Furthermore, psychologists are the most unqualified people on the planet to help others with issues of the soul. The most qualified people on the planet are theologians (i.e., biblically trained pastors and counselors). We assert that because theologian means Theos (God) and logia (study). A theologian is one who studies the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is the One who made mankind and knows how he ought to think and function. Therefore, when one wants to know how to correct an erring line of thought we should not go to a psychologist, but a theologian. 

The problem with psychology is its presuppositional stance. The psychological system is based on the notion that men can tell other men how to fix themselves and live right. If this presupposition was not so impotent, dangerous, and deadly it would be laughable due to its utter foolishness. This stance amounts to one fallen human being telling another how he should live (Rom. 3:23). The psychological models all say they want change, but in the U.S., there are approximately 300 different styles of psychotherapy which cannot agree on what they want people to change into. If there were 300 different air traffic control systems which could not agree, would you still fly?

Biblical counseling is the only counseling method that address man’s core problem; sin.[2] Biblical counselors can all agree what they want men to change into because they have the same source of authority; God’s Word. Psychology is based on man’s faulty philosophy and is not to be followed, but biblical counseling is based on our Creator’s Word (Col. 2:8). The Scriptures are sufficient for you, us, and for biblical counseling. In fact, they are the only thing that is sufficient. All the world’s philosophies fall short, lead to unrepentant sin, seared consciences, and dishonor God. How could any informed believer follow and place their hope in that path?  We hope our short time considering the sufficiency of Scripture and biblical counseling was helpful. Lord willing, next week we will begin considering what should happen the first time we begin counseling (i.e., discipling) someone having trouble. There are many different starting points, but which one is biblical? Until then may our Lord bless you and 

[1] Jay Adams, The Christian Counselor’s Manual (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1973), 72-73. 

[2] Cf. the Apostle Paul’s argument in Rom. 3.

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