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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Over the past 40 years we have written about a number of popular movements and practices in the church. Some of these are exceedingly popular and others are not. One that surprised us, though less popular among Christians, was hypnosis. We were surprised by the fact that Dr. Walter Martin, a popular writer on the cults, supported the use of hypnosis by Christians under certain circumstances. An arrangement was made for us to personally discuss this with him. The meeting to be was set up twice and then canceled by him.
More popular than hypnosis have been the four temperaments and their variations found in personality inventories. The most popular tests are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the DiSC, which stands for Dominance, influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness. These and other personality inventories are mistakenly used to screen missionary candidates and prospective pastors, to determine spiritual gifts for service in the church, and to counsel (particularly in premarital counseling). Another very popularly pursued error in the church, about which we have written, is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-Step variations. Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a 12-Step Christian recovery program that claims to be in 35,000 churches.
We have written about the above topics and warned the church at large about these biblical errors. However, trumping all of these errors and others we have examined is the error of psychology, specifically clinical psychology out of which the psychotherapists are trained and licensed. But the error has spread further than the use of licensed psychotherapists. This cancer has infected the church through the biblical counseling movement (BCM). In their failed attempt to offer an alternative to psychological counseling, those in the BCM have copied the format of psychological counseling, which results in sinful conversations! Sadly, those in the BCM are blind to the blunder of using the problem-centered psychological format of sinful conversations. As a result of our various surveys we estimate that most all pastors in America use some form of psychological conversation in their counseling. There are approximately 400,000 churches in America and we conclude that most all of them use the psychological format. This psychological format is one of the most dangerous doctrinal disasters in the church, because it uses fleshly means of conversations that should never transpire, as they violate the admonitions, prohibitions, and restrictions of Scripture, and are therefore sinful.
Thanks to those of you who support our efforts to confront this prolific profane practice throughout the church. Few see it, because it is hidden in plain sight.
Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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