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-Gordon College Reaffirms Ban on Extramarital Sex Including Homosexuality

by Dr. D ~ March 20th, 2015


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Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts has officially come out this week reaffirming their Christian Biblical based conduct policy of banning all extramarital sex for students, teachers and staff outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. From the Christian Post:

In an interview with CP, Sweeney explained the reasoning underpinning the decision on the part of Gordon’s Board of Trustees.

"It was important to be clear [Gordon] supports the institutional commitment to orthodox biblical teaching around human sexuality," said Sweeney.

"At the same time, the college leadership is committed to ensuring we support and care for all students including those of diverse characteristics and backgrounds … while remaining faithful to our underlying Christian theological framework."

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Response: The Christian college has been the subject of considerable controversy over this policy which has been pretty much standard at all conservative Christian colleges across America forever. The sticking point of course is that this puts homosexuality and same-sex marriage outside the bounds of their policy. No one really cares that the policy also bans premarital heterosexual sex and adultery. Homosexuality is now considered by many to be a ‘civil rights’ issue and same-sex marriage is now legal in the state of Massachusetts.

Last year the college’s accreditation seemed to come under some kind of implied challenge by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges with the accrediting body asking  the college to study and reevaluate their policy. Then when the college’s policy became an issue in the press, one school district suspended its student teacher relationship with Gordon and the City of Salem declared that the school was in violation of its discrimination policy and terminated a city hall rental agreement with the college.

It will be interesting to see how this ‘reaffirmation’ by Gordon’s board will be received. I really do not expect the accrediting body to continue their challenge since Gordon now has considerable support from thousands of Christians, Christian legal organizations, and even conservative politicians around the country. We will continue to follow this case.               *Top

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