- “Oh, they over-emphasized grace.”
- “They must not really understand sanctification.”
- “They must not have been Reformed enough.”
- “I guess they didn’t understand sin.”
Certainly, theology does drive practice. Right understanding does impact behavior. But right thinking doesn’t equate to right living. Sin issues aren’t mental problems, but moral problems. Jesus says, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word” (John 14:23). Proverbs 16:18 warns that pride (not lack of knowledge) leads to a fall.
For most Christians, I would venture to say that the issue isn’t an information problem. As Professor John Hannah once said, “Most people preach better than they live.” And sometimes some of the most faithful followers of Christ are those that don’t have all the theological answers.