Christian school caught up in debate over biblical sexuality

Monday, April 26, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Seattle Pacific UniversityA radio talk-show host is applauding a Christian university and its trustees for affirming biblical sexuality as it goes through a faculty uprising.

Jéaux Rinedahl filed a lawsuit in January against Seattle Pacific University because it would not hire him to be a full-time faculty member after he came out as homosexual. The school said that violates its long-time ethical code of conduct that is based on biblical sexuality:

"… [W]e affirm the institutions of marriage and family as central to the purposes of God. We believe it is in the context of the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman that the full expression of sexuality is to be experienced and celebrated and that such a commitment is part of God's plan for human flourishing. Within the teaching of our religious tradition, we affirm that sexual experience is intended between a man and a woman." (Excerpt from the SPU Statement on Human Sexuality)

The educator's reaction to being denied a full-time teaching position?

Rinedahl: "They don't have the right to judge me, number one, because my employer has no business in my bedroom." 

Hamilton

American Family Radio host Abraham Hamilton III took exception to that claim during a recent broadcast:

Hamilton: "Hold it, chief! Nobody asked you what you were doing in your bedroom – YOU told the world what you were doing in your bedroom."

Hamilton pointed out that while SPU's Board of Trustees is standing firm, last week it was announced that 72% of the faculty gave the board a vote of no confidence, siding with the professor. Hamilton argued that Rinedahl is faking his shock and offense:

Hamilton: "[This is] a school you know is a Christian school, that you know has a code of conduct, that you know [has] a specific First Amendment right to require both their students and their faculty to abide by their biblical standards for sexuality. You know that."

The talk-show host also argues that not only Rinedahl knew that, but each of the 72% percent of rebellious faculty also knew that when they signed on:

Hamilton: "If you [the faculty supporting Rinedahl] have 'evolved' to where you can no longer uphold the school's standards, why don't you evolve your way out of the door then? No – you want to make Seattle Pacific change."

According to Hamilton, homosexual activists had a similar objective several years ago in their lawsuit against Denver-area baker Jack Philips trying to legally force him to design and bake a cake for a same-sex "wedding." Philips refused, citing religious objections. The activists came up short: Philips eventually won his case, which made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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