Recently, when doing a study on mythological creatures mentioned in Scripture, I came across a blog post entitled Why the Sacrifice of Isaac Had Nothing To Do With Christ and I found what I consider to be a serious error in the author’s theology. I have yet to read through more of Anna Diehl’s work on the blog, but after looking through a few posts, I probably won’t, considering much of the teaching there tears down preachers and the church instead of edifying, building them up, and encouraging them. They point out what’s wrong but don’t give a solution. The author even goes so far as stating that Paul’s teachings are all heresies and false teachings, and that the man who Christ choose to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles is a heretic and a false prophet.
But this post isn’t here to tear down everything Anna Diehl speaks about, but rather to point out the flaw in her post Why the Sacrifice of Issac Had Nothing To Do With Christ.
In the midst of her teaching about the sacrifice of Isaac, Anna has this to say about God:
“The truth is that God is bound by NOTHING. He can change His mind, break His promises, and toss out His covenants anytime He darn well wants to. The Church has become so arrogant today that she thinks it’s just fine to go around telling God what He can’t do. God can’t break His word. God can’t contradict the Bible. God can’t change His mind. God can’t lie. God can’t do evil. Baloney. God can do it all—that’s what it means to be GOD.”
However, Anna seems to have no Biblical support for her claims. I want to look at all of these claims, and give Biblical reasons why all of the claims the church makes about God (He can’t lie, He can’t break His word, He can’t contradict the Bible, He can’t change His mind, He can’t do evil) are all true statements and come with biblical support.
1. God can’t lie
We’ve spoken of this before in my post What To Do When You Feel Like God Lied To You. It is impossible for God to lie. For God to be capable of lying would throw into question every single thing that God has ever said, thereby annulling the Scriptures and even the sacrifice of Jesus.
When speaking to Balak, the prophet Balaam tells him, “‘God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19)
When speaking to Saul, the prophet Samuel stated, “‘And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.'” (1 Samuel 15:19)
In the 89th Psalm, God says, “Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.” (Psalm 89:35)
And finally, in the book of Hebrews, the author states that “…it is impossible for God to lie…” (6:18)
The statement that God is incapable of lying is not an invention of the Church, but Scripturally proven fact.
2. God can’t break His Word.
Honestly, there’s not really much I can say here, because the verses above make the same point. There has never been a point in Scripture where God has ever broken His word.
Once again, in Psalm 89, God says, “I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.”
3. God can’t contradict the Bible.
Okay, let’s be honest here, all three of these points go together, and the same verses apply. For God to contradict His Word, the Bible, would, once again, throw into question every single truth ever contained in the Bible about God. The whole idea of atonement, salvation, and everything we have ever learned would be thrown into question and the Church would fall apart.
4. God can’t change His mind.
Just read points one and two. I’m not going into this a fourth time. But here’s a verse for you:
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:16; emphasis mine.)
5. God can’t do evil.
Finally, a new idea. Okay, I’m going to look at one verse and I hope you get the point of what I’m saying here:
“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.” (James 1:13)
If God cannot be tempted with evil, then it stands to reason that God cannot do evil. We look at Jesus, Who, during His entire earthly ministry, never sinned. Not once. Sin is evil, and since Jesus, Who is God made Man, never did evil, it stands to reason that God cannot do evil.
Please, Anna Diehl, before you start tearing down accepted doctrines in the Church, please, I am begging you, as a brother in Christ, to have Scriptural backing for your claims. If you don’t, then you are worse than those who twist the Bible for their own use without understanding the context.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.