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How Far Will They Go-Part Two

Posted by nazarenepsalm113 on June 2, 2009

Subject: “How Far Will They Go?” by Rev. Kenneth Staniforth (Part 2)

And yet, what do we find? Many advocates of the emergent church have reduced His sin-atoning death to mean merely an example of sacrificial service. Others have called the idea that God would send His Son to a violent death for the sins of mankind “a slaughterhouse religion” (Horton, Church History and Things to Come, p. 156), “this vile doctrine” (Alan Jones, Reimagining Christianity, p. 168) and “false advertising for God.” (Brian McLaren, The Bleeding Purple Podcast Interview, 2006)

Clearly, most emergent New-Agers have turned to another gospel, one that teaches that the experience of God is discovered through mysticism and a new form of meditation in direct opposition to the authentic gospel which teaches that penitent believers are saved only by the grace and mercy of God, through the sacrificial shedding of Christ’s blood for sin. Amid the clash of accusation and argument, the Christian cries with Paul, “for I determined not to know anything among you except Christ and Him crucified” (I Cor. 2:2).

“How far will they go?” The question of Spurgeon fell on deaf ears. The church leaders of his day failed to deal with the liberal infiltration of their movement, many even denying there was any such problem. In the 1960s, hundreds of churches pulled out of the Baptist Union when its president cast doubt on the unique deity of Christ. We are not immune to what has happened in other historical denominations which failed to discern the damning effects of liberal theology.

The Church of the Nazarene, of which I have been a member and servant for forty years, has been used by God in wonderful ways for over a century. Praise God that around this sin-sick world, on its mission fields, revival fires are burning and many are turning to Christ. May the great ministry of our church continue to bring blessing to our world!

We need to pray urgently that the ministry will continue but, at the same time, in the words of General Superintendent Diehl, we need to “watch out” and “be on our guard.” (2009 Ordination Service, Grove City, Ohio.) Whatever it costs, we need to distance ourselves from those who propagate a false gospel. “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

We also need to renew our regard for and belief in the plenary inspiration of the sixty-six books of God’s infallible revelation. We are to “hold fast (to keep secure) the form of sound words according to the established doctrines of the gospel” (Nazarene Certificate of Ordination). Jude puts it like this: “….contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3)

*This quote was from an email that was sent to a Nazarene evangelist from General Superintendent Diehl. Concerned Nazarenes have had permission from this evangelist to print this quote.


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