The potential sale of the 2,100-acre conference center has
stirred controversy in the wake of media reports that Olivet's
founder, David Jang, promotes the heresy that he is "the second
coming of Jesus Christ."
Baptist Press quotes LifeWay's communications director,
Marty King, who says LifeWay is well aware of the accusations
against Jang and Olivet and that is why it has engaged the National
Association of Evangelicals to "conduct a thorough review of their
theological views to determine compatibility with ours."
Last week, Christianity Today ran an extensive story on several investigations
conducted in Asia to determine whether Jang's church, the Young
Disciples of Christ, promotes Jang as "the second coming of Christ"
and whether Chang has ties to Sun Myung Moon's Unification
Meanwhile, the Christian Post reported this weekend that four different
investigations found Jang innocent of all charges.
In its story, Baptist Press quotes Olivet's president,
William Wagner, who says he has worked for Dr. Jang for eight years
and regards him as a "tremendous leader, not as the incarnate
Christ." Wagner is a former Southern Baptist missionary.