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Monday, May 22, 2006

Open Theists to Warn God About This Year's Hurricane Season

AP - Open Theists will be gathering this weekend in St. Louis at the I-40 Best Western conference room for a prayer meeting to officially give God the "heads up" about this year's hurricane season.

Moved by a federal report published Monday predicting that the
2006 hurricane season could yield anywhere from 4 to 6 big storms this year, Open Theist leaders thought it would be wise to make God aware of the report so He could be prepared to avoid another Katrina-like disaster of last year.

"Because God cannot see the future," theologian and keynote speaker Clark Pinnock stated matter-of-factly, "He really can't be blamed for last years New Orleans disaster." "He just didn't see it coming and wasn't prepared to use His heavenly powers to move the Hurricane away from the Gulf Coast or send it hurling into the Communists in Cuba." "This time, we can put Him ahead of the game."

Grieved that many
skeptics and atheists used Katrina last year as an occasion to mock God's ability to prevent natural disasters and human suffering, Open Theists began organizing an effort to warn God about possible future events that could potentially cause mass human suffering and personal property damage.

"We have a group of dedicated volunteers who watch the world for what could be the next global catastrophe," explained Open Theist leader Gregory Boyd. "If something happens to catch our attention, our volunteers send out a mass email so we can all pray together in unison and get God's attention about any possible trouble brewing." "We consider ourselves God's burglar alarms."

The report from the
National Hurricane Center doesn't say the U.S. will experience anything like the 27 major storms of 2005, Katrina being the most disastrous, but coastal state residents should be prepared nonetheless.

Open Theists plan to tell God about the report at 9 AM this Saturday and then will travel to nearby Six Flags Over Mid-America for the afternoon.

At press time, Pat Robertson was unable to reach God for comment.


Blogger pilgrim said...

I'm not sure whether this is for real or not--not because I lack knowledge--but because open theists COULD actually say those things.

Sad, if it's true.

7:41 PM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger Peter D. Nelson said...

Good one Fred you slay me.

7:52 PM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger aadeanb said...

I'm no fan of Open Theism, and enjoyed this post, but... just for the sake of precision: I don't think Open Theists are claiming that God has any kind of attention limitations. So, while their claim that He can't see the future is wrong-headed, they would hold that He is already aware of the latest weather news... as soon as it's broadcast (but not before).

10:36 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...


As a matter of precision, you are correct; but still, there is something humorous in thinking God is going to be warned a head of time by something men believe they have discovered. Hence the folly of open theism.


10:55 AM, May 23, 2006  
Blogger J.OTIS MERSTER said...

What is open theism, and does it have a large following? Is Pat Robertson an open theist?

5:30 PM, May 28, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Jen M,

Open Theism is basically a warmed over heresy that started with a crackpot guy back in th 16th century named Socinius. In a nut shell, open theists wish to protect man's liberty of choice, or his absolute freewill. It is argued that even if God just knows one thing a person will do before he or she does it, that is in essence a violation of the person's free libertarianism.

So, in order to safeguard this freedom and allow humanity the absolute freedom to really make an uncoerced choice, it is argued by open theists that God has limited or denied the use of his divine foreknowledge to see the future. Thus, God doesn't know the future or what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone 2 years from now.

It is a major heresy because it denies what the Bible states about the character of God. Isaiah chapters 40-50 are replete with descriptions of God knowing the end from the beginning and setting into motion his eternal decrees that cannot be alterted. How else can those decrees be accomplished if he doesn't know the future, and I would further add that God knows the future because he has caused it to be what he knows it to be.

As for it being popular, presently it is most popular only among some academics of questionable theological belief like Clark Pinnock, Greg Boyd and John Sanders, and some 7th day Adventist cultists.

Robert Reymond in his New Systematic Theology has a wonderful critique of open theism. I would imagine you could do a search on www.monergism.com and find some summary articles, and I have an audio lecture on the subject at my Freds Bible Talk website, under the Doctrines of Grace series. Go to the MP3 page from the main page and click the message: Open Theism: Arminianism Gone Bad.

By the way, I see you and your husband live here in Santa Clarita. Do you go to Grace? I am curious if I know you guys.


11:01 AM, May 29, 2006  
Blogger J.OTIS MERSTER said...

You work with my husband!

10:24 AM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

I think I know who you are now. Does your husband play drums and drive a corvette?


10:45 AM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger J.OTIS MERSTER said...

I think so, but I'm so deaf from all the racket, I'm not sure.

10:59 AM, May 30, 2006  

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