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I came across a post at Reformed Nazarene that does a review of a book that is published and promoted for the Nazarene youth through Barefoot Ministries.  The name of the book is called  Sacred Time.  You can read Reformed Nazarene’s review of the book here.

Many people scoff when it is pointed out that the Nazarene chuch, and other denominations as well, are embracing many elements of Roman Catholicism.  There truly is a movement taking place, under people’s radar, towards ecumenical unity with the Catholic faith. 

 

**UPDATE:  November 30, 2009 – NazNet has removed the link which shows the advice from other Nazarene pastors and lay people that tell Shea Zellweger to bring emergent ideologies and contemplative practices into his congregation slowly so the Millry Nazarene congregation doesn’t get alarmed.

 

The emergent church movement is the pivotal piece to make this seem palatable to the youth and older congregants who, for the most part, have been blind to the infiltration of Catholic teachings.  The strategy that is recommended to implement Catholic mystical prayer practices is a take it  S-L-O-W  and easy method……bring it in  s l o w l y.    Here,  a sample of that advice can be found in this public  Nazarene forum when a young Nazarene pastor laments that he was confronted about emergent teachings, and a few people from NazNet advise him to bring in the spiritual formation exercises and changes  s l o w l y  into his congregation.   Click here to read the thread…..the advice to implement change slowly begins at Comment #20….as well as advice to dissuade his congregants from being concerned about what the Concerned Nazarenes are trying to reveal to the Nazarene denomination.

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From a recent web announcement from Highland Park Church of the Nazarene  in Seattle:  ( The original announcement has been removed from the internet. )  

You are invited to experience prayer in a fresh way.  The Prayer Labyrinth is not a maze, it’s a journey with an internal destination. It is an opportunity to meet with Jesus and take him with us as we go out into the world. Call the church office at 206.762.8044 or complete the form below and sign up to experience an updated use of an ancient tool for prayer and reflection centered on Christ.

The Prayer Labyrinth requires approximately one hour to complete.  You will contacted to confirm your desired start time.

 

Giving people a dose of experience through ancient mystical methods is all the rave today.  Highland Park states that you can meet with Jesus through this experience and take Him with you like your newly adopted buddy into the world when you go through the labyrinth. 

 

Who needs to meet Jesus at the blood-stained cross anymore?  Who wants to open the Law to sinners and show them their condition and the penalty for sin?  Who wants to preach repentance for sins and tell of the good news of forgiveness through a merciful and loving Savior?  THAT is all so negative, and in the words of Brian McLaren, “false advertising for God”.  We want to appeal to people’s self-esteem and give them a dose of warm fuzzy theology so that they will want to come back for more spiritually high experiences like a crack addict. 

 

No, shepherds don’t lead their flocks to green pastures, feeding them from the full counsel of the Word of God; they lead them into pagan labyrinth experiences, sprinkled with a little scripture and measure their success by all the star-gazed faces and smiles….Cue:  (Jesus is my boyfriend music)  Draw Me Close To You

 

2 Timothy 4:2 – 4     Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.  (NKJV)

 

Spiritual maturity is brought about through the preaching and TEACHING of the Word, not through spiritual experiences.  Even though we live in post-modern times, we are STILL commanded to preach the word…..even if it is out of season.

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