If counseling means “giving counsel,” then where else would we turn for the truth we need to impart to counselees than to the Word of God—the defining standard and source of truth?
I have heard many people argue strongly and passionately that we need to add the wisdom of men to the truths of Scripture in order to counsel effectively. But I believe the Bible, as the only authoritative source of absolute truth, is entirely sufficient for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
We are warned in Scripture not to trust human wisdom for principles for living, understanding human attitudes, motives, and behaviors, and finding a solution for man’s inner problems (Ps. 1:1–2; Pr. 28:26; Col. 2:8). We are warned not to trust our own wisdom because we can be easily deceived by it (Pr. 3:5–6; 14:12; 16:2, 25; 21:2; Jer. 17:9). In fact, the Bible clearly teaches that God’s wisdom is superior to man’s. Therefore, man’s wisdom must not supplant God’s wisdom as our solution to our problems (Isa. 8:19–20; 55:8–11; 1 Cor. 1:20, 25; 2:2–5; 3:20). We are also instructed in Scripture that God’s wisdom is sufficient to counsel the inner man—the soul (Ps. 19:7–11; 119:24, 99–100; Isa. 8:19–20; Heb. 4:12).
In order to convey this, I include this short statement on the sufficiency of Scripture in my doctrinal statement:
I believe that the Bible was designed for our practical instruction and is sufficient to equip and mature believers. It is to shape the Christian’s beliefs, morals, and affections. Being the defining authority for doctrine and discipleship, the Bible, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit and the caring body of Christ, is entirely sufficient for every spiritual, relational, or emotional problem.