I love theology! From the very beginning of my Christian life over 40 years ago, theology has been my life and passion. When I think about, study, talk and write about biblical theology I feel the pleasure of God. And especially in the past 20 years, the thrill of theology increases primarily because I have discovered that biblical theology from Genesis to Revelation is consistent. The unity and consistency of the Bible is amazing. But as a result of this study, I realize that the theology that is being taught today (and what I used to teach) is schizophrenic theology. I’ll explain that shortly.
I’m not saying everyone should be like me for, but every person should have a love for theology. Don’t be afraid or be put off by it thinking it is too complicated or a subject matter only for professional scholars and clergy. It’s not. And I have long believed that theology should be the responsibility of everyone – to know what the Bible says and what it means. Sometimes all that people need in order to become educated in theology is a little help on how to approach the Bible. That is why I am writing the Covenant Heritage Series.
Theology is the study of God – who He is, what He has said, what He has done and what He intends to do. God has revealed Himself to the people He chose and His unfolding plan and purpose of His Kingdom.
Who God Is
One of the most important questions that must be asked and answered is, Who is God? How does God identify Himself? This is so important!
When the Israelites were in bondage in the land of Egypt and they cried out to God for deliverance, God sent Moses. When God revealed Himself to Moses, Moses asked Him:
“Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” – Exodus 3:13
God replied in two ways. First, He declared:
“I AM Who I AM.” – verse 14
He was saying, I AM the self-existent One.
Second, God said:
“Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.” – verse 15
God specifically identified Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That was His “name forever … My memorial name to all generations” (Greek LXX: “for generations to generations”).
That is who God, the Lord, declared Himself to be. Throughout the Old Testament He never said anything different. That is the specific identification of who God is: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and it was always to be so to their physical descendants.
So, is the God of the Old Testament the same God of the New? The Scriptures consistently say that God does not change (see Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).
But for centuries since the New Testament was written, the church has been teaching that the identity of God has changed. They declare that God has changed from being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to the God of all races and racial types. Today, they call them “spiritual Israel.” So, in the Old Testament God is specifically identified with a particular people, but in the New Testament God now has become the God of all races. Apparently, God has changed.
I call this schizophrenic theology. Schizophrenia is “a mental illness characterized by incoherent or illogical thoughts, bizarre behavior and speech, and delusions or hallucinations…” (American Psychological Association). Catholic and Protestant theologians all agree regarding who God is. They say that God is no longer the exclusive God if Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but the God of everybody on the planet. God has changed. Or, is this the result of incoherent or illogical thoughts and delusions characterized by “a mental illness” brought on by cultural delusions of equality and diversity due to gross misrepresentation of what the Bible actually says? Throw into the mix the misidentification of Israel today as the “Jews” and you really have a bizarre theology.
As Theology Goes …
Culture, in all its aspects, reflects theology. As theology goes, so goes everything else. If you don’t have theology right, nothing goes right. So, look around you. We don’t like to admit it, but we are an unrighteous, communist, police state – a country no longer reflecting true justice, peace and order. How did we get to this point? Theology! Something is wrong with modern-day “orthodox,” schizophrenic theology!
Let’s get back to a unified and consistent biblical theology based on the evidence of what the Bible says and means. Theology should be a priority with all of us who seek the truth of who God is and what He has revealed. I hope you will join me in discovering the truth and exposing this schizophrenic theology in order to re-establish God’s plan and purpose of manifesting His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Start by ordering the Covenant Heritage Series and becoming trained in how to study the Bible. Then, join us in educating God’s people by giving them these same tools.
By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv