After serious consideration, I’ve decided to write a series about NAR evangelist Dan Bohi. These articles I’ve written are arguably the most burdensome that I’ve written as a member of a Nazarene church. In my research of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement (read my other articles concerning the NAR here), I’ve discovered the systemic perversion of Christian orthodoxy being overtly and covertly practiced in the Christian church. Tragically, the Nazarene denomination has not been immune from its effects. I write this article because Dan Bohi of Becoming Love Ministries is one actor within the broader NAR movement and presents a unique threat to the Christian church, and the Nazarene denomination specifically. I’ve not arbitrarily selected Dan Bohi for the subject of a series. There are many topics I could’ve written about. However, Bohi’s proximity to my home church threatens the health of my church family, and I feel called to be the voice that speaks against Bohi’s false teachings regardless of its reception.
I’d like to provide a brief disclaimer. I don’t personally know Dan Bohi. My theological review of his teachings and ministry is strictly based on material that he’s produced and made publicly accessible, including his book titled “Holiness and Healing” co-authored with the like-minded NAR Nazarene pastor, Rob McCorkle. My aim isn’t to squabble over every peripheral theological disagreement but to substantively tackle issues that matter.
As I’ve advocated in a previous article, we should address all teachings with the Berean model found in Acts 17:10-15,
“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.“ (ESV)
Christians should examine all teachings by every teacher against scripture. All Christians should aim to be like the noble Bereans. Dan Bohi has volumes of public content, so I can easily conclude the Biblical legitimacy of his claims and decide whether he’s “anointed” as some claim. Those that claim Bohi is “anointed” will likely perceive these articles as a malicious attempt to tear down a brother in Christ and cite Ephesians 4:29 to support their criticism. Ephesians 4:29 states, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” What we must keep in mind, however, citing scripture without a context can be used as a pretext. There isn’t a single Biblical prooftext that would discourage Christians from holding false teachers accountable for their unrighteous actions. Bohi has been a professing Christian for decades, which means that he will be held to a higher standard of accountability than a Christian who is new to the faith. I will extend Bohi an appropriate amount of grace for his tenure in the faith, along with the appropriate amount of grace for his responsibility and role within the church as a professional evangelist.
The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:16-18 publicly announced the names of false teachers and “upsetting the faith of some.” Personal sins against a brother or sister in Christ are handled differently within the church (Matthew 18:15-17) than sins against the church. Bohi is sinning against the church and is not subject to the model found in Matthew 18:15-17. Additionally, Bohi has already been approached for his notoriously heterodoxical teachings without an apparent willingness to correct himself. This is why I’m publishing my critique of Bohi’s teachings publicly versus having a private meeting.
The remaining articles in this series will address Bohi’s theological positions on the NAR, healings, impartations, and the fiscal excesses of Becoming Love Ministries. I’ll provide detailed examples that will accurately paint a picture of Bohi’s theology. This picture will help readers Biblically judge whether Bohi is fit for ministry. For those within the Nazarene denomination, like myself, we must become familiar with Bohi’s theology because he’s mainstreaming NAR theology across the nation within our churches. These articles were written to inform all Christians, but I did have my fellow Nazarene brothers and sisters in mind when I wrote them.
Pray as you read. Let this knowledge embolden you to inform others about what they’re agreeing to when they invite Dan Bohi into the walls of the church. I pray that you use this content for your edification alongside the benefit of your church.