by Ken Westby
Our 12th annual Nature of God seminar program is set for the Pacific Northwest this June. And if you are traveling here, this is the best time to see Seattle and the glories of its surrounding mountains and waters.
June 8-9 (Sat & Sun)
Seminar held at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Federal Way, Washington (between Seattle and Tacoma and close to the airport). Special rates for sleeping rooms to seminar attendees ($104). Just mention you are attending the ACD seminar. Call 1-800-HILTONS for reservations. Agenda details and speaker list—including new speakers–will be posted on our website as the event draws nearer.
We have a few surprises planned for this year’s program. You won’t want to miss it.
Our Nature of God seminars directly challenge perhaps the most sacrosanct doctrine in the Protestant and/Catholic world: the Trinity. God is not three, two, or some impersonal force of nature. He is the uncreated Creator having personhood and is Father to us all. This is no small matter for it affects how people relate to the most important Being in the cosmos. The Trinity (or Binity) keep “God” in a mysterious theological fog that even the theologians can’t explain with any clarity. It is a pagan construct of the deity borrowed from pagan Greek religion when the visible Christian church fell into apostasy in the centuries following Jesus.
Our seminars have assembled and laid out the evidence of just how it all came about. It is much like the forensic work one might see in a huge airfield hangar where all the pieces of a crashed airplane are brought together and reassembled or spread on tables and labeled. The cause of the crash is usually discovered after some painstakingly difficult work. How the Trinity came into Christianity is no mystery anymore. The challenge is how to replace it with the truth that there is, as Jesus said, only One True God, the Father (John 17:3).
Our One God Seminars focus on the Nature of God and the Nature of Christ. They stress the oneness of God for sure, but perhaps more importantly on what God is like so that we can truly come to know him and thus become like him in mind and behavior. We discuss the Openness of God, or Open Theism, which is clearly presented in Scripture. God is a God near who can be moved by our prayers and the future is partly open and partly set. The same goes for prophecy.
We also discuss the two great powers of God: Creator and Savior. The most evil idol ever to come out of Satan’s pit is the idol of Evolution which says there is no intelligent Creator. Man is an accident of random chance and is only accountable to himself. This idolatry has captured much of the world at its altar. Our seminars deconstruct this idol and exalt the God of all wisdom who by intelligent design made everything—including man in his image.
The first fact of Scripture is this: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is a majestically announced truth claim about God and about our universe. It doesn’t get any more foundational than this. We must devote ourselves to knowing all we can about such a great God, his glorious Son, and his Plan for each of us.
Spend a weekend in June with fellow seekers after God. I’ll wager it will be your most inspiring and educational weekend of the year.
JoAn and I hope to see you soon.