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.

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Dear Friends,

Over the years we have been critics of both the psychological and biblical counseling movements. The psychological counseling movement functions on a problem-centered approach. The person has a problem and the psychotherapist uses a particular psychological approach learned through the field of clinical psychology. There are 500 such psychotherapies and thousands of techniques, but most psychotherapists are eclectic, meaning that they use and combine a variety of psychological approaches.

In every live psychotherapy approach we have observed we have found sins committed by both the psychotherapist and the client. However, the psychotherapists are mandated by their license to use their psychological education in their therapy. Thus there is no way they can teach about sin from a biblical perspective. Neither can the clients have a conversational response about sin, even if they bring it up.

We have demonstrated that the modern-day biblical counseling movement uses a psychological counseling format in that they, too, are problem-centered and involve sinful conversations. We describe what problem-centered counseling is not. We are not Roman Catholics, but give the following as an example. Problem-centered counseling is not like a Catholic confessional in which individuals come alone confessing some sin or wrongdoing on their part and seeking forgiveness. Note the persons (penitents) are confessing their own sins and not that of others. Contrary to the Catholic confessional, problem-centered counseling generally flows in the opposite direction in that counselees are typically confessing sins of others who are usually not present, thus making public to a third party what was formerly private and at the same time violating biblical admonitions to the contrary. Neither does the Catholic confessional consist of repeated meetings about problems with on-going discussions comprised of confessing the sins of others, unbiblically accusing and blaming them, and publicizing their personal and private lives. Repentant sinners who confess their own sins rather than those of others are the unique exception in biblical counseling.

The two common errors of both psychological and biblical counseling are that the clients/counselees are free to confess the sins of others unchallenged and that, through the sinful heart of the clients/counselees, their own sins are greatly diminished in comparison. (See Isaiah 64:6, Jeremiah 17:9, 2 Timothy 3:1-7.)

Thanks to all of you who support our efforts to rid the church of the rampant psychoheresy, whether it exists in psychological or biblical counseling, and regardless of the popularity of the offenders of the Bible promises to provide believers with “all that pertains unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

Contending for the Faith,

Martin and Deidre Bobgan

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