The Political Radicalization of the Church of the Nazarene

It’s been a while since a new post. All that has been posted is still in effect in the Church of the Nazarene. The denominational leaders continue to keep their heads in the sand as false teaching is abounding in the church. The seminaries continue to use material and resources that are written by Roman Catholics, mystics, and other false sources. A perceptible softening of views on homosexuality is evident in many churches. Yet, voices remain mostly silent. The church is learning very few lessons, and continues down the road to apostasy. But now we venture further into ill-advised decisions and pronouncements from the denomination’s General Superintendents.

These Generals have now spoken on the issue of President Trump’s directive for a temporary halt to immigration from seven countries that have been identified as dangerous, that are harboring or training terrorists that are bent on killing us. So, congratulations is in order! Their intended result seems to be to unite Christians and generate compassion, but they have succeeded in dividing and causing more rancor! They have managed to further divide a denomination which already has been divided for quite a while now.

What have they done now, you ask? They have decided, against what would be their better judgment, to turn yet again hard left on a political issue, instead of either keeping quiet about it, or at least remaining neutral. They chose NOT to remain neutral, nor to keep quiet as would have been the better option. They acted like they speak for all of us with the same view- and they DO NOT!

They have managed, in their statement, to give a hard slap in the face to many Nazarenes who are, like them, very concerned for the way this country has been going. Perhaps they assumed that we all will fall lock step with them. They are wrong, and they have made a terrible mistake in judgment-again.   Why did they give this statement? What was the motivation? Was it to gain favor in the world of the left, so they all can see how “compassionate and just” the Church of the Nazarene is? Was it to make sure the liberals of the world understand that the Nazarenes are not mean spirited or heartless?

Where was their concern over the last few years when Christians were being systematically wiped out by ISIS, and there was no effort by the Obama administration to help those refugees? Where were they, and where were their voices to demand that those refugees be helped at all? I don’t recall, do you? It seems to me a bit of hypocrisy here. Perhaps your calls for compassion should have started with the Christians who have been persecuted for years, and compassion for the safety of the people of our country.

We as Christians want everyone in the world to be as safe as possible, and to live a good life. But we also have a real concern for our families and our country first. These Generals don’t seem to understand at all that we are under a tremendous threat worldwide, that we don’t want to easily allow anyone to enter this country, because that person who slips through could very well be the next terrorist to kill dozens of our own people. They don’t get it, and instead they have made a statement that will bring great damage within the church.

The only way to fix this is for them to repent, apologize for putting out this very divisive statement, and turn their attention to what they have been neglecting for so long: false teachings in the church. Maybe then they will get some respect from me.

The following comment made by a long time Nazarene on their website post speaks for me, and probably many others:

“I’ve read your post with great interest and find myself baffled by this stand you have taken. This country has been marching toward disaster and Godlessness for the past 8 years at an accelerated pace. Finally we have a leader who wants to turn things around and go toward the right and this is the best you can do? Why couldn’t you come out and praise him for his support for Israel instead?
I see a great problem with welcoming all these people into this country without knowing much of anything about them. Have you and all these folks that are praising your stance forgotten 911? We can’t just let people into this country who want to destroy it. Our own liberal Americans are doing a fine job at that without any outside help. The church that I have been a member of for 67 years and the general superintendents who I hold in highest regard have disappointed me to the very core of my heart. I’m loving and compassionate and am all for “legal immigrants” coming into this country if they are truly seeking to be Americans and adapt American ways. I will say in conclusion, America, love it or leave it and America, love it or don’t come here in the first place and God bless America.”

 

Link to the Board of General Superintendent’s statement and comments:

http://www.nazarene.org/article/bgs-echoes-call-compassion-after-latest-refugee-rulings?fb_comment_id=1311335935599108_1312488622150506&comment_id=1311550485577653&reply_comment_id=1312488622150506#f2b3f2140d2a188

FULL STATEMENT HERE:

In light of recent executive orders issued in the United States and decisions by other world governments regarding the status of refugees, the Board of General Superintendents for the Church of the Nazarene urges governments everywhere to quickly put into place systems whereby eligible and legitimate refugees can find refuge and safety in our countries. Further, we urge the President of the United States, Congress, and other state departments to make this temporary order a matter of urgency so that the United States may continue to be known as a nation of compassion and hospitality to those who are oppressed, vulnerable, and marginalized.

We echo our statement from November 2015, when significant global immigration in many nations compelled us to speak clearly and biblically to this challenging topic, inviting all Nazarenes to express Christian love to immigrants who live among us:

The Hebrew word, gēr, and the Greek word, xenos, can be defined as “immigrant.”

 “If an immigrant dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The immigrant who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:33–34, NKJV). Our Lord quoted, “Love him as yourself,” as part of the Greatest Commandment!

Jesus said: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was an immigrant and you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35, NIV).

“Do not forget to show hospitality to immigrants, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels” (Hebrews 13:2, NIV).

While we recognize the complexity of immigration laws in various nations, the Board of General Superintendents calls on Nazarenes around the world:

  • To treat immigrants with love, respect, and mercy.
  • To participate sacrificially in local, national, and global compassionate ministry responses to assist refugees and immigrants.
  • To encourage their respective governments to approve equitable laws that will allow for family reunification, legal work permits for productive immigrants in the workforce, and pathways for undocumented immigrants to be able to obtain authorized immigrant status.
  • To follow the clear biblical mandate to love, welcome, assist, evangelize, and disciple the immigrants near us.

–Board of General Superintendents

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9 responses to “The Political Radicalization of the Church of the Nazarene

  1. Having grown up for quite some time in the Church of the Nazarene in California, and even being saved there at the age of 12, we left the church when I a teen back in the 60’s to try other non denominational church.I was sad, but as a child had to do what my parents did.
    I am now 59 years old and years later now, have visited several church of the Nazarene churches in Oregon and Missouri and we have been SHOCKED to put it lightly, at what is being propagated in the church from the pulpit.
    Acceptance of homosexuality, and NOT judging it or them, only to love homosexuals,period.Also, advocating for the emergency movement, etc…
    It has really saddened me to see the way the church has gone. If I could use a stronger word than saddened I would, I have been heartbroken.
    In looking for a new church home for many years now, it seems so many churches are exactly following this route.
    Catering to the world in order to look and be acceptable instead of doing as God has instructed us. We are to honor God and separate from evil.
    Shame of them for becoming no different than world.
    Shame of them for mixing and mingling with ‘Christians” who are CLEARLY not following what the bible mandates.
    I thank God when I do come across men and women with backbone and will stand up for what is right in the eyes of the Lord.
    It is a lonely road I know all too well, having done this myself.
    We have been shunned, mocked, talked down to and ostracized to the point of our family feeling like our only option, was to leave a church because of the way we were treated for simply speaking up, for speaking the truth in love.
    As my husband said, oh sure they want and will take your money, just keep your mouth SHUT.
    This should not be so but God will judge all things some day and until that day comes, we will continue to live for him and keep standing up for the truth, as we have a daugher who IS watching us and is in tune with what we are doing, standing up for truth, in Jesus name.
    The Reyes Family

  2. Thank you so much for shining a light on this! Haven’t heard anything about it at church of course. I followed the link and commented. I don’t know what to do honestly. This is just ridiculous and just goes along with the slippery slope they’ve been on.

  3. I have become very concerned with our church’s stance on homosexuality. As my pastor is in a group on FB that talks about inclusiveness. His wife also has a family member who just “married” and she did not state any objection. It seems as though there is more and more turning away from scripture. I am on my final month on the board and will be making a decision shortly after of whether we are to try and stay or find a new church.

  4. Hi, I was wondering why my comment has not been included in the responses to this latest Reformed Nazarene. I am totally on your side in regards to the changes in the church, but one of the most obvious changes in the church is supporting someone who is obviously antithetical to all of our beliefs as Christians. I think the mindset I shared goes along with all your other posts in how the church is changing. Nazarenes from decades ago would not have support a man like Donald Trump – and when Christians do support him – and his erratic, ungodly behavior – it tells me that there is only a very small number of people that are holding true to what the Bible teaches, including both the emergent church and some on the Reformed Nazarene email. Please let me know where I am wrong.

    On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Reformed Nazarene wrote:

    > reformednazarene posted: “It’s been a while since a new post. All that has > been posted is still in effect in the Church of the Nazarene. The > denominational leaders continue to keep their heads in the sand as false > teaching is abounding in the church. The seminaries continue to use” >

  5. Hi Chari,

    To be honest, I was still wrestling with whether your comment was relevant to this post, since it focused heavily on Trump, and not the immigration issue itself. I do believe that churches do have the right to comment on social issues from a Christian perspective, such as abortion. But then there are other issues that I believe are better left untouched, such as this immigration/refugee issue. That’s my opinion. Abortion is pretty clearcut; this issue, not so much. And as is my position, the Generals have only served to divide the church in a serious way, not unite it.

    But let me ask you this?

    Who would you suggest we should have voted for? If anyone is anti-thetical to all our beliefs as Christians, it would have to have been Hillary Clinton- a champion of abortion. At least Donald Trump is pro-life and has immediately done something about that issue as he promised he would.

    I am curious also- did you support Obama? If so, then I can think of no one more erratic in their behavior towards Christians and our values than he. So if you can address that, and how we could have solved the “Donald Trump” problem, let me know. Finally, since he has been elected President, I would encourage you to pray for him daily, that he will seek God’s wisdom. After all, even the worst of us can seek redemption and forgiveness from God- and with the guidance of a born again Christian as vice-president Pence, I pray that he will be a good influence on him. Don’t you?

  6. It is true that Christians embodying the church should give aid and support within our power to those less fortunate. Scripture is full of examples on how Christians are to treat their fellow human beings. Jesus taught in Matthew chapter five that we are to love our enemies, even bless them that curse you, and doing good to those who hates you, including praying for those who use and or persecute you. All of these examples of our Christian conduct may not, nor executed at the same time in every situation. Time, distance, and opportunity may interfere, and would only apply in actual personal events in the life of the Christian; when this should occur Jesus is teaching how we should respond to those engagements.

    This is a difficult passage and a tall order to carry out as a member of God’s army giving the parameters Jesus gave us to live by. Jesus is not saying we must love the conduct of any person near or far who curses and condemns us including the injury of person or property. Though we are sometimes affected by his or her sinful conduct we are to wish them well taking no revenge seeking to only do good to influence his eternal welfare in the world to come. We are to love them as Christ loves us.

    Nowhere in Scripture do I find that we are to ignore those who have openly sworn to kill us as a people if we do not convert to their ideology. To my knowledge, Jesus never became political and even went so far when asked if they were to give tribute to Caesar found in Mark chapter twelve. His reply, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. This no way implies that the Church should not stand up for fairness and equality for all humanity; however, we cannot ignore those who wish to destroy our Christian values nor side against those who wish only to protect our way of life. To those whom wish to destroy us we can witness and love from afar until there is a change in wanting to get along.

    (Lige Jeter)

  7. It’s staggering to see evangelical Christians flocking to a man like Donald Trump and saying “finally we have a leader with family values” – are you kidding me? Donald Trump is one of the most unethical, immoral man ever elected to be president – an adulterous, foul mouthed, dishonest person by anyone’s definition – church leaders are right to criticize him when he is putting forth policies that completely contradict what Jesus taught

  8. Rick, you said: Trump “is one of the most unethical, immoral man ever elected to be president”. Perhaps that is more aptly describing Barack Obama- a man who supported abortion and infanticide (something Donald Trump opposes). Talk about policies that completely contradict what Jesus taught? You sound pretty hypocritical. I don’t recall church leaders (if you mean the COTN) criticizing the false Christian who was a destructive president for eight years.

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