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The question of whether ordained ministers are prepared for Christian ministry can be answered with two different responses depending on how one defines Christian ministry. The Bible repeatedly speaks of man's way of seeing and doing things being very different and very inferior to the way God sees and does things. The scripture of Isaiah 55:8 reads, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Man's idea and definition of what it means to be prepared for Christian ministry is not the same as God's as evidenced in what is seen and not seen in today's churches.

First and foremost is the biblical truth that true ordained ministers are those who have been called and chosen by God, not by man who sets up his system of ordination consisting of studies in theology which don't prepare students for the real world, but rather for employment within the church. While it is understandable and, I believe, perfectly acceptable by God for man to have a system for the ordination of ministers, the one who has become an ordained minister simply because he has completed some studies is not necessarily ordained by God or prepared for Christian ministry. Ordained ministers certainly have their place in society; they officiate weddings and perform other legal services needed in a society, but these works are what man, not God, has determined to be ministry.

Did the prophet Jeremiah wait to be ordained by a man or a church before beginning his ministry? No, he did not because he knew the authority of the one who truly ordains, God. Jeremiah 1:4-5 says, "Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 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." Furthermore, Jesus made it plain that he is the one who determines when his servants are ready to enter Christian ministry on any level; he alone decides what service each servant will give him as his ordained ministers who received ordination from him, not a man. If the Lord stirs you to become an ordained minister according to man, obey him. There's nothing wrong with seeking ordination for Christian ministry; I hold ordination in the non-denominational church. What's important to remember is that a piece of paper in no way prepares you to do the works that Christ did.

The works that Christ did destroyed the works of Satan, for which reason he was sent to Earth (1 John 3:8). True Christian ministry is not always "clean" and "prissy," but rather sometimes tiresome, uncomfortable, and even dangerous for those who have become an ordained minister authorized by the chief shepherd (1 Peter 5:4) himself, not by a man. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also..." (St. John 14:12).


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