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Our Christian Faith
Polytheistic Deification
Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 7:00am

Two examples of polytheistic doctrines of deification are the teachings of Mormonism and Armstrongism, although adherents of these religions generally do not admit to being polytheistic.

These are not alone, as the "positive confession" or "faith" teachers, including Kenneth Copeland maintains that God created man in "God's class", as "little gods", with the potential to exercise the "God kind of faith" in calling things into existence and living in prosperity and success as sovereign beings.  They claim that since we are called to experience this kind of life now, we should experience success in everything we do, including health and financial prosperity.

The Mormons are very explicit in their "scriptures" that there are many Gods; for example, the three persons of their Trinity are regarded as three "Gods." Since they believe that many Gods exist, but at present, worship only one ... God the Father ... at least one Mormon scholar has admitted with qualifications that their doctrine could be termed "henotheistic." Henotheism is a variety of polytheism in which there are many gods, but only one which should be worshiped.

The Worldwide Church of God of Herbert W. Armstrong (who died early in 1986) claimed to believe in only one God. However, Armstrong defined "God" as a collective term (like "church" or "family") referring to a family of distinct beings all having the same essential nature. Presently this "God family" consists of two members, God the Father and Christ, but it is their plan to reproduce themselves in human beings and so add millions or even billions to the God family. By the normal use of the words, Armstrong's world view is polytheistic.

Blasphemy!  God is not a family (as introduced by the late heretic Herbert W. Armstrong). There is a great danger in equating God making us in His Image, and implying that man can "become Gods by God "reproducing Himself after the God kind".

However, scripture affirms our God is eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient, God is totally unique, so that there is none even like God (e.g., Psalm 102:25-27; Acts 17:24-28).

The Bible, then, unmistakably teaches a monotheistic world view.

"For I, the LORD, do not change ..." (Malachi 3:6).

The One True God is unchanging. This is why we cannot become gods. We are created beings.

Jesus Christ alone is the Son of God by nature. We can never have the same relationship He has as the unique Son of God.

Paul speaks of our sonship as an "adoption" (Rom. 8:15,23; Gal. 4:5), which of course suggests that we are not "natural" sons of god.

We can be "adopted", which is a very different thing.

"He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will" Ephesians 1:5 (NASB)

Also, see Galatians 4:5, Romans 8:23, In Romans 8:15, the Holy Spirit (3rd person of the Trinity) is called the "Spirit of Adoption".

The word “adoption” distinguishes those who are made sons of God, from the only-begotten Son of God. The Holy Spirit, however, creates in the believing sinner a new nature. We have not only the new status as sons, but also the heart of true sons.  Our adoption is the act of God’s pure goodness and grace of His will to the praise of His glory.

God does not share His glory with anyone.

"I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another,.."  Isaiah 42:8

" ... And My glory I will not give to another. "  Isaiah 48:11

Our God is already infinite. The infinite nature simply means “without limits.”  When we refer to God as "infinite," we generally refer to Him with terms like omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (has all power and authority), omnipresence (always present .. see Psalm 139:7-12). 

Because God is infinite, He is also said to be transcendent, which simply means that God is exceedingly far above creation, and is both greater than creation and independent of it. What this means is that God is so infinitely above and beyond us and our ability to fully comprehend that, had He not revealed Himself, we would not know or understand what He is like.

Thankfully, God has not left us in the dark about Himself. Instead, He has revealed Himself to us through both general revelation (creation and our conscience) and special revelation (the Written Word of God, the Bible, and the living Word of God, Jesus Christ). Therefore, we can know God, and we can know how to be reconciled to Him and how to live according to His will. Despite the fact that we are finite and God is infinite, we can know and understand God as He has revealed Himself to us. 

Finally, Thinking correctly about God is of utmost importance because a false idea about God is idolatry.


Belief beyond proof is faith. Belief in spite of proof is folly.

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Amen.

Pete, Sr.

 

 

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