In light of the recent uproar after the removal of the most egregious false teacher at Northwest Nazareen University, I think it important to speak truth from the Word of God. Let me first say that while I wish NNU was direct about their reason for letting Dr. Oord go, most people believe that it is due to many false teachings that he has introduced his students to. He has in fact led the charge to heresy that now pervades our local Christian university’s campus. The school needs to return to believing that the Bible is an absolute authority and not permit its Christian teachers to teach otherwise. This is a hard thing to do for a university that has looked the other way for far too long. How do you rewind the clock and clean house to the point that your staff actually do believe the Word of God is truth, all the time, whether they like what it says or not. Many of these staff members have set themselves as judges of Scripture, rather than allowing the Bible to judge and instruct them.
Many people today want to believe false things. This is true on college campuses, as well as in the pew. But the many Christian universities teaching heresy nationwide are leading the charge away from the Bible. We are witnessing a great falling away in the church, which should not surprise us, as Jesus told us ahead of time this would happen right before His return. (Matthew 24:10-13) Jesus also told us to pray that we would continue in the faith. Part of holding to the faith includes being willing to speak the truth of the Bible, and to point out false teachers and not choose to sit under them, rather than choose to enjoy their warm fuzzy messages which come straight from the pit of hell.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Jesus is to be preeminent in our hearts and that should show in our lives. If our family or friends take preeminence to Jesus and the Truth of His Word, we need to ask ourselves if Jesus indeed is our master.
In case you are tempted to continue to stand by a teacher, whoever that teacher would be, because of your friendship with them, even when they teach heretical teachings, look at what Jesus said in Luke 14:26-35:
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Salt Without Taste Is Worthless
34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
If you would like to sign a petition in support of the decision to remove Dr. Oord, here is a link where you can do so.