Our Biblical Education Mission and Purpose

MASTER'S International University of Divinity is pioneer of online Christian ministry education programs, and a leading world-class provider of practical Bible College, and Seminary level ministerial training.

 

Our Mission is to provide online ministry education programs to mature, mid-career, and late-career individuals whom God has called into His service as full-time, bi-vocational, or lay servants; to keep such programs on the cutting edge of ministry and technology; and to deliver the programs to students in a way that does not hinder their ability to continue the ministry in which they currently serve. 

 

Our Purpose is to restore, through Biblically faithful education the servant culture of Christian ministry, by bringing to the God-called individual innovative, and practical ministry certificate and degree programs that enhance his or her skills as a worker in an appointed field of service; and to promote ministry higher education as a tool for more effective service rather than a means of obtaining position or advantage.

BIBLICAL TRUTH REMAINS FOREVER THE SAME
BUT THE FIELD OF ENGAGEMENT IS SHIFTING

The Shifting Field of Engagement

Researchers and society watchers have labeled the current world culture as post-Christian.  Statistics support the research.  The question is why?  The answer is that the culture is trending post-Christian because for more than forty years it has been trending post-Biblical.

 

The unrelenting pressure of humanistic secularism has had a corrosive effect upon both public and personal perceptions of the value and veracity of the Bible.  Trustworthy researchers such as Barna, Gallup, and Nielson have revealed disquieting, and shocking statistics concerning current perceptions of the Bible, and its value in everyday life.

 

For example, in the United States, The American Bible Society and The Barna Group's most recent survey revealed the following statistics concerning the question of what percentage of the residents of America's 100 most populous  cities read the Bible at least once a week, while strongly asserting the Biblical principles are accurate.

 

Here is how the top ten ranked:

  1. Chattanooga, Tennessee─  52 percent
  2. Birmingham/Anniston/Tuscaloosa, Alabama─ 51 percent
  3. Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia─ 48 percent
  4. Shreveport, Louisiana─ 47 percent
  5. Tri-Cities, Tennessee─ 47 percent
  6. Charlotte, North Carolina─ 46 percent
  7. Little Rock/Pine Bluff, Arkansas─ 45 percent
  8. Knoxville, Tennessee─  45 percent
  9. Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, South Carolina/Ashville, North 
  10. Carolina─ 44 percent
  11. Lexington, Kentucky─ 44 percent

 

Here is how the bottom ten ranked:

  1. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, New York─ 10 percent
  2. Boston, Massachusetts/Manchester, New Hampshire─  11 percent
  3. Providence, Rhode Island/New Bedford, Massachusetts─ 12 percent
  4. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa─ 13 percent
  5. Buffalo, New York─ 13 percent
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada─ 14 percent
  7. San Francisco/Oakland, California─ 15 percent
  8. Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut─ 16 percent
  9. Phoenix/Prescott, Arizona─ 16 percent
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah─ 17 percent

 

Similar statistics exist for the whole of so-called western culture.  For example, a recent survey of Australians revealed the following:

  • The Bible is the word of God- 34 percent
  • The Bible is literally true- 27 percent


Consequences - Almost without exception people know about the Bible, but the number of people who have actually read the Bible, and know what it teaches is shifting, and, its influence in culture is shrinking as the shift not only continues, but does so at an accelerated rate. 

 

Conclusions - Pastors, Bible teachers and lay leaders can no longer presume that in formerly Christian cultures the Bible is generally regarded as the ultimate source of truth.  In fact, it is increasingly viewed as fictitious and repressive.  Read a Bible verse aloud in a public place, and the reaction will most likely not be affirming.

 

Therefore, those who do hold to Biblical inerrancy, and who preach and teach the Bible as the Word of God must double-down on their responsibility to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"

(II Timothy 2:15 KJV).  Knowing about the Bible is not good enough.  "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment" (James 3:1 NASV).

The Shifting Field of Engagement

So, are we safer in the church?  Well, yes and no.  Yes, for millions around the world the church is still a beacon of Bible light, and a haven of hope.

 

Nevertheless, for more than four decades, a significant element of the church has been trending post-Biblical.  The same researchers cited above have revealed that currently in the United States, 49% of protestant pastors do not believe that the Bible is truly inerrant.

 

An eclectic approach to Biblical trustworthiness has lead thousands of pastors to accept such unBiblical ideas as open Theism, Theistic evolution, allegoric interpretation of miracles, the possibility that Jesus was not sinless, a rejection of the sacredness of human sexuality, and the rejection of the Holy Spirit as an actual person of the Godhead.

 

It is not surprising then that within the church the laity are confused, disenchanted, and disengaged.  Entertainment driven worship venues have been adopted in an effort to draw them back, but at what price?

 

Despite such efforts, church attendance has continued to decline.   For example:

 

According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of Americans "say" they go to church weekly. As it turns out, however, less than 20 percent are actually in church. In other words, more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on weekends.

 

According to the most recent Gallup poll, out of the 25 member countries of the European Union, in only nine do at least a fifth of adults participate once a week in institutionalized religious activities.

 

According to the Pew Research Center, in 1986, more than four-in-ten Canadian adults ages 15 and older (43%) said they attended religious services at least once a month.  2010, the figure for Canadian adults had fallen 16 percentage points, to 27%.  

 

The trend for these and other western nations continues downward. Does it require endless research to understand why?  Is there not a direct connection between the minister's view of the Bible, and the life of the church?  Was this not the warning of God to his priests? "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children​" (Hosea 4:6 NKJV).

 

Consequences - Without exception Christians know about the Bible, but the numbers of professing believers who have actually read the entire Bible, and accept what it teaches is shifting.  Furthermore, the force of its authority in the church is shrinking as the shift not only continues, but is doing so at an accelerated rate. 

 

Conclusions - Pastors, Bible teachers and lay leaders can no longer presume that in every Christian church the Bible is generally regarded as the ultimate source of truth.  In fact, it is increasingly viewed as fictitious and repressive if interpreted literally!  Try insisting that the Genesis account of creation and the book of Jonah are literally true.  You may be both surprised, and challenged as to how well prepared you are to  "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" (II Timothy 4:2 KJV).

 

Therefore, those who do hold to Biblical inerrancy, and who preach and teach the Bible as the Word of God must double-down on their responsibility to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"

(II Timothy 2:15 KJV).  Knowing about the Bible is not good enough.  "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment" (James 3:1 NASV).

 

 

 

 

 

Engaging the Shifting Fields

Consequences - Bible preachers and teachers will not successfully engage the shifting fields in the culture or in the church by sanitizing and secularizing the truth of the Scripture.  The fields of engagement are shifting, but the Bible remains the only weapon of worth in the arsenal of truth.  "And take the helment of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" Ephesians 6:17 NASV).

 

Ministers of the Gospel must be adequately equipped with a solid, broad, and practiced knowledge of the Bible.  Successful engagement of the culture and the church in a post-Biblical age will require nothing less.

 

Conclusions - Yes, we may be living in a post-Biblical world, but Christianity has never won through compromise.  This fact is not new.  The Apostle Paul faced it in his generation.  In fact, it may be said that his generation was the opposite of our own - a pre-Biblical age. To the believers under his care he wrote: "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ"  ( Colossians 2:8 NASV).

 

The opposite of philosophy and empty deception is the rock solid, tried, proven, and sure foundation of the Bible.  All who have embraced it as such have never been put to shame.  They can affirm that...

 

"The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;  The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.  They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.  Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward" (Psalm 19:7-11 NASV).

 

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:16-17 NASV).

 

"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12 NASV).

 

So, does that mean that ministers of God always feel the boldness to preach the uncompromising Biblical truth?  No, not always.  We may, from time-to-time feel as did Jeremiah - "But if I say, 'I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name' Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it" (Jeremiah 20:9 NASV).

 

The faithful ministers of the Word may face times of discouragement, and even confusion.  But if they remain on the narrow road of Biblical truth, they will in such times be met on that road by the Master himself who on that same road will open to them the Scriptures in such a way as to cause their hearts to burn within them (Luke 24:32)!

 

The Lord Jesus as He prayed the night before Calvary, asked on behalf of His disciple that His Father would "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth" (John 17:17 KJV).  It is, and always shall be Sola Scriptura!

 

Therefore, if we are really and truly called by God to - "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" (II Timothy 4:2 KJV); we must be initially and perpetually on the road as students of the Bible.  We are to value Biblical truth above all else.  We are to "Buy truth, and do not sell it. Get wisdom and instruction and understanding" (Proverbs 23:23 NASV).

 

The fundamental mission and purpose of Master's International University of Divinity is to engage the shifting culture by providing innovative and practical means through which ministers of the Gospel can get the wisdom and understanding they need to faithfully teach the truth.

 

Whether you are new to Christian ministry or a veteran minister of the Gospel, we have a program of study that can help open even wider the doors of wisdom and understanding - the doors of Biblical truth.

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