Bad theology harms people. Sometimes they see that what they have been taught doesn't match up with the truth. Often, they reject God because of it. My own church has taken on the task of counseling such seekers.
We especially need to recover and discover anew the priesthood of all believers, and the primacy of canonical and historical interpretation of the Bible, while never forgetting who we are as Latin Americans. Only then can we begin to speak of a Latin American biblical theology.
Milton Acosta is professor of Old Testament at Biblical Seminary of Colombia in Medellín, Colombia. He studied as a John Stott MinistriesLangham scholar at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This article is underwritten by a generous grant from John Stott Ministries.
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Christianity Today has a special section about Pentecostalism on our site. Previous articles on Latin America include:
Latin American Evangelicals' Life Just Got Harder | Pat Robertson's assassination call is more than just an ill-considered remark. (August 24, 2005)
Pope Urges New Effort To Curb 'Sects' in Latin America | "Pontiff alludes to Protestants as serious problem, calls for resolute pastoral action in reevangelization." (April 1, 2001)
Latin America: Engaging the Culture | Latin Americans begin to master mass media as a way to reach out with the gospel. (November 17, 1997)