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Vantage Point: Is Christian Higher Education Needed?

By Ken Horn
Jan. 15, 2012

You don’t need to attend a Christian college to be an effective disciple of Jesus Christ. Some of the greatest men and women of God had no formal education. “Bible reading is an education in itself,” Alfred Lord Tennyson rightly said. And anyone can do that.

Reading the Word firsthand is certainly the most important kind of education. But should we then eschew any more expansive type of Christian schooling?

Charles Spurgeon, the “prince of preachers” of the 19th century, had not been formally educated himself, but this didn’t make him think it was unimportant. Hundreds were trained in his Pastors’ College.

Evangelist Dwight L. Moody was technically a layman. Born in poverty and forced to drop out of school to work at a young age, he never had formal seminary training and was never even ordained. Yet he traveled a million miles and preached to 100 million people. He saw hundreds of thousands converted.

And he left a lasting legacy of education — Moody Bible Institute.

Other evangelicals in America recognized Christian education’s importance and founded scores of colleges. Virtually all the early American colleges were founded as seminaries (Princeton, for example) or Christian institutions. The school that became Yale University was actually founded to contravene a growing sense of Christian liberalism.

Many of the early Pentecostal leaders did not have formal higher education, yet faithfully and accurately taught the Word of God (see 2 Timothy 2:15) … with anointing. But many of them did have higher academic credentials, including the first chairman of the Assemblies of God, E.N. Bell.

Today the overwhelming consensus of Pentecostals and other evangelical Christians is that there is great value in Christian higher education.

If a person can become an effective disciple simply by being diligent in his or her study of God’s Word, think of how much more effective that disciple would be if given a quality Christian education and trained by qualified educators who are also strong men and women of God.

It’s an unbeatable combination.

Ken Horn

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