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The 'reformation' of counselling

G.A. Lotter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 35, No 2 | a562 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v35i2.562 | © 1970 G.A. Lotter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2001 | Published:

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G.A. Lotter, School for Ecclesiology, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa

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Abstract

Although the Reformation took place some four hundred years ago, one area in which reformation is really needed today is the counselling of people. Since Wilhelm Wundt started the “study of the mind” in 1879, William James and Sigmund Freud followed and secular psychology gradually has developed to take the “front seat”; hence moving Biblical counselling, which has been practised since the times of the New Testament, to the “back burner”. This development had been going on for the greater part of the 20th century, up to the publication of Competent to Counsel by Jay E. Adams in 1970. In the model for counselling suggested by Adams, the principles of the Reformation of the sixteenth century, Soli Deo Gloria, Soli Scriptura, Soli Fidei, Sola Gratia, etc. were again implemented in assisting and counselling people with personal and interpersonal problems. The epistomological and anthropological approach of secular psychology differs radically from that of Biblical principles, thus necessitating a new “reformation” of counselling. Within this new form counselling, inter alia, implies the following: the Word of God has its rightful place, sin has to be taken seriously and the work of the Holy Spirit should be recognised.

In this article it is proposed that the “reformation” of counselling was started by scholars with a Biblical Reformational approach and that this method of counselling followed the parameters of the Reformation of the sixteenth century. This “reformation” developed into a new direction in counselling and still continues today with fascinating new frontiers opening up for Biblical counselling.

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Biblical Counselling; Pastoral Counselling; Reformation Of The 16TH Century

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