BCP
  • Item ID:BCP
  • ISBN13: 978-1-60265-066-4
  • 228 pp.
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Biblical Counseling

A Guide for the Church and Community

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Culture and the Slippery Slope

Chafer, who wrote Systematic Theology (1947), in his day recognized the culture shift in seminaries by stating, "While the seminary student needs as much theology as ever the trend unfortunately is to substitute philosophy, psychology and sociology for theology. This may be somewhat accounted for by the fact that Biblical doctrine is a revelation and the substitutes are within the range of the thinking of the natural man" (p. viii). Chafer's point recognizes that the cultural invasion has influenced the authority of biblical truth.

In Total Truth (2004, p. 23), Pearcey wrote: "To say that Christianity is the truth about total reality means that it is a full-orbed worldview. The term means literally a view of the world, a biblically informed perspective on all reality. A worldview is like a mental map that tells us how to navigate the world effectively. It is the imprint of God's objective truth on our inner life."

Pilate said to Jesus, "You are a king, then!" Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify of the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." "What is truth?" Pilate asked (John 18:37, 38a). Jesus told his disciples that He was the Way and the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Keep in mind that this statement is interpreted as meaning that He is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life. There is no room here for negotiation. This contrasts with the worldview of the present culture which denies and rejects biblical truth as final authority. Pearcey's hypothesis stated that, "historically, nineteenth-century evangelicals tried to build a moral science that was religiously autonomous-lower-case science based on empirical and rational grounds alone. In doing so, however, they opened the door to full-fledged philosophical naturalism (nature is all that exists). And it was not long before scholars who embraced that philosophy walked right through the door that had been opened for them. They abolished the courses on moral philosophy, replacing them with empirically oriented courses on experimental psychology and sociology that spelled out the full implications of a naturalistic view of human nature. The American university was being secularized" (2004, p. 307). Pearcey continued, "The only worldview that supports the highest aspirations of the human heart is Christianity" (2004, p. 318).