BJU then and now…North Greenville University
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.
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.