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

Dan Boone, President of Trevecca Nazarene University, is one of the most influential and important people in the Church of the Nazarene today.  However, this is not meant to be a compliment, if Mr. Boone is reading this. The “importance and influence” of this man is one of serious significant theological error. I may actually be inaccurate in calling it error.  Dan Boone not only falls short of good biblical discernment, he is one of the wolves in sheep’s clothing who are taking a wrecking ball to the foundations of the Nazarene denomination. He knows exactly what he is doing. And what is more alarming is that he represents the mindset of many other leaders in the denomination!

The most recent evidence is his comment below, which was posted by the seminary as well, to no surprise.

 Boone praises Frank Thomas, who is scheduled to speak at the seminary in September. Thomas is a proven racist, based on his own writings, his tweets, and even some of his preaching.  Not only that, Thomas recently showed in series of tweets and re-tweets his disapproval of the striking down of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. It is clear that he is pro-abortion, a stance that goes against scripture, and even goes against the Nazarene position on human life. And yet, he is to speak at Nazarene Theological Seminary.  And Boone is delighted.

Back to my reference to “wolves” in describing Dr. Boone. In 2017, he was one of the most, if not the most, instrumental church leaders in re-writing the statement on human sexuality and removing the word “perversion” from the language. Dr. Boone will certainly not admit it if asked, but he is pro-LGBT.

His muddied views on human sexuality have been referenced posititively in several papers written by the rebellious Holland Nazarene Church District. This is the Holland District which is blessing same sex unions, and which has not been disciplined in any way by the Church of the Nazarene leaders. (As far as I know). Dan Boone is in good company with them, because the General Superintendents have all been derelict in their duties to uphold biblical doctrine, even as they claim otherwise that all is well.

This lack of discernment is not new to Mr. Boone.  Sometime around 2010 or 2011, I wrote about the prayer labyrinth in use at Trevecca Nazarene University. Mr. Boone defended the labyrinth (which he re-named later as a ‘prayer walk’), which is used in contemplative mysticism as a way to empty the mind and pray to God, but not in a scriptural manner. He also has allowed for years an annual trip to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY.  It is the spiritual home of Thomas Merton, a monk who was steeped in contemplative mysticism. In these trips, Nazarene students are even encouraged to “practice the silence”, and to pray alongside Roman catholic monks and be involved in their rituals. See this article:

Years ago, Mr. Boone used to have the following statement in his bio at Nazarene Theological Seminary: “I am deepening in the mystical forms of prayer.”  The statement is no longer there. He also has stated outrageous unbiblical things such as claiming that many of the Psalms were “borrowed”  from pagan religions:

“What I find more exciting and authoritative is the thought that the people of God were exiled in the pagan land of Babylon, listening to pagan stories about the origin of the universe, and the breath of God spoke through a prophet giving them a different understanding. They hijacked the Babylonian tale of creation and declared God to be the one who, in the beginning, created creation and came to take up residence with us in the cosmic temple. Now that’s authority” (from letter to area pastors in response to Sue and Don Butler’s article)

“The Hebrew creation account is a re-telling of the Babylonian tale. Their Hebrew feast days are re-interpretations of the Canaanite days. The Royal Psalms in the collection of Psalms were once Canaanite songs.” (Dan Boone)

He has compared Bible-believing Christians to jihadists. He wrote a book called “A charitable Discourse”, but Mr. Boone is far from charitable towards those who wish to uphold biblical principles. He insults them:

“Religious fundamentalism is one of the hot topics in the world today and this website has given me the best model, other than Islamic fundamentalism, to demonstrate to students how religious fundamentalism works.”

“I only argued with them in the first place because they were making false claims about Trevecca, and to expose them for who they really are—religious fundamentalists.   But you can’t have discussions with people whose minds are already made up… Rational conversation with them is not possible”

Dr. Boone has called Thomas Merton and Ignatius of Loyola spiritual giants.

Merton was not a spiritual giant- he was a monk who said that he was “deeply impregnated with Sufism” because he believed that Eastern mysticism was compatible with and could be incorporated into Christianity.  He placed Mary high on a level equal to Jesus, and he prayed to many catholic saints.  He was influenced by Aldous Huxley, who found enlightenment through hallucinogenic drugs.
Ignatius of Loyola was no wiser, and as the founder of the Jesuits he brutally persecuted Christians and swore complete submission to the pope.  As most Roman Catholics do, he venerated Mary.  He practiced extreme asceticism, living in a cave for a year and never bathing.  He also promoted and taught visualization prayers, breath prayers, and other unbiblical practices
(Source: Way of Life).  Yet, Dan Boone calls Thomas Merton a spiritual giant.

In a Letter to Pastors that he wrote in 2009, Dr. Boone not only erroneously claimed that the Roman Catholic church was the only church for 1500 years after Christ, but he also exposed more error along with his ecumenical get along with everyone philosophy.  How is it that we can “be one” with the Roman Catholic Church?

“While Nazarenes are different from Catholics in very significant ways, we believe that we will share eternity with them in the presence of the Christ who prayed that we might be one.” (Dan Boone)

To be fair, Mr. Boone is not alone in his lack of discernment and his unbiblical love of contemplative mysticism. There are other leaders as well who love the writings of false teachers such as Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Richard Foster, to name just a few. Nd so that is the problem. Leaders and ordained pastors alike are going down the same road that Dan Boone is going.  And need I say that the General Superintendents continue to be either oblivious to anything wrong, or some are complicit in all that is harming the Church of the Nazarene.

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

I have concluded that the denomination is beyond repair as it stands. The only “fix” is that either more faithful Christians in the denomination will have to leave eventually, or there is a seismic shift in leadership with a thorough housecleaning to save the denomination.  Most likely acceptance of homosexuality will be the deal breaker for many Nazarenes who are “sticking with it” for now. But there are already plenty of good reasons to leave what is now an apostate denomination. I used to be a member, yet it breaks my heart to say it.

With “leaders” such as Dan Boone, and other “leaders” who have turned a blind eye to the truth of what is happening, the Church of the Nazarene is well on its way to irrelevance, along with all the other mainstream “Christian” churches that have compromised biblical truth and sold out to satan.

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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.