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The Editors
Martin & Deidre Bobgan

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PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter
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PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries,
4137 Primavera Road,
Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
NOVEMBER Update
Notes

Dear Friends,

In 1979 Bethany House Publishers published our manuscript for The Psychological Way/The Spiritual Way. We taught much of the material in the book to those who attended our classes at church. We found that in teaching these classes, one of the greatest obstacles we had to overcome was to convince those in the class that the Bible in the hands of a knowledgeable, spirit-led believer ministering to a fellow believer in need was spiritually and practically better than anything a licensed psychotherapist could offer, regardless of degrees or experience. Between us, we have six university degrees, including a doctorate, with one of us qualifying for the clinical psychologist license in California. Nevertheless, we were encouraging those in the class that, regardless of educational background or lack thereof, they could minister more effectively provided that they had a growing knowledge of the Word, had the call and desire to minister, and were living according to their life in Christ.

The second great obstacle we had to contend with was how to minister to those who had a “mental illness” label. Those who passed the first hurdle of “more to offer than a licensed psychotherapist” usually balked at the possibility of ministering to someone labeled “schizophrenic,” “major depressive disorder,” “bipolar,” or with any other such “illness.” Although not everyone was confident enough to ignore or leap over this second obstacle, at least we set an example in ministering to all.

Our latest book, Christian Response to Mental Illness: Mutual Care in the Body of Christ, featured in the November-December newsletter, was written to encourage believers to minister to all who seek biblical help. Believers may ask, “What can I do?” and we say:

We recommend that Christians who minister to others begin with the understanding that individuals, regardless of their mental-emotional-behavioral symptoms or designations, can be ministered to, as long as a rational conversation can take place and that the content of the conversation is undergirded by love and biblically-based.

We pray that those who read this book from cover to cover will find their freedom in Christ to step out in faith to minister His Word and His Life for salvation of the lost and for the edification of fellow believers who are suffering from problems of living, regardless of any “mental illness” label. May they do so by depending on God, His Word, and His ongoing work in each believer.  

 Martin and Deidre Bobgan

The Bobgans have spoken on psychology and Christianity at numerous conferences and churches and on radio and television. Together they have authored 25 books. Deidre  has also written  The Beauty of the Disciplined Life by Grace through Faith (Harvest House; EastGate).

Educational Background * Martin: University of Minnesota, B. A., B. S., M. A.; University of Colorado, Doctorate in Educational Psychology * Deidre: University of Minnesota, B. S.; University of California, M. A. in English.

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