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Martin & Deidre Bobgan

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Dear Co-Laborers in Christ,

An article in our July-August newsletter is “Counseling: A Fertile Field for Evil Speaking.” Many evils are shared by the psychological and biblical counseling movements. One of the evils of both movements occurs in marriage counseling, where a couple comes in to discuss their problems and is expected and encouraged to expose one another’s sins to a third party: the counselor.

We have long said and the academic research reveals that marriage counseling is badly done by psychological counselors. The editor of Psychotherapy Networker, a journal for practicing psychotherapists, confesses that “most therapists who actually do marital therapy (about 80 percent of all clinicians) don’t really know what they’re doing.” But, then he admits that skilled, experienced therapists are often unsuccessful as well. Although we know of no research that has been done on biblical counselors, after having read, heard, and viewed their marital counseling, we conclude that the same applies to them.

Even the best biblical counselors expect, encourage, and listen to couples talking about the sins of a spouse who is present or absent. As we say in the article, “In the counseling room much of the conversation has to do with the alleged sins of people who are not there.” We call all counseling conversations about individuals who are not present “Kangaroo Court counseling.”

We have found in our research of listening and watching numerous hours of live biblical counseling sessions that, in some ways, they are worse than secular counselors. Biblical counselors do use Scripture, but, as they indulge in a problem-centered approach, just like those in the psychological counseling movement, they validate their counseling with the Word, but at the same time invalidate the Word by the very words they use. The sinful things they talk about and the sinful ways they talk diminish the sanctity of the Bible. As revealed in the article, “Talking about problems with a counselor may not only be superficial; it is often downright sinful.” Believers are admonished to: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers…. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Eph. 29, 31).

Thanks to those of you who know that the Word of God, through the work of the Holy Spirit in the fellowship of other believers, encourages faith, provides solace, and enables Christians to find help for those problems of living that are notoriously referred out to psychological or biblical counselors. 

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 21 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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