These are the 12 core ideas that underpin Biblical Therapy

  • Man was created by God and appointed to manage his life and environment in God’s way. (Genesis 2:15)
  • People do what they do because they believe what they believe. (Proverbs 23:7; Mark 7:6-23)
  • Jesus established the Biblical Therapy process of replacing the lie with the truth in the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew chapters 5-7. He exposed the traditional lies when he said:


 “You have heard it said by them of old times” and then He told them the truth by stating; “But I say unto you….”



  • A lie is a powerful as the truth when you believe it. Children have learned enough lies by the time they are six years old to cause them problems for the rest of their lives. People are made free from the bondage when the lies are identified and replaced with the truth (John 8:31-36).
  • Man is a sinner by nature, by choice and by practice. Eve chose to believe Satan’s lie over God’s truth. (Genesis 3:1-13)
  • God is always right and man is always wrong. When our opinion differs from the Bible we are wrong and God’s Word is always right. (Isiah 55:7-9; 2 Peter 1:3)
  • Belief in God’s Word is the most powerful therapy known to man. Jesus said in Luke 18:27:


“The things that are impossible with men are possible with God”


  • The battlefield is in the mind of man. According to Romans 12:2:


“Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”


  • A proper understanding of the new identity in Christ is a fundamental principle in living a constructive, healthy and godly lifestyle (Col. 3:1-4)
  • All addiction and destructive compulsive behaviour is identified in the Bible as bondage. (Romans 1:21-23)
  • Life-controlling problems have a spiritual root, regardless of a possible organic disorder (John 9:1-7). Psychiatric and emotional problems are always spiritual problems and sometimes physical problems. Frequently they are hybrids.
  • In the presence of cognitive dissonance, a person must perform an emotion by-pass procedure and act upon the truth, whether he/she feels like it or not.


Remember, in essence, it is our belief systems that determine our behaviour.




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.