Back on March 14 of this year James Dobson had on his national radio program Family Talk as a guest false teacher Lou Engle. Lou Engle if you are not familiar with him is the founder of The Call, Senior leader of IHOP (International House of Prayer) Kansas City, and is into the NAR (National Apostolic Reformation) or A.K.A Joel's Army movements.
In the past Engle has said such ludicrous and crazy things as;
"If we actually have The Call and you don’t sustain prayer ongoing you open a vacuum for demons seven times worse to come in, if black and white can’t move together in prayer and sustain it, forget it let’s not even go there, you get demons seven times worse."
(Exactly where is this in the Bible? One can see the Scripture twisting and poor hermeneutics of Lou Engle.)
Dobson opened his conversation with Engle by welcoming and thanking him for coming on the show and reminiscing about how they have worked together in the past on various projects. (This audio file is attached to the top of the article) This very conversation if not what follows after the introduction should be disheartening and a concern for bible believing Christ honoring believers. The mere utterance of Dobson and Engle together in the past, especially considering Lou Engle's affiliation with the NAR and IHOP should be foretelling of where Dobson really stands.
As heard in the above audio file you can hear Dobson in full agreement with Engle and his narcissistic eisegesis of scripture and out of context allegorization of the story of Ester. Listen closely as Engle takes the story of Ester and tries to apply it to "Christians" and the "church" in America. Engle is totally allegorizing the story of Ester. Ester is what is called a descriptive text not a prescript of text. In other words this describes what the Jewish people when through at the time of Ester. This text is not prescriptive for us to make applicable today in the church. Sadly Dobson here has no biblical discernment and follows right along with this total ripping of Scripture.
Upon listening to this clip it seems that Dobson has an almost alliance if not a deep friendship with Engle. Which may be the reason you never here Dobson ask Engle any questions about his affiliations with IHOP and The NAR.
As stated earlier in the audio clip Dobson and Engle have a kingship of co-opting together for causes starting at least as far back as 2008. That would not be their only appearance together. Back in August of 2011 Dobson was singing the praises of Lou Engle during Rick Perry's prayer event. It seems that the last couple of years Dobson has left his conservative doctrinal Christianity for more of an experiential Christianity.
It would seem that many of today's "Christian Leaders", not just Dobson, are uniting more and more with false or questionable teachers. I would venture to say that the pro family movement along with other "Christian leaders" and it's willingness to unite with false teachers are more of a threat to biblical Christianity than all right apostate groups such as the Mormons or the Jehovah Witnesses.
The question that needs to be answered here is what is exactly James Dobson doing uniting with such a false teacher? As I see it there can be only one of three answers to this question.
First, Dobson is ignorant and does not realize what Lou Engle teaches and believes. I would find this answer however easily dismissible sense a 30 second search of the Internet can easily account for what Lou Engle practices and believes.
Second, Dobson may have reached his prime. That is to say that he is so out of touch with what "Christian leaders" are teaching in mainstream, dare I say, Evangelical arenas that he has become in a sense useless and out of touch with reality.
Third, this being the most applicable answer to the question. Dobson along with many other "Christian leaders" have found it easier to compromise and go along with these false teachers than to stand against them.
I see the third option being the most viable out of the three. The reason behind the third answer being the most applicable out of the three is quite simple. Most "Christian leaders" of today along with the "pro family" movements see compromising with false teachers as the only way possible to have influence on the people under those false teachers. Which is not at all the case what they don't realize is that by compromising and going along with these false teachers they are confusing issues in people and leading more people astray. If they would just stay and for what is scripturally true, while it might cost them in the end people would know who to align themselves with and who not to.
Christ and the Bible is very clear on having fellowship with false teachers we are warned not to partake in such actions in the book of Ephesians.
Eph 5:6-11 "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them."
So now the question that begs to be answered is; what happens to all these people that are following Dobson that now think that Lou Engle is credible thanks to Dobson's endorsements?
The answer to this can be found in the Scriptures and is quite simple in John 10:27 we are told. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." Even those that are lead astray by this if they are hearing Christ's voice they will return to Him. As for those who fall away because of this we must remember 1John 2:19 "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us."
While Dobson and other "Christian Leaders" might be good to look to we must remember in the end to be like the Berean's of Act 17:11 and look to the Word of God for our finally answers in all matters. If we don't do this we can be easily led astray. We must not let false teachers into our mist as we are warned about in 2 Peter 2:1 "But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction."
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