Taking the Mystery out of Understanding God’s Will

By Justin Johnson

Christianity has become a hundred buses driving in different directions with no destination. Does anybody driving know where we should be going? I have my doubts.

Sure, there is a lot of purpose spewing from the mouths of the missional minded marketers we call preachers. They speak of spreading God’s love, building the kingdom, and being Jesus to the world. Yet, the majority of the effort is spent just keeping the whole thing going. Christian culture has evolved into a profitable market segment.

Billions of dollars are given to churches every year and over 75% of it goes to operations so that the church can … what’s the goal again?

No one understands why there are so many denominations any more, and so the conclusion was to drop the labels and call ourselves by one name: evangelical. Yet, even ecumenical evangelicalism has become old-fashioned. Modern ministries have a constant pressure to offer unique appeal in our consumer driven culture.

Christianity is no longer a destination at the truth, but a journey. This is why we have churches called River, The Way, and The Journey. I suppose Crossroads is a fitting name for churches who are confused about which way to go.

Whenever one church’s enthusiasm and fervor dies off another is hyped up to “rally the troops” into giving 110% towards the goal. Are we there yet? Never.

“Come to the church and be separate from the world” they say. Then, on Sunday, “Go and reach the world with love.”

We’re coming, we’re going. Does anyone else get that sick feeling that we’re just going in circles?

The problem is made clear by younger Christians who ask about God’s will (his purpose and direction for their lives). Instead of being told the clear revelation of God’s will in the Bible they are told to pray and wait for God’s will.

It doesn’t come. Young Christians turn to experience and circumstance and away from the Bible.

Churches have been building roads to nowhere. Their cause creates confusion.

Leaders who should understand what the church should be doing cannot explain the mystery of God’s will.

What a relief it would be if the mystery were taken out of God’s will, and the clarity of the Bible rightly divided were taught from every church.

Help stop the confusion. When you read books that don’t rightly divide, write the author. When you hear a radio broadcast that takes the verse out of context, send a complaint.

When a young person approaches you with the confusion of modern Christianity show them that the mystery of Christ has been revealed! It has been revealed for two thousand years.

Explain to them in charity that we can know God’s will if we rightly divide the word of truth. Our job is to clear the confusion and make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery (Eph 3:9).

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Published: April 16, 2011
Last Modified: November 29, 2016
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