The Yoda Master of the emergent movement, Brian McLaren and many from the rest of the emergent group are hosting a conference to teach the next generation about “a new kind of Christianity” (i.e. Panenthiestic Universalism with a mix of Process Theology, Read here). They are taking their false teaching on the road. If anyone thought the liberal emergent movement was dieing, they were wrong. It is alive and well attempting to teach the next generation these false principles found in Process Theology.
Panentheism is not Biblical. In fact, it goes against the attributes of God found in the Bible. God is present everywhere, but God is not everything (Psalm 139:7-8). God knows everything, whether actual or possible (Psalm 139:1-6; Romans 11:33-35). God does not learn because He already has all knowledge. God is ‘affected’ by things in the universe, but only in that sin angers him (thus his wrath) and holiness or righteousness pleases him. Human actions do not change God or impact his essential being. He is outside of space and time, not connected to the Universe. He created it (Genesis 1-2).
holy (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8),
sovereign (1 Chronicles 29:11; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 37:20),
omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10),
omniscient (Job 28:24; Psalm 147:4-5),
omnipotent (Job 42:1-2),
self-existent (Exodus 3:14; Psalm 36:9),
eternal (Psalm 90:2; Habakkuk 1:12),
immutable (Psalm 33:11; James 1:17),
perfect (Deuteronomy 32:3-4), and
infinite (Job 5:9; 9:10).
None of these attributes are compatible with panentheism. God transcends all of His creation, and is in no sense limited or changed by events in His creation. To do that to God would make him in our image.
Ravi Zacharias has written a great book called, Jesus Among Other gods. I recommend it for a solid Biblical understanding of God and why Jesus came to earth. As a sample, Zacharias says, “truth cannot be sacrificed at the altar of a pretended tolerance. All religions, plainly and simply, cannot be true.” I say, “Amen!”
PT is based on the philosophy that the only absolute which exists in the world is change. Therefore, God, too, is constantly changing, but the Bible clearly states that this view is false. Isaiah 46:10 tells us of God’s sovereignty and unchanging nature, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.’”
His holiness (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8);
sovereignty (1 Chronicles 29:11;Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 37:20);
unity (Deuteronomy 6:4);
omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10);
omniscience (Job 28:24; Psalm 147:4-5);
omnipotence (Job 42:1-2);
self-existence (Exodus 3:14; Psalm 36:9); eternality (Psalm 90:2; Habakkuk 1:12);
immutability (Psalm 33:11; James 1:17);
perfection (Deuteronomy 32:3-4);
infiniteness (Job 5:9; 9:10);
truth (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 86:15);
love (1 John 4:8, 16);
righteousness (Psalm 11:7; 119:137);
faithfulness (Deuteronomy 7:9; Ps. 89:33);
mercy (Psalm 102:17);
graciousness (Exodus 22:27; Nehemiah 9:17, 31;Psalm 86:15; 145:17);
justice (Psalm 111:7; Isaiah 45:21); and
freedom (Job 23:13; Proverbs 21:1).
God is active in the world in exercising all of these attributes today, but God transcends all of His creation, yet He is personal and knowable.
It is absolutely critical we understand the foundational theological and philisophical underbelly of the liberal emergant teachers and writers. With this understanding, I hope you will stand for the Truth of God, as it is found in the Biblical Scriptures and not from these men who are leading many astray.
What are other respected evangelical orthodox leaders saying?