Is historic Moody recovering from post-modern mood?

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

wedding rings on Bible 620x300Allegations of financial misdeeds and theological drift have been leveled against one of America's preeminent Christian colleges, where some of its main leaders have now been shown the door.

Moody Bible Institute, founded in 1886, has offered selected students bound for full-time ministry quick, free and biblically orthodox ministry degrees.

Ray Pritchard of Keep Believing Ministries pastored for years blocks away from the Chicago campus and even sent a child there for college.

"When D.L. Moody started the school," says Pritchard, "he started it on a bedrock belief that the Bible is the Word of God, that the gospel of Jesus is the only hope."

But a recent blog post by now-fired Moody Radio talk host Julie Roys alleges Moody obtained a million dollar condo for its president, Paul Nyquist, while cutting back on staff and student services.

Moody's board of trustees announced Jan. 11 it has accepted the resignations of Nyquist and the CEO, Steve Mogck.

A school provost, Dr. Junias Venugopal, also announced retirement. 

The board praised the three men for their "ethical, moral and spiritual leadership" but went on to state that it is time "for a new season of leadership" at the school. 

There have been other allegations, too: shady financial deals that benefit major donors and, perhaps more troublingly, allegations the college has compromised on some foundational theological issues, including maintaining faculty who question the inerrancy of Scripture, support Planned Parenthood, and teach some heretical doctrinal stances.

Moody campusThe allegations rattled off by Roys have been backed up by several other alumni who chimed in on the blog post.

Pritchard says Moody is not alone.

"There is huge pressure,"he says, "inside the evangelical movement to start caving in on these moral questions – to say, You can be a Christian and support gay marriage, or You can be a Christian and not believe the Bible really is the literal Word of God, You can be a Christian and have doubts about the miracles."

Moody Bible Institute is one of the best-know orthodox seats of Christian learning, says Pritchard, but a Bible school that doubts what the Bible says is no longer a Bible institute.

"They are something else entirely," he warns.

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