The other day in the midst of a Facebook discussion I was told that the way I thought about the issue was wrong as many theologians and famous ministers of the past thought opposite of me. My response to the person, another minister by the way, was, "I just read the Bible and focus on that!"
I'm not against education! My lands I have two Masters degrees and one doctorate so I've done my share of study. However, it does seem to me that there is a lot of emphasis on theology these days and all that is coming forth isn't really spot on! There are a couple of popular doctrines racing through the Church these days that I just cannot embrace. My only take on them is that Scripture has to be stretched a lot for them to make any sense. By the way....I do believe the Bible is still relevant!! As I'm teaching my church, "I never question the Bible, only man's interpretation of it!" God is helping us there as well, we are learning some important rules on interpretation.
Saying that, I find that so many preachers, teachers, ministers today only teach what they have been taught. Instead of fresh, open minded, revelation from the Holy Spirit they instead rely on the books, conferences, denominational doctrine, Bible Colleges and Seminaries and what is learned there is parroted to the people they themselves teach. This is no problem as long as what is learned is correct, if not, well then it's not the best deal going, I would say!
We've all heard the saying, and probably have used it ourselves, maybe thousands of times..."Practice makes perfect!" I'm told that Vince Lombardi, the famous past head coach of the Green Bay Packers used to take exception to that saying. He said that if you practice bad things, all you will ever achieve is the bad things you have practiced. His thought, and this is what he continually drummed into his championship teams, "PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!"
OK, now relate Coach Lombardi's thought into theology; wrong theology is still wrong no matter how old it is or no matter who brought it forth!
My thinking is we have the Bible. It is God's word; one day I'll share more on the Bible being the word of God...it's amazing! And, added to that, and yes, even more importantly we have the Holy Spirit! Friends... we live in a win/win situation, when we begin to practice perfectly what God is currently showing the Church we live in a realm that Coach Lombardi, he was a Believer by the way, would be very proud of!
Grace and peace!