Campus Ministry Stays Despite Vanderbilt Policy

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Reformed University Fellowship has decided not to give up its official status at Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt recently implemented a controversial policy that forces campus organizations to consider any and all students for leadership positions regardless of their beliefs.

RUF is part of the Conservative Presbyterian Church in America and opposes Vanderbilt's policy. But Rod Mays, RUF's national coordinator, noted that chapter is led by an ordained minister approved by the denomination.

He said he believes that protects the ministry from those who would steer them away from their mission.

"We're not being asked to compromise the Gospel," Mays explained. "Our campus minister will preach to three or 400 students there every week. He's never been asked to soften anything or change anything or say that you can't say this."

"And the day that we're told that we can't preach the exclusiveness of the Gospel, that Jesus is the only way, and we can't say that certain things are sinful and the Bible clearly speaks to, the day we can't do that is the day we leave," he vowed.
Currently, only Vanderbilt's Catholic campus ministry has decided to give up its registered status and leave campus.

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