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!