Who is God to you? Is he a creation-crazed insanity monger that creates little gods to go and perform miracles, and give seed money to his servants who do the miracles for people to make believers? If that’s who your god is, I suggest you have the wrong god, because that is NOT the God of the Bible. People in this philosophy (and there are a multitude of them) are known as name-it-and-claim-it or Word of Faith believers. They claim a who’s who of people these days, and i’d run out of space if I started naming them. But that’s a fantasy, God is not there, not in that kind of sign/gift garbage. Ever hear of lying signs and wonders? You can check that out in the Bible in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 and see who is responsible for those. How do you tell the difference? If you said “The Holy Spirit,” how can you be sure? John tells us many spirits have entered into the world, but there is only one Holy Spirit. What if they lie, and claim also to be the Holy Spirit?
Or is your God the angry God of the Old Testament? He’s in the Bible, isn’t He? He sure is, but if your God is nothing but an angry rule-enforcing god, that’s also the wrong God. That would be the god of legalism, and if that were the real god, then we wouldn’t have needed a New Testament way of Grace. (By the way, a careful study of Scripture will tell you that the way of salvation for all people has always been through grace through faith, and that salvation is a gift from God and nobody else. If you did one thing to earn it, you were not necessarily saved, though you may have been if you truly called on His name.) At the opposite end of this are people that will say, that’s right, we’re all sinners, we need grace – and it doesn’t matter what we do, God will save us all by his grace. That’s called at its base “antinomianism,” and means “without law.” Christ didn’t put an end to the moral law, friends. Those 10 commandments are an expression of who God actually is, not a list of rules to control your behaviour. You break those at your peril. And for all of you that follow the no-law belief, and no difference can be seen in your life because of your profession of faith, then according to the Bible, you’re not really a Christian. The Lord Jesus, our founder, God, and Saviour, said this:
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.Matthew 7:15-20, NASB
If you hold to the doctrine of antinomianism and related heresies that go with it, your fruit is bad, and everyone, believer and unbeliever alike will see it. And believers that have their discernment exercised by continually examining what is good and godly and what is not, will KNOW. That Greek word is epiginosko, to know exactly. And by the way, it’s also a gift of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor.12:6-11, the distinguishing of spirits) Be as lawless as you like sin all you like. Just know that God sees everything, and you WILL give an account. Or behave as “christian” as you like, God sees your heart and knows if you really are or if it is just a complicated put-on.
No, my friends and beloved saints, God is omnipresent (He is everywhere), He is omniscient (He knows everything), and most importantly is omnipotent (He has ALL power). He is on His throne, and is in complete control of every single particle that makes up the universe, and everything else besides that! If that isn’t the God you believe in, maybe it’s time you started. Let me make an introduction.
God, before the universe and time began, existed in Himself, and He existed in three “persons.” (I am aware that is seen by some as mistranslated, but bear with me.) Those three individuals were one in essence and in everything that makes Them/Him God. In what I will call a “staff meeting,” with my tongue planted in my cheek, God the Father (person 1) foresaw what would happen when They/He created the universe (Person 2 was the actual agent of creation.) He also foresaw every individual that would ever exist. From that pool, He foresaw all those that would be his and those that would not be His. Now I will quote from Romans 8:29-30. “Those whom He foreknew [to be His], He also predestined [or foreordained, same Greek word] to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He [His Son] would become the firstborn among many brethren; and those whom He predestined He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [pronounced clean]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified.”
The way this played out in the history of the universe is like this. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The Father willed it, the Son created it all, and the Holy Spirit was the conduit of creative power in doing so, probably among other things. In that creating, He created Humans. He created males and females right from the beginning. He gave them duties, and a restriction. The REALLY short version is that they disobeyed and fell as an entire race into sin and death. Many, many, many generations followed, and established the fact that all humans were under sin, and in fact could do nothing at all to save themselves from the fate of eternal punishment that went with the original misdeed. Enter Jesus, or God the Son become human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in God’s servant Mary who remained a virgin until after the birth. He was born, He grew Up, He served God all His life, He lived a perfect life of obedience under God’s Law, and then knowingly and willingly gave His life up to substitute His perfect life of obedience on the cross and die in the place of all sinners. If you are being pulled toward God by that information, then please, repent of your sinful life and believe that Jesus paid the price in full for your sins on the cross. If you really are convinced of these truths for real, don’t wait.
A guy who did the very same thing in 1985.