Statement of Reconciliation


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Mar 18, 2012
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Dear TTU family,

As part of our ten year reaccreditation process with TRACS, we have done some extensive surveying of the TTU constituency. The survey results have mirrored the feedback that I and other TTU leadership have received informally for the past two years. Very often there are positive affirmations of the past ministry and heritage of the school and its future promise. However, it is apparent that through the years some former TTU students left with hurt and negative feelings.

One area that has been a particular issue with lingering hurt and negative feelings about TTU is addressed in the statement below from the president and the board of trustees. I believe that this statement for reconciliation is scriptural. In Romans 12: 18, Paul declared, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Reconciliation is part of our mission to see lives transformed for the glory of God. We pray that through what Christ has done for us on the cross, there can be repentance, forgiveness, and healing. Thanks be to God for the reconciliation power of the cross in our relationship with God and with mankind!

A Statement of Reconciliation from the President
and Board of Trustees of TTU

Tennessee Temple University is grateful for its heritage of being an institution that has trained thousands for Christian service and ministry who in turn have reached hundreds of thousands for Christ. TTU is grateful for its forerunners whose staunch stand for the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible and the orthodox doctrines of the Christian faith contrasted with the detrimental spirit of doctrinal compromise. Yet, as with any Christian organization TTU was and always will be made up of imperfect people who did not and will not always model the image of Christ perfectly. TTU regrets that in past years a judgmental spirit was at times present among some of the TTU family. This judgmental spirit hurt those in the body of Christ who did not meet certain outward conformity that was put forth as evidence of inward devotion. TTU publically repents of such actions and asks for forgiveness with the hope that any lingering wounded hearts could be healed through the reconciliation of the cross.

TTU affirms that our distinction from the world is demonstrated by living out our new life in Christ. This new life is something received by grace and is not an achievement of human effort. The measure of the Christian life is to be conformed after the image of Christ rather than human standards.

We are the new TTU for a new day. By faith, we believe we will soon have a new home. Most importantly, we have a renewed heart for seeing lives transformed for the glory of God.