Evangelical Grand Canyon University to Grant Employee Benefits to Homosexual Staff

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Arizon’s Grand Canyon University has announced that it has decided to grant employee benefits to homosexual staff while reiterating its belief that marriage can only be defined as the union of one man man and one woman.

The university says that it made the change as federal and state governments “have recently changed their long-held definition of marriage and now recognize same-sex marriage as lawful.”

“GCU is making a conscious choice to maintain its religious beliefs, while respecting and honoring its neighbors, as well as the system of government and laws that exist today, by extending employee benefits to spouses of lawfully married same-sex couples,” an unidentified official wrote on the university website on Friday.

“To be clear, though, the university’s decision in this instance, and the recent changes, or any future changes, in the government’s definition of marriage, do not, and will not, change GCU’s sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman,” it said.

The university acknowledged that some would be disappointed with its decision to extend benefits, while others would be unhappy that the Christian university is retaining its biblical beliefs about marriage. It asserted that granting the benefits will allow the school to better witness to employees.

“If providing benefits to all who are legally married enables the University to continue ministering to its employees and their families within an increasingly complex cultural context, then we will gladly provide benefits,” it wrote. “We hope that in doing so we will be permitted to withdraw from fruitless culture wars that tend to yield more heat than light and more hostility than genuine cultural engagement.”

As previously reported, Hope College in Holland, Michigan, part of the Reformed Church in America, made a similar announcement earlier this year, asserting that the allowance was made to mirror state law.

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However, other Christian institutions have stated that their policies will not change to adapt with the culture or government, including Fuller Seminary, Gordon College, Westmont College, Wheaton College, Azusa Pacific University and Messiah College.

Some spoke against a decision this summer by Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana to change their hiring policy to allow the employment of homosexuals who have “wed” their partners.

“Please read 1 Corinthians 6:9, [which declares], ‘Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers or anyone practicing homosexuality.’ How can you hire someone who will not inherit the Kingdom of God and teach students what the Bible says?” one commenter stated.

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 by Southern Baptists to provide higher education to Baptists on the West Coast and to eliminate the need to travel out of state.


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  • Rebecca

    Homosexual individuals should have employee benefits.

    • Emmanuel

      Yes they should and now they can at this so-called christian campus.

      • Rebecca

        but just to the individual.

        • Emmanuel

          It’s not a christian campus anymore so whoever wants it, open season at this “evangelical” campus.

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            With the hatred of God’s creatures I see it, was it every actually a “christian” campus?

          • Emmanuel

            Only for the tax break but nothing Godly on campus.

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            And you, of course, are the one who has elected himself as “judge”?

            Seems to me that is not and never has been up to any “christian” to do so I would suggest that you are pretty “ungodly” yourself.

          • Emmanuel

            please read and know the bible before using it.

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            And please don’t presume to act like God when you are not and never will have that authority.

          • Emmanuel

            Did you read the Bible?

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            Yes, and YOU do not get to make decisions for others nor for God. That presumption that you can assume God’s perogatives labels you as ungodly. Perhaps you should focus on your own sins.

          • Emmanuel

            Tell me, how did Jesus treat the religious?

        • acontraryview

          If an entity offers benefits to employees who are legally married, the entity cannot choose which employees are entitled to those benefits and which are not. its either all legally married employees, or they drop spousal benefits all together.

  • FoJC_Forever

    If the university were truly Christian, they would only have Christian employees. A homosexual cannot live as a homosexual once they come to know the LORD. This is just one of many religious schools promoting their doctrines and traditions, rather than delivering the Word of God through the power and witness of the Holy Spirit.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.anziulewicz Chuck Anziulewicz

      If the university only has Christian employees, Christian students, and doesn’t benefit from taxpayer dollars, I couldn’t care less who they discriminate against.

      • Rebecca

        Why would a practicing homosexual be interested in an evangelical college given the known view of the practice of homosexuality?

        • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.anziulewicz Chuck Anziulewicz

          A paycheck, perhaps? If I had a good job opportunity teaching, say, JOURNALISM at a Christian college, I’d probably take it as long as I was treated fairly.

          • Rebecca

            So money would get you to. There are plenty of colleges that would be willing to hire you that are not evangelical. Am I correct to assume you’re gay?

          • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.anziulewicz Chuck Anziulewicz

            In this day and age, you take what jobs you can find.

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            Are others correct to assume you are “christian” in name only?

        • Brian_Joness

          Because there are gay Evangelicals who interpret the Bible differently in that context. See Matthew Vines. No one can say he isn’t Evangelical.

          Time to step back from bias and actually read the Bible in context. Referring to rape or orgies as “homosexual acts” and changing references of male prostitutes to “homosexuals”, is plain wrong.

          • Rebecca

            Matthew Vines is not a Christian. I’ve heard his bull and it’s twisted.

          • Brian_Joness

            Yikes, you are the least Christian that you can be. We all know it, but God bless your heart.

        • SFBruce

          For one thing, there are LGBT people who are evangelical. Of course, I know there are many, many evangelicals who believe it’s impossible to be gay and Christian, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are gay people who consider themselves Christian and evangelical. According to Pew Research about a quarter of evangelicals believe in same sex marriage, and a near majority of younger evangelicals are in favor of it. The world is changing, and this is Arizona Grand Canyon University’s response to this particular change.

    • Emmanuel

      Amen

  • MamaBear

    Grand Canyon University was founded by Southern Baptist, but they disassociated themselves from Southern Baptist several years ago.

    • Emmanuel

      And disassociated from God and Biblical principles and morals.

  • Josey

    Sounds like they are talking out two sides of their mouth to me. Do they think when they stand before the Lord that he’ll be so proud of this compromise? And I agree with FoJC a Christian university should only have Christian employees.

    • Guest

      When we stand before the Lord the one thing we know we will never hear is “you loved too much, you were too compassionate, too generous, too humble” for against these things there is no law.

      Now being too judgmental, condemning, haughty, proud, hard of heart – well, we know that many will hear that and have to see if God’s undeserved gift of Grace still saves them.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Here is all we need to see, Josey:

      “We hope that in doing so we will be permitted to withdraw from fruitless culture wars”

      “Withdraw.” “Withdraw” from the battle. Yep. Withdraw from Christ. It’s easier that way. Christ promised us a rose garden, didn’t He, Josey?!? Didn’t He say that we should stop speaking the truth so that we could just be “nice” and get along with everyone?!? That’s what He did in His life, right?!? And it all worked out beautifully for Him – everyone loved Him and all.

      Notice too how they put man’s law above God’s Word. But, they can pat themselves on the back and call themselves “Christian,” that is the main thing. They can keep their little college while denying the cost of discipleship.

  • Emmanuel

    GCU use to be Evangelical but now they are just a secular university. Another one falls to sin.

    • Rebecca

      More will for many reasons…compromising, pleasing men over God, etc.

      • Jade

        Do you really think you are pleasing God when you discriminate against the innocent? Really? You are 100% certain that the writings against homosexuality are God’s words and not the opinions and prejudices of MEN?

        • Rebecca

          Oh stop that silly line. I’ve heard it before. If you don’t believe, live your life and let those who do believe live theirs.
          As for the “against homosexuality” comment…God is against the practice of homosexuality. Do you think God is fine with gay sex?

          • DorianGrayfox

            I think that Jesus took it up the butt from all 12 of his “disciples”.

          • Rebecca

            And how many times have you let a man do that to you?

          • Jade

            I don’t know what God thinks but you obviously believe you speak for God. Wow, such arrogance!

          • Rebecca

            You’re the one being arrogant in your original comment. Do you think God is fine with gay sex?

          • Jade

            If you are a homosexual minority who has made a decision to live a lonely, celibate life then your opinions are of value. If you are with the heterosexual majority who lacks the knowledge of someone who is gay, then you are selfishly acting as if you can speak for God and your opinions are of no value. Remember that the Bible did not fall out of the sky; it was written by men many years ago.

          • Rebecca

            I’m asking if you think God is fine with gay sex? Yes or No??

          • Jade

            I am fine with it. Neither of us knows if God is fine with it, but since God makes a minority of human beings that way, then logic would say yes.

          • Rebecca

            You are wrong on every point. Sad.

          • Jade

            What is really sad is that you believe you speak for God.

          • Rebecca

            No, you assumed that because you disagree with what I have said.

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            No, it it because only God can speak for God.

          • acontraryview

            “You are wrong on every point.”

            What is your basis for stating that she is “wrong on every point”?

          • BarkingDawg

            What is your basis for stating that she is “wrong on every point?”

            “Because God.”

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            And YOU are qualified to speak for “God?”

          • BarkingDawg

            It would be a cruel, childish, hate filled God if he create gay people just to punish them.

            Wouldn’t you agree?

          • Brian_Joness

            Is God okay with sex at all?? Yes! You don’t live Here in order to live in shame.

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            And you are okay with hating God’s creatures?

          • acontraryview

            “You’re the one being arrogant in your original comment.”

            She asked questions in her original comment. How can questions be arrogant?

          • BarkingDawg

            If he’s not, then why did he create gay people in the first place?

          • Josey

            Arrogance isn’t speaking God’s word and living according to His truths but the fool hath said in his heart “there is no God.”

          • BarkingDawg

            Do you think God is fine with gay sex?

            Since God created gay people, why would he not be?

          • Josey

            God didn’t create sodomites, call it what it is, the hole they use was created for ridding one’s body of unwanted indigestible substances so they do not accumulate inside one’s gut, that is what God designed it for, not for perverted sexual experiences. Or for eating one’s crap, excuse the grossness but that is the scientific facts.

      • DorianGrayfox

        MANY Americans, including myself have ZERO desire to be ruled over by a silly bunch of 2000 year old MYTHS, scratched onto some stinking goat hides by a group of ignorant iron-age peasants huddled around a camel-dung fire pit! BUT, if you people run a school open to the public or hire from the general public, then you must treat ALL of your employees the same. See how easy that was?

        • Rebecca

          The gay individual should get benefits. Your point?

      • Emmanuel

        Yup

    • Josey

      that explains a lot

  • April J

    “We hope that in doing so we will be permitted to withdraw from fruitless culture wars that tend to yield more heat than light and more hostility than genuine cultural engagement.”

    Sometimes I wish the people who contribute to this comments section would ascribe to the same attitude…

    • Rebecca

      Either side could say that to the other.

      • April J

        Soo…you’re saying it’s irrelevant then and we should all just forget about being nice?

        • Rebecca

          No. Gay individuals deserve the employee benefits. End of story.

  • TheBBP

    Providing employees with benefits that they have earned and have a legal right to is not in any way going against God’s Word. Whether there should be homosexual employees there at all is a completely different issue. We can say that it is wrong for an institute that is of the Lord should not be hiring homosexuals and we might be right, if only partially. But what about other sins? Would we be eligible enough for employment there if our sin was made so public? I mean some of us struggle with alcohol, gambling, pornography… on a daily basis. We are actively living as sinners.

    We cannot say whether the homosexual employees are not repentant of their sin. There are homosexual Christians who will struggle with being that way until the day that they are relieved from this cursed Earth. Those people struggle with their sin like you and I do. Anyways, that’s an entirely new topic.

    My point is, if the University is required by law to offer ALL of it’s employees job benefits, then it must do so and I do not believe that adhering to this law is sinful at all. Whether they should be employing homosexuals or not is an entirely different subject with it’s own arguments, but because there ARE homosexual employees, they have a right to benefits.

    • Josey

      Once one becomes a Christian they are no longer “homosexual” they are just Christian and yes we all even as Christians struggle daily with temptations of the past but whom the Son sets free is free indeed.We are to submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee.
      There are no homosexual christians, once born again they are given a new heart, Satan comes to tempt the child of God with the past, trying to get them to look back just as Lot’s wife did and was turned into a pillar of salt and just as Moses was sent by God to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, many looked back and were killed in the wilderness. Paul said in Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Fighting temptations and still actively being involved with them are very different things and as long as a homosexual calls himself or herself a homosexual christian just says they have not submitted to God and let the old man die, when one repents of sin and turns to faith in Christ they are only a Christian, not a gambler, or sodomite or participating in pornogrny, whatever they were before is dead and a new man is risen in Christ. That doesn’t mean we are perfect except in God’s eyes for He now sees Jesus in us but we cannot actively participate in our old life and call it our struggle. So, tell me what rights do these homosexuals have if they are Christians, they have died to that sodomy lifestyle.

      • TheBBP

        Good point and I agree. However, the issue is that they do have homosexual employees and those employees rate benefits just like everyone else. Whether a Biblical college should be hiring them in the first place is another topic.

        • Josey

          Yes, I agree with whether a biblical college should be hiring them in the first place unless they pretended to be straight and godly when they were hired, they could have lied to get the jobs but you are right that is another topic.

  • acontraryview

    Their choices were limited. Either they offer benefits to the legal spouses of employees, or they don’t. It would run afoul of the law to offer benefits to only certain married employees.

  • WGB

    Is this change mandated by law or is it a choice for businesses?