Wheaton Alumni Threaten to Withhold Donations if ‘We Worship Same God’ Professor Is Fired

Hawkins-compressed (1)WHEATON, Ill. — Hundreds of Wheaton College alumni are threatening to withhold future donations to the school if officials follow through with the firing of a controversial associate political science director who was placed on leave after she declared in a self-initiated campaign to fight “Islamophobia” that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

According to reports, alumni submitted a petition to the college board and administrators on Friday calling for reconciliation with the professor.

“Until full restoration and reconciliation are reached, each of us will prayerfully re-consider our commitment to financially support the mission of Wheaton College,” it read.

Petition organizers told the Chicago Tribune that the petition generated at least 800 signatures from seven decades of Wheaton graduates.

As previously reported, professing Christian Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of herself wearing a hijab last month, and stated in a lengthy explanation that she planned to wear it everywhere she goes during the Advent—including at the Christian college and to church. She outlined in her reasons for solidarity that she believes that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

In light of controversy over the matter, especially Hawkins’ “same God” assertion, the professor was placed on paid administrative leave by university officials while a review would be conducted.

  • Connect with Christian News

“Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s faith foundations with integrity, compassion, and theological clarity,” the college said in a statement. “As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the college’s evangelical Statement of Faith.”

Wheaton officials acknowledged late last month that talks had come to a standstill as Hawkins refused to continue discussions with members of administration about her “same God” beliefs following initial meetings. They soon issued Hawkins a “Notice of Recommendation to Initiate Termination-for-Cause Proceedings.”

While some have expressed support for the professor in light of the situation, others have used the opportunity to outline why it is flawed to believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

“Muslims hold that ‘God is one.’ Allah has no partners and assigning partners to him is shirk, the highest blasphemy,” explained Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C., in a blog post for the Gospel Coalition. “Christians believe ‘God is one in three Persons.’ Each Person in the Trinity is fully and eternally God. Yet there is one God.”

He noted that as Muslims do not worship Jesus, who is God, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God.

“No one knows God who does not know the Son, who is the only mediator between God and man,” Anyabwile said. “The goal of Christianity is the salvation of sinners through the righteousness, substitutionary atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Become a Christian News Network Supporter...

Dear Reader, has ChristianNews.net been of benefit and a blessing to you? For many years now, the Lord has seen fit to use this small news outlet as a strong influential resource in keeping Christians informed on current events from a Biblical worldview. Despite Facebook's recent algorithm changes, which has limited our readership, and, as a result, has affected operational revenue, we continue to strive to bring you the news without compromise and to keep Christ in focus. If you have benefited from our news coverage, would you please prayerfully consider becoming a Christian News supporter by clicking here to make a one-time or monthly donation to help keep the truth widely and freely published and distributed? May Christ continue to be exalted through this work!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  • hytre64

    Sad. The College had offered to reconcile with the professor (all she needed do was repent), yet apparently she would not accept correction or instruction. It is sad that so many alumni and students of this self-professed Christian institution would apparently be either so ignorant of their own faith or of the Muslim faith as to believe that we worship the same God.

  • Michael Link

    The great falling away continues unimpeded…

  • BarkingDawg

    They certainly need the donations.

  • brine

    2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    • Josey

      sad but yes is the word of God. It is best to trust in the Lord and His word and not turn from the left or the right of it. Blessed are those who believe and have not seen and cleave to His word rather than go by feelings or this worlds way of thinking. We are foreigners just passing through, this earth is not our home.

  • Every year my alma mater would send me a magazine hoping to entice me to support them. I never did, but I did not threaten to prayerfully reconsider my non-existent support in order to make them change their policy. They may or may not have stopped mailing me after I moved without telling them.

  • Marvin Rose

    You either believe God or you do not, we do not worship the same so called god as the muslims. If the alums wish to not donate to the college, then do not, That however has nothing to do with a sound doctrine that believes Jesus Christ is God. I say to those wish to serve other gods, choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we shall serve the Lord

    • Ruth Davis

      Amen . Those who don’t understand will never get the concept of who JESUS really is .

  • The Skeptical Chymist

    One of many things I’ve never understood about Christianity, despite being raised in that faith, is the idea of the Trinity. If it is one God, how can there be three persons? And why would Jesus need to pray to himself?

    • Chris Fields

      There is one GOD and JESUS is that GOD manifested in the flesh…Simple answer for JESUS praying to himself was HE was acting as an example…The infinite does not fit in the finite but in this case the finite is a direct reorientation of the infinite as explicitly stated..
      JESUS got his physical body from Mary and his spirit from his FATHER…We know that there is one body and one spirit from Ephesians 4:4..We also know that JESUS is called the everlasting FATHER IN Isaiah 9:6 and when Philip asked JESUS to show them the FATHER in John 14:8 that JESUS Told him in the very next verse that HE was the FATHER.
      We know that all the fullness of the GOD head dwells inside of the body of JESUS from col 2:9
      JESUS is the direct representation of the father.
      You can be a father, a son and a spirit but still you’re you…Try writing “FATHER or son or spirit” on a check and cash it…You need the name…in Matthew28:19 JESUS said to baptize in the name of the FATHER the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT…we find in acts 2:38 what the name is…When Peter said to repent and be baptised in the name of JESUS…

    • Guest

      One God – three aspects of God. Much like an egg is composed of a shell, yolk, and egg white. Or an apple as a peel, core, and flesh. That said, the trinity has nothing to do with this wolf in sheep’s clothing. Regardless of what you think about the trinity, Y’shua and allah are not one and the same.

      • gizmo23

        Do Jewish people worship the same God as Christians? Jesus is not included in their faith

        • Guest

          Sure He is. Some (not all) just don’t realize that Jehovah is the same as Y’shua.

          • gizmo23

            You can’t be Jewish and Christian at the same time

          • Guest

            You’d better run and tell Jesus Christ and all His apostles that, particularly since Christ said, “Salvation is of the Jews”.

          • gizmo23

            2,000 years ago maybe, today no

          • Guest

            Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. You’d best run and give your revelation to all the Messianic Jews around the world. I’ll wait to hear the echo of laughter.

          • gizmo23

            I have a Rabbi friend that finds the Messianic Jew movement to be insulting. Why does Israel control the formation of Christian Churches and makes it illegal to convert young people?

          • Guest

            We’ve discussed this before under your handle “gearsglorified”. Are you asking for a refresher course under your new alt? By the way, nice touch inventing that rabbi friend. Anyway, I’ve already explained to you that Israel allows anyone to seek out and convert to Christ. They just don’t want forced conversions because of forced conversions (like the catholic cult did to them at one time). A Jewish Messiah is sent primarily for the Jewish people.

          • gizmo23

            I have never been nor know about gears. I only found this board a couple of months ago

          • Valri

            I agree it’s insulting, it’s just another name for fundamentalist Chtistians.

    • jael2

      Jesus did not pray to Himself. John chapter 17 is a beautiful example of Jesus praying to His Father.

  • Chris Fields

    The original Christians believed in one GOD manifested in the flesh as JESUS….No trinity…
    The real Christians still do….

    • The “original” Christians were the ones who wrote the Bible through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and they believe God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
      (1 John 5:7; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14,etc)

      • Chris Fields

        I went into some detail on the issue with another and addressed some of your points if you’ll look at the responses to skeptical chemist.You’ve been lied to friend…Ask any Jew or Israeli how many GODS there are…They worshipped HIM for thousands of years…They will emphatically reject the trinity…Trinitarian doctrine came from the Catholic church a few hundred years after Christ and they killed the Christians at that time that believed that there is only one GOD…Called them heretics among other things…Another thing you may not be aware of is that what happened in the upper room in acts 2….That experience its still available today…If you want to know the name of matt 28:19 read acts 2:38

  • Guest

    If they stick to their guns and fire her, they’ll get even more donations.

  • gizmo23


  • John_33

    “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” ~ Matthew 6:24

  • DavWell

    “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.”

    “Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.”

    “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.”

    “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.”

    “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

  • Josey

    professing Christian Larycia Hawkins says, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

    Is that why the Muslims want to chop your head off because as you say, you serve the same God as they do?

  • afchief

    If this is a Christian school then she needs to be fired. It is apparent she does not know Jesus Christ as her Savior if she would state that we all worship the same god. That is a lie. The school needs to stand on it’s principles and not “the love of money”.

  • Reason2012

    A Christian school doesn’t need the money of those who reject Christ as THE way THE truth and THE life, that no one comes to God buy by Him. They are trying to use threat of their money to try twisting a Christian school to be anti-Christ – it’s that simple. No true born again believer in God would defend someone attacking the truth that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God.

    • gizmo23

      She didn’t say anything different than president Bush said

      • Reason2012

        Is President Bush the authority on Christianity?

        • gizmo23

          No but Christian leaders praised and supported him

          • Reason2012

            Not sure what that has anything to do with my original post.

          • gizmo23

            The point is, just because someone says they doesn’t mean they are.

          • Reason2012

            Just because someone says they are a Christian doesn’t mean they are? That’s correct. And claiming Christ is not THE Way THE truth and THE life is an almost sure sign that such a person is not a Christian.

  • gizmo23

    Do Jewish people worship the same God as Christians?

    • Guest

      Yes. Y’shua and Jehovah are One.

  • jael2

    Isn’t it amazing, a Muslim would never claim that we worship the same god, or that Jesus Christ is part of the Godhead, yet a professing Christian could make such an outlandish claim. Ms. Hawkins may think she can align with Islam and we can all sing kumbaya around the campfire, but according to Mohammed she is nonetheless an infidel worthy of death. She is one deceived soul.

  • DLCraig

    Wheaton obviously didn’t instill much of ethics in these alumni. The Alums are engaged in blackmail (do this or we will hurt you), threatening to withhold pledges they made before God and threatening to reconsider future pledges of support if they don;t get their way. Black Lives Matter anyone?

    Wheaton should stand their ground and consider this an exciting new chapter in their existence. If they are of God they will prosper like never before. If they are not of God they can always join the Episcopalians.