Monthly Archives: May 2014

Brain Dump from the last two weeks.

This may sound like a dumb title for a blog. I wanted to share some of the things I have been thinking about. First consider this statement, “God is a holy God that has chosen to love us.” I have gotten some push back on this statement. One individual believes God to be a God who loves therefore God is a loving God. I wonder am I landscape person simply because I mow my grass? Am I a mechanic because I know how to change the oil in my truck?

I propose the following logical sequence. God is holy. Whether we start with Genesis or whether we jump to 1 Peter there are several statements in the Bible equating God to holiness. Seldom do people think of Isaiah when the subject of God’s holiness comes up. The angels in the beginning of Isaiah refers to God as holy by using the word holy three times in succession. A little known fact, twenty-six times Isaiah uses the term, “The Holy One of Israel” to refer to God.

Second point, “Did anyone force God to love us?” God is sovereign and he determines who he blesses and who he humbles. The ending conversation between God and Job speaks to the sovereignty of God. We can logically comes to the conclusion God does what he wants when he wants. Therefore God chose to love us on his own. Therefore we can make the statement as a conclusion of our logical sequence, “God is a holy God that has chosen to love us.”

The next area I have been  thinking on is, “God never intended his attribute of love to over shadow his attribute of holiness.” Today in the churches of America, there is this idea if twenty-first century Christianity wants to bring in the people we must talk only about God’s love; therefore, leaving the door open to discourse with the sinners of the twenty-first century. Yet history shows us since the church has latched onto this belief the churches of America have been in decline. There needs to be a return to the preaching of God’s holiness in light of God’s love for us. Yes, God loves humankind with a love that is beyond the ability of  man to fathom the depth of that love. But it is wrong to elevate love to such a point that the pastors of America’s churches are some how afraid to preach about God’s holiness. I propose it is out of God’s holiness that love finds it origin.

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Essencology or the Study of Essence

I see this area of research being divided into two subsets. The first is anthropological essencology. This is the study into the essence of man. This area of study is already being conducted by Dr. Derrick Reeves, Th. D., D. D., Ph. D. His blog for further review is available at http://drmministries.blogspot.com/.

I am proposing an additional subset of essencology. I propose an area of research be theological essencology, the study into the essence of God. This is not so much a different area than I have been proposing but rather a refinement of the area. My original area of research as indicated in a previous posting was asking the question whether God’s essence was love or holiness. In fact, a further or more refined question is, “What is God’s essence and how should that effect twenty-first century apologetics?”

The current scenario available proposes three positions. The first school of thought is God’s essence is love. It is through the lenses of love that we should consider everything God does, is doing, and will do. This is a common point of apologetics where one seeks to use the argument, “God would never do that because he is a loving God.” Another argument would be, “A loving God would never…” LGBT activists as well as liberals who try to argue away a place called hell, teachings against homosexuality, and the cancellation of the final judgment use this method. The sad note is, of all the people I have polled, both conservative and liberal, as agreed with the statement that God’s essence is love.

A second school of thought is, God’s attributes are so varied and so transcendent that they should be viewed all on the same level. This idea proposes one cannot really state God’s essence is one thing or another. Whether one speaks of love, holiness, grace, mercy, or even immutability, God’s is all these things and they should be all viewed equally. This view is held by many in the world of conservative evangelicalism. God has many attributes; they are all complete and fully mature. Yet I propose a third view.

I propose, my primary area of research, God’s essence is his holiness. I believe we need and must view God through the lens of holiness when considering everything God has done, everything he is doing, and everything he will do. As I have stated before, “We do not serve a loving God, but rather we serve a holy God that has chosen to love us.” This will be the area of research I call, “Theological Essencology.”

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