Accreditation was an issue in Christ’s day, and His ministry was never fully legitimized because He refused to submit Himself to those in charge of granting it: When (Christ) was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority (Matthew 21:23)? What these self proclaimed authorities were saying is this: “Look here Jesus. Since you didn’t receive your training from a school we endorse, your education and your credentials are worthless.”
Oh, my dear friend. How much that is like today.
Calvary Christian College and Seminary is a not-for profit non-accredited college chartered in the state of Indiana to offer degrees. If you plan to transfer our credits, please check with the registrar of your future school to see whether or not our credits will be acceptable because are not now, nor have we ever been, nor will we ever seek to be accredited by the government.
In case you may be wondering whether or not our school will open any doors for you in the future. Let me assure you that ministry is a calling of God. In my opinion- and I’m not alone here- any church or other organization that is more interested in where I went to school than in my Christian character; how committed I am to our Saviour, Jesus; how much time I spend in prayer and in the Word; how many souls I win and disciple for Christ; how submitted I am to the work of the Saviour; how much I love people, and my family; etc, etc, is frankly not an organization I would consider affiliating myself with. One day in the future- perhaps when you are faced with this choice of where to serve the Lord- you will fully understand exactly what I’m talking about here.
Regarding the need for accreditation.
If anyone tries to lead you to believe a Bible and ministry training school would be more credible if it were “accredited” by a government agency is no different than making this requirement of a church. The fact is, God, not the government, called us to ministry and it is God’s approval- not the government- we need to operate.
Calvary Christian College and Seminary stands without apology as “unaccredited” by the recognized 6 regional government sanctioned accrediting agencies, with no intention of ever seeking such dubious status from Caesar. From what we’ve seen, government accredited schools- while being extremely expensive- must at some level accept or associate with others that teach evolution as fact, abortion as a right, and homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle; all of which are abominable to God and ultimately destroy the faith foundations that built the school. Did you know that Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and others all began as evangelistic Christian schools? They fell to godless liberalism in their efforts to be more acceptable to the secular masses!
Calvary Christian will not compromise for the sake of “acceptability.” We believe God’s Word is our clear shield against godless liberal intrusions: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).
We've seen many fine Bible schools impugned and vilified for not obtaining the proper “credentials” - just as Christ was (Matt. 21:23). While a government accredited degree may be necessary if you are planning to transfer into another accredited college or university, or if you need legally recognized credentials (lawyer, accountant, doctor, public school teacher) or if you plan to use your degree to land a job requiring an accredited degree. However, ministry is a calling from the heart of God and as such requires no government approval. It does, however, demand obedience to the calling of God whereby He will open doors for you that the government never can!
America: Foundation of Faith
America began as a Christian nation.  The Founders held faith in Christ foremost in their thinking, which motivated them to establish colleges to train pastors and missionaries to evangelize the Atlantic Seaboard. The Puritans first founded Harvard through a congressional act in 1638, followed by Yale (1701), Princeton (1746), Dartmouth (1754), and many others. Their only means of “accreditation” until the 1960s, was found in the mandate of the Great Commission (Matt: 28:19-20), evidenced by Harvard’s 1646 “Rules and Precepts” enrollment requirement: “Every one shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.”
So what happened to this vast lineup of Spirit sensitive institutions? Little by little they fell prey to the cancer of compromise and allowed liberals to attend, teach, and rule over them. And how have Christians responded to this ungodly movement? They pay the tuitions, attend the schools, drink the kool aid, and graduate with degrees  equipping them to devote their lives to attacking the Christian values their alma maters were all founded upon.
So, with both Scripture and history warning us about overarching secularism, you would think we would learn, right? Wrong! Many students continue swallowing their baloney: namely, that if a school isn’t recognized by one of the half dozen regional government stamping plants, the training, by default, is worthless.
No one is arguing that standards of excellence aren’t needed. You and I know they are, especially where the Bible and ministry for Christ is concerned.
Therefore, in response to this, Christians have established their own “policing” agencies for Bible school accreditation. And while secularists should applaud such a move, they are instead angry with these organizations for not allowing them and their ilk to determine the legitimacy of the Bible school education they are providing.
God or Government?
Well done good and faithful servant comes down to one choice Caesar, or Christ. On one side, you have secularists sanctioned by government that will make you feel illegitimate unless you have one of their Bible school degrees. On the other side, you have God, and the calling, unction, and blessing of the Holy Spirit, who needs no government recognition and will open doors of ministry for you through faith and obedience with or without a degree. If God leads you to a secularly accredited institution, that’s one thing. But to attend a Caesar-sanctioned Bible college because you fear man will reject you or condemn you, is wrong—or worse--idolatrous.
Let’s quit looking to the government for our endorsement, and let’s get back to looking to God.
Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. (Psalm 112:1).
(1) This paper is not a carte blanche condemnation of every accredited school. There are always exceptions.
(2) For a fuller discussion, please order my tract: The Founding of America.
(3) Do you have any idea how many ACLU members are alumni of these schools?
(4) The main thrust of this paper is against secularists determining the legitimacy of Christian education. In order to receive acceptance by the world, it is generally necessary to submit to their programs. For instance, if you wish to become a doctor, you need an accredited school.
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