KEEPING GOD IN THERAPY
It is a very sad thing that so many theologians place such great limitations on their ability to minister simply because they believe the Bible only to be appropriate in dealing with spiritual issues. When faced with addiction or other life-controlling issues, they refer counselees to “professional” mental health workers instead of believing that God has equipped us through His Word to deal with them within the Church ourselves. In their minds, they have compartmentalized people by separating emotional and psychological issues from Biblical truth. Biblical Therapists will always keep God in the therapeutic process.
THE BIBLE IS TRUTH
Our position is that the Bible is truth (John17:17); it is the truth that makes people free (John 8:32); that people get into trouble when they “err from the truth” (James 5:19-20); and for spiritual and emotional health we must possess “belief that comes from the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13). We do not believe the Bible needs to be reinforced or balanced with psychology or psychotherapy.
GOD’S WORD IN THE SCRIPTURES SAYS EVERYTHING
We agree with Dr. Jay Adams, who says:
“God sets forth His approach in the Scriptures. A Christian counsellor may view the surrounding landscape, but he must not construct his foundation or house out of any non-Christian material.”
The Word of God says in 2 Peter 1:3:
“His divine power has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness.”
Note that the Word says everything, implicating nothing is left out.
THE HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THERAPY
At the same time, we do not fall into error as some fanatics do by denying the reality that some peoples emotional, psychological and spiritual issues could have a medical cause. It is prudent to consult with a Christian medical practitioner when it becomes evident the cause of some peoples ailment may be organic. On the other hand, ungodly and dysfunctional living can also be the root cause of organic sickness, therefore Biblical Therapists will always have a holistic approach towards health.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.