What's come between Samford and the state convention?

Monday, July 17, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Southern Baptist ConventionIs a top-ranked private Christian university in Alabama taking steps down the path of biblical infidelity?

Samford University, founded by Alabama Baptists in 1841, has announced it will reject an expected $3 million annual budget allocation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention next year. Tension between the college and state convention leaders over a proposed student organization that would discuss topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity was said to be a factor in the decision, as leaders with the state convention have expressed concern that the student group is more LGBT-oriented than just a discussion group. 

Tooley, Mark (IRD)Mark Tooley, president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy, says issues of sexuality and gender are the threat to Christian fidelity of Christian institutions for this generation.

"Every generation has to decide for itself to what extent it's going to defend and live out the faith and to what extent it's going to appease or surrender to the surrounding culture," he comments.

Tooley tells OneNewsNow past history tells what almost always inevitably happens when institutions appease and surrender.

"The ultimate destination usually is not a very pretty one, so I certainly hope … Christian institutions are motivated to hold firm and to resist and to joyfully plunge into the battle," he says. "Some will, and others will not."

As for now, though, it appears Samford may be riding the fence, as Samford President Dr. Andrew Westmoreland has said he would not seek formal recognition of the student group but would work to accomplish each of the group's goals.

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