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In recent years, traditional values regarding human gender identity and sexual orientation have been under attack by various forces. While various cultural and political organizations have attempted to intimidate religious organizations for holding to biblical truth, several colleges in America have taken official steps to recognize their right to teach what they believe God’s word says. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “Since we have the same spirit of faith in keeping with what is written, ‘I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, and therefore speak.” We choose to not only believe, but to speak on behalf of our beliefs.

On March 28, 2016, Central’s Board of Directors worked together with President Fincher to request that the Office of Civil Rights in the US Department of Education grant us a Title IX exemption on the basis of Central’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Private religious colleges are eligible for this exemption, and over 150 have received it in America as of this writing. Our exemption was granted by the Obama Administration on January 18, 2017. Our application and the approval is public information, and has been utilized in the past several months by some to attack the College as intentionally discriminating against individuals who disagree with our interpretation of the Bible.

However, it is important to understand that the provisions of Title IX are meant to prevent discrimination in a variety of areas, which extend all the way from athletics, allegations of harassment, investigations into gender-based misconduct, etc. We received exemptions that apply to areas that might force us to allow something inconsistent with our religious beliefs. For instance, we cannot be forced to employ staff members who are living in sexual immorality. And we can enforce biblical expectations for student behavior without being sued for a Title IX violation.

Receiving this exemption did not lead to our changing our policies regarding expectations of our students or staff. In fact, our bylaws list three specific core beliefs that we hold to and which inform our policies throughout the College:

Gender and Sexuality: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders reflect together the image and nature of God.

Sanctity of Human Life: We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death.

Marriage: We believe that the term “marriage” only refers to the uniting of one man and one woman in a single exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are legally married to each other.

If we find that a student or staff member is not following our expectations, we address it with them personally. Their response determines whether we can help them continue in their capacity as members of our campus community. Because we are developing servant-leaders for the church, we have high expectations for the church’s future leaders and those who prepare them. Sometimes it may be difficult to speak the truth, but since we believe, we will continue to follow “what is written.”

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