Asbury Alums, Students Issue Final Version of Opposition Letter



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Asbury's Position

I think of Asbury as being very consistent during my lifetime with no “hard turn” in their position at all. The signers apparently represent a very small percentage of graduates. I think it would be easy enough to get a similar number of Emory graduates to say Emory does not represent their views on sexuality. My father graduated from Emory and his view would be the traditional Methodist view on the subject.

Skipper more than 2 years ago

This letter does not represent Asbury grads

As a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary I know this letter does not represent my views. Some 70 students are an embarrassingly small number of Asbury students and alumni. Asbury has not taken a “far right turn”, it it has retained its commitment to biblical truth. This letter is a failed attempt to push Asbury to go a far left turn.

Mike Childs more than 2 years ago

Asbury has taken a hard right turn?

This perception proves that progressives really do not understand the traditionalist perspective at all.

betsy more than 2 years ago

Alum speaks

Before I graduated from Asbury, I graduated from Candler. The school celebrated its atheist professors, sponsored graduate happy hours, allowed feminists to erect a bare-berated female crucifix during lent, and made learning difficult for evangelicals. My DS made me attend Emory. I and the thousands of other alumni of ATS are so thankful for its work and witness. The official UM seminaries do not prepare pastors to lead churches in fulfillment of our mission. Furthermore, they attempted to use their privilege to socialize pastors into liberalism. They are the real reason that the US connection has lost its way. In short, the 70 signers don’t speak for the majority. They don’t deserve the attention they have received. Talk about Emory.

Bill Payne more than 2 years ago

Thank you

I appreciate the background history and your experiences as minister attempting to obtain your credentials to be certifiedas a Methodist minister. I did not attend these schools but as a layman , the seminaries leave me in consternation and disbelief at their hypocracy.

Matthew Gotthardt more than 2 years ago

Two Things

First, was this a news story or an editorial. You certainly have a right to your opinion, but it is always good to make sure that you are clear that you have placed aside any standard of objectivity. I mean this in particular to your reference to the "hard right turn" and your comments about Maxie Dunnam. Second, a little context would be helpful. 70 out of the hundreds and hundreds of Asbury alum is a pretty small number. Any thoughts on that?

Frank Ashton more than 2 years ago

Thank you

I've somehow lost all my comment. Anyway, thank you so much for the background info about Asbury. I once had a pastor who refused to accept any one on his staff who had attended Asbury.
And you were very gracious not to mention one of the leaders who had an adulterous 25+ year relationships while leading the charge against gay people. Somehow I always thought that adultery was also incompatible with Christian teaching. Hypocrisy ranks high on my list of sins to avoid.
Good move by the Asbury people who signed the petition.
Bond out!!

James Bond more than 2 years ago


The fact that a messed up person supported the biblical position does not invalidate the Bible. The same person also was against pedophilia. Should we assume that it’s ok because the messed up man opposed it?

Bill Payne more than 2 years ago

Missile falls short

Another Bond in and forgiving the 70 who signed a missile against scriptures.

Bill Bond more than 2 years ago