Saturday, April 11, 2015

Does Your Pastor Have A Vision?

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

How many of us have heard this proclaimed in reference to a pastor’s “vision” of reaching the lost, building the church, starting a school or promoting missions? Yet, this is not what this verse means at all. While it may preach good and there can be some application regarding evangelism and discipleship, that is not the plain meaning of this verse. How convenient it is for a preacher to quote only the first part of this verse, while leaving out the second part of this same verse entirely! This verse itself explains that the vision is the law. A basic study on the word vision in the Bible shows that a vision is special revelation from God. God’s words given by his prophets and written down for us: that’s the Bible. What is the point? It is a subtle but very significant shift to use the word vision from this verse to refer to man’s ideas or plans instead of God’s words. What is the result? This slight shift promotes a pastor, preacher, missionary or other leader over God himself! If the churches in our land are ever going to get back to God, they must first get back to the very words of God. Happy is the one who keeps the words of the Bible.   Pastor James Utter 4/2014

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