Dear Jerry,

I’m glad to hear that you think the Lord is calling you to be a minister. As you know, two years ago I felt the same way. I had to choose between a big-name seminary that had long ago abandoned trust in the Bible and an evangelical seminary that still held the Bible as its real source of authority. Since you are facing that decision now, I’d like to suggest some biblical guidelines.

1. Sound seminary training should be directly and explicitly based on the Bible.

“All scripture is inspired by God [literally, “breathed out by God”] and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that [or “in order that”—shows the purpose for which Scripture is inspired] the man of God may be complete [or more precisely, “exactly fitted to his job”], equipped [or “completely furnished”] for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).

“I have more understanding than all my teachers, for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Ps. 119:99).

“But his [the blessed man’s] delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night [“law” here can apply to the whole Bible]” (Ps. 1:2).

“If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:46, 47). A seminary that claims to believe Christ but not the Bible is really not believing Christ at all.

2. By contrast, there is much “theology” that is non-biblical and anti-Christian. We are positively commanded to avoid it.

“See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8).

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