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12 Ways to Make Your Teaching Anti-Christian

12 Ways to Make Your Teaching Anti-Christian

APRIL 14, 2015

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1. Downplay the law of God and his grace. Tell people God is not that angry about cosmic treason, and grace isn’t that amazing.

2. Don’t mention God the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit. Assume that people already know enough about them or that the Trinity is too confusing to talk about.

3. Make “The Little Engine That Could” the foundation and center of your theology.

4. Remember that God is passive, so you better be really active… or else.

5. Remember, no other Christians get it right except for your tribe, of which you should be chief.

6. Only use Scripture as a proof-text—don’t actually teach it.

7. Tell people to follow their hearts.

8. Talk about technique a lot, because techniques are concrete. Miracles like regeneration, God turning haters into lovers, and the fruit of the Spirit are too abstract to be helpful.

9. Guilt is a great motivator. Use it wisely.

10. In their sanctification, people should fake it till they make it. Tell them how.

11. Be condescending. Make sure your theology is un-gracious in content and tone.

12. People really want Good Advice instead of Good News, so be a people-pleaser and only give lots of advice.

Justin Holcomb

Justin Holcomb

Justin is an Episcopal priest (serving as the Canon for Vocations in the Diocese of Central Florida) and teaches theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously taught at the University of Virginia and Emory University. Justin holds two masters degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Justin wrote […]

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