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My purpose in this podcast is to draw a parallel between a few of their responses to how it reflects some of the things we see in biblical counseling. This parallel is not artificial. How we communicate in any space reveals how we think and interact in other spaces. The mouth reveals the heart. Thus, what comes from our lips affirm what’s inside our hearts. Of course, you can mask heart matters, but that is a darker problem that I’m not addressing here.
Thankfully, some of the biblical counselors in that conversation responded biblically and shared their concerns within the group. Please understand that I’m not sharing my views out of a personal grievance, but it’s a genuine concern for things I have seen many times among biblical counselors, not just this instance.
Who we are impacts those who are on the receiving end of our care. We are the ones who should be bringing expert, skilled, biblical care to the vulnerable. If we cannot conduct ourselves well with each other, the chances of doing it the right way when it really matters—especially when the degree of difficulty increases—is not likely.
I do realize we’re all in process. It would be unfair to expect every student of biblical counseling to be at a highly-skilled level or that they ever will be. God did not create counselors equally. There are those who aren’t at this level of soul care but will be at some point. Of course, others will not be there because of what’s involved in caring for folks in acute and complicated suffering.
High-end, formalized biblical counseling is a job for the called, competent, courageous, and compassionate who have the God-given capacity to help these vulnerable souls. If I did not speak up about these matters, it would be a dereliction of duty; I care too much for the victims to be quiet.
I have been an advocate and critic of biblical counseling for a long time. I hold both these things in balance, while not overly-leaning to one or the other. I rarely “call names” unless it’s a widely public matter, e.g., John MacArthur and IABC. I won’t use names here because my desire is not to draw attention to a person but a few vital issues we all need to address, starting with me.
I trust a few will hear and heed. Here are some of those issues in no particular order of significance. I will present an issue from the Facebook exchanges and then connect the parallel to how we should also conduct ourselves when doing biblical counseling.
Ask questions or make comments about any of our content. Anyone can chime in on these posts. Please do so with Paul’s words from Ephesians 4:29 in view: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
We have a fantastic community where folks speak with the “image of God” in view.
I have zero desire to be mean-spirited or create unnecessary concern with anyone. However, I do have a determined passion to self-examine myself as well as those demographics that I love the most, which are the Christian ranks, and the smaller subset, biblical counseling movement.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).