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Resolution On The Power, Knowledge, And Changelessness Of God


WHEREAS, The one true and living God has revealed Himself to us in the Holy Scriptures that we might have knowledge of Him; and

WHEREAS, The biblical doctrine of God is the first and central axiom of Christian theology; and

WHEREAS, The Bible reveals that God is the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things and that He is infinite in His perfections; and

WHEREAS, Among these perfections revealed in the Bible are God’s omnipotence, omniscience, and immutability, by which we affirm and confess His infinite power, knowledge, and changelessness; and

WHEREAS, These essential and biblical affirmations are now under attack by those who would revise the church’s historic doctrine of God, and would deny or diminish God’s omnipotence, omniscience, and immutability; teaching that God’s power is limited, His knowledge is incomplete, and His character and nature can change; and

WHEREAS, Such compromises of the biblical doctrine of God imperil the church and threaten its witness.

Therefore be it RESOLVED, that we, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 15-16, 1999, affirm the biblical teaching concerning the omnipotence, omniscience, and immutability of God and call upon all Christians to confess the living God of the Bible, whose attributes and powers are without limitation, and whose eternal purposes are realized in the saving work of Christ, the Son; and

Be it further RESOLVED, that we affirm God as the Almighty, the Lord God who reigns omnipotent, and who rules the universe by the power of His Word; and

Be it further RESOLVED, that we confess and proclaim that the omniscience of God extends to all creation and throughout all time, to all things actual and potential, even to the thoughts and actions of His conscious creatures, past, present, and future; and

Be it further RESLVED, that we acknowledge the immutability of God in whom there “is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

Be it finally RESOLVED, that we stand united in the faith precious to the church throughout the ages, and bear witness to the limitless majesty and glory of the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God.