Jesus said in Mark 16:15 – 20, And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
What is the most dangerous Christian doctrine in the world today? Is it prosperity? Is it speaking in tongues? Is it grace and more grace? Is it faith? Is it the Social Gospel?
Firstly, I think “the most dangerous doctrine” would have to turn unbelievers away from God in a significant way.
Secondly, it would have to be “palatable” to everyday Christians so it would be embraced.
Thirdly, it would have to have a detrimental effect on the lives of Christians and negatively influence their spiritual enthusiasm and their commitment to follow Jesus every day.
The most dangerous doctrine also would have to be subtle or everyone would recognize it for the damage it does. So what is the most dangerous doctrine?
It is called“sovereignty theology.”
Definition of SOVEREIGN Webster Dictionary
1 a : one possessing or held to possess supreme political power or sovereignty
b : one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere
c : an acknowledged leader : arbiter
2 : any of various gold coins of the United Kingdom
Sovereign in the Oxford Dictionary means :-
Definition of SOVEREIGNTY Webster Dictionary
1 obsolete : supreme excellence or an example of it
Sovereign Definition From the Oxford Dictionary
1 a supreme ruler, especially a monarch.
2 a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling, now only minted for commemorative purposes.
1 possessing supreme or ultimate power: in modern democracies the people’s will is in theory sovereign
[attributive] (of a nation or its affairs) acting or done independently and without outside interference: a sovereign, democratic republic
[attributive] archaic or literary possessing royal power and status: our most sovereign lord the King
2 [attributive] dated very good or effective: a sovereign remedy for all ills
noun (plural sovereignties) [mass noun] a: supreme power or authority: the sovereignty of Parliament
b: the authority of a state to govern itself or another state: national sovereignty
c: [count noun] a self-governing state.
Origin: late Middle English: from Old French sovereinete, from soverain (see sovereign)
Dont Blame God for Everything
I have heard the term sovereignty used so much, with ministers frequently answering spiritual questions with the statement, “Well, you know God is sovereign….” Ministers would imply that God controlled everything and that everything that happened in life was because God was “sovereign“. When searching the “S” pages to find references to “sovereign” in a Strong’s concordance there is only one verse in the entire King James Bible concordance that used the word “sovereign”. In addition, the one verse that used “sovereign” is not even using it in a relevant context.
Furthermore, the New King James translation does not use the word “sovereign” at all, and the New American Standard translation only uses the word once.
So where did this emphasis on God being “sovereign” come from?
It came mainly from ignorance and religious tradition, but has had a modern boost from the introduction of the New International Version of the Bible many years ago. The NIV uses the word “sovereign” 272 times. In the preface to a 2009 edition of the NIV on page ix it says the following:- “In regard to the divine name YHWH , commonly referred to as the Tetragrammaton, the translators adopted the device used in most English versions of rendering that name as “Lord” in capital letters to distinguish it from Adonai, another Hebrew rendered “Lord,” for which small letters are used. Whenever the two names stand together in the Old Testament as a compound name of God, they are rendered “Sovereign Lord.”” Please read the preface of any NIV Bible you might have or can obtain.
Does God “sovereignty” control everything that happens on this earth, or is it somehow ordained by God? Most unbelievers think God is to blame for everything wrong on the earth and in fact many people think things are so out of control they feel God must not even exist.
If God were controlling everything that happens, I would have to admit He is doing a poor job. However, the condition of life on earth is the results of men and women’s own free will including Satan’s. The world does not understand that Satan is the “god” of his dark kingdom on this earth.
Next turning to the “W” section of the concordance to look up the word “will” to see how many scriptures used that word. There are 26 pages of references to verses using the word “will” in various ways. There are scriptures, like Jesus asking a sick man, “Wilt thou be made whole?” (John 5:6) and people expressing their will, “‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ “He answered and said, ‘I will not'” (Matt 21:28-29).
A true story about a member of a church years ago who worked in a big electric power plant. About 5:00 a.m. every morning, this chap was supposed to manually throw a big electrical switch to supply extra power to the town for people as they woke up and used electrical appliances. There was a big sign on the wall that said, “Stand on rubber mat when connecting switch.” This was to insulate the man to help make sure the electricity would not “arc” from the switch and run through the easier “resistance” of his body to flow to the ground. He had held this job for perhaps 20 years, and had never had a problem. One morning, he had been out walking around in the heavy dew-laden grass when he came in at 5:00 a.m. to throw the switch. He did not bother to drag the heavy rubber mat over to stand on when he threw the switch, was not insulated from the ground, from the moisture on his hands and feet made him an even greater conductor of electricity. He was electrocuted and died instantly. It was tragic that the man left young children and a wife widowed. At the funeral, one of the church members was addressing the situation, and he told the pastor, “Well, God just took him!” Irritated by the implied slam on God’s character, the pastor replied, “Well, I notice God takes more of them that don’t stand on the rubber mat than He does those that do!”
God is not demonstrating for all humanity what life here on earth is like when He is totally in control. Heaven is what it is like where God’s will is complete.
Here we can observe what has been created on earth by Satan’s rebellion, and then by humanity’s subsequent decisions to disobey God in sin and selfishness. It is an imperfect existence and we still live in a fallen world where the vast majority of mankind here exercise their unsaved free will.
If everything were due to Gods “sovereignty” then there would be no need to pray, no need to give financial offerings, no need to even live right, because whatever happened would be what God wanted regardless. If praying, giving, obeying makes any difference, then “free will” wins the argument.
If God sovereignly controls everything, then there is no need to evangelize (this is Calvinism, and it caused Europe to go into a post-Christian era). In about 1600 A.D., Jacob Arminius became convinced that Calvinism (absolute sovereignty) could not be true and said sovereignty made God a “tyrant and executioner”. The denominations, which Arminianism influenced have grown to be the world’s largest, and the denominations which have embraced Calvinism instead have been shrinking. Sovereignty has a certain amount of appeal because it is “excuse theology” you can blame everything on God! However, even though it is comfortable to blame all on God, it inclines millions of unbelievers go to Hell.
The fact that we have a free will is why scriptures like Matthew 16:19 are important, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” This is also why we are supposed to pray “For God’s will to be done here on earth, the same as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
If God’s will automatically happened without our prayers, our prayers would not be needed. God does not sovereignly control everything that happens here on earth, but He is all powerful — so He is capable of intervening when we do pray and have faith! Otherwise, Satan’s will or man’s will is fulfilled instead of God’s will. It is not God’s will or God’s fault.
Is it possible our lack of prayer and faith has limited God’s involvement in our lives? The Bible says in Psalm 78:41 in both the KJV & NKJV, “They… limited the Holy One of Israel”(through lack of faith). Matthew 13:58 says that Jesus “Did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Therefore, the opposite is true, we can keep God from being limited in our lives and enable Him to do mighty works if we will pray and have faith. The solution to the problems of your life can best be described by an old “proverb” pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you!