Living Vs. Dead Orthodoxy

It has been pointed out in previous articles that people tend to extremes. Some tell us that doctrine, while important, is subordinate to experience. Others insist that we have to be orthodox and experience is incidental. If we pit one against the other, I think it leaves Satan smiling. Are these not meant to work together? Anyone that has any spiritual insight recognizes the importance of sound doctrine. Also, if one has spiritual insight, he or she knows there is a place for valid experience. Sound experience is rooted in sound doctrine. Experience that isn’t built on correct doctrine can be wild, outlandish, heretical and dangerous. Having said all this, what about “living” orthodoxy? (Dead orthodoxy should be buried). What do I mean by “living” orthodoxy? I’m thinking of wonderful Truth from God’s Word that gets taken off the “bookshelves of our minds” and lived out in “the real world.” Knowing the way to be and live isn’t to be only stored knowledge. It should define our daily lives. As all this information grips and moves us, we become living visual aids of the Presence and power of God at work, in and through us, as we function among fellow human beings. “That ye (we) may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15). Selah! Truth can be stored in our heads and not used. God’s truth lived out where “the rubber meets the road” can shine into the darkness of a sin blinded world, dispelling the darkness and showing the way of salvation.  Ron

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