IS IT ME OR IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?
I can’t find a Bible school in the country or a seminary in our nation that enforces (I know it’s not a great word) their students to spend time reading their Bibles. Here is what is amazing, they will make them read books about the Bible but not the Bible. They have lost confidence in the Holy Spirit that He can help interpret but we have given ourselves more to the help of men, commentaries, textbooks on exegesis then on hearing the voice of the Spirit. I wonder what the percentage would be if we were to ask every graduate at the commencement and as we are handing them their diplomas to preach….”have you read the Bible through?”
Is that too crazy?
Would we dare?
Has any gown clad doctor ventured in that territory?
Don’t get me wrong, I have over 6,000 books in my library and am grateful for hearing what God has shown men and women around the world and throughout the centuries. But let’s be honest….do you know of a seminary that is training young ministers and readying our new credentialed pastors to read the Word an hour a day and pray an hour a day? They have passed homiletics, church history and Greek but they are leaving our schools without a prayer closet.
Show me and please tell me the name of the Seminary that says unless you are praying you cannot graduate.
Am I foolish to want to see this happen?
Why can’t some Bible college president or some seminary executive wake up to the fact that we have students that know their tools better than the treasure. It would be like taking a gold digger or a diamond hunter and teaching them so much about their tools and their excavating devices that they fall in love with them and forget about the diamonds.
The real diamond is meeting God on your knees. The real gold is the Bible itself. It’s not books on the Bible or books on prayer.
No one at any seminary I went to or from the denomination ever asked me “tell me about your prayer life?” No one ever questioned me whether I have read the ENTIRE Book that I am committing my life to preach.
What I am afraid of is that we are ASSUMING WAY TOO MUCH!
I ask those questions on the road and the answers are not encouraging. In fact, they are downright terrifying.
I was even told by a young preacher that I need to learn to be a communicator and stop being a preacher because those days are gone.
God help us!
I think if our schools don’t wake up to the fact of prayer and the Word that God will start raising up preachers despite them. They will be uncredentialed, undiploma-ed and ungraduated powerhouses that will shake nations with no association to any person but God.
Or how about asking the question to our next generation pastors…
“Have you led someone to Christ in the last year and discipled them?”
I can’t even go there.
That will be for another time, another place and another blog.