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Formal Church Education has No Scriptural Basis
Most of the religious masses rely on an ordained minister with an esteemed title with special letters before, or after their name to give them understanding and knowledge on spiritual matters. The perception is that spiritual understanding must be delineated through someone who has a university, college, or seminary degree. In most cases, it is an absolute requirement, but contrary to popular belief, the key to understanding the deeper things of God does not come from these people.
From the testament of Scripture through the example of Christ, spiritual understanding of God and His ways are not found within the church education systems, but is something that comes from the Holy Spirit.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have HIDDEN these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to LITTLE CHILDREN – Matthew 11:25
It might come as a shock to many that the church system does not abide in the precedence set forth in Scripture. Every denominational church and their sects prime directive is to indoctrinate, or lock a person into a set theological belief system created by man. Once their minds have been etched to their religious mold, it is very difficult to set them free from it. For many, it is impossible to change their minds, even when there is evidence proving otherwise. They are indoctrinated in the reinterpretations of Scripture that are filled with bias and eisegesis coming from their esteemed clergy.
Formal church education will lock a person into a particular man-made denominational template. The same patterns will be repeated over and over again where their second nature becomes bondage to that particular ideology even when proven to be blatantly false. The indoctrination process is founded on the basis of man’s opinions rather than filtering and proving all things through God's word.
Man-made religion is built upon the reliance of educated men who parrot what they have heard from other “esteemed” men. They have failed to investigate for themselves to see whether they were taught truth, nor did they allow the Holy Spirit to teach them in all things.
They received the word with all eagerness, EXAMINING the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. – Acts 17:11
Formal Church Education versus the Examples Found in Scripture
Moses grew up with the opportunity to partake in Egypt’s most advanced education system of that day. According to God, his formal education did not qualify him to lead Israel, but instead had to be humbled off of his pedestal in the wilderness before he was deemed ready to lead. God humbled him so much that he eventually thought himself unworthy, even asking that He use someone else in his place.
Now the man Moses was VERY MEEK, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. – Numbers 12:3
The emphasis of a formal education within the church system reveals a different foundation laid out by Christ and the apostles. The plain fact is that Christ used men who were deemed “untrained” and “ignorant” to impact many with the Gospel of the Kingdom. He did not hold any formal training program at a fancy Jewish facility to teach his followers doctrine.
All things are delivered unto me OF MY FATHER – Matthew 11:27
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were ASTONISHED. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13
The Jews therefore MARVELED, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” – John 7:15
Paul was deemed a highly educated man among the religious elite of his day. He eventually came to the understanding that his ideologies were considered worthless if he was to be a fellow brother among the ekklesia in Christ.
And I, when I came to you, brothers did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to KNOW NOTHING among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that YOUR FAITH MIGHT NOT REST IN THE WISDOM OF MEN but in the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
There is a vast amount of Scriptural evidence that proves that the church system has it all backwards. False teachers have duped many into believing that they are the keys to their spiritual understanding. Traditional man-based education is a hindrance to greater spiritual understanding of the ways of God. Teachers have a limited role versus pointing others to meditate on the precepts of God that can be found in the detailed accounts of the successes and failures of the many men and women found in Scripture.
Spiritual understanding does not come from traditional education, but comes from meditating on God’s word, obedience and listening to the direction of the Holy Spirit. It is only the Lord that can give wisdom, knowledge and understanding. It does not come form formal church education, but by asking God for it. It is is a continual walk of faith looking for the hidden treasures of the Kingdom of God.
For the LORD gives WISDOM; from his mouth come KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING – Psalm 2:6
Most formally trained religious men do not walk in humility, but believe that they are greater than others because of it. They become conceited in their opinions and will have a hard time conceding that they are in error.
The evidence of Scripture reveals that God uses those who become as humble as a child. They must be converted in their understanding of what greatness is, not according to man’s hierarchical structures, but being part of the ekklesia demonstrating equality between their brothers and sisters in Christ.
And calling to him a CHILD, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like CHILDREN, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this CHILD is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:2-4
How can a man who is not humble help others to be humble?
The hierarchical structure of the modern church system defies the principles of the Kingdom of God by giving formally trained men titles of honour, precedence and distinction over others. These men stand upon their elevated platforms wanting their egos stroked from the accolades of man.
But whoever would be great among you must be your SERVANT, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to SERVE, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26-28
- The Deception of the Respecter of Persons within the Church System
There is deception within the institutional Church system that is accepted by everyone within her ranks giving respect to people based upon their status within their professional and social circles.
I don’t know if many who read the Scripture notice what Christ did when he taught his followers?
You might find it quite interesting. He sat down among his brothers and sisters. Yes, he spoke to the multitudes sitting down.
What do the hireling ministers do within their churches?
They stand behind their elevated pulpits over the people drawing all attention and importance to themselves.
Does this display reveal a servant of all who has humbled himself as a child of God?
Of course not! Their seminary training did not even touch on the importance of being humble like children, but instead focused on the perks of being “king of the castle.” They ignore the Kingdom principle of putting everyone else ahead of themselves.
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when HE SAT DOWN, his disciples came to him. – Matthew 5:1
It is quite obvious that the church system patterns itself after the world’s society as it lords itself over others with positions of honour and authority with titles, attire, parking spots, diplomas, plaques, etc. that separates the “highers” from the “lowers.”
In Christ's day it was the Pharisees who were considered the religious elite who were formally trained in the “seminaries” of that time. God ignored these pious religious types and turned to “uneducated” men by given them hidden knowledge of the Kingdom through His Son. The formally educated were blinded to spiritual knowledge and understanding that came from God.
And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, BUT TO THEM IT HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN. – Matthew 13:11
Today, it is no different as God blinds the pastors as they seek to be highly educated.
Those within the church system overlook how to obtain the mysteries, secrets and principles of the Kingdom of God. They are blinded to the nature of Christ, as men become center stage instead of Him.
An example of a follower of Christ is someone with a humble and honest heart with a willingness to obey God just as His Son did without any formal religious education.
If a group of people have a willingness to follow Christ, would it not be obvious to follow his example?
The reason people desire to have a pastor who has a formal education is that they do not have faith in Christ. They desire to put their trust in the religious man-driven seminary education system that pumps out salaried pulpiteers rather than making disciples of Christ.
Spiritual understanding does not come from the “wisdom” of words learnt in a seminaries patterned after the world, but comes directly from the Holy Spirit. Man’s education is worthless and ineffective because it is in rebellion against the commands of God. God is not glorified as men revel in the idolatry of their fleshly ways.
God has chosen those who walk in humility to do His work. They are deemed “uneducated” and “foolish” to the trained religious elite. God has chosen them to be servants among the ekklesia.
Paul had to renounce his education before he could be of any use for the Kingdom of God. Back then he probably had an equivalent to a PhD according to the world’s standard today. After coming to the revelation of Christ, he knew all too well that the "wisdom" of formally educated men does not draw from the Holy Spirit.
The religious masses mindlessly accept the teaching of formally educated men instead of adhering to the doctrine of Christ and the testimony of his followers. The education system of the Kingdom of God does not adhere to man’s philosophy that mixes the holy and profane that is patterned after the world.
The Holy Spirit moves in simplicity and sincerity through the grace of God. That means even a child can understand it. Humility allows God’s strength and power to work giving Him all the glory.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding AND REVEALED THEM TO LITTLE CHILDREN – Matthew 11:25
Seminaries are meant to give the church minister “strengths,” but God says His strength is made perfect in weakness. Those who strive to obtain seminary degrees are people pleasers who want a group of people to hire them. They become servants of the people rather than God.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is FOOLISH in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is WEAK in the world to shame the strong - 1 Corinthians 1:26-27
Training in the Gospel comes from learning directly from the Holy Spirit by following Christ and his ways.
Those who strive after religious higher education will accept the doctrines of men that lead to the countless denominations that focus on a system of belief created from the imaginations of religious men. Seminaries are cemeteries where you will get buried in Babylonian theology never coming to the truth. Many minds have been corrupted as they pursue their religious vanities.
The blind Babylonian goats will go to their feedlots every Sunday morning as they consume whatever their elevated salaried seminary trained pulpiteer gives them without question. Once fed, they will make their payment for the "special food” that only their esteemed pastor can deliver.
The interesting thing about goats is that they will eat just about anything because they have almost no taste buds; therefore, the herd often prizes something that is sugar coated.
How many are willing to reject their religious formal education and follow Christ?
Will they understand that the credentials of man will not give spiritual understanding to the principles of the Kingdom of God?
Those within the Pharisee system called church are blind to seeing the Kingdom of God. By their actions, they are in allegiance to the ways of Babylon believing that their higher education is a means of obtaining God.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us UNDERSTANDING, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. – 1 John 5:20
Christ who is in one spirit with his Father gives a person spiritual understanding so that they too can become one with them. Man’s higher education usurps what only Christ can do. Seminary trained officials are a false claim to spiritual understanding exposing them as counterfeits.
Spiritual understanding comes from asking God for understanding of the nature of His Kingdom through studying His word and being obedient to His commands. Spiritual understanding comes from God that leads to truth that will set you free. Man’s “wisdom” comes from the religious elite that leads into bondage.
But SEEK FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Matthew 6:33
Who you decide to follow is the difference of travelling the wide or narrow road.
What road are you travelling on?
The video pretty much sums up the man-driven agenda of seminaries by completely ignoring the Biblical precedent of who gives spiritual understanding, but rather is a denominational advertisement by their religious celebrity frontman.
Do you believe that persuing a formal religious education is the key to understanding the principles of the Kingdom of God?
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