The Importance of Good Theology

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It has been a heavy week for me here on the blogosphere. Not because of quantity. It was the intensity; particularly reading about the death of Hana Grace-Rose Williams.

As I've talked with other bloggers about this situation, the importance of good theology has come up again and again. This appears to be a case where the beliefs of the parents killed their child. But not in a "we believe medicine is an act of distrust in God" kind of way. Instead, this looks like a situation where the parent's beliefs about raising kids enabled them to--apparently unconsciously--kill their child.


The verse bouncing around in my head today is 1 Timothy 4:16: Watch your life and doctrine closely.

Dear friends, please consider your theology. As one of my Bible professors was fond of saying, "Ideas have consequences." In some cases, bad ideas lead to death.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

P.S. I'm not going to link directly to any posts about this topic. But if you'd like to read more, you can find a couple posts a little ways back in my Other Posts of Note. I have found the discussion the in the comments to be particularly enlightening.

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4 Responses to The Importance of Good Theology

  1. Celee says:

    Wrong thinking leads to wrong doing, is how I think of it. Unfortunately right thinking doesn't always lead to right doing, but that's where it has to start. I heard an RC Sproul sermon once where he talked about the anti-intellectual climate of this culture. No one wants to think anymore, we just like to "feel" or "react". It has to start in the mind. That's why we need it renewed with Scripture!

  2. Luke says:

    Celee, may our minds be renewed and we inspired to share the love and grace of Christ with everyone in both word and deed!


  3. C.L. Dyck says:

    Luke, this was also our feeling about these cases. My husband and I are homeschooling parents, and we coordinate a Christian conference in Canada (Westman Bible Conference). We believe Christian parents are simply seeking the most biblical parenting possible.

    We took a year to carefully read and listen to the materials involved. We felt it was important not to get sidetracked into judgments about whether the author is a good or bad person, or whether one means of discipline is better than another. First, all people--including those who teach, as homeschool parents so well know--are fallible. Secondly, different approaches work for different parents and children.

    The questions we asked were: is the theology behind Michael Pearl's presentation of parenting methods foundationally biblical? How do the theology and the methodology relate to each other?

    We wrote up a comprehensive review that covers TTUAC, the NGJ book/article collection, website materials, and some audio sermons. We looked at Mr. Pearl's teaching on the nature of man, the nature of God, sin, salvation, and sanctification. The review is online as a PDF download:

    We encourage parents to investigate and discern for themselves.

  4. Luke says:

    Thanks, C.L. I've had a chance to glance through it and it looks like you have some excellent information in there. May many families find this resource helpful as they continue to study this issue.


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