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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Our book Four Temperaments, Astrology & Personality Testing was published in 1992. The main topics were the origin and development of the four temperaments and how this arcane system of personality types was embraced and promoted by well-known Christians, who used them in one form or another. One of the quotes in a book critical of personality testing states: “If you believe that the only way to get at the truth about another person is to administer a test, then you’re not only fooling yourself, but you’re also demonstrating a very negative view of mankind.” We list nine possible reasons why people eagerly pursue such temperament tests and spiritual inventories, in the chapter titled “Why All the Deception?” They reveal how easily people can be deceived. (Free ebook of Four Temperaments, Astrology & Personality Testing is posted on htpps://pamweb.org.)
At the time of writing the four temperaments book, we were aware that some Christians were pursuing the enneagram, which is an esoteric typology for self-understanding, personal growth, and transformation. However, at that time, the enneagram was not that popular. Nevertheless, we included a brief description of its occult origin and then described the enneagram. It is a geometric figure made up of a circle with nine points along the circumference, with each number representing a personality type. We concluded that “the enneagram is as bad as the four temperaments for all the same reasons.” We said, “The enneagram is another gospel. It is a path of counterfeit salvation and should not be used by Christians.”
In this September-October newsletter PsychNotes we reference a new book titled Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret. The authors rightly state: “Prior to 2016, very few within the Evangelical and confessing church had even heard of the Enneagram.” The authors say, “In summary, the origins of the Enneagram are in mysticism, occultism, and New Age.”
To recognize the danger of the current-day appeal and popularity, the authors quote a New Ager who says, “Type isn’t a ‘type’ of person, but a path to God.” Since Jesus Christ is Himself the way, the truth, and the life, any other system ends up being another updated version of the temptation in the Garden. These typologies are like psychotherapies in form and substance, in which all persons can be their own therapist and king.
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Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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