Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A Case Against Systematic Theology?

"The natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."
(1 Corinthians 2:14; ESV)

In reading Watchman Nee this morning, I came across this little nugget that caused me to stop and think for a while. Here it is:

"It pleased God to say many things which leave room for misunderstanding, and not to explain them. Often in the Bible there seem to be conflicting statements, or statements that seem to violate the known facts of life, and it has please Him to leave them there. There are many scriptures we cannot clearly explain. Had we been writing we would have put things far more plainly, so that men should have before them all the doctrine in foolproof systematic order. But would they have had the life? 
"The mighty eternal truths of God are half obscured in Scripture so that the natural man may not lay hold of them. God has hidden them from the wise to reveal them to babes, for they are spiritually discerned. His Word is not a study book. It is intended to meet us in the course of our day-to-day walk in the Spirit and to speak to us there. It is designed to give us knowledge that is experimental because related to life. If we are trying through systematic theology to know God, we are absolutely on the wrong road."


Source: A Table in the Wilderness


  1. so it is.
    no great reach to leave room for misunderstanding, as men who think without God are re-inventing misunderstandings every day.

  2. Rod C. (via Facebook) said: "Systematic theology doesn't work, it leads to idolatry. I liked Mr. Nee's thoughts pertaining to how understanding does come from the Spirit of God, not just laid out for human man to do whatever he wants. Following God by faith rather than by sight. Those are the dangers in churchianity that should be addressed.There's a theological system to meet everyone's needs."

  3. Scott H. (via Facebook) said: "Sys Theo is man's attempt, not to KNOW God, but to understand about Him. It is like learning all the stats on your favorite sports star, but never actually meeting them. You can be a "fan" of God and still not KNOW Him personally."