- Proverbs 17:15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
- Proverbs 24:24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him.
- Isaiah 5:22-23 Woe to those…Who justify the wicked for a bribe…
- Exodus 23:7 …I will not acquit the guilty.
These Scriptures teach that it is wrong to declare a guilty person, “Not guilty.” Yet in the evangelical gospel we see God doing exactly that! He is a God who “justifies the ungodly” (Rom. 4:5).
How can we explain this dilemma? Is God loving us at the expense of His justice? Continue reading 4 Questions About the Justice of God in the Gospel
If I go into an average church and say, “God hates some people,” I would immediately be labeled a heretic. We have engraved in our minds the clichés, “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin,” or, “God loves everybody the same.” I would question the legitimacy of those ideas, and argue that God actually hates some people. Continue reading Does God Hate Sin and Not Sinners? Revisiting a Cliché
Despite the many passages of Scripture which teach God’s foreknowledge, some of which were discussed in God Knows Everything, Even the Future, the Open Theist is not without weapons of their own. They will often cite passages where God is said to regret an action of His, which seems to mean He did not see the consequences of His choice. Or they will cite where God seems surprised by human actions, or where He remembers someone or something. Let us look at a couple of the more popular ones and see if these texts, upon closer scrutiny, really teach that God does not have exhaustive knowledge. Continue reading Alleged Divine Ignorance Texts Answered: Responding to Open Theism Pt. 2
The God of the Bible is omniscient and has a perfect plan from beginning to end. That is a major tenet of Christianity, is it not? However, a few centuries ago a heresy sprung up called Open Theism. It is the teaching that God does not know the future; history is open and unsure, rather than closed, certain, and set in stone. This notion has gained popularity, and has snuck into many churches. Sadly it is often considered a more peripheral matter up for debate, such as believer’s vs. infant baptism. But no, this doctrine is blasphemy and cannot be allowed to creep into our churches and deceive God’s people. Continue reading God Knows Everything, Even the Future: Responding to Open Theism Pt. 1
In Deuteronomy, Moses takes up the task of explaining the Law to a new generation of Israelites who survived the 40 years of wilderness wandering (Deut. 1:5). In so doing, he recounts the nation’s dealings with God, including their failure at Mount Sinai. His intention is to warn this younger generation not to sin as their parents did and thus to avoid the hot anger of God. It serves as a warning to us also (cf. 1 Cor. 10:1-13). If we are to be wise, we must learn from the experience of others. Who better to learn from than those who met and encountered Yahweh?
In Deuteronomy 9:3, Moses reminds the people that God is a consuming fire. He corrects the notion that God chose them for their righteousness (Deut 9:6-7) and says instead that they have been a “stubborn people” from the start. As proof of this allegation, Moses reminds them of how they broke the covenant on the eve of Moses’ return with Ten Commandments in hand (Deut 9:8). Even before the nation could see the terms they had already agreed to, they had completely abandoned faith in their God and constructed and idol (Deut 9:12). Moses shattering the tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments is a graphic demonstration of that broken covenant (Deut 9:17). Continue reading The Hot Anger of Yahweh