August 17, 2017

The GA Type of Hobbyism

By Ferrell Jenkins

In the Gospel Advocate, January 28, 1960, appeared B. C. Goodpasture's third or fourth "all out" attack
on Florida Christian College. Evidently the earlier ones had failed to accomplish the purpose for which they
were sent out. This article called " An Unusual Type of Cooperation at FC," carries a news clipping from the
Tampa Tribune which tells of the plans of a certain Episcopal priest to conduct lectures on the FCC campus.
The article also carries two letters from two students (or was it only one?). We really wonder if a student did
this. It is quite clear that the facts on this thing were not known either by the student (?) or the Advocate editor.
One is led to believe this obvious from such statements as "this would imply," "Maybe my opinions are wrong,"
"apparently," and "although I know nothing about it, I highly suspect." Goodpasture says: "if all reports are
true." We are made to wonder why brother Goodpasture didn't "check for verification" like he told us he did
before running the article from the Tampa Tribune about Pat Hardeman preaching for the Unitarians? It seems
as if "justice to the cause, the paper, and himself" would have demanded that brother Goodpasture get the
"facts" before writing as he did.

The Truth

I placed a long distance call to James R. Cope to ask him for the "facts." He told me that a neighbor, who
was an Episcopalian, came and asked him if they might acquire the rise of a room on the campus for some
PRIVATE (Cope emphasized the word "private") studies. Cope told him that the idea of a "gift" was "out" and
that any use of the campus would be strictly on a "rental" basis. One of the letters from the student said: "James
R. Cope also stated that a written contract had been negotiated with this organization." Brother Cope told me
that there never was a written contract.

It was not until three weeks after the appearance of the Tribune article (Oct. 31, 1959) that Cope knew
anything about it. Someone out of state sent him a copy. Immediately upon learning about the article Cope
called the Episcopalian friend and told him that the whole deal was "off." That was the end of the matter.

Goodpasture's Observations

Bro. Goodpasture says that if this was a "financial transaction." it was not "solely a 'financial transaction'."
Cope said: "It was solely financial with me." In an attempt to prove Cope in the wrong, the "financial
transactions" between Joseph's brethren and those who bought him and those between Judas and the Jews are
used as examples. Brother Goodpasture ought to be able to see the difference. In the examples he used the
people did not "change." Even the Advocate article admitted that Cope had made correction. The illustrations
do not fit the case. Wonder why brother Goodpasture didn't give brother Cope credit for his change of mind.
He has been quick to applaud preachers who changed from the so-called "anti-cooperation" heresy, even giving
the editorial page over to their letters. One of the reasons that I continue to have confidence in FCC is that they
are willing to change when mistakes are pointed out. However, I have lost any confidence I ever had in the
Advocate because their are not willing to admit a change.

2 John 10, 11 is quoted and the implication is made that brother Cope violated this passage when he made
a "financial transaction" with a non-Christian. Does brother Goodpasture ever deal with non-Christians? Do
you, reader, ever buy, sell, or trade with non-Christians? Did you ever think you were violating the
aforementioned passage in so doing? The Gospel Advocate Company, of which B. C. Goodpasture is the
president, sells Clark's Commentary, Barnes' Notes, etc. These and other books he sells contain false doctrine.
Can you picture a man being so inconsistent?

The article says: "Those of us who originally contributed to the establishment and operation of Florida
Christian College did not do so for the purpose of helping to 'train priest' and establish an Episcopal Church
in Temple Terrace . . ." I don't know how much brother Goodpasture contributed to FCC "originally" but I do
know that all he has contributed lately is a lot of libelous remarks. He leaves the impression that FCC is
teaching Episcopal doctrine. As we have stated before, the classes were to be strictly private. When Cope
learned they were to be otherwise he stopped them. Of course, what the editor was really getting at was this:
"Neither did we contribute the money to provide a haven and nurture in class or in the 'sower's club' or
elsewhere for the anti-orphan home and anti-cooperation hobbies." (Grammar: "sower's club" should be
"Sowers Club.") The small FCC faculty and staff care for 15 orphans and widows on an individual basis. That
does average out to more than a dime or even a dollar a month for the care of the needy, doesn't it?

Now the switch comes: Goodpasture says, "This is a 'modern' type of liberalism 'among us'." Who has
complained so much about using the word "liberal" out of its historical context? I guess when the pressure gets
so great on someone he just decides that he will call them what they have called him.

Church and College

A lot of these promoters of unscriptural practices don't know the difference, evidently, between the college
and the church, Goodpasture shows his colors in saying: "If someone asks for 'a pattern' in Scripture for this
FCC type of cooperation . . ." We ask: When did FCC ever have to have a "pattern" in Scripture? It is operated
as a private business just as the Gospel Advocate Co. is. When one cannot prove his point he sometimes tries
to shift the responsibility. That is what has happened here. Goodpasture and all the others who write for him
have failed to show Scriptural "pattern" for sponsoring churches, Herald of Truth, institutional homes
supported by the church, etc. We insist that they prove their point without trying to shift the responsibility of
proof. Well, Goodpasture shows his true generosity in likening young president Cope to "decadent and
apostate" Solomon. Before we get away from the point we should say that FCC is operated as an adjunct to
the home and NOT to the church. Florida Christian does not SOLICIT NOR ACCEPT money from churches.
Some of the other colleges operated by Christians do.

Brother Goodpasture, get the facts before you attack FCC again!

Truth Magazine IV:5, pp. 20-21
February 1960