Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Enrolls First Muslim Student

25 May

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Enrolls First Muslim Student.

Here’s their priorities:

“Think about this. According to President Patterson, one no longer has to accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior to be a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, but one must accept ‘our moral code of conduct,”” he wrote. “In other words, Paige Patterson deems it more important for prospective students of Southwestern to agree to avoid the ‘use and possession of alcohol and tobacco’ than to affirm their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.”

Typical fail…


8 responses to “Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Enrolls First Muslim Student

  1. Jacob

    May 25, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    How is this bad? Allah does not have any power that isn’t wholly and summarily subordinate to God’s power. God is sovereign and accessible to all through Jesus. The Holy Spirit works in the hearts of non-Christians of all stripes and allegiances, therefore all who seek Him can find Him. The heart of the Muslim already desires the things that are not of of this world, so all that remains is for the Holy Spirit to correct the theological errors and false teaching that distracts from the truth that Jesus is Lord. A challenge, to be sure, but nothing God in His infinite power and wisdom can’t handle.

    A Muslim in bible college? Praise God!

  2. Will S.

    May 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    It’s NOT a Bible college; it’s a seminary. Huge difference.

    Yes, God can use the situation for good, but God can use ‘unequally yoked’ believer/non-believer relationships for good, too, as He pleases – but He still commands us to not get into them.

    Similarly, a college whose purpose is training up people to be ministers of the Gospel – and that’s what this place is – really ought not to admit people who are fundamentally opposed to the Gospel because they profess another, false gospel – in no wise should we be educating them in how to present the Christian faith to others. Only professing Christians should be admitted; in this case, only Baptists, IMO, since it is a Baptist seminary.

  3. John

    May 26, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I was a Muslim before I became a Christian as I wrote in another post on this website. But if I was offered a spot in seminary, or an invitation to be a church member while I was still a Muslim I would have laughed my way all the way back home. Part of what drew me to Christianity and the church I found was that THE CHURCH IS SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD. This is supported in the scripture. Yes people are still prone to some sin in the church, but in general the actions, standards, discipline, expectations and results are all different.

    Paul says we judge people IN the church. Hold them to different standards. A seminary or bible college is in essence an extension of the church in order to create more ministers for the rest of the church. Why would a self-professing Muslim want to go? Curiosity? Maybe. But I think more because it will cement his viewpoint of the world and he will find ways to twist teachings to attack the theology of Christianity.

    If a non-Christian wants to learn about the theology of Christianity, they can go to their local college or university, listen to apologetics, read a book on the subject, go to their local church, or read a bible. Doesn’t make sense for a seminary or even a bible-college to accept them until they become a Christian and find it that they want to devote their life to ministry.

  4. Eliza

    May 26, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Apostasy is alive and well at Southwestern Baptist Theological Center. Only those who are born again are believers, all others are lost in their trespasses and sins. Muslims are particularly hostile to Christians and it is written in the Koran that any who claim the Jesus Christ the Son of Mary is the Son of God they are cursed. Ignorance of what they teach and believe leads one to think there are only minor differences between Islam and Biblical faith.

  5. Will S.

    May 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

    @ John: Exactly my point, and what I tried to convey in my response to Jacob. A seminary, especially, exists for the purpose of training ministers of the Gospel; a Bible college is a multidisciplinary Christian school. And while I don’t see it as appropriate for a non-Christian to attend either, I could far more easily see a Bible college admitting a non-Christian than a seminary, albeit probably mostly due to rank greed, alas.

    The Church is the place to preach to unbelievers, to give them the Word; schools for people who are supposed to be Christians are meant to deepen pre-existing faith, not to bring people into it.

    @ Eliza: Apostasy, indeed.


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