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.