False Teacher Mike King Continues His Influence in the Nazarene Denomination

Mike King may not be THE “king” of modern contemplative spirituality (Richard Foster is most often viewed as the leader), but he certainly is very influential. What makes him even more dangerous is that he has a long history of working with youth, including within the Church of the Nazarene. Mr. King is still involved, and currently is an Adjunct Faculty in the NTS Christian Formation and Discipleship Degree Program at Nazarene Theological Sedminary, and leads a program that connects youth with helping the hungry.The question is, why do leaders within the denomination still give a platform to someone who promotes false teaching and is more interested in quoting mystics and Roman Catholics? He is scheduled to speak on a FaceBook live session on Spiritual Formation and Youth on September 11, 2019.

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I present here as much evidence as I could find about Mike King, as a warning to anyone who will consider it, including the leadership in the Church of the Nazarene. (And to be clear however, Mike King is a symptom of the problem within the denomination, not the problem itself). I will begin with some general information about him. I then follow with a sampling of his religion-related tweets, going as far back as December, 2018. It is very interesting that a man who is still invited to Nazarene universities, seminaries, and colleges, has such a very strange liking for those he quotes. You can visit his Twitter site at: https://twitter.com/mdking

During the years from 2005 to 2011, Mike King was a heavy promoter of emerging spirituality and contemplative (New Age) prayer techniques. He also was a guest speaker at the Nazarene M7 Conference in February, 2007, where he spoke on contemplative spirituality. He was a founding board member and past Board chairman of the heretical, far left Wildgoose Festival, an annual event that features some of the most radical and apostate leaders in “Christianity.”

Mr. King also took part in a conference called Children, Youth, And A New Kind Of Christianity in 2012, in Washington D.C.  Some of the promoters of that event included the extreme and radical racist pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  Also, emergent leaders such as Brian McLaren, Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, Samir Selmanovic, and Jim Wallis were there.  Mike King associates with these people who are unbiblical in their belief system, because he identifies with them!

 

Mike King And Wildgoose

When King organized the Wildgoose Festival in 2011, he was adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and also was a top youth leader in the church, organizing youth events nationwide. He is still the president of YouthFront, which seems well-intentioned, but which serves to help promote all the contemplative mysticism that he is so fond of, as well as his ecumenicalism and his connections with Roman Catholicism. It sadly serves as a major source of indoctrination of youth into all sorts of religious garbage masquerading as Christian.

The lineup over the years at Wildgoose Festival, which Mike King was clearly aware of and promoting, has been a steady parade of false teachers, heretics, and non-Christians claiming to be Christians. The Festival also openly invites people of any faith to come, but there has never been any focus on presenting the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone. Instead, Wildgoose clearly has stated its values as being fully open to anything and anyone, including homosexuals who claim to be Christian.

In a report by Jeffrey Walton on his blog in 2013, he writes on how much even worst that year’s Wildgoose would become.  The push for creating “trans” inclusive communities was on the list of topics, along with the recurring themes of homosexuality, non-Christian religions and activities, and of course the all night parties.
http://juicyecumenism.com/2013/07/12/wild-goose-festival-migrates-through-turbulent-issues-of-transgenderism-intersex/.
Here are two typical quotes from their website a few years ago: “We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality and art. We take inspiration from many places, such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community, SXSW, and others. The festival is open to everyone; we don’t censor what can be said;”

“The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. We are followers of Jesus creating a festival of justice, spirituality, music and the arts. The festival is rooted in the Christian tradition and therefore open to all regardless of belief, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, denomination or religious affiliation.”

This is the kind of utter foolishness that Mike King has promoted for years, and yet, he continues to work and speak at a top seminary of the Church of the Nazarene. Here is just a short list of the many heretical headliners who typically appear at Wildgoose: Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, Jennifer Knapp, Ian Cron, Shane Claiborne, Phylis Tickle, Lauren Winner, Frank Schaeffer, Spencer Burker, Carl McColman, Pete Rollins, and many more.

“Instead of Bible studies, there were labyrinth walks. Instead of praise-and-worship music, there was hymn-singing in a beer garden and a bluegrass liturgy presided over by a tattooed female Lutheran minister. Visitors were greeted with buckets of water in which to baptise themselves, and tubs of mud to remind them that “dust thou art”. (In Britain, the mud is usually underfoot.) Lecture topics ranged from sex trafficking and social justice to authority in the church and interfaith relations. Visitors could learn from Tom Prasada-Rao, a singer, how to chant “Om” and “Hallelujah Hare Krishna”, or hear Paul Fromberg, a pastor from San Francisco, talking about his 2005 wedding to another man.
“God is changing the church through the bodies of gay men,” Mr Fromberg told a packed session on human sexuality. Also under discussion was “religious multiple belonging”—in other words, belonging to a clutch of different faiths at once.” (http://www.economist.com/node/18898389)

As you can see, Wildgoose is not committed to anything approaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and you will not find any real reference to the Gospel.  It is a festival committed to spirituality which is not Christian; it is blasphemous, disobedient to Christ, and worldly. And yet we have Mike King, an unabashed promoter of this festival, still speaking to f and influencing future Nazarene pastors, as well as influencing countless youth.

Mike King and The Enneagram

Mike King also is a fan of the Enneagram, which has occultic origins. It is a system invented years ago which uses a symbol that has nine points, and also has nine lines. It’s function is to analyze personality types and match people to a specific type. According to the Enneagram Institute, the Enneagram can help people restore balance to their “personality structure” and develop more desirable spiritual and psychological qualities. Believers in the Enneagram seek to unravel the mystery of their “true identity.” They see themselves as spiritual beings who have lost contact with their true nature. Once they discover their “true self”—by means of the Enneagram—they experience a spiritual awakening full of freedom and joy. (source: gotquestions.org).

This practice seems to be appearing more thoughout the evangelical world. I believe there is a great spiritual danger in the use of the Enneagram, especially if a Christian starts relying on it for spiritual guidance and direction. Quoting Kevin DeYoung: “[it] has been, from its inception (whenever that was), infused with spiritual significance. And therein lies the danger.”

 

Mike King Reveals His Love For Mysticism On Twitter

In this compilation ot tweets from his Twitter account, I searched for religion-related posts going as far back as December, 2018. It is quite interesting what I found, and you can see those here. Except for one quote of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and a few other names I did not recognize, all the other quotes were clearly not from people who would be considered traditional evangelicals, nor even close to being of the Wesleyan tradition. Instead, we see quotes by Henri Nouwen, Peter Enns, Julian of Norwich, Pope Francis, John Cassian, Ian Morgan Cron, Juergen Moltman, Cyprian of Carthage, Stanley Haurwaus. By far his favorite seems to be Henri Nouwen. Following this list of tweets, I will give brief summaries of each of these people that he has quoted, and what they believed and promoted.

 

 

Who Does Mike King Quote Or Promote? What Do They Believe? Here Are A Few

They say that your character or your philosophy of life is often reflected by the company you keep, or perhaps by the people you read or quote from. So who are these people that Mike King so glowingly quotes for the world to see? Is it wrong to come to any conclusions about Mike King, just based on who he quotes? Certainly not, especially since the abundance of evidence besides these tweets clearly shows where Mike King’s heart is at, at least in the world of Christianity.

 

Brian McLaren

Pastor, and godfather of the emergent movement; likens the Cross to false advertising for God, is confused as to whether homosexuality is a sin or not, promotes contemplative mysticism, rejects biblical inerrancy. McLaren performed a commitment ceremony for his son’s same sex marriage in 2012.
Quote: “The Bible is not considered an accurate, absolute, authoritative, or authoritarian source but a book to be experienced and one experience can be as valid as any other can. Experience, dialogue, feelings, and conversations are equated with Scripture while certitude, authority, and doctrine are to be eschewed!  No doctrines are to be absolute and truth or doctrine must be considered only with personal experiences, traditions, historical leaders, etc. The Bible is not an answer book.”
Source: A New Kind of Christianity, p. 52 Published: 2001.

 

Henri Nouwen

A Roman Catholic mystic who promoted contemplative prayer and also dabbled in Eastern religions. 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. 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).
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).
At David Cloud’s website, you can read a comprhensive article on this mystic who is very popular now in the Nazarene denomination and many others as well: https://www.wayoflife.org/database/beware_of_henri_nouwen.html

 

Jim Wallis

Liberal political activist, radical social justice proponent, uses religion to sell his agenda in the political arena.  Founder of Sojourner’s.  Former spiritual advisor to President Obama. Quote: “Being born again was not meant to be a private religious experience that is hard to communicate to others, but rather the prerequisite for joining a new and very public movement—the Jesus and kingdom of God movement. It is an invitation to a whole new form and way of living, a transformation as radical as a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. It is far more than a call to a new inner life, or a rescue operation for heaven.”
Source: The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World [New York: Harper Collins, 2008] p56 Published.

 

Carl McColman

Author of “The Big Book of Christian Mysticism”, as well as books on Celtic spirituality. He spent several years as a Celtic pagan (neo-druid) before entering the Catholic church.  He is a blogger on contemplative spirituality.  He describes mysticism as Christianity’s best kept secret. He quotes the writer Abhishiktananda, a Benedictine monk who dabbled in Hindu spirituality: “The life of prayer and contemplation is simply to realize God’s presence in the depth of our being, in the depth of every being, and at the same time beyond all beings, beyond all that is within and all that is without.”

 

Peter Enns

Dr. Peter Enns promotes the idea that Adam and Eve were not real, historical people. He also believes that Moses did not write the first five books of the Old Testament. You can read more about his views on Genesis and creation her: http://servantsofgrace.org/peter-enns-jesus-genesis/

 

Jennifer Knapp

“Christian” artist who “came out” in 2010 about her homosexuality and her lesbian relationship.  Actively promotes homosexuality as being compatible with Christian living. Her bio says: “Under heavy scrutiny, Jennifer has unashamedly claimed her faith and her sexual orientation with astonishing straightforwardness and honesty.”

 

Spencer Burke

Founder of the website, The Ooze.  Universalist “Christian.” Quote: “I don’t believe any single religion owns heaven or God—even a religion that tries to include everyone. When I say I’m a universalist, what I really mean is that I don’t believe you have to convert to any particular religion to find God. As I see it, God finds us, and it has nothing to do with subscribing to any particular religious view… Universalism says that a theology of grace implies salvation for all, because if grace could be limited to some people and not to others,… it is in fact no grace at all…grace is bigger than any religion.” (A Heretic’s Guide To Eternity, pg 196, 197, 198)

 

Phylis Tickle (now deceased)

Author of The Great Emergence. Emergent leader.

Quote: “The new Christianity of the Great Emergence must discover some authority base or delivery system and/or governing agency of its own. It must formulate—and soon—something other than Luther’s Sola Scriptura which, although used so well by the Great Reformation originally, is now seen as hopelessly outmoded or insufficient …”
Book: by Phyllis Tickle entitled: The Great Emergence, pg 151 Published: 2008.

 

Ian Cron

Episcopal priest, mystic, speaker, author, wrote book on St Francis of Assisi and other books. Quotes mystic monk Thomas Merton on his Facebook page: “Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.” Thomas Merton”

 

Julian of Norwich

She was a mystic, contemplative, feminist and pantheist from the 13th century. Her universalism is seen in part in some of her quotes:
“For in man is God, and God is in all. And I hope by the grace of God he that beholdeth it thus shall be truly taught and mightily comforted…” JoN  “And after this I saw God in a Point, that is to say, in mine understanding, — by which sight I saw that He is in all things” JoN

 

Shane Claiborne

Emergent leader, promotes contemplative mysticism. Quote: “The time has come for a new kind of conversation, a new kind of Christianity, a new kind of revolution.” Book: by Shane Claiborne entitled: Irresistible Revolution p. 29 Published: February 2006.

 

Cathleen Falsani

Director of New Media at Sojourner’s (Jim Wallis’s group); author of Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace.  Promotes homosexuality in Christianity, as reported here: http://apprising.org/2011/01/14/gay-awakening-for-mainstream-evangelicalism-grows-closer/

 

Pope Francis

Head of the Roman Catholic Church. Promoter of all sorts of false teachings which is characteristic of Romanism, including a works-based salvation.

 

BioLogos

Mike King also promotes this organization, which is a group whose purpose includes promoting evolution, and which also has members who promote such heresies as process theology and open theism.

 

Links for further research:

https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2011-06/left-leaning-christians-rally-around-wild-goose

https://wordandway.org/2011/06/27/progressive-christians-flock-to-wild-goose-festival/?fbclid=IwAR1_ZAICeeNKTrWVa44AeupdLG_HSMa6c4GS-ktGV1aW7rJ62mE7jjkrEZo

https://king.typepad.com/mike_king/wild-goose/

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Board of General Superintendents Using Immigration Policy To Divide The Church

Dear General Superintendents,

Why are you meddling in political issues that DIVIDE the Church of the Nazarene?

You recently released a statement on immigration that stated your displeasure at how children are being separated from their parents as a result of the laws being enforced in this country at the border with Mexico. It seems that you have made a terrible mistake in judgment again, seeing that you have apparently ignored ALL the facts about what is going on, and certainly have ignored a very important point about the law. Instead, you have placed yourself in a position as leaders who are encouraging and condoning law breaking! Instead of advocating law breaking, how about if you advocate for every person, Christian or otherwise, to OBEY the law! Are you planning to insert your political views into the next revision of the Nazarene Church Manual?

You have also put out this statement as if it is the indisputable view of a majority of Nazarenes. Nothing could be further from the truth! This is not a clear cut biblical issue, such as abortion. Now that is an issue that is indisputably addressed in God’s word. But illegal immigration- sorry, way too many Nazarenes disagree with you, and in fact, many Nazarenes disagree very strongly with your liberal statements over the past ten years.

And so, here are some questions for your serious consideration, because this is not the first time you have done harm, however unintentionally, to the unity of the Nazarene denomination with your divisive opinions, which ought to be kept to yourselves- or at least, not stated as an official directive or view of the church. The letter written by the Immigration Table is so ignorant of the many other issues related to the immigration problem, that it presents a severely one-sided liberal view. Are you all liberals as well? Even if you are, can you try to go back to what you ought to be doing- promoting and preaching holiness, instead of making political statements?

A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU

Where were your voices during the Obama administration? Consider this from a friend of mine, pastor Duane Glass:

“I see a very troubling trend in the Church of the Nazarene. As David the Psalmist said “my soul is perplexed”. I see a very dangerous slide in the BGS wading into incendiary territory. We have three General Superintendents who have no political voice nor voting rights – condemning our laws!

Where were you from 2009-2016 on abuses in the government?

Where were you when the IRS was weaponized against American citizens?

Where were you when little Elian Gonzales was ripped cowboy style from his relative’s arms by federal agents and sent back to Communist Cuba?

Where were you when over a hundred men women and children were burned to death in a religious compound in Waco?

Where were you when Ferguson, Baltimore and other places burned because a race baiting, America hating President chose to divide right from the get go with the Professor Gates fiasco?

Where were you when society cheered as the White House was illuminated like a whore house on the night of the SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage? (We know, you capitulated to it at the last General Assembly perhaps?)

Where were you when the push to get men in women’s and little girl’s bathrooms was going on?

The Church has slid to the Left. Shame on you. Is it any wonder that so many of our Nazarene institutions have produced so many social justice warriors disguised as Pastors, Elders and Leaders? This smacks way too much of NeverTrump and AntiTrump…your silence in the past is much too demeaning.

Is it time to write Ichabod on the door post in Kansas City…the glory of the Lord has departed?”

(Duane Glass)

Conclusion

And where were you on the same issue of illegal immigration, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both had the same view of immigration that President Trump now has, except that now he is enforcing the law? You as leaders of a holiness denomination have a lot to answer to, because of your silence on issues that are clearly addressed in scripture. For example, you have not said a meaningful word either way regarding the LBGT movement which is gaining momentum in the Church of the Nazarene. Yet, you take the time to make an uninformed statement alluding to supposedly cruel policies of President Trump. Why are you not coming out- either for or against- the Love Wins LGBT movement that is watering down the Gospel and promoting acceptance of homosexuality? Is it too hot a potato for you to bring clarity as to where you all stand?

Finally, with your public statement on immigration, you insult a vast number of Nazarenes and other Christians who differ from your opinion, and imply that unless we believe as you believe regarding illegal immigration, that perhaps we are not as caring as you are? I would strongly suggest that you stop this division you are causing in the church, and get back to preaching and emphasizing holiness. If you do wish to address serious matters, start calling out the Love Wins homosexuality movement which will surely destroy the Nazarene denomination as we once knew it- if it is not stopped. Unless that is exactly what you want to happen.

Manny Silva

P.S. For those who wish to express their thoughts to the Generals on this, they have posted also on their FaceBook page. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/NazareneOfficial/posts/1933893246663453?hc_location=ufi

 

Related Links:

Statement by BGS on Immigration: http://www.nazarene.org/article/evangelical-leaders-urge-against-family-separation-usa-mexico-border

Full statement of the Immigration Evangelical Table: http://evangelicalimmigrationtable.com/cms/assets/uploads/2018/06/EIT-Family-Separation-Letter-6.1.2018.pdf

 

 

 

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/

 

 

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).
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