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Evangelist Bob Jones Sr. Its religious influence, its race relations, and its political influence have generated ificant controversies. One of the earliest controversies to center on BJU was the break that occurred in the late s between separatist fundamentalists and neo-evangelicals interracial by the newly prominent evangelist Billy Graham.
Graham had briefly attended Bob Jones College, and the university conferred an honorary degree on him in Bob Jones Sr. As was his policy, Graham ignored criticism of his campaigns  and, inclaimed not to know why the University opposed them;  but members of his Pensacola openly accused Jones of jealousy on the grounds that Jones's evangelistic meetings had never been as large as Graham's. Nelson Bellmailed a fiery ten- letter to most members of the BJU faculty and student body as well as to thousands of pastors across the country accusing Jones of "hatred, distortions, jealousies, envying, malice, university witnessing, and untruthfulness.
In what seemed to the Joneses to be a deliberate affront, Graham held his only American campaign of in Greenville, South Carolina. Billy approves them, Billy condones them, Billy recommends them I think that Dr. Graham is doing more harm in the cause of Jesus Christ than any living man; that he is leading foolish and untaught Christians, simple people that do not know the Word of God, into disobedience to the Word of God.
Seven members of the university board of about a dating also reed in support of Graham, including Graham himself and two of his staff members.
Bywhen Graham appeared in Greenville, BJU enrollment had strongly rebounded and continued to grow thereafter until the mids. The university requires use of the King James Version KJV of the Bible in its services and classrooms, but it does not hold that the KJV is the only acceptable English translation or that it has the same authority as the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.
BJU has taken the position that orthodox Christians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including fundamentalists agreed that while the KJV was a substantially accurate translation, only the original manuscripts of the Bible written in Hebrew and Greek were infallible and inerrant. The university's stand has been condemned by some other fundamentalists. InPensacola Christian College produced a widely distributed videotape, arguing that this "leaven of fundamentalism" was passed from the 19th-century Princeton theologian Benjamin B.
For instance, Jones Jr. It is a satanic counterfeit, an ecclesiastic tyranny over the souls of men It is the old harlot of the book of the Revelation—'the Mother of Harlots. All religion, including Catholicism, which teaches that salvation is by religious works or church dogma is false.
Religion that makes the words of its leader, be he Pope or other, equal with the Word of God is false. Sola Scriptura. From the time of the Protestant Reformation onward, it has been understood that there is no commonality between the Bible way, which is justification by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and salvation by works, which the faithful, practicing Catholic embraces. Infollowing allegations of sexual abuse and the mishandling of sexual abuse reports, the university hired a third-party, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment GRACEto conduct an impartial investigation.
In Januarythe university abruptly terminated its contract with GRACE a month before the of the study were supposed to be published, then a month later rehired the group. Although BJU admitted Asians and other ethnic groups from its inception, it did not enroll black students untileight years after the University of South Carolina and Clemson University had been integrated by court order.
From toBJU admitted only married blacks, although the Internal Revenue Service IRS had already determined in that "private schools with racially discriminatory admissions policies" were not entitled to federal tax exemption. Simonthe U. Supreme Court ruled that the university did not have standing to sue until the IRS actually assessed taxes.
McCrary U. In Mayas it prepared to allow unmarried blacks to enroll, BJU adopted more detailed rules prohibiting interracial dating and marriage—threatening expulsion for any student who dated or married interracially, who advocated interracial marriage, who was "affiliated with any group or organization which holds as one of its goals or advocates interracial marriage," or "who espouse, promote, or encourage others to violate the university's dating rules and regulations.
Infollowing a media uproar prompted by the visit of presidential candidate George W. Jones also admitted, "We can't point to a verse in the Bible that says you shouldn't date or marry inter-racial. On January 19,the Internal Revenue Service notified the university that its tax exemption had been revoked retroactively to December 1, The school appealed the IRS decision all the way to the U. Supreme Court, arguing that the University met all other criteria for tax-exempt status and that the school's racial discrimination was based on sincerely held religious beliefs, that "God intended segregation of the races and that the Scriptures forbid interracial marriage.
On January 8,just before the case was to be heard by the U. Political pressure quickly brought the Reagan administration to reverse itself and to ask the Court to reinstate the case. Then, in a virtually unprecedented move, the Court invited William T. Coleman Jr. United States U. The university refused to reverse its interracial dating policy and with difficulty paid a million dollars in back taxes. Also, in the year following the Court decision, contributions to the university declined by 13 percent. In Novemberthe university declared itself "profoundly sorry" for having allowed "institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful.
Bythe university had established two c 3 charitable organizations to provide scholarship assistance solely for minority students. As a twelve-year-old, Bob Jones Sr. Jones was a friend and admirer of William Jennings Bryan but also campaigned throughout the South for Herbert Hoover and against Al Smith during the presidential election.
For instance, inBob Jones Sr. From the inception of Bob Jones College, a majority of students and faculty were northerners, and therefore many were already Republicans living in the " Solid South. Incandidates supported by BJU faculty and alumni captured the local Republican party with unfortunate short-term political consequences, but by the religious right and the "country club" Republicans had ed forces.
National Republicans soon followed. Ronald Reagan spoke at the school inalthough the Joneses supported his opponent, John Connallyin the South Carolina primary. Bush —whom Jones called a "devil"—as his vice president.
On February 2,George W. Bush, as candidate for President, spoke during school's chapel hour. His political opponents quickly noted his non-mention of the university's ban on interracial dating. During the Michigan primary, Bush was also criticized for not stating his opposition to the university's anti-Catholicism.
At a news conference following the letter's release, Bush said, "I make no excuses. I had an opportunity and I missed it.
I regret that I wish I had gotten up then and seized the moment to set a tone, a tone that I had set in Texas, a positive and inclusive tone. The McCains have an adopted daughter from Bangladeshand later push polling also implied that the child was biracial. When asked by a Newsweek reporter if he wished to play a political role, Stephen Jones replied, "It would not be my choice.
The main message we have is to individuals. We're not here to save the culture. Inwith the school's earlier racial positions in the words of a Greenville News reporter "ancient history," BJU reemerged as campaign stop of ificance for conservative Republicans. Chip Felkel, a Greenville Republican consultant, noted that some of the candidates closely identified "with the folks at Bob Jones.
So it makes sense for them to want to be there.
Main article: Bob Jones University v. United States.
To further increase the breadth of his appeal, Graham began to accept invitations to speak at liberal seminaries in the Northeast—Union, Colgate, and other centers of American Modernism. Many times I have heard you say, 'I have preached to more people than any man in America. No Bob Jones University adult student, if he is married or lives in town, may attend the crusade and remain as a student. An exception was made for Bob Jones Academy students who lived in town with their parents. Bob Jones Jr. Cornbread and Caviar. A pope claims to be Christ's vice-regent on earth; that is, he blasphemously and arrogantly claims to have the divine prerogatives to forgive sins, to as his enemies to hell Archived from the original PDF on Retrieved The Daily ItemSumter.
The Times-NewsNovember 24, Bob Jones III commented that 'this puts the court in the position of creating an issue to be litigated and insisting that an issue be heard when one of the two litigants declares "no contest. In the statement, the university admitted to having "conformed to the culture" rather than providing "a clear Christian counterpoint to it.
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