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“In the midst of the culture in which we live — where relativism and tolerance are considered the ultimate virtues — Patrick Henry [College] has taken a stance in direct opposition to that kind of thinking,”

— AmTalibangelist Voddie Baucham, Jr., on the firing of an employee at a bible college for not accepting Jesus Christ as his savior.

Interesting in-fighting within the AmTaliban. Guess Baucham’s sending his kids to Falwell’s Liberty University or this joint since they have a “biblical worldview.” And the earth is 3,000 years old too. That will really prepare someone for integration into the reality-based world.

Recently a Loudoun County judge ordered former Patrick Henry College (PHC) employee Jeremy Hunley to stop disparaging the school over its statement of faith affirming that salvation is by faith in Christ alone. Hunley, a member of the Church of Christ denomination, was let go by the school after he began promoting the idea that baptism is necessary for salvation.

Baptist evangelist Voddie Baucham, Jr., says PHC should be lauded for its commitment to an uncompromisingly biblical worldview throughout the school. “In the midst of the culture in which we live — where relativism and tolerance are considered the ultimate virtues — Patrick Henry [College] has taken a stance in direct opposition to that kind of thinking,” Baucham says. “And if we are going to do anything and win this battle in the marketplace of ideas, that’s the kind of stance that each and every one of us has to take. So I think they should be applauded.”

Jeremy Hunley was forced to resign from Patrick Henry College because his belief that baptism is necessary for salvation contradicted school doctrine. (By Gerald Martineau — The Washington Post)

Baucham says as a home-schooling dad who will soon be sending his children off to college, PHC’s action in the Hunley case only moves the school up, not down on his list. He says when parents begin searching for a college with a “first-rate commitment to academic excellence and an uncompromising stance on the essentials of the historic Christian faith throughout their departments and throughout the school,” there are not many from which to choose.

“I’m not talking about just a few people in your religion department who happen to be solid,” he continues. “I mean from top to bottom. When you start looking for places like that, it is a very short list.” According to Baucham, officials at Patrick Henry College not only did the right thing, they did the only thing they could do to maintain their integrity and continue to be the institution they were founded to be. And the fact that people would criticize PHC for holding to its statement of faith, he says, is indicative of the fact that today’s culture no longer values integrity.

Baucham, by the way, is yet another black homo-bigot. He sponsored a resolution at the recent Southern Baptist Convention to investigate “the influence of the homosexual agenda in the nation’s public schools.” He said the public schools needed to be researched to unearth “attempts to influence children to accept homosexual behavior as a legitimate lifestyle.”

There’s more on this in the WaPo.


BONUS: Here are some of the college’s applications of the biblical worldview for its students. This place is scary.

* Creation. Any biology, Bible or other courses at PHC dealing with creation will teach creation from the understanding of Scripture that God’s creative work, as described in Genesis 1:1-31, was completed in six twenty-four hour days. All faculty for such courses will be chosen on the basis of their personal adherence to this view. PHC expects its faculty in these courses, as in all courses, to expose students to alternate theories and the data, if any, which support those theories. In this context, PHC in particular expects its biology faculty to provide a full exposition of the claims of the theory of Darwinian evolution, intelligent design and other major theories while, in the end, teach creation as both biblically true and as the best fit to observed data.

* Sexual Conduct. Since any sexual conduct outside the parameters of the faithful marriage of a man and a woman is sin, any government which creates legal structures to encourage or condone inappropriate sexual activity or lust, heterosexual or homosexual, or which creates special legal rights and protections based on sexual conduct, is acting immorally and without authority. Pornography, because it degrades God’s image-bearers and incites sinful lust, is always evil and merits no legal protection.

* Civil Government. God himself has ordained government and commands that everyone must submit to government; moreover, there is no authority except that which God has established. (Romans 13: 1-5) Consequently, he who rebels against lawful authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment upon themselves. It is necessary to submit to government, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. We are to pray for all who hold public office, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (Proverbs 14: 34-35; I Timothy 2: 1-2)

Some governments are not legitimate; some authorities are not lawful. (Hosea 8:1-4) These are governments that do not recognize or that choose to ignore that human beings are created in God’s image and therefore are entitled to the enjoyment of certain rights and responsibilities that inhere in their nature. Such societies and such governments are under God’s judgment. (Jeremiah 18: 7-10) Nevertheless, there is a proper way to rectify this situation.

In keeping with scriptural principles and the American Declaration of Independence, we recognize that “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind is more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.” But when such a government 1) commands disobedience to God, 2) enjoins the right and duty of human beings to worship God, 3) denies other God-ordained rights by extreme oppression and tyranny, or 4) “when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object (tyranny), evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism” it is the right and duty of godly men and women “to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.” Importantly, this action must be taken in accordance with God’s laws and in submission to other legitimate authorities, anarchy being as illegitimate as tyranny.

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