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Is the Institutional Church System's Vision for You about God's Plan through Christ?

Updated on May 6, 2018
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God's Vision vs. Man's

The only vision that the ekklesia of Christ should have is what comes from the teaching of Christ and the apostles. To the contrary, the vision of what is called 'church' today comes from the imaginations of men that is marketed to draw people into their cookie cutter agendas. Catering to growth through human endeavors, it is touted as evidence that God must doing 'great things' in their midst. The marketing mantra is, 'Come and see all the great things that God is doing in our midst' and 'come and join our church (denomination) and see God's dynamic plan for His people.'

The problem with their statements is that God doesn't have multiple changeable and malleable plans for His people. It is not based on denominational leanings or the whims of the big personality that is on the podium.

When the vision of God's people through 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 and modern-day relevancy. Rather, it is fixed in nature in what God has said He is going to do, not about what man says. God's vision today when discovered is about Christ's ekklesia. It is not about the church institution. In fact, the way of Christ and the church institution are like oil and water. To follow Christ means one must separate from counterfeit Christianity.

The Pastor's vision is to feed the masses pabulum instead of teaching them to eat solid food.
The Pastor's vision is to feed the masses pabulum instead of teaching them to eat solid food.

God's Vision has already been Communicated

Unfortunately, many have been deceived by hirelings behind the pulpit casting their many different visions for the people to buy into. 'Ministry' is a lucrative marketing endeavour that does not focus on Christ, but about religious men and women making names for themselves.

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, there was no vision. It was as simple as that.

When Christ died and rose again there was a paradigm shift that took place. The temple building in all its splendour with it’s select priesthood was fulfilled. God made a new covenant through His Son and His vision for His 'called out ones' would be proclaimed through Christ and the apostles.

The veil in the temple was rent.
The veil in the temple was rent.

Back then and still today, most detest the teachings of Christ in their actions and behaviours by carrying on as if the veil was never torn in two. However, those who followed Christ would endure persecution and death for preaching a Gospel that defied the obsolete temple system.

Christ has become the foundation of the Gospel where his congregation is built with 'living stones.'

The manifestation of the institutional church system is built upon the traditions of man. It is in rebellion and in resistance to God's plan through Christ.

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 supposed 'Gospel' that is bought and sold in the institutional church system is about partaking of an obsolete temple system. It is antichrist because it denies what Christ has done through his death and resurrection.

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

God's vision for His people is the same for all believers. It is not about someone's personal religious whims and their ministries built upon their own names that gives credence to the traditions of man rather than the principles of the Kingdom of God.

If, therefore, the whole congregation [ekklesia] is 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 does not believe or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all; for the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so falling down on his face, he will worship God, declaring that God is indeed in you – 1 Corinthians 14:23-25

The Ekklesia do not Conform to Religious Templates

The Gospel is about the conviction of sin, repentance and breaking from it’s bondage. It is not about making yourself feel good in pre-determined environments steeped in man's traditions. The ekklesia are about being in one spirit in Christ any place, anywhere and at any time. It is not about the assembly of believers conforming to a denominational template in temples built with man's hands.

The modern church system has become more about the professional career advancements of specially selected individuals to facilitate and fund their own plans. They have abandoned the call to faithfully preaching the sole vision God has already given us in His word through Christ and the apostles. For this reason, they are devoid of and in contention with the true Gospel.

The vision of the ekklesia is not about the transitioning visions of religious men, but about what Christ finished. His true remnant that is scattered throughout the world will have nothing to do with nor partake of the spiritual adultery practiced in the counterfeit institutional church system.

Christ said he would build his ekklesia.

Let us cry out and plea before God for those who are utterly consumed with deception of the harlot church system. May God open their eyes that they will repent and abandon the everything about the system that has been tainted with an antichrist spirit.

The church system is built upon money.
The church system is built upon money.

God's Vision is not about Money

The institutional 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. This is done by giving them money to supposedly do things on our behalf. This requires becoming a church member by making a public declaration that your Pastor is your guide and mediator, not Christ. You become a piece of merchandise and a walking advertisement of a temple system that Christ has fulfilled. This is what makes one unfit fro the Kingdom of God.

God wants to use humble ordinary people to do the extraordinary. He does not use a select salaried clergy class because they choke out God's vision and the working of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel has absolutely nothing with the vain religious traditions of man. Sadly, many fail to understand that following the way of Christ will look a whole lot different than the way of church officials.

If people would stop lapping up the Pastor's pabulum and started reading Scripture for themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit, they would see that the New Testament reveals accurately and precisely God’s vision for all followers of Christ and how they should function.

The ministry of pleasing people.
The ministry of pleasing people.

The Ekklesia do not Conform to Religious Templates

The simplicity of vision of the ekklesia is about being a family unit among fellow brethren. It is not about manufacturing religious programs and conforming to denominational templates, but is about being connected with Christ through the Holy Spirit by walking the narrow way in obedient faith even if it requires to walking alone.

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

Being a part of Christ's eklesia is about utilizing the material and spiritual blessings that God has given to each one of us. Nothing is done exclusively for certain individuals, but is about everyone 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. This is quite different from being a passive mute pew warmer in a church building. It is about everybody contributing by sharing the things that God has revealed to them. It is about challenging and encouraging each other to function as ministers. Becoming a part of a priesthood of all believers is not a spectator sport.

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

We should all have something to contribute; otherwise, our gifts are being wasted. We need to be responsible with the unique gifts God has given each one of us. We all can be anointed by the Holy Spirit and have the fullness of God dwell in us just as Christ did.

The manifestation of the religious indoor spectator sport called 'church' will face the wrath of God. Get out while you still can.

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

Are we to attract an audience or focus on pointing others to become disciples of Christ?

Are we to submit to the whims of hirelings or be obedient to the vision God has given us through His Son?

If we claim that Christ is our Head, but follow the leading of someone else, what does that make us?

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. Being obedient to God is not only hearing, but doing. It is walking in the principles of the Kingdom of God where each one of us has a responsibility to use the gifts God has given us. Don't allow people to adulterate God's vision for you because you will only end up on the wide road that leads to destruction.

When we no longer follow false shepherds, our lives will have nothing to do with religious programs that produce biblically illiterate people who twist God's word to support and market the visions of their esteemed religious institutions.

God's vision today for His people has been communicated through His Son and the apostles. It's all there. Unfortunately, the vision most seek after will cause them to perish.

I will also make the pride of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be profaned. Destruction comes; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. Mischief shall come on mischief, and rumor shall be on rumor; and they shall seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the elders.

The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do to them after their way, and according to their own judgments will I judge them; and they shall know that I am Yahweh. - Ezekiel 7:24-27

God's vision for His people will not lead people into captivity because Christ came to set the captives free.

Why do so many willingly accept bondage while giving lip service to Christ?

It is because their God and Saviour is one of their own making.

The sad fact is that if you partake of the institutional church system, you will never know why the veil was rent. You will be left in the dark relying on a temple official to supposedly give you access to God.

The vision of the institutional church is steeped in human arrogance believing their own achievements is a means of attaining closeness to God. That is why what has been ripped in two they are madly trying to sew back up. They don’t really want Christ because they want to be in control.

They deny Christ.

Do you walk in God’s vision for you or man’s?

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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.

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