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 1979 Bethany House Publishers published our first book, The Psychological Way / The Spiritual Way. The book was endorsed by Malcolm Muggeridge, Thomas Szasz, and E. Fuller Torrey. The last two endorsers were internationally-known psychiatrists and both atheists. Szasz wrote The Myth of Psychotherapy, which was published in 1978. Torrey’s book The Mind Game: Witchdoctors and Psychiatrists was published in 1972. Our book eventually became a best seller, but we were not naïve enough to think we could stop the tsunami of the psychological way and particularly its incursion in the church.
In the preface of our book we say: “There is a psychological way and a spiritual way to mental emotional health. The psychological way is the way of psychotherapy, which is simply the treatment of mental-emotional disorders by psychological, man-made means…. The true spiritual way, on the other hand, is based on the Bible.” Our concluding paragraph begins with a statement we have repeated over the years: “We believe that all nonorganically related mental-emotional disorders have a spiritual, Christ-centered solution, rather than a psychological, self-centered solution.” In addition, those with organic disorders also need biblical support.
We felt very much alone in our condemnation of psychotherapy for Christians and were not aware of Marvin Fieldhouse’s writings at the time. The “PsychoBlasphemy, Part One” article in the January-February newsletter is mostly from Fieldhouse’s book And Tender Blasphemies, published in 1972. One chapter is devoted to “The Blasphemy of the Religious Psychologist.” Fieldhouse’s reference to the religious psychologist refers to all those who claim to be Christian and are promoting psychological ideas through whatever means.
Fieldhouse says: “Never before in world history has man declared himself more boldly and confidently as absolutely fit to meet man’s moral and spiritual needs than he has today. Man understands man, so go to man, and he will solve your unsolvable problems.” We were delighted to discover Fieldhouse’s writings because there are so few in the church who see what is hidden in plain sight and who, therefore, refuse to follow after the wayward ways of mankind. This psychological deception has overtaken every level of the church and has influenced many pronouncements from the pulpits of even the most conservative churches. Both psychoheresy, and psychoblasphemy are insidious leaven in the church.
Thanks to those of our readers who stand with us regarding the spiritual dangers of psychoheresy and psychoblasphemy.
Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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