Who has the right to debate?

I am wondering if it is only those with theological training who should debate doctrinal things that affect the Church — the Body — today? What do you think?

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5 thoughts on “Who has the right to debate?

  1. I think this question was provoked by one of my recent comments. I’ll wait for others to chip in before I explain why I said what I did…

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  2. If God can use donkeys & even potentially stones then he can most assuredly use a Holy Spirit inspired Christian to be a thorn in the side of any group of Mensa level theologians.

    Faith is more that just mere words as holiness is more than language.

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  3. I believe and trust that the Holy Spirit is truth and is able to rightly divide and impart it to my understanding. I have no formal theological training.

    To think otherwise seems somewhat archaic and pre-reformation.

    I am part of the body of Christ and that not only entitles me to discuss, search out and question doctrinal issues but it is mandated for me to do so… Eph 4:14 says that we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming. I know there are many more and perhaps better verses but I don’t have my bible with me.

    My 2 cents! Blessings.

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  4. Absolutely does a Christian have every right, and responsibility, to question and test those who would have us believe that one must obtain a degree in order to be taken seriously.

    Tyndale’s quote springs to mind:

    “I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life ere many years, I will cause the boy that drives the plow to know more of the scriptures than you!”

    Amen! And thank God for the likes of him and many others, such as John Bunyan who refused to get that license to preach.

    I can’t think of a single seminary I’d feel safe sending my sons to.

    (whew!) Don’t get me started!…

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