Grace Works Through Faith – Part 4

Grace Works Through Faith

Does God control everything such that nothing can happen without His permission? Has He allowed all the wrong that is happening in the world to take place? Is God sovereign the way religion has taught sovereignty?

The Bible does not teach that God controls everything. IT DOES NOT say that God is the cause or He gives permission to everything that happens.

When a person dies people, NOT GOD, say “it must have been their time”. Why do we blame God when a person who is under the influence of alcohol gets in a car, crashes and dies? Why do we say that was God’s will?

The Bible clearly states that Jesus came to “DESTROY HIM THAT HAD POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL” – Hebrews 2:14. It even says satan goes about seeking whom he may devour – 1 Peter 5:8. And it also says satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy – John 10:10. Are we saying satan is God’s messenger boy?

God clearly gave instruction to Adam not to eat the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because in the day they ate the tree they would surely die – Genesis 2:17. Death was introduced to this earth by Adam and Eve. Jesus brought life – 1 Corinthians 15:22. Jesus is called the Last Adam who became the life giving spirit – 1 Corinthians 15:45.

People blame God for making babies deformed, causing marriages to fail, and sending killer storms. In our insurance contracts we have what is called “acts of God”. By acts of God people mean earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. This is misrepresentation of God.

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the express image of God – Hebrews 1:3. If we want to understand God’s attitude toward us we need to look at how Jesus dealt with people. The Bible says Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were OPPRESSED BY THE DEVIL – Acts 10:38.

The teaching that God controls everything sovereignly has made people passive. This has made people see no point in doing anything. Why seek God? Why attend church? Why not just sit at home and watch TV because God’s will is going to come to pass anyway? Why do anything because God’s will is going to happen whether you believe it or not? This is a terrible doctrine!

What do we say when somebody dies? Do we conveniently use this terrible doctrine and say, “Well it must be God’s will”? No, God is not the one causing death, satan is the author of death. God is not killing anybody today.

If we truly believe that God controls everything, then when we get sick we should not pray against the will of God, nor should we consult a doctor. If we believe God is teaching us through sickness and disease we shouldn’t take medication because we should allow the will of God to be done.

This is a terrible doctrine, only religious people believe it because they have been taught it, and they accept it on blind faith.

God has provided everything by grace. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO EITHER COOPERATE WITH HIS PERFECT WILL OR NOT. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US.”

We need to understand that THE WILL OF GOD IS NOT AUTOMATIC, IT TAKES FAITH. Second Peter 3:9 says it is God’s will that every person gets saved, but that is not the case. Why? The reason is that we have a choice. God has provided everything by grace, but if we don’t receive we won’t have.