The Nazarene denomination’s fascination with Tony Campolo, especially as a guest speaker at the universities, is astounding. The latest venue he is scheduled at in the near future is Southern Nazarene University, where he is slated to speak on Feb. 14, 2013. I am sending this to the president of Southern Nazarene University, and I hope that he will agree with those of us who are fully aware of the falsehoods in Tony Campolo’s ideology, which do not lineup at all with Nazarene teaching, and more importantly, with Biblical teaching and doctrine. The right thing to do would then be to withdraw the invitation for Campolo, with the exception that they would at least provide a forum where he can be debated in front of the university students. I know several Nazarenes (myself included) who would, in a heartbeat, be willing to debate Dr. Campolo on the merits of his belief system, which I will highlight in a moment. After all, is not the university the best place for a vigorous debate between opposing principles, where students can listen and make up their minds? It would serve everyone well to see if Dr. Campolo’s beliefs stand up to the light of Scripture.
In previous posts, I have documented his promotion of pagan Celtic “Christianity” and its “thin places”. In his speaking engagement at Eastern Nazarene College, he blatantly promoted “thin places” and contemplative spirituality, with Nazarene pastors in attendance at the chapel service, and not a word of protest as far as I know. And I’m not surprised, as not one pastor in my New England area who happens to be on my email list has ever commented back to me about any concern about Tony Campolo. One would think that they would want to correct any erroneous assessments of Tony Campolo, including the fact I have called him out as a false teacher. I have not heard a word either supporting Tony Campolo, or condemning his false teachings.
I have had one university leader, Dr. Karl Leth of Olivet Nazarene University, respond to me and try to defend the welcoming of Dr. Campolo to their campus. His defense failed the biblical test, although I do respect the fact that he was willing to try.
It truly is sad how bad things are getting in all our Nazarene universities. It truly is sad how are General Superintendents have done nothing in the last four years since they started getting warnings from me and many others. If they have been doing something to stop the onslaught of false teachings, I would love to know what it is. And it certainly has not been made know publicly, which would be the proper thing to do, so there will know where they stand. But no, continued silence from these leaders, who according to the church manual, are charged with the responsibility of interpreting church doctrine.
Below are just some examples of the heretical views of Tony Campolo. Judge for yourself. I am sending this to the General Superintendents again for their review and comment as to whether Tony Campolo reflects the values of the Church of the Nazarene. It must be pointed out again that Dr. Campolo is never openly challenged in front of the students, who sit passively as he indoctrinates many of them with his false teachings.
SOME OF TONY CAMPOLO’S HERETICAL BELIEFS:
His ecumenicalism, and belief that you don’t even have to know you are saved, or astoundingly, that you even have to be a Christian to have “Jesus in you”. He also places Islam on the same equal footing as Christianity.
“I’m not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians.” (Charlie Rose show on January 24, 1997)
“Beyond these models of reconciliation, a theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of ecstatic union with God, which seem at odds with their own spiritual traditions but have much in common with each other.” (Page 149, Speaking My Mind)
“I am saying that there is no salvation apart from Jesus; that’s my evangelical mindset. However, I am not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians” (National Liberty Journal, 8/99)
“…what can I say to an Islamic brother who has fed the hungry, and clothed the naked? You say, “But he hasn’t a personal relationship with Christ.” I would argue with that. And I would say from a Christian perspective, in as much as you did it to the least of these you did it unto Christ. You did have a personal relationship with Christ, you just didn’t know it.” (EVANGELICALS AND INTERFAITH COOPERATION, An Interview by Shane Claiborne)
“Jesus is the only Savior, but not everybody who is being saved by Him is aware that He is the one who is doing the saving” (EP News Service, Oct. 4, 1985)
“What I am trying to say is that Jesus who incarnated God 2,000 years ago is mystically present and waiting to be discovered in EVERY person you and I encounter” (A Reasonable Faith” 1983 page 171)
His Promotion of Contemplative Prayer (Mysticism)
His fascination with mysticism and heretics such as Ignatius of Loyola, who was a leader in the Counter-Reformation. Here, he mentions Loyola as an important source of help for him. Campolo apparently forgets the fact that Ignatius was in charge of the brutal group called the Jesuits, also known as the pope’s shock troops, who persecuted Christians who dared to defy the Roman Catholic teachings. Yet, he calls Ignatius a saint!
“Counter-Reformation saints like Ignatius of Loyola have become important sources of help as I have begun to learn from them modes of contemplative prayer. I practice what is known as “centering prayer,” in which a sacred word is repeated as a way to be in God’s presence.” (“Mystical Encounters for Christians”)
His Promotion of Mindless Repetitive Prayer and Pagan Celtic Spirituality
“I’ve got to push everything out of mind save the name of Jesus. I say His name over and over again, for as long as fifteen minutes, until I find my soul suspended in what the ancient Celtic Christians called a “thin place”–a state where the boundary between heaven and earth, divine and human, dissolves. You could say that I use the name of Jesus as my koan.” (Mystical Encounters for Christians)
* It is also interesting that Nazarene Theological Seminary’s Doug Hardy is teaching the pagan Celtic Spirituality to future Nazarene pastors. This is an abomination, frankly, along with the emergent ideology and other contemplative spirituality they are teaching. The seminary is preparing our future false pastors for Nazarene churches across the globe right now.
His “Feminization” Of Jesus In the Following Statement
“There is a feminine side of God. I always knew this … It is this feminine side of God I find in Jesus that makes me want to sing duets with Him … Not only do I love the feminine is Jesus, but the more I know Jesus, the more I realize that Jesus loves the feminine in me. Until I accept the feminine in my humanness, there will be a part of me that cannot receive the Lord’s love. … There is that feminine side of me that must be recovered and strengthened if I am to be like Christ … And until I feel the feminine in Jesus, there is a part of Him which I cannot identify.”(Carpe Diem: Seize the Day”, 1994, pages 85-88)
His Lack of Understanding Of Scripture regarding Homosexuality
“On the other hand, we are hard-pressed to find any biblical basis for condemning deep love commitments between homosexual Christians, as long as those commitments are not expressed in sexual intercourse.” (20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid To Touch”, page 117)
Dr. Campolo also believes in evolution; does not believe that the Bible is inerrantly inspired; believes that man has an inner divinity; believes non-Christians might go to heaven; believes that homosexuals are “born that way”, and that it is not a “volitional” issue.
So this man continues to get invited to our Christian schools to indoctrinate our students with all sorts of heresies. Discernment was thrown out a long time ago by our leaders.
Beware Tony Campolo: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/campolo.html