Sovereignty of God Debunked


I have been thinking a lot about the enormity of God. His vastness and all encompassing presence and power. Many interpret this “massiveness” as sovereignty. This massive God can do anything He wants with our lives and we can either appreciate the blessing or the correction. Our response is what grows us into better Christ-like apprentices. This thinking seems to convey God as menacing not loving. It also gives me no free will to choose a path because God may interrupt with a lesson, tragedy or incident that is meant to make me better. I thought His Word was given to us to make us better. I thought the gift of Jesus in human form dying to end the penalty of sin and death was His solution. Was that not enough that He has to give us bad things to make us better people?

Is His Word true when it comes to the promises in His word about protection? Is God going to protect me or is His sovereign will going to undermine His promise and leave me vulnerable to tragic events?

This is serious stuff. People separate into three factions on this subject (there may be more but this is what I have encountered). Group number one are given the title “Super Christians” because they love God no matter how much they think God is orchestrating and organizing their trial. They believe anyway and give God glory. They never doubt His love or kindness yet believe God allows it. They seem thankful for the correction. The second group is titled “Rebellious Christian” because this thinking didn’t work for them. They can’t believe in a God that allows evil to happen so they just choose to either stop believing or stop trusting them with their lives but still believe in a higher power. They feel hurt and rejected by a God who was supposed to protect them. The third and last group are the “Wandering Christian” because they aren’t satisfied with the answer. Their curiosity causes them to wander and question. They aren’t satisfied with the churches answer. They pioneer in His presence to a better response.

Yeah. I am the “wanderer”. I always have been. I must admit I am not satisfied with this answer and have found other spiritual teachers and preachers unsatisfied as well. I think, I know, that God loves all three groups. I know there is no judgment to however your gut responds to this subject. I cannot and will not surrender my life to a thinking that God is “sovereign”. Sorry all who are reading this who have based their life on this thinking. Wait. I don’t apologize. I respect your group but I don’t want to think like that. I don’t have to apologize for that just like you don’t have to apologize. You are free and allowed to think however you want about God and this post is not meant to sway your thinking. It is only meant to be “for Him”. “It is for Him” for Jesus because His massive glory and power that shook hell the moment He declared “It is finished” deserves this recognition. I stole that thought from Shauna Niequist’s book Present Over Perfect where she shares that ministry is not meant for a cause or a publisher or a certain brand that your audience demands but for Jesus. I post this because I love Jesus. I love the cross and I am not apologizing ANYMORE for its grandeur. I am no longer going to tiptoe around with His theology or sensor my emotion so that I do not offend. Maybe it is time to offend decades of bad theology so we can truly have the victory His blood afforded. Maybe I am called to bring more wanderers into the Kingdom. Maybe I am called to the “rebellious”. Maybe the “rebellious” are getting a bad rap and deserve a new title which is “hurt”. I think the rebellious and the wanderer are tired of being compared to the “Super Christian” who is willing to take the beating and brag about their great effort to endure. Stop it. This brings no glory to God, just to yourself.

Here is what keeps me out of the second group, Ephesians 4 and Colossians 1. These chapters could (if you let them) take you out of the rebellious camp and maybe into the wanderer. It must be said, may I always be a wanderer. May I always want to know more and not be satisfied. I think a better name for the third group is “Purpose Seeker”. All three groups are seeking purpose, meaning in the madness. Somehow Ephesians 4 and Colossians 1 satisfy that hunger for meaning. Wanderers are thrilled with the Word of God.

Don’t get disinterested because I am about to post passages. Get thrilled, wanderer or purpose-seeker because you are about to have a great meal, a feast on the Great I Am.

Colossians 1:16-17 (AMP)

16 For [d]by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. 17 And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.]

Ephesians 4:6 (NASB)

one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

I intentionally did not choose the Amplified version for this passage because they added “sovereign” before “over all”. Not that “sovereign is the wrong word. It is a great word. It just has a connotation that labels God instead of revealing Him.

Ephesians 4:10 (AMP)

10 He who descended is the very same as He who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things [that is, the whole universe]).

Now, let’s look at Psalms 91 in its entirety:

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

This sounds incredible, right? But then you start to look at your circumstances, your past, the trouble in the World, the fear in your heart, the worry, the anxiety and the hopelessness. Trust me. I am able to write the previous sentence because I understand the emotions, the loneliness that attaches itself to our deep hunger to know a God who is more.

Let’s compare the illustration that God is all and in all and above all with Psalms 91. Let’s analyze this thought that a massive being has enveloped Himself into “all things” and commands the universe.

Hebrews 1:3 (AMPC)

He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the [c]out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished ourcleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,

This is His sovereignty. Sovereign is not used in the Bible in the Greek or Hebrew. However, His power and dominion is often expressed. Sovereign simply means “possessing supreme or ultimate power.” The problem with the word is that we have defined it instead of allowed it to be revealed. When you read Hebrews, Colossians and Ephesians under the lens of “God allows” then you define, in your own human limitations, the majesty, power and dominion of God. If you read the above scriptures with the realization revealed by the spirit that God’s sovereignty is His supreme power over sin and death that the cross defines then Psalms 91 is a living, breathing, active sword that cuts through bad theology and leaves your life untouched, unscathed by the evils of this world.

Tell the devil Psalms 91:10-There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Too many people give God the credit for misery when misery plagued every square inch of His son’s flesh, bone, muscle, marrow so that we can be free. How dare we give credit where credit is not due. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy and make you think that His “sovereignty” gives God free reign to ruin you with tragedy. It paints the picture that you are meant to endure with a happy, glad joyous heart to be more like Christ. He watched His son die. He doesn’t want to watch you drown in tragedy He supposedly orchestrated. Call a spade a spade.

Tell the devil Psalms 91:10-There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

He tore the veil so you could come blemish free and say Psalms 91:10 to Him and to your trouble. Speak to your crisis. Say it, wanderer, rebellious and super Christian. Say it with the power that lives in you. This power fills all and is above all and before all. He owns time. Don’t you think He can conquer your cancer, protect your prodigal and bring them home, feed your hungry children, offer you money for your light bill, promote you at work, establish your steps in ministry, end the conflict in your marriage, uproot the grief and sadness of a lost loved one, remove the fear, end the anxiety, perpetuate the joy and establish the faith. YES, YES, YES. A thousand times yes. Because of His sovereignty, He can redeem and own your trouble. Let him kick the devil’s butt for you. Don’t permit one more second of your suffering for the sake of training. The Word of God is your training, not your trouble.

 

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