Wednesday, September 12, 2007
"Who Cares About Theology, We're All Worshipping the Same God..."
Really? Why do you say that?
"Well, I just don't need to know theology. I just need Jesus."
Ok, ...who is He?
That's when the thought process begins, and that is why there is an absolute need for anyone to know theology. The word "theology" comes from the greek words "theos" meaning God and "logos" meaning words, causes, or sayings. In short, "theology" means "the study of God."
"Why is this important?" you may say. One of the main reasons is because as believers, we are instructed to always be ready to give an answer for the hope we have inside of us whenever we are asked about it. How could we possibly give an answer if we do not even know what we're talking about or what we believe? The Evangelical church is sick because for so long we've been either urged or flat out told to believe that knowledge is a bad thing when, on the other hand, repeatedly in Scripture Paul talks about growing in knowledge and understanding. That's one of the main differences between someone who is saved and someone who is just pretending. The more God draws one to Him, not only is one going to grow in the knowledge and understanding of His Majesty, but the more they are going to want to. One of the evidences of someone who claims to be saved, sound, and "Christian" is they don't have this desire for this knowledge and understanding and, in some cases, they will even display contempt for those that do. Why? Jealousy, envy, pride, and arrogance is the only logical explanation. It definitely couldn't be because they "love you as themself and they love God with all their heart, strength, and MIND." and are wanting the best for you. Growing in knowledge is glorious. Learning of His sovereignty leads to believing in it. If you don't have a great sense of His sovereingty in His creation, it could only be because you either haven't studied it or you skimmed over it in your attempt to find your "magical memory verse of the day".
In the words of R.C. Sproul:
"I'm tired of "pussy-footing"...because I don't think we're ever going to see a healthy Evangelical Church until the Evangelical Church is REFORMED... SOLIDLY Reformed... where it takes seriously BIBLICAL Christianity and its concept of a SOVEREIGN God because unreformed "Christianity" HAS FAILED in our culture. It has been pervasively antinomian. It has been pervasively liberal in its trends and tendencies away from Scripture because there is not a BASAL commitment to the sovereignty of God. So I'm not going to play around anymore. When people tell me that they don't believe in predestination, I'm going to grab them... and say, "Why not, THE BIBLE TEACHES IT?!" I'm going to say, "Enough of your humanistic clinging your concept of "free will" that is as foreign from the Biblical doctrine of your bondage in sin that your heart could ever find. Nevermind that the majority of the report of evangelicals is Arminian. I AM NOT! ...And I think Arminianism is DEATH to Christianity in the final analysis. At the heart of reformed theology, at the heart of Luther's struggle, at the heart of Calvin's awakening, at the heart of Knox, at the heart of Edwards, were men who were AWAKENED to the GREATNESS, to the MAJESTY, to the HOLINESS, and to the SOVEREIGNTY of God. And finally, by contemplating the HOLINESS of God and the SOVEREIGNTY of God, they were DRIVEN to develop their doctirnes of the GRACE of God. Because until you face a God who is HOLY and is altogether SOVEREIGN, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT GRACE MEANS!
You see, most Christians never REALLY get outside of that temple experience with the Pharisee who says, "I thank you! I'm going to pray, God, and I thank you very much ...that I'm not like that miserable sinner over there..." The Pharisee prayed, he went to church, and he expressed his gratitude acknowledging that to SOME degree, in SOME measure, he owed his righteousness to God. "Thank you God that I'm not like that miserable sinner over there." Whereby the other man, couldn't even lift his head to heaven, "Lord, be merciful to me: a sinner." And that man stood in an UTTER POSTURE of UTTER DEPENDENCY upon GOD'S GRACE. There was NO mixture of human merit, no mixture of human ability, ADDING DROSS to the PURE GOLD of GRACE. THAT MAN was AMAZED by GRACE. EVANGELICALS ARE NEVER AMAZED BY GRACE BECAUSE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND GRACE, BECAUSE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND SOVEREIGNTY AND BECAUSE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND GOD."
That's why Theology matters.