Link: What’s So Odd About Religious Colleges

WSJ columnist William McGurn writes in today’s Wall Street Journal about Wheaton’s stand to enforce their “Community Covenant.” Wheaton is called the “Harvard of Evangelicalism” and expects their faculty and students to meet and maintain certain standards as a condition of employment or matriculation. Even if you do not agree with their stand, and McGurn makes clear he does not, it is refreshing to hear of at least one Christian college that is making an effort to maintain Christian standards from both faculty and students.

I posted to a friend’s blog yesterday that too many schools are Christian in name only and have abandoned the truth in their classrooms, not to mention their dormitories. Read about one such example here. I have been to Pastoral Ministries classes with guys who couldn’t be bothered to get up and go to church on Sunday and to theology classes where the prof thought the virgin birth wasn’t really all that important. I couldn’t help but wonder, what does this portend for the future of what most people call “Christianity”? Thankfully, those of us who hold to biblical Christianity and who yearn to recognize and know the truth will spot these hirelings a mile away.

Wheaton, it appears, is at least making an effort to stand up for truth not only in academics, but in lifestyle. Bottom line: Nobody made these guys sign the “Community Covenant.” If you don’t like the “Community Covenant,” don’t sign it and go somewhere else.


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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2 Responses to Link: What’s So Odd About Religious Colleges

  1. Arthur Sido says:

    I’ve never understaood why people go to an institution and then want the institution to change to cconform to them. The VMI issue with women a few years ago, Southern Seminary when Mohler took over. There are thousands of places to get an education. You can find one that matches your preferences. If you don’t want to sign a covenant, go somewhere else. If you don’t like what a church believes, go to a different one.

  2. I always assess this type of mentality or perspective based upon my own personal adaptation of it. This is personified by my own self-absorbed, self-righteous, and self-desired perspective of the world. One which is now in check and addressed through regeneration, but seemingly absent from those who are not. Ever aware of my flaws and desire to have my environment cater to me reminds me to bow my knee to the King and His Royalty.

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