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Martin & Deidre Bobgan

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MARCH Update
Notes

Dear Friends,

The subtitle of the article in the March/April newsletter is “Are All Schizophrenics Unbelievers?!” This is a question that should never even be asked or answered in the way some leaders in the biblical counseling movement (BCM) answer it. Science and Scripture dictate against the answers given by some in the BCM. Scientifically and biblically speaking, are the symptoms associated with schizophrenia a choice or a condition?

The human brain is the most complex organ of all animal life on earth and is the last frontier of medicine. The scientific community uniformly believes that the symptoms of schizophrenics are the result of their individual brains and not simply individual choices that they make. In other words, schizophrenia is a disease or a group of diseases for which science may someday reveal medical markers.

Dr. John Street, head of the graduate program in biblical counseling at The Master’s College and Seminary, which is the largest program of its kind, states categorically that there are only very few schizophrenics who are Christians. Marshal and Mary Asher, authors of the book that is the subject of the March/April newsletter, go even further by asserting: “a schizophrenic should be considered an unbeliever until proven otherwise (even if he has a history of effective Christian ministry).”

More importantly, in addition to such views of schizophrenia being contrary to the scientific community, they are contrary to Scripture. Since only the Holy Spirit would know how many individuals suffering from schizophrenia are or are not Christians, Street and the Ashers have obviously usurped the place of the Holy Spirit as they presume to have such knowledge about all those afflicted with schizophrenia. Such certain knowledge belongs only to God.

Street, with his world-wide influence, and the Ashers, as leaders in the BCM, are leading many astray with their contra-scientific and unbiblical, biased views of schizophrenia. Many in the BCM will blindly and foolishly follow what Street and the Ashers teach about schizophrenia. We earnestly pray that God will protect all people who are suffering from the ravages of schizophrenia from such egregious pronouncements promoted by such influential instructors and leaders in the BCM. And we plead with all those who counsel or minister to take a more compassionate position with people struggling with a brain disease.

We are grateful to those of you who support our efforts to inform and warn and also to encourage believers to be biblically compassionate to those who suffer from such conditions as schizophrenia.

 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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