When a Leading Seminary Becomes Evil: Queer Theology, Marxism and Radical Skepticism About the Bible
Union Theological Seminary is one of America’s leading and most prestigious seminaries. Yet, the spiritual demise of Union Theological Seminary is a tragic tale indeed. Union is located in New York City and was founded in 1836, making it the oldest independent seminary in the United States. Unfortunately, soon after Union became a seminary, it abandoned its commitment to the Bible as the Word of God and has been drifting ever since. In recent decades Union has morphed into the wacky and the demonic. Most lay people would be literally horrified to know what takes place in the classrooms of this historic seminary.
In the 20th century, three of Union’s faculty became famous enough to make the cover of Time Magazine: Henry Sloan Coffin, German theologian Paul Tillich, and famous preacher Harry Emerson Fosdick. Tillich was a considered a rock star on Union’s faculty in the 1930s and 40s, yet he denied the existence of a personal God and was publicly involved in an “open marriage.” His wife’s autobiography of their life and marriage is…scandalous and perverse to say the least.
Today the faculty at Union Theological Seminary enthusiastically support some of the most extreme and radical ideas imaginable, including liberation theology, queer theology, feminist theory, abortion on demand, agnosticism, atheism, the theory of evolution, radical skepticism of the Bible, Marxist theory, Buddhism and religious pluralism. In short, the faculty at Union are far more left-wing than your average secular neighbor—far more! Not only do the faculty at Union deny the authority and inspiration of the Bible, but they also deny virtually every orthodox doctrine in the Holy Scriptures. In fact, some do not even believe in a personal God—they are the apostles and agents of deception.
In short, Union Theological Seminary is evil by the biblical definition of the word. Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” But that very thing—calling good evil and evil good—is exactly what takes place in the classrooms at Union Theological Seminary every single day.
This past year, a group of students at Union Seminary even held a “religious service” in which they prayed to a group of plants (yes plants!) and asked forgiveness for how human beings have treated the forests over the years. To put it bluntly, most lay people would be utterly shocked to know what really goes on in places like Union Theological Seminary. And yet, future clergy sit in these kinds of institutions soaking up radical pagan ideologies that will impact the coming generations.
Take a look at the photo above. One stack of books is written by faculty (current and former) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, where I had the privilege of earning two graduate degrees. The other stack is written by faculty (current and former) at Union Theological Seminary. All the books in the photos come from my own personal library.
Both faculties at Trinity and Union have top notch academic scholars, but the content of these two stacks could not be more different. In short, the content of these two stacks represent two polar opposite religions and promote utterly different gospels. Trinity’s faculty and books promote biblical Christianity and historic orthodoxy, while Union’s faculty and books promote Marxist ideology and new age Gnosticism. Over the decades, Union’s faculty has tragically destroyed many seminary students’ confidence in the Word of God.
A case in point is Raphael Warnock who ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Warnock earned three degrees from Union Seminary and is a prominent senior pastor in Atlanta. He is also committed to a radical Marxist interpretation of the Bible. Beyond this, he is an enthusiastic supporter of abortion on demand. Warnock recently tweeted out, “I am a pro-choice pastor.” This brought a quick response from NFL legend, Tony Dungy, who tweeted, “Rev Warner may be a pastor. My question would be, ‘Is he a Christian?’ That is, does he follow the teachings of Jesus and does he believe that the Bible is the absolute word of God?”
The tragic answer is of course, no.
SO…what is the moral to this tragic saga? That a person’s view of the Bible makes all the difference in the world—it really does—and so does a seminary’s view of biblical authority! Eternity is on the line as future pastors and leaders are in the process of academic and spiritual training. A seminary is a powerful shaper of tomorrow’s clergy and as such, has massive accountability before God. Ever wonder why certain churches promote the kinds of things they do? Just ask where their pastor went to seminary!