Most heresy and wrong doctrine, I think you will find, is based on man’s undue attempt to make the ineffable, effible (don’t get cute with the puns!).

It is an attempt to find reconciliation in revealed truth with our, often, overly rational mind. The Enlightenment proliferized this, and it continues to today.

We don’t like the “secret things” to belong to anyone but us, so we organize them, leaving something out or putting something new in. We want our theological bookshelf to be in perfect order.

In truth, our approach should be to do everything we can to reconcile, then, when the problem is obvious, we let the secret things remain concealed, safe in the hands of the Lord. We should not only be content with this methodology, but we should celebrate it!

Great is our ineffabile Lord.

Deut 29:29
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Find him everywhere: Find him everywhere

    3 replies to "The Origin Of Bad Doctrine – A Denial Of The Secret Things"

    • Bibliophile

      The origin of bad doctrine lies not in the denial of secret things, but in the rejection of an infallible teaching authority

      • C Michael Patton

        There is that word again. “Infallible.” ha😁

        • Bibliophile

          The only kind of authority one should submit to in matters of faith and morals. Otherwise, it’s just a free for all – hence, 40 thousand plus protestant denominations, all claiming to have the truth…

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