Ordination and Open Doors

Hola! I know I’ve been loading up WordPress Readers, filling up email inboxes, and making my followers’ eyes tired of technology, but I had something else to say… So I’m saying it! I hope you’re blessed by this post and reminded that we ultimately cannot rely on what man says to define our lives, ability to do ministry, and identity.

 

Can ordination or another type of licensing open doors?

I will spare you the long examination of ordination that I was already part-way into. Instead, I chose to just give you the answer to the question: no.

You got that right. Ordination cannot open a single door.

Why?

Here’s some common statements in defense of ordination when told it does not open doors.

 

Statement: 

Well, I’m sure it would help people receive my message better.

Why It’s Wrong:

The acceptance of people matters sooo much less than the acceptance of Heaven and the approval of our Father. See I Corinthians 4:3-4.

 

Statement: 

By law, there are some opportunities missed when one is not ordained or licensed.

Why It’s Wrong:

If we rely on man to open doors, we are walking through the wrong doors. If the Lord truly wants us somewhere, he has the full capability of bringing that to pass without us trying to take over and open them ourselves.

 

Statement:

It’s always good to get more knowledge about the Lord!

Why It’s Wrong:

This statement actually isn’t wrong at all; it just shows a misunderstanding about what ordination is. Ordination doesn’t increase knowledge about Jesus in the slightest; it just increases ego. There is likely very little you’ll learn if you decide to become ordained, as it’s mostly driven by money, not the Holy Spirit, anyways.

 

That’s it for now… I may or may not do a follow-up part 2, but in this house, we’re never terribly sure about what we’ll do the next week – or the next day, for that matter. So, I guess we’ll see!

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4 thoughts on “Ordination and Open Doors

  1. I’d rather not steal your thoughts for part 2, if you’re going to write it – but since I’m not you, and hence I can’t know what part 2 is going to look like, I trust you’ll give me the benefit of the doubt. ;P

    I think it helps for us to look at the early church. Were many who preached qualified by earthly standards? Certainly not – for God uses the foolish to confound the wise.

    Intelligence and wisdom do not always go hand in hand. There are wonderfully intelligent people who are wrong and foolish, and perhaps-not-so-intelligent people who believe the truth and act on it. In Christ, we have no reason to boast.

    I care a good deal about theology and learning. But it’s not so I can glory in my wisdom or exalt myself above others, beating them over the head with my *superior* intellect. If it’s that sort of thing I’m looking for, I ought to be playing sports instead of making a mockery of the faith in my pride.

    I think a lot of people are unbalanced one way or the other. Some don’t care about doctrine, throwing things like discernment out the window in favor of a mushy “everything goes” sort of attitudes. Others take pride in how many big theological words they can spout off.

    I want to help others know Jesus, and know him better myself. If I study and speak on theology, it is to that end that I do it – not that my own glory.

    There are qualifications for preaching. You don’t need a seminary degree to do so; some of the greatest preachers of all time didn’t have seminary degrees. You don’t need a license, but your conduct and doctrine ought to show that you’re qualified.

    Just random things that came to mind as I read. 😉

    And don’t feel any guilt about flooding my inbox. The more posts, the merrier! And as you sort of implied, you might find yourself whisked away to the mission field one of these days. ;P

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    1. Nice thoughts!

      I especially like the tie-in from Proverbs that God uses the foolish to confound the wise… I’ve never thought to apply that particular verse to the topic of ordination, but it definitely goes.

      Benefit of doubt given 🙂

      God whisked us here, so I can’t see why he wouldn’t whisk us somewhere (warmer) soon 😉

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