A well-known Christian college has bowed --- again --- to pressure from LGBT activists, this time likely for good.
Trustees at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California have bowed to pressure from students and faculty, and it has now lifted a ban on openly homosexual students.
The Christian university now says it wants to treat all students the same, so anyone attending the school can have whatever romantic relationship they want. But physical intimacy outside of marriage is still not allowed.
Azusa, founded in 1899, has approximately 11,000 students and is known for its evangelical roots.
Responding to the announcement, Christian apologist Alex McFarland calls it “disheartening” when a formerly staunch Christian school bases its beliefs on the “spirit of the times” rather than the Bible.
“Since when did we get the right,” he asks, “to declassify a behavior that the Bible is very unambiguously clear on?”
Azusa made headlines late December when trustees Dave Dias and Raleigh Washington said they had stepped down over the school’s liberal drift.
"I just began to notice what I call 'mission drift," Washington stated at the time, "and that is teaching by professors and actions even by the president that did not line up with my conservative theological training."
Approximately four months before the trustees quit, some of Azusa's trustees claimed they were blindsided by an announcement that the school was allowing open same-sex relationships on campus and was changing its “standard of conduct” for undergraduates.
Yet that same OneNewsNow story pointed out that a lesbian activist from Brave Commons, an LGBT activist group, claimed she, too, was blindsided because Azusa leaders had openly cooperated with her over several months to change the conduct policy.
McFarland, interviewed at the time by OneNewsNow, called it “welcome news” that the university was reversing its decision.
McFarland says he would expect such a policy at a liberal public university, such as Cal Berkeley.
“We have no right to call ourselves Christians, or even educators,” he warns, “unless we're going to be faithful to Christ and his Word and to truth, all of which mitigate against the LGBT mantra of our times.”
OneNewsNow is awaiting comment from Azusa officials about the new policy. (See response here)