ORIGINAL POST: Erskine College in
South Carolina is making changes to its official school manual after the
Student Services and Athletic Committee submitted a harshly worded “Statement
On Human Sexuality” to the college’s board of trustees last week.
Erskine has just under 600 students and proclaims itself a Christian liberal arts college aligned with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian tradition.
The document, which some
deem a denouncement of homosexuality on campus, materialized after two
male athletes on the college's volleyball team came out last year in an article
A few passages from the statement were highlighted
by The Washington Post:
the Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s
intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only
within the context of marriage."
relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex are spoken of
in scripture as sin and contrary to the will of the Creator (Rom. 1:26-27; 1
Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-11)."
the Erskine community is advised to practice humility and prayerfulness when
engaging in any conversations or other actions related to these topics.
Erskine’s conduct policies and procedures seek to uphold biblical standards,
promote repentance and grace, and point people to Jesus Christ."
"As a Christian academic community, and in
light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are
expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human
sexuality and institutional decision will be made in light of this position."