Secular counseling is to be avoided by Christians. Psalm 1:1 makes that clear: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly….” This particular kind of counseling ignores Scriptural principles and substitutes man’s ideas instead. This is why it is extremely important to be so well filled with the Word of God that we immediately spot and reject ungodly counsel. It is also a subtle danger when a well-meaning Christian counselor uses man’s failed ideas and then attempts to authenticate them by using some portions from God’s Word to back them up. I recently read a good example of this in “Days of Praise” an excellent daily devotional from the Institute for Creation Research:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” (2 Timothy 3:2)
“One of the dangerous teachings of the “New Age” movement which has spilled over into modern evangelicalism is the notion of “self-love.” Many psychologists—even Christian professional counselors—are attributing society’s ills, especially among young people, to the supposed lack of a “positive self-image” or “self-esteem” on the part of those exhibiting antisocial behavior. What they need, we are told, is to learn to love themselves more, to appreciate their own self-worth. The problem with this idea is that it is both unscriptural and unrealistic. People do not hate themselves. The Bible says that “no man ever yet hated his own flesh” (Ephesians 5:29). ”
We are told by some Christian leaders that the measure of our great value in the sight of God is the fact that Christ paid such a high price—His own death—to redeem us. The fact is, however, that His death is not the measure of our great value, but of our terrible sinfulness. “Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).” (Excerpt from article by Henry M. Morris).
A wise prayer for us to pray is found in “O Grant Us Light,” a hymn by Laurence Tuttiett. “O grant us light that we may know the wisdom Thou alone canst give, that Truth may guide where’er we go and virtue bless where’er we live. O grant us light that we may see where error lurks in human lore, and turn our doubting minds to Thee, and love Thy simple Word the more.”
Selah! Check all counsel against Scripture. If it conflicts, reject it. Ron (Note: Self acceptance is a different concept. More tomorrow, God willing).
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