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This statement was sent to me and I thought I would post it for my readers:

Subject: A Statement from Lighthouse Ministries

Below is a statement written by a Christian journalist who has actively supported the work of Lighthouse Ministries on the border. We would like to thank you all for your faithful support!

A Statement

As many of you know, Pastor Joe Staniforth joined Concerned Nazarenes – a group of Nazarenes troubled by false teachings in our academic institutions and many of our churches in the Western world. These teachings can be summed up as “emergent ideology.”

For more information on the emergent church movement and the mission of Concerned Nazarenes, please visit http://www.concernednazarenes.org or one of the websites listed below.

In September 2008, Pastor Joe and his wife Claudia answered God’s call to work as missionaries, evangelists and church planters on the Texas-Mexico border. Although they’ve witnessed the Lord at work – especially in ministries in Matamoros, Mexico – Pastor Joe became increasingly concerned about emergent teachings in the Nazarene denomination. In obedience to the Lord’s leading, he began preaching against the ideology and practices of the emergent movement (click here).

As a result of his stand, Pastor Joe met heavy opposition. He was rebuked by Nazarene pastors who promote emergent teachings, had certain preaching dates cancelled, and was cautioned not to speak out against the emergent church.

In September 2009, the district leadership of the Church of the Nazarene removed Pastor Joe from his missionary position because of his stance, but allowed him to remain as pastor of the new church plant in Brownsville, Texas.

Although he knew his pastoral position was on the line, Pastor Joe still strongly sensed God’s leading to speak out against the emergent movement. He sent information to local pastors, warning them of the dangers of the emergent church. Three days before Christmas, the Nazarene district leadership dismissed him from his pastoral position on the grounds of “insubordination.”

Pastor Joe says: “The Lord placed a passage on my heart before I met with certain authorities. It was about Balaam’s insubordinate donkey. Remember? Balaam’s donkey was considered insubordinate by his owner, because he would not budge. However, his donkey could see the danger ahead (Numbers 22:22-40). I’m just a vessel that the Lord has chosen to speak through. But He has shown me there is great danger ahead for this denomination, if we continue on the emergent path.”

Pastor Joe would be happy to send you one of two excellent books – “Faith Undone” (also available in Spanish) and “A Time of Departing.” We’d also be happy to send you a free copy of “The Emerging Church” DVD produced by Concerned Nazarenes.

If you would like Pastor Joe to share his heart with your church, he would be happy to do so. He remains an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and an evangelist, and is eager to help people and churches learn more about the emergent movement so they can make informed decisions. Also, he is available for revivals. Please contact us if you are interested in having Pastor Joe speak at your church.

Finally, Pastor Joe and Claudia believe this is a time to rejoice. We rejoice because our Lord has brought us into the light. The Lord is gathering His remnant! (Psalm 14:7).

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss the emergent matter with us.

May our Lord guard your hearts and minds in these testing times.

“Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.”

Psalm 14:7

Request from Pastor Joe:   Do not use this as an opportunity to target those in leadership.  Please be aware  of the magnitude of emergent, and begin to look into it, lest you be overcome by it.

List of websites:

Eric Barger – Take A Stand Ministries
Lighthouse Trails Research

Apprising Ministries

Reformed Nazarene

Nazarene Psalm11:3

Recommended video:

“Errors of the Emergent Church” by Eric Barger (for info. on how to order and preview click here)

Also available:

“How to Spot the Emergent Church: Is the ‘New’ Liberalism Affecting Your Congregation?” by Eric Barger (this free pamphlet is available only in English and is a great introduction)

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I found this posted by Mike Young and thought I would post it for my readers.

You may click on Mike Youngs blog HERE.

I am thankful that more and more people are waking up to the destructive doctrines of emergent teaching.  I am glad that others clearly see the impact it has had on a once healthy denomination.   I can’t help but think of talk show host Glenn Beck’s strategy to educate the people as to who we were as a nation and how destructive socialist policies have slowly filtered in over many decades. destroying our nation’s freedoms and sovereignty.  That’s exactly what needs to be done when it comes to those who support, defend, and promote emergent doctrine in the Nazarene denomination.  It/they need to be exposed.  People need to clearly see what is taking place and decide if that is what they want to support when they pay their tithe to the universities, or order materials from the Nazarene Publishing House.  

It’s interesting that what is currently taking place politically in the U.S., is paralleling, and fits nicely with emergent  philosophies, as well.  Those who embrace such teachings trumpet that they are all about change and hope……there are those familiar words, again.   The change and hope that they are espousing is an old heresy of liberalism and casting doubt on, and downgrading  God’s Word.  It’s also interesting that when I surf through some of the emergent sites, they frequently have links to socialist publications and causes.  Hmm….is it just a coincidence??

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Lighthouse Trails Research publishes a monthly newsletter to alert readers to what is happening in the religious landscape today.  LTR serves as a discernment ministry and is known for their extensive research which includes many footnotes and corresponding links.

The February 2010 newsletter includes two articles regarding concerns taking place within the Nazarene denomination.  One article reports on the choice of speakers Northwest Nazarene University allows onto the campus, the other article reports on a Spiritual Formation event taking place at Trevecca Nazarene University.    You may access the two articles HERE.

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