A Book Review: Competent to Counsel by Jay Adams

Adams argues, in his book, that the Christian is competent Council . “As I am worried about you, my brethren, I am convinced that you especially abounds in the highest goodness, richly supplied with perfect and competent knowledge to one another.” Roman 15:14 (Williams)

Jay Adams is not used to determine that the Christians are trained to advise the scientific outcomes research. His method is presupposed as avowedly accepts the Bible inerrant as the standard of all faith and practice. In addition, it recognizes that their interpretations and applications of the Scriptures are not infallible. Also, he does not want to ignore the science, but rather uses it as a complement to the biblical truths. The first chapter illustrates well the condition of modern psychiatry where he says that “referral of any kind must be considered a Minister only as a last resort.” The fact that the individual has sought a Christian counselor yes same can be considered of some importance. “(p. 19)

position that counseling is the work of the Holy Spirit, one should look for your address to be effective.” (John 14:16, 17;) Isaiah 9:6) “the Holy Spirit is God with us. Counselors and those seeking counsel alike must respect the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit.” (p 22) textbook of Christian Counselors must be the word of God.

Adams reminds us that the Bible separates organic, physically based problems and those that are derived from the conduct and sinful attitudes.

after three chapters of “Introduction”, Adams defines “Nouthetic counseling” in its fourth chapter. “Jesus Christ is at the center of every true Christian counseling. “Any advice that moves to Christ from that point as has done so ceased to be Christian.” Confrontation Nouthetic must be made by the entire Church, not just the Minister. (Colossians 3:16; Romans 15:14) “Nouthetic” is a transliteration. Translations for the Greek word include: reprimand, warning, teach. There are three elements of Nouthetic confrontation:

1) “implies a problem and is an obstacle that must be overcome; something is wrong in the life of who faces”. (

2) “problems are solved nouthetically by verbal means.” (

3) “verbal correction is designed to benefit to the” individual seeking advice. (p. 44-49)

consider these: II Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:28; II Timothy 4:2; II Corinthians 11:29; I Timothy 1:5.

qualifications for the Nouthetic counseling:

  • goodness and knowledge – Roman 15:14
  • wisdom – Colossians 3:16; Proverbs 1:7

after dealing with a number of other issues, Adams ends his book commenting “School of teachers as Nouthetic counselors Christian”. “The Christian teacher (not a specialist in counseling) is the key of school counseling. If the teacher is qualified to be a teacher of Christian school, given the conviction and a minimum of the right kind of training and experience, that Professor can make more effective the self-styled expert advice”. “Like other Christians, the Christian master can take advantage of all the resources of God: Scripture, prayer, and the Church, in the context of the Holy Spirit.” (p. 252)

the classroom is the ideal environment, on a daily basis with a system of rewards under the authority of God, where the student is the more productive hours of the day and penalty. Deuteronomy 6:7 and ll:19

Adams presents his case well and reminds Christians to trust the Holy Spirit to guide in this important work.

competent to the Council – available at: http://www.amazon.com


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