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Research at Louisiana College beginning in 2009 revealed some alarming trends among professing Christians in the Bible belt. Studies demonstrated that students from supposedly Christian and specifically Baptist backgrounds were unaware of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and knew very little about the Bible. The leaders of Louisiana College recognized the importance of restoring strong Bible preaching with a doctrinal emphasis in the church. God prompted a generous donor who shared this deep love and concern for the church to fund a new Divinity School at Louisiana College that would prepare preachers to lead congregations back to a strong commitment to the Bible.
On December 14, 2010, the Louisiana College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the following resolution to form the Caskey School of Divinity:
WHEREAS the mission of Louisiana College is to provide a liberal arts education characterized by devotion to the preeminence of the Lord Jesus, allegiance to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, dedication to academic excellence for the glory of God, and commitment to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit,
WHEREAS biblical illiteracy and doctrinal anemia characterize many professing Christians at this critical hour in the history of the church,
WHEREAS the Board of Trustees has approved Vision 2020 which emphasizes the importance of theological truth in transforming culture since "Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ" (Article XV, Baptist Faith and Message),
WHEREAS the New Testament urges pastors to "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2) and "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15),
WHEREAS the New Testament commands pastors to "Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers" (1 Timothy 4:16),
WHEREAS the New Testament commands pastors to "do the work of an evangelist" (2 Timothy 4:5),
WHEREAS the New Testament stresses the importance of Christ-like character in Christian leaders (1 Timothy 3),
WHEREAS the famed Baptist preacher and Bible scholar John Albert Broadus wrote: "The greatest appointed means of spreading the good tidings of salvation through Christ is preaching—words spoken whether to the individual, or to the assembly. And this, nothing can supersede. Printing has become a mighty agency for good and for evil; and Christians should employ it, with the utmost diligence and in every possible way for the spread of truth. But printing can never take the place of the living word. When a man who is apt in teaching, whose soul is on fire with the truth which he trusts has saved him and hopes will save others, speaks to his fellow-men, face to face, eye to eye, and electric sympathies flash to and fro between him and his hearers, till they lift each other up, higher and higher into the intensest thought, and the most impassioned emotion—high and yet higher, till they are borne as on chariots of fire above the world,---there is a power to move men, to influence character, life, destiny, such as no printed page can ever possess. . . . It follows that preaching must always be a necessity, and good preaching a mighty power. In every age of Christianity, since John the Baptist drew crowds into the desert, there has been no great religious movement, no restoration of Scripture truth, and reanimation of genuine piety, without new power in preaching, both as cause and as effect,"
WHEREAS generous gifts from an anonymous donor strongly support the effort,
WHEREAS the spiritual needs of our world are urgent and the hour is late,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That on this, the 14th day of December, 2010, Louisiana College shall establish a divinity school that will train coming generations of Christian leaders 1) to correctly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15), 2) to preach the word (2 Tim 4:2), 3) to emphasize the great truths of the Christian faith in their preaching and teaching (1 Tim 4:16), 4) to share the gospel passionately with the lost (2 Tim 4:5), and 5) to model outstanding Christian character (1 Tim 3).
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this Divinity School will train both vocational and bi-vocational ministers at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and potentially doctoral levels.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this Divinity School shall be called "The Caskey School of Divinity" in memory of Pastor Caskey.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That all faculty who teach within the Caskey School of Divinity shall be active members of Southern Baptist churches and shall annually affirm without reservation the Baptist Faith and Message, the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, the Mission of Louisiana College, and subscribe to these documents in their contracts.
Dr. Joe W. Aguillard, President of Louisiana College, invited the author of this resolution, Dr. Charles L. Quarles, to serve as the founding Dean of the School of Divinity. Dr. Quarles had previously served Louisiana College as Vice President for the Integration of Faith and Learning and Chair of the Division of Christian Studies for six years.