Campus Ministry Drops ‘Christ’ From Name
Campus Crusade for Christ International announced this week that it will change the name of its U.S. Operations to “Cru” in early 2012.
“We felt like our name was getting in the way of accomplishing our mission,” said Steve Sellers, the vice president for Campus Crusade, noting that the ministry will still be committed to “proclaiming Christ around the world.”
Sellers said researchers found that 9 percent of Christians and 20 percent of non-Christians were alienated by the name Campus Crusade for Christ.
The organization was founded in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright and today has 25,000 staff members serving in 191 countries. Bright died in 2003, but his widow offered support for the name change in a videoposted online.
“When Bill Bright started the organization, he told his wife that someday they would have to change the name,” Sellers said. “As early as the late ’70s and ’80s he was looking at making the name change.”
Sellers said several factors were involved in the name change – including overseas sensitivities.
“Our name was becoming more and more of a hindrance,” he told Fox NewsRadio. He specifically mentioned the word crusade.
“It’s reverted back to some of its meaning related to the Middle Ages – forcing Christianity on different parts of the world,” he said.
As for removing Christ from their name, the Campus Crusade for Christ website states:
“We were not trying to eliminate the word Christ from our name. We were looking for a name that would most effectively serve our mission and help us take the gospel to the world. Our mission has not changed. Cru enables us to have discussions about Christ with people who might initially be turned off by a more overtly Christian name. We believe that our interaction and our communication with the world will be what ultimately honors and glorifies Christ.” – Fox News
Hope is for the remnant, not this rebellious dying world, where some cling to nothing but “Jesus will save me if only I believe what the preachers tickle my ears with.” They are receiving what they have bargained for by following Satan’s lead and scoffing at Yahweh’s Divine Counsel in Her Word by listening to the blind leaders that claim to know the Truth but have proved false to the Power of our Grand Creator.
1 Chronicles 29:15 “For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.”
That is part of this dying world, but our hope is firmly established in Yahweh and Her Son Christ, our Savior. Established by WAY of the TRUTH. To be independent is to follow Satan’s way. Not a good route to follow. It leads to the pit.
Psalm 25:1 “[ Dependence on the LORD ] Davidic. LORD, I turn my hope to You.”