A Discussion about the Position Statement: Why Focus on the Family has Formed an Alliance with Mormons, Muslims and Hindus

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Dear Tom Minnery,

I received a copy of your position statement as to why Focus on the Family has formed an Alliance with Mormons, Muslims and Hindus, and felt that I should respond. Even though I am convinced that you are sincere in your belief that you are doing what is right, I also believe that you are sincerely wrong. Sincerity is not the standard of righteousness... God's Word is. The Apostle Paul was very sincere in his efforts to persecute the Church before his conversion to Christianity, but his sincerity did not make his actions right before God. One of manâ's greatest propensities for failure is in the arena of "doing what is right in his own eyes," rather than obeying God's clearly revealed written Word. I found six major errors or inconsistencies in your position statement. Please do not take this as a personal attack. I am aware that, although you authored the position statement, each
and every word was approved by Dr. Dobson and the entire cabinet.

1) No "alliance?" In your cover letter you refer to your involvement with the World Congress
of Families as a "supposed alliance." The inference is crystal clear. You are insinuating that
you have NOT formed an Alliance, when in actuality, the opposite is true. Please, Tom, the
employees and supporters of Focus on the Family deserve to know the TRUTH. Why deny the
Alliance? You told me personally that, "Focus has aligned themselves with Mormons, Muslims and
Hindus." By definition that is an alliance. The term "congress" means a FORMAL assembly of
representatives.

For Pete's sake Tom, YOU ARE ON THE PLANNING COMMITTEE of the World Congress of Families (WCOF), and even held a conference on the Focus campus with your fellow
WCOF members! Please be more forthright, and call a spade a spade. Why are you ashamed or
afraid to admit that you have formed a formal Alliance with Mormons, Muslims and Hindus? I
believe that you are afraid that it may cost Focus financially. That is probably why you
specifically refer to Mormons and Muslims in your cover letter (which went out ONLY to
employees), but "Mormons and Muslims" are NOT mentioned anywhere in the position statement
(which goes out to supporters). Many people would not support Focus if they knew that Focus
had become the FIRST Evangelical organization to form a formal Alliance with the Mormons, in
the entire history of the LDS Church. I had the opportunity to speak with some of the members
of the WCOF, and they definitely consider it to be a formal Alliance.

2) Non-evangelicals? Your next misleading statement seems a bit more devious. Throughout the
position statement, you refer to working with "non-Evangelicals." The statement itself is even
titled "FOF Involvement with Non-Evangelicals." Tom, I don't believe that most people are as
concerned about Focus working with "non-Evangelicals" as they are Focus working with NON-
CHRISTIANS. Mormons, Muslims and Hindus are NON-CHRISTIANS, Tom... not non-Evangelicals.

This comes across as being deliberately misleading. Maybe that was not your intention. A good way to prove that your intentions are righteous would be to rename the position statement: "FOF
Involvement with Non-Christians." You also use the term "denominational differences." The
Mormons are not just another "denomination," no matter what their TV commercials say to the
contrary. You say that it is important to "cooperate with friends who are defending truth
wherever we can find them." Mormons, Muslims, and Hindus do not adhere to ANY Biblical truth.
Just because you share the same political and moral agenda, does not justify calling them
"friends."

As you know, the Muslims are the number one killers of Jews and Christians around
the world. Muslim officials have killed over two million Christians in the Sudan in the last
eight years alone. Friends they are not. The Mormons teach some of the most bizarre and
blasphemous doctrines that one could ever imagine. They do not adhere to one single essential
Christian doctrine. They desperately want to be perceived as "just another Christian
denomination."

Now, by aligning yourself with them, you are helping them to achieve this allusive goal. Their 60,000 Missionaries will now be using the name of Focus on the Family to get their unsuspecting prey to drop their guard, by convincing the poor souls that they are orthodox because they "work with Focus on the Family." You even say in your statement that Dr. Dobson will not allow cultic groups (such as the Mormons) into the recording studio because of the "deceit in their message, and in All of their dealings with the orthodox Christian community." If the Mormons are "deceitful in All their dealings with the orthodox Christian community," wouldn’t that "All " include this Alliance? You won't allow them in the recording studio, but you will form a political Alliance with them? Why be so double minded?

James 1:8 says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Your standards for Truth
should always be the same. For your information, these are just some of the official pillars
of Mormon theology:

A) God is just an exalted man! ("As man is, God once was... As God is, man may become")

B) God had sex with the Virgin Mary to "sire" His one and only Son in the flesh! (Mormon Doctrine, Pg. 546-547)

C) There are many Gods! (History of the Church, Vol. 6, Pg. 305-306)

D) Jesus killed people by the thousands! (III Nephi 9:1-15) E) Black skin is a curse
from God! (II Nephi 5:21) F) Salvation by works! (Article of Faith #3)

G) Baptism for the dead! (Doctrine and Covenants, 124:28-36)

H) All other churches are of the Devil! (I Nephi 14: 10)

I) God said: All other churches beliefs are an abomination to Him! (Pearl of Great Price / History of Joseph Smith, Pg. 49) I trust that you understand that these beliefs are a stench in the nostrils of our Creator. 3) No Scriptural basis? One major item that seems to be lacking in the position statement is your Scriptural basis for the Alliance. You only quote God's Word on two occasions: once to say that we must be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16) and lastly you quote three verses to justify that other religions have some Truth, too. But what you do NOT state is the scriptural basis for the Alliance. Yes, we need to be wise and harmless, but that has NOTHING to do with forming an Alliance with the enemies of God. As a matter of fact, forming an Alliance with God's enemies is about as UNwise as I can imagine. In your position statement you never seem to get around to the core issue, which is: "Is the Alliance Biblical?"

The obvious reason that you do not quote God's Word to justify the Alliance, is because the Alliance militates against God's Word. II John 1:9-11, says, "Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds." Therefore, by welcoming the Mormons, Muslims and Hindus onto the Focus campus and aligning yourself with them in the World Congress of Families, you now "participate in their evil deeds" that they commit outside of the Alliance.

James 4:4, says, "You (spiritual) adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world
is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself
an enemy of God."

II Corinthians 6:14-17, says, "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what
partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15
Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
... 17 "Therefore, Come out from their midst and be seperate," says the Lord."

Ephesians 5:6-11, says, "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things
the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with
them... 11 Do not participate in their unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose
them."

4) Unity in the Fundamentals? This is by far, the most confusing and convoluted statement in
your letter. You state that we must have "Unity in the Fundamentals." What fundamental
doctrines of God's Word do we share with the Mormons? The Muslims? The Hindus? The two most basic fundamentals are: "The Nature of God" and "What Must I Do To Be Saved." Do you have "unity" with your Alliance on these basic fundamentals? NO! You only have political unity, not
unity in the Spirit.

5) Truth is the banner? This is actually a continuation of point four, stated in a different
way. You say that, "Truth is the banner around which we will rally any and all who are willing
to come to her defense." Is that what this Alliance is all about? Defending the Truth? Whose
Truth? Yours or God's? Mormons, Muslims and Hindus are all working to earn their salvation.
Do they believe in salvation by God's Grace? NO! Is Jesus their Way, their Truth, and their
Life? NO! This is a slippery slope, Tom. Where do you draw the line? I guess there is no line,
as you said you would rally "any and all" as long as they share your political agenda, because
they certainly don't share a belief in God's Word. Some Focus employees have also
erroneously assumed that maybe you are trying to witness to the members of the World Congress
of Families, but as you know, their mission statement says in order to be a member, you must
"set your theological beliefs aside." To verify, go to : www.worldcongress.org

6) Double Vision? Lastly, you say that you are trying to "keep one eye on the fundamentals of
the faith and another on our practical goals." You should be keeping both eyes on the Cross,
instead of being cross-eyed! Matthew 6:23-24 says, "If your eye is bad, your whole body will
be full of darkness... 24 No one can serve two Masters..." We cannot serve the Lord and our
own personal political agendas. II Peter 2:20-21 warns, "If after they have escaped the
defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but then they
are again entangled in them and are overcome, their last state has become worse than their
first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than
having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them." If you have read
all of the scriptures quoted in this letter, then I admonish you to not "turn away from the
holy commandment delivered to you." Peter warns that if you continue to disobey God at this
point... you will be without excuse. Please do not allow yourselves to become entangled again
in the defilements of this world. We are to be in the world, but not of the world.

Tom Minnery, Dr. Dobson, Del Tackett, Diane Passno, and Tom Mason, PLEASE listen to those who are warning you of the dangers of this Alliance. This is not a game... there are potentially
millions of souls at stake. The Board of Focus on the Family is mainly made up of wealthy
supporters, but there is one Biblical scholar, Adrian Rogers. He stated that he believes that
this Alliance is unbiblical and WRONG! He is God's mouthpiece to you at this time.
Adrianâ's personal opinion is no better than yours or mine, but when he quotes God's
Word... then every ear should be open to hear from the Spirit of God. And God is saying, loud
and clear: "Do not be bound together with unbelievers in the World Congress of Families!"

In Jesus, Brian V. Cooper

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