Many Christians have doubts about the legitimacy of their Christian salvation because they still struggle with many (if not all) of the same hurts and destructive behaviors that they suffered from before they were “saved.” Many Christians struggle with their belief in the power of Jesus Christ because the pain of addiction (e.g., alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction, pornography addiction), depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and past trauma is still very present in their everyday lives.

“I go to church every Sunday and attend weekday services. I’m a member of a small group that meets almost every week. I read my Bible everyday. I pray everyday. I’m active in church ministries. I was baptized. I even got up the courage to share my struggles with a pastor in my church. I’m doing everything the pastor told me to do. I’ve read the books. I’ve confessed the sin. I’m trying to live my life right. I don’t want to keep on feeling this way. I don’t want to keep on doing the things that I’ve been doing! But I still feel trapped. I feel powerless over this! I believed that God would heal me when I got saved! I believed that he would take this pain from me! I believed that my faith in him would give me the power to stop doing these things! Why can’t I just get over it? What am I doing wrong? Why do I feel so alone? Why do I feel so afraid? Why do I feel so ashamed - so different from everyone around me? Doesn’t God love me? Doesn’t God care? Why isn’t God helping me? Is he even real?”

If you can identify with some of the issues raised on this page, please believe that you are not alone. Understand that whatever you are thinking or feeling with regards to your faith in Christ is normal and to be expected given your particular life experiences. You’ve been searching for an answer to your questions. And you’ve been searching and hoping for healing. God does care. And accessing the power of Jesus Christ is the answer to all of your troubles. “For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

My Christian-based therapeutic approach is explained here.

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Kristian E. Lynch, MSW, LCSW

697 Valley Street, Lower Level, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040