A Seminary President Gone Bad

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New Brunswick Theological Seminary: I walked past this statue every weekday for four years.

In 2004 I interviewed Dr. Norman Kansfield, president of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (Reformed Church in America), who was about to get sacked by the RCA synod for performing a “gay marriage” for his daughter.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/reformed-church-seminary-president-faces-dismissal-for-performing-daughters-gay-marriage

I am posting this today because I want to make it clear to everyone that the Roman Catholic Church is very, very far from being the only church with leaders who reject God’s laws and the clear teaching of the Scriptures. As a high official of the United Methodist Church once told me, “The first thing I learned in seminary was that the Bible is not God’s word.” That remark still makes me shudder.

The rot of this evil age has set into many churches in many denominations. Many of us have given up on the whole idea of an organization called a “church.” And many of us haven’t. Let’s face it: if you’ve got two or more people in it, it’s an organization, however disorganized it may appear to be.

As Ben Franklin once said, “We must all hang together, or surely we will hang separately.”

Thanks to Jill at Chalcedon HQ for retrieving this article for me.

6 comments on “A Seminary President Gone Bad

  1. I agree. Apostasy and unfaithfulness are happening in many, many groups these days.

    My take on this is simple, I am a Christian. I am not a Protestant, a Catholic, an Evangelical, a Pentecostal; I am a Christian. Over the last 1985 years, Christians have organized under various identities with various branches becoming established in response to various disagreements.

    Luther challenged the infallibility of the papacy and the protestant movement started. But Luther had flaws of his own. He is credited with anti-Jewish comments that made my hair stand on end when I read them. So, what’s my answer?

    Psalm 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in man.
    9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.

    I look at others as forging their own path and even if I don’t agree with their chosen path, I respect their right to choose as they see fit, and hope that they respect my right to do the same. Luther isn’t going to save me, neither is the pope or any other religious leader. My savior is Christ.

  2. There’s a rock song that was popular, “Another One Bites The Dust.” We all sin in our hearts, but when we act upon the sin in our hearts there are consequences. This seminary president knew he was doing wrong but did it anyway. We reap what we sow. I am the first to admit I am a sinner, but it is my strong desire that I would never sin again as long as I live. But since I do sin, I have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous and His shed blood for the forgiveness of sins – bless His Holy Name!

    1. At the end of the interview I asked him, “Why did you do it?” Long pause. “Because I love my daughter.” Which kind of elevates his daughter and his feelings for her to a status which is much too high.

  3. I’m always keeping my eye out at academic theology and seminaries; what’s wacky there often becomes mainstream in five to ten years because seminaries train pastors and leaders.

    1. Lol…I remember being in the universities and somene wanted to spell it as Womyn or something like that; so long as their is no “men” in it as it is some kind of Patriarchal projection or some trash like that.

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