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Belief/Salvation/Forgiveness/Redemption

(Dr. Brian Campbell)


“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season;correct,

rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.”

(2 Timothy 4:2)



Throughout this course, I have emphasized the role that beliefs play on thinking, emotions, and behavior.  However, the most important belief that we must consider as Christian counselors is the client’s belief in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  As counselors, we cannot always be explicit instruments to lead people to Christ’s redeeming grace.  However, we can, at all times, demonstrate Christ’s love, and the joy and peace that result from the promise of eternal salvation for those who believe in Him.  Remember the words attributed to St.Francis of Asissi:  "Preach the Gospel; if necessary, use words."


I am sure that there will be times in counseling others when Christ will work through you to bring people to faith and salvation.  There are times when you will find yourself saying the “sinner’s prayer” with your clients, but this may occur less often than you might think.  Nevertheless, you should always be prepared to lead your clients to the redemptive grace of Jesus Christ.


As you counsel individuals who clearly are not saved, or individuals who erroneously believe they are not saved, you may have to deal with “lies/irrational beliefs” such as the following:


“I have committed a horrible and unforgiveable act, and God will never forgive me.”
“Although I think I am a believer, I must not be saved; I keep sinning.”
“How can I believe in a God who let such horrible things happen to me?”
“God is just a figment of man’s imagination.”


I have written a chapter entitled, “Belief/Salvation,” which appears in my book, “Godly Counsel:  Scriptures for Today’s World.”  I strongly urge you to read this chapter, which is located on my internet site under scriptures relating to “Belief,” and “Salvation,” which are taken from my book:  “Pearls: Scriptures to live by.”


I also recommend that you read my chapter on “Forgive/Forgiveness,” which is located on my internet site.