Walton: Student ministry singled out for biblical beliefs

Monday, September 23, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

natural marriageA private university whose roots trace back to Methodism is excluding a student ministry that refused to compromise biblical sexuality.  

The student government senate at Duke University voted unanimously to refuse to recognize Young Life as an official student group because the ministry refuses to allow open homosexuals as leaders.

The Charlotte News Observer newspaper pointed out that Young Life’s student policy allows members who are open homosexuals but that wasn’t good enough for student leaders who asked Young Life to amend its rules to comply with Duke’s nondiscrimination policy.

When the group refused, the student government voted it down.

Duke University, which may be best known for its Blue Devils basketball program, traces its founding to United Methodists and Quakers. The school is named for Washington Duke, a wealthy businessman and lifelong Methodist.

wedding rings on Bible 620x300Jeff Walton of the Institute for Religion and Democracy says Young Life refused to budge from a  national policy that requires leaders to be Christians who practice biblical sexuality.

“Young Life has released a statement saying that they welcome all people and that they are wanting to share the gospel with everyone without discrimination or exclusion,” he says. “However, like most religious organizations, they have unique requirements for the leadership of their campus ministries."

Homosexuality is condemned as a sin by the world’s three largest religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, but an effort by homosexual activists to frame their sexuality as a civil rights issue has created a predictable clash when orthodox Christianity refuses to bow to that demand. 

Walton, Jeff (IRD)Walton and IRD, in fact, have witnessed the United Methodist denomination fracture over the issue, and only in recent months have orthodox Methodists pushed back at their own leaders who caved to liberal theology and foisted it on congregations in the name of tolerance and acceptance.   

Walton says Duke is setting a double standard for Young Life since there are other recognized student ministries on campus representing Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and United Methodists, and all of them hold similar, conservative views on human sexuality based on their biblical teachings. 

“They also have a recognized Muslim group which, assumedly, affirms Islamic teaching on the subject,” Walton says.

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