Would Jesus attend PLNU?

The following was posted by an alumnus of Point Loma Nazarene University recently.  I believe they reflect the concerns of many Nazarenes, alumni, as well as parents of students who attend, or are thinking of attending, Point Loma Nazarene University:

In recent weeks, professors have written articles that answer timeless questions such as “what retirement plan would Jesus have?” and “would Jesus drive a BMW?”

This caused me to come up with a question of my own: Would Jesus attend PLNU? Or if He visited, what would He say? Here are a few points to consider:

•  Would He be pleased that a PLNU biology professor is praised by the Atheists Coalition of San Diego for his work on Darwinism and evolution?

•  Would He be pleased that PLNU asked Brian McLaren to speak in chapel, an emerging church leader who calls God a “woman and a chick” and refuses to call homosexuality a sin? A person that places a higher value on an individual’s “experience” as the way to find the truth of God than the truths in God’s Word?

•  Would He be pleased that PLNU hosted a pastor’s conference in honor of Rob Bell, a person who is a proponent of universalism, or the no-vacancy-sign-in-hell-is-lit-up so all people go to heaven? Pretty diminishing to Jesus, wouldn’t you think?

•  Would He question why the administration did not speak up when a professor emailed the student body about a “Good Friday Walk With the Suffering” which equated “Jesus being nailed to the cross” to “immigration reform” and “Jesus being laid in the tomb” to the “environment and global warming”?

•  Would He ask why the administration did not ask their director of spiritual development to step down after coming out as gay and who made this statement: “Thanks be to God that He made me gay. This is my proclamation: I am gay. I am a Christian. And I will continue to live in that manner.”

Many professors have suggested that John 3:16 is about the environment. I was called “selfish” for thinking the translation of “kosmos” said otherwise. I disagreed that Jesus died for people and the planet, tree stumps and empty water bottles included.

In my four years at PLNU, I had a Bible professor claim that modern Israel is worse than Hitler ever was, that parts of the Old Testament are only myths, that some of the miracles that Jesus claims to have performed in the Gospels are false, and that some books in the Bible are “irrelevant.” There are professors that claim that God makes mistakes and that He does not know the future, despite more than 400 verses related to eschatology. I even had a professor claim that human life has no more value than a plant.

The chapel leadership continually chooses to invite social and theological liberals to speak, and then hosts pastoral conferences in their honor. Do many of the school’s supporters mistakenly believe that the chapel leadership chooses speakers that align with their traditional evangelical or Nazarene beliefs? If their supporters believe this shows that PNLU is deceiving through omission rather than communicating the “merits” of these speakers to the supporters in the same vigorous way they communicate to the students.

Charles Swindoll said: “Our society would have us think that if we truly love people, we’ll accept them regardless of their beliefs. This is called ‘tolerance.’ Yet what kind of love lets someone believe a lie that eventually destroys them? That’s not love; that’s indifference, the opposite of love.”

I encourage professors, faculty, parents and students to study the Word in order to best present yourselves to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and  who correctly handles the Word of Truth.

Nathaniel Spatz

2010 Alumnus of Business Management

Brian McLaren’s Attack Against Hell And Jesus’s Atonement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SOUfsX2fbk&feature=related

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12 responses to “Would Jesus attend PLNU?

  1. Manny:
    Thanks for the article this time coming from an alumnus which once again points to the problem that exists at PLNU, and apparently not being addressed by the leadership.

    I clicked on the referenced article by Nathaniel. It was interesting to read the responses apparently from the students, and or former students. It was an incite to what their rationale is pertaining to what Nathaniel wrote. Their comments were mixed which only goes to verify the article and the confusion that is taking place on campus.

  2. Jesus, who knows everything there is to know, wouldn’t attend any Nazarene college or university though he might be seen raising a ruckus on campus with those who teach contrary to what he taught.

  3. Jesus, would probably clear the campus of heretics like he cleared out the temple of the money changers and others.

  4. In my opinion, this is the paragraph that contains the most troubling information:

    In my four years at PLNU, I had a Bible professor claim that modern Israel is worse than Hitler ever was, that parts of the Old Testament are only myths, that some of the miracles that Jesus claims to have performed in the Gospels are false, and that some books in the Bible are “irrelevant.” There are professors that claim that God makes mistakes and that He does not know the future, despite more than 400 verses related to eschatology. I even had a professor claim that human life has no more value than a plant.

    What would (do) our generals superintendents think about this? What do our college presidents think? Is this OK with them? Do they know that or want our future Nazarene leaders to be learning and buying into these ideas? Why isn’t something being done about this? Where are the brave men and women, like the biblical prophets, who will stand against this? Where would we be if the prophets had decided to be silent in order not to hurt anyone’s feelings or cause an uproar?

  5. One more thing –

    Nazarene leaders: It’s time to stop muttering, “It’s not my fault. This is someone else’s problem.” When lay people recognize and speak out against heresy while church leaders turn a blind eye or pass the buck, there is something seriously wrong! God will hold the leaders of the Church of the Nazarene accountable for what is happening in our universities, and I don’t think claiming ignorance will help at that point.

  6. I find it interesting how bold the students were who disagreed with this brave young man on his blog. No one even argued that what he said was not true, but rather stuck to the hopeless position of justifying sin. Instead of “Dr. So and So does not teach that homosexuality is Biblically permissible!”, they said “You are darn tootin’ that Dr. So and So teaches that homosexuality is Biblically permissible and he has every right! He is a theologian!” So sad…I truly hope God convicts and brings about repentance both among the students and the faculty.

  7. June,

    Well put. Why is it that it seems the vast majority of warning about the heresy within the Nazarene church and Universities is coming from laymen? Leaders, it’s time to protect the sheep from the wolves. The problem is that our leaders seem to be unwilling or unable to distinguish who the wolf is.

  8. I agree with you Timothy, they no longer blush.

    Jeremiah 6:15
    Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?
    No, they have no shame at all;
    they do not even know how to blush.

    I’m constantly amazed on how they demand the Bible isn’t true then act out chapters and entire books of the Bible like they are reading from a script.

    Biblical.

    It just keeps getting more and more Biblical.

  9. I believe Jesus would take the same whip to PLNU that he used to drive out the money-changers from the temple, and USE it! Still cannot figure why nothing official is done to stop the heresies on our university campuses, PLNU being in the thick of it. Some action should be taken to disassociate PLNU from the Church of the Nazarene, based on heresies being taught there. MNG.

  10. I just finished reading the book “Already Compromised” by Ken Ham and believe every Christian parent should see the stats taken from interviews with Religion department and Science department chairs, vice presidents and presidents of Christian universities. It was shocking how the numbers showed that most completely undermine the authority of Scripture. My favorite was a much higher percentage of Science chairs than Religion chairs believe and teach a literal 6 day creation. Never would have thought.

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