Fuller Seminary, the Progressive?

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The famous Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California has crossed a line that is becoming increasingly blurry within the lukewarm church today.

The Christian evangelical college has opened its doors to a gay/lesbian student club on campus.  CBN reports that about three dozen students are members in this club, and their mission is to support the  “LGBTQ community at Fuller Seminary,” per their public statement.

Evangelist Charles E. Fuller who founded the school in 1947 must be rolling in his grave by now.

Fuller Seminary like other Christian colleges, is compromising the message of the gospel by endorsing this club.  Fuller is preparing the future wave of evangelists and pastors, and given the current social pressures to “equalize love,” these young ministers-to-be will potentially be swayed to accept the LGBT lifestyle as normative and within scriptural bounds.

Scripture rings true in Romans 1:32 when it tells us that people know God’s decrees (Fuller in this case) and despite knowing God’s decrees they give approval to those who practice such lifestyles, by officially endorsing them.

I am sure there are many born-again students and faculty at Fuller who love God and who are disappointed by this turn of events.  Their school has become a social and political battleground for the progressive wave, and there is not much they can do about it.

Fuller is not alone in this shift.  Azusa Pacific University in California, another Christian college, has been invaded by progressive faculty eager to advance the LGBT agenda.  This trend will continue in the future, and it will encroach even upon conservative churches.

Delight in Truth is writing about this development in order to warn the body of Christ that apostle Paul’s teaching to Timothy regarding the last days stands:

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. ” 2 Tim 3:12-13 ESV

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13 comments on “Fuller Seminary, the Progressive?

  1. Why does this not surprise me?

    Here are a few blog posts from the WOW that show why:

    http://chrisreimersblog.com/2010/04/26/christian-kicked-out-of-american-college-because-of-views-on-homosexuality/

    http://chrisreimersblog.com/2010/10/13/gustavus-orientation-controversy/

    http://chrisreimersblog.com/2010/10/07/freshman-orientation-at-the-lutheran-gustavus-adophus-college/

    and

    http://chrisreimersblog.com/2010/10/14/the-president-of-gustavus-responds/

    I have heard of the problems at Fuller, but was not aware of the situation at Azusa Pacific.

    Having grown up in So. California, it was a school that I considered attending. At that time (late 70’s and early 80’s) the school didn’t have these issues as far as I know.

    Thank you for sharing this information on what promises to be a continuing subject of concern among the true Christians you have mentioned.

    God’s blessings…

    • Thanks for the links, and the Gustavus info. I think wordpress is holding comments for moderation if there are multiple links in them, that is why the comment did not appear right away when you posted it. 🙂

      My friend actually attends Azusa and she tells me that all class discussions on social issues go to the LGBT subject and many students and professors are very sympathetic to the LGBT agenda, especially gay marriage. Very sad…

    • These issues are pervasive in our culture, and significant with college students. Azusa Pacific is clear about it’s position (http://www.apu.edu/about/sexuality/), but is also focused on how the university and Christ-followers center conversations on an individuals’ relationship with Jesus Christ. As we all agree, all have sinned (Romans 3:23) and fall short of the glory of God, and only through Christ’s redemptive power are we all released from each of our individual sins.

      Two individuals that i am aware of are doing substantive work in the area of sexual identity.

      Andrew Marin (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/ ) and Mark Yarhouse ( http://www.sexualidentityinstitute.org/dr-mark-yarhouse ) are both noted individuals involved from a Christ-centered perspective. Andrew from a community perspective (living in community with persons of a different sexual orientation), and Mark Yarhouse from an academic perspective.

      It is a responsibility and opportunity of the Chrsitian community to learn how to represent Matt. 22:37-40 in today’s culture. Loving God, and loving neighbors is a lifelong pursuit.

      May we delight in God’s Truth, and continue to share His love to everyone.

      • David, welcome to Delight in Truth. Thank you for the links and the info.

        I am glad to see that particular statement on the APU website. But the sentiment in the social curriculum at AP may not be in tune with this particular biblical statement. I will do more research about actual teaching there especially about gay marriage.

        I am a bit surprised that you labeled the Marin foundation as Christ centered. Do you agree that love is an orientation?

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  3. Wow this soooo alarming!!! Indoctrination is infiltrating even Christian Faith based schools… I have 2 toddlers, 1 who is due to start kinder this fall & i honestly pray daily to get laid off from my job so that i will still have income, but can stay @ home with my little ones to Biblically homeschool them

    • My oldest is in school now Shawny, and it is our responsibility to know what they are being taught at school, so that we can make sure we teach them right at home. In California where I live, things are pretty liberal when it comes to social progressivism and I am constantly on the look-out for red flags in their curriculum.

  4. Delight, many share your concerns about children being schooled, my youngest daughter homeschools her three children.

    Fuller has been a nest for all manner of aberrant practices since the Black Saturday when the seminary abandoned the inerrancy of Scripture. Since then much has changed like some classes offered that teach Christian workers are to accommodate those in other cultures and in our sub-cultures to accommodate those who differ in their moral values as taught in the Bible.
    This issue has brought widespread acceptance of a theology that rejects sinfulness of man in favor of the corporate physical needs of society. “The purpose driven drivel(my emphasis Manny) is (Rick Warren Fuller alumni) an example of the new reformation based on behavior rather than beliefs; deeds rather than creeds; and what the church does rather than what it believes.” Quoted from Paul Smith’s New Evangelism.
    Here is a excerpt from a former students letter of rebuke. ” Because Fuller does not have a very high view of Scripture and opens up Bible books to many interpretations, it confuses students and makes them unsure of what to believe about the Bible or how to teach God’s Word for future ministry. Fuller seems to encourage and tolerate students who question key doctrines of the Christian faith, having them dabble over futile speculations, historical theories, and man-made traditions, all of which does incredible damage to the student’s sanctification and Fuller’s reputation.
    It pains me to say this, but some of these students are so confused as to what they believe about their faith that they are not fit to be pastors once they graduate. I learned the truth of this when one of my Fuller classmates named David told me about a time when he was trying to obtain signatures from Fuller students to stop homosexual/gay agendas being pushed into public grade schools and their textbooks. David told me that most of the Fuller students refused to sign the petition because they didn’t know what to think about homosexual agendas and/or thought there was a better way to approach the situation.
    In essence, they were okay with the homosexual agenda being legitimized and taught in public schools. Any soundly educated and regenerated Christian should know the answer to this dilemma, whether it is homosexuality or pedophilia, abortion, incest, bestiality, murder, or any other transgression of God’s law that would be taught and legitimized in a public forum.” Steve Cha.
    Is it any wonder that they are allowing LGBTQ community on campus?

    • Manny, thanks for the info.

      I knew that Fuller was a liberal theological college (the largest in the nation I believe with 4300 students) but I had no idea it was this bad.

      Now, the next move which is already being implemented is for the LGBT agenda to come inside the church. I mean theologically conservative reformed, baptist, or pentecostal churches.

      There will be demands for pulpit time, choir membership, worship leading roles, etc…

      I believe many churches will compromise unfortunately..

  5. DDelight, it seems we are headed for very dark times. My concern is for children who will have to live in this mess. Maybe church as we know it will be abandoned and parents will have to have church in the home secretly like the first church.
    i have heard of a group of Jewish believers who left Spain during the inquisition and settled in New Mexico and have been hiding out for generations. Just so they could worship and meet as well as practice their faith in a watered down way. They still maintain extensive secrecy after centuries.
    My father told me they called Jewish believers in Spain Marranos which I am told means “Pigs” as what Jews or Older Christians called them derogatorily. They would eat pork to save their lives. Well our Lord’s promise is “I will never leave nor forsake you.” That’s good enough for me.

  6. Sin begets sin.
    It started by turning the blind eye on promiscuity and other sexual sins that most Christian campuses are full ,
    Sin begets more sin

  7. The darker the days the Light is becoming even more important. I pray the remnant will be a beacon to the lost, a light to the blind and speak words of life to this dying world.

    Thank you for the alert.!.

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