Rhett Wilson Sr., is a bivocational pastor for Spring Hill Baptist Church in Lancaster, S.C., and a senior writer for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is online at rhettwilson.org.
LANCASTER, S.C. (BP) – I attended a liberal religious college.
Though a fourth-generation Southern Baptist and grandson of a Southern Baptist pastor, a scholarship and my best friend convinced me to go to a school associated with the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America [PC(USA)]. The previous summer, at a Jericho Missions Conference at Glorieta Conference Center, I sensed a calling to pursue vocational ministry, and I entered my collegiate studies with that intent.
It did not take long to realize that, theologically, I was not in Kansas anymore.
During freshman Bible, the Old Testament professor, a long-time Presbyterian pastor, taught us the Red Sea was actually only two feet deep, three different Isaiahs wrote the prophetic book, and Moses did not write the Pentateuch; it was actually written by many people over a vast period of time. The New Testament teacher, an Episcopal priest, taught that the book of Revelation was a symbolic commentary on first-century Rome. I sat in the back of those classrooms as a 19-year old saying, “What in the world? I know that’s not right, but I don’t know how to defend it.”
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Source: Baptist Press