Who Is Called To Ignorance?

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Recently I heard a man say he was called to preach to the ignorant who wished to remain so. He declared that the Lord had called him to preach to those who were uneducated and ignorant and did not want to change. He was called to preach to those who had never had an opportunity to learn and didn’t want to. These people, he declared, were not interested in an education and felt that church was expecting too much of them with bible study.

My heart began to beat rapidly because I had heard another pastor say this before. He also was called to preach to the ignorant who wanted to stay ignorant. It was a statement that resonated in my heart. I thought our job was to preach the good news to the poor so that they would realize their destiny in Christ and would be then rich? I thought that we were supposed to illuminate lives with the word? I thought the good news was that there was a Savior who came to bring them out of ignorance of their state of being and into knowledge of who their Father in heaven had called them to be and what their dominion and authority would be? I thought that our job was not to teach legalism but to teach freedom? I am beyond saddened by this thought process because it seems so far from Christ I don’t even know what to think.

The word warns us about this. It says that there will be false teachers, I just never wanted to know one. To say that someone doesn’t need to know the word for themselves and doesn’t need to learn it makes me wonder what else in life they don’t need to know? To perpetuate ignorance with misused authority is not the understanding of the Bible I read. Some believe thinking puffs up a soul. On the contrary thinking releases a soul to their destiny.

Wisdom cries in the streets. Does God desire only a select few to answer her call? I don’t think that’s the God I serve. I believe the God I serve is pleased when we are a success. Not a success as the world sees it but a success in love. Sorry folks, this is a punch I will never drink. I believe as followers of Christ our attitude should be the same as Jesus when he said:

John 14:12 The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it.

What work had Jesus been doing? Giving revelation. Life changing knowledge, wisdom and power. Proclaiming that if you were poor you no longer had to be poor because he was bringing wisdom not of this world but wisdom eternal. That is the God I serve! The One who believes our future lies in salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 8:26 am  Comments (5)  

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  1. It seems to me sometimes that there are a lot of those “ignorant” preachers around, teaching nothing, giving empty sermons to anyone who is willing to listen (or not). If God is the source of all knowledge and wisdom, then ignorance is not godlike. Man, I couldn’t agree more with your conclusion here!

  2. Suppose that’s a nice comfy audience to aim for though… thinking if they are ignorant, they’ll never realize if you are too?

    (Added bonus… I once heard one of these guys who was Lutheran… and he apparently missed the irony of calling himself after Luther. Sort of wanted to ask him if he’d prefer to go back and use Latin bibles only, since his “common people” didn’t need that “depth” anyway)

  3. What? I thought you were saying that he was called to preach to ppl who are ignorant but won’t do anything to change that. I really don’t understand where the problem lies here….somebody needs to reach out to those ppl too.

    • Thanks for reading! Let me see if I can explain. Every single one of us was ignorant to the things of God until someone ministered to us, we then studied, listened, and learned to advance our knowledge. The problem with the style of pastoral leadership I am talking about here is that their idea is to keep the people dependent on them for their revelation rather than dependent on the Word. They don’t encourage study, rather merely activity that isn’t conducive to learning. Jesus went about bringing revelation and encouraging those he encountered to do the same. He questioned thought process and advanced people. We should be reaching out to all people but also encouraging them to search for themselves. Hope that helps!

      • oh no. I understand THAT and that makes sense. I guess I just misinterpretted how you said what you said. Hmmm. Well I wouldn’t want to sit under THAT preacher. Just saying


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