Bob Jones University Hires a Non-Jones as 5th President.

Big news in fundamentalist-land.  Bob Jones University has a new president and his surname is not “Jones.”

And he did not even attend Bob Jones as an undergraduate (although he does an M.A. from the institution and is a current board member).

His name is Stephen D. Pettit and you can learn more about him here.

The announcement:

Notice that the candidates had to meet BJU standards on these issues:

  • Evangelism (I assume they are for it)
  • Fundamentalism  (I assume they are for it)
  • Biblical Separation (I assume they are for it)
  • The Charismatic Movement (I assume they are against it)
  • Reformed Theology and the New Calvinism  (I think they are against it)
  • KJV-Onlyism (I assume they are for it)
  • Contemporary Christian Music (I assume they are against it)
  • Philosophy of Christian Higher Education From a Biblical Perspective  (I assume they are for it)

5 thoughts on “Bob Jones University Hires a Non-Jones as 5th President.

  1. In public and in class they have to give at least lip service to all approved positions.

    In private they tolerate a bit more latitude–you could attend a KJV-only church or be a John Piper fanboy–but if you mentioned your private opinions in class and it caused embarrassment to the administration, your days will not be long upon the land.


  2. I thought Jackson said “evangelism” as well, but a friend just pointed out to me that it's likely he meant to say “evangelicalism” rather than “evangelism.” Otherwise, referencing “broad” and “conservative” wouldn't make much sense; it's not the right jargon for evangelism in those circles. In which case, a yay for “evangelism” turns into a “nay” for evangelicalism. We might have found one of the handful of things that BJU and DG Hart would agree on. (-;


  3. Right on all accounts except for the KJV; they are “against” it. (-:

    In '90s the Bible faculty at BJ had a knock down drag out with the KJV-only folks, especially those at Pennsacola Christian College. BJU allowed their students to use whatever Bible translation they preferred and used non-Textus Receptus manuscript collections in seminary Greek classes.


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