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Martin & Deidre Bobgan

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JULY Update

Dear Friends, 

In our July/August Newsletter the sole article is titled “Idols of the Heart.” The idols-of-the-heart (IOTH) counseling methodology is very popular and greatly used by many in the biblical counseling movement. The IOTH, developed by Dr. David Powlison, is one of the best-known and most-used methodologies within the biblical counseling movement (BCM). In addition, various authors and speakers have adopted and teach the IOTH approach for counseling and for dealing with personal problems.

Two of the currently popular authors, speakers, and promoters of the IOTH model are Dr. Paul David Tripp and Elyse Fitzpatrick. Tripp uses the IOTH approach in his book Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands. Fitzpatrick’s popular book promoting the IOTH approach is Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone. However, the IOTH approach is an unholy mixture of the Bible and psychological counseling theories.

The appeal of IOTH is the use of Scriptures. But, much use of Scripture is undone by the fact that, aside from overt behavior, one cannot know the so-called idols in another person’s heart. That is the providence of the Holy Spirit! Although the IOTH counselors claim to know what’s going on inside another person’s heart, they can only surmise and guess according to external observation and analysis, much like Freudian psychoanalysts. The search for motivating idols of the heart is very similar to Freudian analysts’ attempts to expose the hidden regions of the unconscious and its motivating power. Such analysis depends on guesswork rather than truth.

IOTH counseling involves much digging and delving to find out what idols might be motivating the person. As in psychoanalysis, the counseling depends on much exploration into the past, which inevitably entails violations of Scripture regarding the tongue and relationships. Indeed. the IOTH counseling approach is a masterpiece of deception as it weaves biblical teaching with recycled insight-oriented psychology..

We are grateful to those of you who love not the world and its fascinations with the self and are thereby guarded against such deceptions. Many thanks to all of you who support our efforts to expose psychoheresy in its various forms.  

 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 23 books. Deidre  has also written Lord of the Dance: The Beauty of the Disciplined Life (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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