The purpose of this page is to summarize a few of the major problems in the Church of the Nazarene and give example articles you can read. For those Christians who are just finding out about our concerns, this will be a good place to get up to speed with what is going on. You can also search on the blog site at the right hand side by category.
These false teachings have been creeping into the church for quite a few years now. The emergent church influence is strong both in the churches and the universities.
Contemplative Spirituality (aka, Spiritual Formation, aka Mysticism)
Lighthouse Trails Research, an outstanding discernment ministry, defines it well:
A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but is often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all).
The Nazarene church and the universities are all allowing these contemplative mystical practices into the church, in the form of lectio divina, prayer labyrinths, books by Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, and many other contemplatives, practicing the silence, prayer ropes, retreats to Roman Catholic monasteries..
Roman Catholic Influences
Promotion of “Theistic” Evolution in Place of Biblical Account of Creation
The group Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, led by such prominent leaders as Tom Oord, professor of theology at Northwest Nazarene University, Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University, and Scott Daniels, senior pastor at Pasadena First Church, has been pushing the ungodly theory of evolution since it was founded last year. However, many of these men have been promoting for years before this group was organized. They are simply stepping up the pace to indoctrinate us with unholy teachings.
Nazarene Leaders Who Are Promoting Unbiblical Ideas
*These men are just a few examples. There are many district superintendents who have bought into the emergent church ideology completely. Nazarene Theological Seminary is graduating many pastors who have been indoctrinated with false teachings.
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There are several growing trends in the American evangelical church that are quickly replacing reliance on the authority of scripture and commitment to the core theological doctrines of Christianity. I will summarize them quickly, as many Christian thinkers have undertaken a detailed analysis of teach one of these regressive changes:
1. Blind allegiance to popular psychology over prayer as a “solution” for all human problems.
2. An obsession with cultural relevance over proclamation of the unadulterated Gospel message.
3. A preoccupation with a “tolerance” for everything but clear, Bible-based preaching and teaching.
4. The presumption that secular, corporate business practices should inform all aspects of church life and organization.
5. Disinterest with anything that has to do with the prophetic aspects of scripture.
6. Suspicion of appeals to doctrine or holiness.
7. Blind absorption of and allegiance to popular culture and media.
8. Fear of being perceived as different or counter-cultural, as opposed to being affirmed and accepted.
9. The assumption that churches are large because they are doing things right.
10. Disappearance of key biblical words and phrases like “sin,” “hell” “atonement,” “blood of Christ,” “heaven,” “salvation” and “Satan” from sermons and Sunday schools across the country. Replacement of these words with terms like “community,” “seeker,” “dialogue,” “spirituality” and “relational.”
In my opinion, these factors are some of the reasons why revival is absent in many churches across America today.
Some emergent church devotees counsel future pastors to be obsessed with “relevance.” In the service of this obsession, they warn young seminarians to avoid subjects like the blood of Christ or spiritual warfare in their pulpits. After all, such topics may “offend” the gentle ears of “seekers” who recoil at the very mention of such morose subjects.
Is this really a convincing argument on either biblical or cultural grounds? The “blood” of Christ “offends” sensitive adult ears in an era of zombie wars, violent video games and extreme sports? Really?!
At what point was the early church focused on relevance instead of the offense of the Gospel? Was Paul sanctioning an obsession with human approval or “relevance” when addressing the Corinthians? He said:
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5; NKJV).
Does this appear to be congruant with emergent techniques of persuasion or connecting to culture? When did the Christian church lose its passion for a counter-cultural Gosepel that boldly cuts against the world’s obsessions?
my wife goes to a nazaren church an wow..i fill they convience her its ok to divorce me ..like im the thorn in her side ..i love my wife to much they say…an preached on sunday if u get a divorce these are the steps to take to get remarried ..
I have recently decided to leave the Nazarene Church. The reason being that I have seen the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, NAR, false teachers, and New Age creep into the church. These beliefs and practices have been accepted by the Pastor, Worship Leaders, small group leaders, as well as the congregation. I have brought attention to some, but not all of these issues. I also believe that not everyone is aware that the beliefs and practices are not in line with scripture.