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May 2008
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A question...


...anyone here know anything about Messiah College?

All I know is that the college is based in Pennsylvania, and it was founded in 1972 by the Brethren in Christ Church. (The timing of the founding sets off a red flag for me...)

Conservative? Indications I've seen point towards "yes" (though I could be wrong). However, though Dominionist churches tend to be ultra-conservative, conservative does not a Dominionist make...

...which is why I come to you people...

From the Core Values of Brethren in Christ Church:

Experiencing God's Love and Grace – We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Believing the Bible – We value the Bible as God's authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.

Worshiping God – We value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.

Following Jesus – We value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.

Belonging to the Community of Faith – We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love and acceptance.

Witnessing to the World – We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.

Serving Compassionately – We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.

Pursuing Peace – We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.

Living Simply – We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.

Relying on God – We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.

They also list the Apostle's Creed as well as their own Confession of Faith in the college's Statement of Faith page.

However, one thing that causes me less worry is that in their page about Anabaptism (one of the three tradition that the church purportedly follows), they cite the tradition's adherence to Separation of Church and State and how the government should not be in the business of endorsing any religion.

My Googling has yielded me no association between these people and Dominionism in general.

Your thoughts on the matter would be appreciated.