Thursday, March 13, 2008

Theology Matters! A Must Read

The following is taken from a journal entry that I wrote on 3/11/08. It my heart was stirred by an upsetting and sad situation as I have seen some throw out solid theology for a particular methodology. I know from the title you may be thinking, "BORING", but I hope you take the time to read this and are convinced otherwise.

Theology Matters. Whether we realize it or not we have a theology in every area of our lives. Good theology drives us toward Christ-likeness in a particular area; while bad theology allows us to drift, or dive head first, more deeply into worldliness. Our theology shapes our lives. Good theology helps us to discern truth from error. It helps us to protect us when temptation comes - including the temptations to buy into errant although clever, well-packaged theologies, systems of belief, or philosophies, and/or practices.

Theology matters. It is not just for the professionals, leaders, or Bible scholars. It is for every follower of Jesus. It is life or death. The 7th grade choir teacher, the middle-aged engineer, the young career man, the stay-at-home mom, the young child - they (or I should say, we) all need good theology. When we throw it away or it loses its importance in our lives we risk our very faith. Of course, the true saint will persevere and cannot lose their salvation, but that will only be seen at the end of their life. In the mean time we have to FIGHT! We have to fight for our faith. We have to care passionately about what God's Word tells us and live it out as if our lived depend on it - because they do. Remember, "the tree is known by its fruit" (Matt. 12:33). We have to cling, white-knuckled, to the cross holding on to a pure gospel. A pure gospel that works itself out into our hearts, minds, and lives that we must fight to protect . We must protect it from attack and use it in the battle for the souls of those around us. A pure gospel that says, "No Compromise!"

Oh Lord, give us the grace, strength, endurance, patience, passion, wisdom, and discernment for the battle. Without the purifying power of the Spirit that leads us into all truth (John 16:13) we too will follow a tainted gospel, which is no gospel at all. Theology Matters.

An additional note (not from my journal entry): I truly believe that the greatest attack on theology that this generation of conservative evangelicals (people like me) will face and must defeat is the theology of the emergent movement. Some of the accurate critiques of current evangelicalism that the emergents have made have led them to effectively throw out the gospel by diluting it and deconstructing it in a variety of ways. The end result is that the cross loses its true meaning and people are led astray. All of this is done for a multitude of reasons, but at the forefront are a reaction against propositional truth and the desire for inclusiveness. Unless we, the teachers and leaders of God's people, step up and teach our people solid theology and the its real life implications we will continue to lose people to this false gospel. Perhaps the biggest mistake we often make when teaching. preaching, or talking theology is that we tend to leave it at the academic level instead of doing the hard necessary work or showing how if fleshes itself out into our everyday lives. Sadly, those from the emergent movement are deceiving themselves and others and are the very people Paul warned the Ephesian elders of in Acts 20:20-30, "29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. " We must FIGHT for the faith. We must fight "for the sake of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness" (Titus 1:1).

3 comments:

Shannon & Christina said...

Hi Trevor! I've been reading your blog for awhile now and I always appreciate what you have to say.

Shannon and I started our own blog on this site too. You're welcome to stop by anytime!

Christina

Eric said...

Dude-

Good to see you guys at my parents. Serious question for the man of the cloth, what is the emergent movement? I'm not familiar with that term.

Trevor Holloway said...

First, thanks for the kind words Christina and Shannon. I'll be checking out your blog. Second, Eric it's always fun hanging out with you Aimee and Gracie! The emergent church movement is pretty large and broad. I will write a post on it to explain it. Rob Bell is one of the more popular leaders in the emergent church. In my post on the emergent church, I'll explain why I think he is so dangerous to many people's faith and understanding of Jesus and the gospel.