While Unitarians focus on the love of God, decretal theologians focus on the sovereignty of God. They see God’s sovereignty as His defining characteristic. All other attributes are to be understood through the prism of God’s sovereignty and that He decreed certain things from eternity.
Strong feelings call for strong words. Sometimes carnal Christians mistake passion for bigotry. A man or woman sitting on the fence looks over at the Man of God declaring truth on one side and calls him a “bigot” or a “Pharisee” because he has the courage to follow convictions.
For many years, Southern Baptists have been known for standing boldly against the rising tide of liberalism and political correctness sweeping America. Today, our approach sounds more like CNN than FOX.
In the past, I’ve taught these chapters from a historical, dynamic and a prophetic viewpoints. By historical, I taught that there were seven actual churches in actual cities with actual congregations.
The attribute of God’s Sovereignty is not an eternal attribute. Sovereignty means complete rule or dominion over others. For him to be in control over others there has to be others in which to control. He can’t display His power over creatures unless the creatures exist.