How did this come to be, that many pastors in the church are now openly proclaiming that homosexuality is good and biblical?
If there was any doubt whether Thomas Oord had any serious intentions to undermine the Church of the Nazarene and normalize homosexuality in the denomination, there should be no doubt now. A new book titled “Why The Church of the Nazarene Should Be Fully LGBTQ+ Affirming” makes it pretty obvious what has been his agenda for over 20 years, along with his loyal cohorts amongst other Nazarene clergy who have been hiding the same intentions, but are now “coming out.”
Consider this new turn of events in the Thomas Oord saga, and the implications for the future of the Church of the Nazarene. Oord is the heretical former Northwest Nazarene University professor who somehow still retains his ordination credentials, despite overwhelming evidence that he has blatantly violated Nazarene standards, and more importantly, biblical standards over and over again.
Because of bad decisions (or lack of decision-making) by Nazarene leadership up to the highest level, a reckoning is coming to the denomination much quicker than many had thought. It is the question of homosexuality and whether the church will bless such a state, and also whether there will be a split in the denomination, similar to the United Methodists. To think these questions would even be up for discussion is an astounding indictment on the denomination whose theme has been “Holiness Unto the Lord.”
Here, Thomas Oord is proudly wearing a picture of the cover of the new book that he and his daughter have edited. The book is a compilation of 73 essays written by mostly Nazarenes or former Nazarenes. It is a who’s who of heretics in the church. How did this come to be, that many pastors and elders in the church are now openly proclaiming that homosexuality is good and biblical? And why have others not lost their credentials? Why has Oord not lost his credentials? And yet, some pastors who were exposing false teachings a decade ago were summarily fired or forced to resign.
About 10 years ago, Thomas Oord was promoting his open theism and other false teachings during his tenure at Northwest Nazarene University. He welcomed universalists to speak to students freely and unchallenged, leading many astray. And yet, nothing he did or say was of ever any serious consequence to the church leaders, so he was allowed to spread his heresies year after year. Perhaps they hoped he would quietly go away, and that he would not step over a certain line.
Leaders are realizing now that this narcissistic man has no line that he won’t cross. Why should he fear anything now? Last year, he was brought up on charges by several brave pastors who recognized that his anti-biblical teachings were harming the church and wanted to hold him accountable. In spite of all the evidence which came directly from his own words, the district leaders failed to revoke this man’s ordination credentials.
Pro-LGBT Theology Faculty at Nothwest Nazarene University
It is noteworthy to point out that there are several professors in the theology department at Oord’s former university, Northwest Nazarene, who seem to be in favor of homosexuality being normalized in the denomination. I posted about this recently, with a great deal of evidence researched by Sean Killackey, a recent graduate of NNU.
Holland Nazarene District Blesses Same Sex Unions, With District Leaders’ Approval
We also have the problem of the Holland Nazarene District, which has been in open rebellion against the denomination and the Bible. The District has been blessing same sex unions for some time now, and the General Superintendents know about it, and have done nothing about it. How many Nazarenes are still unaware of this terrible situation in Holland? See this article from 2017 for an update:
So now, the “chickens have come home to roost.” Thomas Oord is now the symbolic leader of a movement to destroy and re-invent the Nazarene denomination as it is. He has emboldened a large number of Nazarene pastors as well as laypeople who are in favor of normalizing homosexuality as an approved act of God. It has been amazing to see the number of Nazarenes who are now, in public, proclaiming their support of the LGBTQ movement, promoting same-sex marriage, and insisting that homosexuality is blessed of God.
To accentuate his heretical crusade, Oord is hosting a two-evening conference on May 26 and May 27, also titled the same as his book:
Speakers scheduled at this conference: Jonathan J. Foster, Erin Moorman, Laurie Braaten, Matt Rundio, Sana Robert Hicks, Keegan Osinski, Patti L. Dikes, K. Steve McCormick, Bruce Balcom, James Travis Young, Sam Powell, Libby Tender Hugus, Michael Joseph Brennan, Craig Keen, Eric Severson, Kristi J. Attwood Seaton
I am familiar with some of these names. Laurie Braaten is a former professor at Eastern Nazarene College. Keegan Osinski is a radical promoter of LGBTQ agenda and same sex marriage. Some of these people are or were ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene. All of these scheduled speakers are contributors to the new Oord book.
Impact on General Assembly
The influence of Oord and his minions most likely has inspired some districts to submit proposals that will further weaken the church statement on Human Sexuality. By emboldening these people so much with his public pronouncements, there could be an all-out war at the assembly, waged by various proposals that will insert LGBTQ/homosexual-favorable language into the official Nazarene doctrine.
The pro-homosexual side will either win, or the biblical side will win. There cannot be two winners in this debate. It will be interesting to see what will happen when either side loses the battle. (Any compromise similar to what eventually ripped apart the United Methodist Church is a losing move by the Nazarene church).
In the meantime, ask your own pastor, “where do you stand on the issue of homosexuality? Is it a sin, or not? Are you in favor of same sex marriage?” The answer may tell you a lot about your pastor that you did not know, or it will confirm that he is a solid Bible-believing pastor. I think a lot of members will be surprised at the answer they get. And please persist in asking for a clear answer if you need to.
An article titled “Letter of Accusation Against a False Teacher” was written on May 1, 2023 By Pastor Jared Henry, an ordained elder in the Nazarene denomination. The full letter with all the details of the accusations, and the evidence of Oord’s false teaching, can be found at Pastor Jared’s blog. Below is an excerpt of that post. Pastor Jared should be commended for calling Oord out publicly, and more pastors are needed who will not stay silent. Sadly, there are Nazarene pastors who are now vilifying him for speaking the truth.
Letter of Accusation Against a False Teacher
By Pastor Jared Henry
In October of 2021, ten ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene followed the steps outlined in our denominational Manual of polity to file a formal letter of accusation against Tom Oord. In this article, you will be able to read the letter of accusation we sent to his District (the Intermountain District of the Church of the Nazarene) as well as Oord’s response to these accusations. The intended outcome of such a letter is discipline and, in this case, the removal of Oord’s credentials.
After a few months, I was contacted in March of 2022 and told that, through the process, it was found that “neither the accusations, nor evidence met the criteria for probable grounds for charges moving forward” so the District Advisory Board of the Intermountain district had no plans at that time to move forward on the issue. Oord’s credentials were not removed. No action was taken at that time; even after listening to Oord’s own words in his response shared below.
Oord’s response provided ample evidence of his views on various subjects that put him outside of the Church of the Nazarene’s faith and practice. In fact, he does not deny he wants to change the Church’s stance on human sexuality from our historic and biblical stance. Since the events of late 2021 and early 2022, Oord has put out two recent books. The first one is a claim that God is not all powerful (against omnipotence) and the second is a book he edited to promote his agenda of pushing for the Church of the Nazarene to be more LGBTQIA+ affirming. More evidence is readily available for Oord to lose his credentials in the Church of the Nazarene. But how much evidence do we really need to do the right thing in this situation?
The Board of General Superintendents recently put out a ruling that clarified that, among other things, the statement on human sexuality was an essential statement. Their ruling verbatim was: “The Articles of Faith, the Covenant of Christian Character, and the Covenant of Christian Conduct, are essential statements of the doctrine of the Church of the Nazarene, as well as those portions of the Manual pertaining to what we believe and how we live in light of those beliefs.”
It is important to be aware that the real problem at hand does not specifically have anything to do with Tom Oord. Most everyone within the Church of the Nazarene perceives his theology and agenda problematic, if not anti-Nazarene. But there will always be people like Oord who seek to undermine orthodoxy and orthopraxy within the church universal. The history of the church, including the New Testament, makes us keenly aware that he is only one among a long line of false teachers. The troubling thing about all of this, and the real issue at hand, is the lack of ability from some leadership to deal with this problem: Oord maintains his status as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
The questions keep coming to mind: Why does Oord still have his credentials?
Turmoil, confusion, and division are the fruits of allowing one to remain who is not willing to hold to their elders’ vows.
Why can’t this be handled? Fear of angry voices on social media? Nepotism? Legal lawsuits? Bureaucratic red tape?
Continued at Pastor Jared Henry’s blog: Formal Accusation, and Thomas Oord’s Response
Also by Pastor Jared:
Some Cautions For the Church of the Nazarene: Part 1
Some Cautions For the Church of the Nazarene: Part 2
This is a book that is now available on Amazon, and is a biblical counteraction to Thomas Oord’s unbiblical book.
Pastor Jared and other Nazarene elders have contributed to this book.
by Matt Friedeman (Author), Dr. Janet Dean (Author), Rev. Kevin Compton (Author), Dr. Brian Powell (Author), Rev. Alexander Largo (Author), Rev. Corey Jones (Author), Rev. Dale Hoffpauir (Author), Dr. Matt Ayars (Author), Rev. Jared Henry (Author), Elijah Friedeman (Editor)
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