The Biblical pattern of counseling
Reactions of the person being counseled
to your judgments and advice!
"Hit dogs howl!"
"Warthogs that know they are about
to be hit fabricate schizophrenia"
- When you
are counseling someone, you need to be aware of the various tricks and
tactics they will throw at you.
ill people generally know how to play the game because they have had many,
many experiences with the psychiatry industry. They have been conditioned
to search for answers from within and have experienced non-judgmental
sessions. Biblical psychiatry is different and it may come to them as a
- You sit
down with them and ask them what they have been doing wrong and what needs
to be change in their life. First, they have never been asked this before.
They may take offence or question if you know what you are doing. However,
since they came to you for help, they either do what you say or you end
the session as a waste of time.
- The smoke
and mirrors of dealing with all people is bad enough, but dealing with
mentally ill people is complex because they have learned to expect people
to just accept absurd answers and actions.
quickly learn that you do not accept their behaviour and they will start
to fight you like a hooked shark on 300 lb test line! (You are the 300 lb
test fishing line)
- Here are
the most common (and we mean VERY COMMON) tactics you will encounter when
you are counseling someone. Every person you counsel will commit one or
many of these dishonest ploys to keep their BIG SIN hidden.
that "Hit dogs howl!" and most mentally ill people have never
been confronted with the fact that their own sins are the cause of their
own problems. When you confront them, perhaps for the first time in their
lives, they are going to fight you, but in the end you will cure them!
behavior of neurotics and psychotics, criminals and eccentrics has been
understood as a form of self- deception, a surrender to a fictitious
existence. ... Patients want sympathy, want to create a sensation or evade some obligation, want to get a pension or enjoy
certain fantasy pleasures. Determination and surrender of this sort play a
great part in neurotic illnesses as well as in the development of
pseudologia phantastica (self-credited, fantastic lying)." (Karl
Jaspers, 1883-1969, General Psychopathology, The Determination to Fall
Ill, 1913 AD, p 329, 424)
- Hit dogs howl and dogs that know they are about to be hit howl: Psychotic
behaviours are fabricated the same way warthogs squeal, stamp around just
before they run through an electric fence:
It is an amazing
thing to witness warthogs cross through an electric fence in the Elephants
Valley of Botswana. They tend to rev themselves up well before the event,
hopping around on one little spot while they squeal and squeal and
generally psych themselves up for the crossover. And then they let
fly—straight for the nearest hole beneath the fence. Of course, the
transition would be perfectly safe if it wasn't for the famous fact that
warthogs can't run without holding their tails straight up in the air,
like CB antennas on a techno-hippi's Ford Cortina in the 1970's. Seeing a
warthog cross an electric fence really is funny, if you're the kind who
likes to see animals act stupidly. Even more so if you like studying the
Doppler effect being applied to the animal kingdom. You know? The
well-known physical effect of sound as it changes pitch when, for
instance, an ambulance with its siren on passes you on a long straight
road. The sound keeps changing as the source nears and the sound waves are
compressed. And then it becomes a long stretched-out wail as the vehicle
passes and screams past you into the distance. A kind of
"weeu-weeu-weeu-waa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-u-u-uh-h-h-h-h..." sound. It
is the same with warthogs. They start with a high-pitched squeal which
becomes a long, distorted wail, until they hit the fence. But that's where
the similarity ends and the Doppler effect ceases to apply. The moment the
tail hits the bottom wire and grounds the current, the steady wail turns
into a brief, but most hysterical shriek. But however terrible, the shock
is brief, and a moment later the pig clears the fence and emerges on the
other side in a cloud of orange dust and snorts of indignation, before
dribbling away as if nothing had happened. Now, to my mind, a warthog
crossing an electric fence is not the really funny part. The truly
perplexing part of the whole story is why the pigs invariably decide an
hour or two later that they simply have to return to where they had
original come from. And then they go through the whole charging up ritual
all over again—but this time in reverse. Pigs are said to be intelligent
creatures, but I have my doubts. At any rate, there will be those who will
obviously doubt the truthfulness of my observation. And all I can say to
them is that I respect their skepticism. A lot of things in Africa sound
like pure fantasy until you've lived here a few years yourself. Only then
can you start to appreciate the fact that pigs will keep crossing electric
fences with their tails raised for a million years if you let them, and
they won't ever learn. It is in the nature of things and it defies
explanation. Africa is full of such examples. (African travel log, 27 July
A. Denial and pleading ignorance:
- People simply
will not tell you what they have done wrong. They will lie and deny any
don't even ask what they have done wrong so are utterly clueless in the
process of curing mental illness.
the councilor will need to reject the denial and ask three or four times
before they come clean and tell you.
is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says,
"I have done no wrong." Proverbs 30:20.
- The very
same Jewish leaders who plotted, arranged the betrayal and demanded Jesus
be crucified later denied they had any involvement: "When they had
brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest
questioned them, saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue
teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your
teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us."" Acts
denied they had sinned against God and claimed innocence while they openly
practicing idolatry: "Yet you said, 'I am innocent; Surely His anger
is turned away from me.' Behold, I will enter into judgment with you
Because you say, 'I have not sinned.'" Jeremiah 2:35
- See the
case of "Applesauce"
(Schizophrenia: Caused by hidden sin: Applesauce reacted with denial,
acting insulted, anger and confession)
- See the
case of "Candy"
(Depression: Caused by hidden sin: Candy reacted with denial, acting
insulted, anger and confession)
B. Blame shifting:
- The old
joke about blaming your adult problems on the fact your mother made you
eat your peas as a child is actually quite common in principle.
love to blame others for their problems.
- They will
claim to be a victim, or neglected, or have suffered some trauma as a way
of explaining away sinful behaviour.
blamed others (Eve and indirectly God) "The woman you gave to me".
- Saul: 1
Sam 15:24 Blamed the people instead of himself.
C. The decoy:
a lesser sin while hiding the larger root sin.
love to throw you off the trail of their big sin by confessing to a lessor
sin that is not so bad. This is very common.
someone claims the reason they are deeply depressed is because they
"fell asleep after they promised God they would pray all night",
reject it as absurd and ask for the real reason.
Num 22:34 Balaam confessed the sin of merely going with the messengers of
Moab, when the larger sin was participating with the enemies of Israel for
the sole purpose of cursing them.
- See the
case of "Muffin"
(Depression: Caused by hidden sin: Decoy confession to a lesser sin as a
smokescreen to hide a larger sin)
D. Confessed to escape the heat
of the moment.
don't like being put under the magnifying glass of personal judgment. They
might ask themselves why they put themselves in this unpleasant situation
and seek a fast way of escape!
- They will
confess merely to end the process quickly without really repenting.
- They fake
cry and make false promises just to make you think you succeeded in curing
them, but the next day they continue to sin as though nothing happened.
Ex 9:27. When the plagues were happening Pharaoh confessed his sin, but
when the plague was over, Pharaoh began to commit the same sin again.
E. Confessing only after getting
only after getting caught is a clear indication of dishonesty. The chances
of a cure are lessened.
- It means
little when a criminal confesses a crime only after he is shown the high resolution
video tape. It means more if he volunteers information before he thinks
you know it.
Josh 7:2 Achan knew that lots were being cast but never dreamed he would
be discovered. Had he come forward at the beginning and confessed, the
Lord may have let him live. Achan only confessed when confession meant
nothing because he was caught red handed.
F. Sexual seduction: "sexual
who are being counseled, will attempt to sexual seduction the men who
counsel them. It is more common that you might realize. In professional
"paid counseling" circles, it is called
"transference". Yes men may attempt to seduce their female
counselor, but it is about as rare as a woman raping a man. Generally men
rape women and woman seduce male counselors. That's just the way it is.
traces its origin to Fraud who believed that the person being counseled
transferred emotions felt in the past, to the counselor in the present as
he listens to these stories being revisited. In fact it is far more simple
than that... it is just promiscuousness. Don't be flattered! She has the
same feelings about a lot of people, you are her latest victim!
among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women
weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses," 2 Timothy 3:6
she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she
lives." 1 Timothy 5:6
we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to
various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy,
hateful, hating one another." Titus 3:3
- But in
counseling she is not just seducing you merely for the joy of great sex,
she may be trying to get even with you for telling her she is a sinner. By
"bedding" you, she can then say, "Why should I listen to
you... you are no better than me." Women who seduce for these reasons
are obviously not likely to have ever benefited from what Biblical
Psychiatry has to offer.
client has transferred to the therapist intense feelings of affection,
even love. Sexual thoughts and feelings are usually in evidence.
Eventually this positive transference turns negative and the therapist is
now regarded with hostility.
women are highly unstable and very dangerous to a Christian. They become
obsessed with you and can think of nothing other than having sex with you
day and night. But once they actually do, then the obsessive love turns to
- Here is
an example of the "sexual obsession turned to hatred" in the
Bible. It is not about counseling, but how a man rapes a woman. The
specific details, however, are identical to "sexual
transference" in counseling: Here is a case of mental illness in the
Bible where a man named Amnon was suffering from a depression that had
made him physically sick because of his sexual obsession: The Bible case
and Tamar" (Depression caused by sexual obsession)
- Their act
of seduction, therefore, is a way they can avoid putting your advice into
G. The confession of that cures
Lk 15:18: The prodigal made a full honest confession of sin and changed
his lifestyle accordingly.
PHARAOH, the prodigal was brought to repentance by hard times and
starvation. Unlike PHARAOH, the prodigal continued to live righteously and
penitently after the bad times were gone and the good life returned: V16.
BAALAM, the prodigal confessed both symptom sin (offending his father by
squandering his inheritance and loose living) and larger more serious sin
of sinning against God.
SAUL, the prodigal, the blamed only himself. He could have blamed the
father for lacking the wisdom of giving the inheritance money in the first
place, but did not.
ACHAN, the prodigal was prepared to pay consequences: v19 "make me a
- Since man
cannot read the heart, you can only be certain that someone has truly
confessed when you examine their life a few weeks or months later to see if
they have continued to walk the way Jesus wants them to. When it happens,
it is a beautiful think to be part of!
H. Casebook of Biblical
Psychiatry © Version 7
- We have
several real, live, true clinical case examples of how those being
counseled, practice lying, deception, denial, avoidance, decoys,
smokescreens, acting insulted... then finally confessing their sin.
- The chemical
psychiatry industry it totally clueless and useless to cure mentally
you council will get angry with you, shout at you, swear at you, accuse
you of being unqualified, blame you, act insulted by your methods, burst
into tears, try to sexually seduce you to destroy you, slander you to
others behind your back... just ignore it because Jesus experience the
you are not the one with the problem, they are. Sinners are, well....
sinners! Expect them to sin against you too!
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