Newsweek Interviews Stephen Jones, Next President of BJU
Generations: Stephen Jones (left) will fill the shoes of his father, Bob Jones III
Jan. 29 - Rev. Stephen Jones was born in the hospital on the campus of Bob Jones University, and he jokes that he never ventured too far away. A graduate himself of the fundamentalist Christian school that his great-grandfather founded, Jones will become its president in May at the age of 35. His father, Bob Jones III, whoâ€™s presided for 34-years, felt the Greenville, S.C., institutionâ€”a de rigueur campaign stop for conservative politicians and a flash point for social issuesâ€”needed a leader closer to the present generation. Stephen Jones spoke with NEWSWEEKâ€™s Susannah Meadows about God, temptation and wearing ties to class.
NEWSWEEK: Why does your father feel the university needs a younger leader?
Stephen Jones: He said in the last two or three years he really doesnâ€™t understand this generation, with all the dramatic changes socially and culturally our nationâ€™s gone through. It just kind...
To non-bomb-throwers: A Christian I know who went both to BJU and Westminster Seminary (east) commented on how the BJU students were all clean-cut etc., whereas Westminster people had long hair, smoked pipes, etc. Pretty different views on Christian liberty.
Jones will probably be Anti Catholic just like his old man is and just like his Grandfather and Great Grandfather were. They ought to be more like Billy and Franklin Graham and acknowledge that the Catholic and Orthodox Churches are True Christian Churches because they believe that the Bible is the word of God, they believe in the Holy Trinity(Deity of Christ also), they believe in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ and they believe that Christ is the way of salvation.