Tell us more about your ministry, if you will. You asked for feedback on your Wommack paper, in which you say a number of true things. There are several things I can point out for your sake, however, where you err and need further instruction, if you are able to receive it. I'm writing these things also for the edification of believers amongst us and those who come to hear the truth.
“I do not question the sincerity or the motivation of Andrew Wommack, only God knows his heart.
Whether Wommack is sincere or not isn't the point. His heart isn't right with God, which is made evident by the fruits he produces and the things he teaches. As Jesus said, you'll know them by their fruits. It's not true that we can't discern these things.
“But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:15-16 MKJV).
Didn't the Lord know what was in men? How can we not know then, IF we have His mind? I'm not talking presumption here, which is what Wommack is all about, but the reality of Christ's promises fulfilled in those who believe. These are His Words and credibility on the line. Can we believe Him? A rhetorical question, if there ever was one!
Next, you talk about verses that Wommack considers to summarize the Book of Hebrews. Whether or not they do isn't my point here, but to show what is lacking in your interpretation.
Here are the verses:
Hebrews 10:16-23 MKJV
(16) "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord; I will put My Laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,"
(17) also He adds, "their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more."
(18) Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
(19) Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus,
(20) by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;
(21) and having a High Priest over the house of God,
(22) let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies having been washed with pure water.
(23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful who promised),
Of which you say:
“As N.T. believers, we need to understand who these verses are mainly speaking to - and they are the newly converted and potentially converted Jewish people, who ONLY knew law and tradition. This was not the big issue for the first century gentiles nor is it for us today.
These verses apply to everyone, not just the narrow group of Jews you mention. Consider what Paul said to the Gentile believers in Galatia, whom he was exhorting not to put their trust in the works of the Law:
Galatians 3:22-26 MKJV
(22) But the Scripture shut up all under sin, so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
(23) But before faith came, we were kept under Law, having been shut up to the faith about to be revealed.
(24) So that the Law has become a trainer of us until Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
(25) But faith coming, we are no longer under a trainer.
(26) For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
How can that be, if the Law was only for the Jews? But the moral precepts summarized in the Ten Commandments are for everyone, and every believer must first acknowledge God's standards (His nature and ways) before they can truly repent and receive His grace to fulfill them.
You're certainly right that Wommack isn't coming from the right place when he says “sin is no longer an issue between us and God.
” He brashly walks and talks as the man of sin, teaching others to do the same. But I'm not hearing you say there is a life without sin in Christ as promised in the Scriptures.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace? Let it not be” (Romans 6:14-15 MKJV).
“Everyone who has been born of God does not commit sin, because His seed remains in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9 MKJV). Have you been born of God, receiving The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Speaking of the Law, you also write:
“But it may come as a surprise to learn that we are still under law. James 2:12 says 'so speak and so do, as those that shall be judged by the law of liberty'.
You aren't entirely correct here. The children of God who walk in the Spirit aren't under the Law, as with those who are “shut up to the faith about to be revealed,” being under the Law as trainer. “But faith coming, we are no longer under a trainer” (Galatians 3:25 MKJV).
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law
, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace? Let it not be” (Romans 6:14-15 MKJV).
Being judged by the Law of liberty doesn't mean one is under the Law. It's only an exhortation to continue in the faith of Christ that alone brings perfection. This James goes on to say:
James 2:17-22 EMTV
(17) Thus also that faith, if it does not have works, is dead, being by itself
(18) But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by means of my works.
(19) You believe God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe--and they shudder!
(20) But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
(21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
(22) Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by means of his works faith was made perfect
The works of the Law do not bring liberty:
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; because no flesh shall be justified by the works of the Law” (Galatians 2:16 EMTV).
Whoever walks in the faith of Christ enters the Law of liberty and is justified, blessed in his doing:
“But whoever looks into the perfect Law of liberty and continues in it, he is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work. This one shall be blessed in his doing” (James 1:25 MKJV).
Also read Do Christians Sin?
and Law and Grace
You're also right that Wommack saying God “would not allow disease or seemingly bad things to happen to His children
” is wrong. Not only does He allow it, He may send it when His children refuse to believe and obey His commandments:
“If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you
that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your Healer” (Exodus 15:26 ESV).
Regarding the matter of disease and bad things happening to believers:
“Now, on the other side of the same coin… we are told to 'glory in your tribulations…' Wommack's viewpoint is simply not scriptural, O.T. or N.T. Note a few examples:
“Job - in his conversation with the devil, God Himself suggests 'Have you considered my servant, Job?' You know the rest of the story.
“Ps 119:67 - David was glad he 'was afflicted… for now I kept thy word'. God allowed David's affliction for a reason.Luke 22:31 - Jesus allowed the devil 'to sift' Peter, but He 'prayed for him'.
“Heb 12:5,6 - 'Whom He loves, He chastens and scourges every son whom He received'.
Being afflicted on account of sin (breaking God's commandments) isn't what Paul was talking about when he wrote of glorying in tribulation. As for your examples:
While Job was an upright man, he also was walking in self-righteousness, which we see came into conflict with God's righteousness. Job certainly wasn't glorying in his tribulation - he was complaining against God.
David was afflicted BECAUSE he went astray. There's no glory in that, but God was merciful to him and he repented. David's affliction disciplined him to keep God's Word.
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your Word” (Psalms 119:67 ESV).
The devil sifting Peter had nothing to do with illness or bad things happening without cause. That sifting was necessary and evident when Peter denied the Lord three times. Nothing to glory in there, either - quite the opposite as we see from Peter's reaction of deep sorrow. But as you say, Jesus had prayed for Peter that his faith wouldn't fail and it didn't. He went on to receive the Spirit and fulfill his calling.
Finally, the chastening of God isn't something believers glory in, as the Book of Hebrews goes on to say:
“Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:11 KJV).
And as Peter puts it:
“For what glory is it if you patiently endure while sinning and being buffeted? But if you suffer while doing good, and patiently endure, this is a grace from God” (1 Peter 2:20 MKJV).
Chastening is part of the judgment of God, which you rightly point out begins
at the House of God.
Coming back to your letter, you say to me:
“The important thing is that the cross of Jesus has 'provided everything we need that pertains to life and godliness' by setting us free 'from the bondage of sin and death'. Our responsibility, for our own good and His glory, is to pursue His will by obeying His word to the best of our ability in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit.
Yes, He did it all, as only He could, and now it's our part to obey
and take up the cross
, those of us who have His faith. By the Christ nature in us through the new birth, we live out who we are.