Secular Psychology and Christians

Christians and PsychologyWARNING: This is a topic that is very offensive to many people. Often, Christians want God for their ‘soul’ but they think psychology is really the means to ‘feel better’ in life. Previous discussions around this topic have resulted in a lot of feelings coming to the surface. I’d ask that any posts be constructive to any conversation.

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,” begins the Psalms. George C. Scipione, director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD), is an advocate for this verse. “Jesus set up the principle that a disciple will look more and more like the person who disciples him. Counseling is discipleship,” said Scipione. “A non-Christian cannot point you to Christ. By definition, it’s impossible. Non-Christians don’t understand the gospel.” Scipione believes Christians should not participate in secular psychology and psychiatry. “Psychology is dangerous. The pupil [of a secular psychologist] will become an outright pagan, a New Ager. A lot of modern science is pagan philosophy plus proof text. The medical community has allowed more and more New Age principles into their practice. If you’re going to get advice, there are things that pagans can do. These are things that are ethically acceptable and within the bounds of common grace and scripture.” Scipione mentioned car mechanics and heart surgeons as types of professions from which Christians can seek non-Christian counsel. “But even financial advisors can offer advice that contradicts Biblical writings.”

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