PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries

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Martin & Deidre Bobgan

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4137 Primavera Road,
Santa Barbara, CA 93110.

Dear Co-Laborers in Christ,

In our current book, Christian Response to Mental Illness: Mutual Care in the Body of Christ, we revisit our concerns regarding how Christians often view those labelled with “mental illness” and how to respond to such individuals in the church. The book begins with a “History of the Medical Model” from the Greek theories of bodily humors to the present-day view of the human mind. The last two chapters give some guidelines for ministering to fellow believers, including those with “mental illness” labels.

Although the origins and history of the medical model focused on organic causes and attempted cures, Sigmund Freud transformed thinking and behaving into a disease and turned conversation into the means of cure. Freud is the one name all psychotherapists know. Though most of his psychoanalytic ideas, including early-life psychosexual stages of development, have been debunked, he nonetheless is considered the father of psychotherapy and all psychotherapists use conversation as a means of cure.

As a result of surveys we have conducted of Christian churches, schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, denominations, and mission agencies, we find that psychological theories and therapies have the eyes, ears, and hearts of most people in the church. A survey of the local churches in any area of America will reveal that most of the churches are referring individuals to licensed psychotherapists and/or using psychotherapeutic ideas.

From extensively studying psychotherapy for many years, we know that no one has ever proved that psychotherapy produces better results than the biblical ministry done in the church from the day of Pentecost onward. Psychotherapy cannot save a person from sin or produce new life in Christ. It cannot be used to save, justify, sanctify, or glorify anyone. It is limited to the flesh or old nature. Those who are in the faith and in fellowship with others  and who have lived the Words of Life can minister biblically to suffering souls in need instead of referring them out to the world. The main reason why many Christians have placed such inordinate confidence in psychotherapy is that they have lost confidence in spiritual resources for those suffering from mental-emotional disorders. In a book entitled The Crisis in Psychiatry and Religion, O. Hobart Mowrer, a psychologist and professor of psychology, asks a penetrating question: “Has evangelical religion sold its birthright for a mess of psychological pottage?”

We hope and pray that those in the church who have followed the pied pipers of psychotherapy will wake up to the detrimental effects it has had on the “faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:30). 

 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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Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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