The third and last missional distraction we’ll discuss in this series is what I like to call “almost-right theology.” It’s a theology or teaching that has its roots in scripture, contains whole elements of truth, but then has one slight variation that subtly leads the teaching in a direction other than our mission. It is a theology that ultimately leads us off our missional race course so we never cross the finish line.
Before I go any further, I want to make a couple of things clear. First, I advise you to read this post as carefully as I have written it. This is a tricky subject to touch on because there is a razor thin line between pointing out inconsistencies in theology and attacking a ministry. I have no intent of harming any ministry and do not want anyone who reads this post to come away with this idea either. Second, I want to boldly exclaim I do not know all truth when it comes to theology. My Christian journey has been marked repeatedly by revelations of beliefs I held dear that were absolutely false. And I have no reason to believe this trend will not continue for the rest of my life. Thank God for those who loved me enough to show me where I was wrong. This is the approach I am trying to take while writing this post. My aim with this post is to motivate us all to prove what we believe and root out what doesn’t belong.
Now, back on topic. By design, it’s not difficult for almost-right theologies to find their way into our personal set of beliefs. They are pushed at us from all sides. We can find them on popular media outlets within the Christian community and creeping into the pulpits of many admired ministries around the country. It’s not a new phenomenon. In fact, it’s been happening since before Christ.
Every age and every culture has a different weak spot, a point at which theologies are bent toward making Christianity more appealing. But truth does not bend. Its metal is forged by the fire of God’s Holy Spirit and will not be fashioned the way we want it to go. This speaks to Jesus’ diving nature. By his own words he is the way and the truth. From Paul we learn he is also the same yesterday, today, and forever—the way of truth never changes. So when Christianity accepts little inconsistencies here and there from what the truth is, it accepts a little of what Jesus is not. In essence, it no longer lives up to its name of being a Christ-follower. It no longer follows the way of truth.
Tomorrow we’ll discuss the weak point in today’s culture.
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