Dr. Charles Solomon pioneered a strategic, short term counseling model that applies deeper life sanctification to the heart of the counselee’s psychological and behavioral problems. While understanding the counselee’s inner conflicts in the light of human development, the ultimate answer to remedy dysfunctional symptoms is the provision and appropriation of Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life. It is termed Spirituotherapy to honor the ministry of the Holy Spirit–the ultimate Counselor. The Bible is the all-sufficient source of truth, wisdom, and revelation to resolve non-organic counseling problems.
Solomon noted, “It is possible for counseling to be Bible-centered without being Christ-centered or Cross-centered. Christ-centered counseling (grace-oriented) will always be biblical, but biblical counseling is not always Christ-centered as we have defined it [in Handbook to Happiness]. Any approach that does not make the experience of the Cross or the exchanged life [Galatians 2:20] central to its method and goal might be categorized under the heading of Bibliotherapy, while those that inculcate the message of the life in Christ are here called Spirituotherapy.” (Cf. Handbook to Happiness and Handbook to Christ-Centered Counseling.)
Identification truth, also known as the Exchanged Life, is based on the doctrine of sanctification as summarized in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”
Most Christians have been taught that Christ died for their sins; few have been taught the truth that they died with Christ. Consequently, few Christians find victory in their lives. Although they know that they have been set free from the penalty for their sins, they have not been taught that they have been set free from the power of sin in their lives. Romans 6:6,7 states, “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.”
Abiding in Christ is the essence of discipleship. Christ declared, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). To cooperate with the indwelling Christ, the believer must appropriate the deeper work of the Cross (Luke 9:23).