Holiness Today Magazine: Helping To Build The One World Religion

“The real basis for Christian unity is agreeing in the truth of God’s word, not “Christian love”.

A friend who is attending PALCON (a leadership conference for Nazarene pastors) wrote me a few days ago. He said “I am at PALCON here at MVNU. We had communion last night and I could swear I was back in a Catholic church. Absolutely appalled about this.” This is no surprise. My father, a Nazarene pastor, would have been appalled as well, given that he was rescued from the bondage of Roman Catholicism, and he preached the real Gospel to the Roman Catholics in Cape Verde for years. And now, the premise of a new article in Holiness Today needs to be repudiated, rejected, and condemned by all Bible-believing Christians in the Nazarene denomination.

One of the appalling things we see today is that men who have been taught in seminary are now leading their congregations down a path towards the one world religion of the Anti-christ. They are either deceived and are totally blind, or they know the lie and choose to promote it. In an online issue dated May 17, 2016, Holiness Today has published an article that suggests that Nazarenes have no differences with Roman Catholics that are worth dividing over. Furthermore, it also promises that in the next issue, that they “will report on ways in which the Church of the Nazarene and the Roman Catholic Church share a very important common heritage in addition to how we can partner together for the kingdom of Go

Pastor Jeremy Scott, a Nazarene pastor from Massachusetts, has now put into written form what has been happening for at least the last seven years, if not more. A few years ago, I wrote an article called The Roman Catholicization of the Church of the Nazarene. From imitating the Catholic Eucharist rituals, ashes to the forehead, and other Catholic practices; to contemplative mysticism such as retreats to Roman Catholic monasteries, practicing the silence and using prayer labyrinths; to using books by, and quoting Roman Catholic mystics in sermons and Nazarene publications, it is obvious what is happening.

And now the Nazarene road to apostasy is becoming a shameless, in-your-face declaration of the desire to become “brothers and sisters” with a false religion whose doctrines and practices brought on the great Reformation and much persecution and death to many faithful believers. But now, pastors and leaders who should know better are purposely ignoring the reality of every idolatrous practice and teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, and are now practicing and teaching some of these things themselves.

In case you did not know, the Roman Catholic Church teaches a false gospel of salvation by works, and condemns all who believe otherwise. This and this alone disqualifies the RCC as part of the body of Christ (see Galatians 1:6-10). There are many, many other satanic teachings of the RCC which are well documented, and if you wish to have a refresher, please read this article on my blog.

Here Are Some Major Points Made By The Writer, With My Comments Following:

  1. “I have learned not to assume that someone who is Roman Catholic does not know who Jesus Christ is, even to the depths of Lord and Savior.”

That is true, we should never assume for sure that a specific individual is not saved if he is Roman Catholic. But if he believes in the way that the RCC teaches, such as salvation by works or by baptism, can you truly say that he is saved? Can another gospel save you?

  1. “ But the fact is that we do find ourselves divided. And there are differences between us. So can we yet be “one” in ways other than strict doctrinal adherence? Might we be one in worship, in sacrament, and in mission? Can we work together compassionately and tell people that Jesus is Lord?”

The answer is no, because they preach “another jesus, another gospel” (2 Cor. 11:4). Jeremy is incorrect when he says that there will be no divisions. Christ Himself said He came not to bring peace, but to bring a sword. There is an idea that the writer and others in his generation are being indoctrinated with. It is the idea that “doctrines divide”, so why can’t we get along in other ways, such as worship, sacraments, etc? Why can’t we set aside our differences and be “one” for the sake of Christ? The answer is we cannot be “one” if we differ in major doctrines that clearly go against what Scripture teaches! This is Bible 101, and Jeremy should know that, and if he did, he would realize that we cannot compromise the Gospel, otherwise as Paul writes in Galatians 1, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!”

  1. “Indeed there are huge doctrinal, liturgical, organizational, and missional differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of the Nazarene.”

The writer admits there are huge doctrinal differences, yet he sets that aside like it is nothing. Again, this is the mindset of this generations’ graduating pastors, and many of them who have come out of the seminary in the last several decades with a cavalier attitude towards biblical doctrine. But sadly, even many pastors from the older generation are falling for this unbiblical ecumenical stance.

  1. “We value the example of Mary, but not nearly in the same ways that Roman Catholics do.”

 Here, the significance of Mary in Catholic theology is completely brushed aside without mention of what she means to the Catholic Church! Mary is prayed to and venerated by Catholics, is called the “Queen of Heaven”, is believed to have been sinless, and can even bring salvation to individuals! Here are the very words from the current pope, one of the most evil popes in years, when he spoke of Mary:

“ “She is a true mother who gives us life in Christ, and in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters. The model of motherhood for the Church is the Blessed Virgin Mary, who in the fullness of time conceived through the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the Son of God,” Pope Francis continued. “Her motherhood continues through the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through baptism, whom she nourishes through the word of God.” (Pope Francis)

  1. “The temptation is to assume that because we believe someone to be wrong about one thing, then they are wrong about everything. Or we somehow conclude that when someone does one thing incorrectly, then all else that they perform is also suspect.”

Again, a lack of understanding of Scripture, and illustrates what is a false dichotomy. The Roman Catholic Church does many good things, but that is not the point. The Mormon Church does many things correctly. So does the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Shall we join with them? Christ tells us to obey His commandments if we truly love Him. Not some or most, but all of His commandments. The Roman Catholic Church is far from coming close to obeying His commandments, yet today’s new Nazarene pastor wants to associate with those who preach a false gospel.

  1. The gospel calls us not to uniformity, but to unity in love. Christ explicitly told us that people will know that we are following Him by the way they see us love each other. Paul calls us to this same mind of Christ—that we agree together in love in Philippians 2. This is the goal: loving with the love of Christ. The rest is indeed detail.”

This is a sugar coated lie, but a lie nonetheless. The real basis for Christian unity is agreeing in the truth of God’s word, not “Christian love.” This is why we do what we do here. Jude 1 and many other teachings in scripture compels the believer to contend for the faith, exposing the evil wherever it is within the church.” We are not given the freedom to have variations of the Gospel. We cannot believe in “saved by grace” and then have fellowship with those who are “saved by works.” That is a different gospel, yet the writer and many of today’s Nazarene pastors are ignoring essential doctrines for the sake of a false unity. Titus 1:9 says that “He must hold firmly to the faithful message as it has been taught, so that he will be able to give exhortation in such healthy teaching and correct those who speak against it.” And this writer fails to take heed to what John said in 2 John verse 6, after exhorting the believers to walk in love. He said: “Now this is love: that we walk according to his commandments.”

  1. The Church of the Nazarene and most all Protestant denominations are offshoots of the Roman Catholic Church… it is also true that the Church of the Nazarene wouldn’t exist without the faithfulness of the Roman Catholic Church over those 1,500 years.”

This is nonsense! The writer either forgets, or refuses to acknowledge, the horrible history of the Roman Catholic Church over those 1,500 years! The persecutions, the killings, the special Jesuit units sent out to hunt down and torture thousands of Christians who refused to bow down to a false religion. Are these pastors being taught this nonsensical idea at the seminaries now? It is outrageous to think that the Roman Catholic Church was faithful in any way to God through the centuries. And now with his attempts to unite all religions with Christianity, including the Muslim faith, the pope is clearly leading the way of unfaithfulness now.

  1. “But Jesus calls us in John 17 and other places to more than finger-pointing. Jesus calls us to pray for our enemies and demonstrates to us the example of inviting those unlike us to the table.”

Correct in some way, but not completely. What we do is not “finger-pointing. Jesus and the apostles exhorts us over and over to expose the false teachers, shun those who preach a false gospel, and warn the believers not have anything to do with them. We can pray for our enemies and we do; but we should never abdicate our responsibility to obey the other teachings of Christ and the apostles.

These things are all Bible 101 that a layperson knows. Why does not a seminary graduate understand this? And why does the editor of Holiness Today allow this to be published? Because he either agrees with it, or he could care less what is published! This is not an indictment of Jeremy Scott. He is just one of many who believe this nonsense, and are spreading it. He, like many other pastors, have been indoctrinated with the end times “one world religion” philosophy. I wonder, do the General Superintendents have anything to say about this, since they are charged by the church to interpret and uphold the doctrines of the church? If we asked them for clarification, would they even comment?

It will be interesting to find out in the next issue just how the Nazarene denomination is supposed to partner with those of a false religion. To Jeremy and other pastors who are part of this new movement, I pray that you will repent of this, and instead turn towards preaching the Gospel to those who are following a false religion. Every Nazarene pastor in the Church of the Nazarene must answer this question: will I be complicit in this new “fellowship” with a false religion, or will I protect my people and defend the word of God at all costs?

It is evident that the Church of the Nazarene is fast turning into anything other than a “holiness” church. And regarding the General Superintendents and other major leaders in the church: they need to reject this idea completely, or they need to resign because of their incompetence.

 

Additional Resources:

  1. Roman Catholic mysticism and the Emerging Church

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/roman-catholicic-mysticism-emergent-church-richard-bennett/

In this 57 minute talk, Richard Bennett explains Roman Catholic mysticism and the Emerging Church.  Richard is a former Jesuit priest who now has a ministry website called the Berean Beacon.

  1. Roman Catholicism and Its Heresies

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/roman-catholicism-and-its-heresies/

  1. Walter Martin: The Greatest Danger in the Church Today
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78wRKmmnwhY

 

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22 responses to “Holiness Today Magazine: Helping To Build The One World Religion

  1. A very interesting and timely article…we are seeing it first hand in our own local church. The liberal views of “love and acceptance – no matter what” are corrupting our Biblical Nazarene doctrine. I never thought about our church assisting – and even promoting – the One World Religion, but I can see it forming now among our leaders. We need prayer for our church like never before.

  2. I am reading the article in HT. Jeremy Scott obviously is a Catholic sympathizer at best a Jesuit Priest infiltrator. Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. Yes we certainly do need prayer. It seems that denominations are no longer trustworthy anymore. But many Nazarenes are already seeing this for years, and are sitting in their pews accepting it all. This has to stop. They must stand up and do something, even if it means leaving the denomination.

  4. Reverend Greg…. And what about the rest of the article? Any thoughts on why HT has published a piece embracing a false religion?

  5. Reverend Greg, I would really like to know where you stand on this Catholic issue and if you approve of holding hands with them? On what basis? What does your congregation feel about this? Are you a Nazarene pastor, and at which church do you pastor? Would your congregation agree with you?

  6. I remember in the fifties, sixties, where the Nazarene Pastor would preach about Catholicism it is the whore of Revelation 17;5. She haven’t changed her mind about the Reformation. The 1,000 year of the inquisition, nor Transubstantiation. In my book, she is still the great whore, and the Devil’s playground, child abuse, you name she is responsible or the many ills of the world. I have been a member of the Nazarene for 57 years. Elder for 40 years.

  7. Very timely article for my husband and I, recently left a Nazarene Church/denomination to go elsewhere. Our decision was based on consistently NON-Biblical and/or Roman Catholic leaning text in the Nazarene Sunday school quarterly. You could read the words of the Bible in each, but then among LOTS of “mens words” a sentence or two that entirely demeaned, diminished or contradicted the Biblical words. Felt like a spiritual battle for authority of the Bible every Sunday! After making a list of some of these literature problems and talking privately to: both the teacher/Church leader AND the interim Pastor, we left. Have since heard that I was “just swatting at gnats” because of my 3 page list, one of which was: I didn’t like the author saying Jesus words regarding the yield of the sower were “probably a purposeful exaggeration” SO HE IS SAYING JESUS LIED?? -Adult quarterly pg 53 dec/jan/feb 2015-2016

  8. Manny, I did not see a link here for the HT article, so I can’t comment on it. I did give you a link for the order of service. What did you think about it?

  9. I read it a bit quickly- but right now I trust the witness of my friend who was actually there. In any case, there is a very serious problem n the denomination which cannot be ignored.

  10. I read the communion service reportedly used that pastor Greg alluded to in “Discipleship Ministries” and found it to follow Catholicism in style. The content used in the liturgy, “invitation to the Lord’s table and confession of sin” and what follows is not keeping in harmony with what Jesus asks of us. He simply asked as often as we do this to do this in remembrance of Him. Communion is not a catchall substitute or invocation, or call to repentance, but a celebration of what has already taken place in our lives as the body of Christ. Paul made this very clear in his letter to the Corinthian church concerning communion.

    The apostle warns against unacceptable associations with those who differ and are dissimilar in their beliefs. 2Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? “ In the Greek, the word “not” expresses an absolute denial of union, indicating God forbids, as in never. In verses 15, 16, Paul draws the impossible agreement of the two using a non-denial truth that cannot be disproven. In verse 15, he asks the question “what concord hath Christ with Belial?” Can you think of anything in common between Christ and Belial, I cannot. Christians are governed by Biblical principles, and follow the example Christ set and should never compromise their position by engaging in wrongful worship practices as witnessed today.

  11. Could this be part of the end time delusion showing its ugly head; leading to the one world religion I believe will be led by the current Pope?

  12. This is nothing but the doctrine of demons. But, it should not surprise us this is happening. People want to be spiritual, not Biblical Christians. I picked up on this a few years ago when I lived in South Carolina. The pastor I asked to mentor me for ministry was into this Catholic liturgy. He kept telling me it was Scriptual, but I knew it wasn’t. I believe many leaders in the district were following this path too, so I didn’t get far with any mentoring. I pray that more people would speak up in the congregations, but more than likely they will be silenced through shame and being ostracized by the church body.

  13. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Matt. 13:24 – 30. God is separating the wheat from the chaff. These ARE the last days.

  14. The ancient liturgy is used by churches that have split off from Rome, including the Orthodox, Lutheran and Anglican. Our most important theologian, John Wesley, was an Anglican priest all of his life and used the liturgy himself. If these churches that broke off had such a problem with it, they would have dropped it. Using the logic of ‘if the Catholics believe it, we don’t’ then we might as well jettison the Trinity, since they believe in the Triune God. Unfortunately, the history of the Christian church here seems to end at the book of Acts and start back up at the Reformation. I am more than willing to count as brothers and sisters in Christ on an individual basis rather than accepting the teachings of their church, no matter the denomination.

  15. Does that mean you agree that the Roman Catholic Church preaches a false, damnable gospel and that the Nazarene denomination ought to have no fellowship with it?

    Ephesians 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

  16. Once we understand the Catholic Mass, we will understand the true doctrine of Rome. The Priest has the power to command Jesus to come down into the wafer, when the wafer is eaten the recipient has God in him or her. Same with the wine. Catholicism is a pagan religion. Chris Pinto says it’s a mysticism; abracadabra then Jesus comes down into the wafer. At every mass they kill Jesus. 1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
    I believe Jesus is separating the goats from the sheep. Denominations are history. Now it’s who believes the Truth the Bible or another gospel? Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

  17. Communion is not a ritual but a celebration of what Christ has done for us. In Luke chapter 22 verses, 14 – 20 tells the story. Jesus uses this particular Passover opportunity to portray the immediate suffering He must endure for our salvation using figurative examples (the bread and wine) representative illustrating the death He must suffer.

    To take communion, as some churches today, using repetition liturgy conditioning the congregation prior as part of the communion service endangers those who either have no remote or present right to take of the sacraments. To avoid judgment only those who know beyond doubt that Christ is their savior should take communion.
    See 1 Corinthians 11: 29.

  18. Not suprised. Keep standing on the word of God and speaking against this false teaching. This is why we left the church a long time ago. Praying.

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