Eric Barger and “Concerned Nazarenes” to confront Emergent Error in Orlando

But 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 agonizing 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 today.

And 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 Nazarene.

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 leader 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.

This 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.

Since 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 redeemed?

So, 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 go.

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 video clipPraise the Lord!


I would urge all those who are interested in hearing the truth about the Emergent Church to make time to attend these important seminars. Tim Wirth/Concerned Nazarenes

Don’t miss this important seminar while in Orlando!

Eric Barger – Author, evangelist, speaker and recognized nationally in the field of Christian Apologetics. His “TAKE A STAND!” Seminars have been presented from coast to coast since 1984. (Visit HYPERLINK “http://www.ericbarger.com for more)

Don’t miss this important seminar while in Orlando!

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8800 Universal Blvd – Orlando, FL

June 25-27, 2008
10am and 3pm daily

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Eric Barger – Author, evangelist, speaker and recognized nationally in the field of Christian Apologetics. His “TAKE A STAND!” Seminars have been presented from coast to coast since 1984. (Visit HYPERLINK “http://www.ericbarger.com for more)

Residence Inn Orlando Convention Center
8800 Universal Blvd – Orlando, FL

June 25-27, 2008
10am and 3pm daily

For More Information Call: (214) 289-5244

The DVD has now been released we are sending out some advance copies to some ministries who have requested the information because their churches or districts are combating the Emergent heresy.

This heresy is wide spread so even though some of this is Nazarene denomination specific it is a warning to the Body of Christ because it is deadly deception that has infected the Body of Christ as a whole.

If your church is combating this heresy and you would like a copy of the DVD to show your church please email me at This DVD is free of charge all done out of love for the Body of Christ

We will also be handing out copies in Orlando next week.

here is the preview

(the vocals are slightly out of sync this is because of U tube it is not like that on the actual DVD)

A clip from our new DVD that exposes the Emergent Church within the Nazarene denomination as well as the rest of the Body of Christ.

And this video response to our DVD clip (this guy has not even seen the whole DVD) is the reason we did this. In my opinion Bob Hunter acuratly portrays pastors and leaders who are deceived.
But I will let Bobs video which is not based on any scripture, biblical fact or any documentation speak for itself.

Ministry Update – May 29, 2009
Biblical Nazarenes Rally to Rescue Denomination

from Eric Barger
I have just returned from a five week ministry trip that took me literally from one coast of North America to the other and back again. Five weeks away from my family and our office borders on excessive but it was indeed fruitful. Obviously, this would be a great time to say that I’m tired and need a break. However, instead I am embarking on writing the first of two books we have planned and researched for. We hope to have them both in print by the end of September. A lofty goal indeed – but one that I feel passionately about.
I would like to take the time to write on several pertinent issues in this update and will perhaps take a break from working on the first book to do so in coming days. One real “praise the Lord” has been the recent airing of three programs that I co-hosted on Southwest Radio Church. These programs have helped to solidify support for Bible-believers inside the Church of the Nazarene as they fight for the very soul of their denomination.
I so appreciate Dr. Noah Hutchings, Dr. Larry Spargimino and our friends at Southwest Radio for allowing me to spotlight the growing Emergent philosophy within Nazarene circles and to interview several orthodox Nazarene pastors and laypeople who are actively engaging this problem in their midst. These nationally aired programs illustrated that the tide of Emergent thinking, Open Theism and assorted heresies now encroaching on previously orthodox churches, schools and seminaries is not going unnoticed. Though I am not a member of the Church of the Nazarene, I am a concerned Christian apologist and have been watching as this denomination goes through dramatic changes. It has been a genuine blessing to know that our efforts and these radio programs have served to further unite groups of concerned, biblical Nazarenes from all over the country. Like never before, these groups are now sharing research and resources and also joining forces in trying to bring reform to this once-sound denomination. Several biblical Nazarenes have written me saying that until they heard the Southwest Radio programs they felt like they were all alone – “voices crying the wilderness” – in their efforts to expose and resist the assorted heresies that are being embraced as of late in their churches. Praise the Lord, many are finding out that they are not alone in this good fight.
Some of those perpetrating and defending Emergent ideas and practices have taken note as well. I have become the proverbial lightning rod for Emergent Nazarenes and have been wildly accused of numerous assorted things such as “splitting churches.” One Nazarene pastor, who is also a professor at an increasingly liberal Bible college, even accused me of being a “liar.” He’s even suggested that a respected Nazarene evangelist, with whom I am working to oppose the destruction of the Church of the Nazarene at the hands of the “new” liberals, should possibly lose credentialing in the denomination for her efforts! Of course, when asked for specifics of the alleged lies I perpetrated, none were ever cited. The fact is that the moment these folks and their ideas are confronted with the Bible they quickly run for cover. It would appear that the best they can do is to remind anyone who will listen that, since they are highly educated and brainy intellectuals, they know better than everyone else and they must be listened to as the alleged “keepers of truth.” In reality, however, the education most of these folks seem to have acquired has only served to destroy any resemblance of real spiritual smarts.
I believe that when Paul warned Timothy about those in the last days who would possess a “form of godliness but without the power thereof” and who were “ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Tim. 3:5, 7) he was thinking about those with “PhD” behind their name who think more highly of their own hypotheses than of the plain and simple truths of God’s inerrant Word. Because Emergents have little orthodox biblical ground to stand on, the best these folks can do is to cast aspersions from the shadows in hopes of demeaning their opponents. This is the same unseemly tactic relied on by politicians who have no valid arguments to make to their opposition: use accusations to undermine the credibility of those they oppose in order to make them appear to be without credibility. This group of Nazarene “intellectuals” has even succeeded in intimidating at least one national Nazarene leader who had previously shown support for the cause of biblical-thinking Nazarenes. Regardless of all of the silly statements made about me and the gross guilt-by-association accusations that some Emergent Nazarenes have resorted to in an attempt to undermine our efforts, this is exactly the kind of confrontation that is needed to expose heresy in its breeding grounds – college campuses and denominational headquarters.
It would be a colossal waste of time and energy to try and answer all of my critics. However, going against my own long-standing policy, I have attempted some limited dialog with a few Emergent Nazarenes but to no avail. Since I don’t think effective apologetics is always about being simply “bless God right” on every issue and since reconciliation is indeed why the Lord Himself came to earth, one always hopes the other side will have a change of heart. But true reconciliation can never occur at the expense of biblical truth. So, as has been stated on a popular social networking website, I would embrace publically debating any of these Emergent thinkers (Nazarene or otherwise) providing that the ground rules for such a debate were simply to examine the merits of Emergent beliefs using the Bible and the Bible alone as the literal interpreter of truth. Such a debate would serve to illustrate how far removed Emergent thinking and literature is from authentic Christianity – which is perhaps why thus far there have been no takers.
I have written far more on this than I intended an hour ago but I do want to ask that you please pray specifically for the growing group of biblically-sound Nazarenes, that their efforts open many eyes and that they make a truly monumental impact as they come together at the national conference of the Church of the Nazarene in Florida in late June.
One note: The Emergent Church is not a problem for only the Church of the Nazarene. It is throughout evangelical and denominational circles. One of the two writing projects I am undertaking will address how the effects of the Emergent Church, its teachers and its beliefs, are affecting nearly every denomination. It will be a resource and a warning that Satan is surely repeating the same tactic he used to theologically destroy the mainline denominations in the late 19th and 20th centuries. More on that in future updates. (Find info on the Emergent Church here.)
But for now, I need to remind you that we are here, at work and on point. With the exception of a few single-day speaking engagements, I am forced to stay “off the road” during this season of writing, research and prayer. (I am writing this book in the Pacific Northwest and have just four open weekends available for services during June and July. Please click here to contact us for scheduling.) So, it is crucial that our friends understand that the needs of the ministry continue even though our main source of income (our seminars) is greatly reduced during this time. I am depending on you to, first, pray for us and, second, to help support this good cause that God has directed us to undertake. I believe that the sacrifice of time and effort for these two writing projects will pay a dividend of souls and will make an impact next fall and into 2010 and beyond.

What will be the Sign?
As we study the Bible, verses occasionally seem to leap off of the page and become particularly meaningful. If you have been a Believer for long then you probably know the sensation I am speaking about. One such passage for me recently has been the beginning of Matthew 24.
In verse 3 the disciples questioned Jesus asking “what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Verse 4 tells us the Lord’s reply: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
It is significant that Jesus didn’t immediately begin with an overview of conditions and calamities that the world would be experiencing just before His Second Coming. Instead, He warns the very men who had watched as He raised the dead, healed the lame and blind and who had seen and experienced many mighty miracles to be watchful of one thing: that they were not deceived! Stunningly, this paramount prophetic passage indicates that the foremost concern in Jesus’ mind was that His faithful men – who had walked with Him for three years – be first cognizant of religious deception before considering any other marker of the end-times. Unquestionably, the premier sign of the eminent return of Jesus Christ is that error will pervade and deception will be rampant – inside what claims to be “the Church.” Surely this is so today.
Thank you so much for helping us alert those with ears to hear the truth that this “sign of signs” from Matthew 24 is upon us.