Sovereignty Unlimited – The Case for an Omnicausal God

Sovereignty Unlimited
The Case for an Omnicausal God
Forward

For any thinking person, the notion of an Omnicausal God logically raises a host of questions and objections. I can only respond to them one at a time. That is why I am taking a Systematic approach. In Chapter 1, I lay out the premise that God controls everything. In Chapter 2, I address the question: “If God controls everything, how can God judge the world?” The answer comes from rightly understanding Christ’s Atonement. This logically leads to the question in Chapter 3: “If Jesus already atoned for all sin, why isn’t everyone saved?” Chapters 4 and 6 deal with doctrinal issues: Grace and Faith; Predestination and Election. In chapters 5 and 7 I engage in apologetics: “Doesn’t the existence of evil prove that God does not control everything?” And “Don’t we believe and get saved by exercising our free will?” And so on with each chapter flowing naturally into the next.

There is an unsatisfied spiritual hunger in the world today. People are rejecting traditional religions. They are seeking answers that make sense. You may think that no amount of persuasion will convince people to believe the claim that God controls everything. And for some, that is certainly true. The answers presented here will never satisfy everyone. But I think there are other reasons why this message is important and timely. My hope is the assertions made herein will a) renew secular interest in the idea of an Omnicausal God and b) challenge the opposition to hone and frame their arguments in light of what is said here about God’s Unlimited Atonement and Sovereignty. But most especially I hope to c) furnish the finishing touches to the body of Christ to present her perfect and without blemish in all her stunning beauty and royal glory.

My vision is to cause many people to believe and know God as He truly is and thereby achieve the freedom and perfection of the Saints that is promised to us in Scripture. In order to prepare the Saints for their forever home with God it is necessary that they know the truth both about God and about themselves. It is not Truth itself that sets a person free. Rather it is their knowledge of the truth, the truth that a person knows, that will set them free. So let’s get started getting you, my reader, Perfected and Free. We begin with a simple question.

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Introduction

Who is God?

God is the One who controls everything. Everyone knows this. That is not to say that everyone believes that God exists, or that everyone believes that God controls everything, but only that by definition, if you ask “Who is the one person/deity who controls everything?”, then the answer to that question can only be “God”. (Rom 1:19)

God controls everything. That is the gospel that I and all believers have been assigned to preach. But that is not the gospel that is actually being preached in the world. The bible tells us to “Say among the nations: The Lord Reigns”. Isn’t that the same thing as saying “God controls everything”? And isn’t that exactly the message that John the Baptist was preaching when he said “Repent ye, for the kingdom of God is at hand”. (“At hand” means here, now, already present)

I think so.

So what happened? If it is true that we are commanded to preach “The Lord Reigns”, then why aren’t people declaring that? For that matter, if it is true that God controls everything, then why isn’t it commonly known? Why must so fundamental and obvious a truth have to be taught? Has this knowledge been suppressed?

Since the beginning of creation, the whole world has been deceived. How is that possible? For one thing, we have been duped. We are all victims of an evil education passed down to us by our parents. I believe that God wants us to know Him in all His authority and majesty as He truly is. It is only now, at the close of this age and prior to the advent of the World to Come, that the veil is being lifted from the eyes of our understanding and the light of the true gospel is penetrating the prevailing darkness.

My message is simple. God controls everything. That is my entire message. But because so many have been deceived for so long, it is going to take un-doing a lot of wrong teaching to present right doctrine in its proper context. What I’m about to tell you concerns the hidden wisdom of God, which the world has been unable to receive until now. You have not heard this message until now. In fact you have been told that God’s sovereignty is not absolute. You have been lied to and told that God’s power and control are limited somehow by freewill or by Satan. You have been told wrongly that God is not responsible for all the evil in the world, but that rather that Satan is or that people are responsible because of freewill. On top of all the lies that are told, there are some true things that you have not been told.

That is about to change. God through His Spirit is beginning to reveal these mysteries to you.

1. Since God controls everything, disobeying Him is impossible. Once you know God as He truly is, you know that you obey Him in all things. How can you disobey an Omnicausal God? You cannot. That is why we are called Saints. The Saints are different. We know God in Truth. We know that God so sovereignly and thoroughly controls every event, both mental and physical, that we have no choice but to obey Him. Those who say they know Him but do not obey Him are liars. (1 John 2:4) And those who know that truth know that everything we do is wrought by God. (John 3:21)

2. If God controls everything, then He should be the one to pay the penalty for all the sin and evil in the world. And He did! God knew exactly what it would be like before He created this world. He knew about the fall. He knew about all the sin and evil that would occur. And He knew, before He laid the foundation for the world He built, that He was the one responsible for all of it. He knew before He created the world the way it is, that He would go to the cross and pay the death penalty for all He had made and done. Christ’s atonement was unlimited in scope and effect. God was in Christ on the cross reconciling the world to Himself.

3. Jesus said “Without me, you can do nothing”. And that is exactly right. We can never operate separately or distinctly or independently of God’s agency. Our existence, being, thoughts and actions are thoroughly gratuitous and radically contingent on God’s will, acts, and agency. Yes, my friend, freewill is a myth. Freewill is a human myth based on the Satanic lie. We are not expected to exercise our will to do what God wants. We are called to surrender (give up; abandon; abdicate; repent of) our notions of freewill. The Elect will overcome the lie. That is why we are called Overcomers.

4. Not everyone can believe this message. It is only those who have faith who can believe that God controls everything. For everyone else, it is impossible for them to believe. When I tell people that God controls everything, I get exactly two responses. Either they consider it and eventually come to believe it. Or they hear it and tell me they cannot believe that God controls everything. When that happens I know that they are not one of the Chosen (Elect). It is God’s Grace (arbitrary choice) as to who has faith and who has no faith. Being foreordained, once you hear the true gospel, the faith that is dormant in you reacts and you come alive. Everyone else is pre-condemned.
Is that really the same gospel that Jesus preached? Did you know that Jesus preached the gospel? And did you know that Jesus taught his disciples the gospel, and that his disciples preached the gospel before Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection ever occurred? The gospel that Jesus preached and the gospel that I am preaching is the same gospel that was preached in the Old Testament under the Old Covenant and it is the same gospel that will be preached in the future. The Jews were taught this message from the beginning. God named the father of their religion “Ysra-El”. Ysra, in Hebrew, means Ruler, Commander. El means God. The name Israel literally means “God rules”. The Psalmist declared repeatedly “The Lord Reigns”. That is the gospel they were told to “preach to the Nations”. They were to simply declare “The Lord Reigns”.

There is only one gospel. The gospel says “God Rules”. The true gospel is that God controls everything here and now. The Lord reigns in Heaven and on earth. The kingdom of God, where God’s will is unerringly carried out, is a present reality. For now, in this age, God’s will is being done in secret. But some of us have come to know the truth even now.

Table of Contents

   Chapter Title
1 Is the Reign of God a Present Reality?
2 Did Jesus Die for the Sins of the Whole World?
3 Do Sinners Go To Heaven?
4 Who Chooses Whom?
5 What about Apparent Evil?
6 Is Salvation by Grace or by Faith?
7 Free Will: Fact or Fiction?
8 Was Jesus Really God?
9 Why Nothing Bad Happens to the Righteous
10 Does the Future Already Actually Exist?
11 Are Christians Free to Sin?
12 How to be Children of the Light
13 How to Tap into the Fountain of Wisdom
14 Inductive Proof for the Existence of God
15 Does Prayer Actually Change Things?
16 How the Judgment Works
17 Why Preach the Gospel?

What follows is an overview of each chapter from my book “Sovereignty Unlimited – The Case for an Omnicausal God”.

Chapter 1 – Overview

1. Is the reign of God a present reality?
– The Paradox of having only One God.

There is only One God. He is Lord of both Heaven and Earth. God does not share His rule with anyone else. There are no co-regents. There is no God besides the Lord alone. He is the sole creator of everything. There are no co-creators. God created both good and evil. He is also the sole agent of every event. There are no secondary causes. God is the previous, adequate cause of all things.

Now some want to make and apply a distinction between what God causes and what God allows. Humans have limitations to what they can cause to happen and what they can prevent from happening. But those limitations do not apply to God, since God is able to prevent from happening anything He doesn’t want to happen. (Remember what God said to Abimelech in Gen 20:8 and what God said to Satan in Job 2:6) So don’t imagine that the same rules apply to God as those that apply to men. As far as God causing or God allowing, there really is no difference.

The Kingdom of God, where God sovereignly rules over all events, is here now and is a present reality. God so sovereignly controls every event, both mental and physical, that we have no choice but to obey Him. Does that make God evil? No. And here is why.

Chapter 2 – Overview

2. Did Jesus die for the sins of the whole world?
– The Problem with having two destinies.

The doctrine of an Omnicausal God who controls everything logically implies and necessitates an Unlimited Atonement. If God controls everything, then He should be the One to pay the penalty for all the sin and evil in the world, not us. And he did.  (Galatians 3:1)  The death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, is the proof that the gospel He preached (about the Omnicausal God) is true.

The atonement was universal in that it covered everything made or done in this world. Christ shed his blood for all the sin and evil in the world, from beginning to end. The atonement is unlimited in scope and magnitude and even covers the Wrath to Come.   It is God’s Justice that demands and necessitates that He pay the penalty Himself.

It is also unlimited in effect. In Him we are all justified and acquitted. In Him we all have our sins forgiven. He caused it all and He redeemed it all with His own blood. God was in Christ on the cross reconciling the whole world to Himself.  (2 Corinthians 5:19)  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for believers, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2) Does that mean that everyone will be saved? No. And here is why.

Chapter 3 – Overview

3. Can Sinners get to heaven?
-The Possibility of Perfection

How can you disobey an Omnicausal God? You cannot. Therefore, the foundational difference between saints and sinners is what they believe about God. Saints believe God controls everything and sinners do not. Only Saints go to heaven. All Sinners are cast out against their will and without their consent.

Saints are those who obey God. Sin is not possible for true believers because true believers know God as He truly is – the Omnicausal One. Believers know that sin is not logically possible. Sinners deny that God controls everything. Sinners make false claims about their disobedience. It is these false claims that sinners make concerning their deeds that prevent the truth about God from being commonly known. If a person can disobey God, then God is not Omnicausal.  Saints, on the other hand, deny that disobeying God is an actual possibility.

God never knew anyone who could disobey Him. Anyone who stands there and claims that they did anything, good or bad, apart from God’s agency, is just a liar. And to that person, God says “I never knew you”, because God never knew anyone who could do anything of their own will and agency.

The bible says that whoever claims they both know God and disobey Him is a liar. (1 John 2:4) Those who have the truth and know God as He truly is, know we cannot disobey Him. (1 John 3:9) For how can we disobey an Omnicausal God? We cannot. Does that mean that salvation is not by faith, but is simply a matter of esoteric knowledge? No. And here’s why.

Chapter 4 – Overview

4. Who Chooses Whom?
-Destiny precedes Existence

The doctrine of Predestination implies that destiny precedes existence. If all people have predetermined destinies, then we can assume that some are predetermined to have faith and subsequently enter life and some are predetermined to have no faith and suffer condemnation.

For sinners, God is arbitrary and capricious. But for the Saints that arbitrary choice God made granting us faith is called Grace. Not everyone has faith. And the choice of who has faith and who has no faith is not made by us, but rather is made by God. We Saints don’t deserve salvation. We do nothing to merit it. Nor have we given anything to God so as to receive something from Him in return. We are no better, or wiser, or richer, or more righteous or more loveable than anyone else. We don’t have more noble desires. Nor do we Saints act less selfishly or more humbly than Sinners. The only difference between Saints and Sinners is that Saints can believe in the Omnicausal God of the bible and Sinners cannot.

Faith is the only real distinction between the Sinners and the Saints. And that distinction is where the offense lies. Because we are saying that it is not human beings who make distinctions among humans. Rather we claim that it is God who makes those distinctions of Faith, regardless of our heritage, or our affiliations, or our individual will, or our efforts or obedience to man-made rules or “sacraments”. But we cannot accuse God of evil in this regard. Doesn’t God have the right to do whatever He wants with what belongs to Him?

Speaking of that, what about apparent evil? Doesn’t the existence of evil in the world prove that the good God of the bible does not control everything? No, it doesn’t. And here is why.

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Chapter 5 – Overview

5. What about Apparent evil?
-Necessary and Unnecessary Evil

We must make a distinction between necessary and unnecessary evil. Necessary evil is that which ultimately causes good. Unnecessary Evil is that which causes nothing good. God causes necessary evil and necessary evil actually exists, but God does not cause any unnecessary Evil and unnecessary Evil never actually occurs. There is no evil that occurs that has nothing good come from it. Unnecessary Evil is a figment of the imagination. There is no such thing as unnecessary evil. Rather, everything that happens results ultimately in the telefinal good, the final good for which everything that happens was purposed to happen.

All things work together in concert toward facilitating the telefinal good. That telefinal good is the goal and the glory of God. All things happen in order to glorify God in the end. Everything that happens is necessary. And everything that happens is for a good reason. Saints do not deny that evil occurs. Evil does occur in the form of Necessary Evil. But we deny that any evil occurrence is unnecessary and serves no purpose. It’s not that we don’t believe in evil. Rather, we are simply ignorant of any Unnecessary (i.e. non-purposeful) Evil. Can you see the difference?

Even if we agree that all things in this world happen for a good reason and ultimately bring glory to God, isn’t the damnation of sinners itself an evil? No. And here is why.

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Chapter 6 – Overview

6. Is Salvation by Grace or by Faith?
-The Gift of Faith

God created both the sheep and the goats and He knows which is which and who goes where. Salvation comes by Faith alone. Faith is essential for salvation. No one will be saved without faith. And everyone who is ultimately saved previously had to have faith. If God sovereignly saves the ones He chooses, then why is faith required of us? It isn’t. Faith isn’t something God requires from us in order that we are saved. Rather Faith is something God implants within us in order that we are saved.

Salvation has three components. Irreducibly, the components or conditions for Salvation are Grace, Faith, and The gospel. We are not saved by Grace alone. Nor are we saved by the Gospel alone. Rather, we are saved by Grace through Faith in the Gospel. The gospel is the catalyst that activates the reactant faith that lies dormant in His sheep (the Elect of God). Faith is at first dormant in those predestined to salvation and only becomes quickened and apparent by their hearing the gospel and believing it. Even hearing the gospel results from Grace.

Salvation is by faith. Faith is by hearing. But hearing is by the Command of God. That is, if you can hear the gospel without rejecting it outright, or falling away, or becoming unfruitful, then it is by Grace (God’s arbitrary choice) that you hear, and believe, and do not fall away and become unfruitful. Boasting is excluded precisely because your faith is not yours of your own will and agency. It is a gift. Boasting about having faith is like boasting about being tall. You had nothing to do with it. It was granted (gifted) to you before you were born.

So where’s the choice in that? Don’t we believe and get saved by exercising our own freewill to decide our destiny? No. That’s a lie. In fact, it is THE lie that the Elect are predestined to overcome and to conquer.

Chapter 7 – Overview

7. Human Freedom: Fact or Fiction?
-The Myth of Freewill

In the debate of whether freewill is a fact or a myth, I fall squarely in the camp of Freewill being a myth. Freewill is a human myth based on a satanic lie. The reason people cling to the notion of freewill is because they love their sin which they can only do if they are free from God’s control. If people are able to commit sins, and disobey God, and thwart God’s purpose for themselves then God is not the Sovereign Lord of all. But if God controls everything, then sinning and disobeying and thwarting God’s purpose is impossible. Freewill does not bring you closer to God. Rather, freewill proves that God is not pleased with you. Freewill is the antithesis of Faith. Freewill prevents Faith. And without Faith it is impossible to please God.

That’s right. Freewill is a curse, not a blessing. If you believe you have freewill, it is only because God has given you up to your own desires, passions, lusts and a debased mind. (Rom 1:24, 26, 28) You who believe in freewill are a slave of your passions and lusts and desires. We are all slaves. Either we are slaves of sin or we are slaves of righteousness. As far as God is concerned, we are either objects of His mercy or objects or His wrath. There is no third option. Slavery is inescapable. But isn’t it better to be a slave of God’s will than a slave of your own will?

I’m afraid that some people confuse freedom of thought (imagination) with freedom of will (action). Yes, people have freedom of imagination, and can “choose” to believe or to NOT believe anything they want. In fact, that is how we create our worldview. (See chapter 14) But no, people do not have freedom of action, and cannot “choose” to do other than what God causes them to do. In this chapter, when I speak of “freewill” I am referring to freedom of action, not freedom of thought.

For some, giving up their freewill is like giving up their very life. They ask, “Does that mean that we are all mere instruments (programmed, puppets, robots, automatons, piano keys, etc.) in the hands of God?” Yes, it does. Why do you object to doing what God wants? Isn’t God good? Doesn’t God know and want what is best for you? Since the Lord is my friend who laid His life down for me, shouldn’t I lay down my life (my notions of freewill) for Him? If God wants to control my life, then who am I to refuse Him?

God does not want or demand that we exercise our freewill. Rather God wants us to surrender our freewill to Him, so that we no longer do what we want, but what He wants. But didn’t Jesus have a will that was separate and distinct and contrary to God’s will? No, He did not.