Some folks will want us to believe that if you’re not married, you don’t have the requisite experience to preach about marriage.
They believe that if you’ve not been sick before, you cannot minister healing to people, claiming that your being sick is a pointer to your healing ministry.
Well, that’s not always so. If getting married is a license to preaching about marriage, then Paul the Apostle was the least qualified to talk about marriage because he wasn’t married – he was a celibate minister – 1 Cor.7:7.
Peter who was married – Mk.1:30 did not teach extensively on marriage in comparison to Paul, yet Paul’s writings on marriage are the springboard from where many marriage counselors teach.
You also know of course that if getting married is what equips or qualifies you to preach or teach about marriage, then Catholic priests will NEVER have a chance at all because they’re celibates.
Also, if getting sick is the license to ministering healing, then our Lord Jesus Christ was the least qualified to minister healing because He was never sick during His earthly walk.
Yet, His healing ministry was so phenomenal that it has become our pattern today. Any supposed “Gospel” that promotes “HUMAN EXPERIENCE” above “THE REVELATION OF GOD’S WORD” is fake.
Please don’t get me wrong beloved; EXPERIENCE IS IMPORTANT but THE REVELATION OF THE WORD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT.
I have seen people who have been married for years but you can never pray that their EXPERIENCE should become yours.
You see friend, it’s not really about HOW MANY YEARS but HOW RICH THE WORD DWELLS IN YOU. That will inform and guarantee A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE!
EXPERIENCE definitely has its place in ministry, and I cannot deny that but it is definitely not the best teacher; THE HOLY SPIRIT is.
By His Grace, I started teaching on marriage close to ten years before I got married in 2012 and it’s been awesome to the Glory of our God alone.
Some folks would look at us back then and think that, “When you people get married, you will know that marriage is not easy”.
Well, I don’t know what’s not easy there. I’m to love my wife, show her care and put her first. What’s complex in that?
By God’s Grace, there’s nothing I teach on marriage or ministry today that I’ve not been teaching for many years before I got married.
My wife doesn’t need to bombard me with the requests of what she needs; I already know and anticipate her needs and I meet them before she ever asks me.
If any need is not yet met, it’s because the practical means to meet it is not yet available; not because I feign ignorance of it.
If we can follow the simple Word of God, then we will get THE REAL EXPERIENCE, because the Holy Spirit, THE BEST TEACHER will bring us into THE VERY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OF THE WORD.
Therefore don’t let anyone blackmail you into thinking that you can’t preach or teach on marriage until you’re married or you can’t minister healing if you’ve not been sick before – that’s turning the Bible upside down.
Follow the WORD; accept it as your FINAL REALITY and THE WORD will become your VERY EXPERIENCE.