Businessman Finny Kuruvilla, founder of Sattler College — a new Christian institution that set to open in the fall — believes that contemporary Christianity faces a dire crisis: selectivity when it comes to embracing biblical truth.
“The biggest challenge is being selective with how we read the Bible and basically ditching the parts that are hard and only keeping the parts that are culturally acceptable,” Kuruvilla said.
He noted that, in his view, the church has long had a problem with consistency in this arena.
“All throughout church history … the church has done a very poor job of holding on to distinctives. … when it gets tough, the church accommodates that,” Kuruvilla added.
He said that it’s essential to adhere to the Bible faithfully and to teach it to others in the same regard. Picking and choosing which sections of scriptures to follow, Kuruvilla said, sends an unfortunate message to others.
“You show that by following what you like in the Bible that you don’t believe the Bible,” he said. “You just believe in yourself.”
As Faithwire previously reported, Kuruvilla will launch Sattler College in Boston, Massachusetts, in the fall, an effort that he believes will help alleviate the contemporary issues that plague the higher education system: cost, hostility to faith and lax curriculum.
The school will educate and prepare Christian students to go out into the world, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to retain their ideals in a culture that is no longer overtly accommodating to biblical sentiment.
“We want to be a restoration of the historic faith,” Kuruvilla said. “I’m a person who believes that we all aught to be very suspicious of anything new, new in doctrine.”
Kuruvilla continued, “[Students] will have the ability to stand strong in their convictions.”
Read more about Sattler College here.