Posted by: John Edwards | January 23, 2009

WORD FAITH and Listening To Romans

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Last Spring I had to go out of town. I had just bought the New Testament on Cd and had listened my way up to Romans, so that is the CD that I listened to over and over while driving my truck.

It bothered me a lot. I was doing OK until I got to chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11. Those passages really irritated me and shook up my belief system. Those were chapters that I avoided reading many times before, because they cut my doctrine side ways. As a matter of fact, listening to the Word of God out loud really made me do some thinking and praying.

Those chapters are about Sovereign Grace, Election, Predestination. Have you ever read them, or better yet, have you ever listened to them? Having been a charismatic, pentecostal word of faith preacher for many years, these doctrines really turned my theology upside down.

I then began to read and study the book of John. It is loaded with the same concepts of Romans 8-11. So is the book of Matthew and the book of Ephesians. And the book of Acts! The more I read and studied, the more I became convinced that I had been all wrong about Grace.

Since then I have listened to and read after some ministers that are considered to be Reformed or Calvinistic in theology. John MacArthur, Charles Spurgeon, RC Sproul, James MacDonald, John Calvin and others have become my favorites.

Reformed Theology teaches that God is in control. I had always thought that I was in control. In the Word of Faith theology, God reacts to man’s decisions. In the Reformed theology, man reacts to the Sovereignty of God and to His Divine Decrees. I find this very comforting. It has totally changed my perspectives of God and myself. It has made God bigger in my thinking and in my praying. I am at peace. He is God and I am not.
The Word of Faith had duped me into thinking that everything revolved around me and that I could determine everything with my faith and words. The Word of Faith was a humanistic, self gratifying way of thinking. It put me on the throne and God answering to me.

Read Romans 8-11 if you dare! It might change some of your thinking! (:

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