HAS PIEDMONT BAPTIST COLLEGE GONE LIBERAL!?!? …Nope, I don’t think so.
Why do I ask this? Because Piedmont Baptist College (RIP) is now Piedmont International University. A name can be important to some people. My name is John. To me, that’s dull and boring. BUT my wife still likes it a lot! So obviously, a name is important for some people, while for others it’s just…a name. Here are a few observations of the name change I’d like for you to consider…
(1) I wasn’t around for the name change to Piedmont “Baptist” College from Piedmont “Bible” College, but I’d say that is a much greater transition than “International University.” Why? Because Baptists are messed up sinners that are saved only by God’s grace. The Bible? It’s God’s Holy Word. I think the Bible trumps “Baptist.” I’m not criticizing the people that changed it to Baptist, but just making a point.
(2) Do we make too much fuss over a name? Yes, we probably do. Just to give my personal opinion, I would’ve gone with Piedmont Biblical University, but it’s not a big deal. I go to a college…I mean a university that teaches the Bible with great care. There are probably several “Bible” or “Baptist” colleges that quite frankly are doing more harm than good when it comes to training Christian leaders. Piedmont has greatly influenced me during the past 2+ years, not because they’re a Baptist or Bible college, but the PEOPLE. I praise God for the great men and women at this school. I know they’re not perfect, they sin, and they fail…I fit in pretty well. The people of are more important than the name because the “Person” (Jesus Christ) is most important to the people.
(3) Does the fact of attending a titled Bible or Baptist college cause us to stumble in being prideful? Probably at times. It’s interesting studying particularly the Church from the Apostolic times, through the distortions of Roman Catholicism, and see how the effects still linger today…in Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Non-Denominationalists, IFCA people (that was me for 19 years!), and so on. I think sometimes we not only get caught in the Christian bubble of separating completely from our culture and community, but we get prideful because WE go to “Bible College.” True, Bible college is a blessing, but we need to be careful. I know a lot of peers that are a great influence to me, who love God, who know His Word, who want to serve God in ministry, but don’t go to Bible college. Am I better than them because I’m studying to be a pastor? Absolutely not! I’m glad I go to Piedmont, and I hope that it always offers quality Biblical education, but I must also remember that I am not superior to others because of my education.
I don’t mean to step on your toes if this is offensive or you disagree, but it was an honest impression of what I see at Piedmont. I love Piedmont and am eager to graduate, but will always be grateful for what I have learned, will learn, and how God can use my education for service. Go Piedmont!