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The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) recently held their President’s Conference, in which Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Dr. Russell Moore, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi addressed a gathering of college presidents and students. With such a variety of speakers from various spheres of public life, there were many ideas that were shared on Christianity and education.
Moore spoke first and it was the highlight of the morning for people who needed to be reassured that Christianity is going to survive in our world today. Interestingly, he began his discussion by addressing a type of Prosperity Gospel, specifically addressing Christians who use their faith to gain personal power or status. This is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he said. “A prosperity Gospel is deadly to Gospel Christianity” he stressed. True Gospel Christianity should not just be a “way to achieve something that we want.” Jesus is the source of power. His power, selfless and sacrificial, is unlike the world’s idea of power, greedy and self-centered. The Gospel transforms lives and we must allow the power of Christ to bring life to evangelicals again and to reach non-Christians.
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Moore referenced Luke 4, warning that the “Christianity that so many search for is a religion that is tame, easy, and normal. But that is not what Christ offers. He radically changes the world and disrupts the culture so that people will be more humble, loving, and selfless. Moore encouraged the Christian education leaders to be firm on what they believe and proclaim it loudly! He then reminded the audience that God is using people we would never expect to expand His kingdom. This is why it is our responsibility to treat everyone with love and respect, but...
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