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The Problem with Theological Deconstruction


There is a subtle, but dangerous movement in the Church today that is referred to as “theological deconstruction.” It sounds very intellectual, or at least thoughtful.

“Deconstructionism” is defined by the Khan Academy as follows:

“Deconstructionism, as applied to literary criticism, is a paradox about a paradox: It assumes that all discourse, even all historical narrative, is essentially disguised self-revelatory messages. Being subjective, the text has no fixed meaning, so when we read, we are prone to misread.”

But what does that mean to us as believers? Well, what it means is that there is really no absolute truth. It means a very careful and intentional dismantling of previous beliefs, where deeply held doctrines are re-examined and often jettisoned in favor of more “tolerant” and progressive ideas. Some of the proponents of “deconstruction” will continue to self-identify as Christian, while others choose to take on another label which they believe carries less baggage, such as “follower of Jesus.”

Believers often open themselves up to this deception during a period of intense pain, a time when we question how a loving God could allow the pain or loss that has entered your life. There are questions that arise: Is the Bible really truth? Is it truly inerrant? And sweeping in behind those questions are a new group of “pastors” more than willing to solve these questions/issues by leading questioning their belief system through the process of “deconstruction.”

The bottom line for these guys is their teaching that the Bible is not inerrant – it is only subjective truth based upon the historical and cultural context in which it was written. And once we accept that the Bible is not in fact inerrant, then it is off to the races. We can pick and choose what we want to believe. If there is something in Scripture that we don’t like because it is “hard,” we simply remove it from our belief system.

It's really nothing new. Thomas Jefferson did exactly the same thing when he created “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth,” commonly referred to as the Jefferson Bible. Thomas Jefferson did not believe in the miraculous, so he took a pair of scissors and removed every reference to miracles in the New Testament, and voila! The Jefferson Bible. If you don’t like it, just remove it. And that is the essence of theological deconstruction.

But there is a big problem here that is based upon an incredibly flawed thesis statement. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is absolutely inerrant. To put it simply, it is the truth, and nothing but the truth. It is not “filled with error and inconsistency” as the promoters of deconstruction claim. What they are teaching is simply wrong. And is intentionally deceptive.

We will go through times of testing and trial in our lives. And it is in those times that we must cling to God and to His Word. Not run from it because we don’t like some of the things it may be saying to us.

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