5 Reasons Why Your Church Should Embrace Biblical Counseling

Here are five reasons why every local church ought to be embracing biblical counseling ministry:
  1. The underlying foundations of secular psychology, to which the church has turned for healing of mental health syndromes, are often bathed in humanism, materialism, Darwinian evolution, and other anti-Gospel world views. 
  2. Contrary to popular belief, the biblical counseling movement recognizes the differences between sin and suffering, as well as the venues out of which mental disorders may arise (volitional, environmental, or biological).
  3. Biblical counseling embraces that people have a body and a soul, and that some emotional problems do indeed have an organic component, and may therefore require medical intervention.
  4. As biblical counseling is deeply rooted in Christian discipleship, it is evangelistic in nature, and concerned with leading the counselee into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, rather than with mere behavior modification or symptom alleviation.
  5. Biblical counseling holds that counseling ministry belongs in and to the church, therefore it seeks to equip and mobilize the church to fulfill the command to "bear one another's burdens," a role that has been lost on the church with the advent of secular psychotherapy.
Would you add any reasons of your own to this list? If so, what would they be?

In the following CCEF ARTICLE by Dr. David Powlison, he identifies five reasons why counseling belongs in the church. It's an excellent article, and I encourage you to check it out.

Scripture: Genesis 2:7; Romans 15:14; Galatians 6:2