How Do You Decide When to Confront Sin in Counseling?

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How do you decide when to confront sin in counseling?

Based on what I learned from this course I can answer that question by saying that I believe we can decide to confront sin when we come to the conclusion that “internal attribution” is behind the emotional problems. According to McMinn, “Sin is more than a set of personal behaviors, and managing sin requires more than keeping a checklist of dos and don’ts. Sin is an original part of our character, a pervasive element of the human condition” (McMinn, 2011. pg. 163). McMinn also said that sin is more than just behaviors; it is part of us and who we are as humans. For that reason, in order for the clients to have a better understanding of themselves and their situation sin should be confronted. Certain clients may perhaps feel troubled by sin as an end result causing worries within their attitudes, behaviors and responses; and when facing a situation like this the only way to help the client in letting go of these emotional road blocks of sin is to confront sin itself. When to confront a client’s sin actually would depend on the client, the client’s situation and the establishment of a good Counselor /patient relationship. As soon as the clients recognize that their sins are more than just doing right and/or wrong they will understand more about themselves. I addition, McMinn also states that sin is viewed as an internal attribution which can consequently cause more turmoil within the client because they feel sinning is their fault although if their sin was viewed as a sickness (an external attribution) they may not feel as much burden and obligation on them.

2. What form or forms of confrontation should be used? Crisis can cause significant change.

As a Christian, I can say that from my experience with God sometimes the enemy will use different tactics to make us suffer by creating doubts in our minds about our relationship with God. Also sometimes when we don’t put God first in our lives...