This is particularly for those who have not yet fallen for the emergent church and its fallacies, and are hearing about this for the first time. Please keep an open mind to the facts of what is happening in the church.
First, you can go to www.concernednazarenes.org
and read some basic statements, see the preview of the DVD we passed out at GA 2009, and read some testimonies. Second, you can visit my blog, www.reformednazarene.wordpress.com
. It has become the most active blog that reports and comments on the things going on that are worrisome to a lot of Nazarenes around the world. From there, there are other Nazarene blogs and sites for further information. We report the facts of what is going on, and we state our biblical reasons why we believe these things to be evil.
Secondly, do not fall for the false notion that this is a concern of one or two disgruntled people, or a small group that does not care about the church. It is not that, it is serious, and we warn you because we care about the church. Nazarenes across the spectrum of the denomination, including pastors, evangelists, other leaders in the church, and many laypeople, are concerned about the infiltration of the following:
The basic problem, which is the denial of the Bible as sufficient for our faith; the promotion of the idea that the Bible is full of mystery and cannot be understood; the disdain for anyone who believes there are absolute truths in Scripture; the teaching that much of the Bible, like Genesis account, and Adam and Eve, were only myths created simply to teach a concept, but they were not real; the denial by such popular leaders as Brian McLaren and Rob Bell, that the Bible is NOT the inspired word of God, but that it is just a book written by men and that it has errors.
The teaching in our schools that God cannot know the future (open theism), and that God makes mistakes and learns from them (process theology);
The infiltration of Roman Catholic mysticism in the form of things such as prayer labyrinths, contemplative prayer techniques such as practicing the silence, and ecumenical services with the Roman Catholic Churches, which teach a works-based salvation;
The extreme emphasis on the social justice “gospel”, and environmental care of the earth, which has resulted in the dilution of the true Gospel message that man’s basic need is a Saviour to save him from his sins. Sin, hell, and the coming judgment have been watered down and are preached less and less in the pulpits of the emergent church pastors;
Church services have become entertainment venues, rather than worship of God. Secular like performances, dances, secular plays, secular jazz music in worship, all these things are worship of self instead of worship of God.
Books, and more books, are taking over for plain study of Holy Scripture, and sermons are peppered with quotes of mystics such as Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and other Roman Catholic monks who teach heretical ideas that you can have a deep, personal EXPERIENCE with God if you practice certain things, if you do certain steps. This negates the all sufficiency of Christ and His word which He has given us.
There is a lot more to tell you. I ask again, that anyone reading this who is shocked to hear this, and thinks that this cannot really be true, please consider what we have seen and heard in three years. Consider the fact that Nazarene churches have and still are losing members because of this movement. Families have been devastated and separated from other family members because of pastors who have demonized them for simply asking, why are these strange things being introduced to my church? Why is not the Bible being taught anymore they ask? Why is the pastor quoting people whose belief systems do not line up with Nazarene holiness preaching?
We are a growing group, albeit an unofficially organized group. The name Concerned Nazarenes is meant to be used for any Nazarene who is troubled by what is going on, and does not mean that person has joined the group on Facebook or signed a membership form. There is none.
I believe that the article by Rev. Ulmet should not have been put on HT, unless there is an opportunity for someone to write an opposing viewpoint. But I also believe that God will and has taken this, and has allowed us to open another door here, and around the world, for opening a few more eyes. We do not fret about numbers of people. We are only concerned with warning one person at a time. When false teaching is blatantly promoted to thousands on a regular basis, there is no such thing as “going through proper channels” (even though on a local level, many of us have tried, and have been rejected and not even been allowed to speak to our church boards). I was one of those, a board member myself, who was refused the opportunity to present my concerns to the leaders of the church. The District leaders refused to listen. I have addressed the national leaders as well, and have been given replies that have not answered specific questions. So have others.
My story is the story of many Nazarenes who love their church, and are heartbroken to see what is happening. Yet, we are called haters.
We now try to ignore those from groups such as NazNet, a website that we believe is home to many of the core movers and shakers of the emergent church within our denomination. I will no longer waste time answering their questions again, because we have dealt with that many times over. Our concern now is for those who are willing to listen, and to at least consider some of the evidence we present, and let you make up your minds. Its only fair that you know everything that is happening, is it not?
May God help the people in the church to understand what is happening. We believe that if this continues as it is going, that one of the results will be judgment coming down on the COTN, if it’s not already happening.
Again, there is much material and documentation of facts on my blog and the other websites. Please prayerfully consider all that we present to you, and if you come to the same conclusion that there is a serious problem in the church, perhaps you will decide to join us also. If any are seriouslt interested in getting a free copy of the DVD, please contact me.
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