Posted by: Damon Whitsell | December 19, 2009

Word of Faith: Chad Marinelli; God in a Box, A Review Part 3

God in a Box, A Review Part 3 by Yodas Prodigy

HERE ARE PART ONE AND PART TWO

Dr. Marinelli’s Thesis: http://www.light-after-darkness.org/index.php?page=wof

Satan needed God’s permission to attack Job. Despite the crowing of Word Faith supporters, Satan admitted that Job had a hedge of protection around him (Job 1:9). It is obvious that God removed that hedge of protection in order for Satan to attack.

Remember also, God told Satan everything of Job’s is yours. Do not touch him. So the first attack was against everything that Job had except his wife. Why, because Satan did not have permission to do anything else. The second time, Satan had permission to attack Job’s flesh. But he could not kill him. Each time, God was asked by Satan for permission.

Job is far more than Dr. Marinelli can understand using his Word Faith perspective. He was a man who had control of his thoughts, Job 31:1. His sacrifices for his children are considered acts of fear. Yet, Abraham and Noah made the same types of sacrifices. See Genesis 8:20; 15:9-10. Also note that each time Job was attacked, he did not sin (Job 1:22 and 2:10) Even when God had chastised Job for his self-righteousness, God did not require a sacrifice for Job, only his friends (Job 42:7). I would like to also point out, each time Dr. Marinelli quoted Job when one of his friends were speaking, they were considered to be errant by God.

How righteous was Job? Well God clearly places him right up there with Daniel and Noah in Ezekiel 14:14 and 20. A New Testament writer, James, points out Job’s patience demonstrated during his suffering (James 5:11).

Themes of Job could be, “The Problem of Suffering of a Righteous Person” or “The Purpose of Chastening in the Hands of a Sovereign God”. Job clearly saw the sovereignty of God at the end, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:1)” If were up to Word Faith, the theme of Job would be, “It’s really your entire fault.”

As chapter six continues, Dr. Marinelli says on page 151, “The destroyer was the direct executor of the plague, not God.” I am not sure why Dr. Marinelli has to go to such extent to absolve God from being directly involved with the Destroyer. Let’s see what the scriptures say, “This is what the Lord says; ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the first born son of the slave girl…’” (Exodus 11:4). Exodus 15:26 clearly has God admitting to causing the diseases that Egypt had experienced. Dr. Marinelli does later agree that God does create destroyers for specific purposes. Yet, the Egyptian example he tries to leave God out of the fray. I should remind Dr. Marinelli that God will one day judge all created beings and will do far worse to the non-elect than some plague.

Based on Word Faith interpretation (Page 153), Ananias and Saphira are placed into the hands of Satan after they lied to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5). Why would Satan want to destroy someone who has just done his bidding to God? This was a Holy judgment by the Holy Spirit. God could not have people lying to him in front of everyone. His holiness was violated. So the judge of all mankind made a judgment.

A similar event happened in the Old Testament. The Ark was being brought back to David (2 Samuel 6:7) and Uzzah touched it before it was to hit the ground. Uzzah violated God’s holiness and he was struck down. This was God’s doing, not Satan’s.

Final Comments and Summary

As you research Dr. Marinelli, you will see that his doctorate is from a diploma mill. He lacks in his hermeneutic approach, research abilities, and exegetic skills. At best, he is a neophyte in the world of theology. Being a neophyte myself, it is easy to see those who charade as doctors. Very few of the Doctor’s sources are from a scholarly level. I leave it up to you the reader to decide whether Mr. Marinelli’s thesis is worth a doctorate.

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