“These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Jude 1:12-13
While I finish up my General Assembly summary report for next week, I remind you again of a recurring event that is a good illustration of the depravity being allowed with impunity within the leadership of the Church of the Nazarene. I am talking about Wildgoose Festival, which is happening again in August. I have written several times about it, and have sent my reports to the General Superintendents. Not a word from them, and apparently, no action has been taken to distance the church from this festival.
How is the church connected to this Sodom and Gomorrah- style party?
The organizer of the festival is Mike King. He is adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and is a top youth leader in the church as well, which is most troubling. In this blog post, he talks proudly of his involvement with Wildgoose:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildgoosefestival/2012/03/board-president-mike-king-recounts-wild-gooses-journey/. Mike King not only promotes this festival with impunity, but he is also one of the primary promoters of contemplative spirituality in the denomination.
Also involved again for the second straight year is Nazarene pastor Gabriel Salguerro, who is seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tw8kM80RwNQ starting it 1:08, praising this pagan gathering celebrating anything but biblical Christianity. Salguerro is involved with many endeavors that promote a radical, left wing and sometimes Marxist style philosophy, under the guise of a social justice supposedly driven by biblical principles. For a Christian pastor to promote such a festival again shows the lack of leadership in the denomination from the top. It’s just like a parent who looks the other way when their child starts getting involved in all sorts of decadent and harmful behavior, and the parent pretends that he does not notice. Such is the leadership which has allowed this and many, many more unbiblical activities and teachings to go unchallenged.
In a report by Jeffrey Walton at his blog, he writes on how much even worst this year’s Wildgoose will become. The push for creating “trans” inclusive communities has been added to the list of topics, along with the recurring themes of homosexuality, non-Christian religions and activities, and of course the all night parties.
So Wildgoose is a little microcosm of the Church of the Nazarene’s lack of moral integrity and church discipline. Just about anything can be done by just about any Nazarene leader, pastor, or layperson, and it will be okay with everyone. However, please keep in mind there are exceptions, as listed below:
-If you dare to preach against the emergent church, you will be fired.
-If you dare to stand for the complete truth of Scripture, you may not get ordained.
-If you preach that homosexuality is sinful, you maybe asked to “tone it down.”
-If you dare to bring up concerns to your pastors, you just might get ostracized.
-If you dare to expose false teaching in the church, you will be labeled a hater.
-If you dare to say you believe in the Genesis account of creation, you might just get labeled an ignorant kook.
But, you have no worries at all:
-If you promote ungodly festivals.
-Or teach evolution to our youth.
-Or promote contemplative mysticism.
-Or send your youth on field trips to Roman Catholic Monasteries.
-Or promote LGBT groups, and brag about worshipping with openly homosexual pastors.
-Or teach that the Roman Catholic Church and the Nazarenes preach the same Gospel.
-Or join hands with the social justice crowd.
-Or use books by heretics instead of the Bible.
-Or invite Rob Bell and Leonard Sweet to speak to pastors.
Such is the state of the Church of the Nazarene today. It’s not my father’s church that he knew years ago.