Meet the Editors

Martin and Deidre Bobgan

Martin Bobgan holds four university degrees, including a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Colorado and heads PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries. Deidre Bobgan holds an M.A. degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of the honorary academic society Phi Beta Kappa. Together they have coauthored twenty-five books, some published by Bethany House, Moody Press, and Harvest House. Deidre has also written The Beauty of the Disciplined Life by Grace through Faith. God has further blessed them with four children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Martin’s doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Colorado qualified him for the Clinical Psychologist license in California, for which he never applied. After reviewing the many often conflicting theories and therapies along with their often contradictory techniques, they realized the whole business of psychotherapy was a hoax and were alarmed to see it coming into the church.

September Update

Dear Co-laborers,

We began writing books over 40 years ago. Since then, we have co-authored 26 books and published over 300 articles on a variety of subjects. In 1984 Bethany House Publishers published our booklet titled Hypnosis and the Christian. We were encouraged to write on hypnosis when we became aware of its rising popularity among many Christians who were using it in their psychotherapy sessions. Hypnosis is not usually taught in graduate school when one is preparing for a state license to practice psychotherapy. However, hypnosis is easy to learn by going to a one-day workshop or by reading a book. Combining that with the fact that offering hypnosis would be a way to attract clients encouraged therapists to add hypnosis to their armamentarium of ways to attract and keep clients. Based on individual experiences and testimonies of therapists, many in the church, including popular conservative Christian leaders, give support for Christian therapists using hypnosis on their Christian clients under easy-to-meet circumstances.

Some years later, after researching the pros and cons about hypnosis, from both a biblical and an academic view, we found many reasons for Christians to reject hypnosis under any circumstances. As a result, we published our book Hypnosis, Medical, Scientific, or Occultic? This is one of many subjects in which we stand with the minority view in the church, which is: “Hypnotism is potentially dangerous at its best and is demonic at its worst.” Throughout the book we elaborate on how dangerous hypnosis can be and also how demonic it can become. After presenting research on the medical, scientific, and potentially occultic results of hypnosis, we conclude:

Before hypnotism becomes the new panacea from the pulpit, followed by a plethora of books on the subject, its claims, methods, and long-term results should be considered…. Hypnosis has become “scientific” and “medical” for some Christians with little proof of its validity, longevity of its results, or understanding of its nature. Because there are so many unanswered questions about its usefulness and so many potential dangers about its usage, Christians should shun hypnosis.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to inform the church of the biblical and academic reasons why Christians should avoid hypnosis.

Blessings In Christ, Who is our only hope,

Martin and Deidre Bobgan

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