Pastor John MacArthur has described the probation of his Master’s University and Seminary by an accrediting agency as an “orchestrated” attack, possibly by Satan, and directed students to keep quiet about the controversy.
A Nov. 29 report from the Chronicle of Higher Education published an audio recording of an hourlong sermon from August wherein the 79-year-old Reformed pastor told the student body that their accreditor’s actions amounted to an effort “orchestrated, if not by humans, by Satan himself.”
MacArthur also told students not to ask questions about the accreditation issues, they had no right to learn the details, and that it was not their responsibility.
“There are things that God hates, right?” he said, referencing Proverbs 6. “One of them is the one who stirs up strife,” he said, urging students to keep their complaints within the university and seminary.
“Keep your mouth shut,” MacArthur told them.
“Don’t stir up strife. You don’t know the whole story.”
He insisted that Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Senior College and University Commission, the agency that issued the report earlier this year, did not understand places like TMU and TMS.
The Chronicle of Higher Education said the accreditation report showed that while the schools were doing some things right, it also accused Master’s of being “an insular and oppressive institution where loyalty to the president and his church has sometimes trumped both academic and financial concerns.”
The reviewers’ analyses and criticisms were unusually pointed, describing “a pervasive climate of fear, intimidation, bullying and uncertainty” at TMS and TMU.
“The related reports of lack of leadership ethics and accountability that emerged was unmatched for members of this review team,” the report said. “It seems this has been part of the operation for so long that it is practiced without question.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter