4/29/2010- UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Since we posted this yesterday, some of the links directly connected with OKC 1st have mysteriously disappeared. At the end of this post, I have a cached picture of the Social Holiness site with the Nazarene connection at the bottom.
This update is from my friend at exnazarene:
January 25, 2010 by exnazarene
*UPDATE* April 25, 2010 – Apparently, OKC 1st Church of the Nazarene has removed it’s link on their main church website that showed their affiliation with the Industrial Areas Foundation. However, another point of reference with their involvement via their Minister of Social Justice, Lance Schmitz, can be found HERE at a Social Holiness website that claims it operates as a Ministry of Oklahoma First Church of the Nazarene. (I suggest people make copies of these pages before they also disappear.)
In addition, here is another news article that associates Minister of Social Justice, Lance Schmitz, as a committee member of an interfaith community coalition called the Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee, that is directly linked to the Industrial Areas Foundation. The article can be accessed HERE.
The radical liberal agenda has enjoyed success in secular schools and organizations for several decades, and to a mild degree in some of the liberal denominations from the turn of the last century.
It makes sense that the next stronghold to assault would be to infiltrate the ranks of the conservative Christian schools and conservative denominations. But through what method?
Enter the Emergent Church Movement and its’ emphasis on “social justice”. Here’s the strategy:
- Re-package the primary mission of Jesus coming on the earth from being one of redemption of souls, to one of setting things right for the poor and marginalized in society. Paint those (conservatives) who hold to a salvation message of personal repentance of sin, and faith and trust in Jesus as the only Way, Truth and Life , and re-cast them as Pharisee’s and mean-spirited fundamentalists who know nothing of compassion for the down and out.
- Promote the emergent church as the first to discover compassion for others and care about societal ills. Do this under the catch phrase of “bringing in the kingdom” and/or being “missional” .
- Take a low view of scripture and introduce doubts as to its’ authority and reliability.
- Focus mainly on the “good works” of Jesus, while avoiding unpleasant topics such as sin, its consequences, personal responsibility, and above all else stay away from the subject of hell.
The following link will take you to an article from The Tulsa Beacon entitled The Wolves Are At the Door. The article was posted in April 2009.
In the article you will read the connection between the Industrial Areas Foundation , of which Oklahoma First Church of the Nazarene is a supporter, and Saul Alinsky , who was a Communist sympathizer and socialist , and the term “social justice”. Here is a quote from the article:
“Saul Alinsky used the poor to further a radical agenda, while ostensibly helping them. Although the IAF has disavowed some of Alinsky’s more extreme views, they still use his methods and seek to work within unsuspecting Catholic and Protestant congregations, and among other constituencies, to further a decidedly liberal agenda. From our research, you won’t ever see IAF working with its protégés to encourage conservative principles in public policy.”
Also of interest would be this interview given by the Minister of Social Justice of Oklahoma First Church of the Nazarene to Sojourner’s Magazine, which is a magazine with a radical liberal/progressive Leftist (chrisitan) agenda whose founder, Jim Wallis has ties to the Communist Party.
The people in the pews in the Nazarene Church need to wake up and start asking questions and demand answers from their leadership. The only way to turn the Nazarene denomination around from this liberal agenda is for those in the pews to gather together and pray, repent from straying off course, fast, and create a grass roots movement of those that care about Biblical integrity and Biblical foundations that have been under assault from the Left. The Nazarenes need to ask the question of the following from Psalm 11.