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.
BIBLICAL SUPERNATURAL REBIRTH
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 Saviour toward man appeared (Titus 3:4)
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 (Titus 3:5)
Whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour (Titus 3:6)
That being justified by His grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:7)
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 (1Peter 1:3)
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
At that time drug abuse and the addictions that come with it was still the exception to the norm. Our focus was more on prevention so we spent a lot of time talking to teenagers at the club, at their schools and wherever they socialized. We had a lot of awareness projects running in shopping centres where we educated the public and parents on what to do to prevent drug abuse among their kids.
As time went by we had to deal more and more with counselling families where one or even more of the teens started experimenting. This was normally discovered by their parents because of dysfunctional behaviour at school or at home. This behaviour manifested in the form of truancy, aggression towards family members, petty theft, lying and manipulation and in extreme cases clashes with the law and running away from home. In some cases, there was also involvement with self-styled Satanism and other forms of witchcraft.
SPECIALIZED TRAINING NEEDED
Due to exposure through the media by means of talks on the radio as well as TV interviews I became sought after in terms of counselling families with the above-mentioned issues. I counselled as best I could using my own previous involvement with drugs and Satanism as reference but I soon realized that more specialized training was needed to deal with these very complex issues.
SECULAR MODELS UNSUCCESSFUL
Every possible avenue of theological and Christian based counselling training was researched here in South Africa 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.
Attempts were made to associate with an organization in the USA called Teen Challenge with a proven success rate of 67% and more but it just did not come together.
BIBLICAL COUNSELLING DOCTOR
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 counselling 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 Counselling with Belief Therapy as a major.
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.