OUR MIND MAKES US VULNERABLE
Though Biblical Therapy’s primary counselling focus is on a person’s belief system that is discovering the lies that influence thought, emotion, and action, gaining an understanding of the spiritual condition of the mind is extremely important. The mind of man can be either spiritually healthy or unhealthy. In addressing human addictions, the spiritual state of one’s mind has a strong bearing on the type of addiction to which one could be vulnerable.
An intoxicated mind, for example, makes one vulnerable to behaviour which he would not normally express. That, of course, is a shallow illustration of what I am calling a “condition or state of the mind.” A person’s spiritual state of mind, however, does have the same possibility of vulnerability. What I am talking about is the mindset or mind-condition.
SPIRITUAL FORCES BEHIND ADDICTION
Whereas traditional models deal with addictive behaviour on an intellectual and emotional level, in Biblical Therapy, we deal with the spiritual dynamics of behaviour. We seek to discover, for example, what spiritual forces are behind an addiction.
ADOPTING BELIEFS SYSTEMS
Traditional models explain how people develop belief systems over a long period that they will either adopt intellectually or accept on the emotional level. Here are some examples:
BELIEFS FORM OUR STATE OF MIND
These beliefs, whether stemming from the truth or lies, affect our present-day lives and are often responsible for most of our anxieties and insecurities. These are the beliefs that form the state of our minds. The traditional models for this approach are labelled cognitive therapy and rational emotive therapy.
LIES ARE PART OF THE BELIEF SYSTEM
The elements of these two well-established models are where Biblical Therapy picks up what we call the spiritual dynamics of addictive behaviour. Lies that are part of a person’s belief system will produce a multitude of problems. These lies must be replaced with God’s biblical truth for the person to be rescued from darkened emotions and destructive behaviour.
SEEDS PRODUCE FRUIT
Thoughts are like seeds that produce fruit such as action and behaviour. The spiritual condition of the mind determines how fertile the soil is for seed planting.
When the state or condition of the mind resembles those discussed below, we have a problem. Religious lies are the most insidious. For example, the one religious lie I have heard most often is:
“God can never forgive me for my past sins.”
The truth is found in 1 John 1:9:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
As a pastor and biblical therapist, I have heard:
“God cannot use me because I am spiritually weak.”
The truth is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9:
“For my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
As a volunteer in faith-based community action programs, I have heard:
“God will love me more if I do more.”
The truth is in Ephesians 2:8-10:
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
We are saved (accepted by God) by grace, through faith; it is the gift of God (we are in Christ) unto good works. We do not work more to get God to love us more. God works out of us what He has worked in us. God’s love can never be earned. It is based on His grace. God’s love is not performance-based.
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.