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September 24, 2012

 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).

Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?  (1 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV)

 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12)

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good (Genesis 1: 31 )

God has given us the qualification for the work of the ministry.  Have we as a society made our own list of prerequisites,
and in doing so, have we lost sight of the directives God has set forth in his word.

Seminaries are a great tool to educate self and the congregation, but is it a requirement by God? God did not say, “when you were in your mother womb, I ordained thee (after you finish seminary), I will make you a prophet unto the nations”.

What God has ordained and sanctified is complete.

If you were sick and needed someone to pray for you, would you call someone with a sheet of 8×10 paper or someone who is full of the Holy Ghost and had a personal relationship with God to get prayers through?

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