Supernaturally Natural: Rethink The Way We, The Church, Worships Corporately – Part VIII
from Supernaturally Natural: Chapter 15 manuscript by Anthony Bachman
Another mindset that I need to change: To go into “fulltime ministry” you need an educational degree.
Over the centuries Church has developed a Western mentality that the intellect is what separates the clergy from the laity, the learned from the unlearned. Seminaries and universities prepare believers for “fulltime professional ministry”. We preach our sermons and teach our Sunday Schools, Bible Schools, and Bible Studies from an intellectual perspective, not an experiential one, thus it is hard to understand and allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through our experiences and emotions to get an understanding of God. Intellectually it is hard to explain the Presence of God, unless it is where he intellectually rationalized who God is and what he does. We want to “explain” God in the natural, intellectually and rationally, rather than “experience” God. Intellectual theologians base western theology on intellectual Bible Studies. A higher level Theology Course is difficult as they study the theories of the great theologians with their intellectual themes over the centuries.
But as we have seen in earlier chapters, the B.A. Degree or B.S. Degree a New Testament believer, a New Testament priest needs is a “Born Again” and “Born of the Spirit” degree, which they both must experience.