SCRIPTURE REBUTTAL, ACCREDITATION,
Phoenix University of Theology International is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Christian University. Accredited by AICCS the Association of Independent Christian Colleges and Seminaries. It is our mandate to make the best contemporary Christian education accessible and affordable to students around the Globe. We offer relevant teaching, specific to the cultural, economic and spiritual needs of our students, to prepare them for their Ministry calling. We also provide recognition of lifelong learning and awarding of earned degrees to gifted and qualified men and women, through our portfolio process known as the MAP-PAC© system.
-MAP© Ministry Advancement Portfolio
-PAC© Process Assessment and Certification
Our Certified Teaching Alliances are predominantly Alumni Professors of Phoenix University of Theology. They charge reasonable fees for their training, books and materials. When they teach a student of Phoenix University of Theology, they also receive a share of the PAC fees the student pays to the University. The distribution is calculated according to the number of assessed credits the Alliance’s Accredited Curriculum is certified for. The traditional semester is 15 weeks in length and requires one hour of classroom time per week per credit hour. That amounts to 45 hours of exposure to instruction for three documented credit hours. For the complete guideline for Lifelong learning, review the attached: AATS CURRICULUM CREDIT STANDARDS ASSESSMENT
Phoenix University of Theology is designed after the classic university system. We have degree granting authority through religious exemption. A University in the classic sense was an association of teaching disciplines. It is this association with teaching alliances (disciplines) that offers our students the greatest savings on degree program costs and provides the teaching alliances the freedom to teach their own work and revelations revealed to them through relationship with the Holy Spirit. We believe that, whether you learned on a hillside from Jesus, under a tree with your mentor or in the classroom, the significant thing is that you learned and that you learned the truth.
The majority of ministers in the world have degrees or graduate degrees. A hundred percent of them in some of the mainline denominations have degrees because they are required before they are ordained. The denominations that have the fewest amount of ministers with graduate degrees, are Independent and Pentecostal, only 17 to 20 percent; however, they are neither ignorant nor unlearned. They are burning the world up for Jesus. Their Ministries are growing faster than the mainline denominations, because they’ve been studying the Word of God, learning and receiving revelation education from their Heavenly Father.
The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, conducted research on the relationship between schools with regional accreditation through the U.S. Department of Education and non-traditional approaches to education. Their report, written by Alexander Mood, confirmed that a serious disadvantage of [Government Intervention] accreditation is "in the suppression of innovation”. “Schools cannot get far out of line without risking loss of their accreditation and loss of accreditation implies that the curriculum is somewhat inferior and hence that the degree is inferior. Such a large penalty . . . tends to prevent colleges from striking out in new directions. ...” Mood concluded, saying, “As we look toward the future, it appears likely that accrediting organizations will lose their usefulness and slowly disappear. Colleges will be judged not by what some educational bureaucracy declares but by what they can do for their students. Of much greater relevance would be statistics on student satisfaction, career advancement of graduates, and other such data."
We believed that most accredited institutions have drifted far from the classical Biblical principles of sound doctrine and scholastic pragmatism that was originally their approach to education. They have turned away from performance and competency based education, with a focus on the mastery of skills, to a government mandated academic emphasis based on secular, socio-political, and economic theories gained through classroom indoctrination. As a result, the proper recognition and value of real educational achievement and skill attainment, established by the Church, has been depreciated over time.
The mission of Phoenix University of Theology is to validate those who can boldly teach sound, consistent doctrine. We realize that God teaches us what we need to know and that the Lord is our teacher. Dr. Richard Drake began developing curriculum for distance learning in 1981. He realized that many qualified men and women in full time ministry do not have the time or the money to complete college. That is why Phoenix University of Theology is such a critical part of God’s work. To provide, through evaluation of one’s lifelong learning and the evidence of God working through one’s life and ministry, a way for those gifted and qualified men and women to receive the credentials they deserve because of their self-motivated study and revelation education. It is one’s gifting, their faith, their presence, and their presentation of God’s call and purpose in their life that speaks to their level of education and validates their “letters” or degree.
1 John 2:27 tells us, But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
Also, John 7:14-15 tells us: Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught, the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
This was also said of the apostles, in Acts 4:5-13 when the rulers.... saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. They were ignorant and unlearned men, they hadn’t been to college, they were "unlettered" and "uninstructed." The disciples lacked formal education; however, "they had been with Jesus" which provided them credential and extraordinary power.
Still today the world has beat us down to the point that we think if we don’t have a piece of paper from a government accredited school, showing that we stayed in class long enough and paid enough money to get a piece of paper that testifies that we have been taught what the world believes we need to know; we’re proud of it. Yet, those people who possess the words of life, who possess the power for eternal life, who have the strength and solid doctrine and truth, often go without any letters or recognition.
1 Corinthians 2:14 states, but the natural, non-spiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he is incapable of knowing them because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
One of the things Phoenix University of Theology hopes to do is to re-establish the association of the term Doctor, with instruction in sound doctrine and that we are used of the Lord to find and certify those men and women that are teaching sound, consistent, doctrine in the earth. Those that know they can raise the shield (the Word of God) to defeat whatever comes against them, those that are one with the Word. *By pleasing and placating the world we will never take dominion of the earth. Only with strict adherence to The Word of God can we offend and challenge; which will conflict with the mind of man to the point of conversion.
The title doctor was originally Doctor Ecclesia, which signified a father or a teacher of the church. The doctor ecclesia did not go through a specific course curriculum, they were recognized by the resident wisdom in their heart and mind and the depth of their understanding and espousing and teaching of doctrine, they were ‘gifted’ and they were recognized by the ecclesiastical authority, which qualified them for their degree; because, in the field or the world of the church, we recognize first of all that God is our teacher. We hear from God because we are called of God and we are taught by God.
John 14:25-27 tells us, these things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Today, man’s lack of wisdom says our universities have diversity. So, they confuse and confound the world so much, and they think they’re smart and they are not.
We are warned in: 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For time shall be, when men will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, for something pleasing and gratifying, they will gather to themselves one teacher after another chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.At Phoenix University of Theology Int'l we offer Degrees in Ministry, Theology, Divinity and Ecclesia. The Doctor of Philosophy is not offered, it is considered a secular degree.
The definition of Doctor of Philosophy is:
- The disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology. /li>
- The investigation of questions about existence, knowledge, logic and ethics. Including:
- Aesthetics - the creation of beautiful or significant things; ‘art.’
- Metaphysics - the philosophical study of the nature of reality, concerned with such questions as the existence of God, the external world, etc.
- Epistemology - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics.
1 Timothy 6:2-4 tells us, if anyone teaches otherwise and does not assent to the sound and wholesome messages of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which is in agreement with godliness, He is puffed up with pride and stupefied with conceit, woefully ignorant. He has a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which result in envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base suspicions.Many Bible schools today are turning out young men and women year after year who know the theory of the Spirit-filled life but do not enjoy the experience. These men and women go out into the churches and create a generation of Christians who have never felt the power of the Spirit.
1 Timothy 1:6-7 tells us, 6But certain individuals have missed the mark on this very matter [and] have wandered away into vain arguments and discussions and purposeless talk. 7They are ambitious to be doctors of the Law, but they have no understanding either of the words and terms they use or of the subjects about which they make dogmatic assertions. Thereby, they are undermining the faith of some.
Also in, 2 Timothy 3:3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power .. from such people turn away… 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith.
Phoenix University of Theology, confirm what our students have learned from their Heavenly Father about His Word and His doctrine. Then we validate what they have learned with the degree they receive. During the process we equip them, to present Christ in truth and power to a lost and dying world.
This we shall do, God willing!
Karen E. Drake
Karen E. Drake, DOM, TMD, DMin
President/Overseer, Phoenix University of Theology Int'l
*Words of our Founder Dr. Richard Drake, spoken 2/08/2011
February 14, 1945 - February 9, 2011