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Did Jesus say, “Go, therefore, and change the world”?

No. Not only did He not say it, no one in Scripture says it or advocates it.

Then why are Christians exhorted to do that?

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In last week’s post, I maintained that vision-casting is a non-biblical, deceptive teaching. I wrote that in this erroneous teaching, the word “goal” had been transformed into the word “vision.” Setting a goal for one’s self, business, or organization is a good idea. But a goal is not a vision. One has an earthly origin, the other a heavenly one. (Please tuck this goal vs. vision truth in the creases of your brain somewhere, because it will come up later.)

The next issue we must deal with is the primary genesis of this false belief. It is just one verse. In truth, it’s half of one verse.

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Did Jesus say, “Go therefore and cast your vision”?

Or, “Go therefore and make vision-casting leaders of all nations”?

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In the last post, we looked at why the purpose-drive life is a lie. It’s a lie because it advocates a life seeking success and achievement, which the Bible does not. The Bible advocates a life of sacrifice and dying to one’s self and one’s desires—even physical death, for Jesus and for others. Jesus is our prime example of such of life. His apostles and many others have followed this example and suffered and died as martyrs.

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In this series of articles, we have been looking at this question: How does a Christian pray for the Church, when the Bible is clear that it will become apostate before Jesus returns?

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In this series of articles, we are looking at the issue of how to pray for a Church that will, according to Scripture, fall into apostasy. How is a Christian to pray? In order to help us, we have been studying Daniel’s prayer for his people, who had fallen away from God, in Daniel 9.

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In this week’s post, we will need to temporarily leave our current topic of Thoughts on the Last Days and return to the topic of ChristianSpeak: Puzzling Things That Christians Say, Pray, and Sing.

It just never seems to end.

Teaching abounds in the Western church about following the dream that God has for your life.

Here are a couple of quotes from the website of a well-known preacher:

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2009-02-23_1518_helpfulwallsignOne of the puzzling things Christians have been saying for the last fifteen years or so is, “God has a purpose for your life.”

However, that doesn’t sound puzzling, does it?

But it is.

It’s puzzling because there’s some truth running around in that sentence, but there’s a lot of cranial smoke and theological fog swirling around it.

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What is the “me-centered” gospel? It takes a bit to identify it, since it’s so prevalent in the West.

The me-centered gospel makes a subtle shift at its foundation about what—rather, who—is at the center of the gospel message. Well, it seems subtle. It’s actually a fundamental, seismic relocation. Jesus is removed from the center and is replaced by…you.

You have a destiny. God has a destiny for you.

You have a purpose. God has a purpose for you.

You can have your best life now.

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The church at Corinth was divided over which individuals they had attached themselves to. With what criteria had the Corinthians rated these men—Paul, Peter and Apollos—to determine if they were worthy of their allegiance? As strange as it seems, it was their communication abilities. Paul attempted to reunite these believers by explaining that this way of thinking was faulty; that the bringing of the gospel to people was not about how accomplished the speaker was. It was not Paul’s aim that the Corinthians should rally around his speaking-induced leadership. Right after the famous passage about how God chooses “what is low and despised in the world,” so that “no human being might boast in the presence of God,” he wrote in the beginning of the next chapter,

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).

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