Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I don't think heresy is really our biggest problem

In reading Neil Cole's book, Organic Leadership, he has an interesting insight on pages 212-213. The section is on "holistic leadership development and theological education," and the title is 'Knowledge is Not Power.' His point is that too much of our leadership training is just about giving people knowledge; or making sure they know their theology. This is what he says:
Theology is a noble endeavor to pursue, but it is not enough to make you a good leader. When Paul lists the qualities to look for in a leader, sound doctrinal positions are not listed. They are all about character.

Why have we made such an issue of people's doctrinal stance on both the minors and the majors, when the Bible does not? Sure, the Bible clearly rejects false teachers, but these are not people who have subtle differences while believing basically the same thing on major issues. The way we have been trained to think is that heresy will run rampant if we do not make sure our leaders are all in a line on their documents.

Often I ask a group if they personally know anyone who has started a cult. On a rare occasion one person may raise his or her hand. Then I ask if they know of any leaders who have fallen into immorality, and almost every hand in the room goes up. I comment, "I don't think heresy is really our biggest problem."

He makes a good point; as he sums up, "Character is the issue we should be most concerned with, not theological positions on minor issues."

Yep... 'Love Jesus and do what you want,' is my motto ('Cause if you love Jesus, you'll want to do what he wants).

Peace out; and in.