I am new to Concerned Nazarenes but I am glad there is now a voice to address the invasion of reckless and dangerous emergent thought and doctrines. I have something to add to this discussion.
I and my wife HAD BEEN Nazarenes for years - and it goes back more than a few years - my grandparents were faithful Nazarenes.
One of our two sons graduated from ONU and the second one will soon graduate, also from ONU. We were "SOLD" on the Nazarene church. In addition to a successful career of running my own insurance business, I had been licensed to preach in the Nazarene Church (and other denominations by invitation). I was on staff part-time as Pastor of Evangelism at a small Nazarene Church and was preparing to work toward ordination as an Elder. So, we were IN the Nazarene Church...that is until the Sr. Pastor and his Youth Pastor moved our church HARD LEFT.
What followed and continued was a complete departure from the life of Jesus and Christianity. It became a religious experiment and a show. The Sr. Pastor became a new age spiritual leader! The last couple of messages I heard preached on a Sunday from a staff member were (1) "YOU DON'T HAVE TO CONFESS THE NAME OF JESUS TO BE SAVED". (2) "I know what the bible says, but we don't DO these things anymore".
I want to share more as a warning to those who are attracted to this End Days Apostasy. But, more than that, I have a biblical GAME PLAN I would like to share that could reverse this trend in our local churches and in our Universities.
As for Olivet, I spoke with Rev. Michael Benson and felt like he is really a nice guy...but when I asked him if he believed the bible is true and without error he said "NO. I believe there are errors in the bible". I was/am stunned. So, why is he teaching my sons (and your sons and daughters) from a book that has mistakes in it? And WHO gets to decide what is true in the bible and what is mistaken or lies? Michael Benson? This deception is the responsibility of Dr. Bolling and the University. This is another example of deliberately embracing "emergent type thinking" and practices. It starts quietly (like Michael Benson) and by the time we speak up, it's too late: the damage is done. Our sons and daughters can see this hypocrisy. Will they say, "Oh well, we SAY one thing, but it's OK to do another. That's what our LEADERS at ONU do!"