Falling Away

The following is from a brother in the Lord, Troy Wright, of Foundations Research Group.  With his sons Aaron and Adam, they work diligently at providing information, as well as teaching, about the many dangers that have come into the evangelical church.  I met them finally last year at an Eric Barger conference in Canton, Ohio.  If you are in Ohio and you need resources or any kind of help in dealing with false teaching, please contact them.

Falling Away

(Troy Wright)

 

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. (2 Peter 2: 1-2)

 

         The Bible predicts a “Great falling away from the faith” in the last days shortly before the return of Christ to earth to establish His earthly kingdom. Foundations Research Group is an apologetics/discernment ministry of under-shepherds (sheepdogs) committed to the protection and guarding of the sheep. We seek to support local pastors (shepherds) by providing research and support tools that time prohibits them from gathering on their own.

Our prayer is that you will allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and heart to the apostasy that is prophetically sweeping over the church in these last days. May He give you unashamed courage to stand up for Biblical truth in your own church and to expose these false teachings wherever they pop up.

         Do not be naïve about the reception you will encounter. You would think that in light of Paul’s instructions throughout his letters to call out and expose deceivers and Christ’s example with the religious leaders during His ministry, committed Christians would have unashamedly cried out the truth long before these teachings established their footholds in our churches. But in the name of Christian unity, love, and meekness the silence has been deafening. But let one small voice boldly speak truth in the face of the deception and suddenly all the Christians grow vocal chords and are emboldened with courage to shout their disapproval…….not at the false teachings……..but at their Christian brother for voicing his “mean-spirited” judgment and stirring up dissension in the church. Thanks to the “seeker friendly” mentality they don’t want to offend anyone by disagreeing openly and suggesting absolute truth. That would appear too “narrow” and would be disrespectful to the heretics……….and we are talking about heresy. The teachers of these apostate movements attack the very foundations of historic, apostolic Christianity as recorded in the Holy Scriptures.

         Those of us who have been serving Christ for a generation or more remember when the Bible was revered as the very Words of God Himself throughout the pulpits all across America. We knew that a day was soon coming when the world would forsake the God of the Bible and swear their allegiance to a one-world ecumenical religious system. We recognized through Bible prophesy that we were living in the last days of men’s rebellion against their creator and that the soon return of Christ for His church was right at the door. We assumed that the “great apostasy” preceding His return referred to all those liberal churches of the last 2 centuries and of course Roman Catholicism. Because of the Biblical foundation of our faith, it was easy to discern false doctrine and heresy.

         What is so alarming to all of us is that in just three short decades or so, we have watched one Bible-believing church after another fall into disbelief and even paganism until now it’s difficult to find anyone who is willing to stand up for truth in our pulpits. Our fundamental denominations are caving in to ecumenical pressures as their seminaries are filled with liberal professors and new age thought. Due to the feel-good-gospel and the you-can-have-it-now message, our churches are full of false converts who are oblivious to Bible truth and are offended when they hear it. Since they are clueless about Bible prophesy and what’s really going on around them, anyone who sounds a warning is considered a nut, not to mention politically incorrect and socially despicable.

         Our war is with the lies of the enemy of our souls. We aren’t directly fighting the wolves who are attacking the flock with their false teachings and books. Our main battles in this war are with the goats……..those church members and leadership who God has permitted to live among us until he separates us at the rapture. They sit in our pews with us and sing our songs. They like hanging out with sheep. Though never really surrendered or regenerated, they intellectually and logically ascent to the same beliefs as we do. They do all the same stuff as sheep but without a life or death commitment to Biblical truth. They actually think they are sheep because of the great works they do…..sheep stuff. They even try to convince the Lord at the resurrection that they are sheep but He tells them “I never knew you.”

         Because goats have not surrendered lordship over to Jesus, they are very possessive of their environments. They don’t want anyone messing with their territory. If you try to spiritually take a goat where he doesn’t want to go he will buck you. Goats aren’t concerned about the welfare of the flock but only with the comfort of their own stall. Doctrine is of no importance to goats. You see, sheep eat sheep food…….the pure milk of the gospel of truth. They feed from the hand of the Good Shepherd. They know His voice and eat of The Word. Goats, “on the other hand,” will eat anything. They even eat garbage. They don’t care where it comes from or how clean it is. If they can get it down, they will eat it. Goats especially like goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is that watered-down, low-fat gospel fit for goats who are lactose “intolerant” of the nutritious, pure milk of the gospel. When a pastor offers sheep food from the pulpit, he will fill his church with sheep. If he offers goat’s milk he will fill his church with goats. 

         I cannot stress enough how lonely this battle is for most people. Most of your friends and relatives will encourage you to keep quiet if you disagree with the church’s new teaching and simply leave the church without a controversy. They always bring up Matthew 18:15-17 instructing you to go to the person privately and not to bring reproach on the church. This scripture is for a brother in sin or for someone personally offended and is out of context when used for false teachers in the church. We are never instructed to be quiet or understanding toward wolves attacking the flock in scripture. As Paul, we are to lovingly and with all truthfulness expose, correct, call out by name, print, and warn the other churches about unrepentant heretics as his letters did in the early church and were passed around to the entire body of Christ. God’s Word is offensive to all who love not the truth whether in the church or out and THEY WILL LET YOU KNOW IT.

         Make no mistake about it, these movements have leaked into every seminary and every church to some degree in the form of books, videos, study courses, worship seminars, pastoral retreats, small groups and  youth leaders.

         Don’t be discouraged. There are thousands of Christians in churches all over the country fighting this same truth war with these last-days false teachers. We and many other good ministries across America have lots of materials available for you. You can contact us by internet through our e-mail at frgsheepdogs@hotmail.com. The scriptures warn us to “come out of her” in Revelation 18 referring to the apostate church. If you don’t feel equipped to fight this battle, find another church that stands for Biblical truth. But first find a warrior in your church who you can share this material with who feels compelled to stay and fight for the flock. Pray, pray, pray for our pastors and leaders in these last days. Behold….He comes quickly!


Troy Wright

co-researcher / Foundations Research Group

Canton, Ohio

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A Response to Dan Boone’s Report on SoulForce

by John Henderson

SOURCE: http://trevechoesonline.com/2012/03/15/trevecca-president-dan-boones-written-response-to-the-soulforce-visit/

The same thing is missing from Dr. Boone’s report that was missing from the MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) response as reported in Holiness Today.  There was no presenting the claims of Christ upon the lost, there was no use of the Scriptures with them (as indicated by this response) nor in the response itself except by an inapplicable reference to having been like Egypt, and there was no prayer for the wayward.

Be that as it may, I suppose Dan Boone’s remarks should receive an evangelical-Scriptural response..

I begin with the knowledge (based on a published sermon) that Dr. Boone considers homosexual behavior and homosexual orientation as not being the same in terms of sin.  He says that the behavior is sin and the orientation is not.  He has also publically expressed sympathy and support in the past for those who are “oriented” and are “struggling” with being ostracized, condemned, etc.  This is in line with the Board of General Superintendents’ published position on the same issue.

A simple answer on such matters is never comprehensive and sufficient, but I must settle for that.  My immediate response is that such a position is not in harmony with the Word of God.  It is nowhere taught or implied in the Scriptures that a propensity to any particular sin is unrelated to the act itself.  If anything, the Bible is crystal clear that sin comes out of the inclination.  It actually begins there and, as such, is always sin even in the incubation stages.  As an unborn baby is always a baby, unborn sin is just as much sin as when it emerges into action.  Charles Wesley penned the phrase, “Take away our bent to sinning,” and we Wesleyans should understand that this is exactly what he meant.  While the possibility to sin is always present, the “bent to sinning” (carnality) should not remain and is “crucified with Christ” at the moment of entire sanctification.  This may be explained differently according to various doctrinal opinions, but it all comes to this conclusion.  The former homosexual who is born again has the great privilege and call to holiness so that the “orientation” is no longer a problem.  If being filled the Holy Spirit does not free us from that, then we are preaching a false doctrine and should immediately abandon it and resign ourselves to our own personal rudiments of bondage.

I commend Dr. Boone for not banging the SoulForce people on the head.  That is what they were looking for so they could point accusing fingers at those homophobic Nazarenes.  He didn’t fall into that trap and that is good.  His answers to each issue were fine as far as they went.  However, they came up far short of the opportunity to win them to Christ according to the Scriptures.  It seems that he was content to settle for dialog, conversation, and understanding and let them depart feeling better about their position.  That is tragic because, as Uncle Pek (Richard Gunn) said in one of his poems:  “Out there in the dark, a soul is lost I might have won.”

It is not the calling of the Church to “offer a narrative of life that could be lived out in rich community.”  Getting along and being friendly with one’s fellow creatures is commendable but that is not the salvation mission.

I know of no evidence where any significant groups of Christians are engaged in “bullying” homosexuals.  No committed Christian I know of is engaged in diminishing the personal dignity of homosexuals.  I certainly did not as a practicing Christian psychotherapist in dealing with homosexuals.  I gave them clear and understandable guidelines from the Bible.

Are homosexuals (practicing and non-practicing) lost?  Yes!  There is no difference between the desire and the behavior in God’s sight.  Therefore, they need to be saved, not coddled.  One might as well throw a drowning man an anchor as to tell him he is okay and all he needs to do is talk about it.  He needs to repent, not hug the anchor.

There is one more comment by Dr. Boone I want to address.  It is: “As Christians, we are taught by our own story to care specifically for the marginalized, the forgotten, the minority. In the words of Deuteronomy…’because you were once such a people in Egypt’”.

That sounds really good—on the surface—but does not address the problem.  There is no legitimacy in equating the marginalized, the forgotten, and the minority with self-imposed conditions of the homosexual “community.”  They marginalized themselves and demand that we step over onto that margin and embrace them as mainstream by abandoning every value we have on the matter.  They are certainly not forgotten or overlooked.  Even the Word of God has clearly identified homosexuality as receiving the same judgment as all other rebellious sins against God and they are offered the same opportunity to repent, or else perish.. Also, they make sure we don’t forget they are there.  They might be a minority but that is only because the majority of us are repulsed by homosexuality in its various forms (orientation or behavior)—forms that they admittedly represent in SoulForce:  gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and “queer.”  By the way, in case no one noticed, Biblical Christianity is more of a minority in this world than they are.

It should be noted that SoulForce has not distinguished orientation from behavior.  That distinction has been ours.  I am fully convinced that whenever a homosexual gloms onto the term orientation it is only to distract and intimidate you and me into submission to their way of thinking.  They don’t actually see a difference but demand that we “see” it by turning a blind eye to clear Scriptures on the matter.

If I may be plain, it is past time that we stop fiddling with this thing and go Scriptural.  It is the gospel they need—desperately need—and we are handing them devilish drivel.

 

John Henderson

How Do You Deal With Apostasy?

1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

   These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

   4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Rev. 3:1-6

When I posted on Monday “A Full Salvation Holiness Church No Longer: Apostasy of the Church of the Nazarene”, I had more than double the usual amount of visits to my site.  Oddly, I had a very low number of comments, both via email and at the website.  I was in total agreement with the conclusions of the author, Mike Jobbins, and had no problem in using the word apostasy as he did.  I have used it before in describing how the Nazarene denomination (as other denominations), is sliding deep into what I can only describe as apostasy.  Were regular readers so shocked to see this word that they did not know what to say?  Should I have changed the title of the post to something more palatable, less offensive, less horrifying?  As a lifetime Nazarene, I don’t relish the idea of describing my denomination as one that has sunk into the depths of apostasy.  But if the evidence is there, and the emperor has no clothes, how can one suppress the truth and remain faithful to the Lord?

What is apostasy?

Apostasy – The abandonment or forsaking of faith or commitment to follow the Lord, often described as a turning away (Jer 8:5 NASB, NET) or falling away (Heb 6:6 NET). Apostasy results in punishment (Jer 2:19 ESV), hence the many warnings against it (2 Thes 2:3; 1 Tim 4:1f; 2 Pet 3:17; Jude 1). Apostates include Hymanaeus and Alexander (1 Tim 1:19-20), Demas (2 Tim 4:10) and Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Tim 1:15). By Jesus’ word one may avoid falling away (John 16:1). The word is a transliteration of the Greek term, apostasia. (Source: Blogger and author Randal Matheny, Walking With God)

So apostasy is a walking away from, a turning away, in a deliberate manner.  It is turning away from the truth and pursuing a different path, whether it is from being blindly deceived, or knowingly choosing to turn away.  So based on this, is the Nazarene denomination, within its basic structure, becoming apostate?  Looking at all the facts I have uncovered in the last three years, I say yes, it is.  The biggest indicator to me is the rejection of the full inerrancy of the Bible.  Ask a major leader in the Church of the Nazarene if he believes in the Bible and that it is without error, and there’s a good chance not get a straight yes or no answer, but instead a long explanation that leaves you scratching your head. (Remember that in 2009 at General Assembly, a declaration to clarify the inerrancy of scripture was not even allowed to be brought up for a committee vote, but was postponed for four years).

Scripture tells us that judgment will start in the house of God, not with the world (1 Pet. 4:16-19).  God will start dealing with us first if we fail to confront the false teachers and clean house, and especially will deal with those who profess to follow Jesus in word, but not in true obedience.  Scripture also says that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb. 10:31).  How much more for those who are professing believers?

How Should Christians Deal With Apostasy?

If apostasy is the turning away from the faith to doctrines and practices that are unbiblical, and those who are turning away are then teaching it to others, what should we do according to God’s word?  Some have said to “just pray, and let God take care of it.  If those things are not of God, they will go away in time.  Do not judge, and do not criticize others for thinking differently”.  Well, if your son is involved in drug abuse, would you say nothing to him about your concern for his life, and instead “leave it up to God?”

Scenario #1: If the leaders of a Christian school are teaching “santeria” as part of the required curriculum for students, should we simply leave it up to God to sort it out, and hope that our students do not bring those practices into their daily life?  would we be “too judgmental” to object to it?  (Santeria is a mix of various religions including Christianity that includes ritualistic sacrifice of animals practiced in some third world countries).

Scenario #2: If your Sunday School teacher, with the pastor’s approval, is introducing “bingo”, “Christian yoga” and “Eastern meditation practices” to the children in church, should we keep silent and pray for the best, that God will sort it out?  Should we say, “who am I to judge?”  We are a diverse group of people, are we not?

Scenario #3: Finally, if a resolution was approved at the next General Assembly, which says that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God”, should we accept that, if it is something that is approved by our leaders, and that we should accept what our leaders do without question?  Are we throwing stones at others if we dare to criticize such a thing, and call it wrong?

To any of these scenarios, if you said that we SHOULD speak out in order to stop these things and warn others, then what’s the difference with what we are doing here?  If you have decided that a line is to be drawn somewhere, and that we MUST speak at some point, then your only decision to make regarding what we are exposing is this: are the things that are being exposed by concerned Christians false teachings, or are they acceptable to you?  So what you cannot do is say, “you can never criticize, you can never call out false teachers and teachings, you can never judge anyone at any time.  Let’s be perfectly honest: it is right to judge, if we judge righteously.

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? (1 Cor. 5:12)

If your friends are being slowly poisoned to death by something deliberately given to them by another “friend”, would you pray that God will help them out and save them, and leave it up to Him alone?  Or do you warn them about this supposed “friend” (aka wolf in sheep’s clothing), and tell others who may end up drinking the same poison?

Concluding questions: are we to be like the church in Sardis?  Are we to be like a living corpse”?

Or shall we be like the few in Sardis?  These were deemed worthy, NOT for their own inner righteousness, but for their faithfulness to the Lord.

Is your unwavering loyalty to the denomination and its’ reputation, or is it to the Lord Jesus Christ?

Manny Silva

Addendum:

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

3:1-6. The Lord Jesus is He that hath the Holy Spirit with all his powers, graces, and operations. Hypocrisy, and lamentable decay in religion, are sins charged upon Sardis, by One who knew that church well, and all her works. Outward things appeared well to men, but there was only the form of godliness, not the power; a name to live, not a principle of life. There was great deadness in their souls, and in their services; numbers were wholly hypocrites, others were in a disordered and lifeless state. Our Lord called upon them to be watchful against their enemies, and to be active and earnest in their duties; and to endeavour, in dependence on the grace of the Holy Spirit, to revive and strengthen the faith and spiritual affections of those yet alive to God, though in a declining state. Whenever we are off our watch, we lose ground. Thy works are hollow and empty; prayers are not filled up with holy desires, alms-deeds not filled up with true charity, sabbaths not filled up with suitable devotion of soul to God. There are not inward affections suitable to outward acts and expressions; when the spirit is wanting, the form cannot long remain. In seeking a revival in our own souls, or the souls of others, it is needful to compare what we profess with the manner in which we go on, that we may be humbled and quickened to hold fast that which remains. Christ enforces his counsel with a dreadful threatening if it should be despised. Yet our blessed Lord does not leave this sinful people without some encouragement. He makes honourable mention of the faithful remnant in Sardis, he makes a gracious promise to them. He that overcometh shall be clothed in white raiment; the purity of grace shall be rewarded with the perfect purity of glory. Christ has his book of life, a register of all who shall inherit eternal life; the book of remembrance of all who live to God, and keep up the life and power of godliness in evil times. Christ will bring forward this book of life, and show the names of the faithful, before God, and all the angels, at the great day.

A Full Salvation Holiness Church No Longer: Apostasy of the Church of the Nazarene

by Mike Jobbins

While the inerrancy of Scripture is more than adequate to show the terrible apostasy from the faith and theology of the denomination’s original founders, I want to focus on statements made in “Pastoral Perspective on Homosexuality from your General Superintendents*(sic), which shows more clearly than ever, that:

“Nazarenes no longer hold to the doctrines of Full Salvation and Entire Sanctification!” Indisputable Proof: *(Quote, Ibid, Page 9, Col. 1, Para. 2):

“Sexual orientation is not usually a willful choice. … It is amoral, neither moral nor immoral. Scripture clearly … does not address homosexual orientation. … the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene and the official statement of the Board of General Superintendents make a clear distinction between behavior and orientation. One is sinful, the other is not.”

This is an absolutely astonishing renunciation of Wesleyan-­Armenian doctrine! – What?!

(1.)    The Church of the Nazarene no longer believes in free-­will?!

(2.)    “It is amoral, neither moral nor immoral” ?! – The Church of the Nazarene no longer believes in unregenerate, unsanctified carnality, and sinful human depravity?! (3.)    “Scripture clearly … does not address homosexual orientation?!

(4.)   “One is sinful, the other is not”?!

Holy Scripture begs to differ with the Board of General Superintendents and the official position of the Church of the Nazarene!

“20 And [Jesus] said, That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. 21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” *Mark 7:20-­23.

*(Quote, Ibid, Page 11, Col. 1, Para. 3):

“ .. the reality is that a transformed sexual orientation is not always the case. For those who are not reoriented, they are called to live a life of abstinence that is graced by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.”

What a peculiar (as in queer) statement that is! – Allow me to Christianize your terminology!
Replace the word ‘reoriented’ with the words ‘regenerate, born-­again’! – If a person is truly born-­again *(Saved), and truly Sanctified by the Holy Spirit, they are no longer a homosexual, transvestite, rapist, adulterer, or anything else you can name!

Replace the word “abstinence” with the words “suppression”, “non-­practicing”.
“Graced by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.” – What is this?! – The maximum Wesleyan-­Armenian twist to this sentence can only mean “prevenient grace”, that is to say “pre-­conversion” grace, but the Board of General Superintendents do not say that!

*(Quote, Ibid, page 10, col. 1, last paragraph.):

“The call to the Christian homosexual …”

This is a direct and heretical contradiction of Scripture. What is a “ ‘Christian’ homosexual”? The term is an oxymoron! It is an illogical, incongruous, and contradictory combination of terms.

Are we now supposed to believe that there is such a thing as a: “ ‘Christian’ rapist and child molester”, a “ ‘Christian’ Mafioso, hit man and gang leader”, a “ ‘Christian’ addict and drug dealer”, a “ ‘Christian’ thief, forger and blackmailer”, a “ ‘Christian’ murderer and bank robber”, a “ ‘Christian’ drunkard and bootlegger”, a “ ‘Christian’ adulterer, fornicator and pornographer”?!

What a terribly messed up perversion of the “Good News” of full Salvation and entire Sanctification this is!

“17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;; behold, all things are become new.” *2nd Cor. 5:17.

“9Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” *1st Cor. 6:9-­11.

If you profess to be Nazarene, even with the artificial limitation set forth by the Board of General Superintendents regarding the non-inspiration of most of Holy Scripture, this specifically deals with “things pertaining to Salvation” – so you are not getting around this verse of Scripture. If the only part of the Bible that is important is “that part which pertains to Salvation”, then this is a divinely inspired, important, and inescapable passage in the Holy Bible.

Until Nazarenes renounce all of Scripture, they are not getting around it. – But then they would not have a job, would they? – As Dr. L. T. C.* informed me in a class on systematic theology: ”This is a theology class, not a Bible class, and I don’t want you quoting Bible in my theology class!” – So I don’t really expect them to care in the least about anything the Bible says in regards to “that part which pertains to Salvation” either! -­ If by some strange happenstance, they really do care about “that part which pertains to Salvation”, then how do they get around the following verses of Holy Scripture?

“18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness … 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie .. 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another;; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was [appropriate, deserving]. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” *Rom. 1:18, 24-­28.

“7For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also given unto us his Holy Spirit.” *1st Thess. 4:7-­8.

“23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul *[mind] and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it.” *1st Thess. 5:23-­24.

– No wonder my theology professor did not wanting me quoting the Bible, or proof-­texting from Holy Scripture, [and using anything besides the preferred “Not Inspired Version”!

Look at “the official position” of the Church of the Nazarene on the subject of homosexual orientation. It is very apparent the official position of the Church of the Nazarene, unstated though it is, is that “GOD is not able to Completely Save and Completely Sanctify.”

Nazarene parishioner: you know this is more than an issue of homosexuality. – The official position applies just as easily to child molesters, rapists, fornicators, adulterers, philanderers, alcoholics, addicts, drug dealers, and every other type of sin.

(Quote, ibid, page 13, col. 1, last para.): “The reoriented or celibate single homosexual will be invited to full participation in the life and ministry of the church, leading ministries, serving on boards, and singing in choirs.”

If they are merely ‘non-­practicing’ – If they are not born-­again, If they are not completely regenerate, If they are not wholly sanctified – by what stretch of the imagination can you possibly say they will not cease trying to be ‘non-­practicing’ perverts, and return to that which they have been suppressing within themselves? – Recidivism – A return to their previous life style is not only possible, it is virtually inevitable – short of being thoroughly Saved and entirely Sanctified!

If they are merely ‘non-­practicing’, as the Board of General Superintendents, and the NIV perversion say, you are putting your wives and children in terrible danger! – Where do you think these perverts are going to scout out, and recruit their next generation of victims from?

This means that all of the above are officially recognized as fully fit and qualified for ordination in your denomination, to serve as your pastor, your evangelist, your choir director, even teach your children, and give “marriage counseling” *(?!) to your spouse.

This is what the Church of the Nazarene has fallen to! The Church of the Nazarene no longer teaches and preaches Complete Salvation and Entire Sanctification of spirit, mind and body; and tangible holiness in thought, word and deed.

I say again: the Church of the Nazarene is no longer a Full Salvation, Holiness Church! Apostasy holds the reins and sits in the seat of authority.

On page 6 of Jason Bjerke’s dissertation, “Limited Inerrancy and It’s Issues”, he quotes the Board of General Superintendents lamenting the fact that  “The Christian Church has faced withering attacks from professed atheists without and the horrific challenges of scandal within.” – And the Board of General Superintendents wonders why? They have set the church up for future scandals that will be far worse than anything in their church’s history – unprecedented scandals, like have never been seen before.

The official policy instituted by the Board of General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene sets the denomination up for new and unparalleled scandals in the nation’s papers, tabloids, and evening news. The likes of Elmer Gantry, Amie Simple McPherson, A. A. Allen, Max Vollendorf, Jimmy Swaggart, the B.T.K. killer *(Sunday School Supt.), and “Reverend” Ted Haggard will shrivel and be downright insignificant in comparison!

– mlj.

www.nazarene.org/files/docs/Perspectives_Homosexuality.pdf

www.gcmin.org/veritas/v001:inerrancy.pdf

Additional References:

Irresponsible Christian College Leaders Allowing Normalization of Homosexuality

Homosexuality At Point Loma Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene President’s Response To The SoulForce Visit

What’s Missing Here?

by John Henderson  Dr. Gran’Pa)

The following article appeared in the Church of the Nazarene’s official organ, “Holiness Today:”[1]

Note: SoulForce just recently visited Trevecca Nazarene University on March 11 and March 12, 2012, for an afternoon of discussion, fellowship and learning.  It was open only to Trevecca faculty and students.  No reports of the meetings are available at the moment.

Soulforce is scheduled to visit Southern Nazarene University on March 26, 2012

Gay-rights activists target MNU; university responds by respectfully sharing its message

Olathe, Kansas: During a day and a half of meetings with a group of gay-rights activists traveling the country to battle discrimination on college campuses, MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) accomplished its goal of communicating the love of Christ to its visitors without approving of the lifestyle they have chosen.  Soulforce, a national gay-rights organization, initiated a program last spring called Equality Ride in which young adults travel by bus to Christian campuses to confront administrators, faculty, and students with policies and practices that Soulforce considers to be discriminatory against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students.

Soulforce Equality Ride was not invited to the campuses, but did give prior notice that they were coming. This year MNU and Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) are among the Christian universities targeted by the organization. The Ride is scheduled to visit NNU on April 13.

Many targeted colleges ban the activists from campus, and in most cases, the Riders have been arrested for trespassing on campus property. Before arriving at MNU on March 15, the Riders were arrested at the University of Notre Dame and Wisconsin Lutheran University.

In contrast, MidAmerica chose to welcome the activists, hosting them for a dinner with student leaders on Thursday night and six classroom presentations on Friday.

“We viewed this as an opportunity to listen to where they’re coming from and share the love of God with them,” said April Hansen, MNU’s director of public information and on-site coordinator for the visit. “We disagree, but there’s no reason to be afraid to talk to each other, to dialogue, and express Christ’s love, even in our disagreement.”

At an exit meeting, several Equality Riders expressed their appreciation for the kindness and openness with which they had been received by members of the university. One Rider tearfully expressed her thanks.

“When you told us you were offering Christ’s love to us and that you wanted to listen to us, we kept waiting for you to say, `but¿.’ and then share your condemnation,” the Rider said. “You didn’t do that. Thank you.”

For some of the Riders, it was their first experience with Christians being willing to love and listen to them.

“[The Riders] expressed how life-changing this has been,” Hansen said. “Those comments were very affirming and meaningful to all of us who helped plan the university’s approach to the visit.”

MNU President Ed Robinson said the visit and the campus’ preparations actually strengthened MNU’s commitment to its policy on homosexuality.

“Our position on the prohibition of homosexual behaviors from biblical and theological foundations was strengthened in the hearts and minds of the administration and, more importantly, students,” Robinson said in an e-mail report to MNU’s Board of Trustees. “You would be very proud of their spiritual discernment. The preparation we invested in students was beneficial and yielded the outcomes we intended.”

One of the Equality Riders wrote in his blog after the visit, “I know many, if not most, of the students differ with us in their views on homosexuality, but we were able to share fellowship. They truly modeled a Christlike response.”

MNU wishes to express its gratitude for the prayers offered around the world by churches and constituents during the visit. Most of all, thanks be to God!

[So... What Is Missing Here?]

On the surface, this would appear to be something that Jesus might do, but it stops short of what the Master would have actually done and has so demonstrated in the Scriptures.  Where they stopped short is what is missing, but apparently that was their goal as stated in the article: “‘The preparation we invested in students was beneficial and yielded the outcomes we intended.’”   Their intended outcome is clearly defined in the article:

“…communicating the love of Christ to its visitors without approving of the lifestyle they have chosen.”

“…to listen to where they’re coming from and share the love of God with them.”

“…to talk to each other, to dialogue, and express Christ’s love, even in our disagreement.”

To strengthen “MNU’s commitment to its policy on homosexuality…” their “… position on the prohibition of homosexual behaviors from biblical and theological foundations.”

The Board of General Superintendents recently issued a statement that essentially affirms a denominational position on the concept that while homosexual “orientation” is “amoral,” it is not the same as immoral homosexual behavior.

“Sexual orientation is not usually a willful choice. … It is amoral, neither moral nor immoral. Scripture clearly … does not address homosexual orientation. … the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene and the official statement of the Board of General Superintendents make a clear distinction between behavior and orientation. One is sinful, the other is not.”

[NOTE:  The Bible makes no such distinction between “orientation” and “behavior.”  It rather says that behavior emits from “orientation’—out of the wickedness of the heart.]

That error in logic and biblical doctrine has been addressed sufficiently by many who see it as the unscriptural compromise that it is, so I will move on with this matter at hand while keeping in mind that position by the General Superintendents as contributing to this response.

The important question about this incident is, “What is missing?”  They expressed Christ’s “love.”  What love?  Was it the love of God who gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish?  That was not mentioned.  Was there a call to repentance, to accept Christ as personal Savior?  That was not mentioned in the article as well as there was no mention of prayer at all.

The missing essential element was not brought up at all. Instead, we see something akin to the message of television’s “Touched by an Angel” that requires no repentance but rather tells sinners that God still loves you; or a Mr. Rogers approach that says, “God loves you just the way you are.”  Well, of course He does but He loves us enough to save us and has shown us the way through His Son as told to us in the Bible.  He will save us FROM our sins, not in them.  He loves us more than we can love or understand but He commands repentance:

2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Acts 17:29-31: “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

The only response to all of that effort was someone’s tearfully telling a Nazarene host his or her appreciation for the non-condemning hosting.  What a squandered opportunity to win that soul to Christ!  He or she went away thinking that Nazarenes support them in their sin and the Nazarene went away empty handed.

I can go only on what I have read in this article, but the thought that comes to mind is a verse from the Bible:

James 4:4: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

If that encounter amounted to no more than being pals and no personal evangelism, I would say that the verse applies to tragic proportions.

John Henderson


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