Machen White on BJU and The SBC

BJU then and now…North Greenville University

Dr. Sam Horn, (former) executive vice president of Bob Jones University (BJU) was a guest speaker at Detroit Theological Seminary’s 2018 E3 Pastors Conference. Two Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) pastors Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Rick Holland shared the platform with Horn and Dr. Dave Doran.

As previously noted, BJU president Dr. Steve Pettit retains two high-level SBC professors Dr. Lonnie Polson and Mr. Jeffrey Stegall on the faculty at BJU.

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Pettit

North Greenville University (NGU) is a highly compromised new evangelical liberal arts school affiliated with the SBC. BJU has never extended a hand of fellowship to NGU…until now. On Monday, February 5th 2018 Dr. Gene Fant, president of NGU was the guest of honor on campus at BJU. At the beginning of the chapel message Pettit said, “we are honored this morning to have as our guest Dr. Gene Fant…we are going to fellowship [with Fant] for lunch today…stand and give him a warm welcome here at Bob Jones University” [standing ovation].

Christian Learning Centers (CLC) is a self proclaimed gospel ministry ministering to public school students through the Released Time program in area public schools. The CLC mission statement reads, “[CLC] exists…to encourage [children] to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ”. CLC’s ministry verse, John 4:34, carries with it a clear missions meaning. On Tuesday May 12, 2020 CLC will be hosting two special guests for its annual fundraising event; NGU president Gene Fant and, you guessed it, Dr, Steve Pettit of BJU. Until recently Dr. Sam Horn occupied a seat on the CLC administrative board. Now (apparently as a replacement for Horn) Dr. Bobby Wood Jr. chief enrollment officer at BJU occupies a seat on the board.

CLC, however, is not what it seems. The CLC leadership and sponsoring churches are made up of everything from conservative evangelicals to left leaning charismatics to rank theological liberals. A posting of this music video can be found on CLC’s official Facebook page. For the 2019 event, actor Kevin Sorbo was the keynote speaker.

By participating in this event, Pettit is not only solidifying his position of fellowship with highly compromised SBC Gene Fant, he also, along with Horn and Wood, finds himself shoulder-to-shoulder in ministry cooperation with new evangelicals and apostates.

For those of you of whom it may concern: WARNING. Please understand the BJU of today is nothing like the BJU of yesterday. Pettit continues to insist that BJU remains a biblically separated fundamentalist institution of yesterday.

THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

NEW BOOK: Christ Our Passover

 

Proof (2)Christ Our Passover: A Closer Look At The Last Supper is a detailed examination of the Jewish Passover meal, which is what Christ celebrated during the Last Supper. This study spans the entire Bible; from the moment of Creation to the coming of the New Jerusalem, the message of Passover can be seen. Willis examines the Jewishness of Christ, His words, actions and teachings that define who He was and is. The Last Supper as we know it is part of the Jewish Passover meal. Christ took tradition and years of symbolic teaching and explained it that historic night. From the elements used to the hymn the disciples sang, all point to the redemptive and Messianic work of Jesus Christ on Mt. Calvary–the very same mountain on which Abraham offered his son Isaac. This book is not for the easily entertained. The depths and mysteries of Passover are available for all who will look a little closer and open their eyes to the truths God providentially placed there. May this book forever change the way in which the reader views Passover and communion. May eyes be opened and hearts broken. Come and be saved by the blood of the Lamb, the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. 

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BJU then and now…Dr Billy Kim

By Machen White

On November 7th of 2019, Dr. Bob spoke to the students in Chapel. Here he praised Dr. Billy Kim for his exemplary ministry and spread of the gospel in the far east. Hear these remarks at the beginning of his message.

Now listen as Dr. Kim speaks at Dr. Graham’s funeral. As you can see Dr. Kim adored Dr. Graham. Dr. Kim translated for Dr. Graham during his South Korean campaign. Kim is known as the Billy Graham of Asia. Kim was also the president of Baptist World Alliance from 2000-2005.

BWA is a witch’s brew of theological error and compromise. From broad evangelicals to open apostates, Dr. Kim represented them all.

Kim

He is also the chairman of the Far East Broadcasting company. They translate and broadcast sermons by Rick Warren. My assumption is that Dr. Kim has all of the best intentions but he, like Dr. Graham, spent a lifetime working hard in the ministry with but one result; the spread of a contaminated gospel which is arguably no gospel at all. He spent his life deceiving and being deceived. We should never recommend a ministry like this. Dr. Bob should have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but instead, expose them. Ephesians 5:11

I love Dr. Bob. In some ways, he is a spiritual father to me. This is by far the most difficult blog that I have written so far. It breaks my heart to have to report such things. Dr. Bob, Dr. Bob’s father, and grandfather fought hard against compromise. They quickly cut ties with those who contaminate the gospel. This quality of bold and biblically separated fundamentalism seems to have vanished from the BJU pulpit, and tragically, from Dr. Bob himself.

Dear Dr. Bob,

Please return to us the powerful, unapologetic, flat-footed, golden chapel pulpit of the past. We love you sir and we spend many long hours praying for the institution that we love and that bears your name. You preached this message 14 short years ago. I could not agree more.

Sermon audio

BJU then and now…The SBC

By Machen White

   White Oak Baptist Church is located directly across the street from front campus. White Oak is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). For this reason, students were never allowed to darken its door…until now. Dr. Lonnie Polson, the division chair of the communications department at BJU, recently became the senior pastor of White Oak. Jeffrey Stegall who is an associate professor in the theater arts department is now the Music director at White Oak. White Oak continues its affiliation with the SBC. As you would expect, White Oak is recommended to students (along with several other SBC churches) for service and worship.

Sherwood Baptist Church is an SBC church in Albany Georga. From this church came the “Facing the Giants” Christian movies produced by the Kendrick Brothers. Priscilla Shirer (daughter of Tony Evans) was a 2018 speaker at the Passion Conference. She starred in War Room and co-starred in Overcomer. In the production of Overcomer, BJU students not only helped in the production of the movie but one student actually appeared on screen. In a BJUToday article, there is nothing but praise for involved BJU grads and film staff. I have yet to find a single syllable of warning or disclaimer in any of the BJU literature. Don’t get me wrong. We have always enjoyed these movies. We hate the rock music, but we enjoy the otherwise family-friendly nature of these films. My point here is not to beat up on the Kendrick brothers or BJU students/grads who enjoyed involvement in the production of the movie. My point is to show the total embrace by the BJU administration of the Kendrick brothers ministry – an SBC broad evangelical ministry.

The Jones family wisely maintained a safe distance from the SBC exactly because the evangelical giant was just that – broadly evangelical and badly compromised, not biblically separated. Even after Adrian Rodgers began the so-called conservative resurgence in 1979, the SBC continued to be extremely broad in its associations. Billy Graham has always been a well-loved member of the SBC. Though the SBC condemned many of his policies, Bill Clinton always remained a member in good standing in his SBC church (in spite of a grossly immoral lifestyle) and the SBC often entertained catholic clergy in its churches. Today, the SBC seems bent on reversing its conservative resurgence. In 2018, the SBC elected Dr. JD Greear as president of the convention. Watch as Dr. Greear sets forth his stance on homosexuality in the church.

Greear

At 14:50 he says, “I do want to apologize to the gay and lesbian community on behalf of my community and me for not standing up against abuse and discrimination directed towards you. That was wrong and we need your forgiveness.” Greear says again’ “[we must] stand up and be among the fiercest advocates for the preservation of the dignity and rights of the LGBT people…” He also admits that he has folks attending his church that work in abortion clinics.

In the 2019 SBC convention, resolution 9 was voted on and accepted. Resolution 9 contains a Marxist view on race and power structure…critical race theory/intersectionality (CRT/I). In my view, it is one of the most godless and dangerous theories in the devil’s arsenal along with evolution and climate change. I believe that CRT/I is the trojan horse that will plunge the SBC back into rank theological liberalism.

Dr. Pettit, you are a teacher of teachers who teach those who will go out to teach God’s people. Your praise, associations, and your silence teach very loudly. Please take to heart the warning of James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (ESV)

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

BJU then and now…Tim Geiger

By Machen White

For the 2019 CoRE conference titled Gender, Sexuality and The Church, Tim Geiger of Harvest USA was invited to speak to the BJU seminary. Mr. Geiger ministers within the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) and The Gospel Coalition. Both the PCA and TGC are, in my judgment, left-leaning evangelical institutions. It is no secret that Geiger is not a dyed-in-the-wool fundamentalist. Dr. Pettit acknowledged as much in his response to FBFI’s raised eyebrows concerning Geiger’s invitation to BJU. You can see the article here (Foundations Baptist Fellowship International). Pettit states,  “We fully understand that [Geiger] operate[s] outside of the fundamentalist, separatist orb”. Dr. Pettit explains that the leadership at BJU has developed a “theological grid” that guides the leadership regarding associations.

Tim Geiger - Harvest USAHarvest USA
Geiger

Who is Tim Geiger?

Tim Geiger is considered an expert in the field of sexual issues facing the church. Mr. Geiger is the head of Harvest USA ministries that minister to those who “struggle” in all things sexual. Apparently, Dr. Pettit was unable to find suitable men within the “fundamentalist, separatist orb” that could adequately expound the scriptures to us in this arena. Dr. Pettit states further, “Frankly, we are limited within our own movement to find the kind of experts that can adequately handle these subjects within the theological and academic framework of what you would expect in a seminary“. This kind of thinking is consistent with the ideas of broad evangelicalism not separated fundamentalism. It is the goal of the evangelical to prove their academic acumen and piety through their fellowship and alliances with those to their left. Let me remind you of what the thrust of this blog is; to give evidence that the BJU administration does not occupy the “fundamentalist, separatist orb” at all. They are at best conservative evangelicals in their thinking. To them, the simple and unapologetic expounding of scripture by fundamentalists is not enough. 2 Peter 1:3.

Mr. Geiger the “expert”

At the end of the CoRE conference, Dr. Sam Horn (executive vice president of BJU) interviewed Mr. Geiger. You can see the interview and transcription here. Geiger states, “We (the church) want you (same-sex strugglers) not to hide your struggle for fear of judgment. We want you to come into the light and struggle well“. Geiger goes on to describe the way we should approach gays and lesbians within the church who call themselves Christians, “…have a relationship where we build mutual respect and mutual trust so that we can have an apologetic dialogue about what Scripture says…I’m not saying that gay or trans people can’t be Christians”. Horn concludes: “there’s got to be a bridge for that kind of conversation to happen.” Horn then proceeds to give his full endorsement of Geiger’s ministry: “you’ve been a great blessing to us…Thank you for what you do. I know that God has raised up [your] ministr[y]…You’re doing a wonderful work…been a great blessing”. Horn then encourages pastors to avail themselves of Geiger’s resources.
Mr. Geiger recounts his testimony about his own “same-sex struggle” here. At about 2 minutes into the video, he recalls his experience at the Lutheran church he attended as a young person. He laments that the church was not a safe place to come out about his homosexuality “because [the church taught] that gays were going to hell and AIDS is God’s curse on homosexuals. So why would I entrust myself to people that said things like that?”
Mr. Geiger,
What would you think about someone who would say something like this? “men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:27b…or…”[neither] men who practice homosexuality…will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9,10 (ESV)
At about 3:30 into the video, he compares the sin of homosexuality with the sin of lust, substance abuse, and eating [disorders].

 I believe Geiger is an expert…an expert at loosening the screws on the doctrine of sin, and scrubbing the concept of church discipline from Scripture. 

Should we attempt to reach homosexuals with the gospel? Yes! Should we show them grace love and mercy? Yes but the gospel is useless without a clear understanding of sin and the seriousness of it especially the sin of homosexuality. “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved”

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

   As noted previously Tim Geiger is the president of Harvest USA. He is also a contributor to The Gospel Coalition (TGC). Dr. Tim Keller is the co-founder and president of the TGC. His writings are also part of Mr. Geiger’s resource collection at Harvest USA. Dr. Horn at the end of his interview with Geiger encouraged pastors to make use of these resources. Here is what Dr. Keller has to say about the sin of Homosexuality.

Keller

Geiger and Keller (see my previous blog post on Geiger) say that homosexuality is a sin but they quickly qualify their statements by affirming that all sin is equal. There is no sin but the sins of the heart like pride or greed.

Mr. Geiger and Dr. Keller are both members of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). The PCA maintains in its own confession of faith that all sins are not equal.

Question 150: Are all transgressions of the law of God equally heinous in themselves, and in the sight of God?
Answer: All transgressions of the law of God are not equally heinous; but some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

Dr. Keller, would you like to show love to your gay neighbors? The best way to do this, sir, is to tell them THE TRUTH. Homosexuality is particularly heinous because of the nature of the sin. It is an abomination within an abomination and receives God’s special judgment. Romans 1:26-27

Is pride a sin? Yes. Pride is the sin that kept the Corinthians from dealing with gross sin in a scriptural way. Can we fellowship with a homosexual in the church? Yes, under one condition. Total transformation evidenced by genuine repentance and by ending the homosexual behavior.

In Dr. Horn’s interview with Mr. Geiger, Dr. Horn asks Mr. Geiger about how to deal with Christians in the church who have “embraced the lifestyle of same sex attraction or gay/lesbian lifestyles”. Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 5 makes it very clear, cast them out. Mr. Geiger and Dr. Horn make it clear, build a bridge/mutual respect.

Of Mr. Geiger, Dr. Keller, and Dr. Horn:
NOTE THESE MEN AND AVOID THEM
 
 
Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

BJU then and now…Tim Tebow

By Machen White

On March 2018, BJU and the Bruins Foundation hosted “an evening with Tebow”

“It’s a privilege to host Tim Tebow at BJU,” said Bruins Director of Athletics Neal Ring. “Throughout his life, Tebow has used the platform of sports to bring God glory.”

Is the Tebow appearance any different than a political candidate or secular academic specialist of past years at BJU? The new BJU administration clearly views Tebow as more than a professional athlete to speak to BJU athletes about athletics. Tebow is viewed as a spiritual leader to teach BJU students how to live godly lives in this world.

In another article in BJUtoday:
“Tim is popular in circles outside of the ‘BJU bubble’. Bringing him in to speak at the Gala will draw to campus people who have never been to BJU. Some will come with no idea of what BJU is. Others will come with inaccurate ideas. This is an opportunity for the University to reach these new audiences— to correct misperceptions, to recruit p

Tebow

rospective students, and to impact them for Christ…He [Tebow] uses sports as a platform
for ministry.”

Following the Tebow appearance Pettit states on his Instagram account:
“Thoroughly enjoyed having Tim Tebow speak for the Bruins night. A strong gospel message and invitation was presented.”

And then in a BJUtoday article entitled “Finding your platform for ministry” Tebow is further commended for his life work of ministry.

WHO IS TIM TEBOW?

Tebow is known for unapologetically displaying Bible references on his face and kneeling in prayer at football games. He is also known for other things…

First Baptist Church of Dallas
In early 2013, Tebow showed himself a little less bold when he canceled his speech at FBCD, apparently because of controversial statements that Pastor Jeffress had made about Mormonism, Catholicism and other faiths as well as homosexuality.

Ellen DeGeneres
DeGeneres is a practicing lesbian and popular TV host. Tebow agreed to be interviewed by DeGeneres on The Ellen Show. When asking Tebow about his dating life, DeGeneres insists on using the word “partner”. Tebow seems all too happy to oblige. About 2 years later Dr. Pettit welcomes Tebow to BJU.

Ellentube

Passion Conference
The Passion conference is, in my view, a “golden calf” event complete with Christian rap and pop performances followed by broad evangelical teaching. Tebow spoke at the conference in early January 2018. A little over 2 months later…BJU.

Passion 2018 recap
Passion 2020 recap

Am I being divisive and disrupting the unity of Christians by this blog post?
Biblical unity is God’s people separating from the world and being unified under Biblical truth. Biblical unity is not a bunch of warm bodies inside a box all happy and “unified”. We can be unified in our love for Clemson at a football game but that is not biblical unity. Aaron introduced deviant worship of the Golden calf arguably in the name of unity. Jeroboam consolidated (unified) the northern kingdom through his innovation and compromise. God had nothing but condemnation to offer and the Israelites paid a terrible price for it. The result in both cases was the ultimate division – division from God. Exodus 321 Kings 12. This in my view is exactly what The Passion conference is all about. 65,000+ young people unified in deviant worship and worldliness. The end result I believe will be whole generations separated from God…forever. Tebow has done much to promote and popularize it. Sinful division happens when theological error, worldliness, and unholy alliances are introduced and accepted among God’s people. Righteous unity happens when theological error, worldliness, and unholy alliances are exposed and dealt with.  An alliance with a man like Tim Tebow does not unify us, it divides us.  Romans 16:17
Not convinced? Watch this at your own risk. (up to the 2 min mark).
Nina Dobrov

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

BJU then and now…Abby Johnson

By Machen White

On February 2018 Dr. Steve Pettit president of Bob Jones University praised Dr. Billy Graham’s ministry and his legacy. During a chapel message on November 7th of 2019, Dr. Bob praised the ministry of Dr. Billy Kim. Dr. Kim has always been a lover of the Graham ministry. It is a well-documented fact that Graham and Kim made partnering with the Roman Catholics (and others) IN MINISTRY a matter of course.

Johnson

On January 23, 2020, BJU invited the public on campus to screen the movie Unplanned created by pro-life advocate Abby Johnson. Then on March 5, 2020, BJU hosted the Piedmont Women’s Center (PWC) for their fundraising event. The speaker for the evening was Abby Johnson. During the event, Johnson “preached the gospel”. On stage, displayed on a banner, were the words of Isaiah 43:19. Johnson said, “We must give the gospel to these ladies, not the watered-down Jesus but the powerful Jesus…everyone here is a sinner and in the need of a savior”. She used the words “cross, gospel, sinners, Jesus”.

Folks left the event believing Johnson to be a born again Christian. Here is what they did not know…
Johnson was raised a Southern Baptist. Through a series of events, she converted to Roman Catholicism (you can hear her “testimony” here.) Johnson explains her journey away from a gospel-preaching church and into Romanism. She proudly admits that she uses the pro-life platform to evangelize for Romanism.
The “gospel” of Abby Johnson is a false gospel. The practice of abortion is horrific and utterly barbaric. It is demonic and hellish. However, as hard as it is to believe, a false gospel is far worse. Romanism damns the human soul to an eternal hell. I believe that the bible teaches that there are sin “levels” and that the sin of false teaching tops the scale especially false teachers who, like Johnson, knows the truth and rejects it (see 2 Peter 2).
The bible is not silent concerning our association with false teachers. 2 John 10-11 says, “if anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works”. (ESV) Dr. Pettit and his administration say otherwise. Randy Page (Pettit’s chief of staff) said on Twitter before the event concerning Johnson, “Looking forward to hearing @AbbyJohnson speak at Piedmont Women’s Center Night for Life at @BJUedu tonight”. Then after the event, “Thankful for the opportunity to meet @AbbyJohnson and hear her speak tonight @BJUedu What an incredible challenge”

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11