My friend has just bought the house. A few years previously, the house belonged to a now famous preacher. The preacher fitted the kitchen. I thought, since he was/is a preacher a few applications may not go wrong.
- When we fail to follow the guidelines we go astray. Perhaps the preacher-kitchen-builder decided to ignore the instructions or perhaps he thought a few logical deductions of his own were safe to follow. Build your kitchen (for kitchen read theology for the allegorically bewildered) on ignoring the revealed instructions or adding your own deductions (imputed righteousness!) and you can go seriously astray.
- The faults in the kitchen didn't show up immediately. However, one small error led to another and another. The putting in of the cooker eventually revealed the mistakes and the workman is exposed and left ashamed. The story of faulty theology is surely the same.
- Kitchens need to be built carefully. The building is not for the amateur or carelessly inclined. It requires skill, knowledge and integrity. Theology requires the same respect as does preaching the theological Word.
I trust the famous preacher is better at building God's temple than he is at building kitchens (I know he is).