“I see God revolutionizing our understanding of Him, and why He even sent His Son…. Most Christians say the gospel is to forgive our sins so we can go to heaven…. No, God sent His Son… so our lives can be changed…. always overcoming evil with good.” – Dan Mohler
These words are part of Dan Mohler’s response to the question, “Has God revealed anything to you about the near future?“ on a video posted on YouTube by that name. My partial transcript of his response follows below, slightly modified for ease of reading.
God is really teaching us who He is. When you travel like I do, you see that there are very deceptive thoughts out there about God and His nature. God is teaching us who He is through the cross and through the gospel, getting some straight thinking in us, setting straight paths before us.
God, I believe, is revolutionizing our understanding of Him. He is raising up an army of no-nonsense people of surrender who are saying, “I will not love my own life; I will lay down my life and follow Jesus. I’m not called just to worship Him by singing to Him, I’m called to follow Him.” Jesus didn’t say, “Sing to me and attend church.” He said, “Follow me.” The reason we gather is to stir ourselves up in love and good works.
I see God revolutionizing our understanding of Him, and why He even sent His Son. I’ve learned in the last few years that the church at large hasn’t had a strong answer to why God sent His Son, and that’s the heart of the gospel!
Most Christians say the gospel is to forgive our sins so we can go to heaven. That’s the only understanding out there, because that’s all we’ve taught.
No, God sent His Son to fulfill what man failed, to get us back on track; to restore destiny, so we can fulfill purpose; so we can let the old die and the new live, so our lives can be changed, not secure!
Are you guys following me? Come on! He said, “Unless you deny yourself…” He didn’t say, “Unless you pray a prayer and get your name in a book called Life.” He said, “Unless you deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me…” See, if you don’t deny yourself, you’ll never pick up your cross.
What is “Pick up my cross?” It means taxi through every unfairness, every circumstance of life without letting it change you, but instead, letting Him change you so you face everything through who you have become in Him. It means never letting sin against you give the right for sin in you; it means always overcoming evil with good.
That’s carrying your cross: never becoming a product of life, but becoming a product of the Life that’s inside of you. That’s carrying your cross.
And if you’re carrying your cross, guess what you’re doing? You’re following Him!
So that’s what I see God doing – hugely. I do see this amazing grace that if people are sincere enough to believe that God loves them and forgives them, they’ll lay their hands on the sick, and God heals through people who never even knew it was possible.
People who’ve been in the church a long time who’ve gotten hurt and confused with chips on their shoulder, I see them struggling more than they need to. Then I see people who are just getting saved being excited to learn they can pray for the sick, and the sick are healed…