The President of Nazarene Theological Seminary, Dr. Jeren Rowell, is standing his ground, and is allowing a man who opposes the pro-life and biblical stance of the denomination to speak to prospective Nazarene pastors. With less than a week to go, the very racist, pro-abortion “pastor”, the Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas is still scheduled to speak at the Hugh Benner Preacher’s Conference on September 27. Dr. Jeren Rowell is knowingly allowing a confirmed racist to speak at a school that prepares pastors for perhaps your congregation someday. Dr. Rowell is knowingly allowing a “pastor” to speak who supports the evil idea of “pro-choice”- in other words, the murder of babies in the womb. With one word, Dr. Rowell could stop this abominable outrage, but apparently he is comfortable in allowing it to go on.
Imagine a pastor with racist, anti-white ideas; a pastor who promotes the racist ideas of critical race theory; a pastor who fervently supports the pro-abortion agenda. A pastor who has a complete disdain for conservative Christians. And a pastor who is sympathetic to the LGBT/homosexuality movement. Any serious Christian would think that he would never be allowed to set foot on a Christian college campus, but apparently the leadership as well as many other Nazarenes are welcoming him. In fact, many of them are overjoyed.
The lack of discernment is stunning at Nazarene Theological Seminary. The Seminary is pretty much a cemetery now, full of dead bones. As I had previously mentioned, the lack of discernment with this President and all the others on board with this also led to a same-sex marriage promoting theologian to speak at the Seminary. I have no doubt that many in high Nazarene leadership positions are pushing for the full acceptance of homosexuality.
It looks like the “Reverend Doctor” Frank A. Thomas will have his time at the seminary to spout his evil agenda. Ironically, his ideas have a foundation of hatred for white people, and yet white people will be applauding him next week. What a disgrace that this is happening, and worst still, there is little opposition, because too many Nazarene pastors, district superintendents and laypeople are afraid to speak up. And needless to say, the General Superintendents are nowhere to be found, and have apparently abdicated their responsibility as leaders.
Just a few reminders of Thomas’ pro-abortion support and his racism:
Frank A. Thomas’s Racism
His racism can be seen in a one chapter review of his book, which is the foundation of his lectures coming up (How To Write a Dangerous Sermon)
Frank A. Thomas is also a supporter of the very racist Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Barack Obama. Racism cannot get any worst than that of Jeremiah Wright.
From October 10, 2010 until sometime just before he passed away on July 10, 2012, I got to know a man named R.B. Acheson. He had previously requested a dvd and other information from me regarding the problems in the Church of the Nazarene. He had also been a District Superintendent and had pastored the Westside Church of the Nazarene for 18 years. I truly believe that if the General Board of Superintendents was composed of men like R.B., there would be a lot of cleaning up done, and there would be hope for the Church of the Nazarene.
R.B. and his wife Dolly
I did not know him for very long, but I knew that R.B. Acheson was a man of God. His character was such that he was not afraid of speaking complete truth about the Nazarene church and its problems. He sent his thoughts to General Superintendents and other church leaders without concern of being slighted. He first sent a letter to me via postal service, and then we continued corresponding back and forth via email until he passed away. During that time, I was honored to know him. I don’t use the words “man of God” lightly.
I recall when I found out he was in a rehab clinic recuperating from some treatment, and I was able to call him and speak to him personally. It was a joy to talk to him, and to tell him how much I appreciated his encouragement, which meant so much to me. R.B. Acheson was already past 90 when I met him, but age never let the fire for God’s truth die out in him.
The only paper letter he wrote me is shown below, and it included a $100 offering to my ministry. I am sure that was a lot of money for a retired Nazarene pastor to send to anyone. I was more grateful for his thoughtfulness and kindness, than the amount he sent. What gives me hope, besides the Lord Jesus Christ, are people like R.B. who put Christ first above everything and everybody. I like to think he has already had the opportunity in heaven to converse with two other godly men, my father Rev. Ilidio Silva, and my father-in-law Rev. Eudo Tavares de Almeida.
So below is what R.B. shared with me regarding some concerns he was addressing to then General Superintendent J.K. Warrick, sometime after receiving some of my documented information. R.B. Acheson was a man of God who did not mince words. I am grateful for servants such as he. I have added a few other emails he sent to me.
Manny, I sent this note to Dr. [J.K.] Warrick today:
You are right, J.K., your note of December 22nd did not give me peace nor calm my concerns about the heresy surfacing in my beloved church. Your statement “the church never required everyone to get in line and stay in line,” certainly doesn’t mean that we should be careless about trying to correct unscriptural practices. If I read Manny Silva right, he is concerned about college professors and other Nazarene leaders who stray from the truths intrinsic to our Nazarene heritage, and the lack of our Generals taking a strong stand in public rebuke and rebuttal.
In a recent issue of Holiness Today, David Felter’s article on “One Holy Faith” addressed the subject in kid-glove fashion. He wrote: “Since Christendom is increasingly under attack by the forces of atheism and unbelief, it is important for the Church of the Nazarene to periodically review her story.” While there is certainly truth in his statement “that God is always at work fashioning and shaping a people for Himself,” it shouldn’t excuse those who would like to introduce strange practices into the church, calling them “truths that our church has lost along the way.” Dr Felter states: “We resist trends and fads, knowing that passing fancies do little to enhance awareness of our connection to the story of God calling, fashioning and preserving His people… Some focus on making religion the equivalent of Play-Doh that can stretch, shape and make its content into a religion that fits…and can sever its connection as a branch from the true vine of the Body of Christ.” (However, I don’t consider the heresies that trouble me as mere fads and fancies).
Felter is right in his conclusion: “Any congregation or clergy that no longer affirms in faith and practice these confessions, stands rightly condemned and is presenting to the world a spurious expression of a religious community that has become disconnected from the Body of Christ. No amount of technology, altruistic service to humanity, or polished rhetoric can absolve such clergy or churches from the guilt of compromise.”
It would be difficult to squeeze some post-modern practices into the Nazarene Manual: watering down our belief in the inerrancy of Scripture, making the vagaries of science and evolution trump the inspiration of the Word of God, open theism, making excuses for those in our midst who “find spiritual help” in studying pre-Reformation Catholicism – and much more. I am glad, J.K., that you are talking privately to those who lead our youth astray, but the church needs to hear what you admonish in private. Gullible seekers after truth need their trusted leaders to show them the path of tried and true orthodoxy, and to know that our leaders are doing their best to stamp out error. Attacking the problem obliquely as Dr. Felter did is not enough. Someone in authority needs to take off the kid gloves and speak clearly and forthrightly.
This is also true when the life of the church is being throttled by a pastor who thinks more of himself than he does the church. (What Peter called “little tin gods.”) I was once a D.S. and am aware that his power is limited, but sometimes the District Pastor needs to talk to an aberrant pastor as the proverbial “Dutch uncle” would talk to his unwise and inexperienced nephew.
I wouldn’t class Manny Silva or Orville Jenkins as “reformed fundamentalists.” Having been liberated myself from Calvinism through the study of the Word of God, I know what reformed fundamentalism is, and to believe strongly in the fundamentals of our faith would not brand one as a Calvinist Fundamentalist. I think I understand how Jude felt when he found “it was needful to write (and exhort) that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Pastor R.B. (P.S. I don’t have your email!)
An encouraging email R.B. sent to me in November of 2011:
I am so grateful for what you are doing in this Laodicean age. Your ability to ferret out the lies and hypocrisies of the growing number of wolves in sheeps’ clothing, especially those that operate within the church structure, is so needed today. You are a modern day John the Baptist crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight!.” You have done more to heighten my awareness of these things than any other person. I have loved being a member of the Church of the Nazarene for 75 years and the heretical ideas that are being propogated in some areas of the church break my heart. You are doing a much needed work – be encouraged – and we pray that God will give you strength to keep going for a long time to come. We pray that your efforts will help to cause the church to to turn back to God – a Holy Ghost revival is really what we need. But perhaps we are too close to the reign of Antichrist to expect this to happen – we may get the call to “come up higher” at any moment now.
Your friend, R. B. Acheson
An email from January of 2012:
Thanks, Manny, for your answers to Warrick’s note. He appears to be making excuses that don’t cover the facts. I don’t know what’s going on with the Generals, I think they are divided on these issues and don’t want the church to know it. I have known J. K. Warrick to be rather conservative and a straight shooter – I hope he isn’t being won over or muted by the liberals.
Do you get the new periodical Grace and Peace? There is an interview with Mark Quanstrom beginning on page 29 that you need to read. He wrote a book on holiness several years ago that I didn’t care for, and he admits to a Catholic bias in this interview. He has studied extensively under patristic scholars and states: “my immersion in Catholic theology formed me into a more confident proclaimer” of holiness.
I also noted on page 35, Elaine Heath recommended a book on The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr. Are you acquainted with that book?
I never had expected that the day would come when I would find it necessary to read our periodicals with such a critical eye! I am sure you are getting a lot of flack from many quarters, but you are certainly not alone. God has anointed you for such a time as this – I wish I could be at least 30 years younger.
An email from August, 2011:
Thank you, Manny, for the article on Horatius Bonar. He, and others like him, helped me develop my preaching ministry in the early years of pastoring. The letter from Meldora Rapp brought back memories of the old Pittsburgh District when I was the D.S. there. Jerome and Johnstown were churches on my district when we preached and lived and enjoyed old-time religion.
The May’June issue of Holines Today, page 24, the report of the Nazarene Publishing House: “Barefoot ministries continue in the focused direction of helping youth workers guide students into spiritual formation for the mssion of God. Barefoot is experiencing growth, reflected in increased sales….etc.” Could you update me on Barefoot ministries. I checked your website but didn’t find anything.
I remember you writimg about them – are they doing better?
When will the day come when a General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene will answer a question about homosexuality forthrightly, clearly, and unambiguously?
At the Southwest Indiana District Assembly this Summer, General Superintendent David Busic was asked the following question by Pastor Jared Henry, an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene:
“If an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene is advocating publicly for gay marriage or the practice of homosexuality, and the district fails to deal with that- in other words, they don’t take their credentials, what takes place after that…in other words, what recourse may be at that point?”
Dr. Busic begins answering at the :54 mark, in this video.
He finishes his answer some nine minutes later, and no one can reasonably conclude that he gave a straightforward, clear answer. And yet, it appears to me that that the response he gave to a very specific question has resulted in continued confusion and uncertainty within the denomination, and perhaps will discourage or demoralize pastors who are working hard to uphold biblical standards regarding homosexuality. This should be very troubling to all Nazarenes who have been seeking answers about the direction the church is going regarding human sexuality, and its stance on homosexuality.
A simple and clear answer to the question would have been something like “The Church of the Nazarene will not back one inch from its biblical stance on homosexuality. There is no excuse for any district to fail to uphold our biblical principles, and any pastor who continues advocating for anything that violates biblical principles ought to be required to surrender his credentials and is not fit to serve in the church in any leadership position.”
Instead, like a politician trying to walk a fine line and avoid offending anyone, Dr. Busic spent about nine minutes answering a very appropriate question from an ordained elder in the denomination who clearly is concerned about upholding biblical standards. It was a great opportunity to give clarity for members who are looking for the church leadership to step up in a time where clarity is needed so badly. The LGBT movement which is trying to normalize homosexuality within the denomination is a real danger, and General Superintendents need to be unambiguous when it comes to homosexuality.
Yet, it is not a surprise to me when I see this kind of response to serious questions. In the past when I had communicated back and forth with several General Superintendents (the emails can be found on my blog), their responses had little substance, and they only spoke in general terms. They seem to not like giving direct answers to specific questions. One of them has promised several times since 12 years ago he would get back to me. I’m still waiting.
At around 1:20 in the video, Dr. Busic says that 2017 was one of the “most extraordinary moments in the Church of the Nazarene”… and that “97% voted on a clear position on human sexuality.” He described the new Human Sexuality statement as “one of the most poetically and beautifully written statements.” He also stated that “this board [the current Board of General Superintendents] is 100% behind what that  General Assembly did.”
And yet, that specific Human Sexuality document omitted the word “perversion” from the manual, in reference to homosexuality; and it was applauded by LGBT advocates such as Andy McGee and Love Wins LGBT, as well as the Holland Nazarene District, and the New England District also advocated for watering down the statement.
If you did not know, the Holland Nazarene District is basically in rebellion against the denomination, and is already blessing same sex unions. So for them to applaud the Human Sexuality statement is not an indicator of anything good. And what makes it worse, the Board of General Superintendents knows of their rebellion, and even received additional evidence from me, with an email from a pastor admitting blessing same sex unions, and admitting that the Generals are aware. Read the article here. What have the General Superintendents done about that? Absolutely nothing. You may want to ask them the next time you run into them or speak with them. Why is the Holland District being allowed to pervert the word of God openly?
There were other concerns that came out of his response as well. When another question was asked about the Confucius Center at Northwest Nazarene University and why was it allowed to be there, Dr. Busic said:
“I had not heard about it… but let me say this about all our universities in the USA. I believe 100%, every single one of our Presidents, including NBC and NTS, every one of them, are completely committed to our Nazarene identity.”
My question to Dr. Busic, who is a former President of the Nazarene Theological Seminary, would be: “Dr. Frank Thomas has been scheduled to speak at the seminary in September. Dr. Thomas is a pastor who advocates for Critical Race Theory ideas; it is documented that he is a racist; he is an open advocate of abortion, which goes against Nazarene doctrine; and he supports the LGBT movement. Dr. Busic, is it appropriate that NTS is allowing this man who is against so many biblical principles to speak, and would you do the same if you were still president?
So either Dr. Busic is unaware of the many problems at the Nazarene universities and seminaries, or he feels that there is absolutely nothing wrong with allowing such advocates of unbiblical principles to speak at Nazarene colleges. In any case, he is incorrect by stating “every single one of our presidents… are all committed to our Nazarene identity.” There is too much evidence to contradict that statement. And I’m afraid every single General Superintendent would have answered in a similar way.
There are other statements he made that will cause some concern regarding the issue of clarity in how things are addressed. If there was ever a time for full clarity in such areas, now is the time for clarity from those who are charged by the Nazarene manual to be the guardians of biblical truth in the denomination.
My heart goes out to all Nazarenes who are still active in the denomination. My heart goes out to pastors who are sincerely seeking answers and support from the leaders. I was a lifelong Nazarene; my father and father-in-law were true holiness preachers. There are far fewer now, and many of the pastors coming out of Dr. Busic’s former seminary are the very ones who are destroying the church, and yet the people are waiting for someone to step up.
I feel for those who are fighting for biblical truth to be upheld, but to me it seems like a losing battle. But when you have leadership at the highest levels speaking as politicians, rather than giving clear and strong answers that would provide clarity, all you get is a mess that leads into further apostasy.
(This article will be sent to the General Superintendents)
Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University, cannot be trusted with disseminating biblical truth. In a recent post on his blog, he suggests three basic areas in which, as he says, “ the church today needs a greater degree of trust.” I believe he strikes out in all three areas, especially his final point.
I would point out that since I am well familiar with his writings in the past ten years or so, I note again a taste of arrogance, as well as a subtle disdain for those Christians who dare to stick to a biblical principle and not deviate from it. He can’t help but look down on those kooky “fundamentalists”, and he always uses that term in a derogatory, less than “charitable” manner, as he expressed in his book, “A Charitable Discourse.”
Here are his three points:
“An older generation needs to trust the missional spirit of a younger generation as they seek to reach their changing world.”
“The church needs to trust the Christian college to do its thought-work in a complex world.”
In these first two points, the answer should be a resounding no! Trust must come conditionally, especially in these days. The younger generation has been poisoned with so much nonsense and unbiblical ideas, especially from people like Dan Boone, that there is no way they should be trusted without scrutiny based on God’s word. And the same goes even more for trusting a Christian college. All Christian colleges need to be held up to the light of scripture, and be held accountable for their actions and what they teach. There is no such thing anymore as trusting Christian colleges without subjecting them to accountability. And I’m sure Mr. Boone does not wish to have Trevecca held accountable, which it should always be.
Finally, point number three, which is the most concerning to me:
If we are to have “in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity,” the million dollar question is—what is essential and what is nonessential?
I would suggest the essential things include a saving experience in which the Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit that we are the sons and daughters of God. I would also include the core of Christian faith as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed and the stated doctrines of the church. (For me this is my denomination’s sixteen Articles of Faith rooted in historic Methodist and Anglican belief.)
My nonessentials list is a lot longer—creation theory, political party, hawk or dove, role of government, method of befriending the homosexually oriented, church music preference, preferred eschatology, favorite authors, method of baptism, church architecture, budget priorities, whether there is one or three authors/chronologies of Isaiah, interpretation of Gen. 1, the death penalty, the right of a woman to preach (although this comes close to being an essential for me), social drinking, reading from the early church fathers, yoga, blessing pets in the church sanctuary, speaking in tongues, Catholic theology, real wine or Welch’s at Communion, casual or coat-and-tie on Sunday, Left Behind opinion, national health care, and so on.
The main mistake Dr. Boone makes in listing a bunch of items as “non-essential”, is that he does not realize that everything that God says in His word, or everything that Christ commands us to do, is essential! Note that he “suggests” some non-essentials, which is good, because he apparently does not know for sure what is essential or non-essential.
The only measuring stick as to what is essential or non-essential is Holy Scripture! And you certainly cannot suggest that something that is clearly taught in scripture cannot be an essential. And the fact that he cannot be specific about what he believes about each of these items makes his list irrelevant, and no one can reasonably agree or disagree with these points, unless he specifically says what he believes about them!
Hiding His False Beliefs Behind Words
What Dr. Boones does is hide his false teachings behind words.
He hides his belief in evolution: For example, his “non-essential” of creation theory. He wants to shut off discussion of his false belief in evolution, and his rejection of the literal account of creation. This very idea alone makes him a false teacher, since belief in evolution rejects the creation account and the actual existence of Adam and Eve. He makes God a liar by rejecting God’s simple story of creation.
He hides his love of contemplative mysticism and works written by heretics: therefore, his non-essentials of “reading from the early church fathers”, and “yoga’. This is a reflection of his affinity for contemplative mysticism and Eastern practices such as yoga, practicing the silence, and prayer labyrinths, which he finds nothing wrong with. There are many “early church fathers” who are outright heretics, so no Christian ought to agree that this is non-essential, unless Dr. Boone specifies which ones he is talking about. And yoga is certainly not a non-essential, because it is based on Eastern mystical practices, and is actually a religious practice which Christians should avoid. Mr. Boone is well known for his liking of Thomas Merton, and prayer labyrinths, and trips to Merton’s Abby of Gethsemani. So certainly, he would want these subjects to be non-essentials.
He hides his ecumenicalism: his non-essential of Catholic theology is also disturbing. Dr. Boone is a good example of the many Nazarenes who have compromised biblical truth and who consider Roman Catholic teaching to be okay, and therefore we can get along with them. Catholic theology is so full of heresy, and yet Boone and other misguided Nazarene leaders today are leading people to accepting Catholic theology as no big deal. This is shameful, and this is part of what is destroying the Nazarene denomination-thanks to Dan Boone and many others.
In all these other items, it all is based on what the context is. Even a subject as “speaking in tongues” is all determined by what scripture teaches about it! The matter of “the right of a woman to preach” can also be answered by scripture. Dan Boone does not seem to realize the essential of “obey the word of God and all it teaches.”
The bottom line is, Dan Boone wants all Christians to agree on the things he suggested as being essential, which I agree are essential- but he wants to then leave open anything else as being non-essential. Including his own heretical neliefs.
You can read the entire article he wrote, and perhaps leave your thoughts with him. Since he has advocated a “charitable discourse” in the past, he ought to let everyone give their honest opinion of his writing.
Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University, is one of the most influential and important people in the Church of the Nazarene today. However, this is not meant to be a compliment, if Mr. Boone is reading this. The “importance and influence” of this man is one of serious significant theological error. I may actually be inaccurate in calling it error. Dan Boone not only falls short of good biblical discernment, he is one of the wolves in sheep’s clothing who are taking a wrecking ball to the foundations of the Nazarene denomination. He knows exactly what he is doing. And what is more alarming is that he represents the mindset of many other leaders in the denomination!
The most recent evidence is his comment below, which was posted by the seminary as well, to no surprise.
Boone praises Frank Thomas, who is scheduled to speak at the seminary in September. Thomas is a proven racist, based on his own writings, his tweets, and even some of his preaching. Not only that, Thomas recently showed in series of tweets and re-tweets his disapproval of the striking down of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. It is clear that he is pro-abortion, a stance that goes against scripture, and even goes against the Nazarene position on human life. And yet, he is to speak at Nazarene Theological Seminary. And Boone is delighted.
Back to my reference to “wolves” in describing Dr. Boone. In 2017, he was one of the most, if not the most, instrumental church leaders in re-writing the statement on human sexuality and removing the word “perversion” from the language. Dr. Boone will certainly not admit it if asked, but he is pro-LGBT.
His muddied views on human sexuality have been referenced posititively in several papers written by the rebellious Holland Nazarene Church District. This is the Holland District which is blessing same sex unions, and which has not been disciplined in any way by the Church of the Nazarene leaders. (As far as I know). Dan Boone is in good company with them, because the General Superintendents have all been derelict in their duties to uphold biblical doctrine, even as they claim otherwise that all is well.
This lack of discernment is not new to Mr. Boone. Sometime around 2010 or 2011, I wrote about the prayer labyrinth in use at Trevecca Nazarene University. Mr. Boone defended the labyrinth (which he re-named later as a ‘prayer walk’), which is used in contemplative mysticism as a way to empty the mind and pray to God, but not in a scriptural manner. He also has allowed for years an annual trip to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY. It is the spiritual home of Thomas Merton, a monk who was steeped in contemplative mysticism. In these trips, Nazarene students are even encouraged to “practice the silence”, and to pray alongside Roman catholic monks and be involved in their rituals. See this article: https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/trevecca-nazarene-university-continues-to-promote-mystical-silence-instead-of-biblical-prayer/
Years ago, Mr. Boone used to have the following statement in his bio at Nazarene Theological Seminary: “I am deepening in the mystical forms of prayer.” The statement is no longer there. He also has stated outrageous unbiblical things such as claiming that many of the Psalms were “borrowed” from pagan religions:
“What I find more exciting and authoritative is the thought that the people of God were exiled in the pagan land of Babylon, listening to pagan stories about the origin of the universe, and the breath of God spoke through a prophet giving them a different understanding. They hijacked the Babylonian tale of creation and declared God to be the one who, in the beginning, created creation and came to take up residence with us in the cosmic temple. Now that’s authority” (from letter to area pastors in response to Sue and Don Butler’s article)
“The Hebrew creation account is a re-telling of the Babylonian tale. Their Hebrew feast days are re-interpretations of the Canaanite days. The Royal Psalms in the collection of Psalms were once Canaanite songs.” (Dan Boone)
He has compared Bible-believing Christians to jihadists. He wrote a book called “A charitable Discourse”, but Mr. Boone is far from charitable towards those who wish to uphold biblical principles. He insults them:
“Religious fundamentalism is one of the hot topics in the world today and this website has given me the best model, other than Islamic fundamentalism, to demonstrate to students how religious fundamentalism works.”
“I only argued with them in the first place because they were making false claims about Trevecca, and to expose them for who they really are—religious fundamentalists. But you can’t have discussions with people whose minds are already made up… Rational conversation with them is not possible”
Dr. Boone has called Thomas Merton and Ignatius of Loyola spiritual giants.
Merton was not a spiritual giant- he was a monk who said that he was “deeply impregnated with Sufism” because he believed that Eastern mysticism was compatible with and could be incorporated into Christianity. He placed Mary high on a level equal to Jesus, and he prayed to many catholic saints. He was influenced by Aldous Huxley, who found enlightenment through hallucinogenic drugs. Ignatius of Loyola was no wiser, and as the founder of the Jesuits he brutally persecuted Christians and swore complete submission to the pope. As most Roman Catholics do, he venerated Mary. He practiced extreme asceticism, living in a cave for a year and never bathing. He also promoted and taught visualization prayers, breath prayers, and other unbiblical practices (Source: Way of Life). Yet, Dan Boone calls Thomas Merton a spiritual giant.
In a Letter to Pastors that he wrote in 2009, Dr. Boone not only erroneously claimed that the Roman Catholic church was the only church for 1500 years after Christ, but he also exposed more error along with his ecumenical get along with everyone philosophy. How is it that we can “be one” with the Roman Catholic Church?
“While Nazarenes are different from Catholics in very significant ways, we believe that we will share eternity with them in the presence of the Christ who prayed that we might be one.” (Dan Boone)
To be fair, Mr. Boone is not alone in his lack of discernment and his unbiblical love of contemplative mysticism. There are other leaders as well who love the writings of false teachers such as Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Richard Foster, to name just a few. Nd so that is the problem. Leaders and ordained pastors alike are going down the same road that Dan Boone is going. And need I say that the General Superintendents continue to be either oblivious to anything wrong, or some are complicit in all that is harming the Church of the Nazarene.
I have concluded that the denomination is beyond repair as it stands. The only “fix” is that either more faithful Christians in the denomination will have to leave eventually, or there is a seismic shift in leadership with a thorough housecleaning to save the denomination. Most likely acceptance of homosexuality will be the deal breaker for many Nazarenes who are “sticking with it” for now. But there are already plenty of good reasons to leave what is now an apostate denomination. I used to be a member, yet it breaks my heart to say it.
With “leaders” such as Dan Boone, and other “leaders” who have turned a blind eye to the truth of what is happening, the Church of the Nazarene is well on its way to irrelevance, along with all the other mainstream “Christian” churches that have compromised biblical truth and sold out to satan.