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Written by Rodney Howard-Browne
Church schools and theological training centers have an advantage over other types of liberal arts institutions in developing God’s purposes in students—and it’s by God’s design
In some areas of Christian education the church at large has taken a back seat. This has not always been the case, however.
Many of the great universities were founded by preachers carrying the fire of God, building places of higher learning to raise up missionaries and sending them to the far-flung corners of the globe. Over the years these institutions were transformed into liberal arts colleges that do not acknowledge God in any way, even though their very foundation stones and entranceways include Scriptures that were meant to guide the way. The vision and fire of each minister, however, cannot be passed down by osmosis but has to be caught by future generations. Within 50 years—some even over shorter periods—these schools had moved away from their founding purpose. In many cases the organizations were hijacked and are no longer dedicated to the intentions of the original founders.
Now, I have no problem with students studying law, medicine, business, arts and sciences, etc., in a school equipped to train them. But when it comes to spiritual things concerning the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for men and women to train others when they are themselves ignorant and blind to the things of God. They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (see 2 Tim. 3:5). They deny the virgin birth; they refute the inherency of the Scriptures and the infallibility of the Word of God. They deny the cross, the blood, the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and His bodily resurrection; they scorn the idea of sin, hell and heaven. These are beliefs that are now, and have always been, essential to the Christian faith. If they do not believe and teach these things, they are not qualified to teach the Scriptures, no matter how much accreditation they hide behind.
Every school of training facility has a unique mission, yet it’s my belief that church-based Bible schools and theological training centers hold an even greater advantage for God’s purposes—by God’s design—over every other type of liberal arts institution. These types of schools have remained truer to the genuine roots of education that is focused on the great success of God’s people, done God’s way. We, as the church—the fivefold ministry as taught by Paul in Ephesians 4 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers)—are taking back the training of our children, our youth and our adults in the Word of God. Churches have been losing too many of their youth to institutions in far-off places, never to see them return. Many of these young people don’t even serve God anymore because they went to a learning institution not connected to a church, lost their way and went off into the world.
This is a travesty. Everything must flow out of the local church. Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18, ESV). We are not raising our children and young people just to lose them to a godless, heathen, atheistic, New Age intellectualism.
So what are the advantages of what I call “church-accredited” schools and theological training centers? The following are just a few of many.
The church school is non-governmental. These schools inherently keep a separation between church and state. We must keep the government out of the church. The seizure of Caesar has been rampant. Federally recognized colleges and universities are slowly but surely being forced to tolerate and accept non-discrimination laws concerning lesbian, gay, transsexual, anti-Christian and other ungodly clubs, faculty members and students. This is in direct contradiction to the standards of God’s Word.
Even on a Christian campus, the voice of the believer is often hushed and chilled by the heavy hand of tyranny. With Caesar’s money comes the noose. The push for government acceptance has caused the power of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to be taken out of most places of learning. It is time to put God’s Word and His Holy Spirit back in our institutions of higher learning! It’s time to tell the establishment “No!”
Church-based schools are exempt from the control of godless dictators in high office. In fact, government accreditation does not even review doctrinal teachings, whatsoever; it is bypassed because of separation of church and state. For example, in the case of River Bible Institute, where I am president and founder, Transworld Accrediting Commission reviews our institutes for biblical sound doctrine, as it does for all its members.
The church school offers placement. Our graduates are spiritually and practically trained, then placed into successful positions. The benefit for all is that church-planting groups then have candidates to draw from, mission organizations have candidates to place where needed, and the students receive placement in the field into which they’ve desired to go. This is crucial and should be a concern of every institution. It is our highest priority!
We must look not only at placement, but also continuing education, licensing and ordination—after a proven period. As Scripture says, “Recognize those who labor among you” (1 Thess. 5:12, NKJV). Students’ Christian character and accountability can be vouched for by their mentors. This will put a stop to para-church “lone rangers” who are a law unto themselves, neither submitted nor accountable to anyone. They can then be corrected and disciplined in accordance with the Scriptures. This is the job of the church. It also puts the authority of the Body of Christ back in its rightful place.
Church-based training schools are part of God’s financial system. Many non-church institutions are dinosaurs, slaves to Caesar and politically correct. They’ve become student loan-mills, designed to produce long-term massive student loan debt that devours, yet all the while yielding high profits to the puppet masters pulling the strings. Their degrees come with a huge price tag.
Church Bible schools, on the other hand, offer lower school fees and, as is the case at River Bible Institute, we give scholarships. The only provision is that each student must return to the city and church from whence they have come, and then be sent out from there. We want our students to finish their education financially free, able to launch out to obey the calling of God on their lives and fully equipped to produce immediate ministry success.
Degrees from a church-based school are accepted, and credits are transferable. Revival Bible Institute and many other Transworld Accrediting Commission Bible and ministry schools have partnered with and have been accepted by major institutions throughout the U.S. that are accredited regionally or otherwise. Even if not credit for credit, there is acceptance of our credits. We stand together. What needs to be realized is the fact that some of the greatest church leaders of the past, as well as some of the present leaders, were educated by church-based Bible schooling. This training needs to come back to the church!
Church-based schools have a theology. We’re tired of our Pentecostal schools being treated as “strange fringe groups” because we teach on being led by the Holy Spirit and hearing the voice of God. We are not “strange” because we believe in signs and wonders, healing and miracles, tongues, prophecy, temporal blessings, provision, and prosperity. We accept, as truth, all the other doctrines of the church: the total depravity of man, sin, heaven and hell, and the need for repentance. Enough is enough! We have biblical proof—Scripture to back up what we believe, and we are willing to debate anyone, anywhere and anytime. The fruit of the transformed lives of believers, the power of the cross, the blood of Jesus and Pentecost are all in effect today! Pentecostal theology is solid and is considered the full gospel. While we recognize other institutions belief structure in the evangelical world, we take exception to the continual badgering and persecution by our brethren, and we are tired of being treated as lepers.
Church-based education is the new paradigm. Our school is part of the Transworld Accrediting Commission, which has a membership of about 500 ministries in the U.S. and internationally. AsCharisma magazine has observed, our peers include some of the top church ministries and Bible educators in America. Whether large or small, we are biblical, active and successful ministries taking back our Christian education and heritage from secular authorities. We are raising up disciples and expanding the kingdom of God worldwide. We are planting churches and Bible schools in accordance with the Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel, making disciples (see Matt. 28:18). In addition, we are following through and making certain those disciples’ mission is a success.
Accreditation is only as good as the education received. In Acts 19 the seven sons of Sceva took it upon themselves to preach Paul’s message and commanded an evil spirit to come out of a man in Jesus’ name. “And the evil spirit answered and said, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’” (v. 15). The demon had not heard of their accreditation. In the same way, accreditation is only recognized by those who are familiar with the accredited institution. Yet ultimately the ministry God has given us is spiritual and not just mental. It is by the power of the Spirit of God and the power of the Word of God that the church marches on!
Rodney Howard-Browne is the president of River Bible Institute, River School of Worship and River School of Government. In 1997, he and his wife, Adonica, launched River Bible Institute to train students in the Word and the Spirit, imparting into their hearts both a spirit of evangelism and of revival. For more information, go to revival.com.