BREAKING NEWS: Focus Of Family President Dobson Resigns

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Worthy News Staff

WASHINGTON D.C., USA (Worthy News) -- The leader of one of the United State's most influential Christian family groups has resigned.

Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family, but will continue to play a prominent role at the organization he founded more than three decades ago, his organization said.

Dobson notified the board of his decision Wednesday, and the 950 employees of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based ministry were informed Friday morning at a monthly worship service, said Jim Daly, the group's president and chief executive officer.

Dobson, 72, will continue to host Focus on the Family's flagship radio program, write a monthly newsletter and speak out on moral issues, Daly told The Associated Press news agency.

Dobson's resignation as board chairman "lessens his administrative burden" and is the latest step in a succession plan, the group said. Dobson began relinquishing control six years ago by stepping down as president and Chief Executive Officer.

"One of the common errors of founder-presidents is to hold to the reins of leadership too long, thereby preventing the next generation from being prepared for executive authority," Dobson said in a statement. "... Though letting go is difficult after three decades of intensive labor, it is the wise thing to do."

On political matters, Dobson "will continue to speak out as he always has — a private citizen and not a representative of the organization he founded," said Gary Schneeberger, a Focus on the Family spokesman.

He said the nonprofit ministry and Focus on the Family Action — an affiliate set up under a different section of the tax code that permits more political activity — will continue to be active on public policy.

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17 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: Focus Of Family President Dobson Resigns”

  1. If these Dobson, Focus on the Family, the Church of Later Day Saints, or any religious organization wants to fund political actions, they are free to do so. All that they have to do is give up their tax exempt status. It is ironic that these institutions give lip service to truth and integrity, unless it is not to their benefit.

    • Think It Is About Some Religion Or Another?

      "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" John 11:25

      Think Again!


      Humbly Read The Bible And Trust And Know

      "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6


      "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:10-11


      "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17

      Political Action

      "And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth." Luke 11:2

      And Service

      "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12

      Or Not

      "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 3:36

  2. Focus On The Family

    "Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth." Psalms 107:41-42

    May The LORD Be Glorified Today
    May His Saints Rejoice To See Such A Thing
    Come Quickly LORD Jesus, Come Quickly! Hallelujah!

  3. Dobson not a religious leader, He is a conservative political/social activist who promotes his world view...why should he shut up? Does anyone else stop for those reasons?

    If you are looking for true leadership that wont disappoint you look to Jesus...HE is alive.

  4. Thank you Mr. Dobson, You have stuck your neck out for what you believe for a very long time. You are a patriot sir, in a time when the popular road for your like is hyprocrisy you remain the example. Our country is being destroyed by those who could never have created it. Thanks to your example I hope they never get away with it.

  5. i bless my brother in jesus name and i love him with the love of jesus and when you judge you well be judge, god so loved the wrold that he gave his only begotton son . jesus jesus i ask that you bless this man for all he die throught out history, in t he name of jesus forgive me for my writinging, the lord bless you and keep and the lord bless all of you who read this, i give the glory to jesus he love you all, war drummer for san diego and the nations, god bless,

  6. thank you james dobson for the example of righteousness that you have been for 30 years.may you fulfill your destiny for Jesus Christ.Just know that their are more for you than against you.thanks for being a man i can point to and say see you can make a difference in this world for righteousness.thank you

  7. Only eternity will reveal the enormous impact for good that Dr. Dobson has upon the preservation of the family and Christian values. He should be held in highest esteem by all true Christian believers. May God give him many more years of invaluable contribution to Godly, conservative teaching and family values.

  8. ...... but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Phil 2:3
    Psychology is a false religion and Dr. Dobson is a big promoter of the self esteem doctrine which is contrary to the Word of God. All part of the emerging church which is the unsubmisive wife who thinks she knows better than her husband and is courting the anti-Christ and about to commit adultry with him.

    • You are the type of unmerciful stumbling block that would hound and chase the wife into the arms of the anti-christl, nagging and judging the whole way. Take the mote out of your own eye first will you?!?! Listen here unmericiful one, IF the emergent church is the unsubmissive wife than hopefully there is someone loving out there that will understand her brokenness and confusion, due to the judgementalism and lack of love of Jesus she sees in the TRADITIONAL church. CHristians like you chase people into the arms of the emergent church, Terri. Many broken and hurt people see what you have and they don't want it. YOu are the great recruiter for the emergent church and people like you. Learn to be still, instead of judging! You don't know everything

  9. Romans 3:4 Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged." [fn]
    Rom 3:5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? [Is] God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.)
    Rom 3:6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?
    Rom 3:7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
    Rom 3:8 And [why] not [say], "Let us do evil that good may come"?--as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.
    Rom 3:9 What then? Are we better [than they]? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
    Rom 3:10 As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;
    Rom 3:11 There is none who understands

  10. Mr. Dobson is free to do what he wants, but he'll find no authorization from God, Christ or the Bible to meddle in political issues. Christians are to teach God's viewpoint of issues, but are nowhere authorized to be part of this world's so called political and social solutions to the problems. Just let me know where the Bible authorizes political involvement? I'm waiting.

  11. Dr. Dobson has done some good, politically, for the family. I don't judge the man personally. I love the sinner, but hate the sin. I have a responsibility to hold my brothers and sisters in Christ accountable, to warn them of false teachers. I don't know everything, but I won't be still and watch His bride fall into the trap. The truth hurts, but it will set you free. Jesus said in Luke 12:51 Do [you] suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
    1 Cor. 4:14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn [you].
    Jer. 14:14 And the LORD said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.
    Lam. 2:14 Your prophets have seen for you False and deceptive visions; They have not uncovered your iniquity, To bring back your captives, But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.
    Mathew 24:11 - 15 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Mat 24:15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),
    1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

    • Terri, You're right. And the Bible tells us to judge within the body of Messiah. Dobson claims to be a Christian. If it smells like a duck, and walks like a duck, chances are it is a duck. There is one, and only one, place I have ever found in the Bible that is in total agreement with Psychology. It is the verse that says, "a double minded man is unstable in all his ways." He and his judged so many using Psychology's biblies, and he deserves to be judged for that. It's only Biblical. He's a false prophet. He's been at it too long, with all the signs and lots of rebukes calling him back. He is what he is. And I'm not afraid to call him that. People hearing from God are "Psychotic"? People who hear God's Word are the real followers. And Jesus said so. I'm not afraid to say it, I'd be afraid to deny it!

  12. Why, oh why, can so many be so wrong to listen to this man. We can all see the fruit of his works. While Dobson and his people were watching pornography for Congress, no one defended the rights of husbands and wives to not be forced to testify against their husbands. And the rates of divorce skyrocketed. Not just in the non-Christian population, in the same exact population that was listening to Dobson. There is NO presedence for wives giving their husbands ultimatums, "do this or I will divorce you" types stuff. But that's what he teaches. This false prophet has led astray whole nations, not just the USA. Sure abortion is wrong. The Pope says so too. So does the Mormon Church. That doesn't make the Pope God's living Word on this earth or the Mormon "apostles" real ones either. I praise God that Dobson is no longer the head of Focus on the Family. Maybe Christian families will stop disintegrating at ever increasing rates now. Jesus told us, "by their fruits you will know them." Dobson turned so many Christians to Psychology (which has as one of it most basic doctrines that even toddlers have sexual urges and feelings/needs) I can not imagine the good (those few who really did hold tight to Jesus) will ever outweigh the bad. He's a cult leader! He was a cult leader all along. And he slid into each and every Protestant denomination I ever looked into. Look at the numbers. Look at the fruit. Paying someone to listen to you is harlotry without the sex. Pastors referring members of their flock to Psychologists was just giving away their sheep. And then, everyone wonders why we have an epidemic of Stay-Away Saints. Well, duh. How many who took his advice still have their wives now? Or husbands? How many wives he advised are not on their third husbands? The Bible has a name for that. All the effort that went into dividing families should have been put towards holding abusive family members accountable. In supporting the survivors while real abusers went to jail and the rest remained safe. This is not what Dobson built. He did not build the house of the Lord. He's reduced it to so many broken families I can not ever bear to look anymore.

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