May 2012 – Open Theism’s Heresy

Published May 3, 2012 by Dr. David M. Berman in Articles 2012

By Dr. David M. Berman

Let me start by saying that I am not a Calvinist. It is often said that it is Calvinists who have a problem with open theism. However I can assure you that open theism contains as its main point doctrine that is anathema to a proper theological understanding of God. Open theism is not only refuted by Calvinists, it is refuted by every Christian who holds his view of God in the biblical context. Open theists have a view of God that says he is inside of time, and cannot fully know the future. The open theist does not believe that God is Omniscient. They say they do, however, let us examine this claim.

Omniscient is defined: Having complete, unlimited knowledge, awareness, and understanding of all things.

Open theists simply do not believe that God has complete, unlimited knowledge. They say God does not know the future fully. It is quite interesting to hear their arguments. They sound more like what the philosophers the apostle Paul dealt with at Mars hill (Acts 17:22) were like rather than biblical theologians. In fact I have heard some of the most absurd, and twisted logic come out of open theists who cling to questions that the Apostle Paul warned us against:
2 Timothy 2:23 “But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes.”

Using circular reasoning and circular questions they attempt to put in theological terms the simple heresy they proclaim. This has long been a tactic of Satan who often uses grand sounding explanations for his cunning attack on the character of God. No matter how an open theist explains that they “believe in God’s Omniscience” they do not.

God is:

All knowing of the heart of man:
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? I, Jehovah, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”

All knowing on the motivations of each man:
John 6:64 “But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who it was that should betray him.”

All knowing of the thoughts of man:
Luke 6:8 “But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man that had his hand withered, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.”

All knowing of the past and the future:
Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure”
Psalms 147:4-5 “He counteth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”

Isaiah 48:3-5 “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;  I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.”

All knowing of everything for nothing and no one teaches God anything:
Isaiah 40:12-14 “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?  Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?  With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?”

God is Omnipotent (all powerful):
Revelation 16:7 “And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.”

God IS Omnipresent:
Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

God is Omniscient:
God is the creator of all creation including time. He is not restricted by time, space, or any law of physics. God is not natural. He is supernatural and can control anything he wishes, in any way he wishes:
Mark 4:39 “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

Who is this God that the open theist worships? A god that does not know everything, a god that has limits, a god that is hampered by the thoughts, will and decisions of man? Is this the God of the bible? Is this the majestic, almighty creator of the heavens and earth? Is this he who defied death, rebuked the storm, multiplied the bread and fish, and is called “The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end?” Who is this god the open theists proclaim?

To call yourself a Christian, a theologian, a respecter of the creator, and then attack the very nature and power of God is an abomination against he who is all and all; God almighty.

The attack against God’s Omniscience is an attack on his Omnipotence, and thus creates room to attack his omnipresence. Open Theism is a misnomer; it is not theism at all. It reduces God to that of one who lacks the power of knowledge. God lacks nothing:
Revelation 1:8  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 4:8  “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”

Revelation 11:17  “Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.”

Revelation 16:7 “And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.”
Revelation 19:15 “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

Revelation 21:22 “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”
I find myself wondering what part of “almighty” they do not understand. At first I wonder how people who seem to be sincere can be so deceived. Then I read this verse:

Galatians 1:6-7 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”

So soon they were removed from truth to another gospel due to their hearts allowing the deception of Satan. This is a recurring problem, but it is even worse now as we come closer to the end of the Church age. The bible warns us of those who depart from the faith and give heed to seducing spirits and “doctrines of devils” (1 Tim 4:1).

Open theism is just that; a doctrine of devils that seeks to diminish the power of God. Sadly, many have given heed to this heretical teaching. Surely the bible is true in its warning to us of those who come as angels of light only to bring their contempt for the authority and character of God. Sadly those who bring these deceptions think they are doing the will of God. I end with this:

2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Beware of those who attempt to complicate with their vain philosophy the simple truth of the gospel, and the revelation of the greatness of almighty God.

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