Azusa Pacific removes ban on same-sex romantic relationships a second time

www.christianpost.com | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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Azusa Pacific University, a major California-based Christian school, has once again opted to remove a ban on same-sex romantic relationships.

The University changed their student guidelines on inappropriate sexual behavior last Thursday, removing the ban on homosexual relationships, according to a report by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune published Saturday.

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Azusa Pacific University spokesperson Rachel White explained in comments emailed to The Christian Post on Tuesday that the changes were part of an overall update of the undergraduate student handbook.

“The old handbook, produced decades ago, underwent a significant revision and redesign after input from student leaders, board, administration, faculty, and staff,” explained White.

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White said that the ban on same-sex relationships “did not reflect our commitment to disciple our students and point them to Christ.”

“APU is an open enrollment campus and some students who choose to attend do not share our Christian faith perspective. We are committed to sharing the Gospel with all our students and we support all our students in making decisions that will enhance their spiritual formation,” stated White.

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“The new handbook, which includes a section on sexual stewardship, affirms our mission to be Christ-centered, applies uniform standards to all students, states that APU is biblical and orthodox in our evangelical identity, and calls the university to develop disciples and scholars for Christ.”

The university still defines marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman, and also prohibits unmarried heterosexual couples living on campus from cohabitating.

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Furthermore, explained White to CP, the University’s rules regarding on-campus housing for married couples will not be effected by the change, as the school “expects that all students will respect and adhere to our standards, including those related to sexuality.”

“APU promotes an evangelical worldview and affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage covenant between one man and...
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