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Indoctrination has replaced Jesus’ end-game of making disciples of all nations. Churches, training centers, Bible colleges and graduate seminaries have become indoctrination centers-to make people believe in a certain way and practice certain behaviors. In my case, I was indoctrinated into becoming a Dallas man, a person known for teaching certain things in a certain way and with a special bent toward end-time prophecy. I have several friends who are graduates of Southwestern Theological Seminary. All graduates have a certain bent. My Fuller Theological Seminary friends are products of the same system of indoctrination.In the first century, people were known to have been with Jesus. We are known for our unique indoctrinations from our training. We are not known for having spent time with Jesus. You see, Jesus’ end-game of making disciples has to do with a supernatural transformation-changing from the inside out!
Jesus said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13) Could it be that the world is not able to see the disciples of Jesus in the world, because those who claim to be his disciples are not loving, but fighting over who has the right set of beliefs?
Jesus said that no person (flesh and blood) can teach another person that Jesus is God’s Messiah, the Son of the living God; it has to be revealed by God Himself through transformation. In other words, the essence of discipleship must be taught, but there’s so much more that can only be caught.
Could it be that the world is not able to see the disciples of Jesus in the world, because we are not making disciples of Jesus in all the nations of the world; we are making disciples of our man-made doctrinal systems? Hey, remember this is all about Jesus, always has been and always will be.