Ten Common Masks People Wear When Coming for Counseling (But Don’t Usually Know It)

by Paul Tautges | September 27, 2021 8:59 am

In recent months, I’ve been reviewing my well-worn copy of Paul Tripp’s classic counseling training and one-anothering book, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands[1]. Reading and re-reading certain chapters and underlined portions has been challenging and reaffirming, as I seek ongoing growth as a biblical pastor who counsels his flock.

One particular section that stood out to me, which I want to draw your attention to is Appendix 1, “Opening Blind Eyes.” In this appendix, Tripp states:

Because sin is deceitful and fallen people are so naturally blind to issues of self, data gathering must always pursue two goals. First the process must give the counselor the information needed to provide wise biblical counseling. But an even more fundamental purpose is that we would be the Messiah’s instruments to open eyes that have been blind for too long.

Spiritual blindness is different from physical blindness in this way: “A fundamental part of being spiritually blind is that you are blind to your blindness.” Tripp then goes on the describe ten of the typical masks that spiritual blindness wears.

Tripp ends his appendix with this admonition: “It is vital to remember the profound effect that spiritual blindness has on every sinner and his view of life. Our data gathering needs to be motivated by the counselee’s need to see….We commit ourselves to be God’s means of opening blind eyes and to see this as a necessary data-gathering function.

If you’ve not read Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands[1] then you really should. If it’s been many years since you did, then I encourage you to spend time reviewing some of it’s key lessons.

  1. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: https://www.biblicalcounselingbooks.com/products/instruments-in-the-redeemers-hands-people-in-need-of-change-helping-people-in-need-of-change-resources-for-changing-lives?_pos=1&_sid=ea4f23af3&_ss=r

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