Going from the Moody Bible Institute to Princeton Theological Seminary seems like crossing a wide, deep, and turbulent river without knowing how to swim. Why was this my educational path? Why not attend an solidly evangelical seminary which Princeton used to be but sadly is no longer? What gives?
Frankly, I need some theological breathing space. Something different from what seems rote and pat. New approaches. A different angle. To be stretched academically. Be where great minds can interact with my pea-sized one. But I wonder if an ivy-league seminary would even admit me. They did. I’m the first Moody degree grad accepted by Princeton. So, I went. And?
Since pastoral counseling becomes my master’s degree’s concentration, Bible classes are few and far between. I make sure I take those required few from evangelical scholars like Dr. Bruce Metzger. As it turns out, Moody lays a solid foundation for me. A place to firmly stand.
But, at seminary, I come across all kinds of professors and teachings. Some so far out I imagine they’d fall off the edge of the earth if there is one! So what keeps me from having my faith in Jesus watered down? From becoming the typical compromiser, allowing the world’s ways to dictate to, dominate, and alter God’s Word? After all, some weird theological curve balls get pitched my way. Would I strike out? Maybe get traded to another team? Or make it safely home, rounding all the bases, winning the game for the owner, God Almighty.
So, what did see me through? Check out Psalm 89: 34–‘I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.’ The Lord affirms that His Word will stand forever. He’ll never break any promise that He makes. Keeps them all. His Word is trustworthy from cover to cover, from Genesis to Revelation. Not just some of it. The parts I like, which tickle my ears. No. All of it.
When I’ve experienced pastors, professors, or anyone for that matter who spouts off that the Bible is a bunch of hooey, a figment of someone’s imagination, out of date, no longer applicable, I know where to stand. As far from them as possible. So should you. Skedaddale, amscray, step on the gas, fly the coop…and don’t look back.
When God speaks we better listen…and obey. Whether we like it or not. If not, too bad for me…and you. It’s His world and His Word, so get in line. Follow the Leader. Stand firm with what God says. And don’t apologize. Yet be kind.
That’s what got me through and still does–His Word, the Bible.
Father, for your trustworthy Word, we thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.