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Their God Is Too Small
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Can you trust a “God” who can’t know the future? A new theology is trickling down from the lofty halls of academia to the pews of evangelical churches. Called open theism, this novel view of God denies that he fully knows the future and insists that he takes risks by giving humans wide-ranging freedom. This view has disastrous consequences for the everyday faith of ordinary Christians, consequences you can’t afford to ignore. Their God Is Too Small explains some of the beliefs of open theism and shows their practical implications. Using biblical truth and personal anecdotes, Bruce Ware demonstrates how open theism undermines trust in God for everyday life, particularly in the midst of suffering. This is no dry academic discourse; if you care about God’s glory and your confidence in him, then this book is for you because it concerns the everyday issues of faith.
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There is a new heresy making its way into the Church. It’s called Open Theism. The proponents of it would have us think that God doesn’t know the future. They want us to believe that he cannot make a decision until we, as free agents, let him know what we are thinking. I’m not kidding. They use such language as “God took a risk”, “Don’t think that God had anything to do with the tragedy that intrudes your life” and “God is waiting for us to act so he will know what to do.” Thankfully, men of God are taking a stand against this heresy. Bruce Ware, Dean and Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, has written a solid, logical, biblical defense of the True God of the Bible while exposing the so-called ‘god’ of Open Theism. He gives a short overview of Open Theism and the Christian Faith using good examples and anecdotes in the first chapter of the book. The second chapter begins a series of chapters that set Open Theism against three of the most cherished truths of Scripture: 1)God’s Foreknowledge, 2)Suffering and 3)Hope. The Open Theist destroys the doctrine of God’s Foreknowledge – that God not only knows what will happen, but that He ordained it to happen (not to be confused with foresight). When dealing with suffering, Open Theists claim that suffering is pointless, and not something of which God would have any part. Ware gives sufficient examples from Scripture of exactly the opposite. Then, when dealing with Hope, the Open Theists strip the Christian of any hope or confidence in God. If God cannot know the future, he is bound to make mistakes (something else the Openness proponents claim), making His advice and leading no different from Fallen man’s. If you’ve not heard of Open Theism, you will. It is becoming a very popular belief among the higher critics and elites. However, it is slowly creeping down into our churches as well. Consider this: Wild at Heart is perhaps one of the worst books to hit the Christian market in a long time. Along with all of the other false teaching that is in it, there is also a foundational belief in Open Theism. For example, Eldridge states plainly that God took a huge risk in giving man free will. That is the core of Open Theism. Be prepared to confront this heresy. It is essential that believers know what is going on within the Church. Ware’s book is a good introduction, easy to ready, very anecdotal. Read ‘em & Reap! - Brad
  • Type: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • ISBN: 1581344813
  • SKU: 9781581344813
  • Publisher: Crossway