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Christian Cult: A Look At Pensacola Christian College

posted by Chris Valentine

Pensacola, Florida is not a town that people really think about visiting when they come down south. That’s because there isn’t much going on there. (Although, we do enjoy the National Museum of Naval Aviation, which is really cool and you should check it out if you can).

A little over 10 miles north of the museum, on FL-295 and then up Interstate-110, you’ll find the campus of Pensacola Christian College, a fundamentalist Christian Baptist institution – hey, if you’re going to dedicate your life completely to Jesus and reject every other political or religious philosophy but fundamentalism then you might as well enjoy the sun.

Pensacola Christian College

Arlin HortonDr. Arlin Horton and his wife Beka moved to Pensacola and founded the Pensacola Christian School in 1954. 20 years later, they opened the Pensacola Christian College (unaccredited) to further their vision of “Education from a Christian Perspective.” The school has an in-house publisher which provides a K-12 curriculum. (it’s one of the largest Christian textbook publishers in the USA). Thousands of delegates attend clinics and seminars sponsored by PCC every year.

All students seeking a degree are required to complete Bible study including courses named “New Testament Survey” and “Old Testament Survey”. PCC teaches young Earth creationism and flood geology. (ie: that God created the earth in literally six days). Archeology is taught using a Biblical timeline. This probably means that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs. The Textus Receptus is considered the “superior Greek text” of the Bible; using this as a basis, the King James version is accepted.

PCC rejects Calvinism, Modernism, Neo-orthodoxy, Pentecostal, and the charismatic movement. They reject liberals. That’s liberal theology, not “liberal” in the political sense. Don’t even ask what they think of liberals in the political sense. If a liberal accidentally wandered on campus the police might be called. If an atheist wandered on campus they would probably be burned at the stake.

To say that PCC’s policies are strict is an understatement. In the blog Restless Wanderings, portions of the 2001 student handbook, which is apparently well-guarded and difficult to obtain by any infidels, include the following rules:

  • Banned music: Current popular music, Jazz, rock, rap, folk, “Nashville” type, or new age, Religious music performed in the folk, western rock, or gospel rock style, “Soundtracks from movies rated PG-13, PG, or below”
  • Pensacola’s 89.5 Rejoice Radio is recommended
  • No internet
  • “PCC reserves the right to check the computer files on any personal computer on campus if, in the opinion of the Administration, it is reported or suspected that said files or related medium may be in violation of the policies and standards of the College.”
  • “For their safety and well-being, women going to [Fort Pickens] beach must be in groups of at least five and must stay together as a group. Each group must be accompanied by a junior or senior chaperone who is an APL or PL and has been a student at least two years at the College. Women are to turn right after the toll bridge and drive west toward Fort Pickens to go to the beach.They may never drive east toward Navarre. Men going to the beach must be in groups of at least three.Men are to bear left after the toll bridge and drive east no more than five miles past the residential area to the open beach space between Pensacola Beach and Navarre. They may never drive west toward Fort Pickens.
  • “For safety reasons we ask our women students not to go to the County Market/Brent Oaks Shopping Center after dark.During daylight hours, women students may go to this shopping area by walking down Brent Lane and over the overpass.Women students are never permitted to walk down the dirt road by the railroad tracks, nor are they permitted to go down Sycamore and cross the tracks under the overpass when going to the County Market shopping center.”
  • Circle K stores and the Boardwalk Mall on Santa Rosa Island are off limits to all students.The Chimneys and Bluffs areas along Scenic Highway are off limits at all times…
  • No “charismatic activities”
  • No Hyper-Calvinism
  • No dancing, no gambling (including the lottery), no renting or watching movies, no card playing, no alcohol or tobacco, no profanity or obscenity, no pornography, no premarital sex, no homosexuality, no “other sex perversions”
  • No fleshly magazines and books, no games that are of the occult, no games with graphic violence or nudity
  • No symbols, pictures, writing, flags, banners, slogans or any “divisive activism”
  • Couples are not permitted to be alone in classrooms or other areas of any building or unchaperoned.
  • No physical contact between members of the opposite sex.
  • Students should never go to the beach as couples, be at a park after dark, or visit in the home of unmarried members of the opposite sex.”
  • Men shall cut their hair so it does not come over the ears, eyebrows, or collar. Sideburns should be no longer than the middle of the ear. “Styles related to counterculture…are not acceptable.” No beards or mustaches. Socks always.
  • Women’s Dress and skirt lengths and slits should come no higher than the top of the kneecap when sitting and standing. No sundresses or spaghetti straps. “Anything immodest, tight, formfitting, scant, backless, and low in the neckline is unacceptable.” No pants or shorts. ” Young ladies should dress in a manner that others will focus on the face and particularly the eyes, for some say, the eyes are the mirror of the soul”

PCC Building

The Demerit system is complex and throrough. 1 to 3 demerits for tardiness, littering, improper dress, chewing gum, etc… That’s grade school stuff. But you could get 10 demerits for “horseplay” or “bad attitude”, 25 demerits for guaranteed approval payday loan“borrowing automobile” or going off campus without a pass. “Improper social behavior” gets 50 demerits. 75 to 100 demerits for cheating, unauthorized possession of firearms, possesion of tobacco, going to the movies (!), watching porn. You’ll earn 150 demerits for meeting the opposite sex off campus or having alcohol, sexual misconduct, “immorality”, “Involvement with witchcraft, séances, or any other satanic or demonic activity” or gambling (Accumulation of 150 demerits gets you expelled)

The “Optical intercourse” Incident

source: TBogg

One student told of how a group of men and a group of women from the college happened to meet at a McDonald’s last spring. Both groups were returning from the beach (they had gone to separate beaches; men and women are not allowed to be at the beach together). The administration found out, and all 15 students were expelled.

Even couples who are not talking or touching can be reprimanded. Sabrina Poirier, a student at Pensacola who withdrew in 1997, was disciplined for what is known on the campus as “optical intercourse” — staring too intently into the eyes of a member of the opposite sex. This is also referred to as “making eye babies.” While the rule does not appear in written form, most students interviewed for this article were familiar with the concept.

Check out the following clip which comes from an informational VHS, containing facts about PCC. After the short introduction, there is a seminar/sermon given by the VP for Administration Dr. Greg Mutsch, who comes right out and says that they are fundamentalist and that they don’t like anybody else and that they preach a doctrine of separation from all infidels (yes, he actually uses the word “infidel” in his speech). He blasts the “New Evangelicals” and their attempts to try to accommodate those who don’t believe stuff like God literally created everything in 6 days only a few thousand years ago. Those people also have the indecency to listen to Christian rock and Christian rap music. Sacrilegious. Also have a chuckle when he refers to Mormonism as a cult. He’s got spirit though – and he kinda sounds like Casey Kasem.

You may be a bit confused about all these disciplines that Mutsch refers to. First off, remember that when he says “liberals” he doesn’t mean Michael Moore; he’s talking about Liberal Christianity, which keeps a more open mind in regards to Biblical interpretation. Peter Ruckman is a Baptist pastor who started the Pensacola Bible Institute (not the same as Pensacola Christian College). Ruckman calls the King James Bible an “advanced revelation” and considers it the final, preserved word of God for English speakers. Brother Jack Hyles from Indiana also believed in the KJ, once saying “Don’t come to me with your stinkin’ ‘only the original is inspired’! You’re not intellectual… you’re retarded!”

Just remember, prospective PCC Students: The #1 measurement of your spiritual condition will be how well you obey the rules, and secondly, how much you turn in others who don’t obey the rules.

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Don December 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm

I believe that the fundamental teaching of the Bible is right and true, but if the majority of beliefs that the article says about the college are true then the college is ignorant to the fundamental teaching of the Bible.

MGM46 August 30, 2016 at 10:47 pm

The answer is: If you like the school, go there, If you don’t go somewhere that you do like.

Reality October 4, 2016 at 4:46 pm

No what they say is not true about PCC, but those who cannot obey rules should not apply.

Truth seeker January 17, 2019 at 4:45 am

Tonight at my dinner table, a PCC student told me all of the above in this article and more which is why I’m now looking up the details. You sir/madame are either a liar or have been lied to.

Faith January 5, 2016 at 12:21 am

The comments in the first couple paragraphs are ridiculous. PCC is not the school to turn away people who don’t believe the same way they do. In fact, we welcome different opinions. Why is it so weird for someone to believe differently than you do? You believe in Evolution, I believe creationism. I’m not gonna write a whole article saying you’re gonna burn me at the stake for believing different. No, that would be ridiculous.
I attend this school. I wear jeans while not in class, listen to music I like in my car and my home, PCC does have internet and activities for the students to enjoy.

I admit doing those things is against the rules, but when you’re in the school its not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Its a good school for Christians to be able to come learn together, and be comfortable discussing different beliefs and opinions in a safe environment.

Faith January 5, 2016 at 12:23 am

Also, several of these rules are outdated and are no longer being enforced.

Queenie October 6, 2016 at 3:08 am

I guess I meant, if people expect me to be the joker, I can be serious sometimes. Act more like an adult. If they expect me to be aggressive, I smile calmly and keep my voice lowered. If they expect me to be withdrawn, I become chatty.I can’t do it all the time, depending on how strong the mood swing is. But it’s good to be able to take people off their guard. And it requires an ability to be able to read other people, in my case, because I change so much, so do their exptotaeicns of me. It’s a challenge, I like challenges.

coins cheat subway surfers February 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

The litter issue is annoying, but exists because of a lack of punishment. America has done a great job keeping its national parks clean by ensuring that littering fines are severe.

DON January 31, 2016 at 1:20 am

How well would you say the article describes the school? Is it completely slandering the school, or are some of the things described true? If some of the things are true what are they?

DON January 31, 2016 at 1:40 am

I’m sorry I was reading your comment a little closer and have more questions. Are you saying that there are rules against students wearing jeans and listening to music that they like off campus? Are there rules laying out what you can do on the internet off campus? In my first reply I asked what was true about the article. Does the school have other rules that the article mentions?

Monique Dodd February 12, 2016 at 9:50 pm

Yes Don that is what it is saying. I went to middle and high schools that pushed this school and Bob Jones (check that tomfoolery school out too) and we couldn’t wear pants we had to wear coolote or however they are spelled, even in the cold. there was even a rumor that a guy got expelled for having the little mermaid soundtrack because of the sea shell bikini top she has on and the music. Anything you do off campus can come back to you on campus. It was the same when I was in high school. For my senior graduation I had to bring my dress in early to be checked to be sure it would pass both the length and the cleavage area and when there were formals you had to bring your dress in early to be checked as well. I couldn’t wear my short hair cut because of something Biblical (so I was told) and I’m sure now they would hate my dreadlocks because of something they will make up Biblical. One thing I will say, I am very versed and strong in my Christian walk and I didn’t go to a Christian college, I went to state school, but I know who I am and what I stand for. But the article didn’t talk about the that is some undercover tomfoolery…

Jason Weber February 14, 2018 at 6:37 am

Yes, yes, yes! Separate elevators for girls and boys. if you touch a girl and you are a boy, you will be “socialed” which means you will not be allowed to speak to the other sex for a week. When I was a student ties were required of men at dinner. There is always a presence of fear to help control the masses. There is no masturbation allowed, which is medically irresponsible, especially at that age–pent up post pubescent boys and girls who can’t fulfill a natural human release. There is chapel every day except Wednesday, but there is church Wednesday night. You are in church all day sunday, and an acceptable way to date is asking your favorite girl to sit with you in church. Mens hair must not even touch their ears and can not run down the back of the neck. At hair check, as you stand with your face to the wall as a floorleader looks at your hairline, you receive a demerit if you fail and have until the next day to get your hair cut show your accepted cut to the floorleader or more demerits will be administered. There’s many, many more–these rules lead certain students to rebel and if they rebel and are caught, they can be “Shipped” which means kicked out of PCC. It may take a couple of days for the “shipping” to occur (flights or a ride out of town) until you leave the campus you are forced to be with your floorleader at all times–it’s called “shadowing”–everywhere you go, folks know you’re a “BAD” hombre and don’t love Jesus–at least that’s what it always felt like to me, when I saw these fools following the floorleader around. It is all absolutely absurd. I auditioned for ensemble, the traveling performance groups that promotes the school and was rejected, not because of my abilities, but for these exact reasons–“Jason you saunter when you walk, you talk through your nose and you bend your wrists too much.” basically telling me I was too gay acting to promote the college. The dean went on to say that he had had a problem with bending his wrists too much so he was advised to put tape around his wrists to remind him not to bend his wrists–I looked at him and thought “well, it ain’t a workin’!” When I left the deans office, I commited a cardinal sin–I screamed “fuck you” in the stair tower, repeatedly. I was so angry. However, the next year, I cleaned up my act, changed out my “too modern” clothes, watched the way I talked, walked and carried myself and ended up being the number one piano player on campus–I made ensemble, became student body pianist, was piano player for Mrs. Hortons freshman girls sunday school call–it was a very big deal. I got a standing ovation from the entire student body after playing my variations on “Jingle Bells”–however I was not permitted to go out and bow to the audience or even take a look. Dr Mutsch, mentioned in the article above, was a clueless twit–he said the most ignorant things–he was completely clueless to the real world. He loved to deliver his message titles–because to him, I’m sure he thought they were amazing. The MOST memorable title was given to a message where he spoke against the evils of pornography. This was the title–delivered in a very dramatic way–“The title of my message today is ‘Stroking…….the Snake…………..of Pornea'”. There was a gasp from those of us who understood the ridiculousness of this display. I could go on and on. I’m 45 years old and I still have nightmares that I’m missing a class and getting in big trouble. This is not a place for free spirits. This school to me is very cultish, I know good people that go there and good people that teach there, but it is a microcosm of same-thinking Christbots. Free thought, free speech, freedom to be human is a sin here. Everything about it is geared to brainwashing sad saps into living a completely godly life–with standards that NO human could ever live up to.

Monique Dodd February 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm

Sure about that Faith? So if someone who is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America and is married to someone of a different race ( I am Black my husband is White), you mean to tell me that they would consider for admission? I have a hard time believing this. I went to a school that was rooted in what I call BobJonesism and PCC was second on the list and I found that I could cut the racism with a knife at both campus. I’ve been to both. And the fact that I was told that I couldn’t visit my family in Mobile, AL which is a hope skip and a jump away didn’t make me change my mind about the school and yes I asked if I could visit them and I was told this was in 1993 so things might have changed, but I wouldn’t put money on it.

Jason Weber February 14, 2018 at 6:45 am

Agreed–it’s extremely racist–I had a black roommate, Tim, awesome guy–one of my favorite roommates from my 4.5 years there. I was dating a girl who was quite beautiful, but I didn’t know she was a blatant racist till one night we were at dinner and she asked me “what is it like living with one of those?” I was HORRIFIED, and I really wanted to slap her across the face, but I stated he was awesome and so cool and yadayadayada. After that dinner I stopped all communication with her! that was over 20 years ago, had that happened today, I would have made a scene, but I was such a chicken shit back then.

Kris February 27, 2016 at 1:47 am

So you’re saying that you can participate in activities such as Christian rock and television as long as you hide it from the school? Not making sense man! I admit…this article seems to be written by a secular author with some disdain for Christians but….I also was a student at PCC in 96 and 97. I witnessed nearly 100 students sanctions or expelled because they were accessing a website just to discuss things they didn’t like about the school! I am Pentecostal…although I wasn’t burned at the stake I was encouraged to keep my belief to myself while a Penatcostal friend of mine was run out of the school because he liked to ride skateboards and dress a little baggy!! And this man was studying to be a youth minister and had a great heart for youth and a vehicle through his skating to reach them!!! I chose to leave the school because I felt my spiritual growth suppressed and that appearance was more important than Holy Spirit at PCC. Too many of God’s servants were persecuted there for my taste! If you have to break the rules to feel normal and tell yourself it’s okay because you’re with other Christians…something is wrong!!!

Tabitha March 16, 2016 at 9:07 am

Do I know you, Kris?

Kris May 26, 2018 at 2:02 am

Maybe? I was a pretty social person while at PCC. Your name sounds familiar. Lol. Granted 20 year old memories get a little fuzzy! 😉

Joe September 12, 2017 at 4:14 am

I went there and it is worse than what is described here. Also, I didn’t become a Christian while there, only years later. They should have focused more on evangelism than indoctrination. Plus they were deceptive about the rules when I went there for “college visiting days”. At least they finally had the sense to put locks on dorm room doors.

Linda Rae Kuyper April 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm

untrue, I have been in for a meeting with the the elementary principal on differnces of opinions and she dismissed me with a polite “the school may not be suited for you and your family”. I have been a christian for over 30 years , my children have always attended christian schools, I taught in a christian school. PCA has something definitely wrong with it. It is beginning to show “cult-like” symptoms. Either you conform to their ways or you are dismissed. I was never hurt so much in my like or treated like I was someone to throw away.

Ed December 10, 2018 at 1:57 am

I’m a pcc dad with two kids who really enjoy pcc in spite of not being a perfect institution. Sounds alot like we have some very bitter and cynical folks out there with little experience with pcc or ignorance altogether of what pcc is all about… I also have seen first hand a large number of students who feel like pcc rules ‘are for suckas’. I’m not here to change your views or try to win an argument about how they are wrong. I would like to mention that I have met many wonderful people at pcc who are both students and faculty. While no man made institution is perfect and pcc is no exception, I would recommend you consider the significance of your attitude as it relates to scripture and the things of God. May God bless you and Merry Christmas.

Tabitha March 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

I attended, and was expelled in 1998. I should never have gotten expelled, because I should have run screaming from the room as soon as I read the student rule book. This school is so entrenched in legalism, any positive biblical teachings you may learn are quickly drowned out by a wave of either 1. Self righteousness or 2. Rebellion and angst. Pick your poison, either one has the potential to send you straight to hell.

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Brad July 3, 2016 at 8:49 am

This is a fundamental baptist type college. Does anything mentioned in the article surprises the writer?? Actually (after sorting out the sophistry) PCC sounds ok.

Carley October 6, 2016 at 3:59 am

Hello Armen,Yes you’re right, it is a common problem with &#eil0;col28ct2on of rules” books : you can often write a chapter on each rule – because the book doesn’t get in depth in it. But one of the advantages is to learn some rules that are immediately relevant and that you can do quickly, like you said

Aaron August 4, 2016 at 6:03 am

Worst experience of my life. I hate this place to this day and I am waiting for God to bring this shit hole to the ground!!

Thomas August 18, 2016 at 1:35 am

I attended and I am a police officer now. This college is actually a great college to go to. I went there from ’08 to ’12 and its funny how I didn’t get expelled, suspended or any of that. I’m very normal and have to have common sense to be in my profession, so I feel that my judgement is pretty clear. Yes people mess up and yes some things you may not agree with, but if you agreed to go there then how would you not exect to follow most of the rules. Atleast the ones that really were important to follow and not get you kicked out. This college may be more strict than others but if you compare it to the world were in now(which everyone has to admit is in a horrible state) then when you leave your mind set on life keeps you looking towards the right path and you will not be led away from what is right. As so many people are these days. We need more colleges like PCC because our country was founded on religious principals, not if it feels right then do it attitude!!!

Joe September 12, 2017 at 4:26 am

Why does PCC not give more freedom?
This is not what Jesus has called Christians to do. We are called to keep ourselves inline. PCC tries too hard. Too many people have been negatively impacted by PCC. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost and set us free from rules and regulations. The Pharisees delighted in rules. PCC delights in rules. I was unaware that PCC was unaccredited until it was too late. I was also unaware of many of the rules prior to heading there for my first semester. And the biggest thing to me, is that my parents let me do far more when I was younger! Then PCC treats me like a child, even though I was 18 years old when I started there.

MGM46 August 30, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Has the folks that hate the school so much ever considered just not going there. My goodness, it is not rocket science. I do not agree with Catholic teaching – so I do not go to their schools or their churches. Now isn’t that simple.

Reality October 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

thank you!

Jason Weber February 14, 2018 at 6:51 am

it isn’t that simple!!! my father was a Baptist minister and I was a chicken shit. he said the only school he would support me going to was PCC, I knew no other way. nothing’s black and white MGM–nothing. your reality is your own–it’s not that “easy” for everyone. and it’s “have the folks”–I did learn good grammar at PCC. my not capitalizing is just my older, mature way of rebellion–

Becki October 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

This is a great school. My daughter attends and loves it. She gets so many great opportunities to serve the Lord here. Yes, this school has rules, all schools do. As a parent I am thankful for them because I felt very safe sending my daughter to this school.

WOW April 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm

It is now the year 2017 and my son is currently attending PCC. They will admit anybody and everybody into this college and encourage these young adults to end their relationships with their parents when the parent or parents voice their concerns about the twisting of Bible Verses to fit their beliefs. They shut out any and everyone who speaks out against their misrepresentation of verses in the word of God. If you can’t pay for college then they tell their future students that they can work for the college which will pay for their tuition. This is far fetched and never has my son ever been able to make enough money working for the college to pay for his tuition. He works long hours and still ends up owing thousands of dollars at the end of each semester. It is a money interest driven institute that will go to all measure to financially bind students who are unable to pay. They are only a TRAC College,( Transnational Association of Christian Colleges), and this is why any financial aid is unavailable unlike most other Christian Colleges and Universities. Unless you get a personal loan on your own you are bound to a constant debt to this College. Even when they know you can’t pay they will still accept you with the misconception that you can work for them and your tuition is paid for. They also push the old Southern Baptist views on that even the thought of something wrong that goes against their agenda you can and usually are asked to leave. But isn’t it human to error. Doesn’t the Word of God say that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I just want to know when were they given the power from God to Judge and pass Judgements on individuals. Didn’t Jesus say,Ye without sin cast the first stone? I don’t believe that God handed them that kind of power!! They never screened my son and allowed him within 2 weeks time admission to this college based on financial gain and not on any other bases. If they would have taken the time they would have seen that he was not going to be able to pay to attend PCC But isn’t money suppose to be the root of ALL evil. Isn’t it said that a rich man getting into heaven is like a camel trying to fit through the eye of a needle?

Truth from an alumna May 11, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Interesting read. I graduated from PCC over 15 years ago now, and I still consider my college years some of the best years of my life mostly because of the dorm life experience, and the friendships made. I grew up in a strong Christian home, was saved at an early age, and attended Christian schools all my life, so I thought I was prepared for the PCC lifestyle. I WASN’T!!!! I showed up on campus wearing shorts, granted they were modest, but they were shorts nevertheless. I knew the dress code for women as far as wearing dresses, but since I was arriving on the weekend and classes hadn’t yet started, I didn’t think I had to arrive wearing a skirt. Boy, was I wrong! Much of what was written in the article is true, but my view even while at PCC in dealing with people was if you don’t like the rules, why complain, do something to affect a change, or go someplace else. Are some of the things absurb, absolutely! But at the same time, there’s plenty of opportunity for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. The only danger I saw was that the school’s philosophy and mission was so strongly emphasized on young impressible, college students that someone who isn’t well grounded may likewise adopt their thinking and mindset rather than form their own opinions. After all, during these years, aside from one’s major, part of what is happening to students is their maturity and future mindset. PCC isn’t about to change their ways. They’re always unwavering even if in the wrong almost to the point of indoctrinating a person. I’m all for Scripture, 100%, but there’s a vast difference between being a Christian and being a legalist. I shouldn’t be told it’s wrong or be made to feel my walk with Christ isn’t as strong as someone else because I wear a pair of pants, have a Mercy Me CD playing, watch an appropriate TV show, or eat at a restaurant that serves alcohol. However, while at the school, I will respect the rules set forth and not do those things (or if I choose to do so, do it knowing I could face consequences,) but like I said I shouldn’t be told it was a sin or wrong for me to do those things. I think PCC is an excellent school. It’s a beautiful campus, and I recommend it, but I warn people as to what to expect. Many students for whatever reason aren’t able to last all 4 years. Like others have said, it doesn’t seem that bad when we’re all there doing the same thing. When you talk about it to others or think about it afterwords, you just have to laugh at some of the nonsense……White Glove, Proper Dress Code in the middle of the night for a fire drill, optical intercourse, skirts to go to the beach, nylons all the time even on Saturday, no wet hair in public, demerit if sink isn’t dry, demerit if you left your ID card in your room, and my favorite was me getting 10 demerits for attempted stealing when I accidentally packed up a chorus sheet from the library with my stuff and set off the library alarm upon exiting. I tried to go to the Disciplinary Committee to have the demerits reversed, but that’s a big joke and waste of time because like I said PCC never backs down. In their mind I had attempted to steal; they didn’t want to hear how it had innocently gotten misplaced in with all my books and papers when I packed up. Along the same lines with legalism is how PCC encourages students to “write each other up,” which is essentially “tattling” on one another. Again, we’re dealing with college age students here, so let’s let them mature and make their own decisions. Yes, if a roommate has knowledge of another roommate doing something harmful or if a student knows of someone engaging in sinful or dangerous activity, that is the time to bring it to the adminisistration’s attention. I was an APL, but I didn’t find it necessary to “write up” girls who were chewing gum, listening to music, went someplace not on their pass, etc. Enjoy college life, don’t sweat the small stuff, and let the Holy Spirit convict us where changes need to be made. All the stuff, good and bad together is what makes PCC what it is. I doubt they’ll ever change. Don’t compromise on the truth, the fair price, or friendly vibe. Would be nice, though, if they weren’t so legalistic and allowed students to begin to think for themselves. All that being said, when you know the truth about the school and what to expect, you have to prayerfully make a decision on whether or not PCC is the place for you. I’m grateful for my years there. Should you chose to go, be ready to support it and have the time of your life. God will use you and change you if you are open to Him and His leading!

Sheri May 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Many things have changed at P.C.C. since the article was written. The students are now allowed to have Internet and Facebook. The school does work hard to help students to live an upright and pure life by implementing rules and standards. The U.S. military has dress codes, rules and standards too! These students work hard and study hard which is uncommon for many colleges these days. When you read of fraternities hazing new members to the point of death in major universities you should think twice about being so critical of P.C.C. There would be no hazing rituals at P.C.C. that’s for sure! Our country has shifted so far toward unbridled hedonism that a school like P.C.C. seems weird!

All of the students at P.C.C. are made aware of the rules before they enroll.

Davy June 24, 2017 at 4:58 am

Thats nice and everything but are you guys accredited?

Paulette June 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Rules for safety are fine. This college has crossed the line of decency and this is legalism in a way that is beyond obvious. If you do not think this is legalism, how in the world do you preach, teach or listen to a lesson or sermon on what it is? How could you possibly teach the false doctrine of legalism? You can’t. I can dress modest every day, and wear pants. Or sweats. Or shorts. This place will produce self righteous pharisees who are more concerned about what they look like on the outside and judge others by their standards of man. God specifically warns in Duet.4:2,12:32,Rev.22:18 NOT TO ADD or subtract from his Word. Some say they ‘signed’ an agreement. Is that satan’s answer when confronted with the false doctrine of legalism? It’s because anyone who signs it does not understand or see legalism is encroaching upon them. Some see it after the ‘signing of a piece of paper’ and it’s spiritually scary to know you got hoodwinked. But praise God, He opened your eyes. The pharisees of the world are isolating themselves and pushing the unsaved away from knowing Jesus. The unsaved don’t want anything to do with Jesus when they see a list of rules. They are actually better off in their spiritual condition than the pharisees who can’t see their spiritual condition. So now the seeking unsaved person is now going to the other end of the spectrum which is going to churches/christian schools/colleges that are worldly and licentious. BOTH are going down the WRONG path. Needs to be in the middle. This email is not to belittle anyone. My concern is those who love it there. Something is wrong if you do. If you want to be beat into submission to be clean & not lazy, go into the army. Difference is the army isn’t tying in scripture to why you do what you do. The devil will beat you into submission(outside-flesh) to authority. God thru the power of the Holy Spirit(inside-spirit) will LEAD you into submission to authority. I can go on and on. If any of my unsaved family members or neighbors knew what went on here, and if I ever went to this place, they would have every right to think i’m in a cult and want to drag me out. Funny thing is, I look at the amish or the mormons and the way they dress and think immediately of BONDAGE and legalism.

Your kids are gonna make mistakes. Let them. You’re snuffing out the Holy Spirit’s ministry by isolating them from the world. We are IN the world, but not OF the world. If they are listening to ungodly music, then trust the Holy Spirit will convict them. If they miss an opportunity because they were lazy, let them suffer the consequences. If they didn’t get a job because they dressed like a slob, let them suffer the consequences and learn from the experience. They can’t grow or mature in Christ if you don’t let them be an adult and learn to make choices. Please, take the training wheels off. PCC is more concerned about the outside and what they look like to the world than GRACE and room to grow spiritually for these young ADULTS.

Again, not agst rules for safety or curfew etc. I’m reasonable. But I’m also discerning when someone is trying to twist scripture upon scripture to back up their reasoning.

I pray eyes will be opened before it’s too late. A legalist can look great, sound great, be great, and not be saved. Yep, they can seem NORMAL. It’s hard to tell the difference once these young adults are out of college and working. It’s subtle. They know scripture and how to lead many to Jesus. I’ve seen first hand all of this. Then BAM, you start seeing the subtlety that the OUTSIDE of the cup is cleaned, but the INSIDE of the cup is filthy. There is spiritual danger to one’s soul in all of this.

Blessings to all on this thread. I appreciate the fact I can present to you what I clearly see, whether we be in agreement or not.

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Christopher Bucci August 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm

If you do not like the rules of the school, do not attend. If you want to go to a “Christian” school but want your social life in the sick world to continue, find another school. The world has become increasingly nasty, weak of character, immoral, and perverted more than ever. This school wants to keep people as God intended. If you can’t accept that, they don’t want you there as much as you don’t want to go. This goes for all you badmouthing the school also. Your upset because you can’t have things your way.
Go to Sodom and Gomorrah University if you want things your way. (Ie; UWF, PSC, FSU, etc)

Brian October 7, 2019 at 9:18 pm

You have been brainwashed by them! They’ve rubbed off on you and you’re a legalist! The criticism is very legitimate! I agree that the world has the increase in immorality and perversion but the school doesn’t want to keep people the way God intended, they want to go too far in the opposite direction and forbid every single thing that could in the very least be considered “worldly”. They forbid things that are gray areas and not black and white. They are far right, ultraconservative, fundamentalists and legalists. I know some people who went there, and enjoyed their time there,but still call it what it is – legalistic.

Melissa January 5, 2020 at 10:48 pm

I bet Christopher is an absolute blast at parties.

Jebus chris September 29, 2020 at 1:35 am

3 years later and this is still my favorite comment I have ever read.
Can’t thank you enough for posting something this idiotic. You’re a moron

Steve Flanigan August 24, 2017 at 2:03 am

Though I did not attend PCC, I did live right next to this college. The house I grew up in was literally next to their campus fence, which by the way resembled a prison fence complete with barbed wire and even at one time Concertina wire, better known as ‘Razor Wire’. I did attend the grades 5 – 8 many years ago and even at this age I saw through their bullshit. I will admit they provided an adequate education in bigotry and racial hatred.

For example, as they tried to indoctrinate our young minds, we were told that any other race of human being besides white was a cursed, condemned and inferior race by God. When I dared ask Aunt Becca to explain this statement to me as Jesus was from the Middle East and this means he would not have been white and therefore one of the cursed, condemned and inferior ones by God. I was punished for my question. As a side note, when I attended grades 5 – 8, there were absolutely no other race of student or staff other than white. Let me ask you, does the brainwashing of white supremacy sound Christian to you?

They also showed us young students “training films” during assembly. One I remember particularly was that of two young boys sitting under a tree both reading their Bibles. Suddenly, two uniformed men approached, grabbed them and torched their Bibles. Then one of the uniformed men held one boy while the other ran a bamboo shoot into the boy’s ear until it exited out of the other ear. Purely a propaganda scare tactic, or should I say, more bullshit. Fortunately, there were many of us, young as we were, that were not falling for their brainwashing techniques.

I will admit that one’s choice to belong to that cult is purely an open choice. You don’t like living in a cult, don’t go; you probably wouldn’t be accepted by the college anyway. I just wanted to pass along my own experiences.

Lastly, aren’t Christians supposed to be loving and caring to others regardless of who those other people are? This was what I was taught at the Church I attended. Well, all of our neighbors were staff of this college and since myself and parents were not part of the college we were shunned and ignored. Christian behavior? I think not. I firmly feel that this cult is only interested in mind control of those too weak to think for themselves using religion in order to gain this control and that their only true “God” is the all mighty dollar.

WOW September 12, 2017 at 3:35 am

This is in response to Sheri who stated that students know before they attend Pensacola Christian College of the rules and how the dress code and the rules on what the College considers acceptable… THAT”S B.S.!!! This is my sons second year there and he is still finding out things they are not to do and how they are to follow God in the way of the Colleges beliefs only and NOT of any other ministers or Bibical teachings that aren’t twisted to fit their standards on Religion.I have seen a fine young Christian man who now doubts what the verses in the Bible really mean and says all he learned about the Bible is wrong and they twist the scriptures to a point of almost Brain washing them that all they learned before arriving their was wrong and they have been lead astray.They DO make the students there believe God put them there. God gives us all a free will to do as we choose in life and if you think that he puts us where he wants us to be you need to get into the Bible more. How do you think we damn our souls even after we have excepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior? Because he gives us free will to live our lives. We are judged by our deeds in life. Take it from somebody who has seen a person being deprogrammed from a mind and physically controlled religious cult…. You will actually see the devastating control of the Devil which comes out in the deprogramming process. They Chant,spit,use vulgar language towards you. Is that God or the Devil making them do that? As for the soldiers who serve in the U.S. Military.. Their uniforms are to blend in with their back grounds during warfare. They wear them when on duty because they can be deployed to war in seconds. It’s not the same as a College who is controlling everything you wear,say and do. Will my son have to be deprogrammed when he is finished with PCC you betcha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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charlie May 19, 2018 at 7:13 pm

i was a student at pcc during the ’84-’85 school year. doesn’t sound like much has changed.

SURVIVOR August 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

After reading every single comment in this thread I had to respond. I attended in 85-86, a Christian guy from CA who grew up in a strong Christian home, raised by parents who both graduated from Bob Jones University. I can relate to so many others in this thread – my parents would only support me if I want to BJU, but when PCC was brought up they made an exception. Upon arriving at the school (on a Saturday) I was immediately counseled about my haircut, my music playing while I unpacked, and was told that I was not welcome if I had Christian rock tapes (yes, tapes…it was that long ago) with me that were not given to the administration staff to destroy. A very nice welcome – and I later found out that I was “labeled” as a trouble maker and “one to watch” from day one. I was no rebel, but did try to be an independent thinker, and after three months into the first semester I found myself “permanently campused” and “permanently socialed” at the same time. I was not allowed to talk to girls or leave the campus. A girl I dated was having trouble with the Dean of Women at the time, and after they mistreated her and expelled her I went outside to tell her goodbye and was promptly removed from the curb, and “detained” in a vacant dorm room until the Dean of Men could arrive and berate me for being “the type of problem this institution wants no part of.” He told me to my face – while yelling – that he was going to do everything in his power to have me expelled (and he did try). I had to shadow my RA for two weeks while they tried to figure out what to do with me. This was two weeks before finals, and I was not allowed to attend my classes (and yes, it had a major impact on my final grades, but again I was not allowed to plead my case with teachers or the administration and had no recourse.) A meeting with founder Horton saved me from being expelled, and he allowed me to remain for the rest of the term with 148 demerits – just 2 away from being permanently expelled. During my time at PCC, I had the privilege of being accused (and unilaterally found guilty) of cheating, stealing, and having inappropriate contact (which was “sitting too close”) with the opposite sex. None of my actions were allowed to be defended, and had I known now what I didn’t know then, there would have been a very nice lawsuit against the school for all they had done while I was there. My constitutional rights were violated. I must say, I learned a lot from the experience – primarily, how Christians are NOT supposed to act. The deans on staff back in my day were sadly devoid of knowing how to relate to students from other parts of the country, where Christianity and fundamental Baptist teaching included things prohibited by their handbook. As someone else mentioned above, if you don’t like it – leave. I left after one year, and have zero regrets for getting out. I cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone attend this school when there are so many others that will have a positive impact on young minds without the potential for “de-railing” their faith. I am very thankful (and blessed) to have maintained my faith and perspective despite that experience. I now joke about what happened to me there, and it does make for some great story-telling because it is so unbelievable. In reality though, it is just sad and unfortunate that many of these patterns continue to this day.

Nicholas August 30, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Well this place sounds like a fucking hoot.

John October 22, 2018 at 4:55 am

It’s was a terrible school when I went there. Maybe they have change. God is able.

John October 22, 2018 at 4:56 am

It’s was a terrible school when I went there. Maybe they have changed. God is able.

Todd May 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm

I’m sorry to read of those that had issues at PCC. I can’t say I agree with the “dating” rules. I have known about PCC for many years, but didn’t attend myself.

r. storer May 29, 2019 at 7:57 pm

I Have just left a very controlling community in Delano, Tennessee. It has the familiar sound of a legalistic pharisaical organization. In other words a cult. Let’s face it when a group decides they have the only path to righteousness And a set of rules written and unwritten it’s beginning to sound like the Pharisee that Jesus did not have a lot of good things to say about. Out side clean and white, but the inside was/is full of dead men’s bones… I am looking for a Bible college to attend, but not a place that is totally unreasonable to every dot and title.

David Agerton June 11, 2019 at 1:45 pm

I attended PCS elementary from 1968-1971, gracious, the book that could be written. From the jaw grabbing vice principal ( ” Look at me when I am talking to you, young man, you are vulgar, have a BAD ATTITUDE, and are uncouth ! ), to the paddlings one would recieve for asking questions such as, if Adam and Eve were perfect before the fall of man, then their bodies were perfect, so did they urinate or defecate, which is a major source of disease, which by the way, is taught in the very next class after Bible class, ( Science). Guaranteed Ass Whoopin’ , southern style, with ATTITUDE, lol. Not a person of color to be found , unless you count a Hawaiian boy, who was definitely treated shabbily. Curiously enough, there was a cadre of Jewish kids going apparently for the academics, which at the time was hard pressed to beat. Looking back at it, the glazed look and painted on smiles, the faculty were Stepford bots churned out of Bob Jones University, a childs worst nightmare. Remember, this was the 60’s, kids really did not have rights, and if these people accused you, you were guilty no trial, no anything. And to think, the whole reason myself and just about every white kid I knew, got sentenced to PCS, was MLK had the bad taste and temerity to have himself assassinated, leaving parents to believe that armageddon in the streets was imminent, and certain factions would rebel. Oh and for current and past inmates of this fine institution don’t believe that only whites need apply approach, acquire an annual from back then and start counting the minoroty kids. Well, at least my brother and myself escaped mostly intact, in spite of it all.

Dan hesko November 23, 2020 at 1:17 am

I went to a Bible College in the 1970s much like PCC, same student code, but not quite as uptight. It was a great experience and although I have traveled in a direction very different than them, I still treasure my time and experience there.


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