I was thinking about yesterday’s post, and concluded I should have mentioned something.
The trigger for yesterday’s post was a recent polemic against cessationists by a very well-known pastor, in which he said cessationism is worldliness, and likened it to atheism and deism. He describes cessationists as saying, “God could do a miracle but He doesn’t and He won’t, but He could.” He calls that view modernistic rationalism, and then cites Hebrews 13:8, which says Jesus was the same yesterday, today and forever.
As far as I know, this pastor doesn’t go out looking for manna in the mornings. I suspect we could sum up his view of manna with this: “God could send manna but He doesn’t and He won’t, but He could.” So does he think Jesus has changed — or is that argument intellectually bankrupt?
I didn’t mention this yesterday, because I didn’t want to link to this pastor, for various reasons. If anyone really wants to know who he is, you can contact me on my contact page. But the point is, there really are people who make the arguments I mentioned yesterday, including people who should know better.
God is indeed immutable (unchanging). He says, “I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). Jesus Christ is the same, always was, always will be. But never let anyone tell you that God is “in a box” of always having to do the exact same things in the exact same way. If anyone ever does try to tell you that, ask him how much manna he gathered this morning for breakfast.