Kenneth Star Leaves Church for Baptist University

Kenneth Star, former independent counsel who lead to the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton is leaving Pepperdine University to become the president of Baylor University, the world’s largest Baptist University.

This story recounts Starr’s links to the Church of Christ and provides another illustration on why teaching on Biblical sanctification is so important today in the Lord’s church.

The article says:

Starr, a regular weekly attendee of the University Church of Christ in Malibu, Calif., grew up the son of a Church of Christ minister in Texas and Oklahoma. His father, Willie, studied for two years at Church of Christ-associated Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.

The younger Starr began his college career at Church of Christ-associated Harding University in Searcy, Ark., before transferring to George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

While at George Washington, Starr worshiped with the 16th and Decatur Church of Christ and taught the high school Sunday class, he told The Christian Chronicle in a 2004 interview.

“As the years went on, I moved into evangelical Christianity,” Starr told the Chronicle. “I worshiped for many years at the McLean, Va., Bible church. Now, we are worshiping at the University church on Pepperdine’s campus, which we love. I am thankful to be worshiping again in the Churches of Christ.

The last sentence is especially compelling considering the next one:

But Starr, whose wife was raised Jewish, has declared that he will join a Baptist church upon moving to Waco, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

Starr can’t decide where he wants to be spiritually. Whenever he changes from one situation to another, he moves to a different religious group. He was an “attendee” of a Church of Christ,  was later “worshiping in” a Church of Christ and now plans to “join” a Baptist Church.

I find that progression to be fascinating.

The Lord adds us to the Church when we are immersed into the Body of Christ as He dictates (Acts 2:37-38,47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 6:3-4).  However, we can add ourselves to any religious group that we wish. However, we must know that Christ will not be there (Ephesians 5:11; 1 John 1:5). There is only one Church and we must be in it in order to be saved (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:4-5).

I pray that Starr can be brought back to the Lord’s church before it is too late. Even those who were sincere and well-known outside of the Ark perished (Hebrews 11:7).

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