“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1,2)

A dancer spends many long hours learning the fundamentals of dance, including the basic moves and combinations of steps.  The goal is to have these fundamentals so ingrained in their minds and bodies that they begin to be intuitive — so that when they hear music, it is no longer dance steps they are thinking of, but the music and how it moves them — moving beyond craft and into the realm of art.  And I believe that is what God wants for us as well.

But it seems to me that there are two different and opposite problems highlighted by the above verse: (1) Many in the Church are continually going over and over the fundamentals, and never go any further. (2) And others try to move into the more intuitive realm without really understanding the fundamentals — and their improvisations can take them into dangerous places, theologically, making sometimes harmful assumptions that are not of God.

The Truth in this matter is not either/or — it must be both. We must truly learn the fundamentals — and we then must have the faith and courage to go further.


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