I have just come across a very interesting sermon titled, ""Why Bible College is Unscriptural and Wrong." As a seminary lecturer, this automatically intrigued me. I thought that it might be good to check out what this preacher had to say about the topic. At the same time, I also wondered why a pastor of a church would bother preaching a sermon against bible college/seminary and entitle his sermon in such a polemical manner. So I listened to the sermon he preached on February 10, 2008.
The pastor gave 5 reasons why he strongly believes a bible college is unscriptural and wrong. Let me highlight two of them and the following is extracted from the website of the church the pastor belongs to (the website listed 4 reasons, but in the sermon, the pastor provided 5):
1. The Blasphemy of Bible College
"But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ." - Matthew 23:8-10
In the previous verses, Jesus clearly prohibits the use of 3 terms in reference to pastors and religious leaders: Rabbi, Father, and Master.
A perfect example of the fact that Bible colleges are completely patterned after worldly institutions is their "Masters" degree program. In an effort to perfectly mirror worldly schools, Bible colleges will confer titles such as "Master of Divinity," "Master of Education," and "Master of Pastoral Theology" upon their graduates. This is a clear violation of the teaching of Jesus Christ that such titles are off limits and belong solely to him.
Just as it is blasphemous for a Catholic priest to be called "Father," or for a Jewish leader to be called "Rabbi," it is equally blasphemous for a Baptist preacher or educator do hold the title of "Master." To say that it is wrong for Catholics and Jews to use these titles and then to use one of them ourselves is utter hypocrisy. This inconsistency and hypocrisy stems from an attempt to be patterned after the worldly school system.
2. The Only Mention of "College" in the Bible is Associated with a Female Preacher
"College" is mentioned only one time in the Bible in two parallel passages:
"So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her." - 2 Kings 22:14
"And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect." - 2 Chronicles 34:22
Personally, I do not believe that anything in the Bible is incidental, coincidental, or accidental. If Bible College was such an important part of God's program, then why is it never mentioned in the Bible in a positive light? Many will point to Elisha's "School of the Prophets" as a scriptural mandate for Bible college. However, does the Bible really speak of a "school" of the prophets?
If you repeat a lie often enough, people will begin to believe it. The reality is that the word "school" is also only mentioned one time in the Bible, and it has nothing to do with Elisha:
"And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus." - Acts 19:8,9
The "school" of Tyrannus, just as the synagogue, was a place that Paul and the other disciples went to preach to unbelievers. It was not a training instution for God's people, but rather for the world. Paul went there simply to win souls, just as he went to the synagogue to win souls.
Therefore the only mention of "college" in the Bible involves a woman preacher, and only mention of "school" in the Bible involves people disputing with the word of God. This cannot be an accident.
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To listen to the sermon, download it here (make sure you listen to the 3rd reason why the preacher believed the bible college is wrong - go to the 31st minute of the sermon - it literally blew me away when I listened to his extremely ingenious , imaginative and creative interpretation of Gen 2:23-25 as a text against not only the bible college in particular but other colleges/tertiary institutions in general as well!).
Oh dear....what am I doing teaching in a seminary? Should I resign from STM and look for another job? Could we be wrong and unscriptural in calling my colleague, "Rabbi"?
Oh dear...Repent! Repent!! Kyrie Eleison.....