Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Divorcing Theology from Methodology

“The second error that has also dogged the Western church for the last two hundred years is more common among evangelicals.  It says we don’t need an updated message [this is the first error. P. J.] because the message is basically alright, but what we do need if we are going to be really successful, if we’re really going to reach our world and our culture, are new methods.  This approach sees our methods as the key to reaching our culture, and it assumes that our methods neither flow from nor our essentially related to our message. In other words, it divorces theology from methodology (or inadequately relates them).  (J. Ligon Duncan in Entrusted with the Gospel, p. 126)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8