Campus Crusade for Christ -- By: Wayne Grudem

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 04:1 (Spring 1999)
Article: Campus Crusade for Christ
Author: Wayne Grudem

Campus Crusade for Christ

Campus Crusade For Christ Adopts Complementarian Policy On The Family

Wayne Grudem

President, CBMW

On the morning of July 28, Campus Crusade staff member Rick Hove ran out of Moby Arena at Colorado State University and called me from a pay phone. “Dennis Rainey just announced the Campus Crusade statement on marriage and the family,” Hove reported. “He told us it will be available to all the staff as they leave the auditorium this morning.”

I was excited to hear the news, and I thanked God for it. I knew that for seven months, Dennis Rainey, Director of the FamilyLife division of Campus Crusade for Christ, had been working within the huge organization (20,000 staff) to gain offi- cial adoption of a statement like the one endorsed last year by the Southern Baptist Convention. (Rainey is a member of the CBMW Board of Reference.) What staff members received that morning was exactly the same as the SBC statement, plus the addition of a fifth paragraph to supplement and clarify it (see page 5 for the full statement).

What is the significance of this statement?

1. It will have a positive influence on the next generation of Christian leaders:

Campus Crusade for Christ staff members now have clear organizational endorsement to teach and affirm biblical standards on manhood and womanhood in the family. I believe this will enhance evangelism on campuses because thousands of students have grown up in broken or dysfunctional families, and they are hungry to hear how to build a strong marriage based on biblical principles. It will also solidify complementarian teachings among the many developing Christian leaders influenced by Campus Crusade on campuses around the world.

2. It may mark the beginning of a trend:

Dennis Rainey told a writer for Baptist Press that he saw in this event the beginning of a trend in which he hoped other organizations and denominations would adopt the same statement: “I think we’re seeing the beginnings, the seeds of a family reformation,” he said, “when the world’s largest Protestant denomination and one of the largest parachurch missionary-sending organizations both embrace a biblical stand on the family in a time of such crisis” in so many marriages and families in American culture.

Christian organizations will increasingly feel the need to take a clear stand on these issues in order to avoid being swept away by the confusion and denial of biblical patterns so evident in our society. Again, in the Baptist Press interview, Rainey noted how this issue was seen as crucial by Campus Crusade's leadership: “Other than its doctrinal statement, Campus Crusade for Christ has never made a stat...

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