Thursday, March 26, 2015

Theology and Missing the Forest...

John Piper's recent article entitled, "Is Theology Your Idolatry?" reminded me of a sermon I heard at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003 from Danny Akin entitled "The Danger of Loving a Theological System More Than Your Savior."  In this sermon, Akin responds to a rude anonymous comment from a hyper-Calvinist.  

Both of these are great messages for seminary students, in particular, who are spending a great deal of concentrated time studying theology.  As those of us involved in seminary education become convicted of certain theological positions, we can begin to become very uncharitable towards Christians who disagree with us at any point. We can also completely forget the primary goals of the Christian life which can be obvious to even the newest of Christians, but lost to those who are missing the forest for the trees.  

From John Piper: Is Theology Your Idolatry?

We have often loved what we’ve learned about God more than God himself.
The Bible warns us about the dangers that come with our knowledge of God, especially for the theologically refined and convinced. “You cannot serve both God and theology.” Good theology is a means to enjoying and worshiping God, or it is useless.
Has your theology turned into idolatry? Has your knowledge of God ironically and tragically drawn you away from him, not nearer to him? Here are nine questions that might help you diagnose theology idolatry in your own heart and mind.
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