The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord!

This. is. stunning.

Statement about Race at Bob Jones University

At Bob Jones University, Scripture is our final authority for faith and practice and it is our intent to have it govern all of our policies. It teaches that God created the human race as one race. History, reality and Scripture affirm that in that act of creation was the potential for great diversity, manifested today by the remarkable racial and cultural diversity of humanity. Scripture also teaches that this beautiful, God-caused and sustained diversity is divinely intended to incline mankind to seek the Lord and depend on Him for salvation from sin (Acts 17:24–28).

The true unity of humanity is found only through faith in Christ alone for salvation from sin—in contrast to the superficial unity found in humanistic philosophies or political points of view. For those made new in Christ, all sinful social, cultural and racial barriers are erased (Colossians 3:11), allowing the beauty of redeemed human unity in diversity to be demonstrated through the Church.

The Christian is set free by Christ’s redeeming grace to love God fully and to love his neighbor as himself, regardless of his neighbor’s race or culture. As believers, we demonstrate our love for others first by presenting Christ our Great Savior to every person, irrespective of race, culture, or national origin. This we do in obedience to Christ’s final command to proclaim the Gospel to all men (Matthew 28:19–20). As believers we are also committed to demonstrating the love of Christ daily in our relationships with others, disregarding the economic, cultural and racial divisions invented by sinful humanity (Luke 10:25–37; James 2:1–13).

Bob Jones University has existed since 1927 as a private Christian institution of higher learning for the purpose of helping young men and women cultivate a biblical worldview, represent Christ and His Gospel to others, and glorify God in every dimension of life.

BJU’s history has been chiefly characterized by striving to achieve those goals; but like any human institution, we have failures as well. For almost two centuries American Christianity, including BJU in its early stages, was characterized by the segregationist ethos of American culture. Consequently, for far too long, we allowed institutional policies regarding race to be shaped more directly by that ethos than by the principles and precepts of the Scriptures. We conformed to the culture rather than provide a clear Christian counterpoint to it.

In so doing, we failed to accurately represent the Lord and to fulfill the commandment to love others as ourselves. For these failures we are profoundly sorry. Though no known antagonism toward minorities or expressions of racism on a personal level have ever been tolerated on our campus, we allowed institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful.

On national television in March 2000, Bob Jones III, who was the university’s president until 2005, stated that BJU was wrong in not admitting African-American students before 1971, which sadly was a common practice of both public and private universities in the years prior to that time. On the same program, he announced the lifting of the University’s policy against interracial dating.

Our sincere desire is to exhibit a truly Christlike spirit and biblical position in these areas. Today, Bob Jones University enrolls students from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries, representing various ethnicities and cultures. The University solicits financial support for two scholarship funds for minority applicants, and the administration is committed to maintaining on the campus the racial and cultural diversity and harmony characteristic of the true Church of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

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2 responses to “The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord!

  1. When my wife and I graduated from BJU (she in ’77, I in ’76), we were loyal to the school to a fault. The official position of the school on any topic was presumed to be in line with Scripture and not open for discussion, question or criticism. I’m sorry to say that it took us 15 years to realize that this forceful intolerance of alternate viewpoints is a characteristic of cults and part of the definition of fascism, which is NOT to say the university family is a cult or fascist. But like many institutions and cloistered groups, the “We’re right and everybody else is wrong and we won’t allow you to say otherwise” attitude was, and to some extent still is, pervasive at the university.

    We have been very encouraged and pleased to see Bob Jones, III and now Stephen Jones shine the light of Scripture introspectively on the university’s policies and internal rules. Given some of the more influential, intransigent hangers-on, this has been no small thing and may have been at the expense of some financial support.

    Every Christian group has probably encountered legalistic tendancies among its members, festering like an in-grown toe nail. Thankfully Stephen has had the courage to begin the process of rooting it out at BJU and we’re very proud of him.

  2. I know that my reply is almost 4 years after the fact, but I have known several people who have come out of BJU and have praised the fact that they adhere to the Inspired Word of God as the final authority. When something is the authority for something as important as God’s Word, Will and Ways, to have someone challenge the teaching is a serious thing, but in the case of my friends, and even me as I went there shortly, was that they were open to the questions, but they gave definitive answers, and backed those answers up from Scripture not tradition, or institutional policies. To tell the truth Bob Jones Jr. was the one who got the ball rolling, and Bob Jones III continued it, and Stephen Jones is continuing that way, but let us hope that he lives up to his namesake in the Bible and sticks to the Word of God as the final authority, rather than the present day church movement that erroneously claims that “we have to look at it in the light of today’s circumstances”. I guess one could say “How unfortunate, that God, the Creator of the Universe, outside of time and space, didn’t figure out that He should have looked at today’s circumstances and written the Bible with that in mind”. Ridiculous. The leadership at BJU stood up, acknowledged their policies in the past were wrong, and they even lifted the interracial dating ban at the same time, and (not the original poster) some people, born-again christian people still refuse to forgive this.

    As to the original poster, I really think that a large problem of the present day church being so wishy-washy about the Bible and the commandments contained therein, is that they have allowed their standard to be lessened and changed based on circumstances, not Scripture. I believe that God is God, that He wrote Scripture through men filled with the Holy Spirit, and that it contains no errors, inconsistencies, or opinions of man. If the Bible is discounted in one part, why not throw out the part that you don’t like and just hold fast to the part you do? Because God is Just, and Truth is Truth. For the wages of Sin is death – that is justice, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – that is Love, and the entire verse is Truth, regardless if I believe it or not. I’m sure most have heard the analogy, you can not see electricity, but you can see the effect of it on other things, or when you flick a light switch in your house, you have faith that light switch will turn on a light, I could go on and on, but I won’t. I wonder about my son in today’s church sometime, living in CA is there too much emphasis on one aspect, and a total disregard to another? God forbid. God is God, and His Word is True and Complete.

    Romans 3:10; 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10, 13. (walk the Romans road)

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