Promoter of Same Sex Marriage, Tony Campolo, Welcomed At Nazarene Theological College

campolo at ntcTony Campolo was a recent featured speaker at Nazarene Theological College on May 17. This is very troubling in the long list of troubling signs regarding the future of the Church of the Nazarene. The most recent issue with Campolo is his outright promotion of same sex marriage as being fully compatible with the Christian lifestyle. So why does a Nazarene college invite such an enemy of Christ to speak?

I can only think of two possibilities of why Tony Campolo was allowed to set foot on the campus of a Nazarene college or seminary. It was either from total and complete ignorance of what this man stands for, or the other explanation is that the leadership of this college has no problem with having a speaker who promotes same-sex marriage. I do not for a minute believe that the leadership of any Nazarene university is stupid and ignorant, therefore the only other explanation is certainly alarming to those who are concerned with the movement towards eventual acceptance of homosexuality as compatible with Christianity.


What Tony Campolo Believes In

Mr. Campolo is an avid promoter of contemplative mysticism, he believes in evolution, he rejects the inerrancy of scripture, he is an ecumenist, he has described man as divine, he believes non-Christians might go to heaven, he promotes Roman Catholic practices, he believes in praying to people, he has a disdain for fundamentalists. And now he has changed his view on homosexuality and same sex marriage.


Campolo’s New View On Same Sex Marriage

On June 8, 2015, Mr. Campolo made his position perfectly clear regarding same sex marriage:

“It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church.” https://tonycampolo.org/for-the-record-tony-campolo-releases-a-new-statement/

As you read the entire article, you notice that this man’s position comes not from an “authority of scripture” perspective, but from a selfish vantage point that all post-modernists and liberals view from: the “I believe” view, the “what I think” view, the “intellectual analysis” view. See these examples:

“One reason I am changing my position on this issue is that, through Peggy [Campolo’s wife], I have come to know so many gay Christian couples whose relationships work in much the same way as our own.”

“I have concluded that sexual orientation is almost never a choice and I have seen how damaging it can be to try to “cure” someone from being gay.”

Campolo also makes false assumptions and gives strawman arguments for the acceptance of same sex marriage. Nothing he argues comes close to referencing scripture, except when he suggests that we will never fully know who is right regarding the subject of homosexuality and same sex marriage.

“As a Christian, my responsibility is not to condemn or reject gay people, but rather to love and embrace them…”

“I just knew too many wonderful Christian people who are in gay relationships…”

“Obviously, people of good will can and do read the scriptures very differently when it comes to controversial issues, and I am painfully aware that there are ways I could be wrong about this one.”

And notice what he says is the greatest influence in nurturing him as a Christian. It is not the Bible. It is not Jesus Christ.

“If I was asked, what has been the greatest influence in nurturing you as a Christian, I would have to say, it’s my wife. No church, no organization, no studies, nothing has nurtured me more as a Christian..”

It is his wife! Yes, his wife, a fallible human being, is his greatest influence in his Christian growth. Central Baptist Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where his wife attends, is “an open and affirming congregation.” This means that her church accepts unrepentant practicing homosexuals as members.

Perhaps that is one of the contributing factors to this poor man’s error-filled ways of thinking. His justification for approving same sex marriage does not come from scripture. It comes from his observation that since he had such an uplifting, satisfying marriage with his wife, why should same sex couples be denied the same experience?

In 2006, the Pacific Southwest region of the American Baptist Convention voted to withdraw from the denomination because of its relaxed policies on homosexuality. This is a problem in many ABC churches, as many accept unrepentant homosexuals as members. Tony Campolo criticized the withdrawal decision, saying that it “runs counter to the prayer of Christ that we might all be one people.”

This is the man that Nazarene Theological College was proud to bring to campus and expose to all the students!

Conclusion

The appearance of Tony Campolo at another Nazarene college ought to be no shock to those of you who have been seeing the very unraveling of the Church of the Nazarene. It is but a symptom of what ails the church. That ailment is a progressive spiritual death of holiness and biblical principles. What is shocking is how fast, in the last four years or so, the church is stumbling into life-support status. And homosexuality is what is getting the Church of the Nazarene onto its death bed faster than anything I could have imagined nine years ago.

In my warning about Andy McGee and his LGBT group (back on April 2, 2018) which I sent to the General Superintendents (to one of them personally), and to every district office in the United States and in Canada, I received only two responses. Both responses were requests to take them off my mailing list. That’s all. Nothing else, no words of concern, no questions, no rebukes…just silence. It is a deafening silence that has gone on for years now.

Where are the voices? Do so few care? Do even so few know what is happening in the church? Is it an innocent ignorance, or a deliberate action by many to pretend all is well with the emperor and his clothes? Where are the Orville Jenkins, Jrs to sound the warnings to the people? Where are the Joe Staniforths who spoke out and were willing to lose everything in the church rather than betray the Lord Jesus Christ? Where are the Rick Headleys who defied the church’s demand to capitulate to worldly methods and philosophies?  Where are the John Hendersons and the Jeff Allens, fearless in speaking out against the moral decline in the church? These are just a few.

I know they are out there, and many of them are standing up for the truth right now, and perhaps paying a heavy price. I just simply do not know or cannot list all their names and all their circumstances, but they are there, and we thank them for their faithfulness. But yet, so few are still turning a blind eye to the truth, which leads to such spectacles as a homosexual marriage promoter- and an ENEMY of the church- being given the opportunity to further damage the church, and to further help destroy a denomination that is moving from holiness to heresy. To those who know what is wrong, and continue to say nothing, you may have to answer to the Lord someday for your inaction and silence.

Manny Silva

 

 

Related Links For Tony Campolo:

Tony Campolo interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mw0un2lVQ0

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/false-prophet-tony-campolo-promotes-doctrines-of-demons-to-enc-students/

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/false-teacher-campolo-to-speak-at-southern-nazarene-university/

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/olivet-nazarene-lets-false-teacher-campolo-speak-in-chapel/

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/tony-campolos-thin-places-occultic-christianity/

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/profiles-in-apostasy-tony-campolo/

 

Andy McGee:

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/a-disturbing-report-nazarene-pastor-andy-mcgee-and-love-wins-lgbt-attack-and-protest-those-who-preach-freedom-from-homosexuality/

 

 

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A Warning To The General Superintendents of the Church of The Nazarene

“We are at a pivotal time in not only our nation’s history, but in the history and future of the Church of the Nazarene. A time more than ever when we as a church are in need of those with unflinching “backbone,” who are bold, courageous, strong, who will provide fearless leadership, and who will not compromise our convictions based on the irrefutable truth of Scripture.”

The following letter from Dr. Orville Jenkins Jr, written to the General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene, was sent a few months after the 2017 General Assembly.  It serves as a sober warning that the church is being corrupted from within. If the leadership continues to stand by idly, then the LGBT movement, led by the likes of Andy McGee and his Love Wins LGBT movement, will prevail and take over the Nazarene denomination completely. This letter was written in August, and since then, warnings from Dr. Jenkins and others seem to have gone unheeded.

It would be wise for the General Superintendents to heed the words of Dr. Jenkins. If not, homosexuality will be affirmed completely within the church someday soon, and the Church of the Nazarene will join the ranks of the Episcopalians and other heretical denominations.

 

August 24, 2017

Board of General Superintendents
Church of the Nazarene

Dear Board Members:

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, has said that the modern world is in a headlong rush to bury the remnants of the Christian conscience. The post-Christian character of contemporary Western culture is most clearly evident in the rejection of biblical ethics in favor of moral relativism.

Mohler further states that we must face the fact that this post-Christian morality is deeply rooted in a subtle form of atheism. And though most Americans habitually claim a belief in God…even some form of Christian identity…more and more Americans are ordering their lives as if God does not exist. Fewer and fewer care about what God thinks, obey what He commands, and submit to His authority…or even fear or worry about the consequences. It’s almost as if millions of Americans claim to believe in a god they no longer fear.

In fact, the breathtaking pace of the moral revolution now transforming Western cultures almost staggers belief. In the course of a single generation, traditional sexual morality based on the biblical standards of God’s law that has survived for thousands of years, is now giving way to a radically different moral understanding and acceptance.

At the forefront of this moral revolution has been the progression of the homosexual movement, which has been on a fast track. First, the gay activists came out of the closet; they then demanded their “rights.” It then didn’t take long before they demanded that everyone recognize those “rights;” and now they want to discriminate against, even criminalize, anyone who opposes them, including same-sex marriage.

As to same-sex marriage, Mohler has written, “For some time now, it has been increasingly clear that every congregation in this nation will be forced to declare itself openly on this issue. That moment of decision and public declaration will come to every Christian believer, individually. There will be no place to hide, and no place safe from eventual interrogation. The question will be asked, an invitation will be extended, a matter of policy must be decided, and there will be no refuge.”

And into this new moral worldview has come not only efforts to condone the perversions of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, but to celebrate their acceptance and normalcy, while at the same time, marginalizing, finding intolerant, and offering no allowance for anyone who might disagree, especially if their argument is based on the authority of God’s Word.

We are at a pivotal time in not only our nation’s history, but in the history and future of the Church of the Nazarene. A time more than ever when we as a church are in need of those with unflinching “backbone,” who are bold, courageous, strong, who will provide fearless leadership, and who will not compromise our convictions based on the irrefutable truth of Scripture. That means leadership which will not bend in the face of growing social and cultural pressures, nor cave in to whatever is religiously and politically expedient. And, it means leadership that will fervently direct our hearts and determination toward God.

Just a short time ago all of that seemed to be in place for Nazarenes here in the United States where we began. But recent trends, activities, and events have provided some uneasiness amid growing concerns that these intrusions may not all be that isolated or minuscule.

In the past five to six years we’ve had campus chaplains at two of our colleges/universities here in the U.S., in chapel messages they’ve delivered to students, in which they have taken issue with our church’s position on homosexuality. They have called for us to have a much more open and tolerant posture, with full participation allowed, and no restrictions placed upon people attending a Nazarene church, even though living in a homosexual lifestyle.

We have always welcomed anyone to seek and find the Lord in the worship and fellowship of a Nazarene congregation. Evangelism has been at the core of who we are since our beginning. And regardless of sexual orientation, our standards have always been to reserve full participation and membership for those in a right relationship with the Lord through their testimony, behavior, and lifestyle, based on our practices and beliefs that come from the authority of Scripture. But these chaplains were advocates for the removal of such barriers, especially regarding homosexuality, and with no accountability for doing so.

There have also been repeated efforts by outside homosexual groups to infiltrate and make their presence known on our U.S. Nazarene college/university campuses. One such group is known as SoulForce who have notified most of our schools of their intentions to visit their campus as a part of their “Equity Ride” tour, with the “heartfelt mission of creating dialogue about the inclusion and community climate of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people” (quoting from their letter to our schools). They compared their effort to that of the Freedom Riders of the 60’s, seeking a similar liberation of what occurred for African Americans.

I can assure you that honest “dialogue” with us has not been this group’s real intent or design. That is always a ruse used by organized groups of homosexuals, whose real modus operandi is generally militant, confrontational, and always deceitful, of a licentious nature. Yet some of our Nazarene schools have invited them on to their campuses in the name of “Christian hospitality, honest conversation, clarity of biblical understanding,” and a fear that to do otherwise might create a backlash from the media. How naïve and weak on our part. Those are the last things SoulForce is honestly itching to discuss with us. And the media is already unsympathetic to church schools like ours, and in total support of the homosexual movement. So what real risk is there in simply saying no thank you?

Some of the conversation regarding this subject now beginning to appear in some of our churches and our schools today refers to a “conversation” that is “complex” and “difficult,” and to the “journey” of the “community of faith.”

The very capable leader of one of the schools of a sister denomination has made this astute observation: “When you start talking in that manner, it is emblematic of the real disease that is behind these symptoms. Perhaps without knowing it both the school and the church have capitulated to an emergent/postmodern view of the church that diminishes truth by implying it is the subjective product of a human conversation rather than an object revelation given by God.”

He further states, “We don’t talk about adultery as being ‘complex’ and being part of our ‘faith journey,’ nor should we. We don’t talk about pedophiles as being yet another ‘minority group’ struggling with their ‘identity,’ nor should we. We don’t talk about pre-marital sex (fornication…an unpopular word in our day) as being a ‘difficult’ issue in need of understanding and openness, nor should we.”

“So why,” he asks, “have we taken this particular issue of homosexuality and implicitly elevated it to some different level of accountability by putting it on the pedestal of ‘open dialogue’ and community debate?” God’s Word is what it is, and either we accept it as irrefutable truth and authority, or we don’t. And to not do so is symptomatic of an epistemological cancer running through the bloodstream of evangelical Christianity, now including the Church of the Nazarene.

Another indication that our moral resolve is weakening and we are questioning our moral responsibility and leadership as a denomination occurred on the floor of our General Assembly this summer when 97% of the delegates voted to remove the word “perversion” from our Manual statement on Human Sexuality as related to homosexuality. Since when did this behavior cease to be a perversion or aberration of God’s intended best for our lives? Our overwhelming action on this appears to be indicative that we have lost our moral courage as a church, and are now more concerned about “not offending” someone.

On a social level the term homosexuality is just one of a list of several sexual sins representing a perversion of sexual behavior that has always been viewed as wrong, sinful, peculiar, and perverted. And without question, forbidden in Scripture.

When U.S. Presidents Clinton and Obama each gave their blessings to sexual immorality in the form of promoting, commending, and celebrating homosexuality, they unleased the darkness of the principality of sexual perversion. Does that mean we as a church go along with their pronouncements by erasing our own description of perversion? If so, then a business known as Chick-fil-A has more moral clarity, values, and courage than does the Church of the Nazarene. For this restaurant chain has stood almost alone and solely on their biblical values and beliefs, and their desire to honor God, in the face of the assaults from the principality of homosexuality.

There is also now in existence, for the first time, a website known as Nazarene Ally, purportedly comprised of liberal Nazarenes dedicated to the support, cause, and goal of seeing our church embrace, condone, and welcome homosexuals into its accepted and full-fledged membership. Perhaps most shocking on this site are postings by those who identify themselves as Nazarene pastors or elders expressing their unabashed support for this cause. Where is the accountability in our church for “conduct unbecoming a minister in the Church of the Nazarene”?

But perhaps the most alarming and disturbing action associated with all of this also occurred during this summer’s General Assembly when the leadership of our church permitted, for the first time, an exhibition of the rainbow flag and the LGBT letters…world-wide symbols of the homosexual movement. And regardless of what rationale, reasons, or excuses for doing so were given, it was almost as if the false god of the Philistines in the Old Testament, Dagon, had been invited and given sanctuary in the presence of the one true, living, and holy God, Jehovah, and His people.

What I am saying I do so carefully, but strongly, with kindness and respect for each of you who hold the highest office in our church. I consider you as friends. But the Board of General Superintendents are the gatekeepers of our church. You are charged with protecting and guarding the people known as Nazarenes wherever they may be, just as the President of the United States or the leader of any sovereign nation is responsible for protecting the citizens of that nation. But on the watch of the Board in office this summer, that did not happen.

Allowing for the appearance of the rainbow flag and the LGBT letters in full display at a Nazarene General Assembly may have seemed innocuous, but it was not. If anything, it was embarrassingly naïve and foolish.

Those two symbols represent the homosexual community at all gay pride events, parades, and demonstrations, and are most always accompanied by antics spiritually offensive and blasphemous. Wherever the rainbow flag is hoisted and the LGBT letters appear, Christian values and morals are berated, openly scoffed at, made fun of, ridiculed, and even cursed. Often, participants will be dressed as nuns in a display of derision and mockery, and someone will purposefully walk holding a cross so it can be cursed and spat upon. Have you attended a gay pride march or parade recently?

At this year’s gay pride parade in Dublin, Ireland, a noose was tied around the neck of a caricature of Christ.

And in San Francisco these two symbols always appear with the most vile and depraved events in the homosexual community, much of what cannot be printed here. But one such event was openly advertised as “Food! Live Music! Debauchery!”…and at another, people were asked to come “Celebrate a Half Century of Hedonism,” all flanked by these same two symbols.

These symbols are also the banners of the most deviant groups within the homosexual movement. Have you never heard of NAMBLA, the North American Man-Boy Love Association, that advocates open sexual relations between men and boys of all ages? They also proudly include themselves among the various LGBT groups.

All of this is a picture of a culture that has lost its soul, yet whose symbols and emblems were given a place of recognition at our General Assembly, and are also allowed to represent a local Nazarene congregation where most of you reside and sit idly by.

In Winston Churchill’s famous “Never Give In” speech delivered in 1941 to students, not soldiers, and when the early days of WW II looked very bleak for Great Britain, he uttered the word “never” nine times. Three times he exclaimed, “Never give in.” Twice he said, “Never yield.” “Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

And, he said, “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

Within a year Churchill’s resolve to persevere had caught on throughout the British Isles, and the hard fought battle began to gradually turn in favor of the Allies.

I say to you as the Board of General Superintendents for the Church of the Nazarene, never, never, never give in, appease, vacillate, accommodate, acquiesce, slacken, or apologize for your resolve in opposition to those who would want us to normalize homosexuality…or even soften or modify our stance in opposition…regardless of whatever reasons or arguments they may present.

Again I say…never, never, never give in…without even the slightest hint of doing so!

For if you as our leaders, or if we as a church, capitulate on this, a once great holiness denomination will no longer exist, with a one word obituary—Ichabod—for the glory of the Lord will have departed, all because we ceased to honor, believe, and trust the authority and irrevocable truth of Holy Scripture.

Sincerely,

Orville Jenkins, Jr.

End of letter

Related links:

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/a-disturbing-report-nazarene-pastor-andy-mcgee-and-love-wins-lgbt-attack-and-protest-those-who-preach-freedom-from-homosexuality/

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/nazarene-denomination-losing-its-way/homosexuality-what-does-god-think/

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/a-response-to-dan-boones-report-on-soulforce/

 

A Disturbing Report: Nazarene Pastor Andy McGee And Love Wins LGBT Attack and Protest Those Who Preach Freedom From Homosexuality


[The implications of this report are extremely critical for the Church of the Nazarene and Christianity in general. Please read this carefully, and share with as many Christians as you can after you read the facts and conclusions presented. The homosexual agenda is being accepted within the denomination, including by some in leadership. I believe the church is in crisis and will soon fall if nothing changes].

[PDF available for download: Andy McGee Attacks Christians Who Help Homosexuals]

The ungodly Love Wins LGBT organization, which has been endorsed by former General Superintendent Jesse Middendorf as well as some Nazarene pastors and leaders, continues to do great harm to the church. Certainly there are many Nazarene pastors who oppose this ungodly ministry, but there seems far too many who either support it or are deliberately turning away from this fact. I have previously written about Andy McGee’s Love Wins: LGBT, exposing them as frauds pretending to evangelize the LGBT “community” for Jesus. The truth is, they reach out to bring homosexuals into the church, but they are content to let them remain in their bondage to homosexuality. They are not interested in the power of the Gospel to FREE the homosexual from sin. They are interested in affirming homosexuals and lesbians as who they are, to continue to identify with a sin and never forsake it, rather than find their identity in Christ. That is NOT what the Gospel is about. Now, Andy McGee and Love Wins:LGBT is attacking ministers who are using the real Gospel to help free sinners from all sexual sin.

Andy McGee is a false teacher who has attacked ministers of the Gospel such as Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Dr. Piper dares to stand up to the purveyors of the lies of the LGBT movement and expose their true intentions and misguided ideas. That has resulted in attacks from Andy McGee and his blind followers. Andy McGee has also attacked Nazarene Pastor Jeff Allen, who posted an article that commented on Andy McGee’s very own words and actions! As a result, Andy McGee attacked him and slandered him as well. Finally, Andy McGee attacked me after I re-posted Pastor Allen’s truthful facts and his commentary. (https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/sounding-the-alarm-on-andy-mcgee-and-love-winslgbt/).

Subsequently, Andy McGee promised publically on July 15, 2017 that he would soon provide proof of the lies that Dr. Piper, Pastor Allen and I have supposedly said about him. (https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/advice-to-love-wins-lgbt-and-andy-mcgee-remember-the-ninth-commandment/). We are still waiting for Andy’s proof of our “lies”, which will never come, otherwise he denies his own words and actions! He has labeled anyone who opposes his agenda as liars, even when presented with his own words. Andy McGee’s Love Wins ministry is as fake as it gets, and is not God-inspired. It is inspired and directed by satan. And this article will demonstrate to you, from his own actions, words, and associations, that Andy and Love Wins LGBT bring condemnation upon themselves.

 

Purpose of This Article: To show more evidence of the unholy ministry of Love Wins: LGBT and Andy McGee.

How we will show this:

  1. By describing the First Stone Ministries of Stephen Black, its purpose, and what they really do. Andy McGee and other individuals and groups are attacking and protesting this ministry’s work in helping sinners become free from their homosexual sin. Stephen is a former homosexual who is offering biblical help to others who are seeking help. There is no coercion involved, and only a biblical approach is used. See this interview with Stephen about his ministry:
  2. By showing you who Sara Cunningham is (in her own words) and what she is promoting, including advocating for same sex marriage.
  3. By showing that Andy McGee and his organization are ideologically connected with radical homosexuality advocate Sara Cunningham in their opposition to biblically sound ministries that work to rescue those seeking freedom from the bondage of homosexuality.
  4. By showing you proof of Andy McGee and Love Wins LGBT and their active protest and opposition to biblical ministries that help homosexuals become free from their sin.

1. What Is First Stone Ministries?

In recent weeks, Andy and his group organized a visit to Council Grove Christian Church in Council Grove, KS, which was planning to show a video called Tranzformed: Finding Peace With Your God-Given Gender, that documents how trans-sexuals struggling with their sin have found freedom through Christ. (See the movie trailer here: https://tranzformed.org/) They were there to protest the ministry of Stephen Black, a former homosexual who has a ministry called First Stone Ministries. This ministry is dedicated to reaching out to homosexuals with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in order to set them free from sin. Andy and his gang suggest that this video is another example of “hate” towards homosexuals and transgenders. Here is First Stone’s doctrinal statement from their website (http://www.firststone.org/)

We believe Jesus has come to set the captives free from all areas of bondage. While we recognize sexual and relational brokenness is not part of God’s intent; we believe that through a personal relationship with Jesus our hearts and lives can be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the real presence of the Holy Spirit giving gifts that operate now in the lives of sincere believers.  We believe that all sincere believers in Jesus Christ as Lord also need to yield to the operation of the Holy Spirit to bring about continued sanctification.

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God; and therefore believe that an obedience to God’s Word will bring about the healing process and freedom from the bondage of sexual brokenness. We believe in one God eternally existent in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His death and blood atonement, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension into heaven, and in His personal physical return to earth.

Do these words sound like the words of a hateful, homophobic group? Of course not. And when you read through the First Stone’s website, any normal Christian will understand this is a biblically grounded ministry. Yet Andy McGee, who claims to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, is protesting the work of a former homosexual, who is now preaching the power of the Gospel unto salvation, which can free the homosexual from sin. Why is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene protesting this ministry, instead of supporting it? Here is an interview with Stephen Black in the Janet Mefferd radio show regarding the protest against this Christ-centered ministry to those who are broken sexually: (https://soundcloud.com/janetmefferdtoday/3-14-18-janet-mefferd-today)

And here is a public response from his ministry to the false accusations that the TranZformed documentary is “soul-crushing”: http://www.firststone.org/articles/post/public-response-concerning-tranzformed-documentary

First Stone Ministries: The Mission

Leading people In the Body of Christ to freedom from homosexuality and sexual brokenness* through Jesus Christ; to reach out to churches, schools, organizations, and the general public by providing education, biblical discipleship, support and AIDS ministry.

To Minister

To minister healing and restoration in all areas of brokenness. We specialize in leading those caught in a homosexual lifestyle and other areas of sexual brokenness to freedom in Jesus Christ. We are dedicated to the healing of the homosexual, and otherwise sexually broken, and wounded. Freedom from homosexuality is not a method, but a person, Jesus Christ; therefore we are dedicated solely to the purpose of bringing the life of Christ to people who desire to live their lives more like Jesus Christ and His examples given in the scriptures. We minister freedom through a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.

To Educate

To educate churches and Christians how they may respond biblically, compassionately, and knowledgeably to those impacted by homosexuality, relational and sexual sins, abuse and AIDS.

2. Who Is Sara Cunningham?

Sara Cunningham is a radical LGBT activist who openly advocates for same sex marriage. She goes by several other names such as “Free Mom Hugs” and “Free Mom Hugs Momma Bear”. She makes herself out to be a sweet Christian loving mother figure. Nothing could be further from the truth, as shown by some of the following Facebook posts, tweets and retweets. Her definition of “bad theology” is EVERY church not FULLY affirming Church leaders/members and that do not FULLY celebrate the Spiritual Gifts of the LGBTQ & agree with calling same sex marriage HOLY. Anyone or any church that doesn’t affirm and celebrate SIN has bad theology in her view. And this is the “awesome” role model that Sarah McGee praises and that Andy McGee networks with to shut down church conferences , church workshops, prayer, and repentance for same sex attracted persons seeking help. Sara and Andy are in effect blocking their efforts to be healed and keeping them imprisoned in SIN.

In Sara Cunningham’s own words, here is her theology of same sex marriage:

 

Sara Cunningham’s call for protesting a Christian organization trying to help homosexuals who are seeking to escape the bondage of their sin:

 

 

Sara’s disdain towards those who are Bible-believers:


 

And here, we see Sara’s extreme hatred, in a tweet directed against Pastor Jeremy Schossau. Here, we see evidence of the real heart of this “peaceful” mom. This woman and her fellow activists could very well have caused this man, his family and church members to be harmed or killed. She and her minions do not care (as long as their mission to force acceptance and celebration of the LBGT agenda on everyone is accomplished). No matter what demonic schemes she plans or deadly anger she incites, she plays the innocent loving/hugging/peaceful protester. Here is the story on the threats to this pastor:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lgbt-advocates-threaten-to-kill-pastor-over-bible-workshop-for-sexually-con

 

Here, we see more theological nonsense from the “professing” Christian, Sara Cunningham:

So this is Sara Cunningham in a nutshell, as far as her beliefs regarding homosexuality, same sex marriage, and her disdain for biblical approaches to helping people in sin. Let’s look at her connection with Andy McGee and his group.

3. The Mutual Admiration Between Andy and Sarah McGee, and Sara Cunningham

There is a clear connection between Andy McGee, Sarah McGee, and the Love Wins LGBT organization, and the radical homosexuality activist Sara Cunningham. In their communications between each other, it shows that Andy McGee, who claims to be fully in line with “the polity of the Church of the Nazarene”, is a liar who is playing both sides of the fence. While displaying a facade in the church that he is in compliance with Nazarene doctrine, he shows the hypocrisy of it all by fellowship and mutual admiration with a known promoter of homosexual marriage, and who also rejects any church that does not fully embrace homosexuality as a “holy” part of Christian life. How Andy McGee has fooled even the General Superintendents is mind boggling and beyond my comprehension. Or have they bought into the lie as well?

 

Here is some of the evidence showing Andy’s unholy alliance with Sara Cunningham:

4. Andy McGee Attacks Those Who Preach Freedom From Homosexuality

Andy McGee has a new strategy. He is going to war with those who are preaching and teaching that homosexuals can find freedom from the bondage of their sin, and become completely transformed by the blood of Jesus Christ! He and his group has joined a protest against a minister who was once himself in bondage to homosexuality, because Andy cannot stand to hear the message that Jesus can free homosexuals from sin and make them a new creation. Andy McGee and his ministry is threatened not by hateful people, as he often suggests, but his ministry is threatened by the real Gospel of salvation and freedom through Jesus Christ.

Here, Andy calls on his friends to protest Council Grove Church and its presentation of the Tranzformed video. He also falsely accuses First Stone Ministries of using “conversion therapy” (whatever that means) when they are simply using the truth of scripture to help those seeking help.


Andy, Sarah, and their minions protesting at Council Grove Church, calling First Stone Ministries a “Shame Ministry and “Sham Ministry”. Ironically, it is Andy McGee who has the sham ministry, inspired and controlled by satan.

 

Here, Andy celebrates the suspension of Stephen Black’s Facebook page, and lies again. Andy McGee is a proven habitual liar who is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.

 

Conclusion: Indicted By His Own Words, Actions, and Associations

It is obvious that And McGee and Love Wins LGBT does not uphold the teaching of scripture, and to a lesser importance, also does not uphold the official teaching of the Church of the Nazarene. However, these facts not only indict Andy McGee and his unholy organization, but it is an indictment of the weak leadership of the church which has allowed Andy to gain a foothold within the denomination. To allow them to have a booth at General Assembly in 2017 was a disgrace, but to continue to support this unholy ministry is a further disgrace, and a slap in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ. In a recent podcast interview, Andy confesses to the fact that he, as a bi-sexual, wakes up every morning DESIRING someone other than his wife. Here is the link: (https://soundcloud.com/user-671602466/ep-21-rev-andy-mcgee)

These people are blasphemers, and although they claim to be tolerant, they actually display the intolerance that has become so ingrained in the radical LGBT movement. Of lesser importance, it is behavior unworthy of a denomination whose creed has been “Holiness unto the Lord.” Yet, sadly, we have a former General Superintendent, Jesse Middendorf, taking pictures with this group and endorsing them. We have another retired GS, JK Warrick, placating Andy McGee at a district assembly while disparaging Dr. Everett Piper for speaking truth. As for the District Superintendent of Andy’s district- I am sending this and all other evidence to him, to consider whether Andy McGee and his ministry is worthy to be called Nazarene, and more importantly, whether it is a ministry that Jesus Christ would approve of.

 (Love Wins LGBT booth at General Assembly, 2017)

The goal of Andy McGee and his organization is not to preach freedom from sexual sin. You will not find these types of declarations on his website, or from the pulpit. He will most certainly block you from his Facebook page, as he has done to many, if you ask him honest questions. If you ask him if he preaches that homosexuality is a sin, he will reply with the standard “we are completely in line with the POLITY of the Church of the Nazarene.” He does not and will not preach freedom from homosexuality, because his goal is to “welcome” and “affirm” and “love” the homosexual- but not to have Christ transform them and let them say goodbye to their sinful lifestyle. Andy’s version of Love is taking sinners straight to hell.

DO NOT BE FOOLED: We are battling against principalities and powers; we are battling satan himself, who has taken over the minds of people like Andy McGee and is using them as useful tools to bring down as many as possible into the pit of hell. Scripture says “you shall know them by their fruits”, and Andy McGee has shown his fruits. He is a pawn of satan, and by his fruits he reveals that he himself is not saved yet. Because of that, we must pray for his salvation, while at the same time praying that this unholy ministry be closed down if he does not repent. The biggest question that puzzles me is, why are the General Superintendents allowing this nonsense to continue?

Perhaps there needs to be a lot more Nazarenes asking them the same thing today. Here is their email address: bgs@nazarene.org. Here is also the name and email address of the District Superintendent for Andy McGee’s district: Dr. Edward L. Estep. Email: edwardlestep@aol.com. This is also being sent to every district in the United States and Canada.

Trevecca Nazarene University Continues To Promote Mystical Silence Instead of Biblical Prayer

“…I am deepening in the mystical forms of prayer.” (Dan Boone)

 

Thanks to the undiscerning “leadership” of President Dan Boone, Trevecca Nazarene students will have the opportunity to go on a mystical ride. Once again, it time for the “Spiritual Formation” retreat at the Gethsemani monastery in Kentucky, spiritual home to the famed Roman Catholic mystic, universalist, and Buddhist sympathizer Thomas Merton. (https://www.trevecca.edu/community-life/faith-service/spiritual-formation-retreat)
Merton, who is dead, is a rising star amongst many undiscerning, confused or deceived Nazarene pastors of today. Along with his spiritual brother, Henri Nouwen, and other modern day proponents such as Richard Foster, they have risen to a prominence equaling and perhaps surpassing that old out of style book called the Bible.

 

Contemplative prayer uses the same meditative exercises used in Eastern religions and New Age cults. Practicing the silence has absolutely no basis in scripture, yet Dan Boone has deceived many students at Trevecca by sending them on yearly retreats alongside Roman Catholic nuns and monks. Dr. Boone also promotes the use of prayer labyrinths, and has had one there for years at Trevecca. After I exposed this more fully, he made excuses about it, and later re-named the labyrinth and called it something else.

Practicing the silence is simply another form of contemplative mysticism (or contemplative spirituality), which is often excused for by Boone and others by abusing the meaning of Psalm 46:10. Dr. Boone once said on his profile page at Nazarene Theological Seminary, “…I am deepening in the mystical forms of prayer.” (It is no longer there). Well, this is exactly where the Church of the Nazarene is going, and even more boldly than nine years ago when I first saw this coming.

The affinity for mysticism has taken over the Nazarene universities and the seminary and Bible college so much, that the holiness denomination is transforming into a reflection of the Roman Catholic Church combined with Eastern mysticism and contemplative prayer rituals. In the promotion for the retreat, students are given the option of spending time with the nuns during their prayer hours, almost certainly with the chance to hear prayers to Mary the co-redemptrix with Christ, and even the prayers to dead “saints.” When you view the video promotion, there is nothing that connects “silence” with any biblical teaching or instruction.

Forms of contemplative prayer include: centering prayer, labyrinth meditation, stations of the cross, breath prayers, the silence, lectio divina. The goal of contemplative prayer is to clear one’s mind so that you can hear God better. It seeks to empty the mind and enter an altered state of consciousness by repetition of a mantra; focusing on one’s breathing; contemplating images or icons. I suppose that through this method, the person will receive new revelation from God.

But biblical prayer is based on the scriptures:
See: Micah 7:7; Ps. 4:3; 1 John 5:14, 15

True prayer is with both spirit and mind, not one or the other. 1 Cor 14:15

True prayer talks to God the Father (Phil. 4:6) through Jesus Christ (John 16:23), in the power of the Holy Spirit. And we understand that what God has revealed in His Word is sufficient; any new revelation is unnecessary. 2 Tim. 3:16–17

 

The Retreat At Gethsemani And Its Purpose

 

Here is what Trevecca’s website says as it promotes what is basically a “Christianizing” of pagan practices:

“How does one learn about silence?  By being silent.
How does one hear the voice of God?  By listening”

But scripture says that, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Rom. 10:17

What is being promoted in this retreat is not a focus on hearing the voice of God through His word, but to become silent and somehow have God speak to you directly.  But if someone tells you that he heard God’s voice, how would you know if it was not actually a demonic voice?  They also say this:

“Are you looking for a true retreat, a chance to read, pray, rest, and enjoy nature? There will be no agendas, no meetings, and no requirement—just being quiet before God and listening for His voice.”

So what they are saying here is, to truly listen to the voice of God, we must be silent.  Is this how we are taught to listen to God?  Where is the biblical basis for this?  Is this the technique Neal Donald Walsch used before he wrote his book, Conversations With God, in which he claims he actually had conversations with God?  How does one believe him, and not me, or someone else?


“Union with God in prayer requires us to learn to quiet ourselves–yes, from the noises which surround us, but also from inward noises (restlessness, fears, our agenda’s, etc.)  It is this stillness and emptiness which allows us to be open to hearing the voice of God.”

Union with God?  Stillness?  Emptiness?  Emptiness allows us to be open to the word of God??  Where is this remotely taught in scripture?  I can tell you, it is not.  Dan Boone and the emergent church people try justifying practicing the silence by quoting Psalm 46:10.  (“Be still, and know that I am God”).  He needs to read all of Psalm 46 in context, and he should know that it has nothing to do with practicing the silence.  Why do so many ordained elders in the Christian church today twist scripture for their own agenda? Emptying the mind is a dangerous practice that is inviting demons to come in, not God.

This is a constant promotion of not only mysticism and pagan prayer methods invented by man and not found anywhere in scripture, but also an encouragement of ecumenism and fellowship with those who practice a false works-based religion.  Instead of rescuing their students from the clutches of the false system of Rome, these leaders are sending our students directly back to what those from the Reformation were rejecting, year after year now.

Dr. Boone’s Love of Thomas Merton and Other Roman Catholic Mystics

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 him a spiritual giant.

 

In a Letter to Pastors 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)

 

“Be one” with the Roman Catholic Church and all its false doctrines? His philosophy seems to be that anyone who claims the name of Jesus, no matter their belief otherwise, will spend eternity with Christ. This is contrary to Jesus’s teaching, and indicates Dr. Boone’s dangerous and ignorant thinking as he misleads others.

 

Nazarene Pastors Love Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen and Other Mystics

Although Merton and Nouwen are proven false teachers who were universalists and Buddhist sympathizers, an alarming number of Nazarene leaders and pastors love their heretical work. Here are some recent comments by Nazarene pastors on a closed Nazarene FaceBook page, in a very “enthusiastic” discussion with Bible believers. Their names are not mentioned because it is a closed group, but I would love to challenge them to promote these false teachers openly at their churches and in public. Listen to some of them defend Henri Nouwen who promoted doctrines of demons:

One of my favorite authors since my sophomore year of university (Compassion). Grounded me as a new pastor (Return of the Prodigal Son). Helped me through an evacuation due to civil war and three moves in my first six months as a Nazarene missionary (Way of the Heart). Helped me see the significance of my work with organic church movements in west Africa and north America (Reaching Out). Love this guy, a real spiritual mentor for me. I encourage people to read his books whenever I can.” (A Nazarene college professor)

 

“In the Name of Jesus” has given me such encouragement time after time since college. And “Compassion” is a powerful, powerful book.” (a Nazarene pastor)

It is sad to see so many pastors in the Church of the Nazarene being deceived by the writings of a man who was not even a Christian. He was a false Christian, and a universalist. No wonder the church is in such pitiful spiritual condition. Those who are in positions of leadership and pastoring a Christian church will be held much more responsible by the Lord for promoting this man’s writing that is inspired by satan, not the Spirit of God.

 

The Fifth Column: Corrupt Leaders

I have seen material sent out by the New England District Superintendent that promotes writers who are mystics. My former pastor was proud of his library, once showing me his books which included such authors as Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton. Books by Merton, Nouwen and other mystics are being used in theology curriculums in the universities and seminary. Pastors are quoting Mother Theresa and other heretical mystics from Roman Catholicism- in their sermons! A pastor preached a Christmas sermon recently- all about Mary, and her co-partnership with the Savior. This stuff is straight out of Roman Catholicism!

 

I recently listened to a sermon titled “The Fifth Column.” It starts by describing this phrase that was used by a military leader, to describe how he will use a stealth group of loyalists hidden within the city, to weaken it and prepare for a final and decisive assault. The destruction of the church will be from within, as corrupt pastors slowly deceive undiscerning church members with the demonic influence of these mystics. We can no longer just call it “dubious”. We cannot just call it “not advisable”. We absolutely must not call it “a difference of viewpoints.”

We must call it what it is: demonic, unbiblical, destructive to the church, and we must call out the leaders and pastors who are promoting these false teachings.

 

Manny Silva

 

 

Links:

Free ebook resource: https://www.wayoflife.org/free_ebooks/evangelicals_and_mysticism.php

 

Articles:

 

https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=618&more=1&c=1

 

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/emergent-church-what-is-it/prayer-labyrinths-what-are-they/

 

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/trevecca-nazarene-university-promoting-mysticism-and-pagan-practices/

 

https://www.wayoflife.org/database/thomasmerton.html

 

https://www.wayoflife.org/database/beware_of_henri_nouwen.html

 

https://www.wayoflife.org/database/richardfoster.html

 

 

Why Does Point Loma Nazarene University Promote Henri Nouwen?

“Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God” (Henri Nouwen)

That is just one of many unbiblical quotes by the late Roman Catholic mystic, universalist, and Buddhist sympathizer Henri Nouwen. So why did Point Loma Nazarene University give space to promote a two day weekend seminar at San Diego University?

Here is the Point Loma advertisement for it on their website. Note also that there are three speakers connected to Point Loma, including Professor Rebecca Laird.

nouwen seminar

This is not the first time that we have seen this trend regarding Henri Nouwen and Nazarenes. You will find his books in the theology curriculum at Nazarene universities, including the seminary. Many Nazarene pastors use his books for resources, and not to expose his false teachings- but to promote them. Why? Following is a summary of Henri Nouwen and his writings and false teachings.

WHO IS HENRI NOUWEN?

The following is an excerpt from the book by David Cloud, CONTEMPLATIVE MYSTICISM: A POWERFUL ECUMENICAL BOND. www.wayoflife.org

Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Roman Catholic priest who taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Notre Dame. Nouwen has had a vast influence within the emerging church and evangelicalism at large through his writings, and he has been an influential voice within the contemplative movement. A Christian Century magazine survey conducted in 2003 found that Nouwen’s writings were a first choice for Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy. Nouwen is promoted by Christian leaders as diverse as Robert Schuller and Rick Warren (who highly recommends Nouwen’s contemplative book In the Name of Jesus).
Nouwen’s biographer said that he “had a homosexual orientation” (Michael Ford, Wounded Prophet, 1999).

Nouwen did not instruct his readers that one must be born again through repentance and personal faith in Jesus Christ in order to commune with God. The book With Open Hands, for example, instructs readers to open themselves up to God and surrender to the flow of life, believing that God loves them unconditionally and is leading them. This is blind faith. Nouwen wrote:

“When we pray, we are standing with our hands open to the world. We know that God will become known to us in the nature around us, in people we meet, and in situations we run into. We trust that the world holds God’s secret within and we expect that secret to be shown to us” (With Open Hands, 2006, p. 47).

Nouwen did not instruct his readers to beware of false spirits and to test everything by the Scriptures. He taught them, rather, to trust that God is leading in and through all things and that they should “test” things by their own “vision.” He denied the biblical teaching that man is a fallen creature with a darkened heart that can only be enlightened through the new birth.

Nouwen was deeply involved in contemplative mysticism. He was strongly influenced by Thomas Merton and wrote a book about him in 1972 (Pray to Live: Thomas Merton–Contemplative Critic). Nouwen also mentioned Merton in his books Intimacy (1969) and Creative Ministry (1971).

In his book In the Name of Jesus, Nouwen said that Christians must move “from the moral to the mystical.”

Nouwen claimed that contemplative meditation is necessary for an intimacy with God:

“I do not believe anyone can ever become a deep person without stillness and silence” (quoted by Chuck Swindoll, So You Want to Be Like Christ, p. 65).

He taught that the use of a mantra could take the practitioner into God’s presence.

“The quiet repetition of a single word can help us to descend with the mind into the heart … This way of simple prayer … opens us to God’s active presence” (The Way of the Heart, p. 81).

He said that mysticism and contemplative prayer can create ecumenical unity because Christian leaders learn to hear “the voice of love”:

“Through the discipline of contemplative prayer, Christian leaders have to learn to listen to the voice of love. … For Christian leadership to be truly fruitful in the future, a movement from the moral to the mystical is required” (In the Name of Jesus, pp. 6, 31, 32).

In fact, if Christians are listening to the voice of the true and living God, they will learn that love is obedience to the Scriptures. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3).

Nouwen, like Thomas Merton and many other Catholic contemplatives, combined the teaching of eastern gurus with ancient Catholic practices. In his book Pray to Live Nouwen relates approvingly Merton’s heavy involvement with Hindu monks (pp. 19-28).

In his foreword to Thomas Ryan’s book Disciplines for Christian Living, Nouwen says:

“[T]he author shows a wonderful openness to the gifts of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Moslem religion. He discovers their great wisdom for the spiritual life of the Christian and does not hesitate to bring that wisdom home” (Disciplines for Christian Living, p. 2).

Nouwen’s involvement with mysticism led him to a form of universalism and panentheism (God is in all things).

“The God who dwells in our inner sanctuary is the same as the one who dwells in the inner sanctuary of each human being” (Here and Now, p. 22).

“Prayer is ‘soul work’ because our souls are those sacred centers WHERE ALL IS ONE … It is in the heart of God that we can come to the full realization of THE UNITY OF ALL THAT IS” (Bread for the Journey, 1997, Jan. 15 and Nov. 16).

In his final book Nouwen described his universalist doctrine as follows:

“Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God” (Sabbatical Journey, New York: Crossroad, 1998, p. 51).

He claimed that every person who believes in a higher power and follows his or her vision of the future is of God and is building God’s kingdom:

“We can see the visionary in the guerilla fighter, in the youth with the demonstration sign, in the quiet dreamer in the corner of a café, in the soft-spoken monk, in the meek student, in the mother who lets her son go his own way, in the father who reads to his child from a strange book, in the smile of a girl, in the indignation of a worker, and in every person who in one way or another dreams life from a vision which is seen shining ahead and which surpasses everything ever heard or seen before” (With Open Hands, p. 113).

“Praying means breaking through the veil of existence and allowing yourself to be led by the vision which has become real to you. Whether we call that vision ‘the Unseen Reality,’ ‘the total Other,’ ‘the Spirit,’ or ‘the Father,’ we repeatedly assert that it is not we ourselves who possess the power to make the new creation come to pass. It is rather a spiritual power which has been given to us and which empowers us to be in the world without being of it” (p. 114).

The radical extent of Nouwen’s universalism is evident by the fact that the second edition of With Open Hands has a foreword by Sue Monk Kidd. She is a New Ager who promotes worship of the goddess! Her book The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine was published in 1996, a decade before she was asked to write the foreword to Nouwen’s book on contemplative prayer. Monk Kidd worships herself.

“Today I remember that event for the radiant mystery it was, how I felt myself embraced by Goddess, how I felt myself in touch with the deepest thing I am. It was the moment when, as playwright and poet Ntozake Shange put it, ‘I found god in myself/ and I loved her/ I loved her fiercely’” (The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, p. 136).

“Over the altar in my study I hung a lovely mirror sculpted in the shape of a crescent moon. It reminded me to honor the Divine Feminine presence in myself, the wisdom in my own soul” (p. 181).

Sue Monk Kidd’s journey from the traditional Baptist faith (as a Sunday School teacher in a Southern Baptist congregation) to goddess worship began when she started delving into Catholic contemplative spirituality, practicing centering prayer and attending Catholic retreats.

Nouwen taught that God is only love, unconditional love.

“Don’t be afraid to offer your hate, bitterness, and disappointment to the One who is love and only love. … [Pray] ‘Dear God, … what you want to give me is love–unconditional, everlasting love’” (With Open Hands, pp. 24, 27).

In fact, God’s love is not unconditional. It is unfathomable but not unconditional. Though God loves all men and Christ died to make it possible for all to be saved, there is a condition for receiving God’s love and that is acknowledging and repenting of one’s sinfulness and receiving Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Saviour.

Further, God is not only love; He is also holy and just and light and truth. This is what makes the cross of Jesus Christ necessary. An acceptable atonement had to be made for God’s broken law.

We conclude with the following discerning warning from Lighthouse Trails:

“For skeptics in Christian circles (professors, pastors, teachers, etc.) who are touting and promoting the writings of Henri Nouwen, let it be known that you are promoting the writings of Thomas Merton–they are one in the same. They both believed in the importance of eastern-style meditation, and they both came to believe there were many paths to God and divinity dwelt in all things and people. Not only are Nouwen’s books evidence of this, but there is record of nearly thirty years of journals, articles, forewords to others books, talks, and interviews where Nouwen espouses the path of mysticism” (“Why Christian Leaders Should Not Promote Henri Nouwen,” Lighthouse Trails, Nov. 21, 2008).
copyright 2013, Way of Life Literature

 

HATE GROUPS THAT BULLY CHRISTIAN COLLEGES AND SMEAR ANYONE THEY DO NOT LIKE: A RATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

In response to those who are defending the decision by Trevecca Nazaene University to cancel an event about national security on their campus, I wanted to address the two prominent groups involved in this situation, both of which have labelled Mae Beavers and her colleagues as anti-Muslim or as hate groups.

FIRST, THE SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Does anyone believe the following organizations are hate groups?

American Family Association, Family Research Council, Liberty Council, MassResistance, D. James Kennedy Ministries.

You see, these organizations have been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups. For example, I am extremely familiar with and an active supporter of MassResistance, which is doing incredible work to fight the extremist agenda of homosexual activist groups that promote homosexuality in Massachusetts schools. Their stellar work has led them to be an influence not only in other states, but also abroad in other countries concerned about the radical homosexual agenda. Yet, the Southern Poverty Law Center will label them and any other group a hate group if it declares homosexuality a sin, or if it works against activist groups that push the homosexual agenda to young children in the schools.  Does anyone really believe that the Family Research Council is a hate group?

Recently, pastor Sean Williams wrote an article in support of Trevecca Nazarene University’s decision to cancel an appearance by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers. One of the concerning conclusions I got out of that article was this:

So then, all it will take for Trevecca and other Christian schools to cancel an organization’s appearance on their campus is for the SPLC to label them a hate group. Does that sound right and fair to you? Does anyone agree with the SPLC’s characterization of any of these groups I mentioned that they are hate groups, solely because of their biblical stance on homosexuality? By any logical extension, anyone who believes homosexuality is a sin or is against radical homosexual activism in the schools, is also a hater.

Other groups that they consider hateful are the following, because of their conservative and lawful stance on immigration:

American Border Patrol, California Coalition for Immigration Reform, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Concerned Citizens and Friends of Illegal Immigration Law Enforcement.

These groups are opposed to illegal immigration and advocate for enforcement of existing laws in this country. Because of that, they are called hateful by the SPLC. By extension then, anyone opposed to illegal immigration is a hateful person.

Then there are the supposedly anti-Muslim groups or people that they consider haters. I list a few here that I know about very well, and I know they are not hate groups:

ACT for America; David Horowitz Freedom Center; Jihad Watch; Shoebat Foundation; Center for Security Policy; and Islam: the Religion of Peace (which I quote later on).

Some of these groups are run by former Islamists or by former Muslims who are opposed to the goals of radical Islam. They are a rational voice in the midst of all the noise being made by politically correct appeasers to radical Islam, and that is why they are labeled haters by the SPLC.

SECONDLY, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations):

This group is a notorious neo-Jihadi group in the United States that pretends to be a civil rights organization. While complaining often of petty or perceived slights against Muslim-Americans, they turn a blind eye to far more serious issues such as the human rights violations in the Islamic world.

The Religion of Peace website lists 10 Basic Facts about CAIR:

  • CAIR was created by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic supremacist organization that pioneered 20th century Islamic terrorism and sanctions violence against civilians.
  • CAIR only has about 5,000 members, despite a membership fee of just $10.
  • CAIR represents the opinions of only 12% of Muslim-Americans according to Gallup.
  • CAIR receives financial support from foreign powers who have also provided direct support to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and Hamas.
  • CAIR has solicited money from sponsors of terror and received financial support from convicted terrorists.
  • CAIR founders have praised terrorists to Muslim audiences and said that suicide bombers are acting on behalf of Islam.
  • CAIR has raised funds for terrorists under the guise of helping 9/11 victims.
  • CAIR board members have called for the overthrow of the United States and the imposition of Islamic law.  CAIR has suggested applying Sharia punishment (ie. the death penalty) to users who criticize Islam on the Internet.
  • At least 15 high-level CAIR staff members have been under federal investigation for ties to Islamic terror.
  • CAIR has discouraged Muslim-Americans from cooperating with law enforcement and has spent more time and money advocating on behalf of convicted terrorists than for their victims.

CAIR’s true goal is to advance Islam, and to advance it in the Unite States to the fullest extent possible. It is a real hate group operating under the guise of “peace”, and I believe Trevecca Nazarene University has bowed its knee to CAIR for the sake of political correctness. The argument was made by pastor Sean Williams in his piece that we need to protect others who are missionaries in foreign countries, solely because two groups have labeled Mae Beavers and related groups as haters.

Well, then, this is rather unfortunate. So now, every organization that looks to CAIR and the SPLC as the arbiter of who is hateful or not, will have succumbed to the arm-twisting of two groups who truly can be considered hateful. How ironic, is it not? And wouldn’t it be ironic if someday, these two hate groups put the Church of the Nazarene on their hate group list?  With this logic applied, it seems that you will never see the Family Research Council ever being invited, or allowed to use any Trevecca Nazarene University facilities, unless they are taken off the SPLC hate list.  What does this say about Dr. Dan Boone and his reasoning for cancelling Mae Beaver’s event?

Some on the Concerned Nazarene Solutions site have argued that Mae Beavers and her colleagues are hateful and deserved to have their event cancelled. Several of us pressed them for direct and clear explanations as to why they consider them haters- and they failed to give any direct evidence, only telling us to do “your own research; you can easily find out yourself.” That is cowardly, and that kind of answer has no credibility. When you accuse someone of something, be ready to show the evidence. I have shown the evidence here about these two groups. You may not like it, but the case is made with facts, which others have refused to present in their attacks on Mae Beavers.

 

Reference links:

Sean William’s article: https://steemit.com/trevecca/@swillia90/a-pastoral-perspective-on-trevecca-nazarene-university-mae-beavers-and-islam

 

 

Under Dan Boone’s Leadership, a Christian University Compromises with Radical Islam

“…I am deepening in the mystical forms of prayer.” (Dr. Dan Boone)

The above statement is a reflection of the paganistic ideas that guide Dr. Dan Boone’s theology. Dr. Boone is eventually going to run two Christian colleges into the ground. It’s just a matter of time, and perhaps that is what needs to happen. Trevecca Nazarene University has been going downhill spiritually thanks to his leadership. Let’s look at his latest decision, or non-decision, which demonstrates his lack of courage to stand against political correctness and radical Islam. It seems he wants to be their friend, even as he has a history of talking ugly against “fundamental Bible-believers.”  The Church of the Nazarene needs some real leadership that is sorely lacking.

Here, see for yourselves:

http://tennesseestar.com/2018/01/10/trevecca-university-caves-to-radical-muslims-at-cair-cancels-mae-beavers-event/

In summary, Dr. Boone has allowed Trevecca to cave to one of the most radical Islamic groups in the world. CAIR, which operates here in the United States, claims to be a moderate group interested in peace, but it is far from what it claims. Several years ago, CAIR was identified as a major financial contributor to the Holy Land Foundation, which funneled major money to Hamas, a terrorist group dedicated to the destruction of Israel. CAIR was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator. CAIR is a radical wolf in sheep’s clothing, and Dan Boone has kissed their ring finger.

So what happened in Kentucky? A Homeland Security Summit scheduled for Jan. 25 at Trevecca Nazarene University was suddenly cancelled. It was sponsored by Republican gubernatorial candidate and former State Senator Mae Beavers. Dr. Boone explained that it was cancelled because of complaints from “alumni.”

 

Here is Dr. Boone’s excuse:

“Throughout our history, Trevecca has consistently offered political candidates of both parties the opportunity to use our campus for events. We strongly believe that our students benefit from proximity to the voting process, and that freedom of speech is a foundation of American democracy.

However, a recent event tentatively scheduled to be held on our campus appears to have an agenda beyond a political campaign. This event would distract from our commitment to community building, education, and support of a diverse enrollment. Our agenda of Christian education in the heart of Nashville requires that we serve the best interests of this mission. For this reason, the planned event will not be held on Trevecca’s campus.”

Here is CAIR’s standard reaction to anyone who opposes their radicalism:

“It’s kind of a who’s who of Islamophobes. The themes are always the same – Muslims are about to take over the country and install sharia in place of the Constitution, and mosques are hotbeds of extremism.” ( CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper)

This is part of Mae Beaver’s response:

“Today Trevecca has abandoned the Biblical principles that they preach in order to embrace political correctness and promote the interests of those who deny Christ and stand opposed to everything the University has represented in the past.”

 

Dr. Boone And The Real Radicals

Dr. Boone has a history of harsh criticism of Bible-believers, and clearly continues to exhibit a pattern of cow-towing to the politically correct world and radical Islam. He wants to be their friend. He wants to show how “loving” and “tolerant” and “understanding” he can be. He demonstrates, as Mae Beaver pointed out, that he is a supporter of Christ-deniers, and has little concern for Christians.

A few years ago, Dr. Boone made a curious decision to welcome a group on campus that was fundamentally opposed to the biblical view of homosexuality. But for the sake of some kind of compassionate dialogue, Dr. Boone allowed the radical homosexual group SoulForce to come onto campus and spout their un-Christian views. There was no problem for Dr. Boone in allowing promoters of sexual sin to invade the Trevecca campus. Here is the link to the article I wrote:

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/a-response-to-dan-boones-report-on-soulforce/

Yet he sees a great concern with folks coming to campus to talk about the security of our nation and what to do about radical Islam. Dr. Boone is either a friend of radical Islam, or he does not have the moral courage to stand up to it. That is why he will run Trevecca as well as Eastern Nazarene College into the ground of moral relativism.

 

Dr. Boone Is The Real Radical

Dr. Boone has compared Bible-Believing Christians to Islamic fundamentalists. He says that our appetites have been whetted “by religious blood in the water.” (https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/dan-boone-goes-after-bible-believers-again/)

If you were to ever have a conversation with him about the Scriptures, you may just see him become a bit uncomfortable if you express your belief in the infallible, inerrant word of God. If you talk long enough about your complete trust in God’s word, and in your belief in the creation account, he may just very well turn beet-red! You see, he was one of the prime writers of the now-defunct Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, whose website has ignominiously disappeared along with their ungodly articles espousing evolution.

Dr. Boone is also into mysticism and Roman Catholic rituals like “practicing the silence”. Dr. Boone once said on his profile at Nazarene Theological Seminary (it is now gone) that “…I am deepening in the mystical forms of prayer.”

His affinity for contemplative spirituality is demonstrated by the prayer labyrinths he popularized at Trevecca for years. When I posted a few articles on the labyrinth at Trevecca, he started calling them prayer paths or prayer walks.

He has long promoted yearly trips for students to the Gethsemani Monastery in Kentucky, a site that was the spiritual home of the Roman Catholic mystic, Thomas Merton. Here at this retreat, students have the opportunity to “practice the silence”, which is nothing more than Catholic mysticism that has no roots in biblical teaching. The “spiritual discipline” of silence is a doctrine of demons.

Dr. Boone is just another in a long line of Nazarenes rushing to hold hands with the Roman Catholic Church.

Dr. Boone promotes one of the leading teachers of contemplative mysticism, false teacher Richard Foster. As an example, Foster makes the amazing claim that non-believers can also practice the Christian spiritual disciplines: “We need not be well advanced in matters of theology to practice the Disciplines. Recent converts–for that matter people who have yet to turn their lives over to Jesus Christ–can and should practice them” (Celebration of Discipline, 1978, p. 2).

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, 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: David Cloud, Way of Life).  Yet, Dan Boone calls him a spiritual giant.

In a letter to Nazarene pastors 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)

His philosophy seems to be that anyone who claims the name of Jesus, no matter their belief otherwise, will spend eternity with Christ. This is contrary to Jesus’s teaching, and indicates Dr. Boone’s dangerous and ignorant thinking as he misleads others.

Dr. Boone may become a General Superintendent one day, and it will be no surprise. He knows how to play the game well. He is a friend to the LGBTQ agenda, and has demonstrated his support for them. He fought hard at the General Assembly in 2013 to water down the statement on human sexuality. He would be welcomed eagerly by Love Wins: LGBT, Andy McGee, as well as the leadership of the Dutch Nazarene district and other districts and churches that are slowly inching towards the normalization of homosexuality. It’s just a matter of time.

Such a man is what it will take to further go down the road of biblical compromise in the church. It is a road to further heresy and the destruction of a holiness denomination. And we still hear nothing from the General Superintendents about anything- all is well.

 

 

Additional Documentation Related To Dan Boone:

Dan Boone’s Involvement with Promoting Evolution
https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/nazarene-scholars-continue-to-undermine-belief-in-gods-word-with-evolutions-lie/

Dan Boone’s Dislike of Bible Believers
https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/dan-boone-goes-after-bible-believers-again/

Dan Boone’s Involvement with SoulForce (LGBT advocates)
https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/a-response-to-dan-boones-report-on-soulforce/

My Conversation with Dan Boone:
https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/conversation-with-a-university-president/

A Charitable Discourse?
https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/a-charitable-discourse-or-compromise/

Labyrinths and Prayer Stations
https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/emergent-church-what-is-it/trevecca-labyrinth/

https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/labyrinths-prayer-stations-yoga-in-the-nazarene-church/