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A letter from a pastor

Posted by nazarenepsalm113 on January 24, 2009

This letter was forwarded to me by evangelist Beverly Turner to post on the blog.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! Before I share a concern with you
all, I would like you each to understand that I do not write this letter for
any personal gain. I stand before you all as a mere man. If it was not for
the breath of God, breathed into this formation of dust, I would not be able
to speak. Furthermore, if it was not for the love that He has so richly
given, a love that I do not deserve, I would have no reason to speak on the matter
at hand. However, he has given me love for both the brethren, and the
denomination in which I am a part. It is with this love that I address you all.

For some time I have been grieved because the great age of apostasy in which
we are now living. For three years Paul had “warned” the church that, “from
among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things to draw away
disciples after themselves.” (Acts 20:30) In our day and age, we have
something known as the Emergent Church that has done this very thing. It has risen
up among us, and is now seeking to corrupt the Christian Church. I have known
a young man, that was once in the faith, and a graduate of theology in one
of our academic institutions, that has been “drawn away” by emergent type
theology. He is currently involved in an Emergent Church that is led by a
homosexual pastor and promotes a promiscuous lifestyle (as do many emergent
thinkers).

Until now, I have not been able to ascertain whether this may have been a
fault of one of our academic institutions – although I have for some time been
reading books of a disturbing nature that have been permitted on our
campuses (I will be glad to give anyone a list who would like to research further).
The Spirit has led me to believe otherwise. Firstly, I submitted a prayer
request to the evangelist prayer line that stated my concern. Several of our
evangelists responded by sharing that their hearts were also grieving.
Secondly, I have researched several websites that would indicate the emergent
church is among us, “speaking perverse” doctrines.

I encourage you each to research the emergent church for yourselves, and its
impact upon our own denomination. Please seek His counsel on this matter,
> for if it is I that persuade you, then there is nothing of which to be
concerned. “But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send
in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

I have listed several sites below, and a petition which I have attached.
The petition is now been handed around in an aim to find clarity on where we
now stand as a denomination. I urge you, brothers and sisters, if the Spirit
so burdens you, to put pen to paper. For I want nothing more than for us all
than to say with Paul: “therefore, I testify to you this day that I am
innocent of the blood of all men” because you have “contended earnestly for the
faith that was once given for all delivered to the saints.” (Acts 20:26; Jude 3)

Lastly, I pray that you do not grow discouraged over these matters. I would
like to serve to assure you all that the current apostasy is a sign of the
times (as other evangelist have served to assure me). We are drawing ever
closer to His great and glorious appearing. I leave you with His Word:

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In
My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may
be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:1-4)

Yours in Christ,
Joe Staniforth

_http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/_ (http://www.lighth
ousetrailsresearch.com/) (a good introduction to the Emergent Church)
_http://www.ericbarger.com/nazarene.emergent.menu.2.htm_
(http://www.ericbarger.com/nazarene.emergent.menu.2.htm)
_http://www.concernednazarenes.org_ (http://www.concernednazarenes.org/)
_http://www.avpublications.com/3_catalogue/nabv/nabv.htm_
(http://www.avpublications.com/3_catalogue/nabv/nabv.htm)
_http://www.avpublications.com/avnew/home.html_
(http://www.avpublications.com/avnew/home.html)
_http://www.nazarenemissioninternational.org/_
(http://www.nazarenemissioninternational.org/)
_http://archives.allelon.org/missional_journey/_
(http://archives.allelon.org/missional_journey/)
_http://emergentnazarenes.blogspot.com/_
(http://emergentnazarenes.blogspot.com/)
_http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs019/1101818841456/archive/1102354700732.
html_
(http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs019/1101818841456/archive/1102354700732.html)
_http://www.ncnnews.com/nphweb/html/ncn/article.jsp?sid=10000023&id=10006689_
(http://www.ncnnews.com/nphweb/html/ncn/article.jsp?sid=10000023&id=10006689)

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One Response to “A letter from a pastor”

  1. Anonymous said

    God bless you, you hvae clearly exspressed my deep conceerns. As our beloved G.S. on stated:
    I was born in the fire and I cannot exist in the smoke” I have been prying for a long time for a return to our Evangelistic Passion. God is hearing our prayer.

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