Update on Sandi Pattys Journey into PsychoHeresy
(from PAL, V3N6, 1995)
Our second issue of PsychoHeresy Awareness Letter
in 1993 included an article titled "Sandi
Pattis Journey into PsychoHeresy." At the time
Patty (was Patti) had initiated divorce proceedings
against her husband. In our article we accused Patty of
using memories of abuse to explain her problems. We
Caveat emptor: Be wary of any "recalled
memories" that are first remembered by means of
psychological therapy, hypnosis, or support group
interaction or that come during or after reading a
self-help book on sexual or ritual abuse.
In addition to accusing Patty of using her memories as
an excuse for her divorce, we concluded that she had no
biblical justification to obtain a divorce.
A recent World magazine article (September 16,
Ms. Patty, who claims to have been in counseling
since 1989, attributes her pattern of "keeping
secrets" to her childhood molestation, the
memory of which she recovered in therapy.
The article reveals that prior to her divorce Patty
was already involved in an adulterous relationship with
Don Peslis, a former backup singer. Patty and Peslis both
divorced their spouses and are now married. According to
a Christianity Today article (October 23, 1995, p.
89), "Patty also admitted to another adulterous
The subtitle of the World magazine article is:
"Gospel singer Sandi Patty confesses to adulterous
affair." The title of the article is "She did
it her way." Yes, she certainly "did it her
way," but it was not Gods way. Gods way
is not committing adultery or lying; nor is it Gods
way to destroy two families and to stand as a horrible
testimony to the world and to the children involved.
Psychotherapy may have made her feel better about
herself while disobeying God and destroying her family.
It may have given her some bogus excuses at the time.
And, perhaps its helping her rationalize the pain
she has caused others. But, thats not Gods