The Hermeneutics of Open Theism

Robert L. Thomas | August 25, 2009

Like other recent evangelical innovations, Open Theism has faltered through its use of errant hermeneutical principles. It has adopted a wrong view of general revelation, has allowed preunderstanding to produce a subjectively biased understanding of various texts, has used 1 John 4:8 as an interpretative center for the whole of Scripture, and has followed a discourse analysis approach that fails to take into account the context of various statements. Open Theism views the sovereignty of God as limited, an inadequate view that is especially prominent in the way it advocates handling Romans 9-11. A careful tracing of the reasoning of Romans 9 in particular reveals that the open-theistic view that God has surrendered some of His sovereignty is totally unbiblical.

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