What follows are just some thoughts from this past week. Yes, there are reasons these are in my mind. No, I’m not going to specifically identify those reasons here.
I’ve had unpleasant conversations with biblical counselors and aspiring biblical counselors. I’ve had interactions that have caused me to vow never to advise someone to visit a counselor who graduated from a particular school. Among this subgroup of professing Christians who claim to want to help others, I have seen the smelly, rotten fruit of spiritual pride.
Where does it come from? From the curriculum? From within their own sinful, prideful souls? I do not know and cannot say. Regardless of its origins, I can say that it needs to stop.
Something else that needs to stop among Christians is the mindset that medicine or therapy are unnecessary because all illness, mental or physical, is caused by personal sin. This needs to stop because it simply is not true. Not only does such teaching border on prosperity gospel teaching, it is irresponsible and harmful to Christ’s sheep.
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, will you agree to receive chemotherapy, or encourage them to do so? Or will you simply sit in your repentance corner and hope you’ve identified the right sin so that God heals you?
Such questions, I hope, reveal the folly of this teaching. So while my prior experiences with biblical counselors cause me to be wary of the field, I also cannot jump on the “pills are evil, just repent” train. Surely we are more grounded in Scripture than to seriously entertain such teaching, aren’t we?
Well, one thing is for sure: when you’ve had a stressful week and have a holiday weekend ahead of you (as we do here in the US), a great way to start that weekend is by enjoying your week in review (kind of):
- We are living in unprecedented times. Or are we?
- When I see the way some Christians attack other Christians on social media, I am sincerely grieved. One reason for this is that I, in my younger “discernment mode” days, acted just as shamefully. Tim Challies offers some honest and humbling thoughts on this.
- Aww, this is my favorite PSA. I mean, if someone were to actually have a favorite PSA.
- Walk in right fear and true comfort.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- “True comfort is found when we surrender our hearts fully to the good plan he has for us, even if it involves pain.”
- This really shouldn’t have to be explained, but we are rather rebellious and, quite frankly, dense creatures.
- Do you hear that? I think the queen is crying.
- Ordinary faithfulness matters.
- In case you were wondering how to harvest sunflower seeds from your sunflowers (I was).
- I’m glad to hear this.
- This was a wonderful sermon investigating our true citizenship as Christians, and reminding us that “Being a citizen of the heavenly kingdom should make us a better—not a worse—citizen of our earthly kingdom.”
So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.Colossians 2:6-7 (CSB)