- Only through the power of Jesus Christ can anyone experience lasting victory over addictions, mental health issues, and other life-controlling conditions.
- The only complete and successful treatment plan for individuals with addictions, psychological problems, life-management issues, or life interfering behaviors will address the whole individual: spirit, mind, and body.
- God provides strength to overcome destructive habits, but it is up to the individual to utilize this strength and take the necessary steps to break patterns of destructive behaviors and thinking.
- Addictions and other life-controlling behaviors begin as sinful choices that over time progress into psychological impairment and then disease.
- Life-interfering behaviors and thought patterns produce painful consequences that damage the mind, body, and spirit, and often harm other people as well.
- God supplies His people with an array of treatment options that are sufficient to meet the complex needs of those with addictions or other life-interfering behaviors and thoughts.
Core Spiritual Beliefs on Behavioral Health Issues:
- Our ultimate source of wellness is in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. He is the Living Word and our ultimate source of life transformation and fullness.
- Jesus Christ is the temporal and eternal source of transformation through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit metabolizing Biblical principles for daily application in our lives.
- The Holy Spirit (the Great Counselor) and the Word of God are the ultimate sources of counseling.
- God is the Truth as is the Bible as God’s Word.
- Satan is the great deceiver.
- As sinners, with a sin nature and on the frontline of spiritual warfare, we are all in need of significant care.
- The Body of Believers (Church) has a responsibility to serve people in need.
- The Bible is truth, absolute reality, and is God revealed to us. It is the source of principles necessary for spiritual growth.
- Spiritual growth mandates practical growth and enhances functioning that glorifies God.
10. We are all called by God to grow according to His Word and to become more like Christ.
11. God gave us all free will to choose our master – God or sin.
12. God gave us knowledge of our incompleteness and a yearning to seek out eternal answers.
13. Satan has contaminated our minds and bodies using spiritual warfare and our sin nature to deceive us regarding both knowledge and application of Biblical truths and doctrines.
14. This deception leads us to repetitive, free will sinful choices to follow the lusts of our flesh and idols of our heart (addiction), and not God, to complete us.
15. These choices dramatically interfere with us achieving God’s vision for us.
16. Upon entering a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, our spirit is regenerated but our minds and bodies are not, thus we still suffer with addictive decision-making resulting in psychological and behavioral dysfunction as well as temporal disruption in our relationship with God.
17. Through skillful application of Biblical principles, we move from deception to reality, despair to hope, addiction to recovery, bondage to freedom, fear and isolation to peace and joy, and dependence on self to dependence on God.
18. Mobilizing these skills, through the empowerment and guidance of the Holy Spirit, builds a strong armor of God and bears tremendous fruit of the spirit.
19. God’s vision for us can then be realized and the fruit of the Spirit is maximized.
20. Being a true ambassador for God in name and behavior will impact our society and revolutionize the world.