I’m a pastor so I’ve heard more than my fair share of bad theology. Anyone who works at a church can attest to this fact. Pastors hear lots of bad theology, we even get accused on bad theology on occasion. But last week I overheard some bad theology, and began to wonder if God minds it, or if he can use it.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that teachers are held to a higher standard, and that obviously we want to communicate the gospel as accurately as possible. Yet, I wonder if God can work in spite or even through our misinterpretations. I think he can. I think it’s fully possible for God to move in a way we don’t expect, for Him to allow someone to cling to an out of context verse when they have nothing else. We shouldn’t use this as an excuse to propagate bad theology just because it’s warm and fuzzy, but maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to write others off just because they don’t have the same view we do.