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,
In “PsychoBlasphemy, Part Two,” Marvin Fieldhouse uses one example of what he calls the “religious psychologist.” Fieldhouse says that his one example exposes “hundreds of men and books and periodicals.” From the end of World War II until just before 1972, the publication date of Fieldhouse’s book And TenderBlasphemies, clinical psychology in all its forms had already influenced many Christians into using the psychological words and concepts in their thinking, speaking, and writing. Fieldhouse gives examples of the very words used by the religious psychologist, whom he quotes, and reveals the errors through the use of words from the Bible. He shows the dramatic difference between the divine words of the Bible and the merely human words used by the religious psychologist in matters of living and life.
We share Fieldhouse’s frustration that something so obvious is not seen by those “hundreds of men” who are all Christians. We call it “hidden in plain sight.” Between Fieldhouse’s book in 1972 and today, instead of “hundreds of men,” there are millions of men and women who are all Christians who have bent the knee to clinical psychology of one sort or another.
The central issue is the use of some sort of clinical psychology to address matters of the soul that are already the purview of Scripture. For example, mission agencies were among the first to use the so-called expertise of psychologists in matters of the soul. They rely on psychologists to evaluate missionary candidates through psychological interviews and tests. To make matters worse, mission agencies, early on, eagerly used mental health professionals to treat missionaries who were experiencing problems of living with man-made psychological therapy in place of or in addition to what already exists in the Bible.
This practice on the part of mission agencies is shocking when one considers the fact that no one has ever proved that the use of psychological interviews and tests has improved missionary retention or success on the field. Such interviews and tests can only be valid if they are based on a standard established by having sent a group that included both those who passed and those who failed the interviews and tests to the field and then, upon their return, comparing their initial interview and test results with the missionaries’ actual retention rate and measure of success on the field.
We are grateful to God for all who understand the seriousness of the psychological intrusion in the church and support our efforts to expose it wherever it exists in the church.
Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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