Unfortunately, at a time when the church visible could desperately use one, I’m afraid there doesn’t appear to be a Charles Spurgeon arising.
Let’s turn now to some recent happenings at Liberty University (LU), which I think needs to be brought to your attention. If you didn’t know, LU was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College by Jerry Falwell back in 1971.
Current chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. now tells us about LU below:
To be clear, with LU we have “the largest Christian university in the world,” with a “vision to train Champions for Christ,” hosting “some of the world’s best-known Christian speakers,” which boasts “a solid doctrinal statement.”
Furthermore LU “promotes a lifestyle of Biblical morality” and everything that’s done there “is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women.” With this in mind, let’s now consider the following recent events at LU.
In Audio Of Mormon Glenn Beck Commencement Speech At Liberty University I reminded you that not only did this devout Mormon deliver a commencement speech but Fallwell also had John Ortberg in to speak at his TRBC:
John Ortberg just happens to be a devotee and leading teacher of the corrupt Contemplative Spirituality of Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster and his spiritual twin Dallas Willard.
You might recall that last May LU found itself in a brouhaha which involved Dr. Ergun Caner, then president of its seminary, who had apparently been misrepresenting himself before the world as it concerns his testimony.
It seems Caner allegedly claimed that he had once been involved with militant Islam before his conversion to Christianity and LU would later conclude Caner had “made factual statements that are self-contradictory.”
You can read more about this in Liberty University Ergun Caner Investigation Results. Also, there’s the issue of Mark Driscoll’s Speaking Invitation at Liberty University Sparks Controversy:
Liberty University’s decision to invite Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Seattle megachurch Mars Hill and a somewhat controversial figure among Evangelical Christians, as a guest speaker has stirred controversy, especially after a blogger with ties to the conservative Christian school claimed trustees told him Driscoll was not welcome on campus.
Liberty University announced that Driscoll would speak on campus on April 20, 2012… But as a blogger, familiar with the university’s movers and shakers, writes, the school board’s trustees and other decision-makers are apparently not too enthusiastic about having the controversial pastor on campus. (Online source)
We’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see what happens with this postmodern New Calvinist contemplative proponent who arrives with much excess baggage such as Mark Driscoll Has Personal Revelations From Jesus.
And now another Mormon is slated to speak at Christian LU as Mitt Romney, considered a Christian by Joel Osteen And His Mormon Brother In Christ, will provide the 2012 Commencement address: