Lighthouse Trails has been tracking Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries for many year now, documenting the steady decline into apostasy as the majority of them have now begun to embrace contemplative spirituality through their Spiritual Formation programs. You can read about this in our booklet/article “An Epidemic of Apostasy – How Christian Seminaries Must Incorporate “Spiritual Formation” to Become Accredited.” That special report we wrote explains how Christian higher-learning institutions are bringing Spiritual Formation into their schools so they can receive accreditation from religious accreditation organizations that are requiring Spiritual Formation. While that isn’t the only reason these Christian schools have succumbed to the dangerous teachings of contemplative spirituality, it certainly has been a main factor. Simply put, without accreditation, these schools won’t get certain benefits and recognition, including money in the form of donations, grants, etc. It also keeps their enrollment down as students typically want to attend schools that are accredited.
Lighthouse Trails has also pointed out on numerous occasions that once a church, school, ministry, or Christian organization begins embracing contemplative spirituality, it’s just a matter of time before that institution begins to change their views on topics such as creation, mysticism, the atonement, salvation through Christ alone, and homosexuality. That’s what getting involved in occultism does to people.
Couple all that with the recent Supreme Court ruling stating same-sex marriage must be recognized throughout America, you have the perfect recipe for the absolute falling away of the majority of Christian colleges.
Quick to jump on the band wagon for accepting the homosexual lifestyle is Baylor University, (the largest Baptist university in the world). According to a July 8th 2015 Time magazine article titled “This University Has Dropped Its Ban on ‘Homosexual Acts,’” Baylor “dropped a prohibition on ‘homosexual acts’ from its sexual conduct policy”this past May.
But Baylor is not the only one. A Christianity Today article, dated July 8th 2015, titled “Hope College and Belmont to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses” explains how Belmont University (in TN) and Hope College (MI) are “extending benefits to same-sex spouses of employees after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.” By the way, you can be sure Christianity Today isn’t too upset about these changes—they’ve been promoting the emerging church and contemplative spirituality for a long time.
Wheaton College has already headed down this path showing acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, and many others will follow suit. And remember, those colleges are training the next generation of pastors and church leaders so the affects will undoubtedly be remarkable.
It appears it is too late to stop the tide of what is happening to Christian colleges. But at Lighthouse Trails, we will continue to send out a warning to parents and grandparents to keep their kids out of these schools and try to find ones that are in a fast-diminishing group of biblically based colleges. At the very least, we hope parents and grandparents will make sure their college-age kids and grandkids are well equipped to live in a world that rejects Christ and in a church that ignores spiritual deception.