Small Christian colleges set attendance records despite pandemic
Five of the 10 Church of Christ-affiliated universities have record enrollments this fall, as do several other primarily undergraduate United States schools emphasizing on-campus instruction while upholding biblical inerrancy.
The schools are distant outliers in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center data for four-year private higher education, which showed that sectorâ€™s student body down 2% from last fall. The institutions hemorrhaged the worst with first-time students of traditional age â€” 11.1% lower for those 18-20 and 29.9% among enrollees 21-24.
However, the Church of Christ universities gained up to 26%, all having a majority of students on campus. They averaged 1,895 students this fall....
The Church of Christ is not actually a unified denomination, though there is a main part of it. There are some splinter sections of it, that broke away, due to some procedural differences. As far as I am aware, most sections of it completely shun the use of musical instruments, and have congregational a Capella (unaccompanied) singing of hymns and old time choruses. They generally believe it is absolutely necessary to be baptised to be saved (believerâ€™s baptism by immersion), and I believe they hold to a very strong legalistic code which means you can fall away from salvation. They hold to a very strongly allegorical and amillennial eschatology and do not teach too much on the Old Testament. Though primarily a USA denomination, there are missionary works in other countries, and there are a few churches in the U.K. I knew of two in one city, one a classic Church of Christ, (still going as far as I know), the other a liberal breakaway, (similar to the Disciples of Christ), which was ecumenical, did have an organ, and later joined the liberal merged United Reformed Church, (and later closed down), and is now a secular community centre.
Dr. Tim wrote: A denomination that teaches salvation by works (baptism and â€śpersevering to the end) may be religious, but it isnâ€™t Christian.
This Church of Christ denomination must be quite rare in the UK bro, but if that is what they believe, then certainly they are not Christian. All Christians persevere to the end, but that is not the means of their salvation, but their fruitful evidence of the grace of God in their lives.
The public schools teach how to read and write, Bible schools teach us how to understand what we read. Bible schools are more fun, have better fellowship, leave you debt free, you can get mentored with life principles that are with you forever, the community often provides hard labour for some cash, and finally a good chance you graduate with a bride.