HomeBLOGWATCHMAN ALERT: The dangers of Zac Poonen’s eisegetical teaching of Job 36:5, which undermines God’s Holiness and Justice
October 3, 2018
WATCHMAN ALERT: The dangers of Zac Poonen’s eisegetical teaching of Job 36:5, which undermines God’s Holiness and Justice
I saw this sermon excerpt on a street evangelist’s YouTube channel. He uploaded this as a proponent to this teaching, I am an opponent to this dangerous teaching. Please do not watch this video without reading my below analysis.
Though Zac Poonen said many things that I agree with. As we ought to be careful that we do not “look down” at others, or get “prideful” (as God hates pride Proverbs 6). But Poonen’s errs outweigh the good, and they’re far too important to ignore (all in less than 2 minutes). Brethren the Scriptures do not contradict each other, but sadly sometimes man does.
Poonen minimizes God’s sovereignty, by implying that Jesus is unable to “give us victory,” because His victory is dependent upon us. That’s blasphemy.
It appears that Poonen demonstrates an ecumenical view of “believers.” What is his definition of a “believer?” Hell will be full of believers (Matt 7:21-23, James 2:19).
He hypocritically has a log in his own eye, as he “looks down on people” himself, as he inSINuates that Christians who discern err, or oppose evil (Eph 5:1-21), are all “prideful,” and/or are “looking down on them.” Brethren, contending for the faith (Jude 3), and defending sound doctrine, or opposing false teaching is Biblical (Titus 1:9, 2 Tim 3:16, 1 Tim 6:3-5, Gal 1:8 etcetera, etcetera).
“Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Let us, then, cultivate an attitude of courage as over against the investigations of the day. None should be more zealous in them then we. None should be more quick to discern truth in every field, more hospitable to receive it, more loyal to follow it wherever it leads.” – B.B. Warfield
If our intent is good, and if our motive is right, that’s not “looking down” on the person. Roman Catholicism and Islam are unbiblical religions. Roman Catholicism is not the “church” as Poonen stated. But worse, He defames the attributes, character, and holiness of God.
Furthermore, Zac Poonen you have irresponsibly twisted the Lord’s Word out of context (Job 36:5), from what that Text is saying. Poonen says “your heavenly Father despises nobody.” Let us never forget that the same God that is infinite in love (for His elect bride) is infinite in wrath, and He “hates those that practice sin” (Psalm 5:5), and He is “angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11). Did Poonen forget that God will discriminate against the lost, as He sorts them out through His Theological Dragnet (Matthew 13:47-50)? Has he forgotten about the Great White Throne Judgment? That God will “cast” them into the lake of fire (look up what that word “cast” means in the Greek). Did Poonen forget that it “pleased the Father” to kill His only Son (Isaiah 53). Has he forgotten that in the beginning, God killed all of mankind except for those that He allowed onto the Arc? Has he forgotten that a Biblical love “Abhors evil” (Romans 12:9). Has he forgotten that God’s amazing love is for His elect, and not for the lost? When “God so loved the world” (John 3:16), His amazing love is for a diverse populace of people from all over the world (His elect). His love for the lost is a mere benevolent love.
Erroll Hulse once said,
“How can we say God loves all men when the psalms tell us He hates the worker of iniquity (Ps. 5:5)? How can we maintain that God loves all when Paul says that He bears the objects of His wrath, being fitted for destruction, with great patience (Rom. 9:22)? Even more how can we possibly accept that God loves all men without exception when we survey the acts of God’s wrath in history? Think of the deluge which destroyed all but one family. Think of Sodom and Gomorrah. With so specific a chapter as Romans, which declares that sodomy is a sign of reprobation, could we possibly maintain that God loved the population of the two cities destroyed by fire? How can we possibly reconcile God’s love and His wrath? Would we deny the profundity of this problem?”
Has Poonen forgotten that God will send the unsaved sinner to hell, where they will be under His Holy wrath for an eternity?
Yes verse 5 does say “Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding.” But Poonen omitted verse 6, which says (warns) that God “He does not preserve the life of the wicked, but gives justice to the oppressed.” The wicked will be eternally punished.
Yes it is true that God does not “despise” others as we can sometimes do. But a man’s despising of others is sinful, and God is sinless. God is not only sinless, He is unable to sin. God is unable to do man wrong. Christ will declare some righteous before the Father (His elect), and the rest will face the rightful justice that they deserve in hell. The same justice that I deserve, but by the grace of God He saved a wretch like me.
When the Lord demonstrates His anger, wrath, or justice, it is perfect and without sin. But not so with human beings. He will demonstrate His grace, mercy, salvation, love, and kindness to His bride, and He will not despise them. But the lost world will not be able to escape His justice. God gives grace to the humble, but He will resist the proud (1 Peter 5:5-6).