by Brad Harrub, Ph. D. (Dr. Harrub’s degree is in Neurobiology from the University of Tennessee, and he is the editor of THINK magazine)
As many of you know, I get asked almost every weekend about our “Christian” schools by anxious parents who are about to send their children off to college. They want to know which ones are still faithfully teaching the Truth. My standard response lately has been: “I’m not sure of any that are not compromising in some areas, and as such, it is vitally important to make sure your children have a strong foundation for their faith beforehand. I would select a school that is strong in the area they want to major in and alert them that they will be surrounded by wolves.”
Want an example of wolves in sheep’s clothing? Randy Lowry, president of Lipscomb University was heralded as the guest preacher for a “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” (Jan. 19-25, 2008) at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville (Tuesday of that week). [Read the announcement here: http://outandaboutnewspaper.com/article.php?id=2265]. And, if the announcement itself were not good enough, the newsclip appeared in “Tennessee’s Best GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) Source for News.” Nice! Here’s another account from the Tennessean: www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080119/NEWS06/801190336. The announcement says, “Dr. Randy Lowry, president of Lipscomb University, will preach, and a choir of singers from all the sponsoring congregations will offer special music.”
Those who know me well know I am not a watchdog or an alarmist. Having been wrongly “written up” myself by brotherhood watchdogs in the past for things that I did not do, I wanted to make sure I got my facts straight in this instance. So I made two calls: 1) Randy Lowry’s office; and 2) Second Presbyterian church. “Jennifer” in Randy’s office verified that he did in fact preach there. And the secretary at Second Presbyterian verified it as well (going so far as to emailing me a copy of the program). He and those “special choirs” joined hands and prayed for Christian unity.
Friends, I feel strongly that we should strive for Christian unity. But these people Randy fellowshipped with are NOT NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANS! Do we need to teach the lost? DEFINITELY! I try hard to teach them the TRUTH about what it means to be a New Testament Christian! The article says this special day is “urging all Christians” to join Christ in praying “that they may all be one.” Before they can be one they must put on Christ in baptism. Have we completely forgotten the uniqueness of the one true church? Part of the reason the church is in the position it is today is because several generations have slowly embraced the idea that the church of Christ is simply just another denomination. IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THAT MENTALITY!
Like it or not, his position as president puts Lowry in the spotlight. He is the highest representative for that school. And as such, his actions speak loudly for the entire university. If this is the direction he has chosen to take the school, that is his choice. He has that right. But we also have the right to write off Lipscomb University as a “Christian” school. I, as a New Testament Christian, don’t have to support him (or the school) and I strongly urge you to consider doing likewise. Isn’t it time we either take our schools back or write them off completely (and financially!). If you know of board members, please call them – today – and ask them to bring things back to the Old Paths! Hold the board accountable. If Lipscomb wants to wear the name Christian, then it must be willing to make that distinction through its actions and not name only. Randy, I for one am holding you to a higher standard. What’s your response?
Sincerely In Him,
Brad Harrub, Ph.D., (1600 Westgate Cir, Suite 125, Brentwood, TN 37027)
P.S. Please feel free to pass this along to your friends.
(this letter was written by brother Brad Harrub in response to some recent questions directed to him. Brethren, it is not a sin to attend Christian Colleges or Universities, but it can be spiritual death to one who “swallows hook, line, and sinker” everything being taught by “our” Christian colleges & universities – Michael)