Today, my concluding comment is at the beginning. It has to do with an event this past weekend called Wild Goose Festival. Two other sources have also reported on this event: The Christian Post: http://www.christianpost.com/news/left-leaning-wild-goose-festival-draws-ire-of-evangelicals-51560/, USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-06-17-wild-goose-christian-festival_n.htm
I am asking Bible believing Nazarenes to join me to:
1. Call for the immediate resignation of Mike King (and any other Nazarene involved with the Wild Goose Festival) from any association with the Nazarene denomination, and to remove himself as a speaker at the upcoming Nazarene Youth Congress;
2. Ask Nazarene Publishing House to stop distributing IMMERSE Youth Journal, of which King is executive director;
3. To write our General Superintendents (firstname.lastname@example.org), who are charged with interpreting the Nazarene doctrines, and ask for an opinion as to why such associations are being allowed in the Church of the Nazarene, and to approve or disapprove of this type of festival. How far will things get out of hand before our leaders say something- anything?
4. Ask the new incoming president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, Dr. David Busic, to do a thorough review of what is taught at the seminary, to determine whether courses such as Celtic Spirituality are in line with scripture and our Nazarene tradition, and to determine whether Mike King is fit to remain as an adjunct professor at the seminary.
5. Ask our leaders why was an ordained Nazarene elder from New York, Gabriel Salguerro, on the schedule of speakers at the Wildgoose Festival this past weekend? Rev. Salguerro is on the board of Jim Wallis’s radical social justice organization, Sojourners. At the least, it was a very serious error in judgment for Rev. Salguerro to speak at this event.
6. Plead with our national leadership to clean house and remove all who are promoting a false gospel to our youth and to our congregations. If they don’t have the power to remove anyone, they can at the very least speak against what is going on, unless they themselves are complicit in all this.
The following is what led to my conclusion:
Mike King is an adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, executive editor of IMMERSE Youth Journal which is published by Nazarene Publishing House, and president of YouthFront, a group that promotes contemplative mysticism and emergent ideas. Mike King proudly promoted this “Christian” festival for youth. He is also scheduled to be a presenter in a few weeks at the Nazarene Youth Congress. Are any of your youth going? Here is a post by ex-Nazarene about King and his work with IMMERSE: http://exnazarene.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/immerse-another-tool-by-barefoot-ministries-to-promote-the-leftistliberalemergent-agenda/.
Here is how the festival is described on the website:
“The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. We are followers of Jesus creating a festival of justice, spirituality, music and the arts. The festival is rooted in the Christian tradition and therefore open to all regardless of belief, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, denomination or religious affiliation.”
They are promoting Celtic spirituality- occultism really- as taught by Karla Yaconelli. Tony Campolo, who was there also, promotes the same spirituality to our youth. They are intentionally bringing in only secular music groups, who claim to be Christians. Some promote yoga and other contemplative practices. Many of their speakers approve of homosexuality as being okay with “Christians.” According to National Catholic Reporter, “Wild Goose founder Gareth Higgins wants the festival to bring together people of faith to celebrate their diversity and their love of God in a non-judgmental setting.” People of faith. Not Christians, but people of faith- anything goes, ecumenism, tolerance of anything or anyone but Bible believing Christians.
Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries says: “The wise Christian will have nothing to do with these neo-Gnostic fools who’ve unbuckled themselves from the Word of God and have embarked upon their Wild Goose Chase of subjective experience.”
The late Dr. Walter Martin said this over 20 years ago: “What is the great danger in the Christian church today? … The danger to the church today, whatever the denomination, from within, is the person who wears the cloth of Christ… and who stands behind the sacred desk, and who is unfaithful to the word of God. That is the ultimate danger to the church. The corrupt and apostate shepherds who infest our theological seminaries and our colleges, and fill our pulpits throughout the United States and Canada, and who know not God, do not believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will stand in the way of anybody that wants to preach it.
The cancer is within, and it eats away, and we don’t recognize it.”
Pastor Silva and Dr. Martin are so right. Our leaders are either asleep, or have bought into the worst kind of apostasy, otherwise this kind of stuff would not be happening. This was truly a Big Tent collection of radicals who pervert the gospel. Is the future of our Nazarene youth found in places like this now? If you do nothing, then get used to it. Few seem to care what is going on, so let’s just get out of the way and let it all in. Be pragmatic, be ecumenical, it’s all good. To those who embrace this, be happy. To those who have covered their eyes to this stuff and ignored my continued warnings, do you get upset at me when I tell you the truth? Do you have a child who is going to Nazarene Youth Congress in a few weeks, or do you know a child in your church who is?
Mike King is the avenue in which unsound doctrine is being disseminated throughout the church. It is evident in his promotion and leadership in The Wild Goose Festival and in his publishing privileges via the NPH. Paul warned Timothy of this in 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Paul wrote: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
Mike King is a false teacher, and he is directly associating himself and giving his approval to other false teachers who reject the truth of Scripture, who promote Celtic spirituality, contemplative mysticism, social justice in place of the true gospel, and homosexuality as acceptable within Christianity. Therefore he is not representative of Christian or Nazarene ideals, and needs to leave, for the sake of our youth. (However, let me make it clear, Mike King is far from the only problem in the denomination, he is only one example of why the church is heading fast towards apostasy).
I would not be surprised to find that every single participant shares the same “anything goes ecumenical spirit” of today’s heretical movement of the emergent church and social justice crowd. And please understand that “feelings” and “personal experience” are important to these people, such as Jay Bakker, who ignores the teaching of scripture and goes with how he feeeeels. “I feel” that it’s the right thing to do”, they say. I “feel” that God would never let someone go to hell. I “feel” that God spoke to me when I “experienced” the labyrinth. I “felt” so good yesterday as I swayed to the music. I feel that God is just a God of love (leaving out the justice aspect). I feel, I feel, I feel. Don’t you know that’s why we are in this mess now??
This Festival is more evidence that chances are good that your child or grandchild could be indoctrinated by one or more of these people, at one or more of these types of events. They will then come home to you someday and laugh in your face as you try to explain to them that you believe and trust the Bible completely. They will laugh and say, “where were you when all this was happening?” You never said a word, mom, dad, and now you are trying to tell me that you failed to teach me the truth?” Only then might you realize that your child has just been led down the road to hell by the professors and cultural icons you so blindly trusted.
If you love someone you will tell them the truth, no matter how much it hurts. It’s for their own good. Because the truth that hurts will lead to life; the falsehoods and the cover-ups and ignoring the truth, could lead to death.
Spiritual death. These people are doing just that, leading our youth to spiritual death. Embrace it, or clearly reject it.
It will do you well to listen to this by the late Walter Martin, a great defender of the faith and of God’s word: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qduSN8G7-Xw&feature=player_embedded
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PART TWO: SOME OF THE APOSTATES FEATURED AT THE FESTIVAL.
Maybe these are the future role models for someone’s Nazarene child; but rest assured, not for my child.
Tony Campolo: Emergent leader, promotes social justice and ecumenism, Celtic spirituality.
Quote: “It seems to me that when we listen to the Muslim mystics as they talk about Jesus and their love for Jesus, I must say, it’s a lot closer to New Testament Christianity than a lot of the Christians that I hear. In other words if we are looking for common ground, can we find it in mystical spirituality, even if we cannot theologically agree, Can we pray together in such a way that we connect with a God that transcends our theological differences?”
Source: Evangelicals and Interfaith Cooperation, an interview with Shane Claiborne
Tony Campolo’s wife, Peggy will be there also. Peggy Campolo is even more radical in her view on homosexuality, and sees nothing wrong with homsexual relationships.
Shane Claiborne: Emergent leader, promotes contemplative mysticism.
Quote: “The time has come for a new kind of conversation, a new kind of Christianity, a new kind of revolution.”
Book: by Shane Claibourne entitled: Irresistible Revolution p. 29 Published: February 2006.
Jim Wallis: Liberal political activist, radical social justice proponent, uses religion to sell his agenda in the political arena.
Quote: “Being born again was not meant to be a private religious experience that is hard to communicate to others, but rather the prerequisite for joining a new and very public movement—the Jesus and kingdom of God movement. It is an invitation to a whole new form and way of living, a transformation as radical as a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. It is far more than a call to a new inner life, or a rescue operation for heaven.”
Source: The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World [New York: Harper Collins, 2008] p56 Published: .
Richard Rohr: Franciscan friar, promotes contemplative prayer. Holds to a pantheistic, universalistic doctrine. Believes that much of the Bible is myth (like the Garden of Eden). Promotes contemplative mysticism and liberal social justice work.
Quote: “The people who know God well—the mystics, the hermits, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator. God is never found to be an abusive father or a tyrannical mother, but always a lover who is more than we dared hope for. How different than the “account manager” that most people seem to worship. God is a lover who receives and forgives everything.”
Book: by Richard Rohr entitled: Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer [New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2003] p131. Published: 2003.
Phylis Tickle: Emergent leader.
Quote: “The new Christianity of the Great Emergence must discover some authority base or delivery system and/or governing agency of its own. It must formulate—and soon—something other than Luther’s Sola Scriptura which, although used so well by the Great Reformation originally, is now seen as hopelessly outmoded or insufficient …”
Book: by Phyllis Tickle entitled: The Great Emergence, pg 151 Published: 2008.
If you can stomach it, listen to her lengthy dialogue with Tony Jones and Lauren Winter (who has appeared at several Nazarene universities, including MVNU chapel this past March). I will be compiling a short video highlight of this in the near future. It is outrageous.
Brian McLaren: Pastor, and godfather of the emergent movement; likens the Cross to false advertising for God, is confused as to whether homosexuality is a sin or not, promotes contemplative mysticism, rejects biblical inerrancy.
Quote: “The Bible is not considered an accurate, absolute, authoritative, or authoritarian source but a book to be experienced and one experience can be as valid as any other can. Experience, dialogue, feelings, and conversations are equated with Scripture while certitude, authority, and doctrine are to be eschewed! No doctrines are to be absolute and truth or doctrine must be considered only with personal experiences, traditions, historical leaders, etc. The Bible is not an answer book.”
Source: A New Kind of Christianity, p. 52 Published: 2001.
Source: http://apprising.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Chisham.png (Oct 18, 2010). And in the following video, he has this nonsensical conversation with Phylis Tickle, who coined the phrase Emergence Christianity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sRsOhy_WWA
Nadia Bolz-Weber: Emergent leader, “pastor” of House For All Sinners and Saints.
Quote: “Last Sunday I had the honor of preaching at the rite of reception/re-installation of 7 GLBTQ Lutheran clergy in San Francisco. My denomination [ELCA] changed its policy in August, now allowing GLBTQ clergy to be in life-long, monogamous, publicly accountable same-sex relationships. We’ve taken the closets out of the church.”
Source was on a blog that has since been taken down. Dated: 26th August 2010.
Peterson Toscano: from his website: ” A Theatrical Performance Activist , Thoughtfully and humorously exploring queer issues”
Jay Bakker: Gay affirming emergent leader, “outlaw preacher.”
Quote: “The more I follow grace, the more I’m drawn to him (God), the more I’m willing to stand up for people being persecuted … This sounds so churchy, but I felt like God spoke to my heart and said ‘(homosexuality) is not a sin’.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Story?id=2711472&page=2 Dated: April 2009.
Andrew Marin: Activist for LGBT Causes.
Founder of The Marin Foundation, “a non-profit organization that works to build bridges between the LGBT community and the Church through scientific research, biblical and social education, and diverse community gatherings.” What this group really does is advocate for the homosexual lifestyle and to integrate this lifestyle into the body of Christ.
Marin spoke at MVNU’s chapel, March 18, 2011. You can listen to the chapel podcast at this link: http://www.mvnu.edu/podcast/podlist.asp?StartItem=10. Mr. Marin has a blog called Love Is An Orientation. And, his site is linked from Mike King’s IMMERSE Journal, a magazine for Nazarene youth.
For a Christian refutation of Marin’s agenda, view this report; Michael Brown Corrects Andrew Marin
Samir Selmanovic: Author, key emergent leader, ordained Seventh Day Adventist pastor, AND promotes occultism.
Doug Pagitt: Emergent leader, “pastor” of Solomon’s Porch in Minnesota. Pagitt does not believe in original sin, denies the doctrine of hell, promotes “Christian” yoga in his church, and is practically a declared universalist.
In the following video, he debates with John MacArthur on the use of yoga: Christians and Yoga.
Tony Jones: Emergent Leader, resident theologian at Solomon’s Porch.
Jones does not believe the scriptures are God’s inspired word, approves of homosexuality for Christians, promotes contemplative mysticism, and has spoken at Nazarene universities, including teaching a one week course at Mount Vernon Nazarene He also spoke in 2007 at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Mid-America Nazarene University.
In the following video, Jones and Doug Pagitt deliver their emergent propaganda: An Emergent Manifesto of Hope.
After the festival ended, Jones tweeted the following blasphemous statement:
If all of this information I just gave you is not enough to wake up genuine Bible believing Christians, I don’t know what else to say.
The entire schedule of speakers can be seen here at their website: http://www.wildgoosefestival.org/festival-info/festival-schedule/