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Purpose: When I speak of the biblical counseling movement, I am not talking about an integrationist hermeneutic, nor do I believe in what they are doing. I consider integrationistic ideas harmful to the actual biblical counseling movement, and those who practice it are hurting those souls who are looking for help. Every Christian’s call to action is clear: We must decide where we stand on these matters.
There are two poles when thinking about the BC movement (1) those who believe we can do no wrong and (2) those who believe we can do no right. I’m on neither pole, but in that great middle expanse where we need to talk about what’s right and wrong with us, which that episode explored.
It is rare to find BC’ers writing on these levels, with innovative thought and interwoven complexity that provokes the reader to stop, think, reflect, and tell someone else what they are reading. At best, our writings gender responses like, “Good stuff” or “that was a good reminder” as we move on to the next thing.
I contribute no ill-motive to these people and do not question their sincerity because I do not know their hearts and would be a fool to make those assumptions and speak accordingly. However, their views are harmful, and it is time that biblical counselors stand with courage and compassion while speaking against the integrated teaching that has infiltrated our churches and brought insufficient care to the body of Christ.