The Weakness of Theological Colleges

Let us never make the mistake that a degree alone makes a man fit for leadership in the church…

“The best training for a soldier of Christ is not merely a theological college. They always seem to turn out sausages of varying lengths, tied at each end, without the glorious freedom a Christian ought to abound and rejoice in. You see, when in hand-to-hand conflict with the world and the devil, neat little biblical confectionery is like shooting lions with a pea-shooter: one needs a man who will let himself go and deliver blows right and left as hard as he can hit, trusting in the Holy Ghost. It’s experience, not preaching that hurts the devil and confounds the world. The training is not that of the schools but of the market: it’s the hot, free heart and not the balanced head that knocks the devil out. Nothing but forked-lightning Christians will count. A lost reputation is the best degree for Christ’s service. It is not so much the degree of arts that is needed, but that of hearts, loyal and true, that love not their lives to the death: large and loving hearts which seek to save the lost multitudes, rather than guard the ninety-nine well-fed sheep in the British pen.”

C.T. Studd

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One thought on “The Weakness of Theological Colleges

  1. Colin

    like.
    I have found that those I am tutoring in theology and who are learning with me while actively engaging in hard mission, are rejoicing in good theology.

    While those who are simply wanting to stimulate their minds or do a course are either dropping out or have problems with the missional emphasis. most of those who stop are in study groups led by their pastors.

    so yes.

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