Love Boat or Row Boat/Fisher of Men or Seeker of Pleasure?
I had a vision 04/30/2015 and what I saw is why I chose the title of the post. For those of you who read my blogs who either have never heard of the love boat or are too young to remember the television series; It was basically a series where people boarded an ocean liner sort of like a carnival cruse ship and they had a wonderful time. The whole purpose of a cruise is pleasure. There is nothing wrong with taking a cruise so please do not think that I am stating this in this posting.
In the vision, I saw an ocean liner, a very large ocean liner. The people on board were partying and having a wonderful time. It was nighttime and I saw party lights on the ship. In the ocean I saw row boats. There were people in the water waiting to be rescued and the people in the row boats were helping them into the boats. The people in the Ocean liner were oblivious to the people in the water. The row boats were in the water and those inside could reach into the water to rescue people. The ocean liner was massive and therefore the chop of the waves did not affect it much whereas it greatly affected the row boats. Every little ripple was felt in the row boats. The ocean liner was more or less insulated and isolated from the goings on in the sea upon which it was sailing whereas the rowboats were in the thick of humanity and were near to the people.
We were called to be fishers of men by Jesus. I do not believe that it was by accident that Jesus chose fishermen to be disciples and who also helped in founding the church. From what I have read, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, Jesus did most of His miracles in the marketplace not in the meeting place. Jesus brought the temple to the people.
The Love Boat costs money in order to board and the more you pay the better your accommodations. The rowboat is manned by volunteers who charge nothing to those being pulled from the water and into the boat. One thing I noticed is that all in the boat were helping in rescuing it wasn’t a select few.
When was the church ever meant to be a place where we were entertained? Yet this is what it, not all, has become. The church is like a commodity that is bought and sold. It advertises and basically prostitutes itself and it seems that the one with the best entertainment is the one with the most people. When the Holy Spirit is not welcomed, the entertainment has to be good.
I had a vision a few years ago similar to the one posted above that I am posting here as well.
In this vision I saw a very stormy sea, at night,with no moon nor stars, and in the sea, there were people drowning. Also in the sea, were many rowboats with a captain in each and the captain, along with those in the boat were rescuing those who were in the sea. The boats would only hold so many and that is why many boats were needed. I saw that the boats all rowing to a light house. Also in the vision, I saw a very large ocean liner. It had a crew of thousands and it took every member of the crew to run the ship, no one could be spared to aid in the rescuing those who were drowning in the sea. Furthermore, the ocean liner was huge and very high so that it would be impossible for its crew to reach a hand into the water to rescue those who were drowning. As you might have guessed, the row boats are symbolic of home groups/simple churches. A rowboat can only hold so many before it begins to sink. The ocean liner is the mega church(machine) it has so much machinery needed to keep the vessel running that it can’t spare anybody. And when I saw the ocean liner steer toward somebody that was drowning in an effort to save them it ended up killing them. I believe that the Lord is returning the His church back to ts roots and to the simplicity of the gospel message from which it was birthed, I believe that the,”machinery” is being dismantled and the complexity of the machinery is giving way to the simplicity that is the Gospel pattern for church.