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December 16, 2015

Geneva Invites Non-Christians to Attend

For decades after the American Civil War, many colleges did not admit freed slaves or their children. Geneva did. Lots of colleges were for only one sex. Geneva admitted both. Some Christian colleges required new students to profess Christian faith, but according to our Charter, Geneva is “open to men and women of any race and faith.”

One consequence: Chapel at Geneva is not a church service. There is no call to worship, no sacraments, and no benediction at the end. Like worship in many families, Chapel consists mainly of singing, reading the Bible, explaining it, and prayer.

A second consequence: Geneva has more diversity than incoming students, or their families, sometimes expect. Not only are there women and men, people of all races, public schooled, home schooled, and Christian schooled students, people from Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Independent, Methodist, Orthodox, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Pentecostal, and other churches, but there are also students who do not believe that Jesus rose from the dead with all authority in heaven and on earth, to whom they should give their lives.

A third consequence: Geneva College is a mission field of the Church. Jesus said He did not come to take His followers out of the world (John 17:15, see I Corinthians 5:10); instead, He gave them a mandate to announce His reign to all (Matthew 28:18-20). Over the years, Jesus has called many Geneva students who were not seeking God to follow Him; at Geneva they heard and believed that Jesus is Lord and Savior. They found what they were not looking for, a pearl of great price more valuable than any education we could offer. Some of these converts are Geneva College professors today.

A fourth consequence: By offering its education to people of every race and faith, Geneva tries to practice what Paul and Peter both wrote: “Let us do good to all (Galatians 6:10),” and “Honor all people (I Peter 2:17).” The power of Geneva’s witness depends on the truth we teach, but also on our exhibiting the mark of a Christian that Jesus identified: “By this shall all know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).”

“Let everything be done in love (I Corinthians 16:14).”         


Dr. William Edgar, Interim President

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