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1. Introduction

This lesson explains why we should replace “God is in Control” with “God is in Command”. We will also look at “control” through the perspective of our heavenly Father looking after His children.

I was captain of commercial aircraft for eight years, and we use the term “control” to determine who is the pilot-in-command of the aircraft.

To give some perspective, I will go through the three stages of our Christian life (children, adolescents and adults) and use my aviation background to see how “control” develops into command.

God is in Command, Not in Control, is the sixth in the series on the Nature of God. To fully understand the Father, please start with the Old Testament Revelation of God.


A. Power of the Tongue

Language is compelling in developing or diminishing our faith. When we verbally declare a statement, we hear it with our ears, and beliefs grow in our minds. If it is negative, Jesus calls it a defilement:

Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

Matthew 15:11

B. The Statement ‘God is in Control’ is a Stronghold to Pull Down

I hear the non-biblical phrase, “God is in control”, used in many Christian circles. Because this statement is not valid, as we grow in maturity, it becomes an opposing stronghold:

casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2 Corinthians 10:5

When we have a stronghold in our minds, we need to eliminate it by casting them down and captivating those thoughts. We also need to replace it with the truth. To do this, we meditate on the word of God, which produces new neural pathways in our mind and strongholds that are godly, faith-filled and based on the Bible.


C. New Neural Pathways

God has provided powerful methods to build new neural pathways based on truth and faith that comes from the word and Spirit of God. We will look at these in Studying the Bible.


2. God is in Control:-Reformed Theology Teaching

God is in control came from John Calvin, who received it from Augustine’s teaching. Besides God’s control, Augustine had several other heresies he held onto until his death, including Mary never sinned, and sex within marriage is a sin. He also taught the heresy of original sin. Augustine understood that God was in control, learning from Plato and other Greek philosophers who had no upbringing or knowledge of Yahweh Elohim. The teaching that God is in control carried onto the second (Pentecostal) reformation. That God is in control is being challenged in the current third great reformation.

A. God’s Exhaustive Control

Reformed theology states that God is in infinite or exhaustive control. If God is in infinite control, then:

  1. Some are predestined to go to hell. I expose this heresy in our study on Predestination
  2. there is no need to preach the gospel,
  3. all sickness comes from God,
  4. all suffering comes from God,
  5. natural disasters all come from Him,
  6. and man does not have free will.

B. Rocky Road to “God is in Control”

At the end of this lesson, we will look at the foundations of Greek philosophy, which theologians from the first two reformations used to get to the faulty hypothesis that “God is in control”. For now, we will go through the different stages of Christian maturity, starting with spiritual childhood.

I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
And, I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.

1 John 2:12-13 NKJV

As part of the reformation sweeping the earth, instead of the false precept God is in control, I want us to look at God in command through the eyes of a loving Father rather than a distant God.


3. Father’s Heart for His Little Children


A. Protection or Control?

Suppose we think about how we, as natural parents, look after our children. We are protective of them by nourishing, cleaning and sheltering them. We care for every aspect of their lives, maybe appearing as control but more correctly termed protection. A wise father or mother protects their children and what they are exposed to, moulding their will without interfering with their free will.


B. Student Pilot Example

When we are spiritual babies, it is similar to being a passenger in an aircraft. So let’s think of God as the pilot and us being the passenger.

Hopefully, it is not long before we grow to become a child, and God encourages us to sit with him on the flight deck, just as we are seated at the right hand of the Father in Christ Jesus.

and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:6

We watch what the pilot (God) does, but we don’t have any involvement in piloting the aircraft.


C. From Toddler to Child

Parents want their children to grow up and eventually become fully independent, making wise decisions as the toddler grows up. It is the same with God; He wants us to move from Him, “controlling” many aspects of our life into giving us the freedom to move with Him as a co-labourer. To do this, He starts giving opportunities for us to develop our spiritual gifts.


D. Aviation Training

Being raised as children is similar to when we start to learn how to fly. We learn through an instructor. The flight instructor places us in the pilot’s seat. A wise instructor will clearly explain what will happen on the flight to the student pilot. He will say something like this:

For this flight, I will demonstrate some turns. Then, I will hand the aircraft over to you so you may practice turns. When I want to show something further, I will say, “Taking over”, You will then repeat back to me, ” You have control, handing over”. When I want you to practice, I will say, “Handing over, you have control”, and you will reply to me, “I have control”. If there is an emergency during the flight, I will take command of the aircraft by saying, “Taking over”.


E. Increasing Responsibility

Using this methodology, the instructor pilot teaches the student pilot how to fly until they get a licence to fly. After 5 to 15 hours, the student pilot will fly solo with the instructor staying on the ground. Flight training is like early discipleship. For example, there are a lot of examinations in the spirit to go through, passing various tests. God gives us opportunities to practice what we have learnt by ourselves. Therefore, we need to carefully study and meditate on God’s word and build a friendship with God in prayer. Eventually, through study, practice, and determination, the student pilot achieves a private pilot’s licence after around fifty hours of flying the aircraft.

Just as God gave Adam and Eve choices in the garden of Eden, when we make the right choices, He rewards us.


F. Church Training

God acts similarly to the instructor pilot, placing boundaries around young believers in safe places like small groups or churches. He only lets us go through situations He knows we can handle.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

In small groups or church situations, the Christian child is given limits and given a certain amount of freedom by the group leader. They need to use their spiritual gifts and allow God to address the necessary changes within their character.

Leaders teach from the Word of God a principle. He then expects us to use that principle. We learn these principles by meditating on scripture or following a successful person’s example as Paul says:

Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

1 Corinthians 4:16

Thessalonians teaches this principle, where God wants to entrust us with the gospel message and its power.

But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.

1 Thessalonians 2:4

We need to show Him that we are approved.

G. Maturing in Your Authority.

Eventually, we mature and become fruitful in the kingdom of God. If we are going to be productive, we need to go through water and Spirit baptism. These steps are necessary because God starts to let us take on the responsibility of expanding His kingdom through these. Jesus had to go through the huiothesia at His water and Spirit baptism. We likewise go through our adoption and readiness to start doing the Father’s business.


H. Mistaking Control for Protection

Sadly many Christians never get past being a child, as they are happy to be forgiven of their sins but not prepared to obey the Great Commission or grow to be young men and women.

As a result, they never experience the next stage, where God starts to groom them to be fruitful in God’s vineyard:

And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’

Matthew 20:6-7


4. Father’s Heart for His Young Adults

The second phase of Christian development is being young men and women. Spiritual adolescence is when God is preparing them to take over kingdom responsibility.


A. Young Adults Overcoming the Enemy

I write to you, young men,
Because you have overcome the wicked one.

I have written to you, young men,
Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
And you have overcome the wicked one.

1 John 2:13-14

B. Individuating

A natural father or mother will give their adolescent children more freedom. It is always our heavenly Father’s desire to see His sons and daughters grow through this stage into the last stage of being fathers and mothers in God. It is essential for young adults to “individuate” naturally. During this stage, boundaries are in place to protect them from behaviour that could harm them. There are more freedoms than for a child, but they must be present. For example, A 17-year-old teenager can fluctuate in their behaviour, acting like a mature 30-year-old one day, then a ten-year-old boy the following day!


C. Young Believers Mistaking Protection for Control

During this time, young adults may complain about too much”control”. Spiritual young men and women need to be careful not to misconstrue these limits as God being in control. Besides the faulty theology I go into below, this is one of the main reasons people still think God is in control. They experience the discipline of the Father and see it as control. When God says, “Not yet”, it reinforces that God is in control. Here is a personal example:


D. Timing and “Control” Personal Testimony.

In 2000, I was in the front row of a large conference with a worldwide evangelist preaching. He had led cities to Christ, and I greatly desired that anointing. So I laid my hand on his Bible, saying, “I want that anointing; I take that anointing, in the Name of Jesus” Nothing happened that I noticed, and feeling disappointed, I concluded that God did not want me to have that anointing. I was thinking, “God is in control”.
Something happened at that time, but the timing was not right for me to be able to handle the publicity and honour that would come as a result! ln 2019, while waiting to speak at a conference, I had a vision and was reminded of that night nineteen years earlier. That night the anointing of the evangelist came upon me and 9000 accepted Jesus!


E. Commercial Pilot Training

Being a young man or woman of God is similar to training a commercial pilot. When you are a private pilot, there are not as many restrictions as for a commercial pilot. You are only responsible for the people on the plane. However, when you are a commercial pilot, there are more people in the aircraft, and if you have an accident, then the airline’s reputation is also affected.

It is the same in the ministry. God wants to grow us so that we can influence many. But if we mess up in the ministry, then God and Jesus’s name are also dishonoured. God wants to give us the legal authority to build His kingdom. Therefore we need to learn our legal position in God, growing in wisdom. We need to succeed in favour of God and with man and realise how much authority God has given us. He allows us to face battles He knows we can win. We need to learn the laws of the Word and the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:2

Do you see the law of the Spirit as resurrection life in Jesus Christ? It is not laws and regulations based on the Old Covenant.


F. Co-Labourers

As we grow in this area of our walk with God, we understand that God wants to co-labour with us. He wants to give us more and more responsibility because He wants us to be fruitful. Fruitfulness is essential for our reward in heaven.


5. Father’s Heart is Empower Fathers and Mothers


A. God’s Desire for Fathers and Mothers

God wants to have mature spiritual fathers and mothers in the body of Christ. In the same way, His plan is for children to be born into safe family environments; God wants to do the same.

For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

1 Corinthians 4:15

Adolescents can have children, but they do not necessarily have the skill-sets to look after them effectively—the same in the spiritual realm. I look back on my days as a young man in God; I did not effectively have the life experience of being a spiritual father.


B. Personal Example

As I have progressed through the three stages of spiritual growth, I have become more effective in nurturing children. We now have thousands of leaders across the nations who see Christine and I as their spiritual mother and father. We have led tens of thousands to Christ personally and see this multiply through our sons and daughters. That is my heart. I know I can be far more effective by empowering others to do more than I have done. The children God has given us are now leading and discipling hundreds and thousands to Christ themselves under the anointing and ministry tools. Some ministry schools now have over 500 attending each week or month.

Raising faithful leaders is how the kingdom works, by multiplication.

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2:2

C. God Does Not Control Spiritual Mothers and Fathers

God does not control fathers and mothers; He leads them. Let us now look at this through the aviation example. Being a mother or father in Christ is like someone who is a fully qualified pilot, but God is the captain of the flight as He was when Joshua took over from Moses:

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”

Joshua 5:13-14

I find it interesting that it is when Joshua is ready to take the promises of God that the Pre-Incarnate Jesus reveals Himself as Commander. Spiritual mothers and fathers are the ones where Jesus, as Lord, reveals Himself as the Commander. Joshua had already been through the “young man” stage by fighting battles under the leadership of Moses.

So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Exodus 17:13


6. Ministry: God is in Command, Not in Control

God is like the experienced captain in the mature ministry scenario, and we are the qualified co-pilot. We now co-labour together. We can liken the flight to a ministry opportunity.

Commercial flying is related to who is in command of the aircraft, not who is in control, because both pilots can control the aircraft. The majority of commercial flying has two pilots, and the more senior pilot flies a short amount of the time. So knowing who is doing what job during a flight is essential, or mistakes can quickly happen during a flight.


A. Prayer is the Key to Effective Co-Labouring

Before the flight begins, the experienced pilot and the new pilot have a conversation, which goes something like this:

God: “You are the pilot-in-command of this flight and the aircraft. As the pilot-not-flying, I will call out these written instructions (Biblical or Spirit-led instructions or promises). As the pilot flying, you will follow the verbal instructions as the pilot-in-command.

You: “I am the pilot-in-command of this flight and fly the aircraft”.

There are equally times when the captain is flying the aircraft, and the first officer is the “pilot-not-flying”, reading the manual and performing some actions like raising the gear (wheels) etc.



B. Ministry: God is in Command, Not in Control

There are times in the ministry when God is “flying the aircraft”. I just follow His lead. I love it when the anointing (Christ in me, the hope of glory) has broken the yoke off a meeting, and God turns up with His manifest presence. People get healed with just a word.


7. God’s Sovereignty Allows Him to Not be in Control


A. Reformed Definition of Sovereignty

The stepping stone to God’s complete control comes from an incorrect understanding of God’s sovereignty. Reformed and some Pentecostal theologians teach that God’s sovereignty means He is in total control of everything in the universe. They also teach that God micro-manages every aspect of life on earth. We need to challenge this thinking that has permeated throughout 21st Century Christendom.


B. Biblical Sovereignty

Here is a more biblical view of Sovereignty:

Sovereignty means that God can do what He wants to do, except that which goes against His nature or His promises.

C. Sovereignty and Free Will
  1. God made man in His image, and because God has free will (He is sovereign), man has free will.
  2. He has given man free will and, for this reason, is not in control
  3. God is Sovereign and Can Choose to be in Command
    • Because we have seen God being in command, we have made the error of saying God is always in control, as if everything is up to God. Therefore, we may blame disasters as ‘acts of God’ and sickness as the will of God when we pray for someone, and they do not get healed immediately.
    • While we are young in Christ, we see God in control. Just as parents, we take control of everything that our infants need and do.
    • When we grow up, He wants us to learn about our authority and to displace principalities and powers.
D. God Cannot Go Against His Character

God cannot go against His character; for example, He cannot lie or do evil. This is because God is a good Father. The devil, on the other hand, is the father of lies.


E. God Cannot Break His Promises

God cannot break His sovereignty by going against His promises relevant to the New Covenant. He certainly can break His promises related to a no longer active covenant. For example, God can most certainly break the Old Covenant nailed to the cross. However, He cannot go against the word of God or promises related to the New Covenant.


F. God has Chosen to Not be in Control!

God has defined the sphere where He is in control as the heavens, but He has given humankind the earth.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s;
But the earth He has given to the children of men.

Psalms 115:16

G. God gives Dominion Over the Natural World

He clarifies this by saying that He has given us dominion over the natural world:

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28

When God gave dominion over the natural world, He gave us control. He does not need to cause birds to multiply or trees to grow because they do it automatically.


H. “Acts of God”

Greek philosophy and reformed thinking have resulted in God being blamed for “acts of God” because of the stronghold that God is in control. These acts of God are such things as natural disasters. However, we have seen that God has put in place specific laws that nature follows. As a result of sin entering the world, creation was subject to futility:

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

Romans 8:20

God does not want creation to remain subject to futility. He wants His sons and daughters to arise:

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Romans 8:19

I. God gives Dominion Over the Spiritual World

Then under the New Covenant, Jesus extends dominion to include the spiritual dominion as well:

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:19

When God gave dominion over the spiritual world, He gave us authority. That is why He says:

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Mark 16:17-18

When God gives authority, He rescinds His control. A leader who likes to stay in control has great difficulty giving people the authority to make decisions. God is not like that; He does not remain in control.


8. God’s Goodness or God’s Control

There are times when God’s desire for us to succeed will cause Him to take control of our life. I referred to emergencies on aircraft where the more senior pilot takes command of the aircraft.


A. Flight Emergencies

At the start of a commercial flight, the captain and co-pilot will hold a conversation something like this:

Captain: “If there is an emergency, you will remain the pilot-in-command. I will read the manuals, and you will fly the aircraft. You will give the instructions as pilot flying, and I will follow your instruction”.

You: “Understood, in an emergency, I will fly the aircraft, and you (God) will read me the manuals” (the Biblical promises).

Captain: “However, if I believe that the emergency requires me to be in command, I will do so by saying, “Taking Over, I have the aircraft”. At that point, I become the pilot flying the aircraft, and you become the pilot-not-flying”.

You: “If you say, ‘Taking Over, I have the aircraft”, I will hand the aircraft over to you and become the pilot not flying and follow the written instructions as pilot-not-flying”.


B. Spiritual Emergencies

God does the same thing through Father and son relationship. I can think of times when there have been emergencies, and God has allowed me to remain in command. He does this by staying silent and working quietly in the background to confirm His word as accurate. But then there have also been times when God has stepped in and taken command. Looking back, this is always for our good:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Here are some biblical examples of “emergencies”:


C. Stopping Harm.

God’s goodness may cause him to take action to protect them from harm. Here is a personal testimony of God protecting me during a time of persecution:

God knew I would go through a challenging time, so he sent an angel to protect me two days before the persecution started. From September 2nd 2019, until April 17th 2020, I continually had an angel with me. Often I would see him standing near me, guarding against unseen spiritual forces.

In this biblical example, God takes action to prevent the jailer from harming himself.

And the keeper of the prison, waking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.
But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Acts 16:27-31

D. Turning From Our Calling.

God may also take command if we are turning from our calling.

Jonah Runs From The Word of the Lord.
Nineveh is northeast; Tarshish is west. When God calls Jonah to preach repentance to the wicked Ninevites, the prophet knows that God’s mercy may follow. He turns down the assignment and heads for Tarshish instead. But once God has dampened his spirits (by tossing him out of the boat and into the water) and has demonstrated His protection (by moving him out of the water and into the fish), Jonah realizes God is serious about His command. Nineveh must hear the word of the Lord; therefore Jonah goes. Although the preaching is a success, the preacher comes away angry and discouraged and he must learn firsthand of Gods compassion for sinful men.

NKJV Introduction of Jonah

E. Fulfilling Our Destiny.

Being a good Father, God may elect to take command out of His love for us to bring us to our destiny. We may think we are on the right track, but God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

“I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me.
When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.
And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’
But I said, ‘Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’
But the voice answered me again from heaven, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’
Now this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven.

Acts 11:5-10

Sometimes these experiences may be harrowing. During these times of suffering, they can be precious times of fellowship.

God will sometimes prune even good things in our ministry because He knows that it will be even better if we do. Grape vines will sometimes run along the ground and put roots down. The vinedresser will cut these tendrils because the vine is getting sustenance from soils that will bring a sour taste to the wine:

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

1 John 15:5-6

F. God Brings Revelation to Redirect our Paths.

God intervened in Peter’s life through a vision because he believed that salvation was only for the Jews. So God took command by granting Peter a vision. We see that God can change our view, but he does not do this unilaterally. He expects us to respond to His direction with a change of thinking.

Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”
When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Acts 11:16-18


9. The Heart of the Father is Command, Not Control

A. We can Motivate the Heart of God by our Faith.

Our love of God will motivate the heart of the Father to bring us Into our destiny:

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
B. Reaping Lack of Wisdom, Rather Than God is in Control

Sometimes people think that God is in control when they are reaping the results of their lack of wisdom. God doesn’t need to punish us because our lack of wisdom often chastises us without any involvement on His behalf.

For example, we are not looking after our vehicle according to the manufacturer’s instructions resulting in the car’s brakes failing and, as a result, having an accident. In instances like this, we need to be careful not to declare God is in control or blame the devil and other people but to take responsibility for our actions or neglect.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 NKJV

The good news is that God will turn around our mistakes if we change our mindset – which is called repentance. We may not consider the consequences of sin before we act. Sin always has effects!


C. Father’s Discipline, Not His Control

Sometimes God will protect us from our sins or mistakes; other times, He wants us to realise the consequences. It’s easy to say that God is in control at these times. Sometimes He is, but sometimes often, He isn’t.

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

Hebrews 12:7NKJV

This discipline is a result of His goodness, and so our attitude should be like the Psalmist:

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

Psalm 33:18 NKJV


10. God’s Sovereignty Allows Suffering

Sometimes God’s sovereignty requires He takes command when we don’t want Him to take command. In the Fellowship of His Sufferings, we learn that God wants to lift us from glory to glory. However, that means that we will suffer, just like he did. He does this because He wants us to grow to a new level of maturity and glory.

A. One Example is Suffering

For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

1 Peter 3:17

In other words, persecution can sometimes be God’s will for your life!


11. Kingdom Thinking Shows Jesus is in Command

A. God Has Given Jesus Authority in the Kingdom of God.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Matthew 28:18 NKJV


12. Authority Structure

God chooses to run this earth and His kingdom through the authority structure of man submitted to the Kingship of Jesus.

Being in command means Jesus gives commandments, and then we in turn take command.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:19 NKJV

And here we have a commandment to heal the sick, preaching the kingdom of God is here.

And heal the sick there, and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Luke 10:9 NKJV

In God’s Kingdom is Here Now, we showed that “the kingdom has come near to you” because he had not yet ascended to heaven and received His kingdom.


13. Prophetic Commands From God

Prophetic words that come from God may be considered commandments in the same way that God instructed Joshua:

Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

Joshua 1:3 NKJV

We cannot just sit and wait for God’s commands to happen (if God were in control, then God would overrule the person’s free will). We need to do what He says and take command of our life.


14. The Rocky Road to God is in Control

For the last 500 years, our theology has been based on Classical/Reformed theology, which came out of Greek philosophy rather than Biblically based theology. God is in infinite control is a foundational teaching of Classical/Reformed Theology but is not truth. I will give you a quick overview of the foundations that came to the wrong thinking regarding God being in control.

A. Faulty Cornerstone #1: God is Timeless

In the Old Testament Revelation of God, we pulled down the Classical/Reformed cornerstone that God is timeless instead of the truth that God is eternal and lives inside time and space. We replaced the non-biblical “God is timeless” with the biblical cornerstone God desires Sons and Daughters.

Classical/Reformed TheologyScriptureFather-Son TheologyScripture
Cornerstone:God is TimelessNilCornerstone:God Desires Sons and DaughtersEph 1:4-5
Cornerstones of Two Different Theologies

B. Faulty Foundation #2: God is Immutable

In Classical and Reformed Theology, if God is outside of time, He must be unaffected by everything inside of time. Because He is outside of time, He is aware of all past, present, and future information. God knows all things and has already made up His mind. He knows what we will do before we do it. Therefore, He cannot change His mind or will because He already knows what will happen.

Error #2:Because God lives outside of time; He must be unchanging

Next, we replaced the foundation, God is Immutable (unchanging), with God is Immutable in character but mutable in decisions and will. Immutable in nature and character means God our Father is ALWAYS good. Being mutable in decisions implies that He can change His mind and choose to forgive and forget sins.

Classical/Reformed TheologyScriptureFather-Son TheologyScripture
Cornerstone:God is TimelessNilCornerstone:God Desires Sons and DaughtersEph 1:4-5
Foundation:God is ImmutableNilFoundation:God is Immutable in nature and character,Malachi 3:6
but mutable in decisionsExodus 32:9-14; Jonah 3:10
Cornerstones of Two Different Theologies

C. Faulty Foundation #3: God is Impassable

Impassability means God is never acted upon. Therefore He is unable to experience suffering or changes in emotions. Plato, Aristotle and Augustine’s thinking was that God lived outside of time and His character never changed; it followed that God could not experience suffering nor change His emotions.

Error #3: God cannot suffer or feel emotions

Augustine developed this theology, and both the Catholic church and Reformists hold that Jesus suffered pain and experienced emotions because these were expressions of Him being the Son of Man, not the Son of God. They believe that God does not experience emotions or experience suffering. Yet Jesus is the express image of God:

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person,…

Hebrews 1:3

Scripture clearly shows us that God is emotional and relational.

Classical/Reformed TheologyScriptureFather-Son TheologyScripture
Cornerstone:God is TimelessNilCornerstone:God Desires Sons and DaughtersEph 1:4-5
Foundation:God is ImmutableNilFoundation:God is Immutable in nature and character,Malachi 3:6-7
but mutable in decisionsExodus 32:9-14; Jonah 3:10
Foundation:God is ImpassableNilFoundation:God can experience pain and emotions.Exodus 4:14; Genesis 6:6; Numbers 14:34
Cornerstones of Two Different Theologies

We also look at this in more detail in the Old Testament Revelation of God.


15. Faulty Attributes of God

The Reformed attributes of God include the three Greek philosophical “Omni’s”:

  • Omnipresence: Everywhere – We have seen that Omnipresence does not have biblical support because Jesus would therefore be in hell and heaven at the same time (He visited hell after His death to rob satan of the keys to death and hell.) Therefore, if Jesus were timeless, He would always be in hell.
  • Omnipotence: All-powerful – this is corrected in El Shaddai
  • Omniscience: All-knowing – we found in the lesson Infinite Knowledge or Omniscience that God is not all-knowing. There are many instances where God declares He does not know what a person will do until they have done it. Also, He can not forget our sins if He is omniscient, which means if God is omniscient, He must break the New Covenant, as we learnt in Fellowship of the Mystery of his Will.

A. God is not Omnipresent, Omnipotent or Omniscient as Reformed Theology Describes Them

These three come from the foundations of Reformed Theology, based on Greek philosophy’s view of the Greek gods. We have seen that Omnipresence does not have biblical support because Jesus would therefore be in hell and heaven at the same time (He visited hell after His death to rob satan of the keys to death and hell.) Therefore, if Jesus were timeless, He would always be in hell.

These foundations led Reformed and pentecostal theologians to the false assumption that God is in complete or infinite control.

Classical/Reformed TheologyScriptureFather-Son TheologyScripture
Cornerstone:God is TimelessNilCornerstone:God Desires Sons and DaughtersEph 1:4-5
Foundation:God is ImmutableNilFoundation:God is Immutable in nature and character but mutable in decisionsMalachi 3:6-7; Exodus 32:9-14; Jonah 3:10
Foundation:God is ImpassableNilFoundation:God can experience pain and emotions.Exodus 4:14; Genesis 6:6; Numbers 14:34
Foundation:God is Unknowable:NilFoundation:God is RelationalGenesis 3
Attribute:God is OmniscientNilAttribute:God Has Infinite KnowledgeGenesis 18:20-21; 22:12
Attribute:God is OmnipresentNilFoundation:God is Covenant KeepingHebrews 8:8-12;
Attribute:God is OmnipotentNilAttribute:El Shaddai
(God Almighty)
Genesis 17:1
Attribute:Yahweh Jireh
(God Our Provider)
Genesis 22:14
Attribute:Yahweh Nissi
God Our Banner
Exodus 17:15
Attribute:Yahweh Rapha
(God our Healer)
Exodus 15:26
Attribute:Yahweh Shalom
(God our Peace)
Judges 6:24
Attribute:Yahweh Tsidkenu
(God our Righteousness)
Jeremiah 33:16
Attribute:Yahweh Rohi
(God our Shepherd)
Psalm 23:1
Attribute:Yahweh M’Kadesh
(God our Holiness)
Exodus 31:13
Cornerstones of Two Different Theologies. “Systematic Theology for the New Apostolic Reformation” Dr Harold R. Eberle p134

Here are the links to the two parts of this teaching:

https://youtu.be/2oUOC57CA1E


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One Comment

  • Denis Miruka says:

    Thank you for the powerful teaching i thought that God is in control of everything and He is in command but I have learned that He is command but not in control

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