Cedarville University affiliates with SBC

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Would you consider it a move to the "left" for Cedarville?
     
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    I'd consider it a move to the right for the Southern Baptists. Cedarville is a fine college and the Southern Baptists should be happy to send their kids there, by the same token, Cedarville should be happy to get fine young Southern Baptist students. It looks like a great "love-fest" to me.
     
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    I too would consider it a move to the right for Southern Baptists.

    Dr. Bob, Cedarville still is a GARBC supported school. The divisions between at least a large portion of SBC churches, and a growing portion of GARBC churches are growing smaller.

    I'm glad to see it. What matters is what theology that the school holds to, practices and teaches. If kids from SBC churches agree with that theology and the worldview it generates, then they should be welcomed there.

    Cedarville is a great school. May many students from SBC churches attend and grow closer to the Lord while preparing to serve the Lord in a future profession or direct ministry!

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    I live about 15 minutes from Cedarville University. I don't know much about it except some people who used to attend our church work there & some people who do attend our church used to work there, but they are retired. During the school year we usually have about 5 students each week attending our church. The students that I have seen have been very active in our church. This past year, 3 of the Cedarville girls that attended our church started a children's chior. It went well & the children love it. We miss them when they go home for the summer.
    I homeschool our children & we are members of the P.E.A.C.H (Parents Educating At Christian Homes) homeschool group. The man who spoke at the P.E.A.C.H. graduation ceremonies the past 2 years is one of the professors at Cedarville & he & his wife have homeschooled their children for years.
    All the contact that I have had with anyone from Cedarville has been good. I only have 1 draw back [& this is just my opinion] I think they are a little (& I said little) too liberal for my taste. In general I would give them an A-.
    I couldn't say if them joining forces with the SBC will hurt them or help them.

    Connie [​IMG]
     
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    Connie, if these folks are to the right of the SBC (which is - in itself - the far right wacky fringe of Christianity in my little corner of baptist life) - what would make them even a tiny bit liberal?

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    Only a surprise if they jettison their GARBC relationship. Tons of students from the Buckeye state have headed towards liberal Baptist schools in KY and elsewhere, and it has been a disaster in every way possible. Ohio baptists have been looking for a way to keep the cream of the crop home. Now they've found it in a solid school always highly ranked by the leading indicators.
     
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    Exactly, Mark. [​IMG] Which means SBC pastors coming out of Cedarville will be fundamentalists. [​IMG]
     
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    Dr Bob,
    Correct me if I am worng, but it is my understanding the GARBC has no school. The GARBC approves Independent Schools, missions and other agcy. There is a big difference.

    She Eagle:
    You are concerned that only Fundamentals will come out of Ceadearville. You need to do your homework. The Fundamentals left the GARBC and formed the Independent Baptist Fellowship of North Americia back around 1990. That leaves the GARBC to the Conservatives.
     
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    Semantic games the GARBC played.

    You are right. To keep the guise that they are NOT a denomination (like SBC), the GARBC only had "approved" schools and "approved" mission agencies.

    But to the rank-and-file GARBC, they would not CONSIDER attending a non-"approved" school or supporting a non-"approved" missionary. And individual churches were under a lot of pressure to give $$ to these "approved" schools.

    BIG PROBLEM has developed in recent years, as Grand Rapids (Cornerstone) has gone totally New Evangelical. Even their "premiere" school (Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA) was suspect. Many did not like the way Cedarville was going deeper into Liberal Arts than a Bible college. Only Faith in Iowa was "solid" (according to my Regular buddies).

    So to avoid a huge floor fight and probably split or splinter the GARBC, the denomination voted to NO LONGER "endorse" or "approve" ANY school or ANY mission agency.

    But to say Cedarville is a GARBC school is just to take off the silly cloak and tell the truth. It is and I have no problem with it! Some of my church kids attend Cedarville. I consider it a good school.

    I have hundreds of GARBC friends and have worked with them closely. They are all honest and will tell you that Baptist Mid-Missions and ABWE and EBM were "the" approved agencies. And BBC, Cedarville, Faith, Cornerstone were "the" approved schools.
     

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