West End Counseling Center Blog

Scott Stephens is the founder and director of Covenant Counseling Center. He is also a counselor at Pendleton Street Baptist Church’s West End Counseling Center, a board member of Redeemer Biblical Counseling Training Institute and a PhD student in the Biblical Counseling program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Called to Counsel

Pastors, We Are Called to Counsel God’s People
Saint Augustine wrote in his work titled On Christian Doctrine in AD 397, “Let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, it belongs to the Master.”[1] Most committed evangelical Christians will agree that the truth which comes from God, the truth that is provided by Him in His revealed Word, is absolute truth. Yet, the statement “all truth is God’s truth,” has provided a catalyst for well-meaning Christians to support the belief that man’s spiritual problems can be solved by information apart from the Scriptures. As mentioned before, most will agree that truth is revealed in special revelation, the Bible, but they place equal authority on the truth that is given to man through general revelation. As a result, many Christian churches that should provide care for people’s life-problems have willingly relegated that care to secularly trained professionals, many who have theories of care that exclude God. By doing so, sufficient care by using the Scriptures for people within the church has been replaced by an insufficient care that is based on man-generated ideas affected by the noetic effects of sin.

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Truth in Counseling

What is the “Truth” We Should be Counseling Our Congregations With?
The concept that “all truth is God’s truth” is used by many well-meaning Christians who have determined that God’s truth can be empirically discovered in general revelation and applied to the sciences; specifically, in the realm of psychology and counseling. As a result, there are pastors who consider this as justification for allowing secular psychology to be used in their church counseling programs. Ultimately, any source we rely on as truth impacts the way we as Christ-followers interact with other’s inside and outside of the church family. It is important that we thoughtfully consider the implications of general revelation being used as a primary source of truth while counseling a Christian.

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