Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Rom. 1:25
“How far will we go?” This is what one pastor asked upon viewing the video excerpt below from an Easter Sunday morning service presented at Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene in Beavercreek, Ohio. The video shows a young woman dancing to a song by an artist called Gungor. The original video was about three minutes long, I describe the dance as very seductive in form, with the dancer at times displaying less than modest poses. I have tried to show less “revealing” parts of the full video. To celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ is something we ought to do every day, but of course Easter Sunday is particularly a day where all Christian churches can collectively celebrate and rejoice that Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross, but three days later, showed that He was God, and was resurrected from the dead. So how did you celebrate? How did you worship that day? What is true worship, and what is not?
When you view the video, I would suggest that the first 30 seconds should be enough. How far will the Church of the Nazarene go? I don’t think we have seen the worst yet. Believe me, there is much more to report later on that will astound some of you; but sadly, this report will not bother many of you in the least. Perhaps some of you have become so comfortable sitting in a pew that might even have your family name on it, that absolutely nothing will move you anymore to tears of repentance and sorrow for a church that is hurtling down the road to Rome and is probably in first place in the league of disobedient evangelical denominations.
* Update: I have added a short 30 second clip of the video, without the music, under the Fair Use Act:
I was reminded by a friend who first alerted me to this “worship” performance, of the words from a FaceBook post on the General Superintendent’s page from this past February:
“If by chance some churches are waiting for “permission” to reach out in different ways, then you have “permission” and encouragement from the general superintendents to do so.” (D. Graves, 2012 General Board Report)
Well, no need to lay all the blame on this particular church, is there? They were probably taking some advice from our leadership and running with it. And by the way, there are other churches that for quite a while have been doing performances during Christmas and Easter and other special days, that would rival a secular vaudeville act. Actually that’s what they were! Christmas plays that had nothing to do with the real Christmas story, but done for the purpose of entertaining the community. Dance performances that end up being nothing but self worship, not God worship. Yet, how can we blame them? Perhaps this philosophy of trying anything to reach the world is not such a bad thing. Perhaps this performance would have brought even more people back to this church if it had been embellished with a few more worldly things. This performance reminded me of the pagan style services that you might find in a PCUSA General Assembly.
This is just a symptom of a long running problem in the Church of the Nazarene, it is not THE problem. You are in denial if you have been reading my blog and emails and still think all is well. If you are in denial, how long will it take, and how much more decadent, pagan, and downright worldly (to put it mildly) will it get before you admit that there is a serious problem? It’s been gradually creeping up on us since 40-50 years ago when the leaders in our churches and universities starting denying little by little, the full authority and power of God’s word. It continued when the power of the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin was not enough, and we decided we needed more and more special, innovative programs to bring the people to church. It continued when we let in the wolves of the emergent church infiltrate our seminaries and prepare Bible rejecting pastors, powered not by the Holy Spirit, but by another spirit.
Among various responses to the General Superntendent’s “permission” statement, the very first comment says it all:
“Reach out in different ways as in non holiness/Wesleyan? Why don’t we just remove ourselves right now from being a Holiness Denomination?”
We have abandoned practically all vestiges of holiness teaching and preaching while pretending that is what we are all about, in exchange for the lies of the emergent church, social justice and creation care programs, and mysticism. This video, this church performance, is again, just a small symbol of the cancer that eats from within, the cancer of apostasy. It has been promoted by, as the late Walter Martin called them,
“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…”
Church of the Nazarene, you’d better wake up. You will continue to bleed yourselves of Bible believing Christians, even while you happily increase your numbers- maybe- with those who will listen to anything that tickles their ears, even as they sit sleeping in their pews, and one day wake up in an eternal situation that will be too hot for them. Because of your inaction and lack of leadership (yes, you the leaders),this emergent garbage will continue to rip apart and divide families. You, the leadership, seem to be doing nothing while this gets worse and worse, and you say nothing is wrong.
Please let us know when you finally see that something is terribly wrong. But by then, it will be too late for many.
“We have become enthralled by our own pleasure and we are obsessed by our own prosperity. Many American churches have become shamefully man-centered. When we ought to solemnly enter the church to worship the great and mighty God in fear and trembling, the One who spoke us into existence and has the power to snuff our lives out like a candle, instead, we enter the church focused on ourselves. The church has become like a psychic smorgasbord for those who are experiencing difficulty or for those who feel the need for more satisfaction in life. We want recreation for our kids, we want financial and emotion counseling for ourselves and we want the services of the church to focus more on man-centered entertainment rather than God-centered worship.” (Source, Highest Branch)
No Lukewarm Christians In Heaven (Kevin Probst)