Dear fellow Baptists, I have been reading several articles on accreditations and seminaries; some points are good and some are not so good. All in all, the discussions have proven the point of our fallen nature. Some think that accreditation, RA or NA, is the best thing to ever happen to mankind. Some think that accreditation was directly or indirectly a working of God. Some think that if you don't have an accredited degree that something is seriously wrong. Yet, no serious discussion of God is included. God is the one who decides how a person is to be used in ministry. God is the one who calls people into ministry. Remember, God is not concern about "big" names and where you went to school (as important to us those things might seem), as long as you are TRUE TO HIS WORD. Accreditation is not the issue; God is. I was shocked to read that the ministry of proven men have been questioned because they have unaccredited degrees before their alma maters became accredited or remained unaccredited. Again, God is the one who uses people in ministry. He calls those who are snubbed by the world and deemed less honorable; remember that. Accreditation does not ensure a successful ministry. Being an honorable vessel before God, does. But if you can afford an accredited degree, then go for it. I had the privilege of attending both accredited and unaccredited schools for graduate work, and honestly speaking and fair better than the other. In fact, the unaccredited Greek department was much better than the accredited. I left the accredited and went to the unaccredited to complete my Greek studies. The professor at the accredited have his Ph.D in OT from Hebrew Union and took about 18hrs of Greek to allow him to teach Greek. But the professor at the unaccredited school got his Ph.D in classics from Vanderbilt and was far superior to the other professor. I do think that a person should look for good professors and good schools as long as they do not bankrupt themselves and go into all sorts of financial crises to "impress." And I do agree that accredited schools ensure quality education, but as you all know, that is not always the case. Neither am I saying that unaccredited is the way to go. I think a person should decide that with God and with his or her family, not the opinions of others.