Resolutions For Watering Down Nazarene Doctrine At The General Assembly

In my last post, I covered what looks to be a troubling situation coming out of the Nazarene church leadership in Holland.  https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/sodom-and-gomorrah-and-the-church-of-the-nazarene-in-holland-is-there-any-difference/

A pastor admitting to blessing same sex relations, the belief that homosexuality is not a sin, and the intent by the Holland leadership to make serious changes at the General Assembly have been exposed. The five papers they have produced over the last several years clearly indicate the advancement of a position on homosexuality that is contradictory to Biblical teaching.  I hope to have all five documents translated for your review before the end of the General Assembly.  You will be able to make your own conclusions as to the direction of the Holland Nazarene churches, and what they plan to try to impose on the rest of the denomination.  (Document #1 (“Starting Over”) is available here as I have completed that translation.  I have highlighted some phrases in red for emphasis).  PART 1 Holland Nazarene paper_Starting Over

There are also a few troubling resolutions to the Nazarene Manual which, if passed, will further weaken the Church of the Nazarene and bring it a step further towards full acceptance of homosexual relations as being in line with Christian doctrine and the erosion of other doctrines.  One of them is from Holland, and another is from the New England District.  Both are very similar, and both are attempts to create a further gray area in the statement on human sexuality.  It is not so surprising from Holland, given the state of moral decline overall in that nation.  But apparently, the leadership of the New England District, and those who voted for this resolution’s submission, are aligned closely with Holland’s attitude towards homosexuality, and are determined to water down Scriptural authority.  New England has often been called a “dark place”, and this is further evidence of the lack of discernment in this district.

Holland’s Resolution
CA-701a

In Resolution CA-701a, the Holland District proposes to strike two paragraphs:

[Sexuality misses its purpose when treated as an end in itself or when cheapened by using another person to satisfy pornographic and perverted sexual interests. We view all forms of sexual intimacy that occur outside the covenant of heterosexual marriage as sinful distortions of the holiness and beauty God intended for it.

 [Homosexuality is one means by which human sexuality is perverted. We recognize the depth of the perversion that leads to homosexual acts but affirm the biblical position that such acts are sinful and subject to the wrath of God. We believe the grace of God sufficient to overcome the practice of homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We deplore any action or statement that would seem to imply compatibility between Christian morality and the practice of homosexuality. We urge clear preaching and teaching concerning Bible standards of sexual morality.]

Their reasoning is similar to the New England District’s reasoning, plus some added excuses.  They say that “the complexity of homosexuality and the tension it causes in churches deserves more and careful attention than a concluding paragraph in a section article on human sexuality.”  This is all an attempt to water down biblical doctrine, and reflects their approach and false teaching in their five documents that are available on their websites.  It is clear that the Holland Nazarene District’s goal is to be allowed to have full acceptance of practicing homosexuals into the church.  I am afraid many of them are already in full acceptance, and if so, they all need to leave the denomination if they refuse to repent.  If this watering down resolution passes, it will be further evidence of the moral decline in the Church of the Nazarene.

New England District’s Watering Down
CA-701b

In Resolution CA-701b, the New England District proposes to strike one paragraph:

[Homosexuality is one means by which human sexuality is perverted. We recognize the depth of the perversion that leads to homosexual acts but affirm the biblical position that such acts are sinful and subject to the wrath of God. We believe the grace of God sufficient to overcome the practice of homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We deplore any action or statement that would seem to imply compatibility between Christian morality and the practice of homosexuality. We urge clear preaching and teaching concerning Bible standards of sexual morality.]

Their reasoning is that it adds nothing to the previous passages in the current statement on human sexuality.  And yet, in an era where homosexuality is praised and accepted in so many church denominations today, one would think that a clear statement such as this is absolutely necessary to remain!  This is nothing but politics, and is a capitulation to the radical homosexuality movement.  It would be a grave error to water down any further the Nazarene statement. Instead, it ought to be reinforced and made as clear as possible where the church stands on homosexuality.  This proposal is weak, cowardly, and lacking in wisdom.

I don’t know if the two districts have collaborated on these resolutions, but they are almost certainly kindred spirits in their intent.  It has been an embarrassment to see the New England District in decline the last 10 years, and to see a district leadership weak and non-responsive to those members who have expressed concerns over the years.  Instead, church leaders are themselves promoting ungodly stances on serious doctrinal matters.  It is an indication that they are being very compliant with the goals of the radicals in the church, who have been promoting a changing view of biblical sexuality, which is in error.

Other Resolutions

Sanctity of Human Life: In Resolution CA-714, The Mid-Atlantic District is proposing the deletion of an entire statement on the sanctity of human life, replacing with a new version.  Reading it carefully, this resolution seems to be another attempt to water down the seriousness of the issue, and allow for a more liberal gray area regarding abortion.  I believe this is also a tragic mistake and another capitulation to those who are in favor of abortion.  You can make your own judgment on this as you read the resolution.
CA-714

Creation:
CA-719
In Resolution CA-719, the North Arkansas District is proposing that t be amended to include this critical statement:

“We are open to scientific explanations on the nature of creation”

This statement opens the door completely to allow the ungodly view that evolution is a mechanism that God used to create Adam and Eve, and everything else in the universe.  This again is an error that should not be allowed to be inserted, although the acceptance of evolution by prominent theologians and pastors in the Church of the Nazarene has been well accepted throughout the denomination.  It is truly sad when church leaders cannot accept the clear historical account of creation, because they themselves cannot understand everything fully.  Thus they turn to their own imaginations and rationale, all of which is based on a lie from Satan.

This is all tragic for the Church of the Nazarene.  It is encouraging that the Southwest Indiana District has submitted a resolution that strengthens the statement on marriage, and there are several other strong resolutions. But these that I have mentioned will further weaken the church, and bring it even closer in line with the other denominations that have fallen into apostasy.

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9 responses to “Resolutions For Watering Down Nazarene Doctrine At The General Assembly

  1. Read Wesleyan Theological Journal articles from the 1970S They were already sliding towards a full embrace that Gay is Okay The writers of scriptures were misinformed ala CS Cowles Michael Lodahl Read Lodahls pamphlet on Nazarene view of scripture

  2. Thank you for clarifying these issues and remaining committed to the authority of God’s Word.

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  3. This is what happens when we accept another Jesus. Paul says there not another. Galatians. 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. To name these wolves; their names are the Jesuit Priest. Catholics hat the KJB. I’ve been a member of the Nazarene Church years. I have watched it over in decline over the years. The Watchmen on the wall, are asleep, to their detriment.

  4. Romans chapter one gives God’s view of homosexuality in no uncertain terms (Romans 1: 20-28). Both heterosexual sins eg fornication, adultery and homosexual sins result in separation from God. God is no respecter of persons regarding the wages of sin. Yet there is a difference. Homosexuality is an assault against the way God made things — His creation order. It goes far beyond disobedience to his instructions, it is an affront to the Creator of nature by glorifying His creature, by exalting humans and by corrupting natural sexuality.
    The ordination of practicing homosexuals and support of gay marriages within Christendom is increasing but it is in direct contradiction to God’s word. If a fellowship intends to remain true to scriptures, its position regarding homosexuality must be made clear, it cannot be practiced among believers.
    Those, within the Nazarene church who are seeking way to accommodate homosexuality need to repent. I left them this sobering warning: Every word of God is pure, He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.
    Mannie continue to earnestly contend for the faith.
    Love from Barbados.

  5. My family has been Nazarene since 1908 and I am so disappointed with the way it has changed. No matter what, no one can change my belief in the Bible as it was written from the beginning and no one can take away my walk with God. He is so precious to me.

  6. I think the Holland District could learn a valuable lesson from Job. Job being a righteous man gained a painful lesson questioning God. Chapters Thirty Eight – Forty Two gives us a good example of this. God questions Job and asks Job 40: [2] “Shall the one that contends with the Almighty correct him? He that rebukes God let him answer it.”

    Two words stand out in this passage noting our finite inability to question God in His creative purpose; or why He created humankind as He did for the purpose He did. The word contend, means to grapple, to wrangle, complain, plead, or rebuke. The other word rebuke is similar meaning to argue, to decide, justify or convict, chasten or convince. Both show a negative regard for God’s word that I believe is present in their resolution as Manny pointed out in red.

    In Holland’s reasoning for suggesting acceptance of homosexuality is nothing short of questioning of God in His creative purpose as if they were wiser than He and could instruct Him as the best way of governing His world. There are mysteries of the universe pertaining to angelic creation, the fall of Satan, numerous galaxies and the list goes on that man is incapable of understanding.

    God continues to probe Job and finally Job concludes in chapter 42: 2 – 3 “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, “Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” The Holland District would be wise to learn this painful lesson from Job and believe God says what He means and Means what He says.

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