Without apprehending Christ at the deepest level, our theology is at best shallow and at worst outright heresy; being eviscerate of its essential part and force; which is Christ alone; the very core of the church. (Quote: G.L.M. 2014)
Daniel Webster defines the word eviscerate in this way: To remove the entrails from; to disembowel; hence to deprive of an essential part or to take away the force or significance of, etc.
Over the course of the past few years, I have listened to one pastor after another talk out both sides of their neck concerning the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. They will take you to 1 John 1:9 for the forgiveness of sins; then ever so eloquently roll you over to Hebrews 10:17-18, just to tell you that when you come to God regarding sin, He says, “What sin? I don’t see any sin!” Unfortunately this type of teaching or confusion is not unique, but rather the norm; and its roots go much deeper than we would like to believe; which of course is right to the center of the man teaching where Christ either dwells or does not! I know these words are harsh, but I am under the firm persuasion that should a man choose to parrot his mentors above and beyond the still small voice of God in Christ, he very well may not be His. My point is not to determine who is saved or not, my point is simply this: If the best we can hope to get out of our theological schools of higher learning is more of the same, maybe it is time we reexamine what God Himself actually says on the subject of appointment.
Here are a few examples:
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. ~ Ephesians 4:11
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized they had been with Jesus. ~ Acts 4:13
And finally, last but not least, brother Paul stated this in II Cor. 2:1-5: And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
God bless you all!
George L. Miller