Theologies to be Skeptical About
Christian systematic theologies abound today, and the themes around which one may orient any theology are legion: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, feminist, dispensationalist, Afro-American, liberation, liturgical, evangelical, Marxist, Asian, Indian, and on and on. On the basis of Biblical revelation, I thought it might be useful to list 10 traits of theology that should inspire us to be skeptical when we detect them.
Be skeptical of any theology that:
1. Situates the Person of Jesus Christ anywhere except at its absolute center (Col. 1:15-19; Heb. 1:3).
2. Prefers knowledge to love (1 Cor. 1:8; 13:8).
3. Assumes one can know doctrine without first obeying Christ (Jn. 7:17).
4. Produces cruel, pharisaic people (Mt. 7:1-20).
5. Pits personal revelation against propositional revelation (Jn. 1:1-3; 17:17)
6. Refuses to acknowledge its own sinful, finite, tentative, human character (Is. 55:8-9; Rom. 3:4)
7. Forbids any tradition to be judged by the written Word of God (Mt. 15:1-6)
8. Sees apologetics anywhere but in the Gospel (1 Jn. 5:6-10).
9. Draws people to the theologian or his theology rather than to Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:10-13).
10. Tries to win acceptance in the eyes of sophisticated unbelievers (1 Cor. 1:18-31).