Theological or Actual?

While the study of God (Theology) is fascinating and important, there is an inherent danger. One can study God for many years and never really have a vital relationship with Him. We can know about Him without knowing Him. What a tragic thing to be so near to God and miss out on truly receiving Him as our own personal Savior and Lord. I believe many in our ranks today have assumed that having our doctrine straight qualifies one as being saved. It’s possible to end our search for God by simply believing facts. Truth alone, as a body of information, only means that we have valid information. This truth is intended to lead us to the Truth; to a Person; to Jesus! He said, in John 14:6, “….I am the way, the Truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” Truth alone won’t get us to God. When we act on that Truth and open our lives to Jesus, He will enable us to come to the Father. We can purchase a book on the correct way to repair something, without ever lifting a tool. The book is accurate but no repair has been made, until we carry out the instructions. God’s Word is completely and absolutely true but nothing is accomplished until we implement its Truth. Mary Lathbury, in her hymn, “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” captured the distinction. She wrote, “Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, as Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea: beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord; my spirit pants for Thee, O living Word.” Selah! God’s Word is alive with the Presence of God. If we only know truth without knowing the Truth, we can be orthodox and “dead!”   Ron

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One thought on “Theological or Actual?

  1. dear pastor pinkham,
    my prayer is that true theologians would not leave it to the pentecostals to correct the rendition of
    psalm 91:14 & 15.
    my Abba’s name is NOT “God”.
    it it “Elohiym”.
    my LORD’s name is NOT “LORD”.
    it is “YeHoVaH” (aspirant breathing sigh).
    my Lord’s name is NOT “Lord”.
    it is “Adonai”.
    if you research the etymology of the title “God”,
    you’re not going to find your way to
    psalm 91:14 & 15.
    is name is WONDERFUL.
    not some made up far-eastern title.
    we cry,
    that is, if you live by the promises ….. i.e:
    psalm 91:14 & 15

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