DR. JAMES DOBSON - FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
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TITLED DOBSON/FOCUS DILEMMA - FLESH vs SPIRIT
Randy Shafer - 3/12/98
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"As many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God."
The Bible is clear, the Holy Spirit using the Word of God leads His children. A sure test of whether or not a person is a Christian, if they are, if they are walking with the Lord is whether or not they are led by the Spirit of God using the Word of God.
The title of this tape is:
THE DOBSON FOCUS DILEMMA - FLESH VS. SPIRIT
For a second time, greetings in Jesus name. A year ago, February 2nd, 1997, the documented tape - "Let's Focus In On `Focus On The Family' " was completed. During my nearly five years at "Focus", I changed from a devout "Focus" Dobson supporter to a concerned layman determined to inform the Christian community of the error I had discovered whilst with "Focus".
This tape titled "The Dobson Focus Dilemma - Flesh vs. Spirit" will reveal even more documented error as well as a challenge to the Christian community to compare "Focus" agendas with Scripture.
God is not a respecter of persons, doesn't respect me, nor you, nor Dr. James Dobson or any other man, but He loved us enough to give His life in our place for our sins.
Let's focus in on "Focus On The Family" and other documented material on the "Focus" Commission statement, training, accent on psychological counselling, ecumenism, children's materials, political activism and Dobson's involvement IN and information ON the very radical and secret `Council for National Policy'.
The first tape is foundational for this tape and it is available from Cultivate Ministries, P.O. Box 6490, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80934 - for a gift of any amount. It is also on the Web under dobson_audiotrans.htmatwww.cth.com.au.
This tape will critique an update briefly some of the 1997 material. Other material will include Focus and Charter education, Dobson and religious persecution, a Dobson endorsement (actually there will be a couple of them), quotes from some leading Bible teachers on the Dobson Focus direction, Dobson's activism organization, better known as "Focus On The Family". Dobson on Creation, marketing methods and spending on other items of importance as time permits.
My name is Randy Shafer and I can be reached at P.O. Box 871, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80901.
One of the great concerns of organized religion today is that para-church organizations are accountable to no one. When I say no one, I am speaking of no one in the local church. The local church was established by God Himself as the place where we were to grow, where we were to be counselled and where we were to serve.
In spite of a number of credible attempts to reach James Dobson with Biblical correction, he continues in his great errors. Psychological rather than Bible counselling and obvious attempt to ecumanise believers, apostates and of course, his `crown jewel' - political activism.
The only counsellors Dobson will listen to are those he picks and apparently he picks counsellors who already agree with him. No one and nothing gets his attention. Is it possible that he is the adult version of the `strong-willed child' he wrote about?
James Dobson never seems to `bottom out'. One of this tape's discussions centres on his programme on charter schools which is replete with unresearched material that, while he denies it, comes over as an endorsement. Some serious questions need answers as your children's educational direction could be at stake.
The first documented tape of one year ago was given credibility recently when a statement during a speech at an early February 1998 Council For National Policy meeting in Phoenix made the most of the nation's newspapers. His radical political agenda shone forth as predicted. This, too, will be covered in this recording.
Focus Training 2 was discussed in depth on the tape "Let's Focus In On Focus On The Family". Recent information from inside the Focus Distribution Centre proves the vailidity of the information given a year ago and an update on what some of the results of that training are today.
This tape will be the follow-up of the February, 1997 tape which went `in-depth' on major Focus errors. Focus is still trying to `hard-sell' Dobson's opinions upon un-Biblical unity, un-Biblical counselling and radical political activism.
My Christian friends, time is running out. If God's people do not re-direct their attentions to the congregations and God's mandate to first live and then tell forth the Gospel followed by discipling those whom God saves, we are doomed to tear-filled eyes when we see our Lord face-to-face. And I believe that will be soon!
I trust that the revelations which will follow on this tape will challenge you to compare Focus error with Scripture and then make some hard decisions to support only true Biblical organizations until the Lord calls "Come up hither!"
I have heard several people say after seeing the documented facts that "Focus does so much good". My response to that is simplistic, but I believe valid, "temporal good or eternal good". There is a wide sea of difference and that difference is Heaven or hell - especially to those who believe (falsely) that they are in right relationship with our God through reformation and morality rather than regeneration.
You know, true wisdom comes from our God and it is revealed in His Word isn't it? Sometime back, actually the middle of June in 1997, I began to track Focus On The Family's publication in hundreds of local newspapers around the country - I believe it appears once a week. At least it does out here, and it is just simply "Dr. James Dobson, is says - Focus on the Family".
People write in questions to "Focus" and local businessmen sponsor this advertisement, (or should I say - this article), once a week in our local paper. I began to critique these and now for quite a number of months, actually since June, 1997 until March 1st, 1998 I was looking for something in the answers that James Dobson gives to the questions that are sent into him.
This is something that you can do in your own home. Cut them out for a couple of months and you check in on what I have checked in on and see what you think. In all of that time, 37 issues is what I have - I may have missed one or two when I was out of town - I found only two references to God. And I found one reference to Scripture, and I jotted them down.
Now I ask you, if you are a Christian, commonsense, there is nothing wrong with that, and Dr. Dobson absolutely can give you commonsense answers. Often they are based on Scripture. But you know Scriptural counselling comes from Scripture, doesn't it? So I am asking you a question, are you interested in the mind of God in the raising of your child? In other words, somebody counselling you using Scripture, or are you interested in the mind of a man - however moral, however educated he may be?
Just think about it, in 37 issues, two references to God and one Scripture reference is used in counselling to the questions that were sent in from people all over the country.
Without question, James Dobson understands the great influence he has over his listeners and his followers. I would say therefore that he needs to be careful about what and who he endorses, whether it is an author or whether it is some organization that he serves on a committee with and those that he companies with. People may misunderstand at some point and get mixed messages because obviously what he says on radio does not coincide with some of the things he endorses and some of the organizations and people that he companies with.
The Bible says that we should not company with or seek the counsel of
the ungodly. The following are two articles and two statements and the
first is from Andy Neckar .
Neckar is a reconstructionist, do not rely on him for correct biblical prophecy,
this matter is not related)
This is dealing with a book that James Dobson has endorsed. The book is called "The Wonder of Boys" and it is written by a Michael Gurian and it is carrying an endorsement by James Dobson and I think we all know that an endorsement means that you basically agree with what the author has said, (at least we would assume so).
Well the book has been hailed in the Images-stream media as the saviour of the next male generation but it is full of unbiblical absurdities.
The book's author claims that homosexuality is not a life-style of choice but a result of genetics suggesting that it is part of God's design. Michael Gurian defines spirituality as universal connection, transcendent experience, a deep sense of belonging in the world.
He writes "I am using the word `God' here to note the `Yahweh' of the Jews, `Jehovah' of the Christians, `Allah' of the Mohammadens, `Brahman' of the Hindus, (I am not sure I pronounced that right), the godhead of the Buddhists, Creator of the native Americans, `Higher Power' of the A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous), the `Force' of Star Wars.
Throughout the book Gurion refers to man's lifetime partner, not as a wife, but as a lover, a romantic partner and a life partner. What of Dobson's endorsement, which appeared in the January 1997 issue of "Family News" from Dr. James Dobson? Let us read a quote here that was in the "New Man" Magazine, November, 1997. This quote is a response from Paul Hetrick, Focus Vice President of Public Relations, and he simply said:
"Dr. Dobson did not mean to endorse the book. We are taking action to get his name removed."
Andy Neckar asks the question, and I would echo it, "How can one accidentally endorse a book? Does one casually lend one's name without reading the book? For what reason - money?
The reason Dobson withdrew his endorsement is because of public outcry against this book was so great that he was forced by public opinion to do so. End of quote.
Before I offer the following, I would like to make it very clear that I truly believe that the only way that you can guarantee that your children are properly educated is home school, if it is at all possible for you so to do because there they will get your values as well as an education.
According to an article in the Moore Report International of January/February, 1996, the Coalition of Home Educators met at the campus of Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs to celebrate their 25th anniversary. During this period of time three people were honoured as `Early American Leaders' in Home School Education: Dr. James Dobson,a Council For National Policy member John Holt, a Council for National Policy member and a William Bentley Ball.
I would like to focus in on John Holt at this time. Allow me a quote from "Peaceable Fruit" or "Chaotic Mush" by Theresa Rodman as seen in "Circumspectus", summer 1982 number 4 page 5. quote -
"According to John Holt, a well-known educator and author of "How Children Fail" and "Escape from Childhood" - parental authority should be abdicated and the child - age whatever - should have the right to do this:
Experience sex Drink Use Drugs Drive Vote Work Own property Travel Have a guaranteed income Choose their guardians Control their learning and have legal and financial responsibility
This is humanistic thought carried out to its logical conclusion - the parent and the child are equal. (end of quote).
I guess one might expect a statement like that from John Holt who was a speaker from time to time at the Edgar Cayce conferences. At one point he spoke on how children learn key points for effective education and another, children and their will to learn. I don't know how much you know about the Cayce conferences, but the Cayce conferences are New Age and occultic to the core.
Mr. Holt was one of their speakers. He was also honoured from the platform by the Coalition of Home Educators International on Focus on the Family campus October 18th, 1995 According to the Moore Report that I mentioned earlier, Dr. James Dobson was not present but sent along a written statement of encouraging words to this organization.
I guess the question that I would ask you is this - while James Dobson does not necessarily endorse John Holt's book or his positions by association in this particular organization, would your church allow this organization to use their facilities to honour John Holt?
John Holt had been honoured posthumously because on the 14th day of September, 1985, his lifestyle led to his death of AIDS related cancer.
On February 7th, 1998 James Dobson spoke to the membership of the Council For National Policy of which he has been a member almost from it inception in Phoenix, Arizona. There are two areas of this speech which I would like to focus in on. One- is James Dobson and his position on Creation and the other is his political activism.
Let us begin with his position on Creation which he really alludes to a lot in this speech at the very beginning. To do this, I think we have to go back a few years and I am going to be quoting from the Christian Counsellors' Manual by J. (or Jay) Adams. The reason for this is, I believe it will help you to better understand where James Dobson is really coming from.
Dobson's Focus On The Family has endorsed and heavily promoted Hugh Ross' 1989 and 1991 book- "The Fingerprint of God" which is a polemic of progressive creationism, theistic evolution and thereby is a denial of orthodox Christianity's literal, factual, historical interpretation of the first 11 Chapters of the Book of Genesis.
Dobson has also given Ross a forum, The Focus On The Family Radio Programme to espouse this heresy. For example on April 17th-18th of 1991 Ross appeared on Dobson's programme at which time Dobson boasted that Focus On The Family helped give Ross' ministry called "Reasons to Believe" the initial publicity boost it needed to get started. Dobson also said he agrees in an unqualified way that the earth is 3.5 to 4 billion years old. He also did not quarrel with Ross' claim that physical death fully existed long before Adam and that God was fully responsible for this order of things.
In response to a critical letter from the Bible Science Newsletter, a Dr. Dobson spokesman said that he (Dobson) takes the first 11 chapters of Genesis to be poetry and not factual history and thereby is fully justified in making a figurative rather than a literal interpretation of them. End of quote.
Typist's query - conflict of reference: (the previous reference [two paragraphs back] to Genesis was stipulated as the first `11 verses' as compared with the first `11 chapters' in the above paragraph and following. Is the first reference correct?)
Now I ask you, does not God in the first 11 chapters of Genesis reveal all of His plan for mankind. His creation, man's fall and God's provision for that fall among other things as revealed in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. That's not poetry.
Alright, now let's get into the tape, or the material I have on the tape on Dr. Dobson's Phoenix speech to the Council for National Policy.
After the usual pleasantries one goes through when speaking, James Dobson gets down to business and I quote, and then I have a response.
James Dobson speaking - quote
When I have a discussion with people there is a question I like to ask, especially those who are theologians or pastors or those who feel like they know the Bible - the question I enjoy having some fun with.
I ask it of you - what is the very first thing that God created when He set out to create the universe? What was the first thing He made?
When you ask people that who know the Bible, they immediately go to Genesis 1 and they try to remember what that said and was it the heavens or the earth or the firmament or the light or the deep, what was the first thing that God created when He set out to do that?
Actually, they are wrong because there is a hook in the question. The answer is not found in Genesis 1 or any part of Genesis, it is actually found in the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs 8:22-30.
At this point and before we go on with some of the other comments he made, allow me to respond to this - would you? See if you agree - search the Scriptures and check me out.
Mr. Dobson,do you remember when Jesus said "Before Abraham was, I AM"? What Proverbs 8:22-30 teaches is that before anything else, I AM - God is the source of true wisdom and has existed from all eternity. God and true wisdom were not created. It was God's wisdom that enabled Him to create all that He created. God possessed wisdom, wisdom did not possess God.
Worship the God Who has always been the source of wisdom. Do not worship wisdom. It is God who is wisdom's source, not wisdom that is God's source.
By the way, "Genesis" means "the coming into existence of anything". Genesis is the Book of Beginnings, it is no accident that God placed it first in His Bible. It records beginnings from God's viewpoint, not man's viewpoint.
Follow are some things that Christians should compare with God's Word from Mr. Dobson's Council for National Policy speech:
First, let us look at Dobson's reference to the moral law written on the heart of every human being, referring of course, to man's conscience.
James Dobson should be reminded that God gave man an opportunity to obey his conscience and man failed.
Continuing,Dobson spoke of the moral law of the universe and stated that this was the basis for "my whole life". Being a moral man and longing to see all men to lead moral lives is commendable, but remember, Mr. Dobson, that Scripture teachers that regeneration through His Grace is offered to everyone, but, few there will be that will find it (that is, obey it). Jesus invites all, not forces all to come to Him. Jesus never taught that morality and obedience to conscience would justify us before Him.
Another point of this speech:
Speaking of Jesus, Dobson refers to Him as The Holy One of Israel, and indeed, Jesus is. But to us today, He is The Saviour and Lord to both Jew and Gentile. As Romans 1:16 states the Gospel is to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile - or the Greek.
Next we look at what Dobson said about moral truth and other related things:
He used terms like `moral truth', `pro-moral community', `moral foundation of the universe', and `moral standards of the universe'.
Has Mr. Dobson forgotten that regeneration alone, not morality saves our souls? The Bible teaches the sinfulness of mankind, not the morality of mankind.
At still another point, Dobson has stated "there is a boss to the universe". This reminded me on the Focus On The Family Break-away Boys who referred to Jesus as the `Big J.C.' in a song that they had written to introduce the "Focus Break-away" cassette tape that they were selling.
But there is still more.
He explained that in Proverbs 8:22-30 metaphorically, wisdom is talking about itself and quoted "whosoever finds me (that is, finds wisdom), finds life". He failed to apply the Scripture, however. The wisdom of God's Word tells us that Jesus alone is The Way, The Truth and The Life - not wisdom!
When will James Dobson understand that the Holy Spirit using the Word of God is the only one who can change a life into one that pleases God?
More to come:
Dobson as usual camped on sexual sins and sex outside marriage - and it is indeed sin. Over the years he has become very graphic in his in-depth discussions of these sins. This has de-sensitized the Christian community through an unscriptural approach to this sinful impurity. Perhaps he should memorise Ephesians 5:12. God said "For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret."
As to his position on wisdom, may he get wisdom God's way. Remember James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
The word `upbraideth' means that God will not reprove, reproach or accuse one who seeks wisdom from Him.
The Bible is very clear, our authority - it must always be Scripture no matter who says what, no matter how credible that individual may seem to be, we always must search Scripture and check up on that individual.Any individual who does not feel that he does not want to be checked up or she does not want to be checked up on, may have something to hide.
Have you ever wondered how most living souls on earth will one day soon be deceived by Satan and his minions? We are seeing the foundations of that deception even now when men, women, boys and girls reject the authority of Scripture this deception is sure to follow! Be a Berean friends! Try men's words and works with Scripture in context and you will know the truth that sets us free!
True Biblical salvation is not by profession in Christ's finished work, listen closely - True Biblical salvation is not by profession of faith in Christ's finished work, it is obtained by POSSESSION in Christ's finished work. The process of coming to THE FAITH once to delivered to the saints is not an awareness of a few Bible facts intellectually applied.
Notice the phrase `delivered to the saints'. Scripture states that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17. Possession of true Biblical faith is the result of the Holy Spirit using Scripture to convict an individual of God's truth and the individual's admission of what God says about sin's result is true and believes that truth.
It follows that the individual who acts on that Truth and calls on the Name of the Lord Jesus has immediate imputation of the Lord's righteousness - he/she is now and born-again believer, saved from sin, a child of God and joint heir with Jesus. You know, that is shouting ground, isn't it?
We will cover the political aspects of James Dobson's speech to the Council for National Policy a little later on this tape.
Next let us take a look at some of the financial dealings of Focus On The Family. We are not going to go into this in depth because this material is sketchy and hard to come by. However, I would remind you that a number of years ago James Dobson moved from Arcadia to Pomona with Focus On The Family, God of course leading him, and after a very short time at Pomona, then God suddenly changed His mind and led him to come on to Colorado Springs. This I do know as background.
There was a gentleman in the Council for National Policy, a fellow-member of the Council for National Policy with James Dobson who owns the Broadmoor Hotel here in Colorado Springs. Now the El Pomar Foundation which contributed 4 million dollars to the Focus move from Pomona to Colorado Springs - as I understand it - still owns 20% of the Broadmoor Hotel. I am wondering was it an association in the Council for National Policy that led to his move to Colorado Springs or was it God's leading?
Additionally, as concerns the Broadmoor hotel, this you must understand is one of the most elite hotels in the United States and certainly is the leading hotel in our community. The rooms begin in the winter-time at $170 per night and in the summertime they begin at $265 per night - a very exclusive hotel indeed!
It is also of note that the Board of Directors generally stay at the Broadmoor Hotel when they are in Colorado Springs. I wonder how wise a use of God's money this really is? Now I do not know whether the people who come here as Members of the Board of Directors pay their own way or whether they don't. I do know that Focus On The Family sends a cheque, or at least on one occasion did, for their stay at the Broadmoor. Additionally, Focus On The Family had signed the blanket order with the Broadmoor Hotel for $150,000. Now they may get some of this back if they are housing some of the people who come here for conventions, or to speak and these people pay their own way.
But again,the most expensive hotel in Colorado Springs, the least expensive room $170 per night - I wonder, is this a wise use of God's money?
It is not unusual for people to send contributions to another organization to Focus On The Family to be forwarded to that organization. However, the Alliance Defence Fund which was organized by James Dobson, Bill Bright and Don Wildman,[all three Council for National Policy members], received two cheques, total amount $100,000.00 in January of 1996 and I don't believe that Focus On The Family can tell you that that contribution came in from someone else to be forwarded to them. You might want to ask him about that.
And oh yes, by the way, Allan E. Sears, still another Council for National Policy member, was selected to head up the Alliance Defence Fund.
Also of interest and mention on Let's Focus In On Focus On The Family - the tape recorded a year ago, is the fact that Focuss On The Family was sending to the Council for Military Readiness in Michigan, $1,000.00 per month. The Council for Military Readiness is headed by Elaine Donnelly - another Council for National Policy member.
Still another financial blunder on the part of Focus On The Family was their association with The New Era Philanthropy Organization, as John G. Bennett Jnr. has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison as a result of how he misused the funds that were entrusted to him.
James Dobson called in an old friend and a former C.E.O. of his, Paul Nelson to justify what had happened and they explained that a couple or three people had put up $500,000.00 to be invested in this organization which guaranteed double the return at some point in the very near future. The fact reImagess that while Focus broke even they didn't exactly `play with the full deck' when they told you that story because Focus did indeed lose $500,000.00.
This is how it worked:
$500,000.00 was invested with New Era and Focus, one of the few organizations that did get its money back, received $1 million in return. Focus again invested $500,000.00 but this time they lost it. Yes, they broke even, but Focus did lose by $500,000.00.
Focus also has a team - I don't remember whether it was three or five people who travel the United States and of course, are put up in hotels or motels as they visit with large donors. In other words, if I contributed very large sums of money to Focus, I could expect at some point to have a visit from this "official" Focus Representative who would wine and dine me and tell me how absolutely great I am for having made it possible for Focus On The Family to continue its ministry.
Then there are those of you out there who just contribute what you can, $5 here, $10 there, some of you perhaps give a few dollars a month, maybe 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 - whatever. But when you get up into the $100 per month donors, you get special recognition. When you get your receipt, you get a hand written line or two at the bottom.
This costs money and takes time - but after all, you are contributing at least $100 per month. It doesn't say much for those who are not able to do that, and who contribute less.
These letters are called `P.S. Letters' by Focus On The Family. I just want to call your attention to a couple or three of the statements that I observed being written at the bottom -
"Your support of this outreach reflects your deep concern for the future of the home and traditional values" another reads:
"Christmas is just around the corner - let us know if we can help with your gift needs" another reads:
"Dr. and Mrs. Dobson send you warm Christmas Greetings and best wishes for a blessed New Year. May His joy fill your heart to overflowing at this lovely time of year. Thanks for your vote of confidence this month." Still another:
"We could not have made it through this past year without your partnership and help. Thank you for being there in season and out."
And then there are those of course who send large amounts of money and they also get spacial letters, not just notes. This one went to Indonesia to a $5,000.00 contributor:
"You have contributed enormously to our ability to keep pace with ever-growing demand for our family-strengthening materials from all over the world and we are deeply grateful to you". Several nations were mentioned and the letter was James Dobson himself.
Actually where I come from this is called "marketing". I think that Jim Dobson would probably tell you that from the smallest contributor to the person who is able to contribute the largest amounts - all are indeed appreciated, loved and needed. But all are not treated the same, are they?
We have been dwelling on quite a number of negatives.It is necessary when you are trying to expose error, but I would like to end this half of the tape, with a song called "Like a Shepherd". I think it will bless your heart, and if you have never heard it before, if you are a Christian sit down, get quiet and listen quietly to the words and see if God does not bless you and encourage you to keep on keeping on and trusting in His Word.
LIKE A SHEPHERD.
Like a shepherd Jesus leads me Over life's uneven way Oh what joy his steps to follow And His gentle voice obey. In the valley, through the desert or the mountain he will guide Like a shepherd Jesus leads me, He is ever by my side.
Like a shepherd Jesus guards me, From the dangers that are near He has bought me................ In His care I have no fear Satan's power may rage against me seek me to turn my steps astray Like a Shepherd, Jesus guards me, He will keep me all the way.
Like a Shepherd Jesus gives me Sweet refreshment every day, Like the manna for a blessing For the lonely outward way. Soon I'll reach the ............. see the glories yet untold Like a Shepherd Jesus leads me To my home within His fold.
(Please complete the lines ......... Tape was a little distorted).
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him. (Colossians 2:6).
Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Lord, if they have persecuted me, they also will persecute you. If they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (John 15:20)
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him but also to suffer for His sake. (Philippians 1:29).
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2).
If you love me keep my commandments. (John 14:15).
Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3).
SIDE TWO OF TAPE - DOBSON/FOCUS DILEMMA - FLESH vs SPIRIT.
Please allow me to share personally with you briefly as we begin side 2 of this tape.
Who in the world is Randy Shafer that he should confront James Dobson?
I am just a layman and this man has distinguished himself in both the secular and the Christian world. I am deeply concerned about the direction that Focus On The Family and Dr. Dobson is moving the Christian community, and that is the reason.
Remember that the Bible teaches that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. If I be one of those foolish things or people, so be it.
The fact reImagess that when Jesus was on earth He always confronted the `religious' people who were in the wrong. He also corrected His own followers, His Apostles, His Disciples. We never find that Jesus went before the Sanhedrin or the officials from Rome and demanded HIS rights, because He was the Saviour - never! Nor do we find that among the Apostles after the Lord went back to sit at the right hand of the Father until He returns for His Church.
The Bible is clear here also - "These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority that no man despise thee" - and that means let no man be angry with thee for it", and we read that in Titus 2:15. In Titus 1:10-13 we read "For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers specially those of the circumcision, those that live under the law whose mouths must be stopped who subvert whole households teaching things which they ought not for money`s sake. This witness is true, therefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith. (1 Timothy 5:20).
Let them that in be rebuked before all that others may fear. (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Now we exhort you brethern, warn them that are unruly. (2 Timothy 4:2).
Preach the Word be instant in season, out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (Hebrews 3:13)
But exhort one another daily while it is called a day lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Digress with me briefly, you remember Joseph - how wronged he was, yet he obeyed His God. He was faithful to His God. He didn't demand his rights, and Joseph landed on his feet in the end. Then there was this fellow Daniel, even ending up in the lions' den but he didn't try to overthrow government or change government, he reImagesed faithful and loyal to His God in light of all the wrongs that were going on in his day.
And then there was David who knew he was to be King of Israel whose life was often in jeopardy by King Saul. David had an opportunity to kill Saul on several occasions but he didn't do that. He left it with the Lord. He didn't try to do it in the flesh, did he?
I think one of my favourites also is Nehemiah who was so respectful to the government authorities of his day that because of that great respect he was able to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. God knows that today, we need the walls rebuilt in the true Christian community. I am talking about all of those in the brotherhood of faith that are truly born again - don't we? I believe we do!
I am very deeply concerned about the direction that James Dobson is moving the church and I say openly and unashamedly that he cannot back it with Scripture, even though he gather to himself another 400 C.N.P. members and many religious leaders back him in his views and his direction, he is still wrong, wrong, wrong!
Well it is time to get into some more Dobson Focus error. Let us turn our attention to charter schools. To begin this I would like to relate something to you. I have been to Yellowstone a number of times - it is one of the most beautiful places I have had the privilege of visiting and hiking in. I especially like a place called Hayden Valley and just north of that of course, the Canyon of the Yellowstone.
As one hikes along Hayden Valley - wide in places, somewhat deep, and it just roams along fresh out of Yellowstone Lake, a beautiful place to be with all the large animals that are there and the beautiful river and the scenery and one could imagine putting a canoe in there and just drifting down the river. How enjoyable, how beautiful - what could be wrong with that?
But as one goes northward to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone you would find that the rivers are going to pick up speed, the flow is going to increase, the river is going to narrow and then you are going to begin to hear a roar. And if you don't take quick action, you are going to go over one of the Yellowstone falls which is over 300 foot high and fall to the rocks below.
Well that is the picture that I have of Charter Education.While there are many good things about Charter Education, there also are some things that could be fatal - eternally as a result of your child's having participated in the curriculum.
You know the greatest gift that you gave your child will not be a good home, will not be good parents, loving parents - the best thing you will ever give your child is to introduce he/she to Jesus Christ so that your family can be together forever. There are many things out in the world today that are trying to rob you and your children of that experience, of that walk with the Lord Jesus.
Dr. Dobson aired a programme on Charter Education in 1996 and one of the first things that he said as he began to speak on the programme was that he did not necessarily endorse Charter Schools. Well, he didn't go ahead and say that Focus On The Family is listed as a member of the Charter Education Institute.
One year later in 1997 in April in "Teachers in Focus" magazine, he definitely endorsed Charter Schools. I quote:
The growing Charter School Movement provides one game plan for restoring local control.
And then a little later:
Character Education has become one of the hottest concepts in today's schools, there is no question that the building of character must be key component of any educational system.
Now this all sounds good, but Charter Schools and Character Education and the core curriculum that at least two of the schools are including today in their charter are dangerous.
Further Mike Trout introduced this programme by saying, simply, "How would you like to create the ideal public school?" He went ahead to list like - basic reading, writing and maths skills as a reason for wanting charter schools. He also pointed that there were strong moral guide-lines; that there would be parental involvement in curriculum and administrative decisions and then he said the `secret ingredient' - public funding.
That public funding includes at least 80% of the regular public school allotments per child per year to be given to a charter school once the charter has been accepted.
Linda Page was the guest that Dr. Dobson Imagesly interviewed on the 1996 broadcast. Linda Page had left Focus On The Family in July of 1995 and she had held a high profile position as Director of Education Public Policy for Focus. She went on to serve as Principal of the Chyenne Mountain Charter Academy. In the Gazette Telegraph, Monday August 21, 1995, Page boasted that the school would use the E.D. First Core Knowledge Series Curriculum. Page also stated that no first grader should advance without knowing for instance, the richness of the Mayan-Aztec and Inca civilizations. What she did NOT disclose, that her school would be teaching most religions under the subject of `History'.
I am not going to relate anything else about that programme, other than to point out that some of the serious concerns about Charter Schools and Curriculum are teaching of false religions and the source of character and moral guidelines as detailed in the Core Knowledge Curriculum Course.
The roots of some of this Curriculum are found in U.N.'s UNESCO recommendations. Charter Schools are being established world-wide - there was a recent convention for Charter School adherents and it was convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This raises questions as to who is behind the Charter School Movement in the first place, and I think, more importantly, why? You know the public schools force Values Clarification and Sex Education on children thus destroying their moral foundations, as we now realize.
Will we now allow public schools (and Charter Schools are public schools) to teach false religions and thus destroy the only foundation that can save souls and nations - which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The article that appeared in the April, 1997 "Teachers In Focus" magazine began with some quotes by Horace Mann considered to be the father of public education. Perhaps the writer of the Teachers In Focus article should have first read an article written by biographer Jonathan Messerlion, Horace Mann and education in the preface to Horace Mann - The Book He Wrote.
"What the church had been for mediaeval man, the public school must now become for democratic and rational man, God would be replaced by the concept of the public good, sin and guilt by the more positive virtues of Victorian morality and mankind would emancipate himself once and for all, not only from the relentless gnawings of a Puritan conscience, but, through its own self- attained enlightenment from the endemic evils of poverty, ignorance, violence, disease and war. End of quote.
It sounds like something we might find today in a New Age paper, doesn't it? That we would be able, through our own self-attained enlightenment to deliver ourselves from certain endemic evils. Once again Scripture proves itself to be correct, doesn't it? Man will be ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Let us take a look at Core Knowledge Curriculum and the teaching of world religions. To do this, I am going to be reading from "Common Knowledge" - a Core Knowledge Newsletter.
Beyond the Church/State Thing On Teaching World Religions.
Teaching religion in American schools that are tricky business. Some people say schools should not teach about religion, others say `just teach about my religion', and still others say `It is O.K. to teach Eastern religions, but don't teach Christianity'.
Faced with this, teachers often take a deep breath and say `Let's not get into this'. Religion is the best kept secret in American education. For the past 20 years for the fear of stepping on toes and the fear of the church/state thing, it has been nearly `taboo'.
This is changing, and it must. The State of California recently required the teaching comparative religions in High School. Last year in the city of St. Louis, funded and developed by a comprehensive secondary school curriculum in world religions. But we who use the Core Knowledge Curriculum are one step ahead of them.
From the first grade on, our programme challenges us with rich and substantial content in world civilization and American civilization and this necessarily means an end to the secrecy about religion.
Notice they said `from the first grade on'? Listen closely to what I am going to read next:
In the first grade alone, children encounter the poly-theistic face of ancient Mayan, Aztecs and Inka as well as the Egyptians and Babylonians. But that is not all, and not even the hardest part. First graders are also introduced to some major world religions including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These topics re-assert themselves throughout the later years of the Core Knowledge Curriculum.
For example, in the third grade we study Rome. The issue then, when it comes to religion is not whether to teach the subject matter, but how to do it well. They point out that they don't intend that there be any prozelyting from the teaching. Well that enough itself is a red flag. Who do we believe? These people - or do we believe Scripture that say "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature"?
The article continues: If a child should ask which one is true, then the appropriate response is "Ask your parents, or someone at home". To elaborate, people of different faiths believe different things, you ask an important question and different people would answer it in different ways, the best people to help you answer this is the people you can talk with at home.
Now that sounds good, but why raise questions about false religions in the mind of mere first graders? Or third graders? Or high school kids? I think we all remember, at least I do, some of my colleagues when I was younger, went off to the "seminaries" and we used to call them "cemeteries" - and they lost their faith there because of false teaching.
We continue: This is entitled "What are World Religions?"
There are many different religions in the world and five major world religions - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Each has its own symbols - writing, ceremonies, churches and beliefs.
Begin with visual images. Show children visual images of the major religions - for example, the Star of David, the Cross and so forth and pictures of places of worship - such as temples, churches, mosques, shrines.
Ask the children which symbols and buildings they recognize. Ask which religions they know about and what they think religion is. You may get very straight-forward answers, it is what you think about God, isn't it? Or you may get completely unexpected answers:
Well it is like - which country you live in - or - I think I am a Christian. No, no, my mum says that I am Irish
You explain that from ancient times, human beings have been curious about very big questions -
"Who made me?", "Who made earth?" "Is there a God or gods?" "What will happen after I die?" "How should I live?"
And watch this last line - "All religions try to answer these big questions."
Children need to have these question answered from Scripture - not from a comparison of five major religions of the world. The Biblically-correct answers to these questions could be the difference where your son, your daughter will spend eternity.
Who made me? Who made earth? Is there a God or gods? What will happen after I die? How should I live?
Before me I have a copy of the Core Knowledge Curriculum that is being taught here in the Charter Schools in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In history we are learning about the religions of Egypt, Babylon, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, and of course if you learn about these things you have to be able to answer questions in a test, don't you, to be sure that you know and understand what you have learned.
We are forbidden to teach our children or anybody else, for that matter, anything than the Grace and the forgiveness of God through the Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus - aren't we?
Do you really want your children in a Charter School being taught Core Curriculum History. May I remind you that Christians and their children must look only to the Word of our Living God. We have no right to be delving into un-godly religions. Hear the Word of our God:
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thine soul and with all thine might. And these words which I command thee this day shalt be in thy heart and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shall talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way and when thou lyest down and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand and they shall be as frontlets before thine eyes and thou shalt write them upon the posts of thine house and on thine gates. (Deuteronomy 6 beginning with verse 5 through to verses 9.)
And you may ask when do we start teaching our children the Word of God? Well, you should start teaching them the Word of God while they are still in your arms going "goo-goo". They may not understand everything but if they hear the right words, they will grow up loving the Word of God.
When did Ezra begin teaching the Word of God? Again hear the Word of our God from Nehemiah chapter 8:
"And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women and all that could hear with understanding upon the first day of the seventh month. And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until mid- day, before the men and the women and those that could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the Law."
And there I leave Charter Education and its religious teachings.
Who will you choose? You know your child's eternity could be at stake. Again may I remind you that Charter Schools are public schools. They also mention that a part of the Charter School Curriculum will include `Character Education' and `Moral Teaching'.
Boy, that does sound good, doesn't it? But how in the world are you going to equate that? What will be your basis for it? Morals produce character and the only authority we have for any kind of moral teaching is the Word of God. It doesn't matter what other people say. This means simply, that education is going to be looking for a "common ground" to teach morals and character.
It is clear that education is going to begin teaching of religions. They cannot teach just one, they are going to have to teach `religions' - comparative religion - whatever you want to call it.
How are they going to do this? I am ready now to submit to you one of the possible answers. I have many facts here, but I cannot say dogmatically that this will be the basis for moral and character teaching in Charter Schools and public schools.
Hear me out and you decide for yourself.
Have you ever heard of Public Law 102-12? This became law March 20th, 1991. It was signed also by President George Bush, the man who introduced to us the New World Order.
Let me read you one part of that resolution in the passing of that law:
"Whereas in tribute to this great spiritual leader, the Rebbe this, his 19th year will be seen of one as education and giving the year in which we turn to education and charity to return the world to the moral and ethical values contained in the 7 Noahide laws. These laws were signed into law on March 20th, 1991 in the United States of America.
What are the Noahide Laws?
It was said that Noah was given these laws to pass on to the people who would now people the earth. Let me read them to you:
Do not blaspheme his name Who is his - we will get into that. Do not worship idols Do not commit immoral sexual acts (didn't take long for Noah to break that, did it?) Do not murder Do not steal Creation of a judicial system Do eat the flesh of an animal while it is still alive
Clearly - God gave 10 Commandments - not 7. Notice what is missing from the 7 Noahide Laws:
Missing are: Commandment No. 1 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 and No. 10 of the 10 Commandments
It is interesting to note that the missing Commandments are those relating directly to the only true Living Creator, Author of the Scripture and our Salvation. No warning of violating the glory of the true and Living God can be too strong.
You know the Noahide Laws could well serve the Anti-christ, but certainly not our Living God, couldn't they? What are those Laws of God that are missing?
Thou shalt have no other gods before me Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy Honour thy father and thy mother and - Thou shalt not covet.
Clearly, these laws could be acceptable to all religions, couldn't they? You know the Noahide Laws provide a moral base without Scripture. These laws therefore could be taught in public schools as they are acceptable to all religions. You will notice that one of those laws was that there was to be a judicial system established. What you don't know is that the enforcement of these laws is the purpose for establishing that judicial system and the penalty for breaking any one of these laws is DEATH BY BEHEADING!
The Noahide Laws are not found in Scripture and therefore are forbidden by Christians and are under the anathema of God. I am not saying that the Noahide Laws will be the basis for character education and moral teaching in Charter Schools. I am asking you to watch out for the `buzz' words.
Be careful when you hear `natural law'; `moral law'; `universal law', these refer to the Noahide Laws. Sudden thought - in listening to James Dobson's speech to the Council for National Policy we referred to on the other side of this tape, did you notice that he referred to the `moral foundations of the universe', the `moral standards of the universe' and the `pro- moral community'? Makes one wonder where he really stands on some things, doesn't it?
This concludes the Charter Schools alert.
The Laodicean lesson of Revelation 3 documents what is happening to individuals and organizations and churches in these very last days. Christians today often remark that the unsaved/unreached know not that they are lost, and many probably don't. We then go on to proclaim that the lost must be reached with the Gospel without which they cannot repent and believe unto Salvation.
Not knowing one's spiritual condition is an extremely serious matter that can have eternal consequences and tragically, this is not a condition reserved only for the unsaved.
In Revelation 3 verses 15-17 God is doing His evaluation of what most believe to be the end-time church. That is us, brothers and sisters. He sees this church as neither hot nor cold, He calls us `like-warm', continuing He reveals our proud hearts, quoting our inner-most thoughts, He tells us that we think we are rich through increased things and in need of nothing.
He then gives His evaluation of our true spiritual condition - He begins with - Knowest not we are wretched, miserable, poor (not rich), spiritually blind rather than spirit filled and naked (meaning unrighteous and steeped in fleshly works). Is not the word picture of the present day church? We doubtless have the greatest opportunity to reach the world with the Good News of the Gospel since our Lord charged His Church with the opportunity to be His witnesses.
We have the wealth, the communication and the transportation - what we need is to truly love our Lord and to obey Him rather than mere men. We must focus on teaching the Gospel, discipling the born-again babes in the context of the local church.
This means we will have to keep short accounts with the Lord through Bible Study, prayer, confession and obedience to God and God alone. The wonderful result will be a "Well done thou good and faithful servant."
Failure to re-focus on the Lord will be irreversable sight of burned works. The tragic assessment of the Laodicean Church ends with an appeal to individual believers in Revelation 3:18-22 - I quote:
"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich and white remnant that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear. And anoint thine eyes with eye-salve that thou mayest see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten."
I remember another verse and I am going to interrupt long enough to quote it:
"If you be without chastisement, then are you bastards and not sons. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door I will come into him and will sup with Him and he with Me. To him that overcometh will I grant to it with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am sat down with My Father in His throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit sayeth unto the churches."
It is clear from the context that God has set aside the organised church and now works through obedient individuals.
"I will spew thee out of my mouth" - speaking of the church! Mere me and mere you - what an offer! You and I have a choice to make, and make it we will! Yes, is to repent and obey only God's word. I'll think it over - well, maybe later? NO! Ah, no.
Let's take a look at Dobson's continuing error:
In spite of known error, Dobson is still supporting the struggling Promise Keepers Movement which he helped to fund in its early years. Promise Keepers now support women pastors - that's contrary to Scripture! Much of the Promises Keeper error is now public and many churches are beginning to take another look at Promise Keepers, but not Jim Dobson! He supports what he helped to start.
Political Activism. Mr. Dobson, I too am concerned about the direction the grand old party is moving, but I am equally concerned about the way you are moving to correct course for the Republican Party. Jim Dobson, while retaining his membership had absenced himself from the Council for National Policy meetings for almost three years.
This was a result of an incident which happened in 1995 when Ed. Meese asked James Dobson to quit speaking,offended him, and he did not return till he was invited back to speak. And speak he did. He spent a great deal of his time backing the republican direction and as I mentioned before, with rightful concern, but wrongful remedies.
As a matter of fact, he went so far to say he would limited `leaves of absence' from Focus On The Family to do whatever he had to do to make the changes in the `Grand Old Party' or if necessary, he would even leave the party and take as many people with him as he could. That is radical, isn't it?
During his tirade he pointed out that he could not, in good conscience, vote for Bob Dole so he voted for the candidate that was being run by the American Taxpayers' Party. What he didn't tell everybody was that one of the agendas of the American Taxpayers' Party is support of militias. Details of this speech appeared in most of the nation's larger newspapers. How could this happen since the Council For National Policy forbids any information, any recordings of their speeches, anything that is discussed to be made public by those who are in attendance.
Focus On The Family's organization of doctors, of attorneys and the many family policy councils around the United States are supplied with materials to encourage them to lobby for Focus's opinions and desires.
On October 7 to 9, 1999 Focus has even scheduled a legislator's conference. If this is not lobbying, what is? I call it `shadow lobbying' because apparently, it is tax exempt.
As far as the Focus direction in ecumenism and unity is concerned, James Dobson and Focus On The Family will unite with almost anyone who will support their agenda and their agenda is not one to FURTHER THE GOSPEL nearly as much as it is one to try to make Christians out of people through legislation - and we call that political activism.
James Dobson's love-affair with psychology still continues as Focus counsellors use psychological counselling sprinkled with God words. About a decade ago, he even endorsed psychology to the young people. Never hear him say "You need to get with the Lord - find out what He wants for your life - maybe you could be a minister or a missionary" but I quote - what did he say?
"Psychology is a worthy profession for a young believer to pursue provided `his own faith is strong enough to withstand the humanistic concepts to which he will be exposed.' "
Psychology continues to be one of Dr. Dobson's errors - truly leopards do not change their spots and `spiritual leopards' are a great danger to immature believers.
Truly we should not be surprised. Have you forgotten what I told you on my first tape? Allow me to repeat it.
Martin Bobgan in his book "Prophets of Psycho-heresy 2" records a response he received from Focus On The Family AFTER writing them about some of his concerns. Following is that response:
Dr. Dobson has made a deliberate decision to direct the attention of our ministry away from matters of Biblical interpretation and theology, choosing instead to concentrate our efforts exclusively on family-related topics. End of quote.
Addressing family-related topics apart from Scriptural instruction and authority is dangerous sin, James Dobson. There is so much more that I would like to share, but I have had to abbreviate much of it as we are running out of tape, but please allow me to challenge you with the following:
After nearly five years as a Focus employee, plus nearly two additional years of closely following the Focus/Dobson direction, I challenge born-again Christians to write or phone Focus and make it clear that their continued support of Dobson's organization depends on an immediate, clear answer of such questions as to his position on:
What is the the Christian Gospel? How did God create? Who will finally rule the world in righteousness - and does that person need my help to arrive on planet earth and do it? What is Bible separation? Are we saved by Grace through Faith or are works necessary too? Will you give us a Scriptural mandate in context for your position on unity, political activism and your counselling authority?
If he cannot or won't, you are wasting God's money on him and his Focus organization and that, my Christian friend, is SIN!
Christian friend, God's love for you is unchanging - how about your love for Him? Is He first - are you sure? Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, lean not to your own understanding - [or anybody elses] - (allow me to insert that please!) - In all your ways acknowledge Him and He SHALL direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
What a promise!
Some of my materials were forwarded on to Dr. Cathy Burns - she has written a couple of articles that you may be interested in that will give you more insight into the Focus/Dobson error. Write to "Sharing", 2/12 East 7th Street, Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, Zipp 17851 for information on that documented material.
This tape is titled "The Dobson/Dilemma - Flesh vs Spirit". An additional copies can be obtained from Cultivate Ministries, P.O. Box 6490 Colorado Springs, Colorado. 80934 for a contribution of any size.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank a local researcher who has been so helpful to me as I prepared this material. I certainly trust that God will bless this individual richly. This individual, without cost to me has supplied many of my missing links.
Should you care to write me, I can be reached at P.O. Box 871, Colorado Springs, Colorado Zipp code 80901. Address it to Randy Shafer.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forever. (Jude 24 & 25). Amen.
I'll see you here, there or in the air!