In order for Biblical counseling to be effective, a counselor must be completely prepared to work in the ministry of helping others. Beyond the worldly challenges, a Christian counselor also faces humanistic therapeutic false views of secular therapy. Christian counselors maintain a focal point in guiding people to living a life that is full of spiritual richness and maturity. Yet, secular therapist focuses on self-gratification and self-actualization. As Christian ministry helpers, you must be living by the truth and exemplify a Christ-centered life. Crabb (1977) developed a counseling model that teaches us how to develop individualized life maps that will guide people to spiritual growth, maturity, and a long-lived Christ-centered life. It is essential as Christian counselor’s we are able to bring people to understand that the elucidation to their problems God has the answer prearranged scripturally. Furthermore, enlighten the client that their inclusive security is in Christ Jesus that our negative life events have no precedence, as HE will accept us no matter the circumstances. Scripture offer direction to lay helpers “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).
Part I: Goal of Christian Counseling
Crabb’s (1977) model of Christian counseling exemplifies that the ultimate goal is to teach and guide people in harmony with finding their spiritual realm and helping them achieve faith-based maturity. Accomplishing Christian maturity helps a person begin to experience the many joys of a spirit-filled life. When we give our hearts and soul to the Lord God promises many blessings and He will guide our core to living a Christ-centered life through eternity. This process takes place through repentance, justification, obedience, and glorification. Christian maturity requires immediate change in certain areas and long-term commitment to develop a Christ-centered life. The process to follow God’s law through repentance, justification, obedience, glorification, leads to becoming more and more like Christ Jesus.
In contrast with Crabb (1977), for many years secular therapist that denied that religious therapy are not ethically correct and have no impact on a person’s self-value and actualization. Secular therapists consider themselves as a separate entity from faith-based counseling. For many years, traditional secular therapist used the rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) developed by Albert Ellis (Johnson, W. B., Ridley, C. R., & Nielsen, S. L. (2000), which originated as a non-religious treatment. Ellis believed that religion offered negative implications to people and falsely represent that if you believed in God everything would be perfect. When people experienced struggles, they became highly depressed and questioned religion beliefs. There are other forms of secular therapy that struggle with...