Mark Driscoll’s final session focused on how One-ism and idolatry’s effect on pastoral care. In this session, Driscoll offered five steps to pastoral care.
1. Uncover the Enslaving Idol
“Traditional counseling starts and stops at the level of behavior. [It’s] behavior modification instead of transformation,” says Driscoll.
Under all sin is idolatry, according to 2 Pet. 2:19. There is no freedom in sin. “Sin is simply choosing you master, but it’s not freedom.”
Addiction is the secular language for the biblical language of slavery. Those who commit adultery worship and are slaves to sex. Sluggards worship and are enslaved to comfort. Those who are proud worship and are enslaved to themselves. Gamblers worship and are enslaved to luck, which is the name of an ancient Greek god…
“We worship our way into idolatry and must worship our way out,” says Driscoll. “Martin Luther said, ‘If your heart cleaves to anything else… you have another God.’ You can have ‘a state of God’ rather than a real God. And when you face adversity, it’s where you go.”
2. Find the Demonic Lie
Jesus says that Satan is a liar and he is the father of lies. “Idols promise good, but they deceive,” says Driscoll.
[Your job says] ‘If you worship me, I’ll make you successful.’ So you worship your job. [Your hobbies and shopping say] ‘If you worship me I’ll make you happy.’ So you pour yourself into the recreational activity, buy the shoes, buy the car.
The lie says it will bring you closer to God. “If you sing these songs; go to this school; go to this church; read these books… All these can become false saviors.”
Another is, “You need to be true to yourself.” Driscoll comments, “While we should be authentic, sometimes we need to repent of being true to ourselves and be true to Jesus.”
You need to love yourself is another lie. But this, says Driscoll, is simply the cult of self-esteem. [Read more…]