Saturday, May 18, 2019

"Is the Future Set in Stone?" New Book on Open Theism

I have written a number of books and some of them (such as my book, "WHY? A Biblical Explanation for Evil?") have touched on Open Theism. However, I have now written and published my first book dealing exclusively with the Open View of God. It is titled, "Is the Future Set in Stone?: A Biblical study of God’s relation to time and knowledge of the future" is now available:

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RQWNC6R

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098783913


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Does God Engage in Destructive Behavior? (Part 8)


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UdVwy7tjpM

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Does God Engage in Destructive Behavior?


One of the slides from part nine of our teaching series, "Does God Engage in Destructive Behavior". Here is the text:

“Deuteronomy 28 lays out principles governing interaction between God and his people. God sets before them life and death, blessings and curses. Their choices will determine how God will interact with them—to bless them or to impose judgment. Still, we would be wrong to see this as an interaction involving only God and Israel. Throughout Scripture there is another being lurking behind the scenes, one who leads a host of fallen angels who are hostile to God and his chosen people.”
Lawrence Richards,  How to Read (and Understand) the Bible, p. 97

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Jeremiah 19:7 in the Permissive Sense




Jeremiah 19:7

How the King James Version translated it:
“And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.”

How it should have been translated:
“‘In this place I will ruin the plans of you people who live in Jerusalem and in other places in Judah. I will allow your enemies who want to kill you to kill many of you with their swords. Then I will allow your corpses to remain on the ground to be food for vultures and wild animals.” (Unlocked Dynamic Bible)


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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Exodus 4:11


EXODUS 4:11

“And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11; kjv)
 How it should have been translated:“The Lord said to him, ‘Who made man’s mouth? Who can restore his ability to speak when he’s dumb or his hearing when he’s deaf? Who can restore his sight when he’s blind? Only I, the Lord.’” (Exodus 4:11; The Clear Word: A Paraphrase by Dr. Jack Blanco)

Commentary: 
“Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?” (Matt. 12:22-23; see also v. 28; Matt. 9:32-35; Mk 9:17, 25)

The New Testament shows that these handicaps were  satanic. God is not partnering with Satan. He came to destroy Satan’s works (1 John 3:8). Ex. 4:11 should be read in a permissive and not a causative sense.

“In the deterministic idiom of the culture, actions that were simply permitted by God …. creating handicapped babies (Exod. 4:11) …. are an accommodation to the mindset of the culture ….his involvement may be more indirect than the language of the text suggests. The situations described may reflect His permissive will, rather than his ideal or his moral will.’” Howard, David M.; Grisante, Michael A. Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts, p. 58


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Saturday, April 6, 2019

John 9 and the Man Born Blind


John 9 and the Man Born Blind

Men have used Scripture such as John 9:1-5 to teach that God has predestined people to be born with sickness, disease, and handicaps. They claim that God does this to be glorified through it. Therefore, the negative circumstances in your life must be accepted as God’s will for you. But is this what the passage is teaching?

In this teaching video we will show you how men have absolutely misunderstood John 9:1-5 and will give you the proper interpretation by which God's character is completely vindicated.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Old Books: Silas Henn on Calvinistic Predestination


“I believe that the God of heaven and earth, the God of the Bible, the God of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is holy, and righteous, and benevolent, and merciful; and I believe that he possesses all these attributes in an infinite degree ….But if I believe this of God, I cannot believe in Calvinistic predestination.”
Henn, Silas Spurgeon’s Calvinism Examined and Refuted (London: J. B. Cooke, 1858), p. 37

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Did God Make the Wicked for the Day of Evil?



Calvinist Proof-Texts Answered

“The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” (Prov. 16:4)

Does God Create Wicked People Just to Punish?

“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” (Ecclesiastes 7:29)

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11)

All things hath Jehovah wrought for Himself, And also the wicked [worketh] for a day of evil. (Proverbs 16:4; Young’s Literal Translation)

Commentary: “The meaning of the passage is simple enough. God hath appointed good for the righteous and evil for the wicked. Though hand join in hand the wicked shall not go unpunished. One version of the passage is, ‘Jehovah hath made all things to answer each other, even the day of calamities for the wicked’ (Davidson's Commentary). In Collins’ Critical Commentary it is explained thus: ‘For Himself or for its answer or purpose .... Sin and suffering answer to each other, are indissolubly united’ (ad loc). Thus interpreted, there is nothing in the passage to create difficulty.” – Robert Wallace, The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election, p. 96


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Samuel D. Gordon on the Sovereignty of God


Samuel D. Gordon on the Sovereignty of God

Troy J. Edwards


But the Pharisees and religious scholars hardened their hearts and turned their backs on God’s purposes for them because they had refused John’s baptism. (Luke 7:30; The VOICE Translation)

A couple of days ago I came home from church, turned on the TV and caught the ending of the 1951 movie “Quo Vadis” starring Peter Ustinov as the corrupt Roman emperor who set much of Rome on fire and then blamed it on the Christians. The movie depicts the serious and monstrous persecution of the Christians in Rome by this evil dictator.
Upon discovery of the truth the citizens of Rome began to rebel against Emperor Nero and he hid in his palace. A woman he banished showed up and tells him that he will be killed by the people because of the monster he has become. Nero then says, “I didn’t wish to be a monster. The gods willed it.” I teasingly told my wife, “Hey honey, Nero was a Calvinist.”
The truth is, false ideas about sovereignty, whether they are found in pagan religions or within “Christianity” have been used to relieve men of the responsibility for their own careless actions. Muslims, even today, attribute everything that happens to “Allah’s will”. This means that no matter what they do, it was the will of Allah that they did it.
But “Christians” (particularly those who embrace Calvinist ideology) who teach these false ideas not only lead people to reject the Biblical truth in which we all have the freedom to choose good and evil (Deut. 30:15, 19), but also cast aspersions on the truth about God’s loving character. God is made out to be a monster who wills the worst types of evil upon men and women.
Not too long ago I was reading some material by one of my favorite classic authors, S. D. Gordon, who was famous for his “Quiet Talks” series of books. Gordon gave, what I believe to be, a very good refutation of the erroneous ideas put forth by those who hold to a distorted viewpoint of God’s sovereignty:

God’s Sovereignty.
There has been a good bit of teaching about “God’s sovereignty.” Behind that mysterious, indefinite phrase has crept much that badly needs the clear, searching sunlight of day. God’s sovereignty is commonly thought of as a sort of dead-weight force by which He compels things to come His way. If a man stand in the way of God's plan so much the worse for the man. It is thought of as a sort of mighty army, marching down the road, in close ranks, with fixed bayonets. If you happen to be on that road better look out very sharply, or you may get crushed under foot.
I do not mean that the theologians put it in that blunt fashion, nor that I have ever heard any preacher phrase it in that way. I mean that as I have talked with the plain common people, and listened to them, this is the distinct impression that comes continually of what it means to them. Then, too, the phrase has often been used, it is to be feared, as a religious cloak to cover up the shortcomings and shirkings of those who aren't fitting into God’s plan.
God is a sovereign. The truth of His sovereignty is one of the most gracious of all the truths in this blessed old Book of God. It means that the great gracious purpose and plan of God will finally be victorious. It means that in our personal lives He, with great patience and skill and power, works through the tangled network of circumstances and difficulties to answer our prayers, and to bring out the best results for us.
It means further that, with a diplomacy and patience only divine, He works with and through the intricate meshes of men’s wills and contrary purposes to bring out good now—not good out of bad, that is impossible; but good in spite of the bad—and that finally all opposition will be overcome, or will have spent itself out in utter weakness, and so His purposes of love will be fully victorious.
But the practical thing to burn in deep just now is this, that we can hinder God’s plan. His plans have been hindered, and delayed, and made to fail, because we wouldn’t work with Him.
And God lets His plan fail. It is a bit of His greatness. He will let a plan fail before He will be untrue to man's utter freedom of action. He will let a man wreck his career, that so through the wreckage the man may see his own failure, and gladly turn to God. Many a hill is climbed only through a swamp road.
God cares more for a man than for a plan. The plan is only for the sake of the man. You say, of course. But, you know, many men think more of carrying through the plan on which they have set themselves, regardless of how it may hurt or crush some man in the way. God’s plan is for man, and so it is allowed to fail, for the man's sake.
Yet, because the plan is always made for man’s sake, it will be carried through, because by and by man will see it to be best. Many a man’s character has been made only through the wrecking of his career. If God had had His way He would have saved both life and soul, both the earthly career and the heavenly character.
Let us stop thoughtfully, and remember that God has carefully thought out a plan for every man, for each one of us. It is a plan for the life, these human years; not simply for getting us to what we may have thought of as a psalm singing heaven, when we’re worn out down here.
It is the best plan. For God is ambitious for us; more ambitious for you and me than we are for ourselves, though few of us really believe that. But He will carry out His plan—aye, He can carry it out only with our hearty consent. He must work through our wills. He honors us in that. With greatest reverence be it said that God waits reverently, hat in hand, outside the door of a man's will, until the man inside turns the knob and throws open the door for Him to come in and carry out His plan. We can make God fail by not working with Him. The greatest of all achievements of action is to find and fit into God’s plan.[1]

Some may balk at statements like, “We can make God fail by not working with Him.” Yet, this is not an inditement on God as much as it is on men who refuse to work with God in accordance to His plans for them (see Psalm 81:10-16). Therefore, we believe that Gordon gave a biblically accurate understanding of God’s sovereignty that is in line with the Bible’s revelation of God’s loving character.


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[1] Gordon, Samuel D. Quiet Talks with World Winners (New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1908), pp. 125-128