Lewisville, TX (PRWEB) October 15, 2005
During a recent meeting of the Southwest Region of the National Association of Certified Christ-based Counselors (NACCBC) the theme, “If it’s not Christ-based, It’s a Corrupt Basis, I Peter 1:23-25” resonated through the regional gathering at Macedonia Ministries in Lewisville, Texas. The Association’s President and author of the Christ-based Counseling genre, Dr. Steven B. DavidSon (pictured left on platform) led the speakers with an overview of Christ-based Counseling. DavidSon highlighted the approach based on the life of Jesus as far superior to the psycho-talk therapies.
As DavidSon proclaimed, “I submit that Jesus understands human functioning far better than any of those who hold to the psychotherapies. And if there is an approach in the psychotherapies appropriate for believers, it is already in God’s Word.” DavidSon’s comparison of Christ-based Counseling to current psycho-therapies was irrefutable, and he left no stone unturned demonstrating the Biblical error in readily accepted concepts such as self-esteem as opposed to Father-Focus.
DavidSon holds that Jesus clearly espoused the latter for believers. DavidSon also emphasized the challenge to local churches to meet the daily one-on-one counseling needs of parishoners. Teen pregnancy and geriatrics were also featured highlights of the day presented by Denise Bates of Houston, and Dr. Jim C. Tullos of Highland Village, Texas respectively.
Participants witnessed one of the most extraordinary Christian events including an ordination, counselor licensing, and graduation programs. Unlike join-up associations, NACCBC members including state licensed practitioners must complete a basic certification program, and the highest level Christ-based Counseling designation is the Advanced Mastery Licensure program. This counselor must use a standardized counseling plan.
DavidSon explains, “While our global and standardized approach allows for the counselor’s personal insights, standardization ensures qualitative counseling delivery and accountability. A Christ-based Counselor in Florida addresses addiction or depression the same way a Christ-based Counselor in Oregon does session by session. As an organization, the Christian community is ensured that a Christ-based Counselor is not just a Christian with an atheistic therapy. Also, we are not prone to indiscriminate prayer and scripture quoting. Our approach to every issue involves a strategic process, and it is clearly Christ-based.”
DavidSon adds, “Unfortunately, some major denominations and churches have been co-opted by state licensing, which has nothing to do with a counselor’s faith or Biblical basis. However, it is not surprising since many of their schools and seminary programs are diluted with these atheistic approaches.” DavidSon concludes, “It is so important to be found faithful when Jesus returns.” DavidSon launched the program twelve years ago, and now the organization is the nation’s exclusive Christ-based Counseling program. Recently appearing on a national radio program, DavidSon was asked a series of questions by the host. “What do you do for the Buddhist? What do you do for the Moslem? What do you do for the atheist?” Davidson replied, “The Buddhist must find something that is Buddha-based. The Moslem must find something Mohammed-based, and the atheist must rely on the psychotherapies. The psycho-therapies were born out of atheism. What we have in Jesus is superior by far.” Given their leader’s passion, no doubt the group truly represents the theme, “If it’s not Christ-based, It’s a Corrupt Basis.”
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Citing the Centers for Disease Control statistic of more than three-hundred thousand deaths annually due to obesity related diseases, Dr. Steven B. DavidSon’s program is a God-send. DavidSon (pictured left on platform) who is the nation’s leading Christ-based Counselor states, “You can exercise three times daily, and eat the best health foods, but if you don’t control food consumption over a sustained period, results will be minimal.”
DavidSon, who refers to the book of Genesis in the Bible as the “book of our genes” shares some startling insights. He reveals, “All segments of society have issues with consumption control, but it was particularly designed to destroy God’s people.” DavidSon continues, “Eating was involved in the first sin, and it is not a coincident that the same human function—eating—was introduced to Jesus as His first temptation. DavidSon believes that Jesus’ reply to Satan, “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” exceeds the typical spiritual value assigned to Jesus’ response.
Among other realities about the principle, DavidSon discloses that Jesus also meant that believers must have regular periods of abstinence with complete dependence on God’s Word for their physical well-being. DavidSon points to several illustrations in the life of Jesus where food was clearly a secondary matter to God’s Word. Notably, he identifies how Jesus taught His disciples that food was not primary, and experiences where multitudes went without eating for days without complaining.
DavidSon observes, “this is a battle for all of us, and we all know devoted people in ministry who have succumbed to the dietary demons. It’s not an issue that we address regularly with the same emphasis as drugs, alchohol, and other vices, but obesity is just as deadly.” Davidson pointedly adds, “Over-eating and poor-diet is the indiscretion below our radar screen, but not the Lord’s.” DavidSon believes that people need the same level of emphasis as placed upon other destructive habits and vices.
DavidSon recently released the companion Christ-based Weight Management DVD to accompany the workbook released earlier this year. DavidSon launched the program two years ago, and more than 300 people have participated. Referring to it as a “for life” program, DavidSon says, “when people know the truth, and consistently employ the Christ-based Counseling principles, the power of God’s Holy Spirit ignites them to overcome the dietary demons of darkness.” DavidSon’s book and DVD are available at Christbasedcounseling.org or Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles (BN.com), and other retailers.
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