Theological humility

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
― C.S. Lewis

I’m a ‘Bible guy’. I love God’s word. I believe in preaching and teaching through books of the Bible. I love drawing biblical truth out of the grand sweep of scriptural narrative. I love Bible genre. I love wrestling difficult passages. Like I said, I’m a Bible guy. However, I want to gently prod a point that many ‘Bible guys (and girls)’ feel uncomfortable with. Why do we struggle so much with Confessional Christianity?

Confessional Christianity is where you hold a confession up as a plumb-line to our beliefs. For example, many Reformed Christians would look to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Now I can hear the soapboxes being dusted down for the classic “nothing but the bible” rant, but wait a minute… The Westminster Confession of Faith was written by Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) guys. So what’s the problem?

It could be that we’re fearful of relying upon a confession at the expense of the Bible. I guess that’s possible. However, I wonder if it’s actually a deeper more painful issue — pride! You see, to embrace a confession requires the willingness to acknowledge that maybe just maybe some other people can help you to think more deeply about the words of scripture. It requires humility to read, ponder and think about theological implications that, to be honest, you may never have considered before. Like I said, maybe this is more a humility vs pride issue that an issue of obscuring the Bible.

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