Whose Theology?


          Have you ever asked yourself after hearing someone give their testimony, “Why is my walk with God not that exciting?” 

I was listening to a Pastor who said he had talked with a person who had knocked on his door. The man was asking about Biblical doctrine, when he discovered the man did not know the Bible. The Pastor found the visitor had been relying on what he had heard someone else say. At the end of their conversation, the Pastor told the man to go home and read the Bible for himself.

          Later that night the Pastor asked himself, “Have I even done what I told him to do?” The more he thought about it the more he realized much of his theology was also based on what he heard others say. Now that’s not to say his theology was wrong but that he was going on another’s truth.

          In order to have that deep, exciting, daily walk with God, you have to have your own experiences with Him. The people you hear who have such exciting experiences are those who spend their life learning from God. They learn who He is, what He likes, and what He thinks instead of only seeking Him in an emergency.

          In Acts 17:11 Paul comes across a group of believers said to be more noble minded because they searched the scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true. These people did not just take Paul’s word for it.

          In our culture we are faced with many Biblical opinions and traditions. Jesus said in John 8:31-32 if you abide in His word, which means to make his word a continual practice in your life, then you will know the truth and that truth will make you free.

          Many of our opinions and traditions keep people bound up in trying to work to please God.

          The religious leaders of Jesus’ day observed so many traditions added to the law that He was often telling them they were wrong in their interpretation, not knowing the scripture.

          Even after Jesus died, giving us freedom from the law, Paul, Barnabas and the Apostles in Jerusalem faced the same problem.

          In Acts 15:1-11 some were saying new believers must be circumcised in accordance with the Law of Moses. Peter addressed this by saying, “God did not make distinction between Jew and Gentile, cleansing their heart by faith, now do not put God to the test by placing a yoke on their neck that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear.”

          Whenever someone adds opinions or traditions onto faith it tests God by saying, the payment He provided is not good enough and that Jesus did not pay it all.

          If you continually abide in God’s word, you will learn the truth and you will be free, not bound by people’s opinions or traditions. You are free to live in confidence, making every day new and exciting in your walk with God.

          “We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him, in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;” 1 John 3:19-21.

Father, help us to have an exciting life walking with you, not adding thoughts and traditions to the truth you show us. In the name of Jesus, amen