Welcome back. I closed the last post talking about the traditional teaching of the sovereignty of God. The way this has been taught has caused much pain in the body of Christ.
There are going to be some people who read these posts that might be offended to think I would call this doctrine dangerous. Let me start by sharing the definition of sovereignty.
Sovereign (Oxford Languages Dictionary) – N: Chief of state or monarch; a former British coin worth one pound sterling, now only minted for commemorative purposes. Adj.: Possessing supreme or ultimate power.
I believe that God is “supreme” and that He has “ultimate power”. This is not up for debate. God is our creator and no other being is higher than Him.
There is another definition that defines sovereign has having “supreme rank or power” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). God is almighty.
One of the most popular New Testament translations has substituted “almighty” with “sovereign” more than three thousand times. This version popularized the term “sovereign”. Prior to its release the term was not used in the extreme context it is used today.
The translation I am referring to substituted “Sovereign Lord” for “Lord God Almighty”.
The word sovereign can also be translated “independent”. This would be done in the sense of an independent nation which can be called a “sovereign state”.
The Latin translation (claritydaily.org) is a compound of two words: super + reign. It is translated “lord, ruler, highest, supreme, principal, superior, master, supreme authority”.
God is sovereign in the sense that He is supreme, excellent, superior… There is no contention with the dictionary definition of sovereign.
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
The issue with sovereignty teaching today is that religion has twisted it to mean God “sovereignly” controls everything. It is taught to the point that God is said to have a hand in everything that happens. I have heard Christian ministers say that even wars cannot happen without God causing them.
Over the years I’ve met people who “used” to follow God. Many of these people sat under a minister who taught the religious concept of sovereignty and were told God caused a tragedy in their life.
“Well God needed your child more than you and took them.”
“We cannot know why God caused this car accident but need to pray He reveal the lesson you are meant to learn.”
I’ve actually heard ministers make comments like this. They cannot provide one Scripture in its proper context to support what they are saying. This is the reason it is so important that Christians spend time meditating in Scripture for themselves.
In my experience people who view God as the cause of all their problems are confused. They have a perverted view of Him and struggle with the concept of Him being a good God who loves them and desires to do good in their lives.
Let me close this post with a question. If you took every terrible word, situation, illness, and tragedy that has happened in your family and attributed them to God, what would your view of Him be?
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