the last half of the 1920's, liberal theology infiltrated BIOLA [the Bible
Institute of Los Angeles] in the person of Dr. John MacInnis who was chosen to
serve as Dean, succeeding Dr. R.A. Torrey. Almost immediately, controversy arose
over a book Dr. MacInnis had written, Peter the Fisherman Philosopher. The
subtitle read, A Study in Higher Fundamentalism. In truth,
however, this book was a clever presentation of liberal theology disguised by
the use of evangelical terminology. Dr. MacInnis' book was copyrighted and
published by the Bible Institute of Angeles (BIOLA) in 1927.
"Pastor M. H. Reynolds, Sr., along with many other fundamentalists across
the country, found it impossible to remain silent about this promotion of
liberal theology from the president of a school which had become known for its
stand for the truth and fearless exposure of error. The controversy over Peter
the Fisherman Philosopher spread rapidly. Fundamentalists were forced to take
sides. By that time, M. H. Reynolds, Sr. had been on the BIOLA staff for 12
years but he could not remain silent on such an important issue. As a result, he
prepared and circulated a 30 page analysis which he titled, Is 'Peter the
Fisherman Philosopher' True to the Scriptures? It was a fearless exposure
of D MacInnis' liberal theology based upon a comparison between what MacInnis
had written and the Word of God.
"The immediate result was that M. H. Reynolds, Sr. (the fundamentalist) was
fired by the BIOLA Board of Directors and Dr. MacInnis (the liberal) was
retained and given a vote of confidence. The long range result was that the
Fundamental Evangelistic Association was organized in 1928 which remains today a
straightforward, unyielding testimony of Biblical fundamentalism, whereas BIOLA
began to walk the path
of compromise which soon removed it completely from the fundamentalist,
separatist position and
transformed it into the compromising, new-evangelical institution it is today.
"Dr. Charles E Fuller, who later became so well known through his 'Old
Fashioned Revival Hour Broadcasts' was another casualty of the BIOLA
compromise. Dr. Fuller and M. H. Reynolds, Sr. had been close friends and had
exchanged pulpits on several occasions. Both men were among the pioneers in
Gospel radio broadcasting. But Dr. Fuller, who was on the BIOLA board at the
time of the MacInnis controversy, voted with the majority of the board to fire
M.H. Reynolds, Sr. and to retain the liberal BIOLA Dean.
"From that time on, Dr. Fuller no longer remained in the fundamentalist
camp. Instead, following years of
gradual but growing compromise, he eventually founded Fuller Theological
Seminary in 1947-a school which was founded on a platform of theological and
positional compromise. Its first president was one of he leading exponents of
evangelical compromise, Dr. Harold John Ockenga.
"Today, Fuller Theological Seminary is one of the most dangerous
theological institutions in the world. While still appealing for support from
old-timers who remember Dr. Fuller's early broadcasts and clear
fundamentalist, old-fashioned Gospel messages, Fuller Theological Seminary now
boasts of its diversity, and fellowships with Roman Catholics, charismatics and
apostate Protestants. It has become a chief trainer and promoter of so-called
Christian psychologists and an advocate of what has been called the "Third
Wave of the Holy Spirit" (so-called power evangelism accompanied by signs
and wonders) which they consider essential to the conversion of lost sinners.
While it is true that Fuller Seminary's size and worldwide influence has grown
tremendously, this growth has been at the expense of obedience to the Word of
God. Today, 48 years after its founding, Fuller is not training defenders of the
Faith, but rather perverters of the Faith. A terrible price is now being paid
for earlier compromises." [Looking Back - Looking Forward, FOUNDATION
Magazine, March April 1995 Volume XVI].
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