A Critique Of Dr. Jay E. Adams

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A Critique of Dr. Jay E. Adams, Dr. William Backus & Marie Chapian Counseling Theories Belinda Jeanette Prescott Liberty University A Critique of Dr. Jay E. Adams, Dr. William Backus & Marie Chapian Counseling Theories Concise Summary of Theory Adams (1986), has developed a four step process in which he lines up and bases off of II Timothy 3:14-17, the four steps include, teaching, conviction, correction, and disciplined training in righteousness. Adams says “just as evangelism always must precede edification, these four steps must always occur in the same order” (p. 13). Adams bases his counseling concept on these four steps and II Timothy 3:14-17. Adams (1986) is not one to integrate psychology into the Christian counseling process. Adams (1986) teaches in this book that Scripture is the only way to counsel people and that integrating psychology into the counseling practice goes against scripture. Backus (2000) gives a three step process to becoming a happy person, they include realizing your misbeliefs, removing your misbeliefs, and replacing those misbeliefs with truth. He references Proverbs 23:7a which reads “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (KJV). This is telling us that however we think of ourselves in our hearts, we will believe those thoughts as truths even if they are lies. Satan has a way of creeping into our thought lives and altering the thought pattern of those who will let him, when a person is weak, and not strong in the Scriptures, this
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