More Professors Fired for Teaching Calvinism at SBC Colleges
Scrolling my timeline this morning and I stumbled across this helpful post by Collin Garbarino over at First Things.
Christian colleges and universities have every right to maintain their denominational heritages. I teach at Houston Baptist University, and I am pleased that our school explicitly holds to its Christian mission:
Many universities call themselves Christian, but cannot bring themselves to talk about the central narrative of the Christian faith – the Incarnation, the Cross, and the Resurrection. Yet as Father Richard John Neuhaus has written, “If what Christians say about Good Friday is true, then it is, quite simply, the truth about everything.” The implications of such truths are worth studying and knowing to the fullest – truths we all must confront to have a life worthy of our Creator’s purpose.
Therefore, it is right and good for Christian institutions to ask their faculty to teach in accordance with central tenets of the Christian faith. Recently, however, a couple of Baptist colleges have dismissed theology faculty because they hold to Baptist principles. Read that last sentence again; I know it sounds wrong.
Jarvis Williams at Campbellsville University
Earlier this week, Patrick Schreiner reported that Jarvis Williams, an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbellsville University, would not have his contract renewed. The case is curious since Campbellsville University is a Baptist school, associated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and CU is letting Williams go in spite of the fact that he is a fine Southern Baptist scholar. Schreiner writes:
He is a Christian conservative who is committed to biblical authority and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
We have heard from a reliable source that they retain several faculty members who are not part of Baptist traditions, professors in the school of theology who reject biblical authority and biblical inerrancy.
Williams has published three books over the last few years and a number of articles. He is an African-American who has worked toward racial reconciliation within the church. And most importantly, Williams is passionate about proclaiming the Christian gospel. What more could a small Baptist university hope for?
You can read the rest here.
I’m not familiar with how the SBC works, but I hope some type of action is taken against these universities. We will continue to follow this for more updates. Pray for all of these professors. Pray that they will remain faithful to Jesus.
I couldn’t get past the first two paragraphs. The author, a teacher at a Southern Baptist university, mentions maintaining denominational heritages and then favorably quotes a Roman Catholic priest to make a point about studying and knowing “truth” in its fullness. Last time I checked, Catholics have not renounced their teachings about praying to other people who no longer live on earth (idolatry), indulgences for themselves and others, Papal supremacy and infallibility, purgatory, and other Gospel perversions (Gal. 1:7). Our Baptist heritage soundly condemned and warned against these false teaching, and rightly so. Am I missing something? I simply don’t understand the disconnect.