As the former BIOLA (Bible Institute of Los Angeles) moved towards being Biola University, I was in the last graduating class to have its diploma show "Talbot Theological Seminary." After that, it was assimilated.
We had many concerns even then, in the early eighties. It seemed as if Biola, pursuing Caesar's acceptance, was selling out on its its doctrinal distinctives. Theistic evolution was being taught, many were going wobbly on the Bible's teaching regarding the sexes. Some of us were seriously wondering if our degrees would soon require "explaining," like those of Fuller Theological Seminary grads.
Now president Clyde Cook is being replaced by Dr. Barry H. Corey, an Assemblies of God pastor. Yes, that Assemblies of God, Jimmy Swaggart's denomination. The one who holds as one of its doctrinal distinctives that baptism in the Holy Spirit is (A) separate from conversion and regeneration, (B) always marked by speaking in "tongues," and (C) necessary for a truly empowered, God-pleasing life. (Don't believe me? See here.)
Those are all reasons for concern. Adding to them is the high praise of apostate Francis Beckwith, who's delighted about the appointment, because it "seems to represent a clear departure for Biola from its West Coast fundamentalist/dispensationalist roots."
Beckwith particularly loves Corey's 2005 comments:
"Evangelicals are not defined by a political party, by their views on when life begins or by their justification for the war in Iraq," says Barry H. Corey, academic dean and a professor of church history at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary outside Boston. "Evangelicals are Democrats, Republicans and independents; they are conservatives, liberals and moderates; Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox Christians; members of churches large and small." (Orlando Sentinel, 9 July 2005)For obvious reasons.