Seminary to Adjust Bylaws to Allow for ‘Flexibility’ in Admitting Non-Christian Students

27 Oct

Seminary to Adjust Bylaws to Allow for ‘Flexibility’ in Admitting Non-Christian Students.

FORT WORTH, Texas – A Texas theological seminary, which trains Christian men for ministry, has announced that it will adjust its bylaws to allow for greater “flexibility” in the admittance of non-Christian students following controversy surrounding the enrollment of a Muslim man.

(See here.)

However, some state that allowing Muslims and those of other faiths—or no faith—into the school’s programs cannot be considered a proper or biblical way to evangelize.

“I know some people will … [say] … ‘It’s about evangelism! Don’t you believe that our seminaries should be in the prisons leading people to Christ by offering Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, neo-Nazi’s, and all other people of faith (or non-faith) the opportunity to enroll in theological educational courses provided by our seminaries?” Wade Burleson of Istoria Ministries wrote. “Answer: ‘No.’ Let me make that ‘A resounding no.’”

“Our seminaries should be training Christian men and women how to go into the prisons and lead people to Christ,” he said.

“All of us want to see our Muslim and Mormon friends come to faith in Christ for their salvation and deliverance,” Burleson also commented in June when the controversy first erupted. “[However], the place for evangelism to take place is not the seminaries Southern Baptists have set aside to train gospel ministers and missionaries.”

“We are far more effective fulfilling the polices of the Southern Baptist Convention and the charters and policies of our seminaries by training Christians for gospel ministry and then sending them to places where Muslims are, than we are by violating policies and bringing Muslims and Mormons to where our gospel ministers and missionaries are being trained,” he said.

Hear, hear!


9 responses to “Seminary to Adjust Bylaws to Allow for ‘Flexibility’ in Admitting Non-Christian Students

  1. gunner451

    October 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    What is probably forgotten by many is that this is not the first compromise but rather the second or third and it will not be the last. The first was most likely the admitting of women and the promotion of women into roles that the Bible clearly reserves for men. Once feminism is accepted rather than the Word of God the decline is usually quite rapid and in the end all standards have been chucked out the window in favor of tolerance of any and all sinful life styles. Just cast your eyes on any of the main line Protestant denominations and you’ll see what I mean. Sad to see that another one is biting the dust.

  2. Will S.

    October 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm


    I’m sorry to see the Southern Baptists continue their decline, thus…

  3. infowarrior1

    October 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    What holdouts are left?

  4. Will S.

    October 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t know.

    From this list:

    The SBC has five other theological seminaries.

    One could investigate, see if their policies are online, or email them and ask them if they admit non-Christians.

    There’s a project for you! 😉

  5. Eric

    October 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Money’s at the bottom of all this, what hypocrites they are to pretend this is about ‘evangelizing’ others.

    Any parent with a brain knows that public schools aren’t worth s**t, so they’ll pay to get into any private school that will have them. Around the PNW, there are waiting lists to get into Catholic schools (since they started accepting non-Catholics) and Catholic parents can’t even get their kids into schools their own donations support! In some schools, the student body is majority non-Catholic.

    Seattle University is the main Catholic college here and last time I looked there were less than a dozen enrolled in seminary there.

    What a farce these schools have become: homeschooling is the best option.

  6. Will S.

    October 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    No doubt, Eric.

    Worship of Mammon, instead of worship of God…

  7. feeriker

    October 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I thought, at first glance, that this was something out of The Onion. Since it’s not, I hope, in all brutal frankness, that this “seminary’s” days are in numbered, in very low digits.

    In all honesty the available evidence suggests that seminaries do more harm than good. Most, if not all of the churchian cultural capitulation rot emanates ftom these bastions of doctrinal corruption. Anecdotally, it would seem that lay evangelists without divinity degrees, schooled only in the reading of the Word and fueled by constant prayer and the Holy Spirit, are far more effective in ministry than “professionals.”

  8. Will S.

    October 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Indeed, when seminaries are corrupted, the rot quickly spreads throughout the churches their graduates end up at.

    The key, then, is to have seminaries that are not corrupted – and if they become corrupted, to form new ones.

    When Princeton became corrupted, J. Gresham Machen led orthodox Reformed believers out of it, and established Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; it still exists today, and is still mostly orthodox overall; it has subsequently spawned two other equally orthodox, Reformed seminaries – Westminister Seminary California in Escondido, and Redeemer Seminary in Dallas.

    I agree that lay evangelists in this time can be better than liberal, progressive seminary grads, but I still think it best to have educated seminary grads as pastors; certainly, in my tradition, they never do otherwise. So I am biased there, as a confessionally Reformed believer, I suppose. Oh well! 🙂


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