By Educate Truth Staff
In a special meeting March 3, the church’s Synod decided that the Board of Trustees and administration of Erskine College and Seminary have not been faithful to the church’s directives. “As a result, the synod voted 204-to-68 to restructure the Erskine Board of Trustees, firing and replacing 14 board members and keeping 16 holdovers for a 30-member interim board of trustees.”
One of the primary issues has been over the inerrancy of the Bible. A minister who runs a blog on denominational issues said, “The issue is not ‘academic freedom.’ The issue is ‘academic license’ that seeks to subvert the evangelical witness of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in higher education.” Does this sound familiar?
Like many church-based institutions of higher education, Erskine College and Seminary in Due West, South Carolina, has had many battles over the relationship between faith and learning at its campus. But the drama that unfolded at the college March 3 was unlike the online debates and denominational meeting grumblings that had come before.
In a special meeting that day, the General Synod of the denomination that sponsors Erskineâ€”the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Churchâ€”heard a commission’s report which concluded: “the oversight exercised by the Board of Trustees and the Administration of Erskine College and Seminary is not in faithful accordance with the standards of the ARP Church and the synod’s previously issued directives.”
More simply put, the commission found evidence of mission driftâ€”as well as “a number of financial irregularities and administrative failures”â€”in the college and seminary and blamed the board for letting it happen. (Read Article)