Not as much to report on today as I did yesterday. To my non-Nazarene friends, I realize you do not have a vested interest specifically in the Church of the Nazarene. However, always keep in mind that what is happening in the COTN, is most likely happening in any other denomination. Take warning, and do not go to sleep!
Today I spent about six hours at the convention center with my friends Charlie and Sharon, who I am staying with- thank you, I appreciate your hospitality, friendship and fellowship! Spoke with a few people here and there. Met some friends from back East, as well as emergent folks who I have clashed with. No blood was drawn, conversations were cordial!
I attended the last part of a presentation by Dr. Thomas Noble, who is considered to be one of the main theologians in the church. His topic was “The Authority of the Bible In the Church.” I will have more to say about this session, but I was a bit troubled with what seemed to be an emphasis that much of the Bible is allegory- and one of my friends asked him to clarify allegory as it relates to Jonah’s story. He answered her, but there was no answer as to whether Jonah was allegorical or true. More to come as we look at how these professors think about things such as genesis 1-11 and whether it is true of myth.
I went into the Prayer Room again this year. More on that later on. As I did four years ago, I left a message on the prayer table where you can sign and leave a note.
I will be attending Sunday services at my friend’s church. They finally left the denomination this past year, and they have been a great host for me. I appreciate their kindness, and also their stand for the truth, which prompted them to leave their Nazarene church. This trend is most likely to continue as more Nazarenes get tired of all the foolish things going on.
Final thought: Evolution will become more center stage in the Nazarene church. I have written about Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, led by such Nazarene leaders as Tom Oord, Scott Daniels, and Dan Boone, as they help to lead the denomination into more heretical teachings. The following article was written by Ken Ham of Answers In Genesis. He has written extensive articles refuting the godless teachings of Nazarene evolutionists, and I almost consider him an honorary Nazarene. He has contributed greatly to exposing these false teachers promoting evolution.
Until next update.
Nazarenes Defending Evolution, by Ken Ham
Blatant compromise in the church today sadly continues to be encouraged by many Nazarene university professors. Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, has been the headquarters for BioLogos (probably the leading group promoting compromise on Genesis in the USA). The former president of BioLogos, Dr. Darrel Falk, is a professor of biology at Point Loma.
Well, Point Loma Nazarene University is hosting a conference next year called “Nazarenes Exploring Evolution.” On the conference website, the description states, “The Nazarenes Exploring Evolution conference will explore the compatibility or incompatibility of evolution and Christian theology in the Wesleyan tradition.” But are the conference speakers really interested in looking at the obvious incompatibility of evolution, millions of years, and the Bible? Well, judge for yourself—I’ve found and included quotes from each of the speakers (at least, the ones who have been announced so far) on their view of evolutionary ideas.
Mark Mann, associate professor of theology at Point Loma, writes in an essay that he accepts evolution—and that other Christians should too:
I believe that this is the case with evolution—that the time has come for Christians to come to see that their opposition to evolutionary theory is based upon an incorrect reading of Scripture. . . . Nevertheless, what I think is clear is that evolutionary theory not only can be demonstrated to be commensurate with Scripture, but can also give us deeper insight to what Scripture has to say about how God is at work within creation. (Mark Mann, “Creation, Incarnation, and Evolution,” Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, exploringevolution.com/essays/2013/02/20/creation-incarnation-and-evolution.)
Thomas Oord, professor of theology and philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, writes about evolution and the Bible on his blog. In one post, titled “Evangelicals Accept Evolution,” he exhorts evangelical Christians to do just that—accept evolution:
We Evangelicals are adamant that we seek truth. Simply put, the general theory of evolution best accounts for the biological evidence we find in our world. Not accepting evolution means not accepting the best overall theory available to account for the data we find. . . . But Evangelicals can and should believe that God works through various evolutionary mechanisms as the initial and ongoing Creator of all things. There is no scientific reason to reject that God creates through evolution. I believe God works through or alongside natural selection, genetic mutation, self-organization, and other evolutionary mechanisms. . . . The key to seeing the Bible as consonant with evolution, therefore, is to ask about the purpose of Scripture. Evangelicals regard the Bible as reliable for revealing God’s will concerning salvation. They should not consider the Bible a scientific textbook against which contemporary science—including evolution—be judged. (Thomas Oord, “Evangelicals Accept Evolution,” For the Love of Wisdom, thomasjayoord.com/index.php/blog/archives/evangelicals_accept_evolution.)
To read the rest of the article, go to this link: