Today I watched Andrew Wommack as he gave his talk on The True Nature of God. To be honest, I was disturbed. In fact, at one point, I was so upset that I called him a false prophet and I turned off the television. Later, after I had settled down a bit, I looked him up and watched it on line. Why was I so upset? In short, because he states that those who are saved are no longer under “the law” (The Ten Commandments). He claims the Ten Commandments are there only for those who are not saved.
Believe it or not, I actually had a dream about this last night. Was it a divine dream? I think so. I believe that God was calling me to clarify a few things this man said. After watching it on line, I believe there are things Andrew said that were true, but there were also things that I believe were misleading.
It is true that we are under a new covenant and that Jesus Christ died to save us from death. If we truly believe in Him, we are saved. The key word here is “truly”. I have seen many times in my life people who believe that all they have to do is say, “Jesus is My Savior”, and they are guaranteed to go to heaven even if they keep on leading a sinful life. Some people truly believe that by saying those four words, they have an open license to sin. By the way, I wrote a previous blog on this exact subject.
Now, Andrew does say later that if you truly believe in God, you would not hurt others, and this is my point. But by emphasizing that we are no longer under “the law”, I believe you are sending the wrong message. God still expects us to abide by the commandments, and he repeatedly says in the New Testament that if we love Him, we will obey His commands. Here are just a few examples that clearly show that Jesus expects us to abide by the commandments (taken from the gospels):
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but ONLY HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Matthew 8:21-23
Where did the ten commandments come from? God the Father.
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone. You know the commandments: Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.” Mark 10:18-19
[Jesus said] “…those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5:29
[Jesus said] “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent Him is a man of truth: there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” John 7: 17-19
[Jesus said] “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” John 8:51
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” John 14:23-24
[Jesus said] “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15
[Jesus said] “Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” John 15:9-10
These are just a few of the numerous times Jesus tells us in the New Testament to obey His commands. We do not have a license to sin because we say “Jesus is My Savior” with our mouths. The true test of our belief in God is what is in our hearts, and only God has that knowledge. I do believe that actions speak louder than words, and we can get a glimpse into what a person truly believes based on his or her actions. We are all expected to follow God’s commandments, not just those who are not saved. The above passages from the gospels are very clear about this. I challenge Andrew Wommack clarify this issue on his show. Too many people are misguided.