Good Ways to Develop Bad Theology

by Clayton Kraby

As the late RC Sproul said, “Every Christian is a theologian. The issue for Christians is not whether we are going to be theologians but whether we are going to be good theologians or bad ones.”

This quote rightly states that all believers are theologians to some extent, as every believer has ideas about God. CS Lewis put it like this: “If you do not listen to theology, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones.”

It is our responsibility to be working towards developing good theology. But we must be intentional in doing so. If we’re not careful, we can develop bad theology instead.

Here are a few ways that can happen:

Ignore Difficult Bible Passages

The best way to develop bad theology is to skip over passages that are confusing or challenge your understanding.

Rather than passing over a challenging verse, we should compare it to other verses, consult commentaries, and keep digging deeper. When reading Scripture it is important to remember that not a single verse was included by accident.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

If you want to be taught, reproved, corrected, trained for righteousness, made complete, and equipped for every good work you must not fall into the habit of skipping over hard passages…

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