I have heard that Bible Schools are unscriptural. Is this true?
It has always puzzled me when people say that attending Bible school is unscriptural. I cannot understand why anyone would say that studying the Bible is unscriptural! The Bible itself clearly teaches us the importance of studying and spending time in it.
A school is a place of learning. In a Bible school, the focus of that learning is the Bible. Therefore, by attending a person is showing their desire to study the Bible more and placing themselves in a position where they can. How can this be ungodly or unscriptural?
Why do people claim this?
It seems people claim Bible Schools are unscriptural because a Bible School is often run by a denomination and pushes that particular denominations views, rather than Biblical truth. However, the same argument could then be made for a church, if it teaches denominational doctrine and tradition above the Bible.
I encourage Christians to ensure they are attending a church that teaches solid Biblical truth. The same would apply to a Bible School. Don’t just attend any school, rather choose one that teaches solid scriptural doctrine.
So, assuming a particular Bible School is teaching solid Biblical truth, how could it be wrong to attend one?
Paul taught daily
:8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
:9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
:10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
In Ephesus, Paul taught daily for the things of the Kingdom of God for three months in the synagogue. He then took the disciples elsewhere and taught them daily for two years. That would fit with how a full time Bible School operates. Paul certainly felt it was beneficial to teach daily.
Is it ok to study the Bible lots?
Many Christians these days only attend one or, maybe, two church services per week. Therefore, they are not getting the amount of Bible teaching that people received in the book of Acts. Placing yourself in a position to receive more teaching is not a bad thing at all, if that teaching is in line with the Bible.
A School in the Old Testament?
In the Old Testament, there appears to be a ‘School of prophets’. (1 Samuel 19 and 2 Kings 2). The term ‘sons of the prophets’ is used, not to refer to the direct natural descendants of the prophets, but to their students who seemed to live together in a community.
There is indication that this was a teaching school to train people.
In the Old Testament, the ministry of the prophet was the only Ministry gift. In the New Testament we now have Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. So, it is more appropriate to have a School that trains people for all aspects of ministry now. However, the concept of a School to train people can be found in the Old and New Testaments.
So, are Bible Schools scriptural? Yes, most definitely. The argument that they are not cannot be proven scripturally.
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