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This book examines the question, Can psychological counseling be Christian counseling? The first section presents the Biblical worldview—including a Biblical theory of knowledge (i.e., epistemology) and the impossibility of science arriving at truth (since it is based upon an epistemology of empiricism and probabilistic inductive reasoning). The second section presents key areas of systematic theology that are appealed to by Christian integrationist counselors (such as the nature of man, and general and special revelation). Since one of the main gurus of the Christian counseling movement adamantly rejects the gospel of “Lordship salvation” (which requires repentance from sin), a Biblical examination of this topic is also included. On this basis of the Biblical worldview and sound systematic theology, the third section examines the roots, teachings, claims, and practices of evangelical integrationist counseling (which attempts to synthesize psychology and the Bible). This examination includes pervasive psychological themes, such as: self-esteem; the meeting of psychological “needs”; the gospel as unconditional and undemanding love; inner healing and self-love as the keys to personal transformation; the healing of memories; and freeing from addictions and codependencies.
Endorsed by Franklin Ed. Payne, M.D.; Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, Ph.D.