Is Church God's Vision or Man's Vision for the People?

The "switcher"
The "switcher"
The modern "church's" vision for you.
The modern "church's" vision for you.

God's Vision vs. Man's Vision

The only vision that the ekklesia of Christ should have is what comes from Yahshua our Messiah. Most modern “church’s” version of "vision" comes from the imaginations of men. Their “visions” are created to appeal to a certain target audience to draw people into their “four walls.” When the church starts to grow, it is touted as evidence that God must doing "great things" in their midst. The advertisers say, “Come and see what God is doing in our building. Come and join our pastor and his dynamic plan for us.”

God doesn't have multiple changeable plans for His ekklesia. It is not based on what street corner, or piece of real estate the building is on.

For those who attend the building called the “church,” it might come as a surprise to know that most of its growth comes from people who have switched from going from one building to their another. What is attributed as church "growth" is in fact is simply false advertising.

When the vision of the ekklesia is looked at more closely in the Bible, it reveals that it is not a dynamic thing that must constantly change to appeal to cultural norms, but is fixed in nature given once and for all. Vision is about what God has said He is going to do, not about what man says he is going to do. True vision, when discovered is something specific to all followers of Christ and does not cater to the agendas of specific denominations that must have their own unique “visions.”


Nope, it's all about Yahshua our Messiah.
Nope, it's all about Yahshua our Messiah.
The temple veil is torn.
The temple veil is torn.

God's Vision has already been Communicated

Many have been falsely taught that in order to become part of a man-driven church they must submit to the pastor's special “vision” from God. Unfortunately, many have been deceived, as Scripture reveals that that there is only one vision that applies to ALL followers of Christ.

Where there is no VISION, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 29:18

This verse reveals that keeping the Law was the vision. If one did not keep the Law, they had no vision; it was simple as that. It was not some continual ongoing process in searching for “God’s will,” or something that was always changing.

When Yahshua our Messiah died on the cross there was a change that took place.The temple buildings with all their magnificent splendour coupled with a select priesthood and religious rituals came to an end. Many then, and even more now are in contention with the new covenant thorough the Son of Yahweh who preached the Gospel of the Kingdom. This is why the followers of Yahshua endured persecution and even death for contesting to man’s religious way of doing things. God had done away with the temple system when Christ become the foundation of the Gospel. Unfortunately, the counterfeit modern church system is the epitome of the obsolete temple system.

Scripture reveals that religious church system is in opposition to God's vision.

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness – 1 Corinthians 1:22-23

Gloss or Gospel?

The Gospel today is about baiting the world with enticements, not about Christ crucified. The true Gospel in the modern church has been removed because it is not politically correct. they do not want to ruffle too many feathers being portrayed as offensive. it would be bad for business.

If the true Gospel was actually preached, it would most likely be offensive to the world as the gate is narrow.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED. – 1 Corinthians 1:1-2

I hope it is crystal clear what the vision of the ekklesia is, and that it applies to all who are followers of Christ. It is not about our own personal "vision," or even about our own "ministry," but about our Messiah and seeking first the Kingdom of God.

The nature of the modern church has become like a carnival that uses the latest parlour tricks to gloss over the eyes of the masses. Those among the ekklesia should only desire pure teaching from the Word of God, rather than capitulating to the unconverted pagan ideologies of "church."

The modern church is a gathering of the people who are NOT the ekklesia. The church is a building fashioned with man's hands, but the ekklesia are fashioned by Christ.

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if ALL prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. – 1 Corinthians 14:23-25

The Ekklesia are Believers

The Gospel is about the conviction of sin via the Holy Spirit, it is not about feeling good about yourself. The ekklesia are about the assembly of believers, not the assembly of pagan un-convicted unbelievers. The ekklesia are about the assembly of those who are redeemed, not about being seeker friendly to attract, entertain and make unbelievers comfortable.

The religious church define “church” and “vision” in contradiction with Scripture.

The modern church has become more about professional career advancement of select individuals to facilitate, or fund their own personal “visions” of growth.They have abandoned the call to faithfully preaching the vision God has already given us in His Word. This modern “vision” is devoid and in contention with the true Gospel because it is focused on men instead of Christ. The church is a baiting system that attracts with entertainment and side shows. The masses in the modern “church” have no idea of God’s wrath that is coming for those who have fallen fro the idolatry of men.

The vision of the ekklesia is not about the transitioning visions of religious men, but about the finished work of Yahshua our Messiah. The true remnant that is on earth today will not be a part of the “visions” of the modern “church.” Christ promised He would build His ekklesia and he will not let us down. He is coming for His Bride who is going to be without spot or blemish. Let us cry out and plea before God for those who are consumed with deception that their eyes will open and they will repent of their ways.

Pulpit peacock
Pulpit peacock

Membership or Conversion?

“Church” is about focusing on a few select teachers who have their own ideas of how we need to get on board with their ideas. In contrast, the genuine ekklesia goes out to the poor and needy by representing the Gospel as Christ did. It is not about being a walking advertisement to get people to conform to an obsolete temple system to put money into the offering plates.

What is called "church" is a business. Tithes and are heavily promoted for self-maintenance that includes salaries and overhead costs.

The ekklesia's lifeblood is the atoning blood of Yahshua our Messiah. The vision of the ekklesia is about going out with a mission of hope.

Why is it that many simply do not understand that you have to leave the obsolete church system in order to be obedient to the vision that God has given His people.

God has ordained ordinary people to do the extraordinary, not the selected elite clergy class. The traditions of man steal the vision that God has given all of His people. If many would come back to the simplicity of the Gospel they would free themselves from the bondage of "church." Following the Way of Christ Christianity looks a whole lot different than the modern version of “church.” If people would only read Scripture for themselves, they would see this that the New Testament reveals precisely what the true ekklesia should look like and how they should function. It is about allowing the Holy Spirit to move without the traditions of man getting in the way.

People pleaser.
People pleaser.
It's not about membership.
It's not about membership.

The Ekklesia

The simplicity of true vision of the ekklesia about being a family unit. It is not about programs, but a way of living connected with the company of like-minded with the purpose of pursuing God in the community. It is about saying, “Father here we are, what do you want us to do?” The true ekklesia are open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

And they CONTINUED STEADFASTLY in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. – Acts 2:42

The ekklesia is about sharing the material and spiritual blessings that God has given to each one of us. Nothing is done for a certain “esteemed” individuals, but is about each person functioning with the purpose of helping and taking care of one other. It is about the partaking and consuming of God’s Word through engagement and dialogue, not about being a passive mute pew warmer. It is about everybody sharing the things that they have discovered on their own with the guidance of theHoly Spirit. It is about challenging and encouraging everyone to function as ministers, not spectators. We are all a priesthood of believers.

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, EVERY ONE OF YOU hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. – 1 Corinthians 14:26

Everyone who is among the ekklesia is a person who has something to contribute and offer; otherwise, we would be missing out on what God is doing in His people. It is a lifestyle of wanting to contribute and being responsible with the unique gifts God has given each one of us. It is not something that is led by men from elevated podiums, but by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is finding the fullness of God through the whole body, not through a religious professional salaried hireling.

The modern church has become an indoor spectator sport that does not allow the participation of everyone. The “good” man-made intentions in the modern church does not glorify the body of Christ because it does not allow each “living stone” to function, nor does it help disciple those into the ministry that God has called them to.

I hope it should be obvious that the true vision of the ekklesia is in great contention with man-made professional programs called "church."

Ye also, as LIVELY STONES, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5

Discipleship

The modern “church’s” vision is to attract an audience, rather than raising an army of disciples. The conform to the bidding of the hirelings who are the conductors and masters of denominational template ceremonies.

To the contrary, we are to listen to bidding of the Holy Spirit.

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST. – 1 Corinthians 3:10-11

The true vision of the ekklesia is simple. It is allowing the grace of God to manifest in each person’s life, and being open to being obedient to hearing Him with all the details that come with being part of the ekklesia. Each one of us has a responsibility through God's grace to make disciples who understand the principles of seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and know that this is infinitely greater than pursuing the religious ways of the world.

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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

this is the most accurate and awesome article I have ever seen on the subject. Thank you my brother. This should be required reading for all new converts as it summarizes what Christianity is and is not.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

P&N,

Well done, my friend - and I love the visuals. You say, "The masses in the modern “church” have no idea of God’s wrath that is to coming for those who do not accept the atoning blood of Jesus Christ." So very true, and so very sad. Thank you for shouting out the Truth.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

PlanksandNails- A great job on the Hub. The best part about this Hub is that it's the honest truth. I further agree with celafoe comment too. It should be required reading for all. The only thing I might add is that the church as the body of Christ is " each individual" and each indiviual has a responsibility to make desciples not "converts". And finally, the church are each of those indiviluals who understand the parables of the Kingdom from Jesus. And seek the gospel of the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

Outstanding Hub PandN. God bless


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Celafoe,

Those who are caught up in modern "Christianity" would require a whole new way of thinking and doing things to align with God's Word. Most don't want to even acknowledge the evidence when the words are right in front of them. It is called picking up the Bible and reading the words in it. Unfortunately, that requires too much work when the warm fuzzy feelings seem to considered to be "discernment" in the modern "church."

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. - Acts 17:11

I am blessed that there are some like minded brothers and sisters here on HubPages that actually understand this message. It is definitely not popular message among the professional clergy crowd :-)

Thank-you for you affirmation.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Lifegate,

The deceived masses will have no idea until we start drilling the truth into them. The arsenal at our disposal is the Word of God. It is something that many have forgotten about and need to be urgently aware of.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12

Not many are brave enough to wield it. There are some mandatory conditions to being a disciple of Jesus Christ; many are not willing to count the cost, or are clueless.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. - Matthew 10:37-38

Thank-you for encouragement and the ministry that God has given you to call the heathen nation of America back to Him.

God Bless


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Graceinus,

Thank-you for the addition. I have added to the final paragraph. It is a blessing to have you here on Hubpages using the gifting God has given you. I find truth seekers to be a small percentage of the population these days. If we keep fighting the fight here and in our communities, hopefully the percentages will increase exponentially.

FYI, go to your profile page, hit edit profile, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to the Show only Featured Hubs on my profile, click NO. This will make all the hubs you have written available for others to see on your profile page, not just the ones that are considered Featured.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

Planksandls- I went to my profile page and did what you asked and it worked. I thank you for showing me how to do it. Also thank you for accepting my suggestion and adding that final paragraph. Keep up the great work you have been doing. This world needs a lot more like you and celafoe. God bless you PandN.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Good afternoon , planksandnails .

Instructive. Thoroughly, even accurately described historically lived "churchism " . An important read for each churchgoer ( ! ) as well as potential one along with the " church related " Word both OT and NT, to find for himself , listen to the voice of the Spirit before getting involved.

We - every person - are given opportunity to get in right-eous relationship with God as the Father, accepting the victory of the redemption, to continue living in originally given dominion " over the works of Your hands." This might be much, much more than any " church program is willing to offer. ( Just mentioning ).

It's always pleasure to read your perfectly composed articles.

Please, be blessed and continue to be a blessing.

Voted up and useful.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Michael- Milec,

The true Church is not enamoured with development programs and investment strategies that produce dumbed down biblically illiterate people. Programs and cirricula don't change people, only the transforming power of Jesus Christ does that.

How come the mottos like, "think big" and "let's take the city for Christ" are about attending marketing programs in a building, rather than going out to the hurt and lost? True disciples are called out by Jesus Christ, members are called in by the clergy.

Thank-you for your comment and encouragement. God Bless.


desiretruth 3 years ago

This is such a good article and again you have hit the nail on the head! Amazing truth...it is so good to be free! When I came out of the system, I did not realize immediately that I was going to go through a "deprogramming" and your articles have encouraged me to the point of now I am not hiding what I know is truth! Persecution has come, but because of truth I am able to let it slide! HA! I want to say that one of the things that helped push me out was a meeting that I had attended at the church! It was called "Rise" and it was highly motivated for all the church volunteers! I sat in the back and just watched the program and to my utter dismay they wanted everyone involved in their "team strategy building" games. Every game they played had to do with building "TOWERS" this was their theme! Everywhere you went in the building they had people building towers whether building blocks or using Jenga games this was there amazing strategy to get peeps to work together for elevating their selves for the Kingdom! What kingdom is this? Is it Babel? It wasn't too soon after that I left that church organization due to other things I had questioned and could no longer partake under false doctrine! It was very soon after I left that organization that I came upon your blog and I thank God every minute for His leading! I am praying that more will be led who were like me, just coming out of this and needing so desperately to hear the truth and it is because of blogs like these that you know you are not crazy, lost, backslidden or rebellious! I absolutely Praise God for articles like this! Thanks again! and looking forward to more!

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