Open Letter To Dr. McGee, Other Nazarene College Presidents, and General Superintendents, Regarding Tony Campolo

Dear Dr. McGee,

A few years ago in 2010, my wife and I visited your campus where we met with you, the college chaplain (Corey McPherson) and college provost (Tim Wooster). I have always appreciated your kindness in inviting us to express our concerns to you, and we were treated with respect by you, Tim, and Corey. In spite of our total disagreement on the issues we raised, we recognize the fact that few Nazarenes leaders have even been willing to give us, and many other concerned Nazarenes, the opportunity to share our deep concerns.

Our main reason for coming to the campus was to warn you regarding the agenda and theology of Tony Campolo. Our warnings were not heeded, and it was made clear to us at that meeting that the leadership of Eastern Nazarene College are perfectly fine with Tony Campolo speaking to the students in chapel.

Later in October, Dr. Campolo confirmed our fears, and went on to promote his false ideas of contemplative spirituality, promoting mantra prayers and mysticism to the students, while plugging shamelessly his “social justice” agenda to the students. In one of his comments to the students, he stated that “I say the name of Jesus over and over again”, and suggested that we try it, that we should do it for 15 minutes, until this ritual “drives away the dark forces around us.” He promoted centering prayer, an unbiblical practice that has no basis in Scripture. Quote: “it takes only 15 minutes to be inwardly still.” He asked, “when was the last time you were still for 20 minutes- so that you can come alive in Christ?” He continued on by promoting an occultic version of Christian called Celtic Spirituality, referring to “thin places”.

I remember looking around and wondering why any of these pastors are not standing up against this guy’s false ideology being pushed onto these young impressionable students?   I still recall when the wife of a pastor approached me and my brother outside after the service, gushing about how wonderful his message was. How shocked she was when I told her that Tony Campolo is a false teacher, and should never be allowed to speak at a Christian college. It is so sad to see the lack of discernment today in supposedly mature Christian adults, as well as pastors, who are charged with a heavier responsibility to protect the flock.

(His capitulation to political correctness and ecumenicalism is very evident in his writings, including his statement in the past implying that perhaps we worship the same God as do the Muslims). He does not even know whether Jesus only abides in Christians! Quote: “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)

Quote: “…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.”


Is This The Last Straw?

Now Dr. Campolo has finally gone to the next level, and has been totally deceived by Satan. He has capitulated to the gay and lesbian agenda. Here is his latest pronouncement on the issue:

“It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church.”

You can read his entire statement from his website here:

My question to you, to all the college presidents, to president Sunberg of Nazarene Theological Seminary, to the District leaders, and to the General Superintendents of the church, who are also charged with defending biblical doctrines of the church:

Are you going to continue allowing Tony Campolo to bring his unbiblical doctrines onto our college campuses, to freely espouse the heresies that he promotes? Has Tony Campolo now gone too far even for those of you who, up until now, have had no problem accepting him on campus?

And furthermore, will you go the extra mile and not just ban him from all college campuses, but you will do so publically at all Nazarene colleges and on the Nazarene website, and call for his repentance?

Or will you continue to stay silent as you have on so many critical issues in the past several years, and continue to allow the Church of the Nazarene to further degrade into its own version of the Laodicean church in Revelation.

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:14-16)

Sincerely asking on behalf of many Bible believing Christians and Nazarenes,

Manny Silva

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5 responses to “Open Letter To Dr. McGee, Other Nazarene College Presidents, and General Superintendents, Regarding Tony Campolo

  1. Manny, I read Tony’s statement and found his philosophy of acceptance concerning gay couples to become a part of the church to be non-Biblical regardless how noble he attempted to address the subject. The Bible does not sanction such unions., God has already defined in Scripture marriage. For someone to place gay couples on par equal with heterosexual couples is spiritually dangerous and can only lead to disgrace.

    Jesus when tested by the Pharisees concerning divorce asked; “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason Matthew (19:3)?” Jesus response to their question removes doubt concerning divorce and marriage between a man and woman. “And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh (Matthew 19:4-5)?”

  2. Tony Campolo is the last person we should allow to speak on any of our college campuses if we still consider those campuses holiness colleges! For years he got by as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but now he openly states his anti-biblical views without fear of reprisal. What part of urging us to accept “Christian”? gay couples in the church don’t we get? Should we accept “Christian” drunks next, or how about “Christian” dope dealers, or “Christian” pedophiles, or maybe “Christian” prostitutes? I thought Christians were supposed to get out of the sin business and my Bible clearly identifies homosexuality as a sin. He’s said and done many things in the past that would cause me to brand him as a heretic, but what could be more blasphemous than saying that if we have any intention of standing for truth in the future in our Nazarene churches? I live just three miles from the largest Christian rock concert in the country, “Creation” as it is called. Everybody from Michael W.Smith to TobyMac has played there. Some years upwards of 80,000 people have attended. A few years ago they banned Tony Campolo from speaking there anymore because of his non-biblical teachings. They also told Amy Grant not to come back after she divorced her husband and married Vince Gill. Am I to believe that the Christian rock concert has more sense and more standards than our Nazarene colleges? I shared this with someone from the college a few years ago and I was told that our students need to be exposed to different things at college whether they agree with them or not, and that Tony was not as bad as I think he is. Well, after this last remark Tony proves he is as bad as I think he is! It seems to me that Creation does have more sense than our Nazarene colleges these days!

  3. Rev. Nicklow thanks for pointing out that someone from one of our colleges told you quote, “I was told that our students need to be exposed to different things at college whether they agree with them or not.” I am not sure if this was someone on the faculty or in administration. Regardless who it was whether in the University, Seminary or Church who adopts this kind of philosophy is dangerous as Jesus pointed out. (Luke 12:1b) “He began to say to His disciples first of all, ‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” In (Matthew 16:12) Matthew includes the Sadducees to avoid their teaching, and (Mark 8:15) adds the leaven of Herod.

    The doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees was quite different; however, both were equally dangerous in falsifying the truth. The leaven of Herod who was mainly political but equally against our Lord serves as a warning to take heed of those who corrupt the word of God regardless of their position in the Church or in politics. Now back to the comment that “students need to be exposed to different things at college whether they agree with them or not;” is this a valid position for Church leaders to take? I think not when you compare it with the conversation between the Serpent and Eve giving the level of influence suggested by the Serpent (Genesis 3: 1-6).

    Deception by any means is still deception no matter how it is sugar coated. The first Biblical illustration is in the story of the fall of man in the Garden-of-Eden where Satan weaves his web. Satan is a master at this and on our own we are no match for him as Eve was about to discover. The Serpent presented himself as the learned one who offered Eve new knowledge, knowledge she never had before. I see a parallel to this when we bring in popular “Learned” teachers offering new so-called truthsof acceptance that are in direct opposition to God’s word.

  4. I wondered about Tony Campolo when I read something about him a while back. I wondered then if we as a church denomination were following this thinking….I am glad for the insight mentioned above. I would say, that these teachings be examined by our General Supt.’s, college and univ. presidents, the NTS president and any others who should be on that committee and get this worked out NOW or as soon as possible. When we fiddle around, the devil gets a toe-hold and things get messed up fast. We need to police ourselves in these areas. We need to keep a watchful eye to all these new trends of thinking. They are not new, just re-submitted in different wrappers. The things I read in Holiness Today sure don’t go along with that. Please print a response in HT after you have deliberated and made your decision. I believe in the Old Time religion, where we cried and prayed at the altar over the least, the lost, the last and the lonely. Let’s do it again to keep the enemy at bay and bring new souls into the Kingdom.
    A saint in His service,

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