Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. Ezekiel 33:12
This post is less about Mike King, or David Crowder, or any one individual that might be mentioned here. This is a question about church leadership and its responsibilities, and also is a question about what is your responsibility as a Bible believing Christian.
I remind you of what an utter disgrace it was… this Wildgoose Festival that occurred recently in North Carolina, masquerading as a “Christian” festival. What an absolute slap in the face to our Lord Jesus Christ this was, as dozens of apostates were featured at this abominable gathering, including one organizer and board chairman of this event, Mike King. I also remind you that he is an adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, executive editor of IMMERSE Youth Journal which is published by Nazarene Publishing House, is involved with Barefoot Ministries which is another arm of the NPH, and he is president of YouthFront, a group that promotes contemplative mysticism and emergent ideas. And just recently he also was a presenter at the Nazarene Youth Congress in Kentucky.
Here is an excerpt from a recent report on the Wildgoose Festival that Mr. King helped organize:
Again, what a disgrace this event was. I have previously written and warned that one of the main targets of the apostate movement of emergent/emerging church is the youth. In the Nazarene denomination, a primary influence in spreading these heresies is Mr. King, and yet he remains, and probably will remain, in any position that he is in today in the denomination, in spite of the damage he is doing to countless youth with his badly undiscerning associations and his blatantly open promotion of contemplative mysticism. Why will he likely remain? Perhaps it is because the leadership is asleep at the wheel?
There are limited solutions to this problem. The first is that the Lord will convict Mr. King of his error filled ways, and he repents of his emergent/mystical/ecumenical/gay affirming ideology whose source is Satan, not God. However, those who have approved of his actions need the same kind of repentance. Those who are responsible for allowing him to teach at NTS, along with others who are promoting mystical practices, should be questioned about their discernment. An alternate solution is that perhaps a watchman of great influence or in a high leadership position (very high?) convinces him (and others at the seminary) to move on for the sake of our youth. Or he could simply be relieved of his duties by those who are responsible for hiring him, yet, why would they if they also approve of his false teachings? Do we have such a watchman? Currently, the seminary does not even have a permanent president, but once he is hired, will he also continue the same unbiblical trends we are seeing develop at the seminary?
And so shortly after Wildgoose, King continued on to participate as a presenter at the Nazarene Youth Congress. And the watchmen on the wall, if there are still any within our youth organizations today, missed at least one thing, if nothing else. We have not had a complete report from NYC, but we hold our breaths in anticipation of what else was passed on to our youth besides what is glossed over in the program brochure. I shudder to think of how wide Mr. King’s influence was at the NYC, but I prayed that no damage would come to any student because of his lack of discernment and support of a treasure trove of apostates from Wildgoose.
And now to at least one thing that was missed, and that is a featured singer at the Nazarene Youth Congress this past Saturday night illustrates the continuing compromises that are going on. David Crowder is very popular in the Contemporary Christian Music world. It seems that one of the problems today in Christianity is that as soon as a band labels itself “Christian”, and its songs are played on K-Luv or some other Christian oriented music station, and the songs sound and make us feel soooo good, that they are accepted without question. But what is also wrong with many Christian contemporary groups and singers today is their eagerness to bring in worldly things and try to “consecrate” it to Jesus. It is the same philosophy of Dan Boone, who claims that a pagan practice like a prayer labyrinth can be taken by Christians and be then sanctified for God’s purposes. (In that case, let’s bring on the Santeria practice of sacrificing chickens on an altar and sanctify that for Jesus, because, what’s the difference?)
It seems too many of us, myself included, have become tolerant of just about any Christian band that sings really cool songs with a great beat that makes us feel good. We start forgetting what music should be about and that is to give praise to HIM, not me! And the influence of a Christian artist goes beyond his music, and that is where David Crowder shows his theology, as seen in this post by the writer at Defending Contending: David Crowder’s Crowded Theology. Crowder wrote a book (Praise Habit), in which he quoted from the horrible paraphrased The Message Bible, and the back cover commentary is by emergent writer Donald Miller, of Blue Like Jazz fame.
Are our leaders letting these folks do anything, whatever they please, and turning aside so as not to cause “disunity” or hurt anyone’s feelings? After reading this review, I asked, did this slip by the discerning eyes of the watchmen on the wall? Or, are there no watchmen on the wall within our youth organizations, and this is simply another example of compromise with anything and anyone that proclaims the name of Christ?
I’m afraid that it seems to be the latter. Such is the state of many denominations such as the Nazarene church, and nary a word from hardly any leader in the church. Oh, some are speaking out. And yes, I have been in touch with leaders, and former leaders, who are grieved in their hearts about what is happening. Yet the continuing silence from most in leadership, and from most pastors, is amazing, because they have been receiving reports of these things for several years now. They seem to forget the scriptural warnings about those who have seen and recognized evil, but fail to do anything about it.
Are the watchmen failing?