I was conversing with a new pastor friend yesterday and he asked me about my ministry, “Did you learn everything you know about the Bible through formal training or by divine instruction?” I responded, “Just like Jesus, I was taught by the Holy Spirit Himself.” I could tell by his question that this pastor understood the importance of being trained for the ministry by God Himself.
Many preachers and ministers, like myself, have never had the opportunity to go to seminary or Bible College for one reason or another. But that doesn’t mean we are inferior in knowledge or wisdom to others who have had formal training. In fact, sometimes it’s better. You see, most Bible Colleges and Seminaries are contaminated with false teachings and denominational biases that can skew a minister’s perspective regarding the truth of God’s Word. Whether it’s a Baptist College or Methodist College or Presbyterian College, and so on, these academic institutions have a tendency to turn out brain-washed ministers that can only think inside the box of their denominational mindset.
Whereas, when the Holy Spirit teaches you Himself, you don’t have this problem. You get the truth straight from the ultimate source of wisdom and knowledge without any interference from man-made ideas or doctrines. That’s what the prophet Isaiah was referring to when He wrote:
“The Lord Jehovah has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak…”
”The tongue of the learned” refers to the idea that you can teach and preach the Bible just as good or better as those who have formally studied for years in academic institutions. How is this possible? Because God imparts to you a supernatural anointing that teaches you of all things. The apostle John spoke of this impartation of divine knowledge and wisdom when he wrote:
“But the anointing which ye have received of Him [God] abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.“ – 1 John 2:27
If God is calling you to be a teacher or preacher of the gospel, don’t let the lack of formal schooling discourage you from fulfilling your ministry. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the same impartation of divine knowledge and wisdom that He has given others for thousands of years. In faith, begin to study God’s Word for yourself and go out and preach and teach what He personally gives you. You will be amazed at how many souls you can reach and how much fruitfulness your ministry will bear, with God as your teacher.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
REAL JESUS MINISTRIES