Part of the job description for a chaplain in the military is counseling troops. For the Christian chaplain, this is simply Matthew 28:19-20. Most counseling revolves around helping people change certain behaviors by dealing with particular issues. This is especially true in the military, where behavior and performance are heavily rewarded and extremely important for success. But chaplains can help their troops without getting them any closer to Christ and the cross, therefore not truly helping them at all.
Pastor James Noreiga recently led a training event for chaplains, teaching them how to emphasize the supremacy of Christ and his cross in counseling troops. Even though he is specifically speaking about the military chaplain, these are truths that all believers are called to live out.
Be sure to watch through to the end—you don’t want to miss the reasons why counseling is compromised when the cross of Christ is not at the front door.