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PHILADELPHIA - On Tuesday, September 21, 2004, the chapel pulpit at Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC), an Assemblies of God Bible college in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will be once again commanded by heretical teacher Tony Campolo.

Despite the pleas from numerous Christians in October of last year, Don Meyer, president of VFCC, turned over the chapel pulpit to Mr. Campolo. Following the service, both Mr. Meyer and Mr. Campolo met with Michael Marcavage, director of the Philadelphia-based Repent America, and associate Jason Storms, in a closed discussion to address Mr. Campolo’s unbiblical teachings.

“It is certainly grieving to know that Mr. Campolo is being welcomed back after it was made clear to the college president that his teachings are not consistent with the Word of God,” stated Michael Marcavage. However, the Scripture declares, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Through the years, Mr. Campolo has promoted many unbiblical doctrines, especially displayed through his strong ties to ecumenicalism. In his book, A Reasonable Faith, Campolo developed the false concept that “Christ lives in all human beings, regardless of whether they are Christians.” He asserted that the resurrected Jesus of history “actually is present” in each person, and also stated that “Jesus is the only Savior, but not everybody who is being saved by Him is aware that He is the one who is doing the saving.” In further affirmation to this false teaching, Campolo recently wrote, “I know we cannot complete the job ourselves, of course. That is why we Christians, along with our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters, wait earnestly for the Messiah to come and join us. We look forward to that great day when the good work that God has begun in and through us will be brought to completion."

In regards to homosexuality, Campolo supports homosexual marriage and has forcefully spoken out against Christian ministries that help homosexuals overcome their sin through Jesus Christ, while declaring a “biological basis for homosexuality” and saying, “We cannot expect such a person to change his orientation.” Furthermore, in a sermon delivered at North Park College Chapel, Campolo stated, “There are so many good things that the religious right says. And yet what they say beyond those good things can be evil and harmful. I worry about their agenda for my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.” It should also be noted that Mr. Campolo's wife, Peggy, is a prominent homosexual activist who attends and speaks in homosexual-affirming churches, and regularly marches in homosexual pride parades.

As a former student of Valley Forge Christian College, Dennis Green is concerned with the direction the college is taking. “VFCC has clearly lost its way. To invite a false teacher like Mr. Campolo back after being shown the clear and dangerous error of his doctrine is baffling to me. The documented facts were laid upon the table and the college chose to disregard them, giving its podium to a wolf. The pulpit is for sale. Where are the true Shepherds of God's flock?” Green concluded.

Last year, over a dozen Christians from Repent America gathered outside of Valley Forge Christian College with the truth concerning Campolo’s false teachings, while calling school officials to repent. “We will do the same this year, and perhaps faculty members and students will now recognize the danger of allowing their pulpit to be used by someone who disregards the authority of Scripture,” Marcavage concluded.

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11


Don Meyer, President
Valley Forge Christian College
1401 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: 610-935-0450
Fax: 610-935-9353
Toll Free: 1-800-432-8322

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"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14 KJV

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