Saturday, December 09, 2006

Who's Truly Sovereign? Man? Or God!

Not too long ago a friend of mine forwarded me an article by Andrew Wommack, titled “The Sovereignty Of God.” It should have been titled, "The Sovereignty of Man!" Soon after, I obtained a CD of Mr. Wommack's "sovereignty" teaching and barely made it half way through before I had to turn it off! From reading his article, and listening to his (more in depth) audio teaching, these questions struck me -
  • Who's the center of attention? According to Mr. Wommack, Man Is. His theology is man-centered.
  • Who's calling the shots? Who's in charge? According to Mr. Wommack, Man Is.
  • Who is ultimately sovereign? Mr. Wommack teaches that Man Is Sovereign. It's like God is just sitting around waiting for us to tell him what he can and cannot do!
I don't think Mr. Wommack is espousing biblically sound doctrine.

And I'm not the only one. For a very good, biblical analysis of Mr. Wommack’s "sovereignty" doctrine, read Paul R. Vaughn's (of the Josiah Project) 4-part series, The Sovereignty of Man. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Paul deals most directly with Mr. Wommack in Part 2.

And for even further, more biblically sound treatments addressing and extolling the complete and total sovereignty of the God of the universe, see the following:

John Piper -
The Supremacy of Christ in an Age of Terror

Is God Less Glorious Because He Ordained that Evil Be?

Why I Do Not Say, "God Did Not Cause the Calamity, but He Can Use It for Good"

A.W. Pink -
Objections to God's Sovereignty Answered

Book: The Sovereignty of God (see in particular chapters 7 & 8)
(Audio reading)

R.C. Sproul -
How do we reconcile the fact that God is sovereign with the fact that he has given us free will as persons?

How would you define the sovereignty of God?

And then the mother lode!

What say you?!


At 12/09/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger Puritan Lad said...

Sad. I love the old Arminian/Pelagian argument that God's true sovereignty is in "delegating" His authority.

"The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!" (Psalms 33:10-12)

At 12/12/2006 12:30 AM, Anonymous Steve said...

This is a great post. It is far too common to find good people who are blind to the fact that they see man as more sovereign God. They often have never really thought it through. The presumed God was sovereign, yet they really believed in a theology that makes man bigger. May there be more posts like this and may more and more people read them.


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