The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. Proverbs 10:29

"Non-Christians seem to think that the Incarnation implies some particular merit or excellence in humanity. But of course it implies just the reverse: a particular demerit and depravity. No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it."

— C. S. Lewis

Theology: Open Theism
[I forgot where I got this from… sorry]

Open theism leaves the traditional or classical teaching of many of God’s attributes. It also may be called Free-Will Theism, Openness of God, or Neo-Theism. It has recently been developed and popularized by Clark Pinnock, Greg Boyd, Richard Rice, John Sanders, William Hasker, and David Basinger, who have come out with a number of books on the subject. It has spurred much controversy within evangelical circles.

Below are only a few points where open theists differ from classical theism:

1) God does not have absolute FOREKNOWLEDGE. He chooses to know some things in the future and not others. The future is “partly open,” hence, Open Theism. This abandons the classical view of God’s OMNISCIENCE.

2) God’s love is His foremost attribute. While traditional theist would not argue that God is love, in this system it is elevated at the expense of other attributes, most namely God’s wrath and justice.

3) God is constrained by time. He “experiences the temporal world in a temporal way”. This abandons the classical teaching of omnitemporality.

4) God is profoundly influenced by man and by the world. They stop short of being PROCESS THEOLOGIANS, and indeed would argue against that theology, but abandon the classical view of divine IMMUTABILITY.

5) Open theists believe that there is prophecy in the bible which goes unfulfilled, that God’s plans can be thwarted. Indeed, “God’s will does not guarantee the outcome that He desires.” This goes against the classical teachings of God’s OMNIPOTENCE and sovereignty.

Prayer Request:

  • For our Kenya team as we prepares for our short-term missionary trip in June. For health, financial, spiritual issues as well as team building. Four weeks to go!
  • Margi and Larry, who have significant issues of health. Larry will be undergoing surgery at the end of this week, and will need five weeks to recover. Margi is undergoing chemo and has been very sick. Please keep them and their family during this trial. (long term)
  • My wife’s parents; as they face the twilight of their life, are facing numerous health issues.
  • Tim and Debby, as Tim continues to struggle with his recovery, and for their family during this time of crisis. (long term)
  • Danny, a young man who recently made Eagle scout has stage one melanoma. Please keep him in prayer while he undergoes medical treatment (chemo/radiation). Also, please keep his family in prayer! (long term)

~ by thoughtcrime2 on May 26, 2005.

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