Psalm 11:3

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About and Statement of Faith

Psalm 11:3 States “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” We are not about to let the foundations of not only the Nazarene Denomination as well as the rest of the Body of Christ be destroyed by undiscerning leadership who are only interested in the next fad heresy that comes into the Body of Christ.

We are not letting this go down without a fight.Sadly though I do remember Jesus words as he stated in Luke 18:8 “Nevertheless when the Son of man returns shall he find faith on the earth.

That verse comes to mind as church leadership continues to expose the flock to heresy after heresy weakening the flock who need to be faithful Bereans and get their noses out of programs and back into Gods Holy Word in scripture.

 

Face it the truth is worth fighting for.

From Ray Yungen’s A Time Of Departing “Ancient mystical practices are being introduced into countless churches under the umbrella of the spiritual formation movement.” I am a former Catholic and my mom was introduced to these methods in the Catholic church many years ago way before Emergent was in vogue. I know personally what these mystical practices can have on a person through seeing first hand what it has done to my own mother. Long term the fruit of this movement will be plain New Age religion as well as hoping to form the One World Religion that will be lead by the antichrist. Another gospel, another jesus. This is not the return to ancient Christian practices but a return to ancient Catholic practices as well as other new age practice’s involving interspirituality and spiritual formation.As the leaders of this movement as well as church leadership continue to expose the flock to leaders using satan’s age age old ploy  “did God really say that” as the devil seeks to tear Gods flock apart by taking apart Gods Word.

This blog will give information exposing this false movement as well as the church leadership who are involved with bringing in this false movement of satan  and helping to facilitate these false leaders.

What I Believe

I believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.

I believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings; His substitutionary atoning death; bodily resurrection; ascension into heaven; perpetual intercession for His people; and personal, visible return to earth. We believe that He is one and the same as God. He was fully human and fully God.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower in ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, either at the time of or subsequent to regeneration, which is a separate work from the indwelling Spirit for salvation. I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit as reflected through the fruit of that same Spirit.

I believe that all the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and that they are the infallible rule of faith and practice.

I believe all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all of his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.

I believe in the literal Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule the earth, which will be personal and visible. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism by immersion and Holy Communion.

I am neither a Five-Point Calvinists, nor am I an Arminian no way no how. I adhere firmly to the biblical teaching of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. I avoid any theological systems of belief that go beyond the written Word and thereby divide the body of Christ. I do not believe in “positive confession” (the faith movement belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will); human prophecy that supersedes the Scriptures; the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology into biblical teaching; the overemphasis of spiritual gifts and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of biblical teaching; or that true Christians can be demon-possessed.

I believe in the universal Church, in the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.

I believe the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: 1) baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion, both of which are open to all believers in Jesus Christ.
I believe in the laying on of hands for the sending out of pastors and missionaries, and in conjunction with the anointing of oil by the elders for the healing of the sick.

I believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s (agape) love, which is greater than differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

I believe worship of God should be spiritual; therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.

I believe worship of God should be inspirational; therefore, you should go to a church that has a great place to use music in our worship sans any form of secular songs or Christian wanna be songs that were recorded to sell CD’s instead of inspiring God’s people.

I believe worship of God should be intelligent; therefore, services should be designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He should be worshiped. I seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to the individual’s life, leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ. I teach both expositionally and topically. I believe worship of God should be fruitful; therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshiping Him.

I believe that the church government should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy, and I depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion.

I believe that the Bible clearly delineates that spiritual gifts are for the edification of the body and that they are to be exercised in love. I believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless. We should focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer, and the teaching of the Word of God. I would not belong to a church that would practice speaking in tongues during worship or while a Bible study is in progress because I do not believe that the Holy Spirit would interrupt Himself. God is not the author of confusion.

13 Responses to “About and Statement of Faith”

  1. Manny Silva said

    I too, like Tim Wirth, am very concerned that the Nazarene Church may be seriously exposed to false movements. My own qualifications are the following: I have been a Christian since 1975; my dad was a minister for many years and taught me straight from the Bible; I love God and His Word. That’s all.
    Other than that, I have no degree or formal theological training. I do read a lot, and I believe that every Christian who has a desire to defend the faith as God has given to us through the scriptures, is qualified to question what may be serious problems, as long as he backs up what he says with scripture. I hope you are not suggesting that to raise questions and expose problems in the church requires a degree in religion or philosophy.

  2. nazarenepsalm113 said

    FYI-No other comments will be allowed since the blog is now non interactive.
    Blessings
    Tim

  3. Mike Yonce said

    Subject: Church of the Nazarene’s Creation Care document

    (I am sending this to several persons)

    Hi all,

    My wife and I moved from Virginia to Tennessee in the summer of 2006. We have attended the Church of the Nazarene for almost 2 1/2 years and been members for about 2 years. I first learned of the emerging church movement about 2 years ago from a friend in Virginia. Since then I have been paying attention to it, and in the last few months have been spending time almost every day researching and learning more than I want to know about it. I thank each of you for your courage and diligence in exposing this repackaged postmodern liberalism or perhaps a better way of saying it is “another gospel”, a false and deceptive gospel. The Church of the Nazarene desperately needs more who will “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”.

    I have spent some time on the international website of the Church of the Nazarene digging about, and have already found several things that deeply concern me. A few months ago I came across something in the Compassionate Ministries section (http://www.ncm.org/awareness/environment/) called “the Church of the Nazarene’s official statement on creation care”, which is a 62 page PDF document entitled Creation Care – Environmental Stewardship for the Church of the Nazarene (http://www.ncm.org/pdf/creation_care_document.pdf). You may already be familiar with it, but if not I strongly recommend you take the time to read it. Many things in the document are very disturbing, but this statement on page 59 takes the cake: “In this most critical moment in Earth’s history, we are convinced that the central moral imperative of our time is the care for Earth as God’s creation.” I thought the central moral imperative of our time was to reach the lost for Christ and to make disciples of them.

    I think this document needs to be brought to light before the faithful and Bible-believing members of the Church of the Nazarene. This article on Earth Day, radical environmentalism, and the worship of Gaia (Mother Earth), also needs to be read by many, as it too is very enlightening: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=6089

    Again thanks to all for their hard work. In the process you make many enemies, but you also make new friends, better friends.

    In Christ,
    Mike Yonce

  4. We were wondering if you would let us know what you think of our new Web Site, ‘ Help for Nazarenes,’ on Yahoo.com ? Thank You. In Christ, Richard and Janice Fisher

  5. Tymothy said

    My wife and I moved from Virginia to Tennessee in the summer of 2006. We have attended the Church of the Nazarene for almost 2 1/2 years and been members for about 2 years. I first learned of the emerging church movement about 2 years ago from a friend in Virginia. Since then I have been paying attention to it, and in the last few months have been spending time almost every day researching and learning more than I want to know about it. I thank each of you for your courage and diligence in exposing this repackaged postmodern liberalism or perhaps a better way of saying it is “another gospel”, a false and deceptive gospel. The Church of the Nazarene desperately needs more who will “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”.
    +1

  6. Dan R Smedra said

    “Theological Liberalism, which we utterly abhor and publicly repudiate, and with which we will have no fellowship, is based upon human rationalization to the total or partial exclusion of divine revelation. Arminianism is philosophically identical. Its presuppositions are the same. Humanistic reasoning is placed in direct opposition to divine revelation. The difference between Liberalism and Arminianism is one of degree and not of kind. Both are the children of humanistic rationalism. Arminianism therefore produces the soil in which Liberalism can flourish.” Kenneth H. Good

    During the 20th century, many Arminian denominations*, which historically held to the fundamentals of the Christian faith, fell to Liberalism. [For some background, read http://withchrist.org/ChristianAgnosticism.pdf%5D. The Liberals took control of their seminaries, pulpits, and mission boards. Today, these same denominations are experiencing a second phase, a new incantation of Liberalism—the postmodern Emergent Movement. Similar to its protest against Liberalism, the Arminian protests loudly regarding Emergent. Little do they realize how their own theological/philosophical foundations are the very “soil” from which the Emergent Church is spawned. Efforts to rid emerging Emergent from Arminian denominations are futile. It’s like trying to lift yourself off the earth while standing in your own boots.

  7. Concerned Nazarene said

    I thought you’d like to know that Rev. Larry McKain, New Church Specialties, is within a few weeks of being voted into the pastorate of South Church of the Nazarene in Lansing, MI. He’s been the interim pastor for the last year and having sat under his “ministry” for the last year, I can see a definite trend in his “dumbing down” the Gospel in our church. Now, after reading your article on NCS, I understand why.

    Thank you for your ministry and eyeopening articles.

  8. Margerete Gilroy said

    I’m grateful for all those who are working to expose the heretical teachings of the emergent church movement. I still do not understand how it has gained such a foothold as many friends whom I have contacted do not even know such a movement exists. I pray that God will separate the wheat from the chaff. Margerete

  9. Mary Ann (Wopschall) Jehlen said

    I praise God that these dear people who published the letter keep their eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of their faith. My husband and I have been to dozens of churches of all christian denominations(not Catholic) and ALL are heavily into false doctrines-not just Rob Bell. We are living in very perilous times. People don’t want anything to do with us because we will not sacrifice the truth of God’s Word. I have been attending a Nazarene Church for about two months, but can no longer give to an organization that supports in any way preachers or doctrines contrary to the Holy Scriptures.

  10. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome web log!

  11. nazarenepsalm113 said

    Well as far as guest writer’s I screen very carefully before I post any other materials to make sure the writer is on the same page as me. Because I am responsible to make sure no one stumbles. The writers here are all friends of mine and brothers and sisters in the Lord as well. As a rule I don’t usually publish anyones material that I have not know for at least a couple years. But of course that doesn’t stop or discourage people from starting their own blogs and websites as well. They are still for the most part still free. Thanks for your kind comments. Tim

  12. Jeannette said

    A big AMEN to the statement of faith!

    I only have one query. You said:
    “I would not belong to a church that would practice speaking in tongues during worship or while a Bible study is in progress…”

    Of course there must be order in meetings, and it would normally be very out of order to interrupt a Bible Study or preaching by bursting out in tongues; or a totally chaotic use of this gift during worship. But surely tongues, rightly used, can sometimes itself be a form of worship, and quite in order during a worship session?

    There was one famous occasion recorded in Scripture (Acts 10) where the preacher was interrupted by those in the meeting suddenly speaking in tongues. It isn’t recorded that Peter objected!

    Maybe that is “the exception that proves the rule”.

    It is rare to agree 100% on the details of doctrine and practice, but we are one in Christ all the same.

    Bless you in your service for Him

  13. Dr. John Stauffer said

    Many “Christian” universities have fallen prey to becoming business concerns rather than institutions of higher learning with a focus upon teaching young people to remain Christian in a secular world. My denomination has for the most part begun to relax the founders of the church and the universities original intent to send forth workers. My prayer remains that we have those in leadership within the church and the universities to return to the God breathed purpose regardless of the denomination. My work will not be noticed, but collectively ours can make a difference.

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