“It is not necessary to be a professional in order to counsel another Christian. There are a number of passages in which the Scriptures call every believer to counsel.” -Jay E Adams, founder of the Biblical Counseling movement in an interview with Table Talk. “I have covered these passages in several of my books, such as A Theology of Christian Counseling and How to Help People Change, but here I would mention just one: Colossians 1:28—where believers are encouraged both to teach and counsel (in some translations, the Greek word noutheteō—used there—is translated as “warn”) one another.
The only professional known to the Scriptures is the pastor and the other elders of the church who, especially, are summoned to this duty,” Dr. Adams continued.
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Colossians 1:28
In my last blog, I argued that the volunteers in Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) are not professionals but are just a group of folks who are on a noble quest to help those suffering from the voluntary slavery of addictions overcome their problem through Biblical means. http://www.clprm.org/about
There is a lot of Biblical teaching and admonishment going on at CLPRM events, such as the Friday night Conquering Addictions meeting at the Christian Life Center in Bensalem, PA and the monthly Saturday night coffee houses.
The Bible has all the answers, all the solutions for personal problems. God knows you. After all, He created you and knows what makes you tick better than any shrink. We become dysfunctional when we don’t follow God’s rules – when we don’t obey his commands, including our addictions in one form or another.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” 2 Peter 1: 3-7
To learn more about the blessings of following God’s word, read Psalm 119.
When you don’t walk with the Lord, in the light of his word, you find darkness, death. http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/27/second-man-facing-charges-after-overdose-death-of-woman/
It’s gruesome stories like the one about the young woman in the story who died in her home from an overdose that is the raison d’être for CLPRM.