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'Under attack': Campus ministries see changes ahead
With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.
"Our religious liberty and our opportunity to share as openly as we have in the past" at colleges and universities "is under attack," said Tim Patterson, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, where Wayne State is located. Baptists "have to rethink how we do ministry on campus because the campus has changed."
The Wayne State chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit against the Detroit-based university March 6, alleging Wayne State stripped the ministry of recognition as a campus student group in 2017 after university officials deemed "discriminatory" an InterVarsity requirement...
College campuses are basically lions dens. It has been said, what they teach in College is what will lead the nation in the future. So after 50 years of free sex leading to forced rape , experience with alcohol and drugs leading to addiction. What else can be said? College campuses can be a terrible experience or beneficial. But often, just maybe, faith in Christ can be found. I joined the Navigators while attending ROTC , so good things can happen. On Tuesday night at Texas A&M, breakaway ministries fills up Reed stadium full of people thirsty for God. So, yes, it‚Äôs a challenge. The campuses today are run by LBGTQ Islamic fascists and if you have a brave heart then support ministries the honor God, and preach the word.
I'm not sure I fully understand what losing this kind of official recognition really does when looked at the negative aspects against some potential positive ones. While funding and space on campus is lost for specific ministries, this also gives local churches a bigger role in reaching the lost on campus. It also creates more of an underground church situation for those under threat of harassment for following Christ. There are opportunities here, but only if local churches step up to fill resource gaps with space, fellowship, leadership, teaching, etc.