This is the 1st episode of our series on the doctrine of God, ““I AM That I AM.” In older histories of theology it used to be said of the Reformed that they started with the divine decree and deduced (i.e., drew conclusions) from the divine decree, that Reformed theology is not based in Scripture but really it is the product of reason and therefore largely false. Those of us who hold and confess the same faith that the Reformers believed and confessed in the 16th and 17th centuries have always known that caricature to be false. The doctrine of God is, however, at the headwaters of Reformed theology. What we say about God, what we confess and teach, reverberates throughout the rest of our theology. It influences our piety, the way we relate to God, and our practice, e.g., the way we conduct public worship services. When I began studying classic Reformed theology I was struck right away by how often and how swiftly those writers would move from the doctrine of God to the way we conduct worship services. The Reformed confess the rule of worship because of what we confess about the nature of God. The doctrine of God is vital to Christian theology. Recognizing the importance and influence of the doctrine of God in Christian theology. however, is not the same thing as deducing a whole system of theology from the divine decrees.
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