Uncategorized / February 22, 2013

The danger of the doctrine of God

Today I finish teaching my 4-week systematic theology course at Southern Seminary. The subject matter is the doctrine of God. We’re focusing on the “theo” in systematic theology.

When it comes to studying the doctrine of God, there are several dangers:

  • Assumption – There is a danger that we simply assume the doctrine of God rather than assert it. To know an infinite God requires dedicated study and testimony
  • Application – There is a danger that we simply study the doctrine of God rather than apply it. To grow in the knowledge of God entails growth in application to life and ministry
  • Acquiescence – There is a danger that we simply acquiesce to the culture’s perception of God rather than embrace a biblical doctrine of God. To study God requires us to understand how he is distinct from cultural viewpoints of deity

There’s one other danger to the doctrine of God: the satanic powers hate for believers to study this doctrine. To counteract our endeavors, they seek to distort our view of God, to distract our study of God, and to destroy our pursuit of God.

Everyone who seeks to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God finds themselves in the midst of a raging battle. By God’s grace, growing in our knowledge and love of God helps us to press on in the conflict.


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