Stand fast ... don't yield. That's the advice of one Christian apologist to faith-based colleges and universities that are struggling with increasing pressure from homosexual activists to abandon biblical morality.
One would think it would be the shortest conversation of all time:
Question: "Will you recognize and allow same-sex relationships on your Christian campus?"
But one after another, traditionally strong, Bible-based institutions are stumbling. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is the latest case in point. The administration said it would bless same-sex romances – but sexual activity was out of bounds. Not long afterward, the Board of Trustees reversed that decision, claiming there was a "miscommunication" between the school and the board. But the school continues to dialogue with an emboldened vocal minority. (See earlier story)
The Los Angeles Times reports other Christian colleges are also trying to navigate the same stormy waters. It specifically mentions Pepperdine University and Biola University – both, like APU, based in Southern California.
OneNewsNow spoke with Dr. Alex McFarland of Truth for a New Generation. "Christian colleges would do well to remember what prompted their founding in the first place," says the Christian apologist and educator. "Christian education is predicated on the belief that God and his Word are the starting place for knowledge and wisdom."
McFarland's ministry hosts conferences and camps nationwide designed to equip Christians with a biblical worldview. He continues: "We need to help students understand that attendance at a Christian university is a privilege, not a right. If they want a secular education, there are more than 5,000 secular universities where they can get a secular education."
McFarland is asking the institutions to hold fast. "I would call out Christian schools everywhere – in fact, I would plead with them: do not cave and acquiesce to the pressure of a lost world."
Late last month, Christian radio host Janet Mefferd discussed the Azusa Pacific University situation with Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. LaBarbera said APU is "caving" to activism and to the world.
"What we're witnessing is just the latest manifestation of incremental homosexual LGBTQ activism – and now it's the Christian institutions themselves [that are being targeted]," LaBarbera stated.