There is no more urgent question at this present time. Is the Bible really enough to help people who are experiencing difficulties in life? The answer to that question in the minds of many evangelicals is that the Bible is enough for their preaching and/or teaching ministry, but not enough for their counseling ministry. These believers are very orthodox when it comes to upholding the Bible and its message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. However, during the rest of the week, they rely upon a smorgasbord of self-help, twelve-step, and recovery classes that meet to aid them in their struggles with life. Much of this advice doesn’t even come close to being Biblical in nature. The teachings are interspersed with an assortment of contradictory ideas and “insights” of psychology. It is as if the Church today is void of any clear cut theology regarding the nature of man, his problems, and the solutions to those problems.
The issue at stake is the Christian interpretation of life. Is the Bible sufficient to interpret behaviors? The answer is yes. The Scripture claims to be a sufficient resource for meeting all the difficulties in life, whether emotional or spiritual. The Bible must never be viewed as dependant upon psychology in any part. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. Jesus’ counseling is never contingent in any way upon the “findings” of ancient or modern psychology. For 1900 years the church has never been at a loss on how to counsel its members. It was not until the advent of modern psychology that Christians were hoodwinked into believing the Scriptures were incomplete, and for centuries naively counseled people using only God’s Word.