Can theology be trusted? Well, it all depends on the theology and the theologian. When the theologian seeks to be guided by the Holy Spirit and when theology is based on a careful study of Scripture, then theology most likely can be trusted. Similar conclusions can be made about psychology and its use in pastoral care. When a psychologist seeks the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is committed to serving Christ faithfully, is growing in his or her knowledge of the Scriptures, is aware of the facts and conclusions of psychology and is willing to evaluate psychological ideas in the light of biblical teaching - then you can trust the psychologist. He or she will at times make mistakes, as we all do. We do not throw out everything simply because some psychology is weak or in error.
Source: Ashland Theological Journal, 1991. 5 pages.