Is Seminary Really a Cemetery? Theology as “Jezebelic” Religious Witchcraft
Billows of flame and fury pour forth from the bowels of the Abyss where the anti-Christ resides. His hellish imps encircle him, swarming like bats disturbed from their dark cave. To each demonic messenger, the devil whispers errors and aberrant theologies. But the most deadly of these messages is reserved for the Christian. Demonic witchcraft fills Christian libraries, seminaries, and Berean bookstores the world over. Books entitled “Theology”, “Hermeneutics”, and “Apologetics” are demonic volumes of divination—at least this is what the increasingly popular “Red Letter Ministries” warns the devout.
RLM charges the body to stop studying theology and start having a relationship with the God whom this study supposedly draws us closer toward. “Theology”, they claim, “is the study of God. Real Bible-Christianity is the experience thereof…. Jesus didn’t reconcile us to a library. He reconciled us to Heaven.”
The study of the Trinity is not meant to be something about which we just read but rather as a tangible God whom we ought to embrace in a true substance-relationship.
And while this group claims that these books ooze demonic witchcraft, one might wonder whether or not these youths have a point.
Has western Christianity wed itself too extensively to intellectualism and the logical study of this divine personhood?
It is true that study, pouring over the scripture, and the reading of theologies and various books can and does illuminate human thought and human approaches to God and the scripture. But is this ultimately what Christians should want—what people have thought about God?
One single whisper of the Holy Spirit is worth more than a thousand profound human thoughts.
Most Christians would scarcely believe this intellectually, let alone embrace this notion in practice.
Theology is a distraction. Perhaps not to every person, but it’s value must be assessed with a critical eye. Are we more inclined toward debating some tangential theological principle or spending that time praying and experiencing our Father? If the former is true, you may have made an idol of theology.
However, are these pursuits holistically and inherently demonic and mere “Jezebelic” religious witchcraft? Will every person who touches the pages of such books become possessed with a pharisaic demon? Not likely.
And it most certainly can be said that the burning of these books is an extreme measure. Nevertheless, RLM has a point: some Christians need to put these books down and start falling in love once again with Christ.
We worship, serve, love, and pray to a person, not a concept. The great tomes of theology and massive religious libraries cannot bring you any closer to a God who has already reconciled himself to you. From one bibliophile to another, pull your nose out of the book once in a while and start experiencing the substantial love-relationship you already have in Christ.
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