First, a few Headlines:
— Christianity Today (@CTmagazine) December 19, 2015
Wheaton College Suspends Hijab-Wearing Professor After ‘Same God’ Comment
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote in a Facebook post on December 10. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
What’s alarming to me is that this “Professor” is clueless about Islam and the god it worships. The university did the right thing in suspending her, as her comment, like George W. Bush’s comment in the last years of his presidency; that we worship the same god, is 100% false and wrong on so many levels. To cut to the chase. Christians believe Jesus [is] the son of God, and Muslims emphatically state; that God does not beget, which is in direct opposition to the good news. This is the core difference among many others between the two. We believe in our Messiah, our King, our blessed hope and He wasn’t just another prophet but was both God and man. Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Islam, as well as Hinduism, Buddhism, Animism, and other religions, never address the fundamental nature of man, his sin nature. Yet, Jesus came to redeem us and allowed himself to be a sacrifice for all mankind, once and for all. This is the good news, that we can have eternal life and can have a personal relationship with the God—the real one—of the universe. Disparity? You bet. (L A Marzulli, The Global Overview, December 18, 2015)
Where Wheaton Went Wrong
The above headlines are but the symptoms of a couple decades worth of decline at Wheaton. The following is the story of where Wheaton went wrong:
Free Evangelicals (Wheaton) have been a part of NAE since 1943; and for the most part Free Evangelicals have held the essential doctrines of the Christian faith strongly. However, as the NAE compromised itself doctrinally in the 1990’s and 2000’s, so Wheaton has been compromised. At many points, Wheaton had the chances to get out of the widely ecumenical NAE. Sadly, they preferred unbiblical unity over essential doctrine and have remained in the NAE.
Below are the points in the history of the NAE at which Wheaton could have saved itself but declined. [all quotations below are found on the NAE’s “history” page.]
1. In 1999, President Kevin Mannoia proposed “provisioned membership to NCC and WCC member denominations.” While this proposal “seriously concerned the NAE Board of Directors at its March 2000 meeting,” they passed the bylaw provision. This provision led to a tail spin and eventual re-writing of the NAE governing documents under Leith Anderson, but nothing is said in the article about their stance in this issue now.
I posit to you that the doors which Mannoia opened to the WCC and NCC gave ground to the “spirit of the age” deceptions (perverted ecumenism like Ahab and Jehoshaphat). More than that, it gave influence of men, and “relational ties” (i.e. obligations to please NAE and WCC influencers). Evidently, Mannoia’s proposal has resulted in Wheaton’s hiring & appointing professors that blaspheme the essential tenets of Trinitarian Christianity. In my opinion, suspending such a professor is a soft “slap on the wrist” for heresy. I think the Apostle Paul would say something like, “Let [her] be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8-9).
2. “During the Mannoia years, the board launched the Project for Evangelical Social Engagement, which came to fruition at the end of 2004…. “For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility” was its product. “The document was presented publicly on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in March 2005,” and was written under the direction of Richard Cizik. After its debut, “Cizik began to publicly call on evangelicals to care for creation and take action on climate change…. In May 2006 James Dobson publicly accused Cizik of ‘dividing evangelicals,’ and in March 2007 Dobson and other conservative leaders sent a letter to the NAE board requesting that Cizik limit his speech on creation care or be asked to resign…. The NAE board stood behind Cizik, reaffirming the broad agenda of the “For the Health of the Nation” document at the March 2007 meeting.” Cizik resigned in 2008. The issue was divisive then and is even more so now that Pope Francis published his encyclical, which shows the global climate change agenda is clearly “pagan Gaia pantheism” which is (not by chance) the mantra of the WCC and NCC.
A Wheaton faculty member voices disagreement with admin's decision to begin termination process with Professor. https://t.co/RnrWkOWwTb
— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) January 9, 2016
Member Churches of NCCC USA — AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
Member Churches of the WCC — AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
National Association of Evangelicals – Wikipedia
“Christians & Muslims do not worship the same God. Christians worship the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” https://t.co/VEA9rP1oEQ
— Boyce College (@BoyceCollege) December 20, 2015