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 Co-Laborers in Christ,
We begin our March-April newsletter article with Aargh and end the article with Aaarrgh! Note the expansion of the original Aargh. Between the beginning and ending we explain why the first word, Aargh, becomes Aaarrgh at the end of the article.
We give two examples that are typical responses of those who read our earlier article “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The first example is of an intelligent woman in the United Kingdom who asks about an article on gossip written by one of the leaders in the biblical counseling movement (BCM). No matter how clearly, consistently, and repeatedly we have said that biblical violations in problem-centered counseling have to do with the actual counseling conducted by those in the BCM, regardless of what they may write. We are talking about the conversations of biblical counseling that allow and encourage sinful speaking, not what a counselor may write.
The second example is of a pastor who clearly misunderstands and misrepresents what we say in the article. We have exposed numerous biblical counseling cases conducted by those in the BCM with one singular acid test of whether the counseling involves sinful speaking. Yet, this pastor could not see the importance of quoting Dr. Jay Adams’ book The Case of the “Hopeless” Marriage (The Case) to reveal how sinful problem-centered counseling is. After all, Adams is the founder and leader of the BCM. He declared that he had written TheCase to demonstrate what ideal biblical counseling should look like. Yet, his exemplary example severely fails this acid test! Please note that the word hopeless in his title is in quotes. Adams is communicating that the couple’s marriage discussed in TheCase would be hopeless if it were not for the biblical counseling they received.
The archetype that Adams set for all biblical counselors to follow consists of the kind of counseling conversations he had learned from Dr. O Hobart Mowrer, a clinical psychologist. This psychological format is problem-centered, which leads to sinful conversations, as can be seen in the first-hand counseling examples from those in the BCM that we have seen and heard, as well as highlighted in The Case. If one sees sinful conversations in The Case, then one is able to see that both psychotherapy and current-day biblical counseling are filled with sinful conversations. For those who do not yet see what is hidden in plain sight, we pray that the March-April newsletter will further reveal what actually goes on in psychological and biblical counseling.
We hope and pray that all believers will be able to see what is hidden in plain sight and that those who support this ministry will be able to see it and continue to support our efforts to get this message out to others.
Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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