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Opinions On This Free Online Bible College

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by naomanos, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. Maybe someday I will get into ministry or maybe leading a home group or something. I went looking for a free online Bible college and found many, but this one definitely stuck out to me.

    http://www.onlinebiblecollege.com/new/

    What are your opinions on this Bible college?
     
  2. You can either go to a free bible college... or you can allow The Holy Spirit to ordain you.
     
  3. I am asking for opinions on this particular Bible college, not on whether or not one should take courses from one vs. allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you.
     
  4. There are no reviews for it.

    I would not sure how good it would be.
     
  5. Thank you for your response.

    I wonder if someone would be willing to just check their site out to form an opinion.
     
  6. The site is registered as follows:

    Registrant Name: Paul Collin
    Registrant Organization: Fountaingate Christian Foundation
    Registrant Street: 54 Allambee Place
    Registrant City: Valentine
    Registrant State/Province: New South Wales
    Registrant Postal Code: 2280
    Registrant Country: Australia
    Registrant Phone: +66.840403361

    Here is an entry on him.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Collins_(Australian_religious_writer)

    His degree in as a DD is honourary and his Master of Theology is from an unknown college.

    His Dip. YL. is Australian for Diploma of Youth Learning and a diploma in Australia is NOT university level.

    I would be very concerned about someone that lists educational credentials without verification.

    If he is dodgy about his credentials then the rest of his staff cannot be far behind.

    Further the site has no physical address listed on it for any of the campuses only email addresses.

    I would not put any stock in what they offer.
     
  7. May be you can start with some good books? I always wanted to buy Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem.. Just don't know when I will pull the trigger! These books can aid in personal Bible Study.. I am sure you will learn a lot more.. Once you clearly see a calling, you can be ordained.. You don't need bible college graduation for leading Bible studies at home.. Not that I am against bible colleges.. Just a thought..
     
  8. Starting with good books requires money, of which we are very limited on. Plus, I learn much better when the schooling is structured compared to having to learn by doing it all on my own.
     
  9. Again, thank you for your response.

    It's a shame because it was the only free Online Bible college that I found that I actually liked after doing a search on them.

    As mentioned in my reply to Ravindran, I learn much better when it is structured. Bible college provides that for me.
     
  10. Well, are you part of any Church? I am sure your Church might have some very good resources.. And I am certain your Pastor will be happy to share some resources.. My pastor will jump on me if I ask for something like this! True spiritual leaders will be more than happy to share resources and help you out..
     
  11. I am part of a small church and I have asked before, the answer was no they do not have any resources and instead point you to one of the pay Bible colleges.
     
  12. Interesting... May be that's the truth.. They really don't have money to support these kind of things.. I don't know and I don't want to be judgmental..
     
  13. I was not asking you to. :cool: I believe it to be the truth.

    Either way, I am kinda stuck.
     
  14. The best advice is, pray about it :D The Lord is certainly not going to ignore someone who wants to grow spiritually and wants to learn the truth even more.. He will make a way..
     
  15. My advice is to go ahead with the free online. Just make sure you are not taking any opinion as truth without checking it for yourself. Anything you are not sure of, check online with other sources, there are plenty of them and you can just search the topic and usually there are more than a few hits to check out. Always remember to check the context of the scripture being used to support a teaching. Even if they are wrong on something, by researching their viewpoints, you will learn much and become a savvy Bible student.
    A "for instance" might look like this. They quote Matthew 5:29"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

    They claim that you should literally take your eye out than rather sin. So I search on "What does if your eye offends you pluck it out mean?" Top return is biblehub.com which is a good site to go to. I brought up the correct verse and then clicked on a commentary, of which they have many. This is part of it:

    "Pluck it out ... - It cannot be supposed that Christ intended this to be taken literally. His design was to teach that the dearest objects, if they cause us to sin, are to be abandoned; that by all sacrifices and self-denials we must overcome the evil propensities of our nature, and resist our wanton imaginations. Some of the fathers, however, took this commandment literally. Our Saviour several times repeated this sentiment. See Matthew 18:9; Mark 9:43-47. Compare also Colossians 3:5."

    So you see you can learn much even if they interpret scripture wrong. It is up to you to "Prove all things" and let the Spirit lead you.
    Good luck and God bless
     
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  16. Moose beat me to it. What he said. [emoji106]
     
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