Just curious, does anyone know of any Bible passages that were used to establish the "evil" of getting counseling? Or was this another extra-Biblical add on
I love the above comment and agree with it completely.
Many churches have trained lay people who serve in the capacity of counselors. Some churches refer out to Christian counselors. Lots of pastors and their elders or assistant pastors counsel their flock. So it occurred to me, why is it that at our church, only one man did counseling, the pastor?
I've heard stories that the pastor at BGBC did not condone outside counseling.
In light of the topic of spiritual abuse, I have a few questions for consideration:
Why would a spiritual abuser not want their congregants to receive counseling outside of the church?
Why would an abusing pastor want to be the only counselor? Wouldn't it free them up to do other things?
What could the pastor gain by being the only counselor?
Why wouldn't an abusing pastor want others raised up to counsel?
If elders were "equal" with the pastor, why wouldn't they be qualified to counsel?