What's come between Samford and the state convention?

Monday, July 17, 2017
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Southern Baptist ConventionIs a top-ranked private Christian university in Alabama taking steps down the path of biblical infidelity?

Samford University, founded by Alabama Baptists in 1841, has announced it will reject an expected $3 million annual budget allocation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention next year. Tension between the college and state convention leaders over a proposed student organization that would discuss topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity was said to be a factor in the decision, as leaders with the state convention have expressed concern that the student group is more LGBT-oriented than just a discussion group. 

Tooley, Mark (IRD)Mark Tooley, president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy, says issues of sexuality and gender are the threat to Christian fidelity of Christian institutions for this generation.

"Every generation has to decide for itself to what extent it's going to defend and live out the faith and to what extent it's going to appease or surrender to the surrounding culture," he comments.

Tooley tells OneNewsNow past history tells what almost always inevitably happens when institutions appease and surrender.

"The ultimate destination usually is not a very pretty one, so I certainly hope … Christian institutions are motivated to hold firm and to resist and to joyfully plunge into the battle," he says. "Some will, and others will not."

As for now, though, it appears Samford may be riding the fence, as Samford President Dr. Andrew Westmoreland has said he would not seek formal recognition of the student group but would work to accomplish each of the group's goals.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's the better result from the GOP run-off election in Alabama between Roy Moore and Luther Strange?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Texas asks court to allow its ban on 'sanctuary cities'
Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking
Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico's disaster becomes clear
Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault gets scrapped
Trump piles on new economic sanctions against North Korea
Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity after Maria
Search for Mexico quake survivors enters day 4, some success
Trump to dive into Senate runoff in Alabama

LATEST FROM THE WEB

McCain comes out against ObamaCare overhaul, dealing blow to GOP's repeal hopes
Media horrified education secretary foots bill to travel on own private plane
Some Dems wonder if it was 'premature' to push Sanders' socialist healthcare initiative
Steph Curry wants to 'inspire change' by skipping WH Trump visit
Study: Nearly 30% of public school teachers 'chronically' skip class

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
The twice and future temple

Dome of the RockA pro-Israel activist is rejecting the claims by Catholic Churches in Jerusalem that blame Israel for Muslim violence and deny Biblical roots to the Temple Mount.