Glad I could slightly lighten the mood! I share your feelings and qualms about this. And Jer's stuff is not helping the bad image. I find that fact quite interesting.
On the bright side, a lot of people have spoken up, either publicly or confidentially to WASC, saying that the favoritism, nepotism, meanness and MacArthur's use of money to get his way go very much against their beliefs and that the WASC criticisms are just. And that includes quite a lot of people who hold what to me are really antediluvian theological and other beliefs.
Like this guy, a very high-profile and influential seminary alum --
"RALPH DROLLINGER / JANUARY 7, 2019 AT 7:23 AMREPLY
"HI John Matthew Fox; I agree with your overview completely.
"As a graduate of TMS, I later experienced the same kinds of things you did at the college as I led Capitol Ministries: Harsh heavy-handedness has been MacArthur’s way of dealing with things over the years; he clearly violates 1 Peter 5:3. With most everyone on his boards being on his payrolls (some place or another) our Lord’s patience with him has now seemingly run out; my take on this is that God has now raised up objective leadership — the Accreditation folks, folks he must submit to — to bring to light MacArthur’s patently unbiblical way of dealing with people. He has hurt so many.
"Similar to ORU and the Hobby Lobby rescue of that Christian College from its failed leadership, the TMS/TMU board needs to resign and fresh leadership be appointed. Another realistic solution is to merge TMU with another Christian College, since Christian student enrollment in Christian Colleges is way down across the nation and there are more schools than are necessary (unfortunately).
"I appreciate your courage in stating what you have dear brother. Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder, Capitol Ministries"
"I should add to my above post, and I say this with a sad heart as a graduate of TMS, whose seminary faculty prepared me well for the ministry I have today in Washington D.C., that existing students should transfer and that incoming freshmen should go somewhere else – if they desire to earn an accredited degree."
"The fact that an outside governmental agency objectively documented and determined that MacArthur’s leadership does not even meet the moral and ethical standards of the world, deems him unqualified to remain at the helm. MacArthur measures up neither to WASC’s nor his own standards....
"Most important here is the cause of Christ, the Great Commission, the glory of God, and the sustainability and endurance of the University and Seminary (I am a graduate of the Seminary)—not MacArthur and his sycophant board members who are now trying to save face. [Editorial comment: via Jeremy Vuolo's social-media accounts! 😈] They have feathered their own bed; it is time for them to fly away."
It'll be interesting how this all plays out.
I'm kind of baffled that Jer would cement himself so firmly to these people in a time when their future seems dicey. And I wonder what Chuck thinks, since this is his world as well.
Part of me figures that Jer's embrace of it means Chuck may know a man who knows a man who's told them that the fix is in and that ultimately MacArthur will escape unscathed and keep his accreditation without changing a thing. But maybe I'm just being too pessimistic in that.
1 Peter 5:3 Note the KJV[ersion]. This verse all by itself explains why the Duggars and a lot of other SOTDRT grads don't understand much about their faith. Name one Duggar who would have a snowflake's chance in hell of correctly interpreting those words. lol
1 Peter 5:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]
1 Peter 5:3, NIV: "not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."
1 Peter 5:3, ESV: "not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:3, KJV: "Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock."
1 Peter 5:3, NASB: "nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock."
1 Peter 5:3, NLT: "Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example."
1 Peter 5:3, CSB: "not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."