Disastrous Teaching at Revive ’13: Can You Spot It?

We heard “disastrously bad” theology yesterday in Paul Tripp’s message on Psalm 27. He admitted it himself. (Remember, theology is just a fancy word for the study of God.)

He worked up to a passionate point in his message, voice rising with emotion:

The Lord is light. The Lord is salvation. The Lord is a stronghold.

Then, left-field, we were confronted. He stopped.

God is not light, salvation, or stronghold. That is disastrously bad theology.

The room was silent. We were confused—scrambling backward in our minds, trying to figure out what had been wrong with what he’d just declared.

But look back at what David actually says in the text, Psalm 27:1:

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

What’s wrong with saying that the Lord is light, the Lord is salvation, and the Lord is a stronghold—a support in time of trouble, a safe place to run to? The absence of one pivotal word: MY.

God is not just light, salvation, or stronghold. He must be MY light, MY salvation, MY stronghold—or those affirmations are merely academic textbook knowledge.

I can affirm that God is a stronghold in times of trouble until I’m blue, but it means nothing unless I acknowledge that He is mine.

When you tell people that God is good or that God is love or that God is a faithful rock, are you clinging to Him personally, or merely reciting abstract ideas? Is He yours?

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Lindsey Lee

Lindsey Lee's greatest passion is to see the glory of Christ, cherish Him unreservedly, and assist others in doing the same. She makes her home in Toronto.

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