I am a fanatic for theology, especially with how it applies in counseling. I have long said that it is critically important for women to understand theology because each counseling issue reveals an aspect of personal theology that is out of whack.
Theology is from two Greek words that mean God (theos) and word (logos). Women are to know God and His Word by faith and then apply its commands and principles to our lives.
If more women paid attention to God’s Word instead of pop culture magazines or the latest trashy novel or program on television, they would know how to solve the common to man problems of their lives (1 Corinthians 10:13). They would be full of wisdom and insight and when faced with troublesome issues they would not seek Dr. Phil or Oprah Winfrey. Our homes might be less stressful and more restful to come to after a tough day. We would have the answers for others and would soon be known for the wise and insightful counsel we give when called upon.
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.Proverbs 4:5-9 (NASB)
Women who are theologians study and internalize the Word. They know that to live the life that God has called us to live involves theology. To understand the changes that must be made in our minds and hearts, we must know theology!
Paul made a big deal out of instructing his young apprentice Timothy to stick to sound doctrine, from good and accurate theology.
“In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.”1 Timothy 4:6 (NASB)
Paul exhorts him again in 2 Timothy 1:13 when he says, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.”
Why would Paul consider theology so important? In Titus 1:9 he tells Timothy to: “hold(ing) fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict,” … “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” 2 Timothy 4:3 (NASB).
Paul knew that when the foundation is not build on doctrinal truth, the person would be susceptible to a distorted gospel and be easily led astray. I can see this so clearly in the people who come to us for biblical counseling at Reigning Grace!
Women who attend churches that do not teach sound doctrine and who don’t study theology for themselves are confused. They are often very focused only on obtaining God’s blessings and have an expectation of God to serve them by meeting their emotional and felt needs. They are ignorant of solid theological truth and its necessary impact on their lives.
I do hear and see volumes of bad theology coming from those counselee’s. The tragic thing is the wrong theology spreads faster than the correct one – woman to woman, email to email, phone call to phone call. It’s women are wired to help each other. We want to help, to give advice and counsel to one another, but when our counsel is based in wrong theology we often make matters worse.
It is critically important that women know theology. We are the more frequent counselee’s, the more relational ones, and the most likely to go looking for help someplace. We have to provide a biblically literate group of women who will have sound and godly wisdom to offer to those women looking for somewhere to go for answers.
We must become a part of the solution to the theologically illiterate women in the church. Theology is the backbone of counseling.