“If spiritual maturity were synonymous with information transfer, or more specifically, Bible content transfer (then traditional modes of preaching) would be fine.
But it’s not. And you know that. I know that. Everybody I know knows that…
You and I know that Bible knowledge can lead to pride; the antithesis of spiritual maturity. It’s interesting that the group who knew the Old Testament Scriptures best were the very ones who considered Jesus a blasphemer and arranged for his crucifixion. Knowing isn’t enough.”
(Communicating for a Change pg 95)
I’m in the middle of this amazing book listed above. The quote seems to be at the very heart of the argument that Stanley is making. The parenthetical quote is mine because the words he used required reading the whole chapter to be understood. (I’m hopeful that I didn’t really alter his meaning.)
It seems like quite a large paradigm shift. I felt like it was so succintly and explicitly stated that I wanted to quote it.