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Tropical_Man 67M
6573 posts
12/30/2007 6:15 am
Something "esque"

In response to a letter-writer's question concerning James Dobson's views on salvation and Christ's second coming, Dobson responded in October 1989 that his ministry had made a deliberate decision to direct the attention of the ministry "away from matters of biblical interpretation and theology, choosing instead to concentrate our efforts exclusively on family-related topics."

[FOTF answered similarly in 6/97 when asked Dobson's views on evolution -- "He has chosen to direct his efforts toward the strengthening of traditional values and the institution of the family rather than to discuss controversial theological topics" (Grey Gunn, FOTF letter on file).]

This further affirms critic's claims that Dobson's ministry is not only not Biblically based, but in fact there is a deliberate effort to turn away from the Bible and get wisdom from somewhere else. Dobson is in effect saying, 'I'm no theologian, so don't nail me with this Biblical stuff; I'm giving you what works.'

"However, such a decision does not free an avowed Christian ministry to the family from basing its teachings on Scripture.

It is an admission to placing the Bible in a secondary position to the psychological wisdom of men.

Apparently Dobson does not agree that the Bible is sufficient for understanding human nature and guiding behavior" (Prophets of PsychoHeresy II, p. 146). [Notwithstanding Dobson's theological disclaimer, he does have a theology: "... he teaches a doctrine of man which is both psychological and theological ... man

[according to Dobson] is central and God serves to help people overcome inferiority and develop self-esteem and self-acceptance" (Prophets II, p. 142).

~Bible Discernment Ministries