The Compass Headlines 08-13-2017

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The Compass Headlines 08-13-2017

Seventh-day Gay Adventists Criticized by a Catholic Magazine

The Crisis Magazine, a Catholic publication, has called out the Seventh-day Gay Adventists documentary and its proponents for their lack of biblical fidelity. Regis Nicol writes,

“the film promotes a revisionist exegesis of Scripture—namely, that biblical injunctions against homosexuality refer to temple prostitution, pederasty, forced sex, and the like, not what goes on between “committed” same-sex partners. It is a fashionable reading based on a contrived contextualization that goes against the plain meaning of the text, 2000 years of church teaching, and millennia of moral norms and social tradition. What’s more, it fails to consider what Jesus had to say about sexual morality.”

This is a clarion call. This is a powerful warning. The world is watching. God has a people ready to stand for the truth in such a time as this.

Theologically Conservative Seminaries are Growing

The Protestant seminaries are in crisis. As Ian Lovett writes in The Wall Street Journal,

Mainline Protestant seminaries are facing an existential crisis after a decade of mounting red ink. Enrollment has fallen by nearly 25% over the past decade, according to the Association of Theological Schools, an accrediting agency. Mainline churches, where membership has been falling for decades, can support fewer full-time pastors than in the past. Denominations are pulling back their financial support for seminaries, while the cost of educating students is still going up. As a result, some of the oldest and most celebrated seminaries in the country—institutions that helped shape both Christianity and higher education in the U.S.—are on the brink of financial collapse.
While the struggle reflects an increasingly secular society and the church is quickly becoming biblically illiterate, its not all the seminaries that are in financial crisis.

Commenting on this Mr.Lovett reports,

Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a theologically conservative school in Louisville, Ky., said the school’s enrollment had hit record highs in recent years. A growing number are taking classes online, and a record number are studying to be church pastors.In an era when Christianity is becoming less dominant, Mr. Mohler said, young people heading to seminary wanted an “unquestionably orthodox theological education.” “A theological seminary that isn’t training pastors is just negotiating its way out of business,” Mr. Mohler said. “There’s nothing other than training pastors that couldn’t be done more efficiently and inexpensively by someone else.”

God has not called us to be successful, but to be faithful. When we are faithful, success will follow.

Book Review

As the world prepares to celebrate 500 years of Protestant Reformation this October, there are has been many books to written addressing various aspect of the movement. Adding to that collection is Alec Ryrie. The link below provides a link to the book review:

Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World by Alec Ryrie

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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.

  • Anthony Bosman

    Schooled by a RC for offering “a contrived contextualization that goes against the plain meaning of the text”–incredible!