They are my counselors.
Scripture should be your counselor, not a shrink.
You can find direction in the Bible for literally every problem in life. It may take some digging, but God promises the answers are there.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. —Matthew 7:7
In addition to your own study, the wise counsel of your pastor, an elder, and/or Godly men is scripturally encouraged.
Where there is no guidance the people fall,
But in abundance of counselors there is victory. —Proverbs 11:14
See also Proverbs 20:5 and 1 Peter 5:1-3.
The large movement to “Christian counseling,” outside the local church, is hard to defend scripturally—if you can defend it at all. The premise is that you need the Bible AND modern psychology rather than the Bible alone.
This new “Bible and psychology” theory, therefore, claims that up until the 1900s, Christians couldn’t adequately deal with their problems—hardly! The psychologists further claim that with today’s complex problems, modern psychology is needed.
We think that is bunk. It seems to us that back in the days when they were burning Christians on poles as lights, the surviving families also had to get a grip on life. And they did just fine searching and depending on the scriptures as taught.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:16-17
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. —Colossians 1:28
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. —Colossians 2:8
In light of all the division created by each Presidential election, I have to wonder—how can a Bible-believing, born-again Christian be a Democrat? How can a person vote Democratic yet believe in Christian principles?
There are many well-meaning people who, for a long list of good reasons, vote for an overall candidate’s record rather than one or two issues. The key is proper evaluation of candidates—do they actually do what they say they will?
For instance, it may be better to support a candidate, regardless of his party affiliation, who is honest and trustworthy and who will defend the Constitution rather than a proven liar who simply says what people want to hear.
However, it does seem that if you compare the planks of the two major parties, there are overall differences—some that seem opposite to scriptural teaching. And, yes, as a Christian, we do think it would be difficult to defend some of these nonbiblical views on Judgment Day to a righteous God.
But even if research shows that a more mature Christian is more likely to vote for a certain party, there is never a reason to condemn the entire party. There ARE born-again Christians in BOTH parties trying to change things for the better (some more successfully than others).
Always remember, when you vote, you are casting a vote for someone to best represent you, not a party. And regardless of who is elected, God is still in control:
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
He turns it wherever He wishes. —Proverbs 21:1
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