that today’s joint NIU, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) announcement should come as any surprise, but NIU made
it official, and has come under the umbrella of the SBTS. Is it, however, simply a “strategic partnership,” or
has something deeper transpired here?
Daniel Patz, president of Northland since 2013, attended the meeting and told trustees “This is a gift from Northland to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. But really, I feel almost, even more so, it is gift to us in order for this legacy and this mission to continue....”
From those joint statements one might reasonably conclude that NIU has been sold to or otherwise turned over to the Southern Baptist Convention.
For the many fine former NBBC faculty, staff and graduates this is indeed a tragic and closing chapter for their alma mater. Northland once was unique and unwavering in its fidelity to the whole counsel of God. Under Matt Olson’s tenure as president the school was steadily lead into compromise and ultimately ruined for the cause of Christ.
The slide that Matt Olson initiated finally landed Northland in the mire. One need look no further than Daniel Patz warmly shaking hands with Al Mohler to understand that NIU has aligned itself with a modern day leader of New Evangelical like compromise.
Links to the Announcements:
Northland Joins SouthernSeminary
Southern Seminary Trustees Accept Gift of Wisconsin University Campus