Recently I was listening to a pastor of a very prominent church expound on the topic of apologetics and how important it is for the believer to be able to “contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (1) and I was intent on hearing the message from beginning to end.
Within a few minutes he briefly defined what apologetics is, explained how God is love (agape), omniscient, and omnipotent. Afterwards he gave a personal story of some very difficult times he endured and how process theology helped him to cope and explain God in these circumstances.
I was all ears until he made this statement (paraphrase): God cannot know anything until it is made known. I listened intently to his explanation of this statement. After his clarification, I quickly ended the video because I was extremely disturbed by his implication that God is, simply put, not omniscient.
In hindsight, there were a few red flags that alerted me that I was not going to listen to the complete bible study:
- God is usually (at our basest best) explained as the three omn-ies: omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. Explaining God as love (of which he is) sounded a bit contrived.
- He told the congregation that there are many scriptures but not to question or send him emails about his explanation.
- Blatant contradiction of scripture (Psalm 139 – the omnipresent and omniscience of God).
If this pastor’s belief in process theology supercedes biblical theology, then we must eliminate the following:
- God’s statement to Adam and Eve: “the day you eat thereof you shall surely die.” (2)
- The messianic prophesy of the seed of the woman bruising the head of the serpent. (3)
- God told Abram Israel would be enslaved for 400 years before leaving Egypt. (4)
- God raising up a Prophet like Moses. (5)
- Isaiah’s prophecy of the virgin bearing a son and the prophecy of Jesus 700 years before it happened. (6)
- Hosea’s prophecy of God calling his son out of Egypt (7)
Remove all of the synoptic gospels that give an account about the seed of the woman (Jesus) who came to bruise the head of the serpent.
Remove Romans 8:29 “for whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…”
Remove the passages in Ephesians chapter one that reference God choosing us before the foundation of the world, having predestinated us unto the adoption of children.
I am sure you get my point.
It is our job to correctly interpret the word of truth by God’s spirit. We are not to rely upon other people’s understanding or even our own. If we believe the scriptures are insufficient and have to break down God to make him fit our concept of him, then he simply is not God.
- Jude 1:3
- Genesis 2:1
- Genesis 3:15
- Genesis 15:13
- Deuteronomy 18:15
- Isaiah 7:14, 53:1-12
- Hosea 11:1, St. Matthew 2:14