In recent articles we have been considering a number of disconcerting issues with Northland International University (NIU). Pastor Don Johnson made significant contributions to this issue from his personal blog an oxgoad, eh and with Questions for Matt Olson & NIU at the FBFI’s Proclaim & Defend blog. We began this new series What REALLY Matters Most and then Monday with WRMM: Where the Lines are Drawn to discuss the shifting sands and new trajectory of the former Northland Baptist Bible College. Dr. Matt Olson has been reacting, in article form, from his personal blog. Very little in precise terms has been forthcoming in answer to the questions many people have regarding the changes at NIU. We do, however, have some items to
consider from Dr. Olson’s What Matter Most series part four, Functional
If everything we believe is important, but not equally so, it might even be a good idea to develop at least a two-tier doctrinal statement:
- A statement of faith that would clearly delineate an orthodox position.
- A statement of functional distinctives that would give necessary clarity and guidance for the healthy operation of a church or organization.
Both of these doctrinal statements should include what is necessary, but not more than what is necessary.First, that excerpt indicates to me that the current Articles of Faith and Handbook doctrinal statements will be edited or eliminated very soon. That means more of what made the former NBBC a distinctively Baptist, fundamental and separatist college is going to be erased from its present state.
What they are doing in practice at NIU is speaking so loudly that one cannot hear what they are saying!
Because NIU president Matt Olson is not upholding Northland’s doctrinal standards and/or functional distinctives all of these are definite possibilities. Parents need to be aware of and prepared for any or all of those outcomes for their son or daughter if they send them to NIU.
Is NIU “Unchanged?”
Dr. Les Ollila used to say, “Our Children Learn Not Only What We Teach Them, but by What We Tolerate”