DISTINCTIONS OF CHRISTIAN THERAPY – PART 2

By Kenneth O. Peterman

CHRISTIAN THERAPY OPERATES SOLELY UPON THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD AND NOT UPON HUMAN INSTRUMENTALITY.

Biblical counseling centers around the Word of God, believing that “it is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The Christian therapist believes in and uses the Word of God in the counseling sessions and in the homework assignments. Certainly other counseling means are used but God’s Word is the basis of the whole counseling process.

CHRISTIAN THERAPY GIVES AN ABSOLUTE DELIVERANCE FROM ADDICTION BECAUSE IS PROVIDES A NEW LIFESTYLE THAT IS SATISFYING AND LASTING.

Biblical counseling offers specific and definite answers to problems that lead to addiction, problems such as loneliness, fear, worry, rejection, pride, neglect, broken relationships — just to name a few. As these pressures and problems are dealt with from the Word of God, the counselee realizes that there is no more need to use drugs to solve his or her everyday problems. The Word of God offers a new and wonderful lifestyle along with the power and the motivation to live in it. Consequently, the individual is delivered from the ungodly context and lifestyle associated with addiction.

CHRISTIAN THERAPY TRANSFORMS CHARACTER; IT DOES NOT MERELY REFORM CONDUCT.

When a man or woman accepts Christ as Savior, he or she becomes a new creation in Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The core of a person’s existence changes, experiencing something never experienced before: a new life, a new motivation, a new viewpoint, a new power and a new purpose. This wonderful reality is the basis of and the reason for the success of Christian therapy.

CHRISTIAN THERAPY DEALS WITH WHY A PERSON IS ADDICTED AND NOT MERELY WITH THE ADDICTION.

Christian therapy deals with the root of all addictive behavior: sin. Once a counselee comes to Christ as Savior, then and only then can he or she have victory over sin. Only as an individual grows in the Lord through the Word of God can they experience the practical victory over previous sinful behavior. Christian therapy strives to help a counselee understand the principles of the Word of God and the victorious experience of living in their new nature.

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