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Obey Your Leaders
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
The Main Thing Is the Gospel
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
You Cannot Sin Against Your Conscience
Don’t Be An Aggravationist
Some biblical counseling people can be irritating, harsh, and self-righteous. They remind me of my experience with the fundamentalist movement.
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
Biblical Counseling Will Stand the Test Of Time
God Will Vindicate You In Time
People will eventually come to you after their other programs, plans, and perspectives reveal what they are: cultural filler that cannot 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.
On Ground Level
All of these approaches give you an opportunity to insert a better way of doing things. Then, if the Lord gives you a bigger platform to espouse the BC way, by all means, take it, but make sure you don’t use your platform to blow off steam or for point-making.
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).