Founded in 1818 in picturesque upstate New York, Auburn Theological Seminary today resides in one of America’s most liberal cities, none other than New York City. Evidently, that liberalism of the surrounding metropolis has infiltrated the hallowed halls of theological training.
Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Auburn states their approach to theological education as,
“We at Auburn equip bold and resilient leaders who can bridge religious divides, build community, pursue justice, and heal the world.
We educate and inspire leaders—religious and secular, women and men, adults and teens—for their work in our complex, multifaith, media-driven world.”
From this I can already ascertain some of the liberal philosophies of the seminary such as their bridging religious divides. There is no place in the Bible where Jesus said He came to bridge religious divides. He states in Luke 12:51-53,
“Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Christianity is not a bridging religion but an exclusive one. In John 14:6 Jesus told the Apostle Thomas,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Secondly, in their statement above, note that they place women ahead of men. This is not surprising considering the fact that the seminary is run by an ordained woman, Rev Dr Katharine Henderson. The Bible teaches that only men shall be pastors and spiritual leaders, not women. I know this is quite controversial in today’s society, and I will most likely rankle a few feathers by being true to Scripture. I feel so strongly about it that I once refused to attend the wedding of a friend because it was being officiated by a female minister.
Their views on reaching the multi-faith community around them is also questionable as they spend more effort trying to use common ground to bridge unity, rather than preaching Christ crucified.
Therefore, it should be no surprise to learn that yesterday, Auburn Theological Cemetery, oops, I mean Seminary, honored two women responsible for handing out contraceptives to thousands of women and school girls and performing around 300,000 murderous abortions annually. Cecile Richards, President and Cecilia Guthrie Boone, Chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America were honored as part of the school’s annual Lives of Commitment Benefit Breakfast. Richards spoke about ‘clergy involvement in social justice and reproductive health.’
Auburn Theological Seminary’s is a shining example of how far so many seminaries, Christian colleges, churches and denominations have strayed away from sound biblical teaching. They have succumbed to the sinful lusts and desires of the world, forsaking God’s Word. This liberal seminary reminds me of the words of the Apostle Peter who wrote (2 Peter 2:1-3),
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”