Yet another example of why theology matters

Yet another example of why theology matters By Robin Schumacher, for The Christian Post

I swear if I come across another one of these, I’m going to scream in a way that will make the T-Rex roar in Jurassic Park seem like a leaf hitting the ground.

A young pregnant girl in our community suffering from mental illness was recently taken by the Christian family caring for her not to a doctor for proper diagnosis, but instead to a person who claimed they had the gift of healing. After a single session of prayer and deliverance, the “healer” declared the girl completely cured and sent her on her way.

Flash forward to today. The young woman has given birth to her child and is rapidly declining from a mental health standpoint, acting in the bizarrest of ways, putting both herself and her baby at risk.

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Here, once again, we have a tragic example of what happens when Christians are grossly illiterate in theology and, one might argue, lack common sense in matters of illness in general and mental affliction in particular.

The queen of the sciences

What is theology? Theology: ol·o·gylogos, reason; a subject of study; a branch of knowledge. theo-: relating to God or deity.

If you’re a Christian, it is your responsibility — your personal responsibility — to vigorously pursue theology for as long as God gives you breath. God’s Word is unambiguous in commanding us to do this.

We’re told to “be absorbed” (1 Tim. 4:15) in Scripture and teaching; “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Pet. 2:2). We’re instructed to “not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature” (1 Cor. 14:20) and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).

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