“Professing to be wise, they became fools.” Romans 1:22
They twist God’s word for their own purposes. We see them all around us now more than ever before, or so it seems. Perhaps they are just simply less subtle and have been emboldened to be more plain about their heresies. Complacency by both leadership and laiety alike further enables them to take a stronger foothold in our “Christian” universities, seminaries, and churches. The sincere desire for “unity”, “love”, and setting aside “minor” differences has led to a watering down of God’s word and a reliance on man’s rationalizing to decide what is valid in Scripture.
Tom Oord of Northwest Nazarene University, a highly regarded professor of theology and philosophy, is perhaps the leading false teacher in the Church of the Nazarene. He has been allowed to continue on and on with his poisonous agenda of evolution and open theism, and you would think he would be out by now, and teaching in a secular school instead. Why he remains, as well as others, is either a matter of complacency, or fear, or the leadership sees no problem with his ideas. He certainly is not there because he holds fast to biblical truth, because he has rejected biblical truth in place of his own.
In his latest article that caught my attention, he practically starts off with a falsehood:
“I take the Bible with utmost seriousness”
Anyone who does not believe Adam and Eve were real, or who believes that God cannot know the future, or who believes that God can learn from His mistakes, or that God could not have created all things in a brief period of days- does not take the Bible seriously!
He then starts slowly explaining how he came to his disbelief:
“Witnessing to God’s truth seemed to require that I believe the Bible was without error on all matters, including matters related to science.”
His love of man’s wisdom instead of God is shown in these words:
“Instead, I started reading the Bible carefully and the work of biblical scholars.”
“I also discovered discrepancies in the Bible.” (so he says)
“My quest for better ways to think about the Bible prompted me to read theologians and Bible scholars from the past and present.”
His claim of “discrepancies” can be proven to be false, and that is another whole new article in itself. He also rejects John Wesley’s own testimony that he believed in biblical inerrancy, conveniently dismissing it as being inconsistent at best.
He continues with his high regard for what “leading scholars” think:
“And I discovered through reading and conversations that those considered the leading biblical scholars and theologians today also reject absolute biblical inerrancy.”
“Perhaps even more important was my discovery that great theologians and biblical scholars of yesteryear believed the Bible’s basic purpose was to reveal God’s desire for our salvation.”
“The vast majority of Evangelical scholars with whom I talked also didn’t think the Bible has to be inerrant about scientific matters.”
These statement are all indications that show he clearly does not come to his conclusions based on what the plain teaching of God’s word is, but rather on the wisdom of “great scholars and theologians.” Throughout his writings you will see examples of what he “thinks” is, instead of taking God’s word for it, when God clearly speaks in a literal, not allegorical fashion. But leave it to Tom Oord and other intellectuals to decide what’s best for us and convince us that only certain parts of Scripture are infallible; the rest are not trustworthy in what they say, because of a so-called conflict with “science” and man’s foolish and unproven theory of evolution.
Scripture instead asks “Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Cor. 1:20
And then he finishes with a flourish and an example of his superior intellect over what the Bible teaches:
“After my studies, I came to believe that the Bible tells us how to find abundant life. But it does not provide the science for how life became abundant.”
So Tom Oord’s premise is this: we cannot believe anything the Bible teaches us, even if evidently in a plain literal way, if it has to do with such things as geography, science, history, anthropology, or even politics. No, to Tom Oord and others, we can believe in biblical inerrancy only in matters of salvation. I don’t know who originally came up with this, but it is certainly not based on God’s word. The Bible does not teach us this at all; it is man’s invention. I believe the answer as to why he thinks this way, is that he has no trust in God’s word at all. It is impossible to trust God’s word, and then at the same time say that parts of it are false. And if he does not even trust God’s word, let me dare ask the question: is Tom Oord even saved?
How do we determine which parts of Scripture has to do with salvation, and which does not?
For instance, in Romans 5:12, it is written that “sin entered into the world” and thus “death” by sin. Does Tom Oord reject the fact that the “man” that Paul is talking about is none other than Adam? And if sin entered the world through Adam according to Scripture, followed by death, how is that compatible with the story (fable) of evolution, which logically says that death came into the world long before man existed? Is Paul a liar, thus making God a liar, since what Paul wrote IS God’s word? How then can Tom Oord or any other pastor or Christian leader tell us that this passage has nothing to do with “matters of salvation?”
Let me make it clear as far as what I believe. If you are actively teaching others that evolution is compatible with the Bible, you are a false teacher. If you believe this theory to be true, you are sadly deceived and need to re-visit the Bible and what it says. You have been fed a lie, and if you think that a Christian can continue on in their Christian faith solidly believing in only part of God’s word, and not stumbling on account of that belief, you are sorely mistaken.
In part two of his series on BioLogos, Oord says the following:
“I think, however, that the Bible can be trusted about what it says about salvation even though its statements about the natural world – when interpreted literally – may be wrong.”
What total arrogance! His reliance on “biblical scholars once again brings him to this man-driven conclusion:
“After all, biblical scholars say we best interpret Genesis 1 and other Bible creation passages as hymns and theological poetry, not scientific treatises.”
And then the height of arrogance in the following:
“For instance, evolution tells us that it took millions of years for creatures to evolve into the complex forms we now see. But if God gives freedom and/or agency to all creatures and they act as created co-creators, it would make sense that creating complex creatures takes time.”
Yes, for Tom Oord, it does not make sense that God can create anything in a short amount of time. For him and his colleagues, it only makes sense that God needs millions and millions of years to create life. Perhaps Dr. Oord believes that God made some mistakes over those years, and had to try several times before He got it right. After all, that is what process theology teaches, does it not?
This is total foolishness, and this is only a small part of what is destroying the Church of the Nazarene from within. Tom Oord is a lover of wisdom, not a lover of God’s holy and pure and inerrant word. The doctrines which he conjures up are senseless and speculative, and in the general sense of how the word “fool” is used often in Scripture, it means void of understanding or any moral sense. This aptly describes Dr. Oord and all those who are teaching this philosophy. They are devoid of understanding of God’s word, notwithstanding all of their training and degrees. They are corrupt shepherds leading the flock to destruction.
And the rest of the leaders in the church? What about them? Silent as usual.