Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Campus Crusaders, sodomites, and potheads together

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? II Corinthians 6:14

It came as no surprise to this blogger to read that the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry at University of Central Florida is partnering with the campus sodomites and lesbians in an HIV/AIDS education campaign. Ingrid Schlueter has a good post on this item at Slice of Laodicea.

This is one of the results of the "new paradigm" that Campus Crusade announced in May 2006 (an example of which may be found here--when I read such language in the '80s, I knew I was reading something by a New Ager). To see the extent of the current influence of dominionism on Campus Crusade for Christ, go here. The whole emphasis seems to be on what we must do to change the world, rather than on what God has done to change individuals. Campus Crusade for Christ's current mission seems to be to boldly go where the liberal, mainline churches have gone before (about 30-40 years ago).

If, as Milton Friedman said, sincerity is the most overrated virtue in America today, "compassion" may be the most frequently mislabelled. What's compassionate about affirming people in a lifestyle that God condemns? And why are you considered to be lacking in compassion if you hold to a Biblical position on homosexual behaviour, while you aren't likely to face similar criticism if you criticize sinful heterosexual behaviour? It must be kept in mind that the Lord Jesus Christ upheld all of the teachings of the Old Testament on sexual behaviour. When these teachings are upheld in the New Testament epistles (see, for example, Romans 1:18-32), the apostles are writing with the full delegated authority of Jesus Christ.

On December 31, 1983, at the Campus Crusade Christmas Conference in Kansas City known as KC ‘83, Howard Hendricks issued a warning to young evangelicals that maybe the greatest weakness that they would have to come to grips with was their strong desire to please:

"That has a strength and it has a weakness to it. The strength is that if you ever caught on to pleasing God, you'd have it made. But the danger is we spend all of our time wetting our finger trying to find, 'You like this, oh that does, oh, that offends you, oh ho ho', and we get bent out of shape."

25 years later, it's obvious that Campus Crusade for Christ isn't heeding the warning.

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