I agree with you in this regard --there are just some things that we must learn from our leaders that formal training may not afford us. However, I beg to differ.....Jesus taught his disciples, but he himself was educated and was an rabbii --a certified teacher. The prophets of old attended prophetic schools (it was REAL school), and were often mentored. OH that we had THAT kind of mentoring of character and training to use the gift with wisdom today.
Wisdom is indeed the principle thing...it is our training that gives us the skill, being submitted to those greater than us along with grace and experience gerts us godly wisdom. You have hit the nail on the head --SKILL and WISDOM. School is for the skill portion of wisdom, and teaching is for the our understanding of both spiritual and ecclessiastical thingsl We need it ALL and probably then some....lol
thanks for sharing.
Also, could it be that those who have attended seminary know that there are obvious omissions and contradictions in the current canon we have, while SOME others may not be aware of this???? It would not surprise me if most of the black pastors surveyed (who are often under-represented in these studies) DO beleive in the omnipotence and omniscience of God, the sinless nature of Jesus, and the personal responsibility to evnagelize. Were scores broken down for groups' responses for each individual question? Since seminary is SUPPOSED to teach people how to properly exegete texts, think critically, and do research, it would stand to reason that those who have finished these programs would not just accept these dogmas as true because someone else said so.
I think we should be very cautious in interpreting results from some of these pseudo-scientific studies of the Barna group even though they seem to be THE premiere company doing research among Christians.
Interestingly, since Southern Baptist Baptist pastors' extreme scores skew the distribution of scores--topping off the scale, and only 35% of pastors of black churches scoring near the bottom; it seems this is less of a problem for US than the overall results portray. It is almost scientifically impossible to assess a biblical worldview from the entire Bible as it in itself is a compilation of various world views--and if we were able to do it, why would anyone think one could measure a world view among a completely heterogenous group of people from varied denominations and backgrounds?
I do believe however, that many pastors are fairly biblically illiterate, epsecially when it comes to interpreting scripture from its cultural, historical and socio-political context, and bridging that which WAS with that which now IS. I don't know that I myself am all that literate, but I am on a continual quest in my personal walk with God to know TRUTH--not Christian dogma necessarily--just HIM and HIS Truth, and I have disciplined and educated myself and continue to do so--that's the part I am responsible for. It is in being educated that I find out how much I do NOT know--this keeps me seeking! Honestly, some of this stuff I hear on the radio and tv is UNREAL -- it makes me VERY nervous--lol. Making the scriptures relevant takes understanding of the historical text, keen revelation from the Holy Spirit, and the humility and openness to confer with other scholars and prophets. Yes, you are right....we MUST pray.
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