We haven’t learned this lesson yet. Actually, it’s ignored. There are unspiritual interests behind this practice that continue to harm the church.
By that time, we had heard of others who had been sent to the U. S. to study who would not go back home. We began thinking that it was not a good idea to educate our converts in the U. S. For one thing, you lose all they could have contributed to the local work during the time they were gone. Too, the local studies would be tailored to local needs, while in a foreign college, the foreign curriculum would be followed. And if they didn’t come back at all? Or if they came back with an attitude? No, we thought the church would be better off if we taught them ourselves.
Jerry Hill shared a negative experience that convinced them of this.
The tweet from an official seminary account said: “Theological training is essential to gospel ministry.”
And I wrote that this was “One of the most self-centered, idiotic statements I’ve ever read.”
But one that too many of our brethren have come to believe.
I should stay off Twitter.
When the simple life of the gospel is preserved and kept from getting complicated, the work of entrusting the sacred testimony to faithful men continues to be a simple process.
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” 2 Tim 2.2 ESV.
Men’s training this afternoon focused on Genesis, God’s eternal plan, the power of his word, man going from bad to worse, necessity of obedience, the book as the basis and beginning of everything. Lots covered!
Three pages thus far on Genesis for the training on Sat. Going to publish it in our little freebie mag for Christian workers. May have to ax a one-page article to fit this all in.