Theology without works= Devil

“Theology without action is the theology of demons.” – St. Maximos the Confessor

“they will know that we are Christians by our LOVE. . .” -a hymn.

Recently, I have been on a journey of discovery of sorts. As many of you may know, I have had a slight obsession with things “Orthodox” since I took a Church History course. Well I received an inspiration of sorts tonight and wanted to share it with you. It was based on a reading about what the Church is. I have been reading Eastern Orthodox Theology (ed. Clendenin) and The Orthodox Church by Bishop Ware, and when the church was described as “the image of the Triune God” I could not help but be inspired to write the next part of this message. So now that that (2x? oh well. . . I digress) is set up for you and you may understand the rest of this message. . . let’s just read it shall we. . .

I think that is possible to be “Orthodox” in your belief, yet be thoroughly evil in your action. Even Satan is Orthodox in a the sense. Lucifer has been in the very presence of God Triune. Though he may try to persuade others otherwise, he has no choice to believe that God is in fact three unique persons existing perfectly as one united God. He has been witness to his own demise, the fullness of the word made flesh, who is Jesus: fully human and fully God. What I am trying to say here is this: Don’t seek to be only Orthodox, be Holy as God is Holy. For true Orthodoxy (or right belief) must also be right action, attitude, mindset, and thoughts.

The word Christian means literally “little Christ.” To be a little Christ, one must act like Christ, not just believe in Christ. So, when we focus on where we are in our spiritual journey, it is much more important to understand ourselves as “Christians” (that is our chief aim on earth is to live in Christ through the Holy Spirit, to please the Father.) If we truly search after God, the “Orthodoxy” will follow.

Basically what I am saying is this: we (I am speaking to myself here) can all be capable to search after a “orthodoxy” that is flawed all too often. If we are searching after an orthodoxy that is intellectual, we have missed the point. Theology should not be a “study of God” as is the dictionary term. Our search for Orthodoxy (in whatever form we may seek it) must be found in the life that we are called to, theosis/sanctification, or in layman’s terms, of who we are becoming in Christ. The idea of the trinity should not just be some theological concept discussed in academia, but a living belief instilled in our actions and interactions with others.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bryan Hollon
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 03:23:57

    I did a web search and discovered this site with a possible mention of me. I’m just wondering who the author is.

    Cheers,
    Bryan

    Reply

  2. Benjamin
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 04:21:49

    This is Ben, from your Spiritual Formation class. . .

    Reply

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