Two Azusa Pacific University Trustees Resign, Say College Has ‘Drifted’ from Its Christian Principles and Mission by Promoting Liberal Ideology

Two Azusa Pacific University trustees resigned last week claiming that the Southern California evangelical institution has “drifted” from its mission and foundation through the promotion of liberal ideology.

Raleigh Washington, president of the male evangelical movement Promise Keepers, and Dave Dias, a Sacramento-area business executive, submitted their letters of resignation from APU’s board of trustees last Wednesday citing concerns with the promotion of progressive ideology by faculty and administrators.

In an interview with WND, Washington explained that he had been an APU trustee for 15 years. But during the last six years, he said, he constantly confronted the board with evidence that many faculty members and the APU administration were promoting a political ideology that he believes contradicted the school’s statement of faith and core principles.

Washington, who previously pastored at the Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church in Chicago, accused the board of trustees of being “complicit in this disobedient behavior” because it has not held the school’s leadership accountable.

“After fervent prayer and with the integrity of heart, I cannot continue to be a part of these violations of God’s word,” Washington was quoted as writing. “I fear the spiritual consequences of this lack of correction and discipline.”

The resignations of Washington and Dias comes about two months after APU announced that it would institute a policy permitting same-sex relationships between students after years of LGBT student activists putting pressure on the school to remove its ban on same-sex relationships.

After backlash from conservative evangelicals, the school announced days later that trustees reinstated the ban on same-sex relationships and clarified that school officials never received approval from the board to remove the ban from the student handbook.

“What happened with the student handbook was an indication of a bigger problem that exists, and that problem is theological drift from what is required of an evangelical Christian university,” Washington explained.

Dias agreed and told WND that he has “deep concerns about the long-term viability of APU as a ‘God-first’ university.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith