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

Updated on March 31, 2017
The 'church hopper'
The 'church hopper'
Church vision
Church vision

God's Vision vs. Man's Vision

The only vision that the ekklesia of Christ should have is what comes from Christ and the apostles. The vision in the modern church system 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 Pastor and his minions will say, 'Come and see what God is doing in our midst.' 'Come and join our church and see God's dynamic plan for His people.'

The problem with their ststements is that God doesn't have multiple changeable plans for people. It is not based on what denomination or how big the church building is.

For those who are members of a religious building called church, it might come as a surprise to know that most church growth comes from people who have switched from one church building to another.

When the vision of God's people, or the followers of Christ is looked at more closely in Scripture, it reveals that it is not a dynamic thing that must constantly change to appeal to cultural norms. The fact is that it 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 they are going to do. The vision of God when discovered is something specific to all followers of Christ (ekklesia) and does not cater to a denominational agenda.


Nope, it's all about Christ our Saviour.
Nope, it's all about Christ our Saviour.
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 a church member they must submit to the Pastor's special vision he claims to have received from God. Unfortunately, many have been deceived by hirelings behind the pulpit as Scripture reveals that that there is only one vision that applies to all believers.

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

The Pastor's vision.
The Pastor's vision.

This verse reveals that keeping the Law was the vision. If one did not keep the Law, they had no vision. It was as simple as that.

When Christ died and rose again there was a change that took place.The temple buildings with all their magnificent splendour with their select priesthood came to an end. God made a new covenant through His to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. A different vision was proclimed through Christ and the apostles. Many did not like this vision as Christ and his followers endured persecution and death for preaching a Gospel that countered man’s religious way of doing things.

The temple system became defunct as Christ become the foundation of the Gospel.

Today, there are many who are still resisting God's vision through Christ as they still hold onto the traditions of man and the temple system called church.

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

The gospel that is sold today in church buildings is about attending to an obsolete temple system.

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

The same vision of God for His people applies to all believers. It is not about someone's personal vision or even about their ministry, but about seeking first the Kingdom of God.

The church system and their vision is like a carnival that markets a gospel of parlour tricks and side shows to entertain the masses. It does not provide the untainted teaching of the word of God, but capitulates to pagan ideologies and traditions as a means of attaining God.

A church member is not what it means to be a part of the ekklesia of Christ because it has been fashioned with man's hands rather than built 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 and repentance. It is not about making you feel good about yourself in man's traditions. The ekklesia are about being in one spirit in Christ any place, anywhere and at any time. It not about the assembly of believers conforming to a denominational template in temples built with man's hands.

The modern church has become more about the professional career advancement of select individuals to facilitate and fund their own personal visions. They have abandoned the call to faithfully preaching the sole vision God has already given us in His word. Church vision is devoid and in contention with the true Gospel because it is more focused on ecclesiastical men instead of Christ.

The vision of the ekklesia is not about the transitioning visions of religious men, but about the finished work of Christ. The true remnant that is scattered throughout the world today do not partake of the counterfeit church system, or buy their wares.

Christ promised He would build His ekklesia.

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?

The church system is about focusing on a few select teachers who have their own ideas of how we need to get on board with them by giving them money.

In contrast, the ekklesia are called out to reach out to those in need by representing the genuine Gospel as Christ and the apostles did. It is not about being a walking advertisement to get people to corral in through the doors of an obsolete temple system.

The vision of church is about making the Gospel a business.

Why is it that many simply do not understand that you have to leave the abolished church system in order to partake to the vision that God conveyed through His Son to take to the world.

God has ordained ordinary people to do the extraordinary, not select clergy class. The traditions of man choked out the vision that God has given to His people. The simplicity of the Gospel means to come out of the vain tradition called church. Following the way of Christ looks a whole lot different than the way of church. If people would read Scripture for themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit, they would see this that the New Testament reveals precisely the vision for all believers and how they should function without the traditions of man getting in the way.

People pleaser.
People pleaser.

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 followers of Christ.

The work of the Holy Spirit is not about church membership, but about conviction to walk in obedient faith.

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 in a church building. It is about everybody sharing the things that they have discovered on their own with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is about challenging and encouraging everyone to function as ministers, not spectators as 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 true vision of the ekklesia is not about professional religious programs.

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 vision of church is to attract an audience, rather than raising an army of disciples. Church members conform to the bidding of hirelings who officiate the conductors and the ceremonies of their denominational template.

To the contrary, Christ is the Head and we follow his leading.

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 by 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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      desiretruth 4 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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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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.

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      Michael-Milec 4 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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      graceinus 4 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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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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.

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      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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      graceinus 4 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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      William Kovacic 4 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.

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      charlie 4 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on 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.