In a new post on his Glory and Grace blog, Detroit-area BJU grad and pastor Dave Doran (who doesn’t list his BJU degree on his church site, by the way,), took aim at the “distractions, distortions and deceptions” of certain unnamed “character assassins” who have recently tried to “derail” ministries and leaders.
This isn’t the first time that Doran has attempted to rally the faithful during a time of “persecution” against “good godly men.” In November 2011, as a petition demanding that BJU remove disgraced pastor Chuck Phelps from its Board picked up steam, Doran took to his blog to rail against online petitions. ” I don’t see how online petitions fit within a biblical framework for these things,” Doran wrote, seemingly ignoring the fact that many of that petition’s signers also contacted the school directly, or didn’t fit into Doran’s “biblical” paradigm and were just outraged that BJU allowed a rape apologist to remain on its staff.
This time, though, as BJU again makes national headlines for its treatment of victims, Doran’s defense of the school seems to be a solitary one. We haven’t heard any other voices being raised to defend BJU’s firing of GRACE.
Doran’s criticism of these “ungodly attacks” as originating from the “echo chamber” of a Facebook page misses the fact that many of the criticisms of BJU’s handling of the GRACE situation came on BJU’s own page, and were made by long-time supporters of the school. Doran’s attempt to marginalize the critics as those who “scream louder, fight dirtier, and use the internet to bully their way forward” is undercut by a comment like this, one of over two hundred made on BJU’s Facebook page:
Doran also conveniently ignores the testimony of victims who say they were neglected and ignored after being abused at BJU. To Doran, these horrific stories are just “distractions” that shouldn’t be allowed to distract pastors and colleges. Nor does Doran consider the fact that some of BJU’s critics at this time, particularly those who have been lifelong supporters of the school, might be trying to help it by bringing more accountability and protecting the school from legal action or further embarrassment. In Doran’s world, anything less than a full defense of BJU is apparently equal to an “ungodly attack.”
Doran’s stubborn defense of BJU is even more puzzling after this post he wrote back in March of 2013 condemning Jack Schaap and calling for increased transparency and “a higher commitment to God and His Word than our ‘circles’ and institutions.” Apparently, Doran only feels these concerns are valid for those outside his own “circle”; an institution like BJU is just too close to home for him and must be defended at all costs.