Theology is the study of God, and it’s very important;
Doxology is an expression of praise to God;
So, the point here is that all theology should ultimately lead to doxology;

If theology doesn’t lead to doxology, then we’ve actually missed the point of theology;
So if you have theology without doxology, you just have dead, cold orthodoxy;
Which is horrible, right?
On the other side, we have people who say: “Ugh! Forget theology; I just wanna praise!” Right?
But, if we have doxology without theology, we actually have idolatry!
Because it’s just a random expression of praise; but it’s not actually informed by the Truth of who God is;
So, God is concerned with both!
He’s concerned with an accurate understanding of Him;
And that accurate understanding of Him, leading to a response of praise, adoration and worship towards Him;
-Shai Linne, Doxology

I love reading. I love studying church history, theology, and spiritual philosophy. I feel at home in a commentary or a systematic theology. You probably just rolled your eyes. You might think I’m just another theology nerd blogging about how spiritual he is. Well, the truth is, I’m writing this article to admit that these good things can sometimes be my biggest weaknesses. 

You see, sometimes we think we love knowing God, when the truth is, we really just love knowledge itself. 

We love having our brain jam-packed with tidbits of information. We love being able to command a conversation. We love knowing random facts that make us feel intellectually mature and developed.

Unfortunately, knowing truly is half the battle.

God doesn’t just call us to know theological factoids. He doesn’t just call us to know about Him. He calls us to know Him, not just what others say about Him.

There have been so many seasons of my life where I will speed read through a John Piper book and feel very spiritual, yet I realize I haven’t cracked my physical Bible open in two weeks. Or times where I feel like I can dominate someone in a theological argument, but my prayer life is suffering and virtually dead on the operating table.

When you find yourself more in love with someone’s articulation of truth rather than the Source of truth itself, you can be sure that is not God you are worshipping, but rather, the man speaking about him.

Knowledge is important, but if it doesn’t bring us to self-crushing, life-altering, pride-shattering awe of God, then it is worthless.

I believe it was Spurgeon who said, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”

There is only one Book which has the power to change us. It won’t just make us smarter, give us the edge in an argument, make us feel intellectually superior to everyone else, it will radically destroy us and rebuild us from the inside out!

This week, before you start reading your favorite Christian author, read your Bible and submit yourself to it. Before you debate your fellow theology nerd, spend time talking to God. Before you start studying ask yourself the crucial question.

“Am I doing this out of a passion to know things, or a passion to know Him.

There is a major difference.


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Eric is a blogger, videographer, designer, and full-time missionary with Rooftop Missions. While in the US, he works to raise support to help fund pastors and orphanages in closed countries. When he is traveling internationally, he provides leadership training for national pastors, as well as documenting the trips through photography and video. To partner with Eric financially, click here.

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