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OUTRAGE!!! Michael Loftis Appointed to Board of Trustees at Cedarville University

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 28, 2012

We live in days when sarcasm becomes reality. I have often commented that there are two classes of Christians in our day: the enlightened ones, and the totally depraved Christian peasantry.  We must depend on the enlightened ones to lead us safely through the minefield of sanctification to insure our entry into heaven. Getting us safely home despite our wicked, silly selves is very messy business, so we shouldn’t expect the enlightened ones to be perfect. Collateral damage should be expected and accepted.  After all, we need the enlightened ones, and the stolen innocence of our children is a small price to pay for the souls of the many.

There is a Jewish proverb that says a person who saves one life saves the world. The proverb tells the truth: if one life is expendable, so is the world. Jesus told the disciples that a true shepherd values the one lamb as much as the whole flock. Where are such shepherds in our day?

Dr. Michael Loftis was recently fired as president of ABWE. Though ABWE didn’t say specifically why he was fired, everybody assumed it was because of the scandal surrounding the Bangladesh missionary children. For years, ABWE covered up the fact that one of their missionaries molested missionary children in Bangladesh, and the missionary was also a GARB (General Association of Regular Baptists) icon. Those in the know about the situation have assured me that Michael Loftis’ role in the cover-up was “huge.”

Obviously, this doesn’t say anything about Loftis’ character to anybody running the show at Cedarville University. Character? Children? Pedophilia? Protecting other children? Justice? Stolen childhoods? What’s your point? He is one of the enlightened ones.

This will be “Missionary Kids Week” at PPT. My wife Susan, a 1973 Cedarville Alumnus, and contributing author here at PPT, will be the first to write a series of articles concerning this new development. PPT is a 20 minute drive from Cedarville University, so other responses are being considered as well. We invite others to post articles in contribution to this week of protest here at PPT.

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  1. Born4Battle said, on May 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Well, we know you are one of the enlightened ones, at least IYOM, but doesn’t “We must depend on the enlightened ones to lead us safely through the minefield of sanctification to insure our entry into heaven.” sound like some sort of works-salvation?

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on May 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Well, ya. When justification and sanctification are fused together–everything you do is works because it relates back to the “ground” of justification. New Calvinists, and for that matter, many Calvinists as well, have a formula for determining what isn’t works and what is works in sanctification. It doesn’t take enlightenment to figure it out, it’s the “golden chain of salvation.” What’s a chain? John Piper makes it clear: if any of the links are broken, you’re toast. So, the separation of justification and sanctification breaks the chain.

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  2. David said, on May 30, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Loftis has been a trustee at Cedarville for the past eight years so this position is not a new one for him at Cedarville. However, his position as Executive Director of DNA Global Network is a new position. On the DNA web site Paul Dixon gives Loftis his endorsement. This is nothing else but a Good Ole Boy’s Club!

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  3. paulspassingthoughts said, on May 30, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    David,
    Thanks. Loftis has not been tainted in the least among the GARB crowd though his role in the MK coverup was technically criminal.

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  4. Buddy McNiece said, on May 11, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Paul, I, too, am a 73 grad and am very happy to read your responses to both abwe and cedarville University (No, caps are not broken). My wife and I were appointed to abwe for what turnes out to be a short time. I was stunned to read of all the corruption within, and the criminal activity of that agency. I do not believe they should still be “in business” as they are disqualified to represent Christ. I will be shredding our appointment sheet and have already told them to never again contact us.

    Write back so I “might’ remember your wife from the school days that Dr. Jeremiah led. cedarville has fallen away in the direction Doc would have never gone.

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  5. Diane Eleveld said, on May 14, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    As someone who was involved on the ‘innocent side’ of the Ketcham scandal, and pretty furious at ABWE for all the wrong they did, I want to defend Dr Loftis. He didnt know about this abuse until 2002 when the MK’s aproached him. He immediately set up a task force to investigate this and to help the MK’s. His fault was trusting the wrong people to get to the bottom of it. The person who was supposed to investigate instead buried it ‘for the sake of ABWE’. Feel free to read the independent report of this whole mess. It pretty much exonerates Dr Loftis woth the exception of poor follow through.

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on May 14, 2016 at 3:46 PM

      Um, the Mks published their website in 2011. He was confronted in 2002. That’s nine years later. Nine years. Poor follow through? No kidding. A source very close to the situation who I will not name has assured me that Loftis’ role in the coverup was “huge.” So, I will say what I think of Loftis and even the MKs have rebuked me for saying so, but it is what it is; Loftis is the scum of the earth like the rest of them.

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