Competent to Minister: The Biblical Care
We have been on a journey since writing our first
book, The Psychological Way/The Spiritual Way.
We have written a number of books along the way, but as
we were writing Against Biblical Counseling: For the
Bible, we found it necessary to tell Moody Press
that we could no longer support our book How to
Counsel from Scripture, because we had departed from
the biblical counseling movement and were voicing our
concerns. While How to Counsel from Scripture
contains much material we still uphold, some of it
supported the biblical counseling movement from which we
had departed. Moody Press kindly put the book out of
print. This current book, Competent to Minister: The
Biblical Care of Souls, is a natural result of
having departed from the biblical counseling movement and
includes many of the biblical reasons why we did. Here we
encourage the church to return to its biblical roots.
The Reformation was a turning point in church history.
Two great teachings of the Reformation are Sola
Scriptura and the priesthood of all believers. Sola
Scriptura means by Scripture alone. The priesthood
of all believers means that believers, guided by the
Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, are equipped and
called to minister to one another in the Body of Christ.
This book rests heavily on those two doctrines. It is a
call forward to confidence in the efficacy of Scriptures
and the knowledge that:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness: That
the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished
unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
This book is also a call to believers to use the Word
empowered by the Spirit to minister to one another.
The above paragraphs are the opening words of Competent
to Minister: The Biblical Care of Souls, which
answers such questions as:
- What can believers do to help individuals
suffering from problems of living?
- What should churches do for suffering souls?
- What did the church do for almost 2000 years
without psychological counseling?
- What did the church do without the biblical
counseling movement, which began about 25 years
Competent to Minister: The Biblical Care of Souls
calls Christians back to the Bible and to the biblically
ordained ministries and mutual care in the Body of Christ
that have effectively cared for souls for almost 2000
years. The retail price of Competent to Minister: The
Biblical Care of Souls is $14.00. However, PsychoHeresy
Awareness Ministries is offering the 252-page book
for $13. To order, see Books.