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Most of the counseling available these
days to people facing problems is psychological in nature. Psychological
counseling is based on theories and techniques devised by humanistic
men, most of whom were openly opposed to God.
They sought wisdom and insight about
people and how they could change, all the while rejecting the
revelations of God's Word and wisdom.
There are hundreds of psychological
theories and techniques. Most of them conflict with and contradict each
other. Most psychological counselors are "eclectic," picking and
choosing whatever approach or combination of approaches they happen to
favor at the time.
However, common to all these theories is
the belief that man is fundamentally good, not sinful; that his problems
are due to others and not to his own sin; and that man can find within
himself, not in God, the power to change.
Within the church, so many who counsel
have chosen to integrate psychology with the Bible. Well-meaning
Christians, trained in psychological techniques and theories, have in
essence declared that the Scriptures are inadequate and that we have to
turn to the revelations of godless men for help. They do not believe
that God has given us in Christ all that we need to live godly and
However, it is only through the Word of
God and by the power of the Holy Spirit that lives are really changed.
For true and lasting change only happens through the cross and the
resurrection working in lives that are being yielded to the Lordship of
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