Barber: Seminary 'conformed to world' by allowing homosexual student group

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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A pro-family attorney says a California seminary will answer for its allowance of a homosexual student group on its campus.

“Scripture talks how just a little bit of yeast, a little leaven, ruins the loaf,” Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action says of the decision by Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena to allow a student-led homosexual group called OneTable.

On the Fuller website, school president Mark Labberton seemed to downplay the group by explaining it is one of 24 on campus formed as a “discussion group.”

Fuller is one of the largest multi-denominational seminaries in the world.

Barber, Matt (Liberty Counsel)Labberton was responding to an Associated Press story that reported OneTable became active last fall. The group is led by a 29-year-old seminary student who claims about three dozen members, according to the AP story.

“And here we have Fuller becoming mainstream,” says Barber, “trying to go along to get along, becoming part of the world, conforming to the world rather than standing out as salt and light as Christ has commanded us to do.”

Fuller school policy states students can self-identify as homosexual but they must remain celibate and are not allowed to be politically active. Barber argues that is an accommodation of what the Bible clearly identifies as sin.

“I believe Fuller will be held accountable because it will lose credibility here in the temporal,” says Barber. “But I also believe that ultimately those who are allowing sexual sin to corrupt this institution will be held accountable in the eternal.”

In the same statement that defended allowing OneTable, the seminary president pointed out that students and faculty are expected to follow school policy that states premarital, extramarital and homosexual sexual conduct “are inconsistent with the teaching of Scripture.”

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