Citing growing "inclusivism" among evangelicals, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor isn't surprised that the protest over the proposed termination a Wheaton College professor remains unsettled.
More than 800 Wheaton alumni are threatening to withdraw their financial support if Professor Layricia Hawkins (right) isn't reinstated following her controversial statement in social media that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
Pastor Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Church-Dallas, points out that Hawkins isn't alone in her unorthodox thinking. He says more than half (57%) of evangelicals today believe there is more than one way to God other than through Christianity.
"So I think these Wheaton supporters are simply reflective of a growing trend of inclusivism that has infected the body of Christ as a whole," he adds.
A letter to officials at Wheaton claims the school has failed to provide a "substantial basis" for Hawkins' termination, even though she has repeatedly refused to re-affirm the school's statement of faith. Jeffress is hopeful the leadership at the Chicago-area school continues to stand strong – but:
"... If they give in to these demands, my prediction is there's a whole other host of Wheaton supporters who would withdraw their support," he tells OneNewsNow.
Jeffress' latest book, Not All Roads Lead to Heaven, releases next month.