Dr. James Dobson's False Gospel

by David J. Stewart | December 2016

Galatians 3:2, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye
the Spirit by the works of the law,
or by the hearing of faith?

       I've learned some interesting things over the years from Focus On The Family (FOTF) radio. For example: I was at work years ago (probably around 2005) working on my machine and heard this statement from Dr. James Dobson, which I have never forgotten... “So often what we think about our self is not based upon what we think, or even what other people think about us, but what we think other people are thinking about us.” That's deep, but true!” There is much good from FOTF.

Albeit, Dr. James Dobson is NOT a born-again Christian. I say that kindly. You don't get saved by turning away from past sins, opening the door of your life, receiving Jesus as “Lord,” counting the cost, or following Christ. Here is a quote from the Focus On The Family website. This is their suggested prayer to God to be saved...

“Lord Jesus Christ, I need You. I agree that I am a sinner and have sinned in my thinking and speaking and acting. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I have counted the cost of following You. I repent and turn away from my past sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.”

SOURCE: Dr. James Dobson, Focus On The Family; Coming Homes: An Invitation To Join God's Family.”

Ladies and gentleman, this is not the Gospel set forth in the holy Scriptures. If you visit the preceding link to Focus On The Family's website, you'll read further heresy, more unbiblical requirements to be saved. For example: On their website they talk about starting a “personal relationship” with Jesus. My friend, there is nothing taught in the Bible about starting a personal relationship with Christ to be saved. In fact, Judas, one of Christ's very apostles, had a close relationship with the Lord, but still perished in his sins and went to Hell forever!

Also, here is another errant quote from the Focus On The Family FOTF website:

“You can come home, too, if you're ready to make that commitment. You can become a Christ follower right now simply by opening the door to Jesus and trusting Him as Lord and Savior.”

SOURCE: Dr. James Dobson, Focus On The Family; Coming Homes: An Invitation To Join God's Family.”

WRONG! Where does the Word of God ever tell anyone to “make a commitment” to be saved? It doesn't! Where in the holy Bible are we told to “become a Christ follower” to be saved? The Bible never says that! Where does the Bible require trusting Jesus as one's “Lord” to be saved? It doesn't! Folks, this is straight out of Hell false doctrine!!!

You simply need to receive Jesus as your Savior to be saved. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

So let's make a list of all the unbiblical things Focus On The Family (FOTF) have ADDED to the Gospel to be saved:

  1. Turn away from past sins
  2. Open the door of your life
  3. Receive Jesus as your “Lord”
  4. Count the cost
  5. Follow Christ
  6. Start a personal relationship
  7. Make me the person you want me to be
  8. Make a commitment
  9. Pray

Here is another disturbing quote from the Focus On The Family (FOTF) website:

“...a Christian is simply an individual who has felt the need to come home. You can come home, too, if you're ready to make that commitment. You can become a Christ follower right now simply by opening the door to Jesus and trusting Him as Lord and Savior. It's so easy a child can do it. But it's also hard because we first have to realize that we cannot do it on our own.

Once you've counted the cost and decided that you're ready to give your heart to Jesus...

SOURCE: Dr. James Dobson, Focus On The Family; Coming Homes: An Invitation To Join God's Family.”

So let's make an updated list of all the unbiblical things Focus On The Family (FOTF) have ADDED to the Gospel to be saved:

  1. Turn away from past sins
  2. Open the door of your life
  3. Receive Jesus as your “Lord”
  4. Count the cost
  5. Follow Christ
  6. Start a personal relationship
  7. Make me the person you want me to be
  8. Make a commitment
  9. Pray
  10. Feel the need to come home
  11. Give your heart to Jesus

Folks, I've already pointed out ELEVEN extra requirements that Dr. James Dobson has ADDED to “the simplicity that is in Christ,” which is the Gospel (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). God only requires one thing to be born-again, besides realizing that you are a needy sinner in His sight (you must know what you are being saved from), and that is to BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ!!! Acts 16:30-31, “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
 

The Gospel Defined

So what is the Gospel? I'm so glad that you asked. The holy Bible defines “the Gospel” for us:

1st Corinthians 15:1-6, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”

There you have it—Christ DIED on the cross for our sins, He was BURIED, and He miraculously and bodily RESURRECTED three days later. If you BELIEVE this, personally, making it your only hope for Heaven, you are saved. Christ died, that's history; Christ died and raised up for me, that's salvation!!! Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved.

Luke 8:12, “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” Matthew 16:13, “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” I also believe with Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I hope you do too my friend, because your eternal destiny depends upon it!

What I am sharing with you is a VERY different Gospel than what Dr. James Dobson is teaching. The Scriptures plainly teach that we are saved solely by “BELIEVING” on the Lord Jesus Christ...

John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

Amen! We are saved simply by BELIEVING!!! If you acknowledge that you are a guilty sinner in God's sight (Romans 3:19), and you receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He died, was buried and physically raised up the third day, you are immediately, securely and permanently saved. Please read, “WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?” by Pastor Harry Ironside (1876-1951). END

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