Heard a really powerful quote today when I was listening to a Matt Chandler sermon where he was discussing how well-meaning people with bad theology and an inability to be silent when it comes to things they don’t know can completely destroy progress and growth within a church:
It happens because of naive ignorance. Know the Word! If you don’t, just be quiet. What you think doesn’t matter. It’s what the Bible says that matters. You’re opinion on a text outside of what the text means and what the whole of Scripture teaches shouldn’t bear much weight even to yourself… In our culture everybody’s opinion matters and anyone should be able to say with authority, “This is what this is, and this is what this is, and this is what this is.” That is simply not true. If you’re ignorant, the best thing you can do in regard to unity is be quiet…
-Matt Chandler, Sermon Submitting in Gray Areas
This is such a sobering and powerful quote, and displays truth that we need to continue to remind ourselves of all the time. My understanding of anything does not matter unless it is congruent with what Scripture teaches. This is ultimately what the Bereans were doing, testing everything against the Scripture, and is the source of inspiration for this blog (my first post explains this).
My prayer is that I will submit myself entirely to Scripture’s authority, being transformed by the renewing of my mind and conformed to the image of Christ. My prayer is that my (hopefully) Scriptural discussions here will articulate the truth of the Gospel and that my own life and the lives of everyone who reads this blog will be changed as well–not by my words, but by God’s grace being administered to us by the power of the Holy Spirit Who raised Christ from the dead. My prayer is that we will, by faith through grace, participate in the Resurrection power of our Lord Who has brought us from death to life by what He has done for us.
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