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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Nazarene Theological Seminary Welcomes Gay-Marriage Promoter

“Gay marriage must be celebrated just as strongly, as loudly, and as intensely as any marriage of disciples, because what begins in civil toleration when touched by the Spirit of the living God becomes joyous and extravagant celebration”

Oh my, words like this should never be allowed to be promoted in any way to believers!  We should never support a man who teaches these abominations, should we!  No, of course not.  But that’s exactly what is happening in the Church of the Nazarene.

Nazarene Theological Seminary ought to be called a Cemetery now, not a seminary.  Dr. Willie James Jennings is the latest reason why the predominant school for preparing future Nazarene pastors is almost full blown apostate!  I will give you the details a little further in this article, and each of you Nazarenes can decide whether you care or not, and if you will say something to your esteemed General Superintendents, who are charged with the spiritual leadership of the church.

Apostasy is not new in the Nazarene denomination. It has been creeping in and spreading for years now, and it will probably continue. The rejection of the inerrancy and full authority of God’s word has been the foundation of this apostasy. When pastors no longer believe in God’s word, what else do we expect, except chaos, followed by the embrace of the worship of blackness and Critical Race Theory, the approval of LGBT and homosexuality, and the worship of “worship” itself rather than worshipping God.

I have little time as I used to have for the nonsense happening in my former denomination. I spent more than ten years warning everybody I could, along with a few other Nazarenes who were willing to risk everything, including their positions as pastors. These were the truly brave and faithful warriors, not me. But I’ve had enough now. I have my church to shepherd now, as well as my family, although I will occasionally post a new warning. The last one I wrote, in June of 2020, was about the racist ideas being proposed for the denomination in order to “teach” pastors to be “more sensitive” to blackness, and to own up to their “lack of enough understanding”.  (https://reformednazarene.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/the-church-of-the-nazarene-is-bowing-the-knee-to-racially-divisive-radicalism/

One of the abominations being allowed to continue unabated in the denomination is the disgraceful Andrew McGee, with his perversion of the Gospel and promotion of homosexuality, under the guise of his lying ministry called “Love Wins.”  If you don’t believe me, listen to this stupidity being allowed by the wise leaders of the denomination. He talks about being “Being Queer In Ministry”. Why this man is still allowed to pervert God’s word in a Holiness denomination is a total disgrace.  General Superintendents ought to be fired, if that was at all possible.  But they should be held accountable in some way.

https://lifeonsideb.podbean.com/e/s3e22-anderson-on-being-queer-in-ministry-w-bekah/?fbclid=IwAR30PJtpluJUdMmqbzcBHQfyvrGDYg_CtzuJFIKHZEZhksnmFoXJl1TO3bg

The Latest Abomination

Here is the latest abomination. Dr. Willie James Jennings will be speaking on February 26 at a conference sponsored by Nazarene Theological Seminary. The folks at We Are Nazarene are doing a great job carrying out the exposing of abomination in the denomination, and I agree with them when they say “It is long past time to defund the NTS.” I would encourage any Nazarene who cares, that they would join this FaceBook site and understand the many awful things being promoted and celebrated in the Church of the Nazarene.

We Are Nazarenes says “Dr. Willie James Jennings is currently Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Divinity School. He is also described as an expert in Liberation Theology. His lecture at Fuller Seminary a few years ago was entitled “Can White People Be Saved?” (spoiler alert: the answer is no) I think you would find it very revealing… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wRvaG9j53g&t=9s

But there is more evil coming from this man, who will be speaking to future Nazarene pastors.  Dr. Willie James Jennings is a full blown supporter of same sex marriage! And yet, NTS is promoting this seminar!  NTS is either utterly incompetent, or they are aware of his unbiblical theology. In either case, it is bad- and I believe they know full well what he promotes.

Here are just a few of his words, and there are a lot more I could give you, but this should be enough:

“Gay marriage must be celebrated just as strongly, as loudly, and as intensely as any marriage of disciples, because what begins in civil toleration when touched by the Spirit of the living God becomes joyous and extravagant celebration” (“Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible”).

And this: “Coupling in this regard is a wonder to be shared by all who wish it, whether heterosexual or homosexual, and marriage should be grasped by all who would mark their life together as a life inside the way of disciples.” ((“Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible”).

If you as a Nazarene don’t know this yet, well now you do.  What will you do or say about this?

What a disgrace this is, and a slap in the face to our Lord Jesus Christ.  For this kind of nonsense to be allowed for so many years- and it has not stopped – is a reflection on the uselessness of the Nazarene “leaders.”  I am particularly referring to the elitists at the top, the General Superintendents.  They have done very little, and instead have shown their propensity to join the “woke” bandwagon and other leftist political views.  They have sacrificed holiness for political expediency and the approval of man.

At some point, every faithful and Bible-believing Nazarene Christian will come to a decision.  Stay, or leave?  After all, who are you most faithful to: a denomination, or the Lord Jesus Christ? Every pastor who leads his congregation must tell the members about this as well.  There is no excuse for keeping silent. To you pastors, remember Ezekiel 33:6, because it is still relevant today for every under shepherd of the Great Shepherd:

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”

The Church of The Nazarene Is Bowing The Knee To Racially Divisive Radicalism

I am no longer a Nazarene.  I have primarily shifted my focus on pastoring my church and taking care of my family. So it’s been a while that I posted.  But when I saw the latest statement by an official Nazarene group, I was outraged and could not let it go.

My outrage is at the Church of the Nazarene leadership, and their continuing deviation from emphasizing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to a capitulation to divisive social justice politics, and now divisive racial politics. Instead of seeking to unite the church behind the Gospel of Jesus Christ, leaders in the church are bringing it further into chaos and confusion by choosing a stark political viewpoint based on skin color. The following Nazarene statement was written by the ‘Black Strategic Readiness Team’ of USA/Canada Region.  I was never aware that such a group existed!  Is there a ‘White Strategic Readiness Team’? In a church that serves the Lord Jesus Christ, and that preaches holiness, is there really a need for such polarization?

In the statement by this group (which probably does not even represent a majority of Nazarenes), assumptions are made which are insulting and condescending. Proposals are made which, ironically, are actually racist, as I will point out. Their statement as a whole is racially divisive, and will serve no purpose other than to further create a schism in the denomination that has been adrift for years now. No Christian denomination should be creating racial division, and yet this is what exactly has been done here.

You be the judge for yourself after reading the statement.  And we are not simply calling out this group, because surely this is with full approval of the General Superintendents.  Here are just a few of the disturbing issues I have summarized:

  1. The group recommends hiring on a National level a Chief Diversity Officer, and of course, the person must be “of color.” And he/she will have the authority to implement hiring quotas, based on… race!  This is racism.
  2. They also want to create a list of candidates for District Superintendent- based only on the color of their skin! Apparently the content of a pastor’s character will matter far less than the color of his skin. This is clearly racism.  Absolutely outrageous.
  3. From their document: “As a denomination, the Church of the Nazarene heralds a message of holiness and transformation but tends to remain comfortable with the status quo as the calls for racial justice ring through our congregations and communities.” This is such a polarizing statement. How do these folks come to the conclusion that the church is “comfortable with the status quo”?  And what is the status quo?
  4. They recommend that on the District level, “cultural sensitivity training” for all pastors and leaders be done. And… it must be led by a person of color!  Racism again! And what an insult to the many pastors who have faithfully served the Lord without a single bit of racism in their body and mind, to now ask them to be “re-trained?”.  What is the purpose? To make sure that all white Nazarenes are singing along with the same chorus of Black Lives Matter?
  5. They “affirm the significance of black lives”. They “affirm black lives matter.” They may not like this, but all lives matter! They are focusing on racial division. It will not go well.
  6. From their document: “…unjust and systematically unheard stories of unarmed Black and Brown people at the hands of those who are tasked to “protect and serve.As many others are doing, they are seemingly lumping all law enforcement officers as being problematic, which would be a lie. It is a disrespect of those who work so hard to defend their very lives.

These are just a few of the disturbing things in this document. But to summarize again, these people do not speak for the vast majority of honest, loving and totally non-racist Christians in the church.  They have bought into an idea which they feel is the only correct one, and that is that there is systemic racism in the country and in the church.  It is a lie, and there are countless blacks and other people of color who would disagree almost completely with this document. Many will say that they will not play the victim card, and that it is time to stop the racial division now in the church.

So why is this racial division being exercised?  I believe these Nazarenes mean well, but they have made a huge mistake.  They have bought into the Marxist ideology of a hateful and terroristic organization (Black Lives Matter).  They have been duped by a tool of Satan. Instead of bringing the church together, they have helped further sow the seeds of division by emphasizing the color of one’s skin.

A Phony Outrage

Has this group ever expressed their concern for the thousands of blacks who die at the hands of other blacks in Chicago and other war-torn cities?  Has this group expressed their outrage at 1,000 black innocent babies that day on a daily basis? Has this group, or the church leaders, expressed outrage at the killing of police officers as a result of these protests and riots? Have they expressed outrage at the many blacks whose livelihoods have been destroyed- by other blacks! Has this group, and the General Superintendents, ever expressed outrage at ALL racism, including black on white racism?  Have they called out Black Lives Matter, a totally racist organization led by people who promote an unbiblical and Marist agenda?  No.  Instead, they shamefully stand with them. Sadly, I don’t see any evidence that they truly care about racial justice for all.

What a shame, and what an insult to God’s word. I am no longer a Nazarene, but as many others like me, I cry in my heart as this holiness denomination is becoming a tool of the radical leftist agendas, just as it has been captured by the emergent church ideology already. But there are no watchmen anymore at the top of the leadership, and so it’s up to the people in the pews to do something about it.

And as Dr. Everett Piper stated recently regarding Black Lives Matter:

“How can you stand with an organization that mocks God, denies the Bible, belittles men, demeans women and subjugates generations of black children to the dysfunction of fatherless families?  What is wrong with you?”  (Evangelical Pastors Pander to Black Lives Matter)

—————-Here is the link to the full statement: https://resources.nazarene.org/index.php/s/X8A8zQjoprHTJFB#pdfviewer

 

 

 

 

Statement Toward Racial Justice and Righteousness Black Strategic Readiness Team – Church of the Nazarene USA/Canada June 5, 2020

We, the Black Strategic Readiness Team of the Church of the Nazarene – USA/Canada Region, long to see our denomination better connect with and support Black communities, churches, and leaders throughout the United States and Canada. Be it known to all that we stand against racial injustice. We are personally affected and also caring for many who are affected by the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. We acknowledge that their deaths represent many similar unjust and systematically unheard stories of unarmed Black and Brown people at the hands of those who are tasked to “protect and serve.” Words cannot adequately express our heartbreak for families, churches, communities, and all of humanity in this season of communal grief and urgency.

A national outrage ensued that has rapidly spread across the nation and many parts of the world. “Enough is enough!” is the wearied outcry reverberating through the streets of our cities as protesters and allies call for change, not only against another incidence of racial injustice, but against the structures and systems that have historically and continuously devalued and marginalized the lives of Black and Brown people. Indeed, the historical sin of racism is very much a present reality and challenge for the church to address. We are seeking more than a statement.

The complex issues of racism are deeply ingrained in the fabric of our nation, and a mere statement does not alleviate the constant searing anguish Black families and communities continue to endure. As a denomination, the Church of the Nazarene heralds a message of holiness and transformation but tends to remain comfortable with the status quo as the calls for racial justice ring through our congregations and communities. We acknowledge those who recognize and empathize with our raw pain, and we recognize our denomination’s Manual statement against racial “discrimination.” However, this is a crucial moment for the Church of the Nazarene to make commitments toward real change. We sense the need to move toward prayerful, thoughtful, and expeditious action.

Our denomination’s growth in righteousness and justice must not be separated. Let us take seriously the Word of the Lord spoken through the prophet Isaiah: Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6) We ask leaders and congregations in the Church of the Nazarene to commit to breaking the chains of racial injustice. Join us in both lament and advocacy: We lament. We lament that racism continues to narrate the nation and negatively affect Christians’ imagination of what is possible. With the Psalmist, we cry out, “How long, O Lord?” We plead for the Holy Spirit to open calloused hearts and closed minds. We plead for the Holy Spirit to make the truth plain to those accustomed to finding their away around the Way of Jesus.

Amidst this lament, we recognize that God has given human beings agency to participate in the Way forward and has empowered the church to bear witness to the kingdom of God here and now.

We stand. We stand with every church and pastor who continues to trumpet the call for true justice and peace. We stand in alignment with God’s heart for justice to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18)

We affirm. We affirm God’s call to holiness of heart and life, which necessarily includes a commitment to racial justice. God chose the oppressed Hebrew community. God also identified with the oppressed people of Nazareth. We are called to illuminate the lives of people who have been systematically devalued in the United States. Affirming the significance of black lives is an essential way of resisting the evil fist of an unjust and prejudiced system that capitalizes on the suffering and death of Black people. We affirm that Black lives matter.

We call. We call on the church to welcome and support courageous conversations about race and take bold action against racism in America and the Church of the Nazarene. This includes reflection upon the way racial injustice may be linked to other forms of injustice and will take commitment and intentionality from all levels of our denomination.

We seek. We seek unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We seek the peace of our communities. We seek shalom for all, recognizing that we can no longer settle for false notions of amity and reconciliation. True peacebuilding requires the uncomfortable work of unmasking and naming oppressive power structures as well as embracing the diligent work of change.

We, hereby, recommend the following immediate action steps as we engage in longer-term planning:

Action Steps on the National Level

  1. The General Board should facilitate an honest conversation with church leaders at every level about systemic racism in the Church of the Nazarene.
  2. The General Church (GMC) should hire a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) of color for the USA/Canada region. He/she must be a member of the senior leadership team and be given full authority/power to enact hiring practices and recommendations and to ensure their implementation. He/she must also work with District leaders on developing objectives to ensure that districts reflect the diversity of their locality at every level.
  3. The General Superintendents should include and recommend on their short list qualified persons of color to fill District Superintendent vacancies in the USA/Canada region.

Action Steps on the District Level

  1. District Superintendents and DAB (District Advisory Board) should conduct ongoing cultural sensitivity & diversity training for all local pastors and leaders. This training should be led by someone of color, preferably from outside the district.
  2. During pastoral assessments, District superintendents should openly engage the local church board/congregation about racial injustice in their congregation.
  3. The (DAB) should reflect the cultural diversity of the district that it serves.
  4. District Superintendents and DAB’s should develop relevant action steps aimed at increasing the presence of Black leaders and churches of color.

Action Steps on the Local Level

  1. Pastors should intentionally address the challenges that people of color face.
  2. Pastors/church boards should promote and encourage intercultural activities.
  3. Pastors should seek opportunities to exchange pulpits with ministers of color who are in harmony with the Wesleyan doctrine of holiness.
  4. The local church and leadership should develop a plan for the church to reflect the diversity of the community at large and provide resources and support to its constituency.
  5. Churches should promote and provide a platform for open dialogues on racism with children, youth and young adults.

Action Steps for Black Pastors and Leaders

  1. Pastors should encourage their parishioners to exercise their right to vote.
  2. Pastors should seek opportunities to exchange pulpits with Anglo pastors and ministers who are in harmony with the Wesleyan doctrine of holiness.
  3. Pastors should seek opportunities to preach about racial harmony, justice and a proper response to unjust treatment (e.g. nonviolent direct action, voting, participation in police merit boards, etc.…)
  4. Pastors/churches should open their doors to community forums that address their community’s racial disparities (i.e. health, economic, education, etc.)
  5. Pastors, church leaders, and parishioners should participate in District and General church activities throughout the year. May we move together toward racial justice and righteousness as we seek to bear witness to the kingdom of God here and now. May we move with faithfulness and urgency.

Grace and peace, Dr. Charles A. Tillman, Facilitator Rev. John Wright Rev. David Solomon Dr. Sidney Mitchell Dr. Montague Williams Rev. Dianne Bonner Rev. Althea Taylor Min. Cassandra Trotman