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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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I believe that the hyperbole surrounding global warming is based on junk science and an environmental agenda.  Carbon is looked on as an environmental threat that is poised to destroy the planet if WE don’t reduce our carbon output.  


Carbon has been around since creation and is a vital part of the cycle of life.  Plants thrive on carbon and depend on it to live through a process called respiration.   ( Perhaps Rob Bell should do a Nooma called Respiration; I digress.)  People who operate greenhouses will sometimes introduce carbon dioxide into their greenhouses to help speed up the growing schedule in their plants if they lag behind and they want to meet a customer deadline.  It’s through the process of respiration that the plants take in the carbon and put out oxygen which is vital for our health.  The respiration process is another amazing God created (not an evolved process) and ordained way of revealing His majesty and sovereignty through creation.


The global warming and environmental agenda are also a part of the emergent church movement.   Their logo is a green leaf in the shape of a lower case ‘e’ which stands for emergent, earth friendly, unity, peace.  I see many references to environmental issues being pushed in our Nazarene colleges, as I have seen in their quarterly publications and from  other Nazarene publicatons.  Again, as stated in my previous post , I believe we need to be good stewards of our environment and not abuse God’s provisions.  What I am trying to point out is a pattern of  environmental liberal agendas that have attached themselves to the emergent church and infiltrated the Nazarene colleges.  Somehow the great commission came to include, or become more focused on saving the plant and being a community in the process.


This focus on a perceived environment threat seems to fit in well with a global agenda of unity of governmental control  and regulations over people.   Every big and small business person will be affected by the cost of implented controls.  Every consumer will be affected by higher costs.   As a past business owner, I would often take note of who the supporters were of liberal causes which  affected me, my family, business, and employees.


I listended online to Trevecca University’s president speak at the M7 Conference in 2007 on Teaching Revelation to Today’s Postmodern Crowd.  In the beginning of his talk he tells the listeners that we “ought to read Revelation through environmental eyes.”  You can listen to it online here:  



Another pattern I find within the emergent church movement is a downplaying of the Book of Revelation as being just a story, as well as a downplaying and redefining of Scripture to re-interpret what is written.    


Many evangelicals and Nazarene leaders seem to have be on board with  the Global Warming agenda and  have signed a document stating that they are concerned. 

Take note of the Nazarene signers to:



Also, take note of some of the more popular emergent signers such as Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Dan Kimball, Alan Hirsh, Jim Wallis, Tim Keel, etc.

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There is a movement that has taken hold in the Nazarene denomination calling on people (mostly the young) to embrace an Ancient-Future worship style.  The movement draws its adherents to look to the past, or early church fathers for a new direction for the future of worship. 

This movement embraces the pietism of early monastic life, and of practices of the early Roman Catholic Church; it points devotees to the Desert Fathers.  Because Ancient-Future worship practices are considered ancient, these practices are touted as being biblical and authentic.   Are they biblical?  Does God define the ways we come to Him, or does man?  Are these ancient mystical practices found in scripture?  Did the early believers in Acts practice these worship methods?  How did some of these ancient mystical methods of prayer and worship develop? 

This appeal for mysticism and experiential-feelings type worship is a result of:

  •  Dead churches not training,  equipping, and exhorting congregations to put their faith to action and witness to those who are lost with the life-changing gospel and to then help the hopeless.
  • Legalism – adding rules and standards that are extra-biblical and not contained in scripture. 
  • Lack of  Biblical exegetical preaching and teaching so that those weak in the faith are swayed by every new fad that saunters down the pike.      
  • Churches that embrace pragmatic church growth, seeker-sensitive, market-driven programs that water-down preaching  and teaching to appeal to the world.  

These ancient practices that are being embraced in some churches today through youth pastors, and some New Start nazarene emergent churches and universities include:  prayer labyrinths, prayer walks or stations, lectio divina, lenten practices, Ash Wednesday observances, practicing monastism, taking retreats to monastaries, praying the rosary or prayer beads, centering prayer.  Ecumenism and unity with other faiths is being embraced.  There is a strong appeal for Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.  All this under the guise and appeal of Ancient-Future worship.

Robert Webber (now deceased), Richard Foster, and Dallas Willard are the main authors of this movement.  They have written books that are used on the college campuses to promote the ancient-future practices as a “new way” for re-inventing Christianity. 

Here is a link to Robert Webber’s site.  He sent out a written document called The Call for  people to read and sign; if they agreed with The Call they signed it.  Here is the link.  You need to scroll down the page to read The Call to an Ancient Evangelical Future.



Here is a list of Nazarene signers to The Call (as of November 17, 2006):

  • Rev. Ken Balch, Mission Director, Mid-Atlantic COTN, Crofton MD
  • Sam S. Barber, Senior Pastor, Troy COTN, Troy, OH
  • Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN
  • Daron B. Brown, Pastor, COTN, Waverly, TN
  • Rev. James B. Chapman, Sonlight COTN, Minneapolis, MN
  • Eric Frey, Toronto First COTN, Toronto, OH
  • Timothy Green
  • Dr. Sam Green, Associate Professor of Music, Chair of the Division of Music, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN
  • Chad A. Harvey, Pastor, Little Sandy COTN, Bruceton Mills, WV
  • Rich Mark, Pastor to Families with Children, Nashville First COTN, TN
  • Scott Marshall, Pastor of Fellowship & Discipleship, Southside COTN, Chesterfield, VA
  • Rev. Harlan Moore, Minister of Worship Arts, Bethany First COTN, Bethany, OK
  • Brian M. Niece, Pastor, Grace Community COTN, Brusnwick, GA
  • Dr. Charles Nienkirchen, Prof. of Christian History & Spirituality, Alliance University College/Nazarene University College, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Rev. Brent Peterson, Pastor, Chicago Northside COTN, Chicago, IL
  • Rev. Brian K. Postlewait, Spiritual Director, Community of Hope, Inc., Washington D.C.
  • John D. Prichard II, Lead Pastor, Butler COTN, Butler, MO
  • Dr. Keith Schwanz, Assistant Dean, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
  • Rev. Todd A. Stepp, O.S.L., Pastor, COTN, Greencastle, IN
  • Rev. A. Blake Teston, Lead Pastor, Blackwell First COTN, Blackwell, OK
  • Rev. Brian R. Thomas, Sr. Pastor, Wasilla Lake COTN, Wasilla, AK
  • Rev. Greg Voiles, COTN, Elder, Ph.D. Preparation Historical Theology & Christian Spirituality (Fall 2007), Allardt, TN
  • Michael Wiebe, Minister of Worship & Music, First COTN, Nampa ID

Here is the link to check the signers: http://www.ancientfutureworship.com/afw_callsigners2.html


The Nazarene Publishing House is also promoting ancient-future materials to Nazarene youth through the following selections:



This is why we left the Nazarene Church.  We did not feel that it was safe to allow our two youngest children to go through our Nazarene church’s youth group.  This material was being introduced along with Rob Bell’s Nooma video’s….and we saw that Ancient-Future practices were also well entrenched at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Trevecca Nazarene University.

There is an agenda coming together of unity with other religions, with mysticism as the cement that binds the faiths together.   There is a drawing away of people taking place (especially the young) from solid propositional truth-teaching from the Bible to the false fire created by man to offer to God experiences and feelings over what is written in His Word.  There is a move towards the Catholic Church.


Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.      Acts 20: 28-31


For further research on Ancient-Future worship go to these links:

 Evangelical Mysticism?   http://www.thebereancall.org/node/6433

Ancient-Future Heresies      http://www.thebereancall.org/node/6535

Why Evangelicals Are Returning to Rome     http://cicministry.org/commentary/issue105.htm

Here’s a post from the Emergent Nazarenes blog discussing Ancient-Future   http://emergentnazarenes.blogspot.com/2006/09/dialogue-with-our-modern-nazarene.html

Lighthouse Trails Research article on Ancient-Future   http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/index.php?p=1391&c=1

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