2 Peter 1:20-21 “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Although the Point Loma homosexuality controversy recently was a big story, I was afraid it would distract us from the fact that there is a bigger problem in the church, of which this is only one of the symptoms. What has led many Christians to welcome and embrace the emerging church movement? What has led our evangelical denominations to bring in mysticism, Roman Catholic and pagan practices? What has led us to compromise the gospel message and create a new gospel of social justice mixed with environmentalism and ecumenicism? What has led us to usher in secular music during worship, soaking prayer and word-faith phenomema? What has led us to embrace the thinking that “it’s all about God’s love”, while losing sight of the fact that while He is a God of love, He is also a God of justice, and that the wrath of God will come down on all who walk in willful disobedience? (Rom. 14:10-12) What has led so many, pastors included, to be blinded to the obvious heresies of Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo and others? What has led Nazarene Theological Seminary to allow the teaching and practice of the occultic-based Celtic spirituality? What has led us to be more concerned about membership rolls and financial health, than about preaching the gospel?
It is the rejection of the Bible as the inerrant, infallible word of God. It is the rejection of scripture as the only and sufficient authority for Christians. It is the arrogance of some of our leaders in the church and our universities, to dare to tell us that they know better than what is written in God’s word. It is the oft repeated belief that the common man who has no theology degree does not have the understanding to know what the Bible teaches, until the enlightened leaders tell us what it means. These people forget that the power of God’s word is such that it does not need man’s help to reveal the sinner’s fallen nature, and bring him to his knees in repentance, and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
If the leadership in the church, and many of the professors at our Christian schools, actually held uncompromisingly to the inerrancy of scripture, we would not see heresies like open theism and process theology taught at some of the universities. We would also not see the promotion of theistic evolution, which clearly contradicts scriptural revelation. These teachings, when held up to scripture, fall like a deck of cards. Yet why do so many fail to understand, and choose to reject what the Bible teaches, and instead invent their own explanations of what God’s word is really saying?
My recent post on Northwest Nazarene, which was published at Intermountain Christian News, was visited so much yesterday that it passed the previous high that was set when the Point Loma homosexuality story came out. Many of these comments are never approved, because they repeat the same old accusations or imply facts that were not in the article. Here is a sample:
“the author of this article is extraordinarily ill-informed”; “At best it is simply hearsay and unfortunately poor research; at worst, it is blatant fear-mongering.”
“an article like this one that lacks truth”
These folks rejected, but did not correct any facts that I wrote in the post. And they apparently ignore the fact that there are NNU alums, parents and students alike, who share the same concerns I have.
“When it comes to the inerrant Word of God, you will not find a single professor in our religion department who will tell you that the Bible has errors when it comes to the Salvation story, but they will say that the Bible contains errors/contradictions on numbers (such as warriors for battle) or on timing issues (Jesus spoke to John and then Mark vs. Jesus spoke to Mark and then John) but I have never heard of an NNU professor saying that there are contradictions beyond these trivial things.”
There’s the problem. And this person apparently is not familiar with Professor Tom Oord and his selective choosing of what is reliable. Dr. Oord was the same professor who told me he disagreed about Adam as being the source of what brought on sin and death to man. That is a rejection of what Romans 5:12 says, and what Jesus said also. Professor Oord also is a big proponent of open theism and process theology, both heretical teachings.
What these people fail to do in their arguments with me and others, is to point out the specifics of the “errors” in our statements. They cannot argue or reason from a biblical perspective, because they are rejecting that viewpoint. They are probably arguing from a humanistic or ecumenical perspective, which says we should embrace or live happily with every kind of doctrine that comes down the pike! If they could only believe the Bible completely, these problems would eventually go away. But they choose to believe only what they want to believe, and only what tickles their ears.
And then there are the examples of what some students have come to believe:
“Love with no judgments, means….. not only can you not tell someone they are wrong in their faith, but to even believe it, is a judgment. Which is absolutely opposite of what Jesus taught.”
“Over the years it has become apparent to me that the fullness of God was expressed through Christ and not through the Bible.”
“Just because the bible is written whereas “god” is referred to as he, you can’t assume god is male.”
“No one has any divine revelation here. We decide either by reason or emotion.”
So to all who have posted recently amid the furor over Point Loma, and Northwest Nazarene, I am sorry, but your comments will not be accepted, unless you can actually correct the “errors” and refute what has been said about your school. It’s all there right in front of you. You just refuse to see it, because most likely, you do not respect the word of God. You do not believe that God’s word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is completey trustworthy in all that it teaches.
Thus, as our attitude towards God’s Holy word goes, so goes the church.
Additional Resources on Scriptural Authority and Inerrancy:
[1: Sign the Petition, Nazarene Desiring a Return to Solid Biblical Publications of NPH, Barefoot and The House Studio]