How Dan Boone Hides His False Teaching In Plain Sight

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.

http://www.danboone.me/trust/?fbclid=IwAR1FgLJATwYK7klKsuwbrb5OKt1Y2G6w9fvO4cBNdTKURDcGcFDKVFhzoJw

Dan Boone Praises A Racist, Pro-Abortion “Pastor” Who Will Speak At Nazarene Theological Seminary

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 also had conversations via email with Dan Boone, and this article details some of that: https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/conversation-with-a-university-president/

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.

Additional related articles:
https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/dan-boone-goes-after-bible-believers-again/

Nazarene Theological Seminary Speaker Frank Thomas: An Enthusiastic Supporter of Abortion

“Pastor” Frank A. Thomas should never set foot on the campus of any Christian college or seminary that declares itself to be true to scripture. Mr. Thomas is a racist who promotes Critical Race Theory ideas. And yet, Nazarene Theological Seminary still has him scheduled to speak this coming Fall. Now, Dr. Thomas exposes himself as not only a racist, but he enthusiastically supports the “right” of a woman to murder her baby. This is totally opposite to the stated belief of the Church of the Nazarene on abortion.

The Church of the Nazarene officially disapproves of abortion in its Manual.  However, stating a principal is one thing, and upholding that principal is another. If a denomination says that something is antithetical to the beliefs of that group, but it does not uphold its beliefs, then it is being hypocritical.  And that is what the Church of the Nazarene is doing in so many areas.  It is being hypocritical.

Here is the section of the Manual that clearly indicates a highly principled stand on the right to life of an unborn child:

B. Sanctity of Human Life 30. The Church of the Nazarene believes in the sanctity of human life and strives to protect against abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and the withholding of reasonable medical care to handicapped or elderly. 30.1. Induced Abortion. The Church of the Nazarene affirms the sanctity of human life as established by God the Creator and believes that such sanctity extends to the child not yet born. Life is a gift from God. All human life, including life developing in the womb, is created by God in His image and is, therefore, to be nurtured, supported, and protected. From the moment of conception, a child is a human being with all of the developing characteristics of human life, and this life is dependent on the mother for its continued development. Therefore, we believe that human life must be respected and protected from the moment of conception. We oppose induced abortion by any means, when used for either personal convenience or population control. We oppose laws that allow abortion.

Well stated! And yet, Dr. Frank A. Thomas, a racist “pastor”, is still scheduled to speak at Nazarene Theological Seminary this coming Fall. If the Church of the Nazarene makes it clear in its manual that abortion is evil, why would anyone who approves of the killing of innocent babies be allowed to speak at a Nazarene seminary? I suggest that every Nazarene reading this who supports Frank Thomas consider the awful and evil contradiction which is the philosophical position of Frank Thomas.

The following are some examples of his posts, since the decision on Roe occurred. In my opinion, these reflect the evil that has possessed the heart of this man.  It is demonic. And it also begs the question: who are the incompetent leader or leaders at the Nazarene Theological Cemetery who are responsible for this fiasco that is a slap in the face to Almighty God?

First, the following was posted from the seminary that Thomas teaches at. He agrees with the statement:

Below are various Frank Thomas Tweets/Re-Tweets Regarding The Supreme Court Decision on Abortion:

Review: Frank A. Thomas “How To Write A Dangerous Sermon”- Part 1

Review of “How To Preach A Dangerous Sermon” By Frank A. Thomas

The Rev. Frank A. Thomas will be speaking at the Nazarene Theological Seminary in September, at the annual event sponsored by Praxis. It used to be called Center For Pastoral Leadership, and I was reminded that Praxis is a Marxist term and a practice that denies absolute truth, and is connected to Catholic social justice and Critical Race Theory. Based on their current activities, it is an apt change of name that matches where NTS is heading.

The NTS FaceBook page has an announcement about the seminar, and some interesting discussion:
How To Preach A Dangerous Sermon, Sept 27-28, 2022

“How To Preach A Dangerous Sermon” is not about how to preach exegetically through the scriptures.  This book is not a book to encourage pastors to be faithful to the word, and to preach the word with fervor and truthfulness. This book is a recipe for presenting messages to believers using what the author calls “moral imagination”, but this type of presentation fails because of the ideology behind the instruction. To preach “dangerous sermons” according to Frank Thomas, would require an adherence to a certain type of political ideology, not a biblically-grounded ideology.

Every chapter in this book is grounded on the core principals that come out of Critical Race Theory. To Frank Thomas, “whiteness” is a major problem. White people are almost all responsible for the racial ills in this country. He said that white supremacy was elected to the White House in 2016. He believes that white people need to come to terms with their racism, even if they do not realize it. This is the thought process of a racist system, not a sound biblical system.

The foreword was written by the Rev. William Barber II, a social justice active, CRT proponent, and well known for his yearly appearances at the heretical Wildgoose Festival, a gathering of emergent church types such as Brian McLaren; LGBT activists; and blended religious systems. Like Thomas, Barber is a supporter of LGBT “rights.”  He believes that the “white men” who signed the Declaration of Independence were never faithful to it. He believes President Trump was a racist. In fact, he believes Trump was elected because of a racist Electoral college system! He is just another radical racial opportunist. Barber is just one of the associates of Frank Thomas that can give you a pretty good insight into the hardcore leftist values that Thomas holds dear.

Introduction: The Critical Value of Moral Imagination

Thomas lays the groundwork for his approach to the rest of the book in the introductory chapter.  After explaining what moral imagination entails, he soon reveals his political (not scriptural) approach to what should be a “dangerous sermon.”  In chapter one, Thomas gives his definition of moral imagination: “the ability of the preacher, intuitive or otherwise, in the midst of the chaotic experiences of life and existence, to grasp and share God’s abiding wisdom and ethical truth in order to benefit the individual and common humanity.”  It is this principle that Thomas uses to develop his “dangerous preaching” style.

Thomas says that “it is human nature to limit freedom to one’s group, and to be perfectly contented that freedom is limited, restricted, and privileged to a few.” Here is the start of a continuing theme on such things as “white privilege”, and a supposed ingrained racism that refuses to accept freedom to anyone but those in your group.  In this book, that will really mean only one group: those who would be identified as white.

Thomas is a far left liberal, as evidenced by the following statement:

“I find most conservative ideas not inclusive of my interests and my reality, principally because the most recent expressions of the conservative movement have articulated opposition to support for diversity, social programs, equal rights for women, environmentalism, public education, LGBTQ communities, ethnic minorities, a woman’s right to choose, Planned Parenthood, gun control, and so on.”

He then complains and criticizes conservatives that their movement “never seems to include critical analysis of race, misogyny, patriarchy, immigration, discrimination, capitalism.”
What I believe he is really saying is that he knows that conservatives analyze all these issues, but he does not like the way they come to their conclusions. He is also offended that conservatives lament and disdain “identity politics”, which they certainly do! Rev. Thomas clearly despises the conservative approach to the culture and politics, and also reveals his support for LGBTQ activism, abortion, and his disdain for conservative principles.

Rev. Thomas links America To White Supremacy and White Privilege

Quote: “White supremacy and white privilege are the default positions of America and remain fundamentally unaddressed, basically because man, especially whites, vehemently deny their existence.” The default American position! This is astounding, and racist in nature. It is straight out of the Critical Race Theory (CRT) playbook that America (white America) is inherently racist in its core. 

Further on, he states “the fundamental cultural myth of America is a city set on a hill, blessed by God to be the light of the world, with the spiritual values of optimism, hard work, frugality, capitalistic economic striving, and a virgin land as assets to bring the kingdom of God to earth.”

In other words, he derides most of the ideals that are the underpinnings this country was founded on.  (Other than the kingdom of God to earth statement, I believe all of those other virtues are solid and are generally being lived out in America.  But racially based, CRT-focused people like Rev. Thomas believe that adhering to these basic principals apparently “limits their perspective, and in some sense blinds them.”

Thomas says the following are examples of white supremacy:

“Mass incarceration, police shooting and killing unarmed African American people, tactics of voter suppression, and the race-baiting and hatred of alt-right groups, to name a few.”

These are over the top generalizations by a man who is highly educated and intelligent.  But he lacks wisdom with these kinds of generalizations, and so here he blames the vast majority of blacks in prison… on white supremacy.  He blames the entire small number of unarmed blacks killed by police… on white supremacy.  He blames any voter law that holds voters accountable…on white supremacy. And surely there are racists that may be part of an “alt-right movement”, but aren’t there racists out of the BLM movement, or part of the antifa faction? Of course, but to Frank Thomas, the only racism needing to be addressed is by white people.

To Frank Thomas, white people are guilty of apathy and racial indifference.

Rev. Thomas supports this idea by referencing Michelle Alexander, who “posits racial indifference and the “comfort of apathy” as overarching sources of the refusal of the vast majority of white Americans to take up the challenge of equality.”  Rev. Thomas never supports these accusations with any kind of evidence.

Thomas then refers to the late Derrick Bell, one of the founders of Critical Race Theory who “made the argument that whites will not support civil rights policies that may threaten white social status.”  Do you see how racist this thinking is? How does Frank Thomas aim to be any kind of uniter at Nazarene Theological Seminary when he is firmly grounded in a belief system that accuses white people of racial indifference and apathy?  He continues by pointing out that Bell “believed that white people would support racial justice when there is something in it for them.” Again, no evidence for any of this, and it is a broad brush to paint an entire group of people with such racist accusations.

He finishes the introductory chapter with this:

“what has and always will hinder the moral imagination of America is white supremacy that reserves the rights and benefits of America only to a few. The election of Donald Trump- who trumpets cynicism; white nationalism; patriarchy; ridicule of immigrants, women, and disable persons; a Muslim ban; and the support of Trump from the KKK and alt-right racist groups-is indicative of the pervasiveness of the idolatrous and diabolical imagination. Let me be crystal clear: racism, misogyny, cynicism, xenophobia, patriarchy, and anti-immigrant blame discourse always surges from the heart of the diabolical imagination.”

Frank Thomas has not simply condemned Donald Trump with this statement.  He has condemned millions of Christians and conservatives who do not agree with the left’s twisted view of social justice. If you are against illegal immigration, you are anti-immigrant, or you are anti-Muslim.  Anyone who does not agree with the ideology of Frank Thomas cannot sit at the table with him, because they are racist, bigoted, anti-woman, and anti-anything that in the eyes of Frank Thomas and his ilk is good.

This is only the Introduction. There are five chapters remaining.

Pro-Homosexual Group Coming To Nazarene Theological Seminary May 10-12

If the hosting of a pro-homosexual group at a seminary does not bother the conscience of a member of the Nazarene denomination, then perhaps nothing will.  If my Nazarene friends remain silent because of this story, then they could well remain silent for anything else. If the reaction of anyone reading this is to condemn or rebuke me or anyone else for exposing evil, then you have some serious praying to the Lord to do. And if a Nazarene pastor reading this decides to remain silent, then perhaps he ought to give up his credentials and stop preaching.

Recently, it was a pro same sex marriage theologian, Willie James Jennings, speaking at an event sponsored by Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS). Jennings is a theologian who is in favor of same sex marriage. Homosexuality is an abomination according to God’s word, but that did not stop the seminary from bringing in a speaker who rejects Holy Scripture.

Love Wins LGBT Scheduled To Be AT NTS on May 10-12, 2022

In the link at the end, you will see that the seminary is now welcoming an organization (Love Wins LGBT) that is pro-homosexual.  And once again I ask, “where is the leadership?”  This all is happening right under the noses of those who are charged to guide the denomination spiritually. Is it possible that some of them actually approve of this abomination? And as you will see, former General Superintendent Jesse Middendorf is right in the middle of the movement to normalize homosexuality in the Church of the Nazarene.

Love Wins LGBT is a group that claims to be a Wesleyan-Holiness movement, but it is not.  It is a façade, a charade. It is a group which I believe is pushing for normalization of homosexuality within the Church of the Nazarene. The leader of Love Wins:LGBT is Andy (Anderson) McGee, who is “pastor” of Trinity Family Mid_Town Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, KS. I have written several post about this “pastor” and his pro-homosexual agenda.

Andy has supported gay activists who promote same sex marriage, praised a “gay Christian” conference, praised a racist organization, praised the National Coming Out Day, and has testified that he is bi-sexual. When you study more and more of his ministry, you will notice that there is never any mention of Jesus Christ helping those in the homosexual community to be freed from their slavery to homosexuality. You can read more about Andy and his methods here and here.

In this podcast, listen to Andy McGee’s version of his “gospel: Anderson On Being Queer In Ministry (with Bekah)

Note the following excerpt from an announcement by Andy’s ministry:

Love Wins: LGBT is officially partnering with Praxis (formerly known as the Center for Pastoral Leadership) at Nazarene Theological Seminary to bring this conference to life and help ensure that the information shared at the conference is available to anyone who desires access to it.

In February of 2022, NTS officially relaunched the CPL with the name “Praxis” – a term used to describe a church’s ongoing life that moves between study/reflection and engagement/action; each movement informs the other. This strategic renaming broadens the CPL’s scope to better serve the life of the Church in the 21st Century.

Nazarene Theological Seminary’s vision to provide lifelong learning and encourage leadership in the local church became a reality with the formation of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in 2014. Under the leadership of Dr. Jesse Middendorf and the Rev. Dana Preusch, the Center has provided thousands of hours of lifelong learning and thoughtful resources, events, and support to Nazarene clergy in the USA/Canada region and beyond. Praxis will build on and expand this work.

Once again, one of the usual suspects in this movement to normalize homosexuality within the Church of the Nazarene is Jesse Middendorf, a former General Superintendent. To think that a man who was in the highest office of the Nazarene denomination has been one of the leading promoters of Andy’s “ministry” should be quite concerning.

A notable speaker at the conference is Antonie Holleman, District Superintendent of Netherlands District Church of the Nazarene.  The Holland district has already been shown to have churches that bless same sex unions.  A few years back, I sent a warning to the General Superintendents about this, and about a Nazarene pastor in that district who admitted to blessing same sex unions. I never got a response, and as far as I know, that pastor is still active in the district. See my report here.

This movement is not new.  I recall in the General Assembly at Indiana, in 2013, when I attended a session run by Andy. A Nazarene pastor at the end of the session spoke accurately and faithfully of how Christ can change anyone from whatever wrong lifestyle that dishonored God.  I recall yelling out “Amen!” after he spoke, and I was met with disapproval by several people around me, including some Nazarene pastors. The state of the denomination is most likely worse now than it was back then.

Will there be any righteous voices speaking out amongst the leadership of the church?  I believe there are some, but there needs to be more. But if this ignoring of the situation continues on, it will spell doom for a denomination which says much about holiness, but surely is not doing enough of a job of rebuking those who are “lovers of themselves” and who worship the created instead of the Creator.

Personal Thoughts

I am not trying to necessarily convince Nazarenes to leave the denomination. I simply want to encourage them to do the right thing. The right thing may be different for each person, but the wrong thing is to ignore it all. Perhaps you will have had enough, and leave the denomination.  Perhaps you are part of a faithful Nazarene church, and you won’t abandon faithful pastors.  Perhaps you will join the fight and try to bring the denomination back to its holiness roots, which it seems to be abandoning. But why would you want to remain silent and allow the church to slide more into heresy?

In Galatians 4:16, the Apostle Paul asked the churches in Galatia a question. “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?”  What good does it do if someone has cancer, but the doctor does not say a word about it to the patient?  Why are some Nazarenes determined to protect the reputation of a denomination that is proclaiming holiness on the outside, but inwardly is rotting with spiritual cancer?

In Galatians 1:6-10, the Apostle Paul writes about what is going on within the church:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

When Ezekiel was charged by God to warn the people about any coming danger, the Lord clearly stated the consequences.  If Ezekiel would listen to God, and warn the people, he then would not be held responsible if the people perished.  But if he failed to warn the people, and one single person perished, he would be held equally responsible for failing to do his duty. That is what I am doing, and others are doing as well.  We are being faithful by warning the people of the danger.

I’ve been rebuked and condemned by some Nazarenes for distributing negative information (warning the people) about things going wrong in the Church of the Nazarene. So have many others who are still Nazarenes who have been warning others within the denomination. Instead of raising the alarm, or contacting those in leadership to ask questions, many Nazarenes are treating the messengers as if they are doing something un-Christian!

Many Nazarenes are either turning away to a different gospel, or they are totally ignoring the danger.  They seem to say “as long as it’s not in my backyard or church” then I don’t care. Meanwhile, apostate pastors-to-be are being groomed at Nazarene Theological Seminary to lead more sheep astray.  They will be wolves in sheep’s clothing, leading many to hell because of a false gospel.  And the Nazarenes who refuse to learn biblical discernment will be spiritually shipwrecked.

In Proverbs 27:6, the writer states that “Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”  Would you rather be lied to?  Or would you rather know the truth?

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