*”The Word of God is living and powerful”! It has all the power we will ever need for every situation in our lives, (Heb. 4:12). “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb. 4:2 NKJV)
I know many of you are thinking, It isn’t that easy. I believe the Word and I’m doing everything I know to do, yet things still haven’t worked out. I have experienced that too — personally and with many people I’ve ministered to. So, what’s the problem? Actually, there are many problems, but I think most of them can be summed up by what Jesus said in Mark 7:13:
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition.”
What a startling statement! Wrong teaching — specifically religious doctrine — makes God’s Word of no effect. The most significant revelations I’ve received from the Lord all have to do with renewing my mind from old ways of thinking that I learned in church. As I was freed from the traditions, the simplicity of God’s Word set me free.
At a recent Gospel Truth Seminar, the Lord led me to counter a number of traditions that void God’s Word. It was heavy stuff that was hard on even many full-Gospel fanatics. I tried to be as gentle as possible, but there isn’t a gentle way to kill a sacred cow.
It’s like the man who saw a cow with a wooden leg. He was so shocked, he stopped his car and asked the farmer about the cow. The farmer said this was a very special cow. He told stories of how the cow saved him and his kid’s lives more than once. The man was impressed, but that still didn’t explain why the cow had a wooden leg. Finally, the farmer yelled, “You can’t eat a special cow like that all at once!”
Unlike that farmer’s cow, sacred cows cannot be done away with gradually. You just need to kill them and deal with the fallout. So that’s what I did. It was powerful. I dealt with a lot of things in the seminar, but only have space to mention a few in this letter.
I think one of the worst doctrines in the body of Christ today is the belief that God controls everything or, as the religious terminology states, “God is sovereign.” It’s usually presented in one of two ways: One, God originates everything, or two, Satan originates the evil things but has to get God’s approval before he can do His “dirty work.”
This doctrine seems to be dominant in the body of Christ today. It’s so entrenched that many people will just discount what I have to say before hearing me out. To them, this has become a sacred cow. But this old cow needs to die. They need to kill that sacred cow, or it will kill the power of God’s Word in their lives.
On the surface, it makes perfect sense that God controls everything. After all, He is God. He is all powerful. He can do whatever He wants to do. He is sovereign.
I agree that God is sovereign if the word sovereign is used as it’s defined in the dictionary. The American Heritage Dictionary defines “sovereign” as: 1. Independent. 2. Having supreme rank or power. 3. Paramount; supreme. “Sovereign” comes from a Latin word that means “super, above.” I agree with all of those definitions. God is all of that and more.
But religious tradition has redefined “sovereign” to mean God has and does exercise “absolute control.” I totally disagree with that!“*
We will continue in Part 2. CHRIS
*This teaching comes directly from the archives of the Andrew Wommack Ministries.