"I wanted to be certain that I would not be associated with a cult or a university that had a false theology. After my extensive study, I am thoroughly convinced that the purpose of Olivet University was to win the world to Christ, and that they were missional, they were evangelical and they had a very deep love for Jesus," Wagner said.
Land was quoted by the Post as saying, "Upon meeting with Christian Post leaders I found them to be earnest, sincere followers of Christ who were interested in using new media to reach a new generation with the Gospel. And during the months of relationship with The Christian Post, I had nothing but positive experiences that confirmed their Christian and evangelistic Great Commission emphasis."
Regarding The Christian Post relationship with Southern Baptist leaders, Land said, "It would be odd for The Christian Post to be a significant news organization in North America and not be involved with the largest Protestant denomination in the United States -- the Southern Baptist Convention. That would be an odd strategy indeed."
LifeWay told Baptist Press in July that, in addition to the theological review, a potential sale of Glorieta to Olivet would entail:
-- "Significant protections for individuals and churches that lease land from Glorieta for houses and conference facilities
-- "Permission for LifeWay to continue using Glorieta for summer camps
-- "Accommodation of use by New Mexico Baptists
-- "Preservation of memorials associated with rooms and structures, and,
-- "Prohibition of re-selling the facilities in the future without LifeWay's permission."
Any sale also would require approval of LifeWay's board of trustees.
Diana Chandler is Baptist Press' staff writer. Baptist Press editor Art Toalston contributed to this article. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress ) and in your email ( baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).
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