Theories About God
that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful;
but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature, is one of Satan's
most subtle devices. It misrepresents God, and is a dishonor to His greatness
and majesty. Pantheistic theories are not sustained by the Word of God. The
light of His truth shows that these theories are soul-destroying agencies.
Darkness is their element, sensuality their sphere. They gratify the natural
heart, and give license to inclination. Separation from God is the result
of accepting them. . . .
but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and
that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the Crucified
One is there cleansing from sin. His grace alone can enable us to resist and
subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature. This power the spiritualistic
theories concerning God make of no effect. If God is an essence pervading
all nature, then He dwells in all men; and in order to attain holiness, man
has only to develop the power that is within him.
followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy.
They do away with the necessity for the atonement, and make man his own savior.
These theories regarding God make His Word of no effect, and those who accept
them are in great danger of being led finally to look upon the whole Bible
as a fiction. They may regard virtue as better than vice; but God being removed
from His position of sovereignty, they place their dependence upon human power,
which, without God, is worthless. The unaided human will has no real power
to resist and overcome evil. The defenses of the soul are broken down. Man
has no barrier against sin. When once the restraints of God's Word and His
Spirit are rejected, we know not to what depths one may sink.
continue to hold these spiritualistic theories will surely spoil their Christian
experience, sever their connection with God, and lose eternal life.
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