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TIL 121 : Myths About Biblical Counseling And Medication

On this edition of Truth in Love, Dr. Lambert addresses the myths about biblical counseling and medication.

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  • Aaron T. Stewart, Jr.
    October 23, 2017

    As a biblical counselor in my local church, I am always encouraged by the staff not to make medical decisions, and I don’t. However, there are situations that arise that can cause a counselor to use “common sense” in some areas. I qualify that statement by defining “common sense” as the ability to use ones education in a certain field to make a necessary decision that is in the best interest of the counselee. If I am counseling someone who has overlapping prescription drugs or perhaps they are simply abusing the dosage prescribed, I believe it is my responsibility to encourage the counselee to make an appointment with their doctor for the purpose of clarifying the situation. By doing that, I am showing my concern for the counselee without interfering with the doctor.
    There is another issue that can cause concern for the counselor. The issue is that of “mixture”. When the staff of a church doesn’t have a problem with referring an individual to first meet with a psychologist and then meet with the biblical counselor, one can see how “mixture” comes into play. As a biblical counselor, my first move is always to the sufficiency of God’s Word. When the biblical counselor seeks the sufficiency of God and His Word, he or she is immediately encouraged by the knowledge they encounter which includes medical information. The concern should always be about bringing the counselee to a biblical conclusion.

  • Scott Bird
    October 23, 2017

    I think the critique is more specific to psychiatric medication and not medication or medical science in general. This podcast was a bit ambiguous. Are you saying that some spiritual issues such as anxiety are appropriate to be treat with psychiatric medication in hospital?

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