II. God

from the Baptist Faith & Message 2000:

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

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I decided to extend the postings of the Baptist Faith & Message by one week by spanning the second article over four weeks instead of the projected three. That gives me the opportunity to mull over the first paragraph a little longer before going to each person of the Trinity individually.

The first paragraph begins with an unequivocal monotheistic statement. The BF&M reads, “There is one and only one living and true God.” This speaks directly against Mormonism, which James White calls, the “most polytheistic religion” he has ever encountered. The Trinitarian statement at the close of the paragraph runs counter to the Jehovah Witness teaching that denies the full deity of Christ. I wish I had time to pull together some good resources on these two heresies. I welcome anyone who would like to add some good pointers as comments.

This article also directly addresses the “open theism” controversy gaining ground in some circles of evangelicalism. Teachers, like Greg Boyd and others, assert that God does not infallibly know the future, much less have the power to direct it. It seems to me that basically this false teaching takes Arminianism to its natural conclusion. Be careful of anyone who holds that god takes risks, or that God does the best he can under the circumstances. Since God holds the future in his hand, he does not ever encounter risk or uncertain situations.