This is a strange one for me, as natural theology is certainly something I espoused pre conversion, but not something I had ever thought through. As I mentioned last week, while I’m researching these Tuesday posts I tend to be reminded of the decade I spent in false religion. I can remember thinking, and saying, that anyone who dies having never heard the gospel would not be condemned. That thought may make it easier for all of us to stay comfortably at home, without needing to spread the gospel message to all those lost in their sins, but it is certainly not biblical. It also doesn’t seem to be possible, since becoming saved Christ is all I want to talk about. All other conversation feels like wasted time.
So what is natural theology? It’s the belief that people can become saved based on the amount of knowledge of God they have naturally. The Bible certainly tells us that Gods creation shows us the obvious Creator. The problem is that man is naturally sinful when we recognize there is a God we create golden calves rather than seek for truth. I had enough knowledge to know that I was created, and needed to worship the Creator. However, until God saved me, I had created a false god after my own image. The natural theology of man will always tend toward idolatry. My god resembled Santa Clause or a magic genie who lived to grant my requests. The recognization of the true God led me to repentance, deep sorrow over my sins, and devotion to Him.
Many people teach, preach, or believe natural theology today without even realizing it. It’s on the air on most ‘Christian’ television shows, how often do we hear that people don’t need the gospel they need food? Christ fed people, that’s true, but He also convicted them of their sins and called them the follow Him. What good is temporal food if your soul is lost?
Unfortunately, this theology has caused a majority of those claiming to be Christians to feel comfortable in disobedience, whether they realize it or not, they are ignoring the great commission. Who needs to go tell the world about Christ if the world can get in a different way? I had been wondering over the last two years where the urgency is in the church. When you look at church history, men like Paul didn’t just die for the Gospel, they lived for it. How many miles did the great men of the Reformation travel to spread the Good News? We have the capability to spread that news further and faster than we ever have, and now the church has decided we don’t need to?
Should we listen to man, or should we listen to God? Since I got saved I’ve had to go over everything I thought I knew and double check it against the Bible. I had listened to man for so long, it was almost terrifying to see how much I had been taught that didn’t match up with The Word. This is yet another doctrine of demons that need to be refuted. Can man come to salvation on his own? Christ told Nicodemus in John 3 that we have no more part in our second birth than we did in our first. On our own, we will set up idols to worship. On our own, we are lost. We can be saved from the wrath to come by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Christ, and Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. That’s the miracle of salvation, anytime anyone is saved it’s a miracle. That miracle only comes through the hearing of the Gospel. Go forth and tell all the world the Good News. Beloved, stand firm in Gods Word, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved. The world needs to hear the truth, there are so many lies, we must be armed to make a defense for the hope we have!