What The (*Bleep) Is Nouthetic Counseling?

27 Aug

In a previous post I wrote about a therapy session my wife had with a guy who also happens to be a Christian, but isn’t allowed to do any Christian counseling because he works for a state agency. My wife was looking for spiritual guidance and does not want to leave God out of her healing. A reader shared with me a method of Christian counseling called: nouthetic. I had never heard the term before and did a little research. Although I myself had received christian counseling years ago, it wasn’t nouthetic in nature. The reader mentioned that the focus is on sin and confrontation. Initially I had a negative reaction when I read that. After all, we all feel guilty enough, don’t we?

 

As I began to study more about nouthetic therapy, I began to see how biblically sound it is. The therapist places very little emphasis on his/her own views and instead focuses only on what the Bible says about a particular problem or situation. This is how it should be. Man’s personal opinions are a dime a dozen and not always worth much. This is one of the areas where worldly therapy goes wrong. Here is what one website, The Institute For Nouthetic Studies, has to say about this:

” Confrontation means that one Christian personally gives counsel to another from the Scriptures. He does not confront him with his own ideas or the ideas of others. He limits his counsel strictly to that which may be found in the Bible, believing that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and useful for teaching, for conviction, for correction and for disciplined training in righteousness in order to fit and fully equip the man from God for every good task.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17) The nouthetic counselor believes that all that is needed to help another person love God and his neighbor as he should, as the verse above indicates, may be found in the Bible.”

If one is a born again, bible believing Christian, why would he/she want the world’s help or view? What doe s a spiritually dying world that doesn’t believe in God have to offer the eternally saved follower of Jesus Christ?

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