Update - June 22, 2009
Eric Barger and
"Concerned Nazarenes" to confront Emergent Error in Orlando
there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be
false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift
destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of
whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness
shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment
now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
- II Peter 2:1-3
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them
which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye
have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord
Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches
deceive the hearts of the simple.
- Romans 16:17-18
Just imagine if you awoke to realize
that the church in which you had invested time, effort, finances, and
trust, had slowly slipped into spiritual disrepair? What if it occurred
to you that the trustworthiness that you believed would never
change was gone and it had become clear that your denomination,
yes, even your own local church, had adopted doctrines, practices and
beliefs that were just not questionable but were now active and useful
tools for the devil? What if you, like so many of our brothers and
sisters across America and around the world, were faced with the
decision of either turning your head to attempt ignoring reality,
fleeing to a safer place to worship, or standing up to expose and resist
error? My friend, these scenarios are
exactly what many members of The Church of the Nazarene are facing
what about the lost who may stumble into these Emergent-leaning churches
unaware that what's found inside in no way resembles the authentic,
biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ? Who will vicariously speak up for them?
It's for these reasons that I
am flying to Orlando, Florida, this week to speak out against the
Emergent Church during the international convention of The Church of the
The Emergent Church movement has infiltrated the Nazarene
denomination to such an extent that one wonders if it can ever
successfully be pulled back
from liberalism's chasm. Thankfully, there is a remnant, a growing band
of resistors known as "Concerned Nazarenes," who are standing strong
against false teaching in their midst. Though I am not a Nazarene and I
do not have a vested interest to merely "save" a denomination, I fully
support these folks and their brave and unwavering stand for truth.
Liberal and Emergent Nazarene intellectuals have relentlessly attempted
to marginalize and demean these Bible-believing folks. I also share in the price that is
being paid for exposing
cultic beliefs, liberal theology, and the Emergent Church in The Church
of the Nazarene. Because of my support of the Concerned Nazarenes' cause, I have been
demeaned and condescended to by liberal, Emergent defenders. I have had
the validity of our ministry and longtime track record in apologetics
marginalized and my words twisted - without ever receiving any sound
Scriptural answers from the Emergents. I have even been called a "liar"
by a PhD professor (from an increasingly liberal denominational
university) who also pastors a Nazarene church! But regardless of what
it might cost, if we don't come alongside our fellow Christians who
revere the Bible and who are battling for the life of their church, then
we need to check our own apathy level and repent appropriately.
Though I have had several close
friends in the denomination, before sixteen months ago I was unaware of
just how far the Church of the Nazarene had descended into Emergent
thinking. I have outlined the experience I had in attending Emergent
Brian McLaren's conference at Northwest Nazarene University.
Frankly, I came away from the February, 2008, conference shocked and
shaken at how this once-solid denomination was now not just toying with
but had already fully accepted the Emergent darkness. Since then, we've discovered
that blatant liberalism, open theism (which states that God does not
know the future) and even evolution are being embraced and, yes, taught
by professors in nearly every Nazarene University as well as in their
Theological Seminary in Kansas City. To say that many of these
intellectual educators do not believe the Bible to be infallible and
inerrant is being overly generous! BUT LET ME BE CLEAR - THIS
PROBLEM IS JUST NOT A NAZARENE PROBLEM!
Anything I bring out about what
is happening in Nazarene circles could to varying extents surely be said about nearly every
other denomination today. It is truly the "perilous times" the Apostle
warned Timothy about. While many Christians relax, thinking
everything is surely OK in their camp, the core values of the Christian
faith are under assault by individuals who have become so enamored with
their own intellect and human reasoning that they have silently
abandoned belief in the Bible and have rejected the very heart of the
Christian Gospel. Through the leadership of like-minded men the Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian,
Lutheran and other great denominations were brought into spiritual apostasy 100-150
years ago. The once-great denominations were commandeered by denominational officials and seminary
and university professors who abandoned the Bible and embraced blatant
heresy - all the while cheering each
other on in their errors. They are whom the late Dr. Walter Martin called "devils" and they
are reproducing themselves in a new breed of pastor who - because of
being mistrained by the aforementioned heretics - are either
disenfranchising members who realize what is happening or helping to
delude others who are yet clueless that all is not well in the pulpits.
is Satan's second go at destroying authentic, Bible-believing
Christianity in the past 200 years. He is at this moment using the exact
same methods that worked so successfully the first time:
Convince selected "Christian" intellectuals (who think highly of how
highly they think) that God's word isn't true or trustworthy;
- Give said intellectuals tenure to teach heretical ideas in seminaries
and Christian colleges;
- Elect denominational leaders not willing to defend the entire Bible
and the essential doctrines of the faith;
- Then churn out apostates with Bible school degrees to fill the pulpits
and act as change agents for the "new" Christianity in the congregations.
this scenario worked so well when Satan set out to destroy the previous
generation of evangelicals, why would he ever change it in our day?
Obviously, he hasn't. You see, in the end, the dilemma facing the
Nazarenes is actually about the integrity of the Gospel. Will it be
faithfully presented in our day and then passed intact to the next
generation for them to execute the "Great Commission" and see lost souls
for the sake of the seasoned saint and the unsaved alike, we have no
choice but to preach prophetically and blow the trumpet of warning.
This is why Take A Stand! Ministries exists! It is why I am
going to Orlando and it is why I need your prayers and support as I
We are hoping to reach many, many Nazarene pastors and laypeople with
the truth concerning the Emergent Church and liberal heresy that is
encroaching daily upon their churches and universities. In doing so, I
feel certain that we will be met with some stout, if not angry,
opposition from conference attendees sympathetic to Emergent thinking.
However, if we reached just ONE pastor through this effort, the
cross country plane flight and the costs involved are worth it.
Above all, we are praying for a
spirit of brokenness and repentance on behalf of the delegates in
Orlando. The fact that three conservative general superintendants are
ending their terms of leadership this week means that the election of
new general superintendants could be the making or breaking point for
the Nazarenes. Please join me in praying that godly, biblical thinkers
will be tapped to lead and hopefully reform the Nazarenes, leading them
out of the anti-biblical thinking that is inundating most of their
schools and some of their pulpits.
A past president of a Nazarene
university has personally encouraged us to pray, fast and believe that
there will be widespread repentance during the international convention
in Orlando. This individual and other biblical Nazarenes are aware of
the onslaught of Open Theism and Emergent ideas infiltrating the
denomination and educational institutions and is trusting God that the
"gutting of the Bible" can be stopped. Current General Superintendant,
Dr. James Diehl has also sternly warned about the perils of the Emergent
Church. If you yet to see his powerful and anointed statements
click here to see
Praise the Lord!
The flyer shown here below is the
same one that will be distributed this week to thousands in and around
the Orlando Convention Center where the International convention of the
Church of the Nazarene will be meeting.
Along with the flyer announcing the live event
where I will be speaking six times, Concerned Nazarenes are
distributing thousands of DVDs they have made specifically for this
convention and will be handing out some 20,000 of my brochures
to Spot the Emergent Church."
My plan is to update you with video reports from the convention as time
allows. Be sure and watch your email inbox and my ministry page on
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Today, in an effort to
redefine Christianity, alarming numbers of popular yet apostate
“evangelical” leaders known as “The Emerging Church Movement” are abandoning
historic and biblical standards.
This unscriptural, even deadly movement is part of the predicted “great
falling away” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 as Emergent leaders now proclaim that
the Church has failed in its mission, that doctrine is irrelevant and that
the very basis of Christian thinking has always been faulty. In this seminar
Eric defines Emergent thinking and terms, concisely exposes the practical
and doctrinal errors of the Emergents and draws the striking parallels to
New Age thought.
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