Education and Spirituality -- By: Anonymous
BSac 91:362 (Apr 34) p. 202
Education and Spirituality
God has frequently raised up and sustained solitary individuals who by divine power were enabled to direct events in their respective times of crisis and need. No better illustration of this could be found than that, above all the eleven Apostles, Saul of Tarsus was chosen of God for leadership when, on the ground of Christ’s death and resurrection, the whole divine purpose in the world was changing from the restricted features of Judaism to the world-wide forces of Christianity. At such a time one great leader was needed, and Saul was chosen-a man of foremost culture and education amongst the men of his generation, and who became the pattern of soul-winning passion for all succeeding generations.
From Paul’s day to the present hour the blessing of God, to a wonderful degree, has rested on the men who combine high orthodox scholarship and evangelistic passion. These characteristics are not antagonistic, they are rather complementary. How barren is knowledge without zeal, and yet how unsatisfactory is zeal without knowledge!
Although it is true that now and then a man of great natural gifts but limited preparation is used in conspicuous service, this fact does not prove the adequacy of poor training. In the present hour with its insistent demand for education and culture, the preacher should have a broad academic training, be proficient in, and familiar with, the vast field of truth included in a complete Systematic Theology, be able to exegete both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, with accuracy, be informed in Sacred History, and himself be a tireless and devoted searcher after the spiritual content of the
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Word of God. While there will always be some who are deprived of full preparation, there is no worthy basis for the claim that, as the time is short, men are justified in rushing into Christian service with little or no preparation. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” is an injunction of far-reaching import. Naturally it reflects the Apostle’s ideal of a true ministerial preparation. Self-training, or that which results from disconnected and disorganized lectures and haphazard reading, must naturally lack that proportion and balance of understanding which is gained when, under the wise guidance of mature men who have prepared themselves through many years to render this invaluable service, the student is carried, in an orderly way, over the entire field of revealed truth.
There will always be a place for the testimony of those whose preparation has been restricted to elementary courses in the English Bible, but the leadership...
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