The Big Problem of Deeper Life Theological Seminary Professors
By David J. Stewart | April 2018
“The Lord is not compelled to
use theologians. He can take snakes, sticks or anything else,
and use them for the advancement of his cause.” —Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935)
Galatians 2:6, “But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me.”
I was looking at a Bible college theological seminary the other day in Iowa. I don't need to mention the name of the place for the purpose of my article, which is to decry the counterproductive function of these deeper-life institutions for the cause of Christ.
“We've got churches, lots of them. We've got preachers, seminaries, and they are turning out preachers and putting them into little theological molds and keeping them there until they get cold enough to practice preaching.” —Billy Sunday, “Criticism and Criticism” (chapter 18), from his biography by William T. Ellis titled, “Billy Sunday: The Man And His Message.”
To get to the point, dead theological institutions produce dead religious workers, who parasite off of the Christian churches and hinder the true work of God, which is aggressive soul-winning and contending for the faith. Billy Sunday was so right...
“Too many churches are little more than four walls and a roof.” —Billy Sunday
All across America there are small, dried-up, fuddy-duddy, preachers cemeteries called “seminaries.” The particular Bible college and theological seminary that I researched this past week has about a dozen teachers, a couple hundred students (all white kids from well-to-do homes), rakes in several million dollars a year, and is privately owned. Their college board of directors is composed of a bank president, several businessman, doctors and lukewarm pastors.
Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) once said that businessmen are destroying churches all across America! The reason why is because businessmen think very differently than a true Bible-believing preacher! To a businessman, money is always a key concern; but to a Bible-preacher worth his salt, money means nothing when it comes to preaching the truth, upholding the Word of God, getting souls saved, reaching out to the poor, exposing false prophets, calling sin by name and running the Devil out of town!!!
“The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.” —Billy Sunday
All across America, dead theologians are hindering the work of God. I looked at the campus life for students at the Bible college in Iowa that I mentioned. They have a photo of students gathering around the Word. I was hoping to see a photo of students going door-to-door soul-winning in public. Nope, they're sitting idle around the Word. What a disgrace! My friend, that is exactly what is very wrong with Bible colleges and churches today. THEY ARE LIFELESS!!! While they are lollygagging around, the world is dying without the Gospel and going to Hell. The average church is a joke today, as dead as a mortuary!
“There are individuals who have never done anything for Jesus Christ, and I have no doubt there are preachers as well, who have never done anything for the God Almighty.” —Billy Sunday
Dr. Jack Hyles (my hero of the faith) rightly believed that only preachers can reproduce preachers! Teachers cannot reproduce themselves as preachers. I AM A PREACHER!!! That is why my website ministry is very different than over 95% of other religious websites. I speak with authority, because I serve an authoritative God and His Word (if translated properly) speaks with authority. All of the modern pipsqueak Bible perversions speak with weakness. Today's pastors are not preachers anymore! The primary reason WHY is because they were wrongly trained in some dead theological cemetery, like the place in Iowa I checked into this week.
Many Bible Colleges Are Doing More Harm Than Good
Christianity has deteriorated in America into a lucrative money-making business!!! It is apostasy!!!
Sadly, everything is all about money nowadays. Bible colleges want your money, period! That is why they are compromising, dipping their sails, selling out, going along to get along, embracing dozens of Bible versions, refraining from exposing false prophets by name, accepting the low moral standards of the world regarding clothing, and other evils of our generation. Bob Jones University dismisses these things as debated issues, while they continue to make money by AVOIDING THESE ISSUES! That is dishonorable. That is what a coward does! That is what God calls “LUKEWARM” (Revelation 3:15-16). “Where Were You During The Battle?” (MP3, Dr. Hyles; the sin of neutrality in the Work of God). I am not against Bible college perse, I am against prioritizing money over truth, which is the trend ALL Bible colleges end up going! Follow the money and you'll find a bunch of people making a living off the sacrifice of parents and students, which turn out idle Christians doing NOTHING for the Kingdom of God. You might as well take your money and dump it down the sewer.
“When I hit the devil square in the face some people go away as mad as if I had slapped them in the mouth.” —Billy Sunday
People can say what they want, I love Pastor Steven L. Anderson, because he is the type of new breed of preacher that we need in the world today. And really, he's not anything new, just a good ole John the Baptist of our time, an Elijah. I have listened to the following Youtube sermon multiple times by Pastor Anderson, and he is so right in much of what he says. The needful sermon is called, “The Bible College Scam!” Brother Anderson is 100% correct that Bible colleges over the past several decades have drained manpower, money and resources away from local New Testament churches! They have siphoned off vital resources into unbiblical institutions. Also, today's churches are devoid of Christian singles anymore to marry. If you are an 18 year old young person, you have a choice of either going to Bible college or having no life anymore!!! Today's churches are filled with old people. It is disgusting!
Some of my biggest critics are neo-evangelicals from the Bob Jones University (BJU) crowd. We desperately need a revival in our churches today! Bob Jones University permits their female students to wear pants and halter tops, a worldly trend. Much worse is that they use, promote and sell the modern Alexandrian-based Bible perversions, aka, the English Standard Version (ESV). ...
“When may a revival be expected? When the wickedness of the wicked grieves and distresses the Christian.” —Billy Sunday
What Billy Sunday just said hits the nail right on the head. We will see revival in our churches when we start hating sin like God does! All American Christians are guilty of tolerating wickedness to some extent—whether it be the immoral garbage on television, women wearing pants, tolerating the corrupt modern Bible versions, supporting churches that teach the satanic heresy of Lordship Salvation, the music we choose to hear, the things we sanction, unethical financial decisions, and hundreds of other life's choices that we continually make. To some extent we are all corrupted by our American culture! I will be the first to admit that. But bless God, I still hate sin enough to preach against it! I still hate sin enough to refuse to condone it! I still hate sin enough that I continually pray for God to help me think, do and live right by His wondrous grace! Christians who love the Lord are commanded by God to “HATE EVIL” (Psalms 97:10). How's your hate life?
“Churches don't need new members half so much as they need the old bunch made over.” —Billy Sunday
As a born-again believer since the age of 13, I have God's blessed Holy Spirit indwelling me (1st Corinthians 3:16-17), Who compels me continually to hate all forms of wrong doing and evil. Sin thrills and then it kills! Sin fascinates and then it assassinates! The Devil is truly a beautiful liar!!! I fear God and desire to keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). I am far from perfect. If you want to find a big sinner, you found him right here! And so are you, whether you realize it or not. In God's sight we're all horrible sinners! And if you doubt that, you haven't spent much time getting to know our holy God through His inspired Word.
Dead Theological Seminaries Produce Dead Preachers!
Having said that, if any institution in the world ought to take a firm stand AGAINST all manner of sin and evil, it is a Bible college!!! Somewhere along the way, America's Bible colleges dropped the ball, embracing the falsehoods of corrupt Bible versions, wrong repentance, Lordship Salvation and other heresies. BJU tries to diminish the importance of the matter by categorizing it as a “King James Version Onlyism” issue. Good night people, wake up! There is no controversy if you believe the Bible!!! I am disgusted with over 95% of Bible colleges and churches today, particularly independent Baptists who are selling out by the hour to heresies! BJU is no longer fundamental, nor are the plethora of religious institutions associating with them (like the apostate religious institution in the ritzy suburbs of Iowa that I have mentioned). Theological seminary? They ought to be honest and call it a theological cemetery!!!
“I am not the author of the plan of salvation, but I am responsible for the way I preach it.” —Billy Sunday
I wouldn't give you a dime for a Bible college that doesn't have an outreach ministry for students to get hands-on experience doing soul-winning. Luke 14:23, “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Acts 20:20, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house.” The early Christians in the book of Acts went to where the people were, reaching out to the lost with the Gospel.
In sharp contrast, today's ritzy theological seminaries lure a bunch of rich white kids to come to them, so they can live the good life, parasiting off of the churches. I wouldn't give you a red cent for any Bible college that cannot discern between 39 different Bible versions, which one is genuine and which one's are corrupted by Satan. Any born-again Christian KNOWS that the King James Bible is God's Word! And if you sincerely love Jesus, then you HATE the modern Bible versions that attack His deity, Godhead, preeminence, virgin birth and blood sacrifice. All of the modern Bible perversions wrongly redefine repentance! The biggest problem in America today are the hundreds of dried-up, dead, idle, old stogie-foggy, apostate, profit-oriented, time-wasting, resource-sucking, church crippling, Bible colleges and theological seminaries! And sadly, that includes Baptist Bible colleges and theological cemeteries!!!
“A man can slip into hell with his hand on the door-knob of heaven.” —Evangelist Billy Sunday
I think it is disgusting what I see happening across America today. Young people are being sent into spiritual slaughterhouses, called Bible colleges, to be dried-up of having any zeal for fighting the good fight of faith. There is no wisdom nor honor in being a coward! My advice to young people, if you are considering attending a Bible college, is to look at the lives of the people running the college. Are they soul-winners? If you subject yourself to their influence and teaching, you will become LIKE THEM! I went to Hyles-Anderson College (1985-1993), because I wanted to learn how to emulate Brother Jack Hyles, the greatest soul-winner in history as far as I'm concerned. I wanted his fire, his guts, his desire to go against the herd, his hellbent determination to preach the truth if it killed him. By God's grace, I have some of that! It comes from the love of the truth that the Holy Spirit sheds abroad in my heart. Dr. Hyles taught me how to WALK WITH GOD! And now I'm teaching others through my ministry websites. YOU NEED THE TRUTH!!!
Show me the soul-winning deeper-life Bible professors! Where are they? Where is the pastor with the degree in psychology who is tearing it up for God? Show me the dead and dried-up theological professor, who is passionate about praying down the power of God! I doubt if you can! ...
“If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.” —Evangelist Billy Sunday
We need a whole new breed of Christian men and preachers in America, who actually CARE about truth. Men who CARE about which Bible they use. Men who CARE about the little things, the details, of how we serve God. Sadly, the church all across America are getting smaller and smaller, and the Bible colleges are getting bigger and bigger!!! It's all based on other people's labor. Dr. Jack Hyles rightly said, “If you succeed without sacrificing, it is only because someone else sacrificed without succeeding!” America's hundreds, if not thousands of religious Bible colleges, have been built on the sacrifice of the churches. Consequently, the churches have been dying because of the love of money of today's apostate Bible colleges. It is nothing more than a massive transfer of money, and the churches are slowly dying.
What are you paying for when you give them tens of thousands of dollars? A degree? So you can go teach in another Bible college and keep the scam going? I have a diploma somewhere, I think. To be honest I have no idea where it's at. I have a couple guesses, but I haven't gone to check for several years because it doesn't matter to me. It's just a piece of paper. It's not an accredited degree, but I knew that before I enrolled at HAC. I believed, and still do, that Hyles-Anderson is accredited by God. I didn't attend Hyles-Anderson College for a degree, I enrolled to be influenced by Dr. Jack Hyles. My heart burned within me when I attended Youth Conferences in Indiana as a teenager. When Brother Hyles preached, I felt the power of God and conviction of the Holy Spirit calling me to join the war for Christ. I wanted to give my life for the cause of Christ, and I still do with all my heart, which is why I work relentlessly online as a missionary to cyberspace to teach others for Christ with the truth. WE NEED VOICES!!! I am loved and hated by many.
While I am typing this article I am listening to a sermon by Pastor Steven Anderson, titled, “Mistakes Of The Old Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement,” in which he just said, “Liberal churches are just children's church for adults.” I thought that was a pretty good statement. I encourage my web visitors to listen to lots of Bible-preaching. Dr. Hyles used to rightly say, “I'd rather see a guy with wild fire than no fire!” Amen and amen! Brother Anderson has wild fire, and we need preachers like him.
The Biggest Battle Today is Over the Inspiration of the Holy Bible
We need the church, not the college! Dr. Hyles often rightly said that the pulpit at the First Baptist Church of Hammond is 10,000 times more important than Hyles-Anderson College (the church owns the college). The college is centered around the church and Bible-preaching. One of the saddest thing I've ever heard is that First Baptist Church of Hammond has denied the inspiration of the King James Bible since 2008. Even Dr. Russell Anderson, a man whom I dearly admire and respect for his stand for the truth, has disassociated himself with FBCH, and they him. Truth just doesn't matter to Baptists anymore. It flabbergasts me that anyone could deny the inspiration of the King James Bible.
There is nothing in the Greek word theopneustos (God breathed) in 2nd Timothy 3:16 that limits inspiration only to the originals! Jesus said in John 6:63 that the words He spoke are life and Spirit. John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” God's words are Spirit, they are Life (Hebrews 4:12). Men's words are not living words, they eventually perish, as do all men; but God's words are everlasting words, eternal and unchanging! If the King James Bible is not inspired, then those words are not life and Spirit as Jesus said. The modern Alexandrian, Egypt, based Bible revisions are MANMADE, not inspired by God. This is easily evidenced by the fact that hundreds of Alexandrian-based versions all read a little differently, being butchered by greedy publishers to make money.
If I had my way, I'd completely shut down every Bible college and theological institution in America and get back to local, soul-winning, King James Bible believing, free grace Gospel preaching, Christ-honoring, separated from the world, people-loving, New Testament churches. I love what Pastor Danny Castle said in a sermon recently, “God pity the preacher that the world don't hate!”
“Now you say,
'Brother Hyles, you make an issue.' You dead sure better know I'll make an
—BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3, Dr. Jack Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)
“True forgiveness is in knowing there is nothing too big to forgive.” —Dr. Jack Hyles
Old Testament is an account of a Nation. The New Testament is an account of a
Nation was founded and nurtured of God to bring the Man into the world.” —Henry H. Halley (1874-1965)
Souls Are Dying!
Precious Christian Testimonies
How Permanent Is Your Salvation?
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)
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