Certain beliefs are emerging at a quickening pace in the modern church.
The main theme that seems to bind all of the “latest” thoughts on God and His Word together is……the ascendancy of man.
Man’s opinion. Man’s power. Man’s gifts. Man’s intellectualism. Man’s philosophy. Man’s reasoning. Man’s pattern.
It’s the same old lie of idolatry. Creating a god in OUR image and likeness that we can handle and touch and control. Disseminating our beliefs of this god to others in language that doesn’t allow anyone to feel confronted or confrontational. Or presenting a god that soothes the itch of the many who just want to bask in mans glory. Or presenting a “crossless” salvation call. Or a “crossless” walk with Him. Or redefining the nature of God so as to eliminate wrath or anger or jealousy.
Preterism -Universalism -Annihilationism -Antinomianism -Inclusivism -Open Theism….all of these “isms” are tools that are creating an atmosphere of idolatry. It doesn’t matter how “spiritual” the language is that is used to teach these doctrines. It doesn’t matter if they are taught in “supernatural” Bible schools. The quantity of the rhetoric is irrelevant. The delivery system doesn’t matter. Sometimes the presentation and rhetoric are actually quite powerful. Sometimes it sounds so good that it must be true. Unfortunately, many in the church have been “sharpening” their senses by reading endless books written by the latest “fad” teacher. Oh we can defend… fire tunnels -streams -prophetic words – the takeover of Hollywood by the church- the worship of gold dust clouds – even the belief that our number one job is to bring heaven to earth but we can’t sense false doctrines or false teachers or damnable heresies. We have become so weak and intoxicated with the present belief system that we label everything that upsets us as phariseeism or legalism or divisive. We believe that because a teacher is a brother in Christ that we should just look the other way when their teaching is suspect. We use love to cover spots on garments and grace to ignore blights on the nature of God. Foolish. Clueless.
Open Theism is basically the belief that….
*God’s will is not the ultimate goal for… or explanation of… everything.
*Life…History…events in time…are the combined result of what God and man decide to do.
*God does not know everything.
*God learns from events as they take place.
*God is dependent on man and man’s actions.
*Man’s choices are undetermined and uncaused. They are not foreordained by God, circumstances, or even character or desires.
Sounds like a key component to the theology of idolatry. In response to these tenants of open theism…let’s look at the most magesterial account of the will of God in the whole Bible ——
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a] which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
WOW. His Word is living and active…divides soul and spirit…and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
HE does not need rhetoric.
HE speaks plainly.
Oh that we would recognize the need for purity and true revelation. That we would abhor mixture. That we would hunger for Him and Him alone. That we would be wise and not clueless. That we would hunger for the ascension of THE MAN in our lives. That the spell of intoxication would be broken. That we would see the times we are in and the spirit that is truly behind certain systems of belief.
May the eyes of our understanding be enlightened!