One of the lies that many Christians have accepted without question is that they must commit themselves to “the pastor’s vision.”
This lie basically teaches that God has revealed a special vision to the pastor for his local church, and that it is everyone’s spiritual duty to unite under this common goal and serve “the pastor’s vision.”
This lie is reinforced by coercive statements such as “You won’t reach your full potential until you learn to serve someone else’s vision.” “Serving the pastor’s vision will teach you humility, loyalty, submission, and maturity.” “God will promote you and fulfill your dreams as you serve the pastor’s vision.” “The church will not grow unless we unite under the pastor’s vision.”
I can almost hear people objecting to this post with Scriptures like “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18), “Write the vision, and make it plain” (Habakkuk 2:2). However, neither of these Scriptures (when studied in their entirety and kept it context) remotely imply that we are to devote ourselves to the personal “vision” of a religious leader.
For example, in Proverbs 29:18, the Hebrew word translated as “vision” is referring to the law of God. Read the entire passage and not just half of it. It says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth THE LAW, [the word of God] happy is he.” Did you catch that? This verse has nothing to do with serving some leader’s personal “vision.” It is saying that where there is no LAW/WORD from God (being properly taught, proclaimed, and obeyed), the people perish. Hosea 4:6 says something similar. It says “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” But lack of knowledge of who or what? The “pastor’s vision”? No. Knowledge of God and His word.
There is a famine of God’s word today – there is almost no vision of Jesus. Very few leaders preach Christ and Him crucified, and very few people study the Scriptures for themselves and seek the Lord for wisdom. The masses of Christendom don’t know who Jesus is nor understand what He taught, and because of that, they are perishing. But he who keeps the law [the teaching of Jesus Christ] happy [blessed] is he. This is the modern-day application of Proverbs 29:18, not “you need to sign onto the pastor’s vision, or DIE/PERISH.”
Habakkuk 2:2 has nothing to do with co-signing a pastor’s vision either. If you begin in chapter 1, you will see that Habakkuk 2:2 is about a prophecy against Israel. The Lord told Habakkuk to write down a vision that He was sending the Babylonians to invade Israel and take them captive for rebelling against Him. But this is not what pastor’s are referring to when they say to “Write the vision and make it plain.” They are quoting Scripture out of context to solicit support (your money, time, talents, and spiritual gifts) for their personal agenda.
Saints, during the Old Covenant, the children of Israel had to rely on prophets for a vision or word from God (Hebrews 1:1), because at Mount Sinai they forfeited the privilege of hearing from God personally (Exodus 20:18-19). They also had to rely on prophets for a vision from God, because back then they did not have the Holy Spirit the way that we have Him today. They did not have a personal relationship with Christ, the hope of glory who lives in us (Colossians 1:27).
But in the New Covenant, we do not need to rely on prophets for a vision or word from God – because today, God has spoken to us through His Son (Hebrews 1:2). As Jesus said in John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice.” Jesus most definitely has a vision for His Bride, and this vision has already been revealed in Scripture. This cancels out the belief that God only reveals His vision to pastors. God has already revealed His vision for the body of Christ in the Bible.
So if you want to know what God’s vision is for the body of Christ, study the Scriptures and ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding of His word.
Saints, we need to be careful of leaders who claim that “God gave them a vision for the church” so we need to jump on their bandwagon immediately. The Scriptures speak of false prophets who seduce God’s people with false visions. “These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.” (Jeremiah 14:14; Ezekiel 13).
Many wolves have crept into the sheepfold with an agenda to make their own name great, not the name of Jesus Christ. Their plan is to “take this ministry [religious corporation] global”, not the Good News of Jesus Christ. They simply cover it up with “God gave me a vision for this church” as a tactic to gain the support of unsuspecting people.
The only vision that we need to concern ourselves with is the vision of Jesus Christ laid out for us in Scripture. Not vain visions and false revelations that come from human imagination. Most of these false “visions” are simply religious ponzi schemes and multi-level marketing pyramids posing as “kingdom-building” and “soul-winning.”
One of the reasons why Believers are so divided today is because they are too busy devoting themselves to pastors and their personal ‘visions’ instead of following Jesus and fulfilling His vision for us.
Take heed saints, the pastor’s “vision” is often a blinder which hinders you from seeing the vision of Jesus Christ. It places you in subservience to the “personal mystical revelations” of a leader, rather than the objective truth of God’s word