Let us take for example, a pencil. Seldom is there a story written with the wooden sides of a pencil. The lead is the important part when it comes to the writing process. Now the wooden casing surrounding that lead plays a very large role, but its existence is moot without the lead. The wooden shell is there to protect the centerpiece from contamination or harm. It keeps the bad stuff out, so to speak and also keeps the lead in place. Without this protection, nothing would ever be written.
Without the lead however, there is not even the faintest hope of writing in the first place. No one would, in their right minds, deny that the lead is the most important part of the pencil and likewise, no one would deny that the pencil would even be a pencil without the wooden casing.
There is one more component of the pencil though, and that is the point. The lead goes out first and the wood gladly follows. It plays a supporting role for the lead that has taken the lead. We must make CHRIST the point and let our theology follow him. Theology is useless without Christ. I attended my seminary extension class this evening and met with the closest brothers in the Faith I have; they are also the most theologically sound. Where we struggle is not the Sovereignty of God nor the depravity of man, it is not the doctrine of election and its seeming contradiction with the free agency of man. Where we struggle is making Christ the point. We struggle with making our theology our Theos- Greek word for “God”. We tend so often to try and scratch a message into someone’s heart by way of the wooden edge of theology that we forget entirely that we have the lead of Christ and him crucified at our fingertips. We cannot allow bad theology into our thinking lest the gospel of Christ be contaminated but neither can we allow our good theology to play anything other than a supporting role in the gospel itself.
We are all foolish. It is by the folly of preaching that the gospel is spread.
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21
We must not, brothers, regardless of theological disposition, allow our boastful pride in our own foolish understandings to get in the way of presenting the gospel to lost sinners and doing the work God has called us to do.
The Calvinist and the Arminian may indeed be brothers. There is no contradiction there. Both may be saved. Their difference is solely the view of God and of man. One has it right and one has it wrong but both are fools preaching a gospel neither has even BEGUN to grasp.
Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. 1 Peter 5:14
Let it be far from us to think ourselves more than fools, ignorant completely of the way the gospel, in its entirety, actually works. May we never lose a grasp of the fact that, regardless of the presentation of the gospel, it would not be possible without the love of God.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”