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.
Our recent article on Peter Scazzero and his book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) examines his “transformative” way for doing church, which he claims will change people, who will “change the world.” Scazzero criticizes the current way of doing church as “traditional” and says that “the level of change in people’s lives tends to be minimal. So is the impact.”
What is his new way of doing church that is “designed to help people experience beneath the surface transformation—spiritually and emotionally”? We found that Scazzero’s “Transformative” model of spiritual and emotional change begins with a Freudian iceberg metaphor with its unprovable 90% unconscious/10% conscious figures for the mind, which was merely Freud’s opinion that had never been scientifically proven.
Scazzero also bought into Freud’s notion of psychic (unconscious) determinism. While Scazzero contradicts himself at times, he nonetheless, by his own words, reveals that he believes in this Freudian idea. Chapter 3 of EHS, titled “Going Back in Order to Go Forward: Breaking the Power of the Past,” is proof enough that his method is based on Freudian psychic (unconscious) determinism. His declarations that “it is not possible to erase the negative effects of our history” and “behavioral patterns operate under a set of commandments” that are “hardwired” in reference to the mind reveal that he is promoting a form of Freudian psychic (unconscious) determinism.
His use of the Freudian iceberg metaphor and psychic (unconscious) determinism prove that Scazzero is a Freudian. Sixty years ago in the church, having proved a Christian pastor to be a Freudian would have signaled the end of his ministry. Yet today Peter Scazzero and his EHS book and courses are best sellers in the Church internationally. If nothing else, this contrast reveals the sad condition of the church at large.
In our first book, The Psychological Way/The Spiritual Way, published in 1979, we refer to the possibility that the ripple we later called “psychoheresy” could become a tsunami enveloping various facets and levels of the church. And that is what has happened! Without the two Freudian notions implemented by Scazzero, his “Transformative” method could not exist. It certainly did not come from the Bible.
Our heartfelt thanks to our friends who support our efforts, particularly through prayer, to help us combat such grandiose promises given by those who claim to be Christians yet teach psychologically derived messages that replace the very words of the Bible.
Blessings In Christ, Who is our only hope,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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