These are just some of my resolutions as the new year approaches. I am just one person, one insignificant Nazarene among many. I pray that you will join me in these resolutions to carry on the fight against what is coming into our denomination. We are nothing of our own strength, but with God, all things are possible.
Resolved: That I will continue to trust in the Bible, as the inerrant and infallible revelation of God to man, and as the sole and only reliable authoritative word for our Christian faith and practice. I will continue to encourage all Christians to trust in God’s word only, and reject completely the emergent disrespect for God’s inspired word.
2 Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Having affirmed the above resolution, I will also fight with all my strength, those in the Nazarene church and universities who are trying to undermine the biblical doctrine of scriptural inerrancy; those who teach that Adam and Eve, and the flood, and many other accounts in the Bible, are just allegory; I will fight and expose those who are trying to cast doubt on God’s word in the minds of thousands of college students; and those who are trying to elevate man’s reasoning to equality with the revealed word of God.
Ephesians 5:6-11 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Resolved: To pass on to unbelievers the clear and true gospel given to us by Jesus and the apostles, without any embellishment or any watering down of what God has revealed to us in His word, and without any “purpose-driven” or other gimmicks to get them into church. I resolve to tell the hard truths that Jesus Himself spoke, at the cost of any popularity that I may lose. And I realize I will be doing it at a cost, because that is exactly what we are told will happen if we stand for the truth of God’s word.
2 Timothy 3:12-14 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
Resolved: In fighting the emergent church, the G12 movement, and other unbiblical movements, I resolve not to let personal attacks get me off track in this mission. I will ignore the attacks of the false teachers in our midst and continue warning all others about their heretical teachings. I understand these personal attacks against those who defend the truth are nothing more than Satan’s distractions and attempts to discourage us and cast doubt in our minds. I will also patiently witness to those who have been deceived, and use the scriptures to show them the truth, and expose the falsehoods of these dangerous movements and of these dangerous false prophets.
Romans 16:17-18 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
Resolved: To spend no more time in arguing with emergent false teachers within our denomination, and instead focus on bringing their teachings into the light of scripture, until they are forced to explain their ideologies to everyone openly and honestly- if they can use the scriptures to justify themselves, not their personal arguments. I will ask God to give me the gentleness and patience I need when necessary, and to give me the backbone to rebuke them when that is called for.
2 Tim 2:23-26 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Resolved: To work hard at exposing one of the biggest misuses of scripture: “Judge not, that ye be not judged”, knowing that this is a ploy by false teachers to make Christians feel guilty about being discerning and becoming aware of false prophets. We ARE called to judge, but to judge righteously. We ARE called to expose false teachers, and name names if needed, and I will do my best to encourage every Christian to be a Berean in this coming year, and call out those who are deliberately spreading the false gospel of the emergent church, G12, and other destructive movements. We have an absolute responsibility to warn others; it is not an option.
Ezekiel 33:1-6 1 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
Resolved: To continue to ask our leaders for answers to the questions that have been raised in so many churches worldwide. To ask our Holiness Today editor for clear statements in explaining what is so good about the emergent church movement. I will ask our leaders why is it that Concerned Nazarenes were promised a statement right after the General Assembly regarding the emergent church, yet we are still waiting for one. To ask why are we going down this path, yet at the same time, why so many are being kept in the dark about this movement that is supposedly good for all. We need to know.
Hosea 4:6 my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Resolved: To try in my own small way to help those who are fighting these false movements worldwide. I will do my part this coming year, to encourage as many Nazarenes as possible, and other Christians, to band together like never before and join in fighting the heresies that have taken hold of so many churches and universities. I resolve to do my part in making this a worldwide movement of Christians to warn as many brothers and sisters as possible.
Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
These are just a few resolutions that I have committed myself to for next year. It is not an oath I am taking; it is simply an affirmation of just a few of our biblically commanded responsibilities as Christians. I am just one little Christian in a sea of Christians asking questions, and this coming year, we want answers to those questions. We want to know why so many faithful Christian families’s lives have been severely disrupted by such a “wonderful” movement called the emergent church. And why so many Nazarenes have been poisoned in their minds with the new Bible of the emergent church that is filled with blasphemies and heresies, “The Shack”. And why so many Nazarenes have been deceived by phony mystical practices used to “experience” God, when all that is sufficient is the scriptures to guide us.
For those on our Concerned Nazarene Facebook group, I would like to issue the following challenge: to tell as many concerned Nazarenes about our group, and if they are as concerned as you are, please encourage them to join. Not because we can have a bigger group for the sake of size; but as we grow, that means more people are sharing their concerns; more of us are encouraged by seeing new members; and more of these new members will learn about new resources, and information, that will help them fight the battle. Their testimony will also serve as an encouragement to many others. We have seen that time and again here. We truly need to go global in this endeavor, because it is a global problem, and we ought to be concerned about our fellow Christians worldwide. Let’s welcome concerned Nazarenes and other Christians from all over the world in the coming year! We will be heard, my friends! If you want to join the group, here is the link: Concerned Nazarenes.
We know that God has already won; we just don’t know the exact details of how He will carry out His victory. We do believe, unlike many emergents do, that He is sovereign, He knows the future, and certainly, He DOES NOT make mistakes! But knowing He is the victor over Satan, however, does not take away our responsibility to be alert, to be watchmen, and to warn our fellow brothers and sisters. I encourage you to keep doing this every day, and keep trusting in Jesus.
He is Lord.