By Ingrid of Semper Eadem. Originally published here. Please remember that while the contributors to this website are united in our belief that there are problems with the teachings of Vision Forum, we come from a variety of diverse perspectives.
Recently, I happened to find Vision Forum’s Mission Statement:
Nice ideas. Really, they are. They’ve got some nice thoughts going on there.But, uh, see anything missing?
Let me rephrase that… see anyone missing?
There’s no mention of Jesus Christ.
Try clicking around on their website… Have you found Him?
He’s there…but…only in some passing references.
You could argue that a company relationship to Christ is implied…but why trust only in an implication?
On the webpage of any organization that calls themselves a ministry — Jesus should be easy to find.
But He’s not even in Doug Phillips’ welcome note.
To me, that’s a warning sign and a big problem.
The teachings of Vision Forum have become a religion for some families. Religion, as the dictionary tells us, can mean several things. Two of which are: beliefs and worship or a system, an order of doing things. In Vision Forum’s case, it is a system. Some systems of religion are nice, if they further the effect of the gospel. But if they do not…they will hinder the gospel.
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
24“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.
A quick definition…
Bombastic, n. – pompous language; language that is full of long or pretentious words, used to impress others.