When I was in college the BSU (Baptist Student Union) was the place to meet nice Christian girls, Crusade was for evangelistic-minded types, Navigators was for spiritual discipline, and Inter-Varsity (IV) was for intellectuals. IV was clearly associated with the historic, confessional Protestant (evangelical) faith. Now, however, according to a story in Christianity Today, posted today, by Colin Hansen, things seem to be changing within IV. I wasn’t aware of it, but IV adopted the “Bear Trap Statement” in 1960, taking a clearly Protestant evangelical stand for justification. More recently, however, in the wake of Evangelicals and Catholics Together, IV adopted another, more ambiguous statement which, as Doug Sweeney notes in the story, any Roman Catholic could sign. Moves to include Roman Catholics into IV have provoked a split at George Washington University (led by students from Mark Dever’s congregation in DC). If you’ve got college students in your family or congregation and if they’re involved in the local IV chapter, you might ask about what’s being taught in their IV chapter. Here’s hoping that RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) will open a chapter at a campus near you.
Hansen also notes the NPP and the Federal Vision really are forming bridges for Roman Catholics to Rome. He interviews Taylor Marshall, a former evangelical turned Romanist. This phenomenon has been noted on the HB for some time. See below.