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Don Whitney on the Need for Theological Training

Oct. 7, 2015By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

How-to-Practice-a-Gospel-Centered-SpiritualityDon Whitney:

In August of 1989 I have the privilege of participating in a mission trip to the bush country of East Africa….I was unprepared for some of my encounters with many of the professing Christians in this equatorial setting. Lying, stealing, and immorality were common and generally accepted, even among the leadership of the church.  Theological understanding was as scarce as water, the disease of doctrinal error as common as malaria. 

Soon I discovered one of the main reasons this church looked as though it had been started by Corinthian missionaries. No one had a Bible – not the pastor, not a deacon, no one. The pastor had only half-a-dozen sermons, all half-baked over the coals of a few Bible-story recollections. Every sixth week came the same sermon. The only real contact with Scripture happened with the occasional visit of a missionary or when an area denominational leader would preach.

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