You may want to read:
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you (Hebrews 13:17).
Though some BC people don’t like to downgrade their biblical counseling views, the truth is that sanctification is secondary to the main thing. If the church believes and preaches the gospel, then walk circumspectly.
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice (Philippians 1:15-18).
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it (1 Corinthians 4:7).
Some biblical counseling people can be irritating, harsh, and self-righteous. They remind me of my experience with the fundamentalist movement. Hence,
People will eventually come to you after their other programs, plans, and perspectives reveal what they are: non-Bible filler that does not satisfy, or as Jeremiah said, “cisterns that can’t hold water.” See Jeremiah 2:13. They will want the real meat. Eventually. See Hebrews 5:12-14.
These approaches allow you to insert a better way of doing things. If the Lord gives you a bigger platform to espouse biblical counseling, by all means, take it, but make sure you don’t use your platform to blow off steam by point-making.
Finally, you are the best model of what it means to be affected by biblical counseling, so walk humbly before your God and His people.
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).