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Devotionals    H3'ed 12/9/21

Andrew Wommack - It Isn't God Who Decides Who Gets Healed and Who Doesn't

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"One of the worst doctrines in the body of Christ is the belief that God controls everything that happens. Fundamentalists/Evangelical Christians believe that God either controls or allows everything, and that Satan has to get His permission before he can do anything. That's a convenient theology because it absolves the individual of any personal responsibility. That's also the reason for its popularity. I know this may shock some people, but it's true: That belief will kill you. God's will doesn't automatically come to pass. We have to believe and cooperate with God to receive what He has provided for us, including our own salvation. Second Peter 3:9 says it isn't God's will for anyone to perish: "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." That's as plain as the Scripture can make it. It is not God's WILL for anyone to perish, but they do. In fact, Jesus said more people would enter through the broad gate unto destruction than enter through the narrow gate unto life (Matt. 7:13-14). God doesn't force salvation on people. People don't have to ask Jesus to save them; they just need to believe the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news that their sins are already forgiven and receive their salvation (Acts 16:31). The same thing is true of healing: God has already healed everyone, just as He has already paid for the forgiveness of everyone's sins." - Andrew Wommack

What? One of the worst doctrines is that God is in control? You want to know something scary? Andrew Wommack started his own bible college that now has over 50 locations. Of course, God either decrees or allows everything in His creation! Otherwise, He would not be God! Our personal responsibility is in our faith. It is what we believe about the God we serve. The power is all His but the faith is all ours. The problem with the view of Andrew Wommack is he views this as a partnership of equals or even in the case of healing, where man is in control. The reality is that I am not equal to God. I am nothing without Him. His is the power and the glory forever, not me. Yes, my faith in that matters but it does not elevate me anywhere near who He is. 2Peter 3:9 has nothing to do with physical healing. It is clear by the usage of repentance that the word perish is dealing with eternal death. If it truly were the will of God that no one would ever perish physically then no one would ever die.

Healing is already an accomplished work. First Peter 2:24 says, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." Jesus isn't healing people todayhealing was given 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem when He took those stripes on His back. He hasn't, and won't, receive any more stripes. People today only receive through faith what has already been accomplished by Jesus thousands of years ago. The Scriptures don't tell us to pray for the sick, in the sense that we are powerless to minister healing to them. It's just the opposite: Jesus told US to HEAL the sick (Matt. 10:1, 8; Luke 9:1, and 10:9). There's a big difference between asking the Lord to heal people and healing them. Most Christians today are appalled at what I've just said. They think, Who do you think you are? Well, without Jesus, I am nothing (John 15:5), but the good news is that I'm not without Jesus! He will never leave me nor forsake me (Heb. 13:5). Hallelujah! Therefore, I can say with the Apostle Peter, "Such as I have give I thee" (Acts 3:6).

This is so sad. There are no scriptures that command us to pray for the sick? Read the key verses. Of course, we are to pray for the sick! Once again, we see Wommack usurping power that belongs to God alone and robbing Him of His sovereignty. Matthew 10:1 is Jesus giving the direct power to heal to His disciples, not to us. Luke 9:1 is the same story in a different gospel account. Luke 10 is when He sent out the 72. Again, these are not directions to us today. The James verse about praying for the sick is direction to the church today. It is telling that he admits that most real Christians will be appalled at what he has to say and that is because it is appalling. We know however who Andrew Wommack is. He is a heretic trying to steal the power of God. Like Lucifer desiring to ascend to the throne and Eve in the garden, the sin remains the same. God is sovereign. God can heal. God can also say no. The true test of faith is in still believing in the face of the answer being no.

"This is what Peter said when he ministered to the lame man in Acts 3. Peter didn't pray for this man. He didn't say, "O God, we can do nothing without You. Please heal this man if it is Your will." It's always God's will to heal (3 John 2). We don't ask and then wait and see. That's not believing His Word. Instead of beggars, we need to become believers who, knowing God's will, use our authority to heal. Talking and acting like that today will get us kicked out of most churches. After all, who do we think we are? That's not the way many Christians believe it's done. And that's one of the main reasons we don't see more of the healing power manifest that Jesus provided. I have prayed for thousands of people in my meetings across the country, and I have yet to see every person healed. It might be a problem in the heart of the one receiving prayer, or it might be something I don't understand in regards to that particular person. But one thing I know for sureit's not God. Healing is such an important issue that I'm beginning a six-week series on it on television in April. You won't want to miss it. I have also put together a special package to help you. I call it A Better Health-Care Package." - Andrew Wommack

Sigh. Peter was one of the disciples. Andrew Wommack was not. Just look at how vile and arrogant his presented scenario is. Mocking the notion that we can do nothing without God. Maybe Andrew needs to reread the Gospel of John:

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:15 (ESV)

Andrew Wommack believes he is the vine. He is sorely mistaken. Asking God for His healing is not begging. That is a disgusting reference. It does however remind us who is God in our relationship. Asking reminds us that God alone decides. Praying reinforces that He is King and we are subjects to Him. Again, Wommack recognizes that most churches would not accept his evil teaching but unfortunately, I think he is wrong again. Far too many churches today readily accept other gospels such as this.

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