Sovereign or not?

Can God be half-sovereign? Or not be sovereign at all, and still be God?

Lately, there has been all sorts of contortions and mis-characterizations around the nature of God, especially His sovereignty, emanating from liberal “Christians”, armchair religionists and atheistic philosophers.

For me, all of these criticisms fall into the straw man argument category, because the moment that you deny that God is sovereign over all that comes to be, then you are in effect creating a god of your own making. This is sure to disturb and aggravate those from the categories above, but so be it. If God is not almighty, then He is not God.

Why does it perturb people so to think that there is a God who is almighty, personal and just? I imagine that it must be some sort of self-control issue, or some self-pride maybe? Or fear of His righteousness? I honestly don’t know. It gives me great comfort to know that there is a loving and sovereign God upon whose grace I am carried on my life journey.

Scripture is very clear that God is sovereign:

Dan 4:35  all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”

Psa 115:3  Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

1Ti 6:15  which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

Rom 9:15  For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

There are no half measures there. There is no “I will help you save yourself”, or “If you give to Me I will give to you”. There is only sovereign grace, mercy and unconditional love. Without sovereignty, God is not God. He is some insipid human invention that fills our lives with platitudes.

But we know that He is God, all-powerful, all-merciful and all-God.


One response to “Sovereign or not?

  1. Well said. I believe the main objection to God’s absolute sovereignty is the idea that it somehow constrains man’s “liberty”. Those who object forget that God “…himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:25). Man depends on God for life, breath, wisdom, and all things, yet some foolishly suppose that man almighty free will can save him from his own wicked heart.

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