Why “Let Go and Let God” Is a Bad Idea

The following is a guest post written by Andy Naselli, author of No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It’s Harmful.

A silver lining of theological controversy is that it can help you refine how you understand what the Bible teaches. In this case, analyzing higher life theology will help you better understand the Christian life. Higher life theology is harmful. I know from experience. That’s why I wrote my first PhD dissertation on it in 2006. My new book, No Quick Fix, is a more accessible version of that more detailed and academic work. I have stripped out most of the academic jargon and rewritten it to make it more inviting for thoughtful lay people.

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What Is Exegesis & Why Does It Matter?

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One of the few framed items in my school office features the words of Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

The pattern has three steps:

  • Study the word.
  • Practice or do the word.
  • Teach the word.

Before you teach the word to others, you need to practice it. You must practice what you teach and preach. But before you practice and teach the word, you have to know what it says. So you must study it. You must exegete it.

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