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Friday, February 15, 2008

Word and Spirit

Genuine Christian spirituality exalts the place of both Word and Spirit. The devil always wants to us to exalt one above the other. Some are so "spirit-led" that they denigrate or ignore or de-emphasize the centrality of the Bible and its teachings (often under the code-word "theology"). Others are so rationalistic that they denigrate or ignore or de-emphasize the centrality of the Spirit's role in our lives and of having a dynamic, living relationship with God (often under the code-word "charismatic").

Genuine Biblical spirituality does not seek some sort of compromise or a pallid, neutral "balance" between the two, but seeks to exalt both aspects just as much as proponents of either one exalt their single favorite.

Just as Jesus is fully man and fully God (not half-man, half-God); so Christians should love, study and submit to the Word as much as the most godly theologian or scholar; and at the same time seek, pursue and value a dynamic living relationship with God through His Spirit as much as the most fervent charismatic or most emotional worshipper.

Why is this so hard to grasp?

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