“The Bible is our owner’s manual for life” is one of the most popular mantras within the biblical counseling world. “Since God created us and designed how we are to best function in His world,” it is argued, “He gave us an owner’s manual (His manual) to follow.” This mantra, and its corresponding reasoning, is true as far as it goes. But does it go far enough? I don’t think so. Let me explain.
The more I am involved in training men and women for the ministry of discipleship counseling, the more concerned I become with the affinity for this mantra, since it tends to lead to formulaic counseling…….continue reading