Influential Christian College Withdraws from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

CCCU has never adopted specific creedal or doctrinal tests for its members; it remains dedicated to the advancement of Christian higher education aligned with the historic Christian faith.

Dr. John MacArthur, president of The Master’s College, announced in an email that the school had withdrawn from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) over issues of doctrine. “We have increasing concerns about the direction of the CCCU, given that the vast majority of member schools do not accept the Genesis account of creation or the inerrancy of Scripture.”

 

In a world where increasing numbers of people are questioning the truths of the Bible, cultural shifts have followed — and organizations that profess the name of Jesus Christ are finding themselves forced to respond. One of the organizations that has taken a bold stand is The Master’s College, based in Santa Clarita, California.

Dr. John MacArthur, president of The Master’s College, announced in an email that the school had withdrawn from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) over issues of doctrine.

We have increasing concerns about the direction of the CCCU, given that the vast majority of member schools do not accept the Genesis account of creation or the inerrancy of Scripture.

Two former CCCU schools have demonstrated that opinions are also shifting away from the Bible’s teaching on marriage and sexuality. There are likely other member institutions that are not faithful to the biblical position. The CCCU’s willingness to offer affiliate status to these two schools and the affirmation of 75 percent of member college presidents, raises serious questions as to whether the organization still holds to biblical Christianity.

Over the summer and into the fall of this year, the CCCU took a stand when Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College, two Mennonite schools who were part of the council, changed their hiring policies to allow same-sex employees. As a result, the CCCU offered to allow the two schools to become “affiliate members,” a demotion of sorts that allowed the schools to remain part of the council while differing on a crucial policy. Both schools refused and left the council.

In a statement in September, the CCCU responded to the departure of Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University. The statement admitted that the council remained open to a broad spectrum of theological thought while reaffirming commitment to traditional marriage.

As a broad and diverse association, the CCCU has never adopted specific creedal or doctrinal tests for its members and affiliates. Nevertheless, the Council has been and remains dedicated to the advancement of Christian higher education that is aligned with the historic Christian faith.

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