Biblical Therapy – Ado Krige
Below is an introduction to the main curriculum offered here at House Regeneration – Biblical Therapy, written by Dr Ado Krige.
It has been many years that we at House Regeneration have been researching, studying and applying certain programs in an attempt to help people through their life controlling destructive habits. The quest for truth started personally for me in 1987 when I opened the first inner-city anti-drug disco for teenagers which we called Club Regeneration. The name was strange at the time and it came through much prayer. It meant to convey the message that, God was relating to this generation through a desire to make them new. Later on I discovered that this word was used in some places in the Bible and it often also appeared in theological books that taught the process one goes through from salvation to glorification. Regeneration is the supernatural rebirth of a person when they pronounce faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins. When you are reborn you are regenerated.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,that being justified by His grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Tit 3:4-7
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:3
I soon realized that more specialized training was needed to realize this process of regeneration in a addicts life and to deal with the very complex issues surrounding substance abuse. I just could not find anything that was purely Biblical based and addiction related. The secular models proved to be very ineffective with a success rate of 5% and less.
With the advent of broadband Internet I could spend some time on cyberspace looking for an online University that could cater for my needs. I came across a few that offered degree courses in Biblical counseling that would address some of the issues we had to deal with. I enrolled in a B. Min degree and later on was allowed to enroll in Therapon University for a PhD in Biblical Counseling with
Belief Therapy as a major.
Belief Therapy is the registered brainchild of Dr Paul Carlin who developed and tested the program through prisons in certain States of the USA. The premise of Belief Therapy is that people do what they do because they believe what they belief. In other words their behavior is basically determined by their belief systems. In practice this means that when people believe lies to be the truth, their lives will be dysfunctional. In Belief Therapy the therapists confronts the lies his client believes with the truth in God’s Word. He/she is then challenged to change their mind and their belief system to bring it in line with God’s will. Issues such as doubt, fear, perceived rejection, guilt, anxiety, stress and various forms depression are dealt with and the healing process is started. Once new Biblically based thinking patterns are established the person is on the way to a radically new lifestyle. This also correlates with the teaching of many other Bible based Counseling luminaries such as Dr. Jay Adams, Dr. Wayne Mack, John C Broger and Adam Pulaski to name a few. It is out of this wide but in-depth pool of resources that we have put together this basic Bible Therapy handbook.
“The life we Christians obtain in regeneration is the same which Adam could have had but never did: God’s Life. Regeneration not only retrieves out of chaotic darkness the order of man’s spirit and soul; it additionally affords man the supernatural life of God. Man’s darkened and fallen spirit is made alive through being strengthened by the Holy Spirit into accepting God’s life. This is new birth. The basis upon which the Holy Spirit can regenerate man is the cross (John 3.14-15). The eternal life declared in John 3.16 is the life of God which the Holy Spirit plants in man’s spirit.” – Watchman Nee; The spiritual man
Pro 11:14 Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Other courses offered at House Regeneration are:
- Habits of the Mind,
- Empowering the Mind,
- New Beginnings.
Additional to the above mentioned courses we also teach on topics like:
- 12 Keys to Better Understanding and Loving
- Marriage, Men…. & Woman
- Choosing a Partner
- Child Handling
- Sickness, Physical and Psychological
- What is Depression
- Myths of Repentance
- Rejection and how to handle it
- “Buts” & Excuses
- Laziness and Procrastination
- 4 Tests out of Josephs Life