Not Secular - But Biblical
At Faith Bible Church, we believe the Bible is more than a book of facts; its truths are meant to transform every area of our lives. Everyone faces moments when the truths of the Bible can seem difficult to apply. Can the hope that the Bible offers really speak to my depression? Can the peace that the Bible leads us to really help my anxiety? Can the love that is revealed in the Bible change even my marriage? The answer is a resounding YES! 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that [God's] divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. There is always hope for growth and change when we apply the wisdom of God's Word to our lives.
In certain seasons of life each of us may need the careful thought and prayerful wisdom of another to help us apply God's Word and grow. You may think that the church is for spiritual matters and more secularized counseling is for issues that are emotional, relational and mental, but consider the following statistics:
- Secular marriage counseling, with the lowest success rate of any form of counseling, has a failure rate of more than 75%
- Secular addiction counseling has failure rate of almost 90%
Why is this? We believe this is because most secularized counseling fails to minister to the whole person, both practically and spiritually. Counseling has little lasting value if it fails to address the issue of our sinful heart as it relates to God. Instead of anchoring ourselves to the ever-changning, subjective, modern practices of secularized counseling, our desire is to offer faithful, formative, biblical counseling that is anchored in the timeless truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ that are found in the Bible.
Not Behavioral, But Relational
Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that the Bible is nothing more than a recipe book for behavioral change. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The approach of secular counseling is to prescribe a blend of behavior modification and self-image modification. The problem is that neither behavior modification nor self-image modification address the deeper human condition of a sinful heart. We see this behavioral emphasis in much of today's counseling when counselors offer solutions such as:
”Just keep working at it"
”Communication is the key"
”Be more open with each other"
“Learn to love yourself”
"You just have to forgive them"
Ultimately, the Bible points us to a relationship with a person—Jesus Christ. The Bible was given to point us to Jesus - the one who is able to make all things new. We believe real and lasting change occurs when people seek to know and please Christ by applying His Word to their daily lives. We encourage you to read Ed Welch's excellent artical on biblical counseling What is Biblical Counseling Anyway.
For more information on FBC's biblical counseling ministry email or call the church office at 812-437-2424.