Religion and Theology


How do you decide when to confront sin in counseling?

1 John 3-4 describes sin as breaking God’s law. When confrontingsin in a counseling session, the counselor needs to decide how to goabout it. Sin is part of who we are as humans beings and as said,everybody is a sinner. There comes a time when sin confrontationbecomes necessary and if it does, follow Jesus example according toMatthew 18:15-17. It states when your brother sins, go show him inprivate, and when he listens, you have won (Babler, Penley, &ampBizzell, 2007)… When to confront sin depends on the client. Someclients quickly realize sin than others and others seem more troubledtoo. For the latter clients, letting go of their emotions, confrontthe sin itself.

What forms of confrontations should be in place?

In effective confronting of sin, there needs to be understanding andtrust between the client and the counsellor. There are four phases orforms of sin confrontation, which includes questioning, silence,pondering and direct censure. Direct censure should be in motion withgreat caution as it can easily damage the counselor-clientrelationship since its aim is to expose sin. Silence is loud as said.It constitutes of the best forms of confrontation as it gives theclient a chance to reflect on what he or she just said. Judging bythe counselor is such a bad trait as stated in Luke 6:37, judge notand you will not be judged and in Matthew 7:3-5, get rid of the login your eye before the speck in your brothers. Pondering isconsidering sin deeply and thoroughly or meditating. Questioning iswhereby the counselor engages the client by asking some questions.


Babler, J., Penley, D., &amp Bizzell, M. ( 2007).Counseling by the book.S.l.: Xulon Press.