Inter-Varsity's loss at Tufts indicates future of campus ministry...

Inter-Varsity has lost its battle for recognition as a Tufts University campus ministry.

Regardless of the result of the election tomorrow, this sort of thing will only increase as time passes. We live in a nation given over to rebellion against the Only True God, and in such a state, Christians are intolerable. That higher education is ever anywhere allowed to claim to be an advocate for diversity or tolerance without being met by hoots, hollers, and catcalls simply demonstrates how foundational the principle of hypocrisy has become to postmodern culture.

Christians committed to campus ministry should steer Christian parents away from any private college or university where the Secularist god reigns (which is to say almost any private college or university, Christian or secular); we should fight intensely for the free exercise of religion on state taxpayer-funded university campuses; and all campus ministries should move on from parachurch to church-based support and church-based ministry.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


There are so many "issues" finding the surface lately and in the few years ahead, all of them resulting in a sifting/sorting of Christians and the ministries they organize.  In this case (parachurch campus ministries), the expulsion of Christian ministries and their speech from private college campuses will obviously provoke a number of decisions by the parachurch organizations themselves.  

If history is any guide, the overall result will be another round of the filthy getting filthier yet and the righteous getting more righteous yet.  Some parachurch organizations will (as they already have with respect to sex and the sexual guidelines of Scripture) accomodate themselves to the world for the sake of the world's imprimatur.  Others will repent themselves of that very same kind of accomodation, and as they refuse (some of them, for the first time) to offer the pinch of incense to Caesar's image will find their way to the stadiums.  

This is nothing new.  It is, moreover, a blessing from a Father who knows how to rear His sons so they are worthy to share His Son's glory.

As an intervarsity staffworker, we absolutely must not send our college-bound christians to holy huddles but instead must engage the culture that we live in with the biblical truths we cling to and live out the great commission. It is not His will that anyone should perish and that includes college students get drunk every weekend, have had abortions, are promiscuous and idolize status and success among many other idols. We must be salt and light. I follow Jesus because someone preached the Gospel to me at Columbia University in New York City and I will give my life to do the same.


I hear no one arguing for holy huddles.  What, exactly, do you mean by this? 

While one might abstractly admire your profession of zeal, there's nothing else in your challenge to us but your leadership in InterVarsity to let us know what gospel it is that you preach. And, since I know nothing about  you other than this, I'll confine what follows to InterVarsity's agenda of evangelism.

I could not join you in your capacity as a leader in Invervarsity in any evangelistic endeavor, because I am quite sure that I would disagree with Intervarsity (and with you too?) as to what "success" in such an endeavor would look like. 

Or would you (or Intervarsity?) join with Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses in a joint evangelism project on your campus?  Both groups, like you, deplore  drunkenness, abortions, promiscuity. and the idolization of status and success and many other idols. They, like you, claim to follow Jesus. Why not join with them in a joint evangelistic enterprise? I'm guessing you would not, but why not?

I would not, for the same reasons I would not join with Intervarsity in evangelism. The goals are different.  

>>we absolutely must not send our college-bound christians to holy huddles...

Dear Jonathan, did you read the post? Would you please?

I've never recommended what you call "holy huddles." I believe in public research universities partly because, unlike Calvin and Wheaton and Vanderbilt and Tufts, they have some accountability to the taxpayer. And I'm all in favor of private colleges where, instead of indoctrination and propaganda, there's some effort to educate.

Too, you might be encouraged to hear we here at Clearnote Church, Bloomington are starting Athanasius College where students will be required to take some of their classes at Indiana University.

But since you mention "holy huddles," this is a good description of the Inter-Varsity chapter at Indiana University, the last time I spoke there. There were about fifteen students present and it was clear the high point of their meeting each week was their weekly showing of Veggie Tales immediately following the "talk." I've been in Bloomington twenty years and the only time I saw IV do anything other than a weekly "holy huddle" was when their president and his exec decided to change their chapter's bylaws to require the president to be a man. That was cultural engagement!

But of course, the holy huddle staffworker was so petrified of IV's Christian faith being outed on campus by such a Biblical witness that the students were told their charter as an IV chapter would be revoked if they passed the bylaw change.

Ever since, IV has been what it is in most places--a "holy huddle" getting less holy and more huddlish each passing year.

What our Clearnote Campus Fellowship is doing is real campus ministry on a state public research university campus. I encourage those sickened by the holy huddleishness of I-V/Cru to join us in witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ Who said, "All authority is given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. Go therefore..."

Warmly in Christ,

PS: When first married in the late forties, my father and mother lived on Mass. Avenue in Cambridge and were the only two staff members for all of New England. Dad served on IV's board for decades and I grew up playing at Cedar Campus and Beat Trap Ranch while Dad spoke.

Sadly, except for a few staff workers here and there (you may be one of them), IV has been far gone into Christian liberalism for decades, now. In almost all cases, Biblical churches should take their money away from IV and give it to Biblical campus ministries that are church-based and committed to the Word of God precisely at the places where that Word causes academe to gnash her teeth.

How can we  fight intensely for the free exercise of religion in colleges where we refuse to send Christian students?

Christians students should be making an impact on their campuses.

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