Charles Finney, a Puritan revivalist with a deep concern for God’s work in America, made a discerning comment about the state of the church in Protestant Europe and especially Germany, which has not ceased to be true today.
Is not the Church rapidly advancing toward the same state of things that exists in Germany? Who does not know that the cry for an educated rather than a holy ministry has, by degrees, filled the church in Germany with little less than an educated, infidel ministry?
The Evangelist, February 12, 1840
I’m no fan of the rampant idea that we can join in God’s work better with an uneducated ministry. But a settled temptation in Europe is to think one can get by without a holy ministry.
European schools, conferences and writings don’t help us with this.