By Don Boys, Ph.D.
It is a major tragedy that the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, now known as Biola University, a highly rated Christian University in southern California, has slipped into the slim pit of cowardice, compromise, and corruption. Like other schools, it is fighting a losing battle since the momentum is downward.
In 1988, they shocked everyone by changing an 80 year-old ban on dancing, booze, tobacco, and gambling–known as the big four. One trustee at the time sought to justify the compromise by saying, “But if Biola is known for a set of rules, then we have certainly missed our mission.” However, if they digress from their long held standards and identity, they have missed their mission.
Seeking justification for the change, a student said, “We felt that the rules weren’t biblical and saw that the university was tying the rules to student spirituality.” Well, the rules can be justified biblically and yes I would say that one who did not booze, gamble, dance, and use tobacco would seem to be “spiritual” assuming he or she also attended a Bible oriented church, tithed, and served Christ.
A friend of mine, Biola alumnus Dr. R. L. Hymers Jr., and pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle in Los Angeles was critical and made headlines when he said. “Let it be known far and wide that Biola University has now embraced the end-time paganism of American society.” He was right in 1988 and I am right today. He had been critical of a rock concert held on campus with the phrase in a promotional flyer stating, “Stay mild or get wild–the choice is yours!”
But Biola has come a long, long way since then. All downhill. School officials, wanting to be cool and accepted, abandoned some long-held principles. They refused to follow the Apostle Paul’s command in II Thes. 2:15, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
In March of 2016, Biola hosted a conference “Love No Matter What: Politics, Sex, Race and the Way of the Cross.” Themes were LGBT rights, racial issues, capital punishment, etc. The speaker was 29-year-old, black, single Christena Cleveland, associate professor at Duke University Divinity School. She pontificated on radical causes especially pushing Biola to accept Black Lives Matter and the “Palestinians.” Remember this conference was at a major Christian University.
She is a very important person because Christianity Today said so. The magazine named her “one of 33 millennials leading the next generation of Christian faith.” God help us.
Very critical of white Evangelical colleges, she suggested that at least “15 evangelical presidents need to get fired.” Barry Corey, the wimpy President of Biola should have closed her down or reprimanded her strongly for being so asinine but he sheepishly said that he hoped she “wasn’t talking about me.” When Corey told her that progress was being made, she brazenly said that it would be “kinda cool” if he were the first white Christian University president to get fired! What gall. She didn’t even know how to be a gracious guest and brazenly cut the legs from under the man who invited her and gave her a generous honorarium for her nonsensical, leftist tirades.
I perused her blog and noted many silly, unbiblical comments such as when she identified Mary the mother of Christ as “an unmarried pregnant woman of color.” She also claimed that racism was “a key chromosome in America’s DNA.” All the major race baiters would agree with her. In another blog, she wrote about “Trump, the White Man’s Last Gasp, and the Resurrection.” Trump’s election was a major national tragedy especially for all Blacks and minorities according to Christena.
She strongly recommends the writing of Thích Nhất Hạnh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist and a prolific author now living in a French monastery. Yes, that’s right, a Christian recommending a Buddhist priest and his books.
Furthermore, Biola is now a showcase for reverse discrimination. That is astounding in a place where honesty, fairness, commitment, etc., are supposed to be supreme.
Dean of Students Daniel Paschall worked at Biola for 20 years and was told, “that every effort should be made to hire and promote only minority candidates such as African-Americans, Latinos and Asians–with even more preference given to females within those categories.” He was slotted to become a Vice President of Biola. President Corey told him several times that he had a “bright future” at Biola and only needed to complete his doctorate. He enrolled in a program at much cost of time and money but was fired anyway. Moreover, because of his quick and unexpected dismissal, he was refused a mortgage on his home.
During this time, many universities experienced black students taking over and demanding changes i.e., names of buildings changed; administrators fired; segregated black student union buildings; etc. President Corey saw the handwriting on the wall and read to the students one of his poems that reflected his conversion to leftism. He really wimped out as he expressed regret for “not wincing” at the death of Michael Brown, a black thug who robbed a store and attacked a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Corey was also sorry for saying, “all lives matter.” His poem titled, “I Didn’t Always See” should have been “Watch me Grovel to Keep my Job.” But he went further when he boasted about inviting “my brother” Cornell West to speak at the school.
Cornell West is a radical black professor now at Harvard Divinity School, recently at leftist Union Theological Seminary. Wikipedia says of him: “Styling himself as a radical democrat socialist West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity, the black church, Marxism, neopragmatism, and transcendentalism.”
The thrice married West introduced Obama to a crowd of a thousand people on November 29, 2007 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as “my brother, my companion, and my comrade” but turned on him after he was elected and didn’t do enough for Blacks calling him “spineless,” “milquetoast,” and “the black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs.” He refused to support Obama for reelection and supported Bernie Sanders instead. In fact, he wanted to “slap him [Obama] on the side of his head.” Well, I didn’t suggest that West could not be right once in a while.
A white lady who has bought into the whole silly, unchristian racist issue Deborah Taylor is provost and senior vice president twitted about “police abuse of black men” and “Why it’s so hard for whites to understand Ferguson.” Another one: “Is everyone a little bit racist?” She boasted about taking part in a Black Lives Matter vigil under the university’s bell tower.
Deborah obviously drank a gallon of the Kool-Aid.
The VP for student development spot that Daniel Paschall was wired up for went to a black man who was shocked at his appointment! In fact, he thought he was going to be fired when he was called into the President’s office. He had not worked a day and no knowledge in the field for which he was hired in place of Paschall. Nor had he applied for the job, nor were any of the hiring protocols followed.
But he qualified because he was black.
Daniel Paschall sued. I hope he owns Biola in a few months and makes himself president.
Boys’ book Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! was published by Barbwire Books; to get your copy, click here. An eBook edition is also available.
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today for eight years; authored 18 books and hundreds of columns and articles for Internet and print media publications; defended his beliefs on hundreds of talk shows. These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and may be used without change from title through the end tag. His web sites are www.cstnews.com and www.Muslimfact.com and www.thegodhaters.com. Contact Don for an interview or talk show.)
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Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today for eight years; authored 15 books and hundreds of columns and articles for Internet and print media publications; defended his beliefs on hundreds of talk shows. These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and may be used without change from title through the end tag. His web sites are www.cstnews.com and www.Muslimfact.com and www.thegodhaters.com. Contact Don for an interview or talk show.