How do you decide when to confront sin in counseling?
“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) As McMinn noted, sin is more than just behaviors, it is part of us and who we are as humans. Therefore, in order for the client to have a better understanding of themselves and their situation sin should be confronted. When to confront a client’s sin really depends on the client and the situation. Once a client realizes that their sin is more than just doing right and/or wrong they will realize more about themselves. Some clients may feel troubled by sin therefore causing uncertainties within their attitudes, behaviors and reactions and the only way to assist the client in letting go of these emotional roller coasters of sin is to confront sin itself. McMinn also states that sin is viewed as an internal attribution which can therefore cause more turmoil within the client because they feel sinning is there fault whereas if their sin was viewed as a sickness (an external attribution) they may not feel as much pressure and responsibility on them. What form or forms of confrontation should be used?
There are four forms of confrontation that can be used when working with a client regarding sin. The four forms are silent, pondering, questioning and direct censure. Direct censure should only be used when there is a very strong level of trust between the client and counselor therefore this form should not be used often. The other three forms of confrontation could be used interchangeably depending on the client, the situation and the client’s viewpoint of the situation. Silent confrontation allows for the client to work out the feelings on their own while pondering out loud allows for the counselor to confront the client indirectly about their issues with sin. Lastly, questioning allows...
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