Thursday, February 26, 2009

We should all be “Reformed Nazarenes”

I just read Manny Silva’s post where he asks, “are we trying to please men or God?” I have been very pleased latley to find Nazarenes like this on the web lately. Manny and Tim Wirth at Nazarene Psalm 1:13, and the blogger ExNazarene, all clearly desire to please God over men. I have read the comments on some of their blogs from other Nazarenes and these men are being persecuted for following God; persecuted by members of the Church of the Nazarene. What in the world is happening?

But, Manny stands firm in his latest article and I am encouraged by it. He writes about the great cost of putting God first and said, “I risked not only getting friends upset at me, but family as well.” He goes on to say how important this message is and how having friends and love ones mad at him is a small price to pay for risking not telling them the message of the Bible that can save them from Hell. Now that is what pleasing God is all about, because God wants to save people from hell, but new age emergent Christians are spreading a false gospel that everything is OK, and there is no Hell. Sounds nice, but when people our being burned alive in hell forever they are going to wish that their friends were like Manny who was willing to risk having them mad at him to tell them that only believing the message of the Almighty Bible can save them.

You know, I kind of think eternity might be like how history will see George W. Bush in a few hundred years. Right now everyone is calling this Godly man terrible things, calling him a war monger but one day people will realize how right he was. George Bush did what was right even when it did not please people. I think that is what made him a good President, because he was a Christian who only wanted to please God. In the same way, people might be mad at us now if we are brave enough to stand up for the TRUTH of the Bible, but one day they will thank us.

So Manny takes on these emergent heretics even if it is a thankless task. He points out how they are abandoning the true teaching of the Bible and about how “they will argue with us that “the Word of God is really Jesus, not a book.” He talks about how these apostates say, “stop idolizing that book, and get to know Jesus”. And Manny sees right through it because he has “heard these arguments, and they are false, and deceiving, or just plain unintelligent.”

Of course this is unintelligent; I don’t even understand how people can separate out Jesus from the Bible as if you can follow one without the other. Can’t people see how stupid that is? The Bible is the WORD of GOD and Jesus is the WORD of GOD. You can’t make the Bible and Idol because God is the real God, only fake gods can be idols. Not only that the Bible teaches us that Word became flesh (John 1), and so Jesus is the Bible in human form. To deny the Bible as the ultimate authority in the universe is to deny Jesus Christ.

So, I am thankful for these new Reformed Nazarenes, not just Manny, but these other guys I mentioned to. Tim Wirth for instance is working hard to put out a DVD to expose the demonic liberal emergent teaching that has spread like leaven in Nazarene denomination. He is exposing the leadership that has lost its way and I hope this leads to real revival where we can have Godly leaders that believe the Bible again. After all we can only follow leaders who are following God, as Paul writes “follow me as I follow God’s Word”. (I Corinthians 11:1)

And we do need reform in our denomination, some one just commented in the previous post how in the manual of the Church of the Nazarene it does not say the Bible are God’s literal Words- well, if that is true then the manual needs reform too. I pray that as God brings reform and revival to our denomination that we will find bold, Biblical leaders like Manny Silvia and Tim Wirth to lead us. I don’t know if they would want to, I believe they are humble and aren’t looking to be in charge but only want God’s will for us. But God’s will isn’t being done, so like prophets in the wilderness they cry out saying make your path straight according to God’s one and only Word!!!!! I join their voice and say to our Nazarene brethren- REPENT and REFORM!!!

Charles F. Dobson

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another Concerned Nazarene

I am just another concerned Christian that the Church of the Nazarene has become more and more accepting of heretical teachings of the emergent church. I am not alone, I have found other blogs that also are concerned like; Nazarene Psalm 1:13, Reformed Nazarene, and ExNazarene. These courageous men stand up and speak the Truth against the blasphemous teaching of a growing number of so called “educated” theologians and professors in our denomination. A great link that exposes what our colleges are teaching can be found HERE.

Perhaps the devil planted seeds of this problem in our denomination long before the emergent church. I think it started the same way demonic liberalism has crept in to secular schools when the Bible was rejected in our public educational systems. It happened perhaps slower in our Christian schools because we did not remove the Bible, we just simply demoted it to second class under all of our fancy textbooks that contain only the wisdom of men. Our Nazarene colleges fell into temptation of wanting to be accepted by the world and were willing to demote the Bible to a second class book under the textbooks that allowed Nazarene colleges to qualify for accreditation. Right there these colleges put themselves more under the authority of government than the Bible. They may have thought that it was nothing more than a tiny compromise, but look where it has lead.

The Bible should be central in ALL education, it should be read in every class no matter what it is because the Bible is the ultimate authority and is without error on every topic. I even heard one of our colleges were teaching evolution, and this professors wrote a book trying to say that believing in evolution is compatible with the Christian faith. That is out right blasphemy. If evolution were real God would have told us so when He wrote the book of Genesis. Science is the religion of the Devil, and our Nazarene Colleges have decided to worship at it’s alter. I am not saying that science has gotten everything wrong, just where it fails to submit to the authority of the almighty Bible.

Our denomination should be ashamed. Parents send their kids to these colleges so they can learn the Bible and become great Christian witnesses to the world, and these colleges are leading them astray with fake Christianity. One of the other blogs I read said they think as Nazarenes we should stop paying our budgets as a way of protest. That is a bold move, and a Republican and true American I believe that the marketplace is an appropriate place to make such a statement. Going even further though, I think we will make a greater impact on the pocketbook of these ungodly colleges by not sending our kids at all, so they don’t get tuition income. I just do not think we should send our kids to these awful schools and instead we should keep them home and teach them the Bible.

Charles F. Dobson