“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” 1 Corinthians 1:27-30
When Jesus chose His disciples, what He was telling the world is that Christianity is different than the world. He was showing the world that the things that they value aren’t the things that God values. What’s fascinating to me in all of this is how much the church has become like the world. In a faith that God setup to be simple and for the common man, it has been warped into a faith where “only the religious elite with doctorates and degrees can teach us the ways of God.”
James White used this argument against me in response to my critiques of his Interfaith Dialogue with Yasir Qadhi. He attempted to discredit me because of my lack of doctorates. Clearly, on paper, I’m not his equal when it comes to education. At the same time, “God chose what is foolish to the world to shame the wise.”
This kind of thinking is a modern day version of what the Reformers fought against when the Catholic Church kept the Word of God out of the hands of the public and only allowed the priests to read it. In the same way that the priests in the 1500s wanted to hold on to that knowledge and power by being the only ones who could read the Bible, modern day pastors use seminary and education in the same way. They’ll say, “Well who is more educated?” “Who has more degrees?” “Clearly, the man the with 2 doctorates knows more about God’s Word than the man who only has 1… so who are you going to believe?” God never wanted any of this! God wanted Christianity to be simple, and He intended for His entire Word to be understandable to the common man. How do we know this? Because He chose common men to start the New Testament church.