Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I agree with... Greg Atkinson

...Why is it when we see a young man or woman that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit, has a solid prayer life, devours the Bible, clearly walking with God and “on fire” we automatically say, “You need to go ‘into the ministry’?” Our warped view of “ministry” means that they go to Bible college and/or seminary and become a preacher, minister or missionary.

Do we need current and future preachers, ministers and missionaries? Absolutely. Hear me out. I’ve just seen too many people over the years that were “on fire”, but were called to something in “the secular world” - only to be looked down upon and shamed because they didn’t go “into the ministry”. Shame on us.

Here’s what we need, folks: We need Christian, Spirit-led, God-fearing, prayerful young men and women to go into Hollywood, classrooms/education, hospitals, military, law and law enforcement and dare I say: politics. I grew up hearing that all politictians were crooked, evil and dirty. That may be true for some, but it doesn’t have to be true for all. Why can’t we send Spirit-filled, Godly, prayerful youth into our government?

Do you see what I’m getting at? All of this must be sought after with prayer. I’m not saying go here or there - listen to God. What I am saying is to not assume that those leaders in your youth group are destined to “ministry” and should head to seminary. Maybe their ministry will be outside the local church. Maybe they are being raised up to change the face of government/politics, movies and Hollywood, education, the medical field and our military. Just maybe../
Don’t Go To Seminary by Greg Atkinson

Totally agree!


Anonymous said...

i have a friend who found the VERY FIRST VINEYARD CHURCH. He was my past or for severla years and i became friends with his family. Because he was highly regarded in ministry, many "prophetic" types constantly harped on his oldest that he was called to great things and to full-time ministry. This harping and the abuses he saw in the church growing up has now pushed him away. i think he is agnostic now. How sad, eh?! People need to just shut up more and speak less. Just my 2 cents worth!

Anonymous said...

Just what Matt spoke of on Sunday.

Blessings, Matthew Bennett


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