This is one of a number of books in which Clark Pinnock is involved in questioning orthodox Christianity. His denial of hell as a literal place of torment is well known. In this book (first printed in 1994 by IVP) Pinnock and others (Richard Rice, John Sanders, William Hasker, David Basinger) challenge the “traditional” view of God by presenting an “open” view of God. Their basic proposition is that if man truly has free will, then God cannot know for sure what he (man) will choose to do at a future time. Basinger writes, “God, we acknowledge, does know all that has occurred in the past and is occurring now. Moreover, God does know all that will follow deterministically from what has occurred, and can, as the ultimate psychoanalyst, predict with great accuracy whether a couple would have a successful marriage. But since we believe that God can know only what can be known and that what humans will freely do in the future cannot be known beforehand, we believe that God can never know with certainty what will happen in any context involving freedom of choice” (p. 163). This, of course, has dramatic influence on one’s view of prophecy, inspiration, foreknowledge and sovereignty. The authors separate themselves from the view of “middle knowledge” and therefore from some earlier contributors. This is becoming a newer form of liberalism for a new century!
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]
Cross, Creation and also ProphecyFebruary 1, 2016
There are three great mountain peaks of importance in Biblical history. First and foremost is Calvary. The cross is the center of all God’s workings with this world. If the believer could say with Paul, “I determined not to know any thing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2), he would […]
Anointing With OilMarch 28, 2015
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, […]