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Christian Group ‘Derecognized’ at State’s Colleges Because It Requires Leaders to Hold Christian Beliefs

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, was “derecognized” by all 23 California State University schools because IVCF wouldn’t stop requiring its leaders to hold Christian beliefs

In 2012, shortly before retiring, the chancellor of the California State University system issued a new policy that requires recognized student groups to accept all students as potential leaders. Our chapter leaders are required to affirm InterVarsity’s Doctrinal Basis. This new CSU policy does not allow us to require that our leaders be Christian.  It is essentially asking InterVarsity chapters to change the core of their identity, and to change the way they operate in order to be an officially recognized student group.

While we applaud inclusivity, we believe that faith-based communities like ours can only be led by people who clearly affirm historic Christian doctrine. The policy affects 23 chapters within the California State University system, such as Cal State Northridge. The policy exempts sororities and fraternities from gender discrimination; we believe there should be a similar provision for creedal communities. For more details see “Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy” and “The New College ‘Thought Police’”.

In August 2013, the new chancellor, Timothy White, graciously granted religious groups a one-year exemption for the 2013-14 school year. But the CSU chancellor’s office says that no further exemption can be made. Thus all 23 InterVarsity chapters on CSU campuses now operate without the benefits of official recognition.

InterVasity’s reaction:

 

Ed Stetzer, a writer for Christianity Today asks the question:

Stetzer also noted it appears this trend will continue.

“But, the question remains, how will Christians react? I hope they won’t call themselves persecuted, since that lessens the persecution in, for example, Iran. However, I also hope they will speak up graciously. And, that even people who are not religious will see the danger of stripping faith from the organized conversation at the university.”

Read his full article HERE

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. charles walter doughty Evangelist says:

    In reality there is a great TEST here in California. But who is being tested? Are the atheist, humanist, agnostics, communist, socialist, progressives and other God hating groups being tested to see if they are fit for eternal life by their universal reaction to the universal Lord of life, death and immortality? Or are we who call ourselves “Christians” being tested? In these last days, the lines are being drawn. Ten years ago such issues as Christian Marriage versus Same Sex, Christian obedience to Natural Law versus contempt for Natural Law and Christian hatred of Abortion murder versus murdering babies with impunity were not issues that the government insisted be :blurred issues” or moot talking points.

    Today, these are just a few issues that atheistic, God hating governmental and educational officials want to be thrust into the forefront of who is determined by the :underground spiritual mafia” to be fit for leadership in America or not. The Chancellors and “underground spiritual mafia” agents of the California educational ziggurat are not just forcing Christian to abdicate their faith in Jesus, they are also forcing their Christ-hating colleagues to take a stand in their belief system also. The Christ-hating lackeys have to have a Creed they embrace just as Christians must confess that “Christ is the only begotten son of the Living God”. Christians are proactive, but the “Spiritual mafia ” in darkness is reactive. These cowards will threaten to remove all visage of Christian persuasion from the U.S.A. Hitler, Stalin and Mao (to mention a few dictating tyrants) failed. They are in the real underworld of Hades at present. The California persecutors, diabolical masters of censorship and discrimination will also fail. They are a hairs breath from Hades also. Hades always wins these battle in the end.

    But, I conclude that it is us Christians who are being tested. There are millions of us and we pay taxes and should vote. In the final analysis, as long as we have freedom of speech and can vote (notice I said “as long”), the kind of leaders that sit in office are still accountable to our God and our Christian values system. We did not do well in the last election and we are being tested at present by “Satan’s militant political host” that SOME OF US voted for.

    I agree with Brother Stetzer, “We cannot compare this California discrimination and persecution with the persecution of our brothers and sisters in Iran”, Syria, Egypt and The Middle East, but if we do not become more vocal, politically active and mostly “Given to intercessory prayer and fasting” before the Throne of God on our knees, and before the Mediator of life and death, “The Lamb of God on the right hand of the Throne of God”, we may see our offspring, or another generation being imprisoned or murdered for their simple, child like persuasion as children of the Heavenly Father.

    Additionally, whether the State of California, or any of their inferior colleges recognize the “Salt of this earth”:, members of “A city on a hill that can be seen”, or lights that shine in the darkness of California does not make much difference. You can be sure the Lord and Creator of all, whose eyes sweep to and fro across the universe- RECOGNIZES THEM!”

  2. Can you imagine a campus ‘Muslim Fellowship’ having to accept non-Muslim leaders? Would they even welcome non-Muslims members?

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    In campus ministry work my opinion is that Intervarsity today is often doctrinally and biblically lax. The fact that a group like IV can be “derecognized” by the Cal State system is a frightening thought for other campus ministry as well.

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