BJU... then and now
Yes, this is a critique of Bob Jones University. I am a friend of BJU. BJU has many enemies. I AM NOT ONE OF THEM. My time there 1997-2004 was some of the best years of my life. I received a wonderful education there, I met my wife there, I developed many biblical convictions there. Please understand I say these things with a spirit care and concern for an institution that I love. Here I will present my conclusion then proceed to the evidence in this and future blog posts. Though the administration would certainly disagree with my conclusion they would, to the best of my knowledge, agree that the evidence I present here is factual. I believe that Bob Jones University has removed itself from its conservative fundamentalist roots. BJU has had a long history of separation from theological liberals and disobedient brothers. This separation is in large part what differentiates a fundamentalist institution from an evangelical or neo-evangelical institution. Dr Billy Graham since 1957 has been regarded as a disobedient brother by the Jones family. In March of 1966, Bob Jones Jr. said Graham was "doing more harm to the cause of Jesus Christ than any living man," according to the archives of The Greenville News and Time magazine. Compare that to Dr Pettit's statements in an interview with Fox Carolina shortly after Dr Graham’s death. I confirmed with Dr Pettit that Fox Carolina did not distort his statements in any way. Here are some excerpts and a link to the interview.
"Thankful for his faithful preaching of the gospel...Thankful for someone who has sought to present a clear gospel message...Evangelist who spread the gospel all over the world...His mother heard Billy...is thankful"