It’s getting crazier, and scarier every day. I used to think that only the really slick, smooth talking false teachers like Rob Bell, Leonard Sweet, and Richard Foster, would be able to fool so many Christians, so many of my fellow Nazarenes. But it seems now that Satan is getting bolder and bolder. He is casting aside the subtlety, and guiding his minions into new declarations of unity with just about anyone. The formula of 99% truth mixed with 1% deception is changing to a deeper mix of error, and apparently it can work quite well. Now it’s an emergent church leader, Samir Selmanovic, who is doing kumbayah with Wiccans, as told in the following report by Ingrid Schlueter. (*Note regarding my alma mater, Eastern Nazarene College. Tony Campolo will be speaking on Oct. 29 in chapel service on the campus. What does he have to do with this? Well, just that Campolo sings the praises of this pretend Christian: “Samir Selmanovic is just what we have needed to bring the spirit of Christ to bear in a fractured society.” I’ll have a report on Campolo after the ENC speaking engagement, although I have personally suggested to ENC leadership that they rethink this invitation for Campolo.)
If anyone thinks that they are immune from deception, think again. If you have not bought the lies of these emergent false teachers, I suggest you remain on your guard with the full armor on, 24/7. Put the Joel Osteen feel good books down and pick up your Bible instead! If you have bought the lie, or are burying your head in the sand, I am praying for you. Look at all the lies that have snuck into so many of our Nazarene and other Christian universities, and even our seminaries, and it makes me wonder whether the deception even has to be subtle anymore, from reading this latest story. Will we go a step further and get a little closer to embracing Wiccans also? Farfetched you say? Look at our embrace of nothing less than Christianized transcendental meditation, as well as Roman Catholic practices and the promotion of unity with this church institution that teaches a false gospel. (You don’t disagree that the RCC teaches a false gospel, do you?)
Look at the normalization of pagan practices forbidden by scripture, like the prayer labyrinth, right in the Nazarene church and some of the schools. Is anyone okay with that, and if so, what justifies sit? If you re okay with all that and more, then it is not farfetched anymore to think that soon, in the Nazarene denomination, more of what was considered abnormal and un-Christian, will be embraced. It’s just a matter of time, isn’t it? Look at the open theism being taught, the acceptance of evolution, the practical denial that all of th Bible is God’s infallible inspired word! Call me crazy, but just as as the United Methodists, the ELCA, and others have accepted and embraced homosexuality as normal and started ordaining openly gay priests, what’s to stop the Nazarene denomination? Perhaps we have already taken baby steps towards that in our official writings, but no one is aware of it yet. We’ve gone off the deep end in so many ways, why should we stop now? Besides, is that not the goal- as much unity as possible with as many as possible? Is that not what the scriptures teach us? “Why can’t we all just get along?”
Makes me wonder more and more, how will the Anti-christ show himself someday? Who will it be? And how many of the “elect” will be swept away by his deception? I don’t know, but Satan surely is working his “mojo” overtime now to prepare the way for that “man of perdition”. As you ponder the following story, don’t think for a minute that this is as bad as it will get. If you are among those who have bought into the emergent church lie, or are looking away from this bad traffic accident in front of you, wait until later, because it will get even worse. This is simply Satan “masquerading as an angel of light” again (2 Corinthians 11:12-15). I sure don’t want to be one of those who will be deluded in the last days.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Just in time for Halloween, cutting-edge emergent leader Samir Selmanovic breaks new ground by drawing the Wiccans close to his breast. He runs a place called Faith House Manhattan where the world religions meet together in microcosm and draw from each others spirituality. Here’s his tweet from October 12 where he announces his wonderful guests, the Wiccans. He goes further by reporting on the theological witch’s brew that he stirs in this news report from Faith House. He says that this fall at Faith House they’re exploring how to cross boundaries into “new spaces.” Well, that’s certainly one way to put it. Apprising Ministries shares more on Selmanovic’s attempt at blending darkness and light, the table of Christ and demons, and shows Selmanovic’s gushing tweets about celebrating the occult holiday of Samhain with the witches.
You have to hand it to Samir. At least he’s not shucking and jiving like some of his emergent colleagues. His interspiritual agenda is right there out front. He’s helping to bring world religions together, including occult religions, to drink from a common well, and he’s proud of it. Increasingly, there are fewer emergent wolves bothering with the sheep costume. With pastors today doing things like sex campaigns and life-enhancement sermons, there are no wolf warnings going out. The wolves are now openly stalking their prey.