As a follow up to my last post O Teacher Where Art Thou, I came across this audio clip (located at the bottom of this post) that in my opinion, demonstrates why pastors and teachers need some type of formalized training in an objective learning environment. It is not enough to just know what Scripture says but to know what Scripture means, to understand historical and cultural background, the genres of Bible books, sound exegesis, and correlation of passages to the complete witness of God’s written revelation. I also am a strong advocate for any teaching pastor to have a good working knowledge of the original languages.
Sadly, based on this church’s doctrinal statement, this pastor rejects any type of formalized training. How many people is he influencing concerning their faith? And he is only one of many. How many believers have an incorrect or inconsistent understanding of what God has communicated through His word because men and women insist on speaking authoritatively regarding God’s word but resist education to measure their own understanding?