09.07.2022 Feature Article

Faith Versus Knowledge

Faith Versus Knowledge
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I have heard that line of argument several times. When I went to college in Kentucky in the 80s and early 90s, I heard people say that we are to have more faith and less theological education or knowledge. However, what type of faith were they talking about? Is it a saving faith? Is it faith based on faithfulness? Or is it faith that acknowledges that something is going to happen? Some argue that all the Disciples of Christ were men without letters or education. However, that statement in Acts 4 does not mean that Peter, John, and the others were illiterates or “unlettered” as some call it. It means they did not have formal theological education. However, they received education when they walked with Jesus for about three and half years. Jesus trained them. Furthermore, Apostle Paul was a highly educated person. Luke was highly educated because he was a physician. Today without education some ministers cannot minister in suburbs and metropolitan cities because the congregations there are highly educated. Whiles education alone does not make an effective pastor and communicator of the Word of God, both faith in Christ and knowledge should be balanced to make a minister of the gospel productive and effective.

You have hit on something that if pastors and church leaders do not address soon and carefully can be the end of the church as we know it. I saw this in the 80s when I lived in Munich, Germany. I saw that the church left the young people behind. In other words, nobody reached the young people with the gospel. Therefore, when you attended the local church there, only old people attended church. Churches that have and are addressing these problems are growing both spiritually and numerically. First, the senior pastor and elders or church leaders should call young ministers who are dynamic and can lead the young people in ministry. Our church here in Arlington, Texas has a solution to this problem so the church is growing rapidly.

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