Orieus: Numbers do not win a battle
Peter: No…but I bet they help.
Most ministers in the church today would not even be able to apply for membership in the times of the Puritans; their lives and knowledge would be dubious in their eyes. The level of giftedness from Christ and ministerial commitment needed to function biblically in the office of Elder is all but lost in our day. Bible knowledge seems to have been placed at the wayside. Very few men are really qualified to minister to God’s chosen people, and care for the flock of Christ.
That statement is such a marked contrast to the current view of many Christians in and out of the pastorate who see little importance of extensive Biblical knowledge and theology or even disparaging it.
I certainly agree that there are ministers that know the correct theology, but by reason of lack of maturity or lack of genuine fervent love for Christ and His church are ill-suited to pastor. But how many more with good intentions are going out to a fierce conflict, with people dying all around amidst the subtle and blatant attacks of a cunning enemy (and such is the pastorate), with few weapons, little training on how to use them, and little knowledge of the battle plan? In contrast, how many are truly living their lives in agreement with what John Eldredge said in his book Waking the Dead, “I need to study the Word of God with all the intensity of the men who studied the maps of the Normandy coastline before they hit the beaches on D-Day.”?
That’s why I am so excited about the Together for the Gospel conference starting tomorrow in Louisville, where 3000 men will hear both the truth of God’s word and the vital importance of it. Yes, having correct theology & knowledge of the Bible alone does not win the battle of ministry… but I bet they help.