Why Do We Have Counseling? Counseling exists because people face difficult problems that they cannot always address solely with their own resources. That being the case, God gave to His Church “…some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13). These men were, and are, given to the Church for the ministry of the Word; a ministry designed to bring God’s solutions to man’s dilemmas. It is a ministry of problem solving. It is a ministry of “life and godliness.” It is an evangelistic ministry, and it is a counseling ministry.
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Why Do We Have Counseling?
Of course, the origin of man’s problems is mankind’s fall into sin found in Genesis chapter 3 in the Bible. Prior to this fall, there were no problems that mankind could not face and solve with ease. That being the case, it is evident that all counseling problems, that mankind now faces, are a product of sin, the individual person’s sin, or the sin of another to which that person must now respond. Without sin, there would be no fall and therefore no ministry of restoration. Counseling problems are sin problems, the counselee’s, another’s, or both.
In fact, all this may sound “strange.” The reason this is so is because we live in an era in which all problems are believed to be caused by a lack of education or by medical issues. So, the solution to man’s problems is either more and better education or more and better medication. In recent years, medication has been the more popular solution. Of course, the problem with this model is that it never addresses the heart of the issue, that is, man’s fallen condition in Adam. And that being the case, man is without hope in his/her problems. They are without hope because there is no pill for sin. The best the world can offer is a numbing and stupefying “therapy.” The best God can offer is forgiveness of sins, removal of guilt, eternal life and directions on how to live a holy life.
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