Christian Colleges and Holiness Commitments

Thursday, 05 Jul 2007

If an institution wants to have rules of conduct, fine. But the moment such rules are justified as distinguishing earnest Christians from the rest, the institution has wrongly attempted to bind the conscience--something only Scripture can do.
Who disagrees with Christian liberty? No one raises his or her hand. Yet many Christian colleges and parachurch organizations have codes of conduct requiring many things that the Bible does not. In itself, this isn't that odd; no one claims that a restaurant requiring a tie is violating its patrons' Christian liberty. But then again, this is because the restaurant never claims that all true, mature Christians necessarily wear ties. It is simply the restaurant's rule for a particular time and place. And this is exactly the difference from many Christian codes-for Christian groups often justify their ...

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