Counseling Difficult Cases

The Christ the Center panel had the privilege of conversing with Dr. George Scipione, professor of pastoral theology and director of the Biblical Counseling Institute at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA about the necessity of pastoral counseling that is biblical. Specifically, discussion was had about hard cases calling for both learning and practical wisdom. Among the many issues raised was the importance of counseling and a proper ecclesiology. Clearly the conversation scratched the surface of this important issue.

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Jeff Downs

9 years ago

I look forward to listening to this. I sat under Dr. Scipione last Spring, and he will be here at Greenville this evening teaching. His pastoral counseling class was one of the best courses I’ve taken.

Breno Macedo

9 years ago

Same here.

I will be sitting under Pastor Scipione this semester. We classes today at 18:00 to 22:00 ant tomorrow from 09:00 to 19:00.

It will be a long but very instructive weekend.

Benjamin P. Glaser

9 years ago

I had Dr. Scipione at RPTS. Really wish I could have had more courses. He is an excellent teacher and like he noted in the interview quickly makes you realize the gravity of the situation. Counseling is not a game.

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Danielle

9 years ago

I think that God often uses times of Mental Illness in the lives of some Christians to love,correct and teach.
•Job wanted to die and begged God to take his life.
•Saul was vexed by Mental Illness and tried to ward it off with soothing music instead of repentance.
•David had times of severe mental suffering, day and night Gods heavy hand was upon him.
•Nebuchadnezzar, (Daniel 4) was struck with mental illness as a time of chastisement for his pride, he was so out of it he ate grass, quit bathing and let his fingernails grow out like birds talons, when he came to he worshipped with a whole new perspective on God.
•Deut. 28:27-29,34 mentions “madness” as a divine chastisement
•Paul said “Without were fightings, within were fears”

I think that there are way too many pills being pushed today. Particularly to *Christians* who need to stop and consider if these struggles are not the hand of God trying to save us and teach us. Nothing withdraws pride like a good mental breakdown. God knows how to extract those self efforts and insert compassion and absolute utter dependence on Him alone.

Perhaps depression is not a time to take pills and reflect on ourselves and our childhood like the pop psychologist would have us believe. Maybe God is trying to cause us to cry out to Him, to learn compassion for others who suffer. To share in the fellowship of His sufferings. Suffering can be such an effective tool in Gods hand if we allow it.

Ann

5 years ago

Well said. Amazingly said…….I may have to post this to a notepad for me to come back and appreciate over and over again. I too feel the same way. God puts us thru trials to test our faith, to draw us neareer to him, and search out His word to find the healing plan by Him.

“Perhaps depression is not a time to take pills and reflect on ourselves and our childhood like the pop psychologist would have us believe. Maybe God is trying to cause us to cry out to Him, to learn compassion for others who suffer. To share in the fellowship of His sufferings. Suffering can be such an effective tool in Gods hand if we allow it.”

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