Matthew 7:15-20 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
“What should a Christian do in the face of clear evidence that a school that calls itself “Christian”, gets off the “narrow way” and enters the broad road to destruction?” Especially if that Christian has children who may go to that school, or who is sending some of his money to this school?
Would you want a “pastor” to come speak to your congregation who DOES NOT believes the following?
- That “scripture alone” is our guide,
– There is a literal hell,
– The Bible is a product of divine inspiration,
– The doctrine of original sin,
– The virgin birth.
Apparently, Point Loma Nazarene University has no problem with that. It would be difficult for me to say that they are ignorant or unawares of this kind of teaching. Let’s see who I am talking about (I only touched on a small portion of his heresies). I have forwarded this email to the Board of General Superintendents to let them be aware of the following serious issue. I recommend anyone else concerned with this to address that concern to our leadership.
Pastor’s Day With Rob Bell
False prophet and so-called “pastor”, Rob Bell, will be the main speaker at Pastor’s Day at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene on Feb. 18, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University. Perhaps the pastors who will attend this event may want to heed the words of Jesus, and inspect the fruit produced by Rob Bell. If it is rotten to the core, there is no choice but to cut that tree down, in other words, reject Rob Bell as anything other than a false teacher.
It seems that PLNU is working very hard to become known as one of the top schools to send your child so he can be indoctrinated with the “best” of the apostasy movement within the Nazarene denomination and practically all evangelical denominations now. I call it the apostasy movement now because it not only includes emergent ideology, but also a rise in Dominion theology, the Alpha Course, soaking prayer and other experiential phenomena, social justice, extreme environmentalism, ecumenism, universalism, evolutionism, to name a few.
So now it is pastors who are being introduced openly to the heretical and dangerous viewpoints of Rob Bell. One of the biggest promoters of process theology, Dr. Michael Lodahl of Point Loma, is a Sunday School teacher at SD First. (Process theology teaches that God makes mistakes and learns from them, and therefore this heresy rejects the sovereignty of God). Point Loma also is home to Dr. Darrel Falk, one of the foremost proponents of the heretical teaching of theistic evolution, which rejects the truth of the Genesis account of creation.
I will not spend a lot of time here on Bell’s theology, his promotion of mystical practices, or his rejection of the authority and inerrancy of scripture. It has been widely documented, and I have written some posts on him, including this one (Rob Bell: A Modern Day Gnostic). I have attached other links at the end for further reading. He is a danger particularly to young people and new Christians, many of whom do not have the maturity and discernment to spot such a deceiver.
It is truly sad to report the kinds of things Point Loma Nazarene University is doing, because I am sure not everyone attending or working at this school goes along with it. Yet, what should one do when a “Christian” school insists on continuing down the road of apostasy. (Apostasy comes from the Greek word apostasia, and means “a defiance of an established system or authority; a rebellion; an abandonment or breach of faith”). In this case, it is an abandonment of clear scriptural teachings to stay away from and reject false teachers. There is no doubt anymore what Point Loma has become. So what should a Christian do in the face of clear evidence that a school working under the banner of a Christian school, gets off the “narrow way” and enters the broad road to destruction?
Do you prefer to do what scripture tells you to, which is to expose the false teachers and the enablers of these false teachers? First and foremost, if you do this, you will have obeyed the very commands of Jesus Christ and the apostles, and obedience as a Christian to all that scripture commands is not an option when it involves any clear teaching.
The only other alternative for us as Christians is to keep quiet and say nothing. Those with that attitude perhaps believe that God will sort it all out, and take care of things in due time. And so perhaps with that excuse, they can escape the inevitable result of speaking out. That result would be to become unpopular, to be labeled a hateful person, and lose friends and colleagues, or be shunned by their church as a divisive person.
Point Loma leadership ought to be held accountable for the many poor decisions they have been making over the last few years. I have documented some of these, as well as have others. They have embraced false teacher Richard Foster, including hosting a retreat sponsored by his Renovaré organization. They hosted a bizarre conference called Nurturing The Prophetic Imagination, as reported by Rev. Peter Migner. I have listened to a chapel message in which the chaplain promoted mysticism. They have consistently promoted contemplative mysticism. Students have even publicized on their school blog about their dabbling into attempts to contact the spirit world. It seems there is not much that can be frowned on at the school anymore.
- Do not send your child to this Point Loma Nazarene University.
- Write or call the leadership including the board of directors and ask why are they continuing down this road.
- Write or call our Board of General Superintendents and ask their opinion on whether Rob Bell conforms to orthodox biblical teaching, and offer to send them documented evidence of his unbiblical ideology.
- Suggest that withholding funds to the school, either from private donations or from your local church or even your District, is a serious possibility.
- Pray that if nothing else works, that God will shut down this school rather than let it continue deceiving students, and apparently, pastors as well.
As far as I know, the leadership of this school has not been responding seriously to anyone’s concerns. The time for political correctness and politeness is long past due for Point Loma and many other Nazarene schools, and those of other denominations. As I have stated before, I would prefer a millstone be hung around my neck and be thrown into the sea, than to negligently allow one young student at these schools to stumble.
What about you?