How to Slaughter a Sacred Cow
Adapted from the article “Killing Sacred Cows” by Andrew Wommack
Wrong teaching—specifically religious doctrines—makes God’s Word of no effect.
The most significant revelations I’ve received from the Lord all have to do with renewing my mind from old ways of thinking that I learned in church. As I was freed from the traditions, the simplicity of God’s Word set me free.
I think one of the worst doctrines in the body of Christ today is the belief that God controls everything or “God is sovereign.” It’s usually presented in one of two ways: God originates everything or Satan originates the evil things but has to get God’s approval before he can do His “dirty work.”
It’s so entrenched that it’s become a sacred cow. But this old cow needs to be killed or it will kill the power of God’s Word in people’s lives.
I agree that God is sovereign as it’s defined in the dictionary: 1. Independent. 2. Having supreme rank or power. 3. Paramount; supreme.” God is all of that and more. But religious tradition has redefined “sovereign” to mean God has and exercises “absolute control.”
I totally disagree with that!
Deuteronomy 30:19 says,
“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life….”
God even told us which one to choose: life!
God isn’t allowing the bad things in your life. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of every believer, and He’s waiting on you to appropriate what He has already provided through Jesus.
People have seen scriptural examples of God’s judgment upon man in the Old Testament and have deduced that judgment is God’s way of correcting us. Under the New Covenant, that is no longer the case. Second Timothy 3:16 says that God’s Word is given to correct and reprove us.
Deuteronomy 28 lists the blessings and curses that would come upon the Israelites depending on their obedience or disobedience to God’s commands. The things listed in verses 15-68: sickness, poverty, grief, and every other trouble imaginable are curses, not blessings, as many religious people are trying to make them out to be. And Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law! (Gal. 3:13)
God never uses evil to correct or draw us to Him. It’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4). Afflictions are what Satan uses to steal away God’s Word (Mark 4:16-17).
God is not the one who makes our lives a mess. We have a choice.