Theology Degree Not Needed
God deserves the credit for anything you have accomplished in your life. God also deserves the credit for any kind of deliverance from sin or special anointing lest any man should boast.
“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8
God does not want to share what He does with statues or charms, He doesn’t want to share His deliverance with Alcoholics Anonymous or other resources. The reason God is this way is because He wants to build you a testimony to use to share His glory and help lead others to Him for healing and salvation through Jesus Christ.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11
During the time of the Judges of Israel Gideon was going to war with the Midianites and gathered an army of 32,000 men. God told Gideon that this was too many men to bring into battle because He did not want them to believe they saved themselves:
“And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.” Judges 7:2
God ended up trimming the army down to 10,000 and then after another test trimmed it all the way down to 300 men and gave Gideon the victory. God reduced Gideon’s army to emphasize who really was bringing the victory. This prevented Israel from thinking they were fine without God and also created a big testimony that is still read today over 3,000 years later.
Today many people look down on pastors or preachers without “Theology degrees”. Most of these seminary colleges charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to teach false doctrines and “certify” a pastor. When God anoints and calls a man of God to pastor or preach it is hard to believe He needs a university to certify him, in fact this could be almost like Gideon. If God takes a man that has repented of his sins, gets saved and pours the wisdom and knowledge of His Holy Ghost in him does He want to let a university or piece of paper take credit for what He has done? Jesus gave us the Holy Ghost to teach us all things!
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26
One reason that America has so many lukewarm churches that are powerless against sin, infiltrated with homosexuals and out of order women, adultery and fornication is because there is a reliance on a “Theology Degree” and not the Holy Ghost.