Now there is NO excuse for a preacher not getting sound Biblical training! You may not be able to afford Princeton Theological Seminary, but every denomination or independent church should have a local Bible school. Most churches today have their own Bible Institutes or Schools. When you accepted the call to preach you also accepted the call to discipleship (training). Jesus spent 3 years training His disciples for ministry. He taught them how to pray, how to cast out devils, how to lay hands on the sick, how to carry themselves, and how to make more disciples. I am disgusted at how easy it is to be ordained in our churches. Just because a brother or sister can testify loud or run their mouth doesn’t mean they are called to preach! If they are called they will be willing to be trained BEFORE being given a piece of paper ordaining them. Remember this, if the preacher is ignorant and unlearned, then the people will be too! The gospel preacher must devote his (or her) life to purity of doctrine. Paul warned Timothy to avoid fables and old wives tales. It’s very easy for preachers to get involved in the “flavor of the month” teachings. I have met preachers that could barely read, they will get up in pulpits and attacked seminarians and educated preachers like they are doing God a favor. How can you rightly divide scriptures IF YOU CAN’T READ? I read Romans 8:1 to a class once and asked the group what does CONDEMNATION mean? None of them knew the meaning of the word, not know what that word means is key to understanding the entire scripture. Please Black pastors STOP condemning education over your pulpits, ignorance is not spiritual nor is it cute. Paul was educated AND anointed to teach, stop the madness.
M. Hamilton Stevens, Th.D., CPRP