A Christian educator is concerned about the future of America's largest Christian university in the wake of the scandal involving its former president.
On Monday, the board of Liberty University announced that it is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s tenure as president -- a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate, and legal matters. The board revealed in a statement that it had retained an outside firm to investigate "all facets" of the school's operations under Falwell and that it was "committed to learning the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship by our former president."
Falwell recently resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct involving his wife and another man.
"We need to pray for him and pray for America because his support for Donald Trump was paramount to victory in 2016," comments Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College. "I just hope that him crashing like this… won't harm the evangelical vote in 2020."
Dr. McVety, who has a daughter attending Liberty's law school, is fearful that the university may be moving in a liberal direction.
"The devil wants those 100,000 students turned away from the Word of God," he asserts. "If you look at the history of our universities, they were all started by Bible-believing evangelical Christians -- even Harvard and Yale and Princeton -- but they end up going liberal and preaching socialism and turning their backs on the Word of God. That's what's at stake here."
So Dr. McVety says Christians need to pray that Liberty’s next president will lean on scripture to lead the university out of this trouble.