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Cliff College, where Dr Edwards has worked for seven years without any disciplinary issues or warnings, was founded in 1883 and describes itself as a global centre for evangelism and missiology.
On its website it says that it is: “grounded in the authority of Scripture… We proclaim the Gospel and invite everyone to experience the life-changing transformation of a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Dr Edwards has long argued that free speech for conservative evangelicals would be threatened by the Methodist position on marriage. Cliff College adopted this position whilst also maintaining its vision statement to uphold ‘a distinctly evangelical voice’ to Methodist churches both in Britain and across the world, where the conservative view on marriage is the majority.
“ Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves” Romans 1:24
In light of the recent Church of England concessions on blessings for same-sex unions and the subsequent response from global Anglican dioceses breaking communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Edwards believed this to be a key moment for the evangelical voice to be heard.
On 19 February 2023, Dr Edwards posted: “Homosexuality is invading the Church. Evangelicals no longer see the severity of this b/c they’re busy apologising for their apparently barbaric homophobia, whether or not it’s true. This *is* a ‘Gospel issue’, by the way. If sin is no longer sin, we no longer need a Saviour.”
Read the entire article @ Harbingers News HERE
I attended a Bible college as a full time student for three months of a two year course.
Two things stand out for me from that less than welcome experience at Bible College:
One: It’s easy to lose faith and become a mere theologian that doesn’t require faith, it’s mainly academic ability. That implies academics are required to believe in their hearts what they teach
Two: Surely, Bible teaching, and instruction in the life of faith is the duty of the local church. According to the early church fathers writings, many ministries were mobile, moving from assembly to assembly. There was little or no opportunity for academics or denominational patriots to inject their bias into Bible teaching.
Ah, but is it not a truth, the strength of Western Christendom is not in the Lord Jesus Himself but in wealthy and powerful denominations punching out their version of the body of faith. It does seem that way to me.
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