Nazarene Theological Seminary promotes occultism and Roman Catholic mysticism. I’ll say it again. Nazarene Theological Seminary promotes occultism and Roman Catholic mysticism. At least that’s what it seems to me. Maybe I’m wrong, but man, what can one say when it’s not even done secretly now? Let me explain.
I nearly went apoplectic last night as I was wandering though the Nazarene Theological Seminary’s website and the various course offerings! Now the pieces of the puzzle continue to be put together, and there is less doubt in my mind- if any- about where our Nazarene Theological Seminary is heading. And there are many more course examples to give, including the many mystical books that are part of the required or suggested readings for the various pastoral degree programs. To me, this is truly sad and so pathetic to see unfolding.
When I recently did several posts about Tony Campolo and his appearance at Eastern Nazarene College (False Prophet Tony Campolo Promotes Doctrines of Demons), I talked about his blatant promotion of contemplative prayer practices, and his reference to what the Celtics called that “thin place”, meaning the occultic Celtic spirituality that tries to equate it with true genuine Christian worship (Tony Campolo’s Thin Places: Occultic Christianity). I said to myself, how can this man and his contemplative heresies be tolerated so much by a denomination that talks and preaches holiness? Well, I think I know now. Because it is tolerated and taught by our very own seminary that prepares the future pastors of a holiness denomination!
So, here is a course being offered for next spring by Professor Doug Hardy. It’s called Celtic Spirituality,and this link will take you where you can download the entire syllabus (under the category The Ministry of the Christian Church-Spiritual Formation), and view other course offerings that smack of contemplative spirituality.
Here is the course description:
Course Description, Narrative, & Rationale
The renewal of interest in and even fascination with all things Celtic in recent decades begs the question: What do so many find compelling about these peoples and their culture? Embedded within the more well-known expressions of Celtic art, music, dance, and story are references to lesser-known spiritual traditions, both pre- Christian and Christian. What characterizes Celtic spirituality and what is its relevance for Christian spirituality today? In this course, these and other questions will be explored from the perspective of the Christian Celtic tradition.
Knowing Doug Hardy’s background and what he is involved in, and what he recommends for good reading over at Windsor Hills Camp in New Hampshire, is enough to know that this is a bad thing- not a good thing. This is not a question of studying false ideologies to get to know about them and refute them. No, my friends, this is indoctrination of perhaps your future pastor with occultic practices. This would be laughable, if not for the fact that souls are at stake here, and I stand by my statement from the Campolo article that this is nothing but doctrines of demons being taught.
To further prove that point that this is not a simple study of a false ideology, here are some of the goals of the course for the students:
Before even starting the course, students are required to: Incorporate into your prayer practice at least two offices (morning, midday, night) from the Fitzgerald Celtic Prayer Book, daily for a minimum of 5 of the 6 pre-module weeks.
The course will supposedly provide opportunities for the following:
1. Practice prayer and meditation using Celtic Christian resources.
2. Learn the basic history of Celtic peoples, places, and especially the saints.
3. Articulate a Celtic-informed theology of creation, asceticism, and/or mission.
4. Contextualize Celtic perspectives and practices into current life and ministry.
The required texts are:
Balzer, Tracy. Thin Places: An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity.
Davies, Oliver (Trans. & Intro). Celtic Spirituality (Classics of Western Spirituality).
de Waal, Esther. Every Earthly Blessing: Rediscovering the Celtic Tradition.
Fitzgerald, William John. A Contemporary Celtic Prayer Book.
Newell, J. Philip. Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality.
Newell, J. Philip. Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation.
After Classes End, here are some requirements:
Read Balzer’s Thin Places and incorporate into your prayer practice the Celtic Blessing / Meditation / Reflection Questions
Write a Theology Paper (minimum 10 pages) articulating your Celtic-informed understanding of a specific topic in one or more of the following areas: theology of creation; theology of asceticism; theology or mission.
There is no doubt left in my mind that at the very least, the leadership at Nazarene Theological Seminary have no problem with doctrines of demons being taught to future pastors. I will not insult their intelligence and assume they don’t know what’s going on. I have already given you some serious connection problems that Professor Dean Blevins has with promoting contemplative spirituality via his support and involvement with YouthFront and Barefoot Ministries. And Doug Hardy’s involvement with mystical practices (Mystics Who Are Being Promoted To Nazarenes) including his work with Spiritual Directors International, leads me to conclude that at the very least, NTS is negligently allowing false doctrines to be promoted and taught there.
This makes me sad to see, but then it also makes me angry, when the thought comes to mind that for every semester that goes by, for every year that a new class comes in, the deception of our future pastors is continuing. When will it be stopped, and who really cares about this? Or have I gone mad, and should I just get with the program? Brothers and sisters, what will it take to stop this madness? If I reported next week that Santeria was being practiced at NTS, and chickens heads were being cut off as offerings to God, would that raise an eyebrow? What will it take for as many Nazarenes as possible to call or write our seminary, and our general Superintendents to say, enough is enough? For the love of our students, and the love of God, please stop this and speak out now.
May God help us. Please, be a watchman on the wall, and sound the alarm.