According to Collins, Counseling – a deeply committed, Spirit-guided (Spirit-filled) servant of Jesus Christ, who applies his/her God-given abilities, skills, training, knowledge and insights, to the task of helping others move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability and spiritual maturity (Collins, 21). As Christians we are given instructions and a command by God to study the word of God. The book of Joshua 1:8 says, “Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it, day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. “ Then God tells us the reason why we have to study in 2 Timothy, 2:16 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Therefore, if Christians are approved by God through studying the word of God; then what other advice or instructions for life do we need to follow? Surely, there are theorists, psychologists, theologians and philosophers who have their input as to how we should adapt to life’s experiences and people in general. But if we can get it from one book, that’s written by the Father of this universe, who gives instructions and the one who created you, then indeed, we are set-free from the opinions of others. However, psychology cannot exist without theology and neither can philosophers form an opinion about the world around them without studying about the God who created heaven and earth. Collins conceded that, “We fail to realize that non-biblical and even anti-Christian assumptions in psychology can mold our values, influence our counseling, and lead us to promote ideas that are in opposition of Scripture" (Collins, 14-15).
Having a Christian worldview is essential to understanding why you exist. As Christians we know how to separate truth from false doctrine; whether it’s written by a philosopher or a theologian. Christian counselors can only serve as truth Christian counselors when they began to see their counseling from a Christian worldview. As Collins stated, “We must be able to state what we believe and how this influences our counseling. When we are aware of our worldview perspectives, we are far less likely to naively pull together a combination of assumptions, values, goals and techniques that are in conflict with one another and in opposition to the basics of the Christian faith" (Collins, 14-15).