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The problem with Adams’ theory, as I see it, is the complete lack of scientific evidence for anything he claims. Adams rejects any integration of psychology with counseling because he believes counseling is properly the domain of the Christian counselor. Adams claims that this is because only God can achieve the goal of counseling which is the transformation of a person. Adams acknowledges that psychology may be a worthwhile pursuit, so long as it does not attempt to address counseling. While he acknowledges that secular counselors may help clients, he emphasizes that the help is temporary and insufficient. While I believe it is true that only God can transform a person, secular counseling can be effective for the duration of a person’s life, which is all a non-Christian is looking for anyway.
Adams makes many theologically solid statements but overall he comes across as quite arrogant and even downright dangerous. As a case in point, he stated that schizophrenia could be treated with Scripture alone. If, as Adams claims, Scripture is wholly sufficient for every counseling situation and the use of anything except Scripture is an insult to God, then why did Jesus not use Scripture when counseling the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)? Why didn't he use Scripture to rebuke the Pharisees and Scribes with the woman caught in adultery, and why didn't he spend time with that woman teaching, correcting, and discipling her with Scripture (John 8:1-11)?
There were many things that Adams said that I cheered and underlined. However, I was also left with a distinctly unsettled feeling, to the point of vehement opposition to Adams' claim that truly effective, long-term transformation could only result from the use of the Scriptures alone in counseling. Furthermore, it seems that despite Adams' claim that the Holy Spirit works in the counseling session to bring about transformation through the Word and the counselor, too much emphasis is placed on the counselor’s role.