Doctirnal maturity is not spiritual maturity

It is a ministry methodology to which those of us in Reformed traditions are particularly susceptible: an approach to ministry that is solely directed to the mind, defining spiritual success as the intellectual acquisition of biblical and theological knowledge. ‘Can he articulate the five points of Calvinism?’ ‘Does he know the standard answers to the difficult texts which appear to teach an unlimited atonement?’ ‘Is he committed to the regulative principle of worship?’ One’s acumen in answering questions such as these can often become a litmus test of spiritual growth. Let it be said that this is no attempt at minimizing the importance of biblical and theological truth. Spiritual maturity is not possible apart from such truth. But the fact remains, it is possible for a Christian to possess a vast amount of biblical and theological knowledge while at the same time being altogether devoid of Spiritual maturity.

Azurdia, Arturo G., Spirit Empowered Preaching. 36-37.

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