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Pious Desires

Posted by on Jun 6, 2006 in books | 2 comments

I have been reading several books this summer. One that I have been enjoying is Philip Jacob Spener’s Pia Desideria. In this book, Spener is countering the scholasticism of his day. Scholars were spending much time arguing nuances of theology that Spener considered to be unimportant. However, those same scholars were not demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit in their own lives. In other words, they had separated orthodoxy from orthopraxy, and they had determined that orthodoxy was important (down to the minute details) while orthopraxy was not necessary.

Perhaps it’s just me, but I see the same symptoms today. People argue details of theology while neglecting the abundant life that Christ promised. “Love God and love neighbor” has become “Agree with me or else.” “Walk in a manner worthy of your calling” has become “Are you Reformed or Arminian?”

I am very interested in theology. I study Scripture often to understand God’s plan. But, may my personal study never contradict my walk. Instead, as I study the Bible, I pray that I will live in a manner that is more glorifying to the Lord.


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  1. 6-7-2006


    It seems that it is always easier to talk about things than to live them out in our daily lives. For example, we know from scripture that man is to fear God not man. Yet, while it is easy to talk about what this means in the Christian life, it becomes much more difficult when we seek to live our daily lives in this manner. I also think back to your discussion of the “institutional lens.” It is one thing to discuss the waywardness of the Bride of Christ in comparison to the Scriptures. It is another thing to actualize the truth we find there. As I commented before it becomes difficult for a variety of reasons. Yet, we can still praise God for His Holy Spirit who illuminates, sanctifies, and enables us to not only have fruitful discussion but also fruitful lives.

    In Christ,

  2. 6-7-2006


    Fruitful discussion and fruitful lives… I think that should be our goal. Thank you again for you comment!