The LGBT Face of the Church of the Nazarene: Celebrating Sin

The LGBTQFace of the Church of the Nazarene

What an absolute disgrace!  The 2017 General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene is allowing the celebration of sin!

I believe LGBT and homosexuality will be the lasting legacy of the 2017 General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene, and will be the catalyst for splitting this denomination wide open.​  Along with the shameful resolutions introduced by the Holland district, as well as by the New England District, homosexuality is well on its way to being celebrated by many more Nazarenes. The train wreck that is apparently happening in the Holland district will soon become more evident here in the states.  Along with the recurring Roman Catholic themes seen in 2009 and 2013, the face of the Church of the Nazarene is becoming more like the United Methodist Church or the Episcopalians, perhaps with no chance of returning to what once was a Holiness denomination. It no longer is that.  It’s not enough to proclaim holiness.  You have to live it, you have to walk the walk. And the leaders of the denomination, from the Generals all the way down to the district leaders (with exceptions) have absolutely failed in their responsibility to protect the flock, and this is the result.  This is your church now.

Nazarenes, are you still proud to be a Nazarene​?

​ Is this what holiness unto the Lord means?​

An LGBT booth set up at General Assembly.
They were there in 2013.​
Why would they be allowed to be at a General Assembly of a Holiness denomination?

The “I’m Nazarene, too” FaceBook group​

​ This Nazarene group has over 2800 members, some of whom I am friends with.  Not sure if a few of them understand what this group really su​pports.  he logo is not exactly one I would use to represent a holiness people.

Here is their description:

This group was born out of discussions about the diversity of ideas and people who call themselves Nazarene. Sometimes, events (many of which make the news) may lead us to think that there is little room in the Church of the Nazarene for dissent, and sometimes this leads to talk of “leaving.” However, we are Nazarenes, too. We may be new to the church, we may be third- or fourth- generation preachers’ kids. We may have never missed a Sunday or Wednesday night. We may have left the Church for a while. We may still only occasionally attend. We serve as pastors, students, professionals, farmers, writers, teachers, and in many other ways. We may believe in evolution. We may affirm 6-day creation. We may believe that our gay friends are as fully Christian as we are. We may believe that homosexual acts are sinful. We may enjoy a glass of wine. Or we may not. Our theology may not match precisely that of the powers that be. Or maybe it does. We may be silent. We may be a loud and critical voice. We may turn the tables. We may stir the pot. We may calm the waters. We may rock the boat. But the one thing we have in common is that we are part of the Nazarene Church, and we are not leaving–at least not yet. We may be criticized, we may someday be ostracized, but we will remain the radical and prophetic proclaimers of the Kingdom in which the Church of the Nazarene dwells.

What is happening to the Church of the Nazarene?  And why do so few even seem to care?


6 responses to “The LGBT Face of the Church of the Nazarene: Celebrating Sin

  1. Jeremiah 51:57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

  2. I am not sure why the GA allowed this group to set up a booth and display their heresy. I believe the following Scriptures Jesus addresses issues such as this and leaves nothing to guess work. Why our leaders can not understand and see the fallacy and shame in all this is beyond guessing. Yes, we live in a democracy but God’s word is a theocracy meaning His Word is not up for vote Satan will try any means to destroy the Church.

    Jesus warns in Matthew 7: [15] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” He further warns us in Matthew 15: [10 – 12] when speaking to the multitude “When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, ‘Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.’ Then His disciples came and said to Him, ‘Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?’ This sum them up perfectly.

  3. We are still a holiness denomination. Our stance has never changed on human sexuality. The description that was quoted above is found NOWHERE on the LoveWins:LGBT site. We still believe homosexuality is a result of the Fall of humanity in the garden. We believe God’s grace is sufficient to transform every person.
    Also, the LoveWins:LGBT booth is at GA to inform and educate pastors and churches on how to reach a segment of our fallen population with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you were here at the Assembly and were to talk with the pastors manning the booth they could inform you better as to their mission. Because the Church universal has historically shunned and marginalized this particular group, we feel we are to go into the highways and hedges to share the Gospel with everyone- yes, even those we have sadly shunned in the past. We want to see them transformed and made disciples of Jesus Christ. Plain and simple. We want to see them receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit! Entirely sanctified!! They are in complete accord with the polity and theology of Wesleyan Holiness.
    Why is it such a horrible thing to seek out and present the Gospel to these children of God? That is all that LoveWins:LGBT was formed to be- an instrument of our church to bring about the discipleship of these dear people! God bless you!

  4. You got it wrong Manny. The booth is about reaching the LGBT community and helping them find deliverance from homosexuality. Not sure what your sources are. I am here and been following this whole thing. I will admit I would not use the letters for the very reason to avoid the misunderstanding this very email has assumed wrongly about. the COTN is about to adabot the strongest position on human sexuality I have ever seen. I recommend you retract this post to spare the COTN the unnessary false accusation.

  5. I stand by my report. I saw this same group in person in 2013 at their workshop.
    I listened to their presentation. I listened as a pastor stood up at the end and made an eloquent plea for presenting the Gospel clearly to any person who is in sin. I yelled out “Amen”. I was shushed by a Nazarene pastor standing next to me, and then others around me looked at me as if I had yelled out some obscenities.

    It was then I realized even more, that these people have no interest in bringing those who sin- (in this case who have sexual relations with the same sex) -to repentance and a transformed life out of their sinfulness. They are coddling them in their sin, and bringing undue attention to a particular sin, while letting these folks be welcomed and remain comfortable and still lost, in church. They refuse, as far as I know, to point out clearly that homosexuality IS a sin. I recently asked one of your Nazarene fellow pastors four or five times- is homosexuality a sin? He refused to answer directly, and gave me the “I agree with the BGS statement” line. I believe there are countless other pastors who would also refuse to answer such a simple question.

    There is no need for all this, it is an embarrassment to the Church of the Nazarene.

    As far as the resolution being adopted, it is only words on paper, unless the church does something about the Holland churches and their rebellion, as well as allowing such types of shameful exhibits as done by this group.

    This is not just me- this is many other Nazarenes concerned with the capitulation of the church to the LGBT and homosexual agenda. It’s just going to get worse. Pay attention, or continue to put your head in the sand.

  6. Thank you for your commitment to the foundations of the Word of God. I heard a former militant lesbian give her testimony of being radically saved from her perverted lifestyle of seventeen years. She served as a tenured professor at a major New York university. Thanks to a pastor who discipled her for two years before her radical conversion to Christ and His ways . Today, she speaks to churches about the dangers of homosexuality. She emphatically states: “There is no such thing as a ‘Gay Christian.’ It is clearly a chosen lifestyle of perversion.” I was a missionary for ten years in Africa where I taught at one of our Nazarene colleges. I wrote a fifty page article on homosexuality that was presented at a theological conference in South Africa. My research concluded that “there is no gene for homosexuality.”

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