Azusa loses two trustees after years-long liberal 'drift'

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Azusa University signTwo trustees of Azusa Pacific University have resigned from the Christian school, claiming they can't support its liberal drift any longer.

The once-conservative Southern California campus garnered national attention earlier this year when it loosened its "standard of conduct" to allow openly same-sex couples on campus, but the board of trustees quickly jumped in and rescinded the policy.

Azusa, which has approximately 11,000 students, has been known for its strong evangelical beliefs, but an LGBT group known as Brave Commons claimed it had reached a compromise with university officials who called the anti-homosexual policy "harmful" and "discriminatory."  

Now two trustees, Dave Dias and Raleigh Washington, have publicly announced they stepped down from the board of trustees.  

Washington, a prominent California pastor who served on the board for 15 years, tells OneNewsNow that trouble has been brewing at Azusa for some time.

"Probably six, seven, eight years ago," he says, "I just began to notice what I call 'mission drift,' and that is teaching by professors and actions even by the president that did not line up with my conservative theological training."

Washington says he was alarmed, for example, when he learned theology professors were teaching students that theology changes with the culture.

"That's liberal theology," he points out.

He insists he kept warning the school the entire time but the warnings fell on deaf ears.

It is true that the proximate cause at Azusa was the abandonment of biblical sexuality, he observes, but as is always the case, the underlying disease is the rejection of the authority of the Word of God.

"An unmistakable drift from theology," he warns, "to the point that they were saying the right thing, but their practice was completely inconsistent with an orthodox interpretation of scripture."

Dias, a business executive, has told the media he has "deep concerns" about APU remaining a "'God-first' university."

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