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Missions 101

Don’t Study the Bible with a Secular Spirit

Nov. 6, 2012By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

B.B. Warfield in Trials of Theology

There is certainly something wrong with the religious life of a theological student who does not study. But it does not quite follow that therefore everything is right with his religious life if he does study. It is possible to study – even to study theology – in an entirely secular spirit. I said a little while ago that what religion does is to send a man to his work with an added quality of devotion. In saying that, I meant the word ‘devotion’ to be taken in both its senses – in the sense of ‘zealous application,’ and in the sense of ‘a religious exercise.’ A truly religious man will study anything which becomes his duty to study with ‘devotion’ in both of the senses. That is what his religion does for him: it makes him do his duty, do it thoroughly, do it ‘in the Lord.’

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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