Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
An Alarm That Needs to Be Sounded But Will Largely Be Ignored
http://youtu.be/Nk_I3fNCWxQ ENC Harlem Shake
http://youtu.be/iExjofik6wg Unmasked Version of Harlem Shake
http://youtu.be/9dxWxv376xM “Original Version” at Mid America
http://youtu.be/Tm23MxS6xz8 Olivet Nazarene University
http://youtu.be/yNCP7YOM3Pk Olivet Coaches
http://youtu.be/4kHaOnOSGNc Point Loma Nazarene University
http://www.treveccalive.com/angelotate/harlem-holiness-shake/ Trevecca “Holiness” Shake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9gh-XlOMvm0#! Northwest Nazarene
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FpUABrTCfY Southern Nazarene
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dtn1Fp5e8A Africa Nazarene University
The above You Tubes clearly demonstrate there is something wrong in our Church of the Nazarene. Except possibly for the second one (and there were others so vile I could not share them here), they are all at Nazarene Universities. The one at Olivet is set up by who is apparently the chaplain.
I might say that this is the ultimate emergent heresy unabashed and out of control. I would be right. I might say it is just a cousin to the demonic kundalini and I would be right because it is demonic through and through. People who are demon possessed are not born again because God’s saved cannot be demon possessed. They can be harassed but not possessed of demons. These people are demon possessed.
What I do say is a serious question: Where on God’s green earth are the university presidents, administration, and faculty? Where, in the precious name of Jesus are the university board members? Where are the general superintendents, department heads, district superintendents, and major pastors in the Church of the Nazarene? Why is no one calling a halt to this?
It is ironic that we Nazarenes who stand for the truth of the Scriptures are snubbed, insulted, and demeaned because we raise a voice against this stuff from hell! It is ironic that pastors are bemoaning the exodus of people and offerings from their churches while they “hee-hee” this filth and continue to offer up cultic substitutes for worship and prayer. It is ironic that we wring our hands at the consequences of the lawsuit out of the Bethany sex scandal that now forces every Nazarene church to conduct a “background” check on everyone who has direct contact with its children.
Isn’t it high time that we Nazarenes start being Nazarenes? I tell people that I am a traditional Nazarene, that I am not an emergent Nazarene, a postmodern Nazarene, a new age Nazarene, a progressive Nazarene, and so on. I take the Bible at its word—God’s Word to be precise. I believe the creation was a real event. I believe that God is omnipotent, omni-present, and omniscient—that He knows the future just as if it was today. I believe that sin is awful and damning and that if anyone is not fully trusting Christ as Savior that person is lost and has only Hell to anticipate and dread. I believe the Bible is totally true and accurate by divine action.
I believe that God expects us to live above the world in attitude, conduct, speech, and even our outward appearances—we are to live beyond the world-order in holiness of heart, mind, body, and soul. We are not of the world so we are not to take on its identity in any form.
This world cannot teach us a thing. We are on a divine mission to win and teach them. There is to be no compromise or accommodation on our part. We have a clear message that has often been summarized accurately in three words—repent or perish.
It is so pitiful that we have received a call to intercessory prayer by our denominational leaders leading up to the 2013 general assembly. It is clear that we need to do that.
A Failure Of The Shepherds To Exercise Leadership In The Church Leads To Such As This
The worldwide phenomenal popularity of a new dance video craze called the Harlem Shake is clearly obvious. YouTube videos with well over 40 million hits collectively prove that. It is yet another fad that soon will die out as many other fads do. Briefly explained, as described in an article by Stand Up For The Truth:
First you see a subdued, well-behaved group or crowd. Suddenly you hear music audio declaring, “Con Los Terroristas!” A sole individual is then seen dancing while wearing a helmet or mask, while the others seem oblivious to the gyrations in their midst. When the song breaks into “Do the Harlem Shake!” the video cuts and shows the room filled with people in costumes dancing wildly and seductively. It is reminiscent of the Golden Calf scene in the Ten Commandments movie.
By the way, Con Los Terroristas means “with the terrorists.” When you see one of these from a Christian viewpoint, it is clearly a worldly performance that most of the time looks demonic. Much of it is sensual, oftentimes bordering on the pornographic, with many of the participants often scantily clad, dressed in devilish costumes, and making extremely vulgar gestures. Certainly not something any professing born again Christian would do, right?
It is now a craze that is sweeping evangelical Christian schools and even church youth groups. In the Stand Up For The Truth article, they document how Christian organizations such as Liberty University, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Youth Ministry, Kentucky Christian University, Cedarville University, and others, have jumped onto this bandwagon and brought this phenomenon into their chapels and churches! In one of the videos from a church in San Antonio, Texas, you even see this being performed in the middle of a sermon, with the pastor joining in enthusiastically. And in a blasphemous performance, a C3 church in Australia did it while re-enacting Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.
But… what about Nazarenes? After all, we are a holiness denomination, are we not? Surely not us!
Out of curiosity, I did some research. Why am I not surprised? The first one I found was actually from my alma mater, Eastern Nazarene College. Probably the many years of a liberal “kids will be kids” attitude, coupled with an ecumenical philosophy and the emergent rejection of doctrine in favor of being like the world, has poisoned the minds of our youth. And this is the result. Worldliness in a Nazarene school, or a Nazarene church, and many of the youth and many of the adults have no problem with this at all. More likely, they think this is cute and so much fun, and think that the world will love how we like to have a good time.
Such is the state of the church, and how it continues to go deeper and deeper into worldliness until it will no longer have any kind of distinction from the non-believers. (At the end, you will find a full list of what I have found (so far) at our Nazarene universities, churches and youth group meetings).
And will anyone in Nazarene leadership say a word? Why should they? They have not taken a serious stand on all the apostasy that has started to destroy the Nazarene denomination, so clearly I do not expect any of our General Superintendents, or our District Superintendents, or any of our college presidents, to say a peep about this.
But if I’m wrong, I guess I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
You make your own judgment about this, but I agree with my friends who have said that this is nothing but demonic activity, and it is truly sad how our university and church leaders have contributed so poorly to the spiritual development of our youth. The result is this and much more that we have already sounded the alarm about. And the majority of the sheep sit quietly in the pews, meekly listening to feel good sermons and bragging about how they are proud to be Nazarene. Well, for the first time in my life, I am no longer proud to be a Nazarene.
As Scripture clearly teaches us, those who are in such positions as supposed shepherds in the church will have much to answer to the Lord someday.
“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” James 3:1
APPENDIX: (Viewer discretion advised. As John said, some of these are pretty vile in their content)
Mid-America Nazarene University:
Wenatchee Nazarene Student Ministries:
Muncie First Church:
Point Loma Nazarene University:
Olivet Nazarene University:
Bethany First Church Youth Ministry:
Chicago First Church, Edge Student Ministry:
Maysville Nazarene Church:
Southern Nazarene Univ. student bus:
Eastern Nazarene College:
ENC’s Facebook page brags about it: http://www.facebook.com/EasternNazarene
Trevecca Nazarene University:
Northwest Nazarene University:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9gh-XlOMvm0#!