When logic is made lord over Scripture

Be careful that your systematic theology doesn’t become an idol for you. Trying to contain God’s wisdom in a system of thought is like trying to keep the butterfly in its cocoon.

A certain personality type is tempted to substitute theology for knowing the Scriptures and the power of God, and that invariably leads into error (Matthew 22:23-29). When logic is made lord over the whole witness of Scripture, we reason our way into a morass of teachings inconsistent with other clear truths of Scripture. We will, for example, discount grace because we are so focused on faith — or vice versa — when the Bible says “by grace through faith.”

Bill Hendricks used to say that systematic theology is like a cow’s skeleton: You don’t want it where it shows, but you don’t want a cow without one.


About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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