One wonders why anyone would send their child off to a ‘Christian’ school like BIOLA when ‘In March of 2016, Biola hosted a conference “Love No Matter What: Politics, Sex, Race and the Way of the Cross.” Themes were LGBT rights, racial issues, capital punishment, etc. The speaker was 29-year-old, black, single Christena Cleveland, associate professor at Duke University Divinity School. She pontificated on radical causes especially pushing Biola to accept Black Lives Matter and the “Palestinians.” Remember this conference was at a major Christian University.
She is a very important person because Christianity Today said so. The magazine named her “one of 33 millennials leading the next generation of Christian faith.” God help us.’ http://donboys.cstnews.com/biola-university-has-slipped-into-the-slim-pit-of-cowardice-compromise-and-corruption
After reading the article I googled Christina Cleveland and found an abundant amount of information. For instance, ‘…at Duke Divinity School, Christena teaches classes on race, reconciliation, and conflict, and leads a research team that is investigating self-compassion as a buffer for racial stress.’ http://www.christenacleveland.com/bio/
Those are not the courses that will help fulfill the Lord’s command in reaching a spiritually lost world with the Gospel of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ!
The next year, 2017, Dr. Cleveland spoke at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California on Sunday, May 21, 2017.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJlt1zwGZqM All Saints Church is typical of theological liberalism. Why do I say that? One reason is this. ‘Are you looking for an absolutely fun time for a great cause? Come join us on Friday, April 20th for An Evening of Drag Queen Bingo — with all proceeds going to support our Trouvères Youth Choir on their Civil Rights Choir Tour to Birmingham, Selma, New Orleans, Memphis, and Ferguson/Saint Louis in June, 2018.
Sweetland Hall will be all decked out for the event and our Bingo caller will be the awesome Roxy Wood!
Arrival is 6:30pm and the games are played from 7-9pm. The cost is $35 for adults and $20 for children and youth 18 and younger. Your entrance fee includes cards for 10 games, beverages, and appetizers/snacks. Additional cards and adult beverages are available with cash.’ https://allsaints-pas.org/an-evening-of-drag-queen-bingo-fundraiser-for-trouveres-choir-tour/
Sadly, many once fundamental schools and churches have gone the way of BIOLA. They are inviting liberals, if not out and out unbelievers, to speak to their students thinking they are being relevant! This ought not to be. Paul wrote that we are to ‘…mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them’ Romans 16:17. Matthew Henry rightly commented on this verse writing ‘Whatever varies from the form of sound doctrine which we have in the scriptures opens a door to divisions and offences. If truth be once deserted, unity and peace will not last long. Now, mark those that thus cause divisions, skopein. Observe them, the method they take, the end they drive at. There is need of a piercing watchful eye to discern the danger we are in from such people; for commonly the pretences are plausible, when the projects are very pernicious. Do not look only at the divisions and offences, but run up those streams to the fountain, and mark those that cause them, and especially that in them which causes these divisions and offences, those lusts on each side whence come these wars and fightings. A danger discovered is half prevented.’
Today’s Christianity has become soft on Biblical separation and it shows by those with whom they fellowship. Now, some have not gone as far as BIOLA but they are seeking to be culturally relevant while losing their saltiness.
The Gospel has always been relevant and as Paul so aptly wrote under the moving of God’s Holy Spirit ‘…that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed’ Romans 13:11.