The Pastor's Prerogative

Battle Royale X: Is the Future Settled or Open? 

Bob Enyart, pastor of Denver Bible Church, debates Professor Sam Lamerson of D. James Kennedy's Knox Theological Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (TOL) hosted a debate on Openness because of the popularity of the issue, and because of the centrality of the matter. The Open View holds that the future is not settled, but open, and therefore unknowable. The Settled View is a convenient name for the divergent theological positions that agree in their opposition to the Open View. Most Christians, regardless of their stand on predestination and free will, believe that the future is exhaustively foreknown and settled, and therefore not open.

TOL has become one of the more popular web sites for discussing the Bible, evangelizing unbelievers, and debating creation, morality, current events, and theology. Founded by elders of Colorado’s Denver Bible Church, over the years, thousands of TOL members have posted millions of questions and comments, and thousands more people read the boards (the forums, discussion threads, and Battle Royales). So, we expect that during the debate and for years to come, a significant audience will read and evaluate Battle Royale X on Openness Theology.

You can order this debate transcript in book form from on our store.

Check out Bob's fascinating seminar on Open Theism!Today's Resource: Check out the format and perspective that's most helpful to your desire to evaluate these issues. At our KGOV Store: we have presentations on DVD called Chosen: It's Not What You Think, on Open Theism, on Predestination & Free Will  and a moderated P&FW Debate! Also, you can get the P&FW seminar in an audio format on a single MP3CD). You can also call 1-800-8Enyart (836-9278) to order or to talk with us about which of our DVDs, books, or CD audio teachings may interest you!

For more information, see:
- Bob's classic Open Theism Debate with D. James Kennedy's professor of New Testament Dr. Samuel Lamerson.
- Our heavily Bible-based article, Is God In Or Outside of Time.
- A brief and fast-moving written Q&A between Will, a former BEL producer, and "Jaltus" in an Open Theism Debate with Will & Jaltus.
- Bob Enyart's debates with Dr. Larry Bray: The president of The North American Reformed Seminary (TNARS), Dr. Bray, twice debates Bob Enyart, the pastor of Denver Bible Church. The topics are: Is Calvinism Biblical? and Is the Future Settled or Open? (The host for these events, reformed believer David New, removed both of these debates from his site. We've rescued the first and put it back online, and Lord-willing we'll recover the second one.