Don’t Forget Our Students On The Front Lines

I believe the Lord sent a message to me today, from an unexpected source.  I believe it was a wakeup call to me, to not forget our most precious assets at our Christian schools: our students.  For quite a while now, I have been writing about the state of our Nazarene universities, and the false teaching that is rampant throughout many of them, to varying degrees.  I have expressed my outrage as Rob Bell has been welcomed with open arms, by pastors no less.  I have been outraged as Tony Campolo continues on with his campaign of indoctrinating Christian students with his unbibical social gospel and his mystical pagan practices.  I have been angry as those who are charged with preparing our Christian students with a biblical education, instead are showing a great lack of discernment, or are themselves complicit in spreading heresies in the schools.

Well, that outrage and anger is quite justified, and many of you feel the same way.  Many of you, like me, know very well that anger is appropriate in many situations, especially when it comes to when our students are being led down a wrong way.  But today, I received an email that woke me up to something else that I have been failing to do often enough, and perhaps you may feel the same as I do after reading it.  I received an email from a student who attends Northwest Nazarene University, and I asked for her forgiveness that I have not emphasized enough the prayers and support that is needed for such as her.

I have at times suggested that perhaps we stop sending money to our schools, unless they stop going down the road of apostasy.  But tonight, I ask you to pray for our students.  Particularly for tonight, because at 7 pm, at NNU, the author of The Shack novel will be speaking on the campus, and he will also speak in chapel tomorrow morning.  There will be some there tonight, led by Matt Slick, who will be standing outside and passing out information regarding this novel, and more importantly, to wake up some folks to the things at our schools that have gone the wrong way.

So I ask those who have been so concerned about what is being taught at our schools lately, such as open theism, contemplative mysticism, and so many more false teachings, that we also not forget to focus on the many brave students who are battling within their own schools to fight off the false teachings.  They love their school, and they don’t want to see their school go down.  They are battling to help other students realize that, yes, they can trust in God’s word completely, even if some professors tell them they can’t.  When I think about who is really putting things out on the line at great risk, it not someone like me.  I don’t have a job to lose because of what I write.  I don’t have professors putting pressure on me to parrot their ideology in an exam in order to get a better grade.  All I get is the occasional knuckleheaded comment on my blog by someone who cannot defend their twisted ideology.  That is nothing.

So please pray tonight, and continue praying, for all these students who are boldy speaking truth amongst a majority who don’t care, or don’t seem to care.  Pray for students who right now are standing up to pastors and professors who have failed to uphold biblical truth.  Pray that God will use someone tonight at NNU to open some eyes to the truth.  Pray for all the students in all our campuses who take a bold stand for biblical truth.

Below is the letter I received today.  May the Lord bless and protect every single one of our kids who desire to be faithful to Him in all things.

As a student at NNU, I agree with many of your comments about the school, it has been a continuing frustration for me. I would like to say, though, that there is hope. There is a portion of the student body that is aware of the lack of fear of God in the school. We battle the theology of professors in the classroom, chaplains in chapel, and other students in the cafeteria. We host Bible studies on truth, and pray for the rest of our campus. We help teach those that have no idea what is wrong with what they are being taught.

Today Mr. Young comes to my campus. He will be speaking to my peers, and many will hail his as a wise man. My roommates, the assistant editor of the school newspaper will be there, but she will be biting her tongue the entire time. Tonight I may possibly meet Mr. Young, but I won’t feel like it has been a great honor. Instead, I will weep inside because my college, a university that professes to be a Bible teaching, God believing institution, is proud to have this man on campus. I will be weeping inside because so many of my friends do not understand the danger their souls are in. I will be weeping because this man, who thinks he is wise, is leading thousands of people astray.

While I am also frustrated with Northwest Nazarene University and its teachings, more than a warning against sending students there, I believe that encouragement for those of us who are here is needed. We have a battle ahead of us. We need support and prayer. We need encouragement and love. It is more important than anything, I believe, that a change be made in the school. This change won’t be made if all Bible-believing Christians choose to send their students elsewhere.

Please, before you write the university off as a complete flop, remember those of us who are here and are on the front lines of this battle. We often feel alone, and we need your support and encouragement. We are young and foolish in the eyes of many of our professors. However, we are serving a God who calls the young and unskilled to lead. Please, join us in this task.

Karissa Koberg


The Beauty And Wondrous Deception of The Shack

Several months ago, I promised a fellow believer that I would finally read the novel, The Shack, in its entirety. As I result, here is my review of the book.

ALERT: The author of The Shack will be speaking at Northwest Nazarene University.  Matt Slick of CARM Ministries will be there to pass out literature to people outside, this Thursday.  If you are in the Nampa, Idaho area, Matt is welcoming any assistance in distributing the literature.  Here is the press release:   Mr Young will speak at 7:00 pm on Thursday in the NNU Brandt Center, 707 Fern Street, Nampa.
Matt’s website about The Shack:

The first four chapters of the book are basically a prelude to the other following chapters.  These opening chapters detail how the main character, Mack, recounts the story of his young daughter, Missy, and how they eventually went on a camping trip where she  is kidnapped by a serial killer and murdered.  The emotions generated from these first four chapters (and subsequently the rest of the story) are powerful, and made me think more than once about how would I feel if something like this every happened to one of my three children.  It is well written, and I can see how powerful it is in affecting responses from people who read it.  No problem so far up to this point, except that perhaps what I believe has caused many to be deceived by this book is the sheer, heart-wrenching theme of this novel.

A few years after the murder, Mack is invited to visit the shack where his daughter was murdered, through a mysterious letter that was signed “Papa.”  This was a term that his wife often used to refer to God.


So things start to change once Mack meets the three “occupants” of the shack where his daughter was murdered. Here is where I see my first problem with the novel.  It is fiction, but does a fictional story give any Christian the license to change the disclosures found in Scripture of God’s character and personality; of who God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is?   Mack first meets a large, African-American woman who is God; then he subsequently meets a small, Asian woman who is supposed to be the Holy Spirit; and finally, he meets Jesus, represented by a tall, Middle Eastern man.  I already have serious problems with the depiction of God from the aspect of the feminine, something that has become popular in liberal Christian circles as well as other movements.  In the Bible, God is always referenced with the use of the masculine, not the feminine.  He is called Father, not Mother.  Therefore this is the first mistake in this book, to try to depict God in feminine terms, when He has clearly chosen to reveal Himself in the masculine, and as Father.  Please also remember that God is spirit, yet is depicted in the book in human form.  Is this a form of idolatry, of making an image of God?

There are quite a few other problems which I encountered in the book.  Let’s look at just a few more.


Early on after chapter four, “Papa” shows Mack “her” wrists and the marks similar to the nail marks of Jesus, and then tells Mack that Papa also was crucified on the Cross.  Really?


We go to chapter five, and in it we find this being said by Papa to Mack:

“When we three spoke ourself into human existence as the Son of God, we became fully human” and “we now became flesh and blood.”  This is unscriptural, because only the Son became human in flesh, not all three persons of the Trinity!  The Father and the Spirit did not become incarnate, only Jesus the Son.  This is very serious error (heretical , and is like the modalistic* view of God which false teachers like T.D.Jakes teach.  If this view is taught by any pastor or teacher in a church, I would recommend fleeing as quickly as possible from that church.  Why then should Mr. Young have license to depict the Trinity in such a way?


Later, Mack here recalls his seminary years and how he was taught to “listen to and follow sacred Scripture, properly interpreted, of course. God’s voice had been reduced to paper, and even that paper had to moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects. It seemed that direct communication with God was something exclusively for the ancients and uncivilized, while educated Westerners’ access to God was mediated by and controlled by the intelligentsia. Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book. Especially an expensive one bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges?” (65, 66)

God gave us His word in scripture, yet there seems to be an attempt here to demean the word as “only ink on paper”, as I heard a young lady say in a Sunday school class once.  When I read this passage, it immediately brought to mind the many emergents I have clashed with who have the same similar disdain for Holy Scripture.  You may have heard it too: “Jesus is the real Word of God, not the writings in a book.”   Or, “I choose to worship the real Word, Jesus, not a bunch of ink on paper.”  (I’m not making this up).

I will just give a few more references I encountered, because there are so many well written reviews of The Shack that have dissected this novel in so many ways, that I don not want to sound repetitive to those who have read them.  There are additional links at the end for further study.


Papa says to Mack: “We [the Trinity] have limited ourselves out of respect for you.”

The God of The Shack apparently is not capable of doing everything He wants to do, because he seems to be the god of the Open Theists.  No wonder they like this book.


Jesus says: “God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in, around, and through all things . . .”
Does God dwell in all things, according to scripture?


Sarayu (the Holy Spirit): “Both evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to Light and Good; they do not have any actual existence.


Papa: “I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It is not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.”

I’ll finish with this, stated by the “Jesus” in the novel: “I am the best way any human can relate to Papa or Sarayu.”

This clearly smacks of universalism.  Jesus is NOT the best way; He is the only way.

Bottom line: My friends, I could go on an on, but I’ll stop here.  You will find many other dubious and heretical things in more extensive reviews.  The only thing I learned from actually reading the novel, is that it is even more dangerous and deceptive than I knew it to be.

The Shack is NOT a great missional book to be promoted to pastors at a church convention.  Books that contain heretical teachings should never, ever be part of recommended readings, except as examples of what is serious error.
The Shack is not a book to be recommended, especially for new Christians, or unbelievers who could then form a heretical understanding of God, the Trinity, and the nature of God.  The Shack is a well-written book that in a few ways is instructive: it illustrates the powerful emotions and love a parent has for a child and makes you think of how precious a child is; and it even does a fairly accurate job of defining the Trinity.  But my friends, even the Satanic bible can have some good things in it!  Thus, this is what makes this book so dangerous and deceptive.
It will cause many Christians to stumble, and bring unbelievers into accepting another Jesus, another spirit.  Why would you risk that for anyone?  Always remember that Satan’s strategy is to make things look almost like the real thing.  “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”  2 Cor. 11:14.

May the Lord give us the perfect wisdom and insight that can only come from one source: His word given to us in the Bible.  It is not “just ink on paper.”  It is God’s actual word:  “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 4:12

That is where you will find the all sufficient words of Jesus Christ our Lord, which will give you the guidance and direction you need in life.  The Shack cannot do that for you, and you will not be lacking in anything just because you did not read it.

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Postscript: I was very disappointed when I looked on the back of the book, and read this from Michael W. Smith, a popular Christian artist:

“My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God.”

*Modalism- the view that God is an individual Person, but when He chooses, manifests Himself in three different ways, or modes.  This is clearly a hereticl view of the Trinity as is taught in scripture.


Other reviews:

Pastor Gary Gilley:

Tim Challies:

Albert Mohler: (by Wayne Elliot)

A Battle To The Death

by John Henderson

          The Emergent Nazarenes are in a battle to the death with the grassroots Fundamental Nazarenes, and only one of them will be left standing at the end of it. Either the grassroots Fundamental Nazarenes will prevail over the Emergent Nazarenes or vice versa. Frankly, the Emergent Nazarenes are largely in power for several reasons and that tends to make me a little nervous about them.  Their power base is more from general indifference, misinformation, deception, non-committal, and ignorance than from elected positions.  If that reverses, they lose overnight.  If it persists, the Fundamental Nazarenes lose.

          If the typical Emergent Nazarene and their compliant counterparts continue to grow and increase in influence, the Church of the Nazarene as it began and once was is finished.  It will go the way of the liberal (formerly evangelical) churches of yesterday and become so blended with them that any differences will be imperceptible.

          The Church of the Nazarene has one last chance to redeem itself and if it goes with the progressive, postmodern/new age emergent movement—with continued compromises of plain Biblical values and the co-opting and distortion of traditional Wesleyan concepts as is already being transmitted by Thomas Jay Oord and others—the Church of the Nazarene will lose its soul before the next General Assembly in 2013, or not long thereafter.

          It is a battle of ideologies with eternal significance.  Other denominations have already lost out to progressive postmodern cultism and the Church of the Nazarene, along with other evangelical/fundamental denominations, are teetering together on the brink of the same disaster.  This is a real battle for the soul of the denominations and also for the undying souls of men, women, and children.  That makes it more than mere ideology or a set of valued principles.  It is far above that and is being carried out in the spiritual realm:

 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

                Our weapons are not of this world, nor should they be:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

Extreme, Wacky, Nonsensical Liberalism Once Again At PLNU

“Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22)

I would like to offer my services to Point Loma Nazarene University, and several other Nazarene and other Christian schools of late, to help them schedule speakers who are more in keeping with solid, biblical and holiness teaching.  Apparently these schools are struggling in the area of discernment.  I do not claim to be pre-eminent in this area, as I can attest to the fact that I have met many, many Christians in the past three years who are very capable of doing the same task very well.  They are a mix of pastors, evangelists, and laypeople alike who I know would have the common sense in scheduling speakers that are totally opposite of the ones who are polluting the minds of our youth today with emergent, liberal, and social justice/environmental garbage.


My friend Brenda summed it up well: “…yet another liberal, distorting scripture to advance a liberal agenda to the students.  THIS IS COMPLETE LIBERAL NONSENSE!!”


Another friend, Debby, expressed her anger (yes, its okay to get angry, especially when our kids are getting snookered for 30 grand per year) when she said: “Oh my goodness….what a NUT!!! Yes, agree with Brenda, another LIBERAL, Totally Distorting The Holy Scripture for their NUTTY Agenda and taking our kids right down the merry NUT Pathway!!!! Grrrrr!!!!!”


Monty simply said: “Reminds me that Satan knew scriptures too.”


Annette said: “This is RIDICULOUS!!!!! Maybe Al Gore should have been invited to the chapel service!”


Brooke asked: “Is there no one at PLNU who can stand up against this garbage?”


And finally,  from a parent of a PLNU student: “According to speaker Jim Ball, the fact that we don’t buy into this  “great, spiritual fact” of man-made global warming makes my husband and me money-hungry, fearful, arrogant, insecure deniers equivalent to the priest and Levite in the story of the Good Samaritan. Apparently, we are outwardly religious, but inwardly selfish as we “pass by” the millions of poor victims of global warming, blinded to the fact the risen Lord leads the way in the charge against it.


This is NOT what we are paying thousands of dollars to send our kids to a Christian, Nazarene school for them to hear in chapel!”


What’s all the fuss?  More undiscerning selection of speakers being brought in to talk to young students whose minds are still being molded and shaped daily by the word of man– not the word of God– and for a pretty high yearly tuition to boot!  I submit to you, then, the following excerpts from a chapel service at PLNU on September 12.  The guest speaker was Jim Ball, a radical environmentalist. I understand it could be a bit boring, and it may not be your favorite subject.  Just keep in mind words such as: “another gospel”, indoctrination, deception, and brainwashing.



Jim Ball, author of Global Warming and the Risen Lord:


“You may know that President Brower is a leader on creation care. He is one of our evangelical climate initiative leaders, which he became in 2006, and then recently we asked him to sign onto a statement on mercury pollution, which he gladly did, so we’re grateful for President Brower’s leadership…”


This morning, I’m going to be weaving together a number of stories to help us reflect upon a Christian approach to climate change. How many of you have seen any of the Narnia movies or read the books by C.S. Lewis? Ok, uh, at one point in the Narnia book Prince Caspian, Lucy, the youngest of the brothers and sisters from England who find themselves in the magical world of Narnia, where, even though they are children they are regarded as kings and queens, Lucy sees the great Aslan, a lion who is the real ruler of Narnia, but the other children – Peter, Susan and Edmond – don’t see him.”


(Reads excerpt from Prince Caspian)


“So, when it comes to global warming, what is it that Lucy can see but that the others can’t just yet? It is the key spiritual fact about this tremendous challenge and spiritual opportunity – the real truth about global warming is: It is the risen Lord who is leading the way in overcoming it. For Christians, this is what global warming is really all about – following the risen Lord as He leads the way.


…Unfortunately, in the years to come, there will be many more climate change orphans…indeed, in our lifetime, billions of the world’s poor will be impacted by global warming, and millions will die.”


(Recounts the story of The Good Samaritan)


“Here is where this parable and global warming intersect for us: The priest and the Levite were not the ones who robbed the man, just as in our time we didn’t create the conditions of poverty – a situation that makes the poor much more vulnerable to the impacts of global warming – but the priest and the Levite did pass by on the other side. Righteousness and love are the presence of good and loving acts, not simply the absence of bad ones. By not helping the man in the ditch, the priest and the Levite made his plight worse and failed to love God and be who God created them to be. Today, collectively, we are, in fact, making the plight of the poor worse through global warming. Knowing their plight and not doing what we can to overcome global warming is like passing by on the other side. We may be highly observant of what it means to be outwardly religious in our community. So too, I’m sure, were the priest and the Levite. That’s exactly why Jesus chose them to be characters in his parable, but if we don’t help the poor, who through no fault of their own find themselves victims in the ditch of global warming’s impacts, then all the religiosity in the world won’t bring us closer to the Lord. Why? Matthew 25 lets us in on a little secret about the parable of The Good Samaritan. You’ll recall that in Matthew 25 Jesus says that what we do to the least of these we do to him. While the Good Samaritan is Christ-like in his behavior, it is Jesus himself who is the man in the ditch. To get close to the Lord is to tend to him while he’s in the ditch. The point of the parable is to be a neighbor, to be a Good Samaritan, to go and do likewise…In terms of the problem of global warming, right now, as a Christian, it is as if you are approaching a victim of global warming in the ditch. You are just within sight of the person. You don’t quite yet know what’s going on. Is it risky to go over to this person? You can’t quite yet tell anything about who it is – just that there is a lump in the ditch that looks human. “Whoever it is could be drunk,” you think to yourself, “Maybe not a victim at all!” but as you venture closer, you come to find that it is a child, not a man. It is a young, baby girl…she is in distress. Is she sick…weak from hunger…both? Maybe she has an infectious disease! Where are her parents? Who is responsible for this baby girl? How did she get in this situation? Suddenly, you notice that someone else is in the ditch with her – it is the risen Lord. It is here that we must ask ourselves some questions about the spiritual resources God has given us in our journey with the risen Lord. Who are we becoming with the spiritual blood of Christ’s saving grace flowing in our veins? Who are we becoming with the uplifting strength of Christ’s Spirit – the Holy Spirit – residing in our hearts? Who are we becoming with the risen Lord walking beside us with his glorious face reflecting the compassionate fire of the Father’s love? Who are we in light of this? Are we becoming religious people who pass by on the other side and ignore the victims of global warming or are we becoming those who let our passion for the Lord transform us into those who have the courage and strength to love others as we love ourselves whoever and wherever they may be, in whatever situation they find themselves? What will our response to the impacts of global warming on others, especially the poor, say about our walk with the risen Lord?”


“Right now, you may be like Lucy. You’ve grasped this great spiritual fact about global warming. You’ve seen the risen Lord as he is leading the way in overcoming global warming, but just like Lucy’s brothers and sister didn’t believe that she had seen Aslan and voted against going the way she knew Aslan wanted them to travel, it could be that some of those close to you don’t yet believe that the risen Lord is leading the way. As we saw earlier in the movie Prince Caspian, Lucy says, “I knew it was you! The whole time, I knew it, but the others didn’t believe me.” Aslan replies, “And, why would that stop you from coming to me?”


Concluding remarks by Mark Carter, PLNU Chaplain: “As we think about our chapel theme, “All Things Being Made New” and the connection of realizing that being made new in the image of God, our faith, our life, our transformation must be lived out in the world around us.”


Jim Ball quote (not from chapel talk): “It is the love of God in the hearts of those in denial about climate change, or those who are not taking action, which will help them both see and do the truth. Their desire for truth must become stronger than their desire for money, or stronger than the arrogance/insecurity that fuels their ideology, or stronger than any fears that may be preventing them from accepting and acting upon the truth about climate change.”



This is utter, complete nonsense.  When will it end?  Sadly, it may not, and that is why many of us will not send our children to these “Christian” schools that compromise and have bought into all that foolishness.

Additional resource:

Olivet Nazarene Lets False Teacher Campolo Speak In Chapel

2 Tim 4: 1-5 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

I was very disappointed that Olivet Nazarene University has apparently followed through on its scheduled appearance of false teacher Tony Campolo at student chapel services, which happened Wednesday and today.  It reminded me of the same type of situation with Eastern Nazarene College in 2009, when my wife and I met with the school president, chaplain, and provost, and made our case that Dr. Campolo was not an appropriate speaker for a Christian school.  That was to no avail, as we were told that they had no problem with Tony Campolo, and he continued on to speak to the students a few months later.  As I sat in that chapel service, he promoted his Celtic spirituality and mantra prayer style as some Nazarene pastors also listened, either ignorant of his heretical ideology, or complicit in the same beliefs, or perhaps even afraid of saying anything.


In the past few months, I had several good emails back and forth with Dr. Carl Leth, head of theology at ONU, and also CC’d the information to President Bowling and Dr. Webb in Student Development.  I sent a mountain of information documenting the heresies that Tony Campolo has been promoting in his books and in his speaking engagements.  Anyone with even a modest knowledge of scripture should have the discernment to almost instantly recognize that this man is a heretic who is spreading lies to thousands of Christians!  I thought again I had made a good case, but somehow it was not good enough to be a game changer, and now he has twice spoken at another Christian school.


If Tony Campolo:


  1. Has NOT repented from the practices of contemplative mysticism,
  2. Has NOT repented of his promotion of panentheistic Celtic spirituality,
  3. Has NOT repented of suggesting the god of Islam is the same as the God of Christianity,
  4. Has NOT repented of his rejection of God’s word as inerrantly inspired,
  5. Has NOT repented of his compromising ecumenical philosophy,
  6. Has NOT repented of his claims that man has an “inner divinity”,
  7. Has NOT repented of his claim that non-Christians might go to heaven,
  8. Has NOT repented of his view that homosexuals can be ordained without renouncing homosexuality,
  9. Has never even testified of a true born-again experience of salvation, but instead says he became a Christian through a gradual process through the use of centering prayer, and says that being born again is not the only way to become a Christian…


Why in the world was he allowed to speak in a chapel service at a Christian school?


I have ruled out total ignorance, because that is not possible any longer.  Two other possibilities are left.


One possibility is that Olivet Nazarene and other Christian universities that invite Tony Campolo do not agree with his belief system, but accept him because he has some good things to offer, and he is very popular and well known, and so that is okay with them, in spite of the poison he brings.  For convenience, they ignore principle and they compromise.


The other possibility is that these schools, or at least the leadership that allows him to come speak, have bought into his mysticism, his ecumenism, and his repudiation of the inerrancy of scripture, and are totally comfortable with it.  I hope I am wrong here.  But what other possibilities are there other than these two I mentioned?


Which is worst?  Either choice is not good news for Bible believing Christians and parents who are sending or thinking of sending their children to these schools.  It should be very disturbing news to those Bible believing Christians, including alumni, who send financial support to schools that are either showing a reckless lack of discernment and judgment, or have bought into the heresies that these speakers promote.


As I suggested regarding Dr. Campolo, as well as Dr Tom Oord who spoke at ENC in 2009, I suggest here.  I suggest that parents, alumni, and any other Bible believing Christian who is concerned about folks like Dr. Campolo speaking at our Christian college campuses, start asking some questions to the leaders at this school and all the others, and give them no rest until they give a clear answer.  In my opinion, Christian schools that are exhibiting a blatantly obvious lack of discernment and sound judgment do not deserve to receive automatic financial support.


Tony Campolo may be a nice guy personally, but nice guys do not necessarily preach sound doctrine.  It is clear in this case, is it not?  Or can any Nazarene pastor or theology professor tell me that these things I mentioned, if true, are perfectly fine  with them also.  I don’t believe they will, or can do that, but if they do, I will gladly publish their biblically sound defense of Tony Campolo’s teachings.  And so, if Tony Campolo is teaching unsound doctrines, why are our Christian schools ignoring the biblical instruction to avoid such teachers as he?


I believe that instead of accepting him and welcoming him with open arms, Tony Campolo is to be exposed as a spiritual predator who is looking for his next gig to indoctrinate perhaps your child or grandchild with heretical views that are nothing but doctrines of demons.

Additional Resources:

(Dr. Campolo’s chapel messages are already online and can be watched here.  Perhaps they were safe messages and you might think he’s okay, but that does not change anything as far as the bad influence he will have on many students.)

False Prophet Tony Campolo Promotes Doctrines of Demons To ENC Youth

Tony Campolo’s ‘Thin Places’: Occultic Christianity

Beware Of Tony Campolo (David Cloud)

News: Eric Barger’s Take A Stand! Ministries will debut as a regular radio program this Saturday on the Christian Satellite Radio Network and selected local stations, such as KAWZ in Scituate, MA.  There are many other stations nationwide, for a listing go here:
Eric will be speaking at the Olive Tree Ministries – Understanding The Times Conference in Minnesota on Oct. 7-8.  Eric is also the keynote speaker at the NEATC Conference on Oct. 14-15 in Ashford, CT.  Click here for a special preview of Eric’s radio program.

Defending Biblical Inerrancy In A Post-Modern World

New England Apologetic And Theology Council presents:
Defending Biblical Inerrancy In A Post-Modern World
Friday, Oct. 14, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm;  Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Evangelical Christian Center • 574 Ashford Center Road • Ashford, CT 06278
(40 minutes from Providence, RI)

Registration includes lunch on Saturday – $30.00 (On-Line) • $40.00 (At the Door)
Seating limited to 250 • Lodging available   –  Registration info, speaker bios: • Contact: 508-642-6286
The purpose of this conference is to equip believers about the historicity, authenticity, accuracy, and reliability of the Word of God, and to warn against the heretical view of limited inerrancy of Scripture, the theological and logical issues with this position, and the logical conclusions arrived at by applying this position.
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There has always been controversy surrounding the Bible’s inspiration, inerrancy, and authority; throughout history there have been those who have attempted to deny and discredit orthodox views on the Bible. Traditionally, this controversy was levied against the Bible from those outside of the church; however, there has been a gradual shift in this paradigm as now the Bible is being attacked from within the church. This attack is not blatant or overt but rather subtle in its nature as it begins with the compromising of Orthodox Christian beliefs.
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It is often said that minor errors and discrepancies in geography, history, and science are not important because the Bible is the lens we use to see God. However, it must be realized that if the lens is dirty then the image seen will be distorted.
Sessions will cover issues such as: universalism’s impact on evangelicalism; the “slippery slope” of limited inerrancy; historical evidence for the Bible’s accuracy; presuppositions and proofs (an apologetic session); how ecumenism destroys confidence in scripture for the sake of “unity”; the impact of the emergent church and New Age on how the Bible is viewed today; and how feelings and experience has supplanted reliance on the word of God.
Eric Barger, Take A Stand! Ministries, Keynote speaker

Jason Bjerke, Gospel For Christ Ministries

Tim Wirth, Simply Agape Project Ministry

Manny Silva, Stand For Truth Ministries

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What Makes The Difference?

“If we are just imagining that we are in Christ and our fruits contradict us, we deceive ourselves above all.”

(originally posted by John Henderson)

What makes a heresy a heresy and differences in doctrinal understandings not heresy?  The simple answer is that heresy ignores or distorts Scripture intentionally to deceive.  Doctrinal differences are based on an honest understanding of the Scriptures on a matter without intentionally violating the Scriptures.  The intention is always to appeal to the Scriptures and never to intentionally deceive.

The great debates or controversies of the church have always been opposing views of attempting to properly understand and explain the Scriptures.  The Armenian-Calvinist debates were of that nature.  Lesser issues such as modes of baptism are of that nature.  The three major millennial views concerning Christ’s return are of that nature.  They rely on scriptura sola as they believe it is understood and explain from that position.  Truth as found alone in Christ is the cornerstone.  This, and not deception, is their design.

Heresy invariable departs from the Scriptures and demeans Christ.  It either denies The Scriptures outright, or attempts to weaken them by saying they are corrupted in some way.  It will also use them in distorted manners to make its own point.  Once the Scriptures are invalidated, they feel free to “reimagine” anything that suits their carnal notions.  This leads to all sorts of imaginations (fantasies) as to the divinity and person of Jesus, the person and work of the Holy Spirit and the many vain imaginations about God the Father, Heaven, Hell, sin, salvation, etc.  Deception replaces truth as the shifting sands of error.

Sometimes the counterfeits are so close to resembling the genuine that the only way to distinguish them is by their fruits.  Jesus makes that plain: 

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:15-23).  

It does not matter that they give the most moving testimony of knowing Christ.  It does not matter that they do many wonderful works in His name.  It does not matter that they preach like Peter and pray like Paul (outwardly). It is all external with nothing inside.  If He does not know them, they are producing evil fruit even by doing good things.

It comes to this—there is a final judgment whereby no deception will have a place:

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20: 11-15).

The one who has been made righteous by the Blood of Christ, through repentance and faith in Him alone, may blunder like someone trying to play piano while wearing gloves and still be righteous.  God knows the heart and He looks at the heart of all of us throughout this life and judges us accordingly at the end.  Those mentioned in the Matthew passage were making their argument on the externals and Christ responded according to the internals.  They led their lives on the outside of grace and ended up there.

This is a serious warning for all of us.  We can never presume upon Christ to overlook the absence of redeeming faith because we are being such good boys and girls.

 “Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee” Deuteronomy 4:23).

                “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

If we are just imagining that we are in Christ and our fruits contradict us, we deceive ourselves above all.   God is not involved in make-belief.  He looks for one thing:  the fruit that comes from having a heart filled with His grace—and the Bible is clear as to what that means.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

“…take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?” (Malachi 2:16b-17).

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