By Martin Bobgan;Deidre Bobgan
After years of involvement within the biblical counseling circulate, Martin and Deidre Bobgan grew to become inquisitive about some of the practices and left the circulation. during this ebook they offer powerful biblical the explanation why they suspect that Christians may still abandon the biblical counseling circulation, go back to reckoning on Christ, the note of God, and the paintings of the Holy Spirit during the Biblically-ordained ministries and mutual care within the the physique of Chirst. this can be a readable, tough, debatable, and thought-provoking e-book in regards to the quickly increasing biblical counseling circulation.
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1 This “cure of souls” began early in the church with various writings on such aspects of the Christian life as grief, consolation, repentance, discipline, guidance, and growth. The medieval system emphasized legal restraint of external “sins” rather than sin residing in the inner man. The Protestant Reformation emphasized the inner man without ignoring the external expressions. One of the primary elements of the cure of souls was the exercise of church discipline for grave offenses. However, documents from the second and third centuries indicate that there was no single system for dealing with those Christians who committed such serious sins as idolatry, unchastity, and bloodshed.
O. Hobart Mowrer’s leadership, Adams concluded that Christians have something superior to psychological counseling theories and therapies. Christians have what they need in the Scriptures. Out of his struggles, Adams developed what he calls Nouthetic Counseling, which consists of confronting a believer with the Word of God for the purpose of change. Adams expressed his concern about the usual practice of pastoral counseling when he wrote: Sadly, it is not only liberal pastors who give non-scriptural counsel these days.
Therefore some pastors turned to psychology in their attempt to improve their care of souls and enhance their sermons. Two very liberal men led the way: Norman Vincent Peale and Harry Emerson Fosdick. Peale actively included psychiatric teachings and practices both in his preaching and in creating a “religion-psychiatric clinic” along with a Freudian psychiatrist. 35 Fosdick blended the doctrines of psychology with elements of Christian living in his famous sermons. Holifield declares: 46 Against “Biblical Counseling”: For the Bible Fosdick was a living illustration of the burgeoning therapeutic sensibility.
Against Biblical Counseling: For the Bible by Martin Bobgan;Deidre Bobgan