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Martin & Deidre Bobgan

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Dear Friends,

We excerpt from our latest book, Biblical Counseling Reviews, in our November-December newsletter. In the book we review the counseling of seven leaders in the biblical counseling movement (BCM). These seven leaders each have notable, impressive, and significant backgrounds of much counseling, writing, speaking, and teaching. However, the true test of counseling is not academic excellence or personal experience, but rather whether the counseling itself is consistent with the admonitions and prohibitions of the Bible regarding interpersonal communication. Although educational background and experience are important, most important is what the Bible says about every word spoken in counseling, not how many hours one has counseled or how many books one has written or how many degrees one has earned.

In Appendix D of our book we list a number of Bible verses which are rarely or never quoted by the biblical counselors, yet violated throughout their counseling. One of the many verses we quote is: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Ps. 19:14). This is an excellent Scripture with much solid teaching and application. The clear teaching encourages believers to speak words and think thoughts that are pleasing to God; it militates against speaking words and thinking thoughts that would not be acceptable to God. Think of a counselor and an individual or couple coming in for counseling and the counselor including Psalm 19:14 in the beginning prayer. And what if towards the beginning of the counseling session the counselor were to remind the counselee(s) that “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Prov. 15:1). Use of these Scriptures would eliminate much of what goes in in counseling today.

Nevertheless, these and other Scriptures that should guide one’s speech are the very ones avoided and violated by biblical counselors. A careful reading of the seven counselors’ counseling will lead readers to find even more violations of Bible verses that biblical counselors avoid and violate by seeking information and thereby eliciting evil speaking by the counselees, including unloving, unkind, self-biased, and sinful remarks. Complaining about parents, spouse, and others; speaking behind the backs of individuals not present; indulging in unsubstantiated talebearing and hearsay; and expressing self-serving anger are prevalent in counseling.

We are grateful to those of you who recognize that the Bible is the final arbiter of all conversations and who support our efforts to share this standard with others. 

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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