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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We often say the theories and therapies of psychology may eventually be recognized as one of the greatest heresies of modern-day Christianity. This upsets many people, because there are thousands of Christians who are licensed psychotherapists throughout America. Also, there are thousands of others majoring in psychology to become licensed therapists. We are not accusing them of knowingly perpetrating a heresy, but rather that they are naively promoting a heresy. “Christian psychotherapist” is an oxymoron, i.e., a contradiction in terms.
These Christians are no doubt at least somewhat knowledgeable of the Bible and are probably aware of the teachings about what the Bible says about the trials and tribulations of life and how to biblically respond to them. In other words, they know enough not to become licensed psychotherapists! However, this is an example of what can be hidden in plain sight.
The licensed psychotherapist must counsel according to state licensing standards, which entail the necessity to practice what was learned in the educational program that led to the license. Therefore, the conversations of professional licensed counseling are to be secular conversations and not spiritual transformations. Worse yet is the fact that psychotherapy and its underlying theories comprise a secular religion. We have shown this repeatedly in our writings and referred to others who have a thorough knowledge of psychotherapy and have concluded likewise.
For example, Dr. William Epstein, a university professor, has written a book titled Psychotherapy as Religion. His subtitle is The Civil Devine in America is explained and supported throughout his well-written and well-documented book. He reveals that “psychotherapy is not science at all but rather the quintessential civil religion of America, reflective of the ideals of radical self-invention and self-reliance that are part of the social psyche of the nation.” Thus an American Christian psychotherapist cannot promote his own religion when counseling, but, instead is expected to promote another religion: the “civil religion” of America. This is another case of the obvious being hidden in plain sight, but the consequences of this psychoheresy are wide and deep, reaching all levels of Christianity from the pulpit to the pew and from schools to seminaries.
We continue to be grateful to those of you who support our efforts to expose what is hidden in plain sight and pray with us that others will seek help from God and His Word rather than from the psychological priests and their psychological religion of self.
Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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