Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the most esteemed evangelical theology training schools in the nation, has given its nod to a new campus club for homosexuals. CBN News reported that the California-based seminary has approved as an official student organization an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) group calling itself One Table. The homosexual group explains on its website that it exists to support the “LGBTQ community at Fuller Seminary,” while also offering “a safe place for dialogue between LGBTQ students and the wider Fuller community.” CBN noted that the group formed last fall and now boasts some three dozen members.
The news, which many conservative evangelical Christians find troubling, came to light via an Associated Press article that highlighted the group's founder, Nick Palacios. The article recalled how Palacios, a Fuller student, “struggled to get his conservative Pentecostal parents to accept him as a gay evangelical Christian for nearly a decade before his family found a common ground through faith.” Now, continued AP, the homosexual seminarian “hopes to carve out a similar acceptance for other gays in the broader evangelical community through his role as president of the nation’s first LGBT student club sanctioned by a major evangelical seminary.”
In spite of overwhelming scriptural evidence condemning homosexual behavior, Palacios came to the conclusion that he would not have to give up his gay lifestyle to be a Christian. “It quickly became apparent to me that I was going to be OK and that I wasn’t going to have to forsake my faith for my sexuality,” Palacios told AP. He said he hoped to expand that attitude into the Fuller community. “I really hope that people will see Fuller and OneTable as a model of what the body of the church is supposed to do in this situation,” he said.
While a few other Christian schools have taken Fuller's approach toward tolerating homosexual expression on campus, others have stuck to biblical principles. AP recalled that last year “a group called the Biola Queer Underground was quashed by Biola University, a small, conservative Christian school” not far from Fuller.
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Photo of Payton Hall on the Pasadena campus of Fuller Theological Seminary