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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rationalism: A Danger in Today's Christianity

"Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me" (John 7:19)

The theological battle line in our day is not necessarily between the fundamentalist and the liberal.

There is a difference between them, of course. The fundamentalist says, "God made the heaven and the earth." The liberal says, "Well, that is a poetic way of stating it - but actually, it came up by evolution."

The warfare, the dividing line today, is between evangelical rationalists and evangelical mystics. I will explain what I mean.

There is today an evangelical rationalism which is the same doctrine held by the Jewish religion in the day of Jesus. They said the truth is in the word, and if you want to know truth, go to the rabbi and learn the word. If you get the word, you have the truth.

That is also the view of evangelical rationalism in our day: "If you learn the text you've got the truth!"

This evangelical rationalism will kill the truth just as quickly as liberalism will, though in a more subtle way.  The evangelical rationalist wears our uniform but he insists that the body of truth is all you need. Believe the body of truth and you are on your way to heaven and you cannot backslide and you will get a crown in the last day!

I believe the Bible is a living Book, a revelation from God. But there must be illumination before revelation can get to your soul. It is not enough that I hold an inspired book in my hands - I must have an inspired heart. Truth has a soul as well as a body.

~A. W. Tozer~

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