Sunday, October 23, 2005

The truth according to Elvis

I came across this quote by A. W. Tozer which I though was rather funky, which is saying something as it concerns doctrine.

There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for
its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its Biblical sense, but
something else and something less. Theology is a set of facts concerning God,
man and the world. These facts may be, and often are, set forth as values in
themselves; and there lies the snare both for the teacher and for the
The Bible is among other things a book of revealed truth. That is,
certain facts are revealed that could not be discovered by the most brilliant
A. W. Tozer

These thoughts are echoed in Bells book my velvet Elvis, which defends the teaching of sound doctrine as a vital part of biblical maturing. He points out that doctrine and truth are really synonyms, although it is the retelling of that truth in a way which is current, grounded in reality and fresh that keeps true doctrine alive.

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