|Dr. Lina AbuJamra Preaching at NIU|
1. NIU seeks to simultaneously to define their chapel music ministry as a time of gathered “worship” and their speaking time as a “convocation.” Those who follow the regulative principle on worship universally recognize that a key element of New Testament “worship” is the exposition and declaration of God’s word. If the 1st part of the chapel is “worship,” then it follows that the bible-teaching part is worship. I Timothy 2 provides instruction for the assembling of believers when involved in worship. It is spiritually cavalier to assume that a Christian college chapel’s “worship” time should not be governed by the regulative principles of worship.
2. A Christian College is a place where “life touches life” in order to disciple the next generation of Great Commission servants. What is modeled is what is molded! Those who would have their daughters move into a life of service with a meek and quiet spirit, adorning the gospel would do well to beware of NIU. Their chapel speaker was irreverent, “the sexy part,” less than lady-like and certainly not the model of a meek and quiet spirit one would expect to mold future evangelicals.
3. The contents of the chapel message reflected a feel-good, Schuller-esque, experiential theology. Dr. Lina actually told the students “God spoke to her.” If this is a model of NIU’s new hermeneutic, it's frightening to say the least.
1. Mr. Patz wrote, “I shared with Dr. AbuJamra my position on women and preaching; she agreed and told me that she would not preach.” Why does someone have to tell a female about their position on female preachers if she does not preach? It’s clear that Dan Patz knew and recognized her as being a “preacher.” What pastor/Bible college president has to tell a single lady missionary “do not preach” when they invite a woman to present her mission field and/or ministry? This was not about Dr. AbuJamra presenting her ministry, very little of that was clearly given, only slightly mentioned.
2. Mr. Patz went on to note that her message did “bless many students and staff.” With that claim we have New Evangelical pragmatism: the ends (blessings) justify the means (a woman preaching).
3. Whether teaching, presenting or preaching we have her stating, “...I work part time in the ER. The rest of the time I teach God’s Word, and I write. I didn’t see that coming, but ya know that’s kind of the sexy part of saying it…” Totally inappropriate and disgraceful, yet no mention of it by Mr. Patz.
I encourage all guests to read Don Johnson’s We're Not Comfortable, So Here’s a Statement About Something in which he reviews the Dan Patz article.
2) Lina AbuJamra, Failure is Your Friend