Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Christian Univ. Students, Alumni Outraged--"Shaking": Pence to Speak at Commencement

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Students and alumni from evangelical Christian Taylor University are outraged and "shaking" over Vice President Pence being the speaker at their upcoming commencement.

Over 3300 "Christians" have signed a petition to get Pence uninvited as speaker for the mid-May commencement.

The reason? It's a spiritual matter.

Be informed.

Taylor University presents itself as an evangelical Christian University. It's located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Their mission statement declares: "For more than 170 years, Taylor University has stayed true to its heritage, challenging each generation of students to integrate faith with learning and follow Christ's calling."

When the university announced that they had invited Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, to be the featured speaker at the upcoming commencement in mid-May, there was immediate push back by some students and alumni.

Fox News reported yesterday that over 3300 people have now signed a petition to get Pence uninvited, because the "Trump-Pence Administration's policies are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear."

One Taylor grad said the school, "should be ashamed...I am physically shaking...I feel personally attacked."

That's interesting, in light of the fact that the Trump-Pence Administration has, by nearly all estimations, done more for evangelical Christianity than any other president in recent history.

Why would some students and alumni experience near emotional collapse at the thought of Mike Pence speaking at their evangelical University?

My wife and I once attended a commencement at a state university some years ago, where Michelle Obama spoke. I cannot think of anyone my wife and I would disagree with more--- but neither of us experienced "shaking," "grief," or "anxiety."

Kevin Holtsberry, a Taylor alumni, told Fox and Friends yesterday morning the outraged alumni and students are mistaking disagreement on political issues with personal attacks. He also said he appreciates the school standing firm and not pulling Pence's invitation.

Colleges and universities have a history of pulling invitations when the heat is turned on---including Christian colleges and universities. We'll see what happens. I don't expect this matter to go away quietly.

Fortunately, the president of Taylor University is said to have very strong biblical beliefs, and he fully supports having Pence.

The real issue at Taylor really isn't "political," it's spiritual.

Most of those gathering signatures and protesting Pence are doing so because VP Mike Pence does not embrace same-sex marriage and the homosexual lifestyle and behavior.

Fox notes that South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a rising candidate for the Democrat nomination for president who is openly homosexual and "married" to a man, has recently directed this at Pence:
"If me being gay was a choice, it was made far, far above my pay grade...That's the thing I wish the Mike Pence's of the world would understand---that if you got a problem with who I am---your problem is not with me, your quarrel sir, is with my creator."

That whole statement is based on a lie.

First, there is no scientific evidence---none ever--- that supports the claim that homosexuals were "born that way."

Secondly, Mike Pence as governor of the state, extended a very kind and considerate welcome to Buttigieg when he was elected mayor of South Bend. That is well known. In fact, Pence's response to Buttigieg's comments was, "He knows better than that."

Why do professing Christians choose to believe a lie, rather than God's Word?

I guess we could begin by asking Eve.

Maybe it just feels good to be "tolerant" and "inclusive" and "elite" even if it contradicts God's unchanging truth.

One factor that creates these kinds of conflicts and controversies is the failure to preach the "Truth"---the whole gospel from the pulpits.

New polling has shown that half of pastors say they worry about speaking out on "hot button" issues.

CBN reports that it should be no surprise the issues at the top of the heap of "hot button" issues are homosexuality and abortion.

Roxanne Stone, editor-in-chief of Barna research, says based on their polling,
"The pressure for leaders, and especially faith leaders, to satisfy everyone on all sides and to avoid offense is very real today, especially in the digital era. The public nature of social media only increases the stakes."

Barna found recently that 64% of pastors feel limited by their own church members in their ability to speak out on social and moral topics. By contrast, "69% fell pressured to address those same issues from the pulpit."

Michael Howard, senior pastor of Seaford Baptist Church in Virginia, explained that like everyone else, pastors wrestle with the desire for acceptance.

Understood. But should we pastors be driven by what people think---or by what God thinks?

For me, that was an easy decision I made some years ago. However, that decision has not been without a few negative consequences. But it has also provided a personal peace, and an opportunity to see many lives impacted and restored through the power of the Gospel. The whole Gospel.

This is a personal decision that must be made by a pastor with his God.

CBN notes that in 2016, mega-church pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen told CBS News he doesn't often address sin and hell because people "already feel guilty enough."

Pastor Howard said a minister's job is to "preach the full counsel of the Word, in season and out of season."

I agree. The only hope of deliverance, redemption, and restoration for an individual or a culture is the message of the Gospel. The whole message.

This is a season when fear and anxieties drive people to believe or reject Truth because of their lack of knowledge and their fear of not being accepted by their peers and cohorts.

And silence from those who have been called to speak.

Yesterday, we saw the video from Paris of historic Notre Dame burning, collapsing in flames, I was saddened. I've been in that cathedral several times, but have never seen more than a dozen or less worshipers at any one time, although millions of tourists visit it every year.

The loss of the 700-year-old structure is devastating to most Christians---Catholic and Protestant, around the world. The structure has survived 7 centuries and  2 wars.

Authorities are investigating to find the cause.

Sadly it also may illustrate the collapse of the influence of the Christian Church and God's Truth in America's culture.

And we know the cause.

America's culture is on fire. It's collapsing. And too many, who should be speaking God's Truth, are fiddling with public acceptance and job security while the culture burns.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Bold. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.


  1. Jesus doesn't want the homosexual agenda in heaven. It's never been there, and it never will be there. Where do these people intend to go?

    The treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but the righteous deliver from death.- Prov 10:2

    I hope the vice president gets to speak, and I hope he shows them their hypocrisy, and calls them to repentance. No, I don't want to be accepted by those who are intent on burning in hell.

    1. If there is no marriage in Heaven (Matthew 22:30) then there would apparently also be no heterosexual "agenda" in Heaven either. In the garden, God created a "fit helper" for man so he would not be alone. The "fit helper" was created female, rather than male which seems to indicate God's desire for heterosexual rather than homosexual relationships.

      As for students and alumni being upset by Vice president Pence speaking at their school, perhaps they should grow up and learn to 'suck it up' rather than whining. The Bible does seem to preach "love", but it also preaches punishment. Apparently many of these students have received inadequate instruction of the Bible which is somewhat shocking considering they attended an evangelical university...

  2. In America the church is full of the religiously wicked. None of them want to repent and be filled with the Holy Spirit. It needs to be gutted. May God send the fire that cleanses.

  3. Could I sign a petition seeking to have the students that signed the Pence petition expelled?

  4. In Truth...

    Here's the deal... (One Taylor grad said the school, "should be ashamed...I am physically shaking...I feel personally attacked.")

    This person needs to know that they have made a good Christian Man Mike Pence feel "personally attacked" by pretending that they have the right to "judge" him for believing in the truth of the Bible and not encouraging others to sin.

    Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is openly homosexual and "married" to a man, has recently directed this at Pence:

    "If me being gay was a choice, it was made far, far above my pay grade...That's the thing I wish the Mike Pence's of the world would understand---that if you got a problem with who I am---your problem is not with me, your quarrel sir, is with my creator."

    Response: The pre-disposition to have sex with members of your same sex is not a "get out of sin free" card. God clearly says the "act" of sexual intercourse between two men or women is an "abomination" to Him. A man "pre-disposed" (meaning tempted) to sexually abuse a minor child is not license to do so, any more than the pre-disposition of some men to have an affair with another man's wife is a "natural" license to do so; or the pre-disposition of an alcoholic to indulge in destructive behavior by drinking is a "get our of sin free" card.

    We are all tempted. Some more than others. God tells us clearly He will provide us with what we need to overcome that temptation. If we reach out to Him in prayer and exercise the free will He has given us to "choose" to be obedient in spite of our "temptations", then we glorify Him. If we choose to sin against Him and try to excuse it by blaming it on the way "He" made us, we are grieving the Holy Spirit and fooling ourselves. When we get angry and act hurtfully and even maliciously against those who point out this truth in love, then we are sinning against the one we "claim" to love even more.

    Sin is a destructive cancer in the soul, especially when it is embraced into a life style. If we fail to remind our brothers and sisters of this we cannot pretend to be "loving" them. If we love them, then we warn them in love that no matter how "sincerely" they convince themselves that what God says is sin is actually sin, then we don't really love them at all. We only love ourselves because the enemy has frightened us by promising to attack us if we speak truth to those he has overcome.

    Ephesians tells us our battles are not "flesh and blood" but against those who rule the spiritual darkness.

    A truly "loving" father is deeply grieved when he sees his child self-destructing and that child refuses to allow him to come to their assistance. Our Father in Heaven loves us even more and His grief is millions of times greater when He sees His children justifying their own spiritual self-destruction by refusing to recognize or accept His truth or His Spirit.

    If we pretend to love God, how then can we justify bringing this massive grief to His feet, either by acting out the sin or condoning it?

    Truth is a lonely warrior...


  5. These are the progenitors of hate, not the victims of hate. VP Pence has done nothing to violate them, but they have done a great deal to violate him. So long as they can pretend innocence while disrupting, hating, and maligning those who have different values than they have, they will get worse. If they are held accountable for the damage they are doing which they are initiating perhaps they will begin to learn the principles of responsibility.

    Yes they should be held accountable. Expelling them would set a proper example to other students that this childish yet destructive and hurtful behavior will not be tolerated. They have not learned discipline, and when they enter the world not knowing either discipline or responsibility they will certainly fail miserably...and they will blame everyone but themselves. They have been mis-educated and indoctrinated by irresponsible adults. Those who should also be the administrators and teachers who teach, enourage, and facilitate this behavior. Civil lawsuits by parents for the damage done to their children might be a good place to start with "tenured" teachers.


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