Table of deceit : God is on the outside looking in
This series is an apologetic. My goal is to bring people to the table, of Christ. I desire deeply that those who are lost would believe on the Lord Jesus for salvation. I would plead and persuade when possible. This particular series will be focused on those who are deceived. What is the nature of deception? Is there a system of deception? Can a person believe in a false gospel? Can a false gospel save? Who is the God of the bible? What is His nature and how does He operate (and can He operate) on planet Earth? What is the position of man in relation to God? I hope that I can persuade you, please listen. I will be as objective in my analysis of false teaching as possible. I will not focus on the men and women who teach it, rather, what they teach. I will offer biblical critique of what they teach and provide a better way. I do mean better. Though at times I will quote the wolves in order to provide proof that they do in fact teach these things, they themselves will not be the focus. I will go to great lengths in order to not take them out of context, I will express exactly what they teach exactly as they teach it. I hope to lay this down before you and to not hit you with it, because I love you.
I have given an account in my previous blogs of the miraculous way that God has saved me. A huge part of that process was His saving my wife and I from a particularly prominent system of deception. In short we were deceived, now we are not. That process was both painful and beautiful. God in His sovereign mercy brought us to our knees and revealed Himself to us in His word. I cannot overstate the significance of this conversion. What I don’t mean is that God changed the way we think and gave us a new set of beliefs, though He certainly did do that. I do mean that God revealed Himself to us in the scriptures. Nothing short of divine illumination by the Holy Spirit. We were confronted by the God of the universe as He Himself declared Himself to be. We were given a choice. Cling to a false set of beliefs based on new prophecy, or submit to the author of creation. We were convinced of the latter. I would die on that hill.
Is God on the outside looking in?
The foundation upon which all deception sits is the desire to ascend above the place of God. The desire to BE God. That was in fact the original sin. This was the sin of Satan and ultimately this was the sin of Adam and Eve. They knew best, God did not. I didn’t have to do much searching to find a proof text, here is a new article published on Kenneth Copeland Ministries web-page, supposedly debunking biblical misconceptions.
Truth or Tradition: God Is In Control of Everything?
If God is in control of everything, He would be to blame for every bad thing. Of this idea, Andrew Wommack says, “To believe that God allows or approves of Satan’s actions defies the logic of James 4:7. It eliminates our responsibility to resist and places ultimate responsibility for everything back on God.”
The tradition that God is in control of everything is a deception, and it is keeping the Church from taking its rightful place of authority and keeping the devil under its feet. Some will even say that God has given the devil permission to wreak havoc on your life. When people believe God allowed them to be sick or live in poverty, they won’t resist it.
It’s time to kill this sacred cow before it destroys the power of God in people’s lives any further.
Yes, God is sovereign. But when He made man, He gave him the power and authority over the earth, and man turned it over to Satan, who has been messing it up with our help ever since. God is a good God. Everything that comes your way is not in the will of God.
Of this tradition, Andrew Wommack also has this to say, “The slickest deception Satan has ever put across, primarily through the Church, is to get people to embrace his work as the work of God.”
This is an excellent starting point. I couldn’t have asked for a better representation of what they teach. In case you missed it here is a basic outline.
– God created all things
– God created man, as gods (this is referred to as the little gods doctrine)
– God turned the Earth over to the god-man Adam, completely. God is NOT in control of the earth. God has no authority over the Earth. God can perform no action on the Earth except through human “permission”.
– Man fell. As a result of this fall, the Earth was given, completely, to Satan.
– Only through Faith can God now operate on this Earth
This is a good place to pause. At this point I could spend the next week just posting scripture that would completely contradict this claim. You really cannot read any book of the bible and come to the conclusion that God is not in control. They purposely twist scripture to sell this point. I don’t really need to offer much criticism here, I will allow God to answer this question. Is God sovereign? Completely Sovereign?
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
For I know that the Lord is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
who makes lightnings for the rain
and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
JOB 38-42 read it.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge…
“Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it…
“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?
“Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew…
Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’…
Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food…
“Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
and spreads his wings toward the south?
27 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes his nest on high…
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.”…
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further.”…
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
Will you even put me in the wrong?
Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
Have you an arm like God,
and can you thunder with a voice like his?
“Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity;
clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
Pour out the overflowings of your anger,
and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.
Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low
and tread down the wicked where they stand.
Hide them all in the dust together;
bind their faces in the world below.
Then will I also acknowledge to you
that your own right hand can save you.
Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”
Those are just some snippets from God to Job and how Job responds back to God. It is absolutely impossible to read God’s response to Job and come to the conclusion that God is not sovereign over all things. The only way you can come to that conclusion is to look at the word of God and say “no” I reject what you have for me. This is the nature of deception. That it captivates the mind so that you reject the actual written word of God and believe the deceiver. I could offer more, but this blog is getting a bit long. I will however point you here to argue that “God does as He pleases”
“The slickest deception Satan has ever put across, primarily through the Church, is to get people to embrace his work as the work of God.”
This viewpoint on the creator of the universe and the author of redemption is both infantile and misleading. Shouting that God is sovereign over all things does not mean that the working of Satan is the working of God. The church has always had difficulty answering this question and yet it has always declared God to be sovereign. New “prophets” declare that He is not. If that is your conclusion, then you need to read the book of Job, again and again until the word of God transforms your thoughts. Don’t stop at Job, read Habakkuk.
The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
“While the prophet knows that the Lord is sovereign, his daily experience appears to reflect something quite different. He is struggling to rightly interpret his daily realities. The prophecy of Habakkuk is a deeply personal testament of a believer’s battle with disobedience of sinners and the doubts of the soul (Andersen, Habakkuk, 88)
The way God responds to the prophet is absolutely astounding. This statement alone absolutely destroys the deceptive teaching that God is not sovereign.
“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.”
“This speaks of the impossibility of assuming we always know how God will deal with the events that happen in this world. Just when we think we have everything figured out about God’s purpose, we come to learn that His ways are higher than ours. In Isaiah 55:8-9 the Lord says,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
What is the unthinkable thing that the Lord is going to do? He will employ the Babylonians as His instrument of divine judgment and justice against His people Judah. For the prophet this must be preposterous. He must be wondering within himself, “What’s wrong with this picture?” How did God arrive at the Babylonians as a solution to the problem of sin and injustice in Judean society? In response to the prophet’s oracle of lamenting concerning the state of Judean society, the Lord brings an oracle of divine judgment that no one would have expected, not even Habakkuk himself! The ways of the Lord are surely higher than the ways of humankind. God has a recipe for Judean society that will certainly purge the land of its unfaithfulness.”(Fentress, Habakkuk, 2016)
I could really stop here; however, Christ Himself is blasphemed when God is denied His sovereignty. Christ is the prism through which all of creation flows. He owns all of creation. All of it.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
For God to “lose” something would mean that He Himself is not in fact God. He cannot be moved and none of His plans can be thwarted. To deny God’s sovereignty is to deny God. I’ll put it a different way; to deny that God absolutely owns all things, to include the earth, is to deny that God “IS” absolutely “IS”. God is in fact the “I AM”.
“Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:13-14
The seriousness of this cannot be overstated. When you worship a God in a box that has lost control, you do not worship the God of the bible. When you do not worship the God of the bible you worship a created thing. A false God, rather Satan himself.
This is no tradition that is simply up for debate. This is a hard truth that the Christian Church throughout history has declared to be true. This is God. Worship God. The Westminster Confession of Faith puts God this way:
- There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and withal, most just, and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.
- God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever himself pleaseth. In his sight all things are open and manifest, his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.
- In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost: the Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and Son.
What a task. “Confess what is God” The countless amount of hours and work it took to create this ultimately unfinished and infinitely inadequate statement answering this question. Though as far as humans go, I doubt you will find a better response. This God is sovereign. Period. You can either choose to believe He who “IS” or you can worship and follow the creatures God has made who will tickle your ears and tell you what you want to hear. Be warned, you now have the knowledge, which makes you more so accountable to Him who sits on the throne. I must bring this long post to a close. I could literally keep writing for the next decade on this topic. I could bring the weight of the testimony of every chapter in the bible down to bare on this Heresy, it would buckle under the weight of God’s word. Though if the word of God cannot convince you, nothing will. I pray that the Holy Spirit illuminates your mind and breaks the chains of deception, though it won’t be without pain. To borrow a beautiful closing statement from Jude 1:24-25
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Truth or Tradition? 5 Common Biblical Misconceptions Debunked. (2019, November 7). In Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Retrieved from https://blog.kcm.org/truth-or-tradition-5-common-biblical-misconceptions-debunked/