Note: I am a graduate of Louisiana College and currently a graduate student at Louisiana College’s Caskey School of Divinity. I love Louisiana College and ask you to join me in praying for God’s perfect will to be done.
Louisiana College (L.C.) is burning. The Baptist college, owned by the Louisiana Baptist Convention, is facing the most important six weeks of its history. From now until March 18 when the L.C. Board of Trustees meet, much will take place that will decide the future of the institution. Will the college continue to have Calvinist professors? Will Dr. Joe Aguillard continue to occupy the president’s office at L.C.? A battle is currently taking place that need not take place. Louisiana College is burning.
On Tuesday, January 29th, Dr. Joe Aguillard, President of Louisiana College, quietly posted an article at the bottom of Louisiana College’s website. The post is the first of its kind and is branded as “The President’s Pen.” In the article, Dr. Aguillard mentions the many challenges that he has had to face over the past eight years of his presidency, especially within the last year. More importantly, Aguillard makes a statement that he has not uttered in his eight years as president of L.C.:
My love for all Baptists including Calvinists, does not constitute our approval of its being advocated at Louisiana College.
Dr. Aguillard has many faculty at L.C. who are Calvinists. He is not unaware of this. He has allowed Calvinists to teach at L.C. without public discussion for eight years. Within his eight years as President, Dr. Aguillard has not publicly expressed concern with Calvinists holding high positions at L.C. There are or have been Calvinists at L.C. serving in positions such as: Vice President, Division Chair, Dean of Chapel, Professor, etc. All of these men have affirmed and signed the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy in order to be hired by Dr. Aguillard. It is only now after eight years that Dr. Aguillard is condemning Calvinism at Louisiana College.
Dr. Aguillard has been nothing but kind and loving to me, my wife, and my wife’s family throughout the years. I say with a clear conscience that I love Dr. Aguillard and wish him no ill will. He is my brother in Christ and I want only good for him. That said, I am very disappointed with his recent condemnatory remarks about Calvinism and the battle that is now being waged against godly men that Dr. Aguillard hired. These godly men who are facing contractual non-renewals have worked tirelessly for Lousiana College and have sacrificed much. They are now being targeted and persecuted for beliefs that are allowed within the framework of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and were allowed by Dr. Aguillard when they were hired as faculty at the college. These are men who have planted roots in the Central Louisiana area over their years of service to the college and are now having to uproot their families and ministry commitments because of the divisive intolerance of a few Louisiana Baptist Convention politicians.
In the coming weeks, much will be revealed about what is going on at Louisiana College. Make no mistake, Louisiana College is burning. There is much more going on than a mere anti-Calvinist takeover. Join me in praying for God’s will to be done and for righteousness to prevail. I will be blogging about these matters while Louisiana College burns.
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