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.
Dear Co-Laborers in Christ,
We recently notified those on our email list that we had posted an article on our website titled “PsychoHeresy Briefs,” which is an updated adaptation from a section of our book PsychoHeresy (Revised and Expanded). Included in the article are “Biblical Briefs,” in which we say: “Beneath all the biblical reasons why Christians should not pursue psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies is this one fact: The use of psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies denies the sufficiency of Scripture for the issues of life normally therapized by a psychotherapist.”
This is patently (clearly without a doubt) true! Sending a Christian out to a psychotherapist for a personal, marital, or family problem is a denial of the sufficiency of Scripture. Keep in mind that the first clinical psychologist license (for which one of us qualified) and the first Marriage and Family Therapist license were issued in 1958 and 1963 respectively. All the state licenses issued to date require that the licensees practice what they were taught in school, which is a fleshly, secular way of helping those suffering from various trials and tribulations of life. By their training and license, psychotherapists are not ever allowed to present their faith as even part of an answer to their clients’ problems. Those who do so are violating their license.
Referring Christians to psychotherapists begs two questions: Has God not provided a means of dealing with the very issues of life for which believers are now seeking help from the worldly system of psychotherapy? Were believers left destitute of God’s help from the Day of Pentecost until the dawn of modern-day psychotherapy?
From our surveys over many years, we have concluded that most of the church, from seminaries to schools and from the pulpit to the pew, believe, at some level, in the efficacy of psychotherapy, more than in the sufficiency of Scripture for the issues of life. In telling believers that they are denying the sufficiency of Scripture when they put their trust in psychotherapy and its underlying theories, they are shocked. They do not see that trusting the psychological system of counseling is trusting the flesh to treat the soul and its dilemmas.
We pray that this hidden-in-plain-sight truth will be plain to all who read our writings. A big thank you to all of you who support this work!
Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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