The Satanic “Human Potential Movement” of the 1950s, rejected by churches in the past, has now gone mainstream.
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Luke 4:5-8.
When Jesus was offered all the Kingdoms of the world by Satan, He rebuked him. When Satan did the same thing to many churches, they replied “when does this gig start, anyway?” They took him up on his offer. That is the “Human Potential Movement”.
Rather than being God centered, the “Human Potential Movement” is man centered. It takes the focus off of God, and places it squarely on man.
Through Sermons, Seminars, and Lectures, the church is teaching the sheep to focus on themselves, and to find fulfillment in their own talents and energies. The problem is, this is not Biblical. It is against what the Bible teaches. While God does give us gifts, they are to serve his Kingdom. And all of the Kings of this world are going to bow down to Jesus. He is the “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords”.
God does not want men or women striving to achieve their potential through their gifts, apart from God. Also, unless you (like Paul) are called to singleness, God sees you as one with your husband or wife. God wants you to serve Him TOGETHER in ministry. So each of you individually pursuing your own thing is not scriptural either!
The “Complete Alone” Myth
A popular myth is the “whole alone” myth. That is, that God wants us to be “complete”, or “whole”, all by ourselves. If you are not content with yourself, you won’t make a good mate. Sounds good, right?
The problem is that it is the OPPOSITE of what the Bible actually teaches. It teaches that the two shall “become one flesh”. It almost seems like the point of the teaching is to contradict the Bible!
But as a result of this myth, many men and women are consciously deciding to go it alone. For women, it feeds the “I don’t need no man” spirit. So these men and women are free to go into the working world by themselves. And if they are bright and ambitious, they can heap material goods upon themselves, and fulfill their “dreams” without the help of a mate.
God’s First Commandment
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:27-28.
God’s command for the man and woman to “become one flesh”, and to “be fruitful and multiply” are considered “advisories” at best in today’s churches. Our personal dreams are all that matter.
…Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matthew 19:4-6.
God sees married people as one flesh. Therefore, the idea that a man might go off and seek his “potential” without working with his wife is unscriptural. And the idea that a woman go off somewhere and pursue her potential independently is also unscriptural. In fact, God does not either of them going off and seeking “their potential”. He wants them to pursue His will for them.
Follow The Money
Most often, when “your potential” is attached, there is money involved. That is, what high paying career should you be pursuing? What is the highest position you can obtain? These “potentials” are often laid before single women, wives, and mothers, and they encouraged to “pursue them” apart from their husbands and families. Many families are being broken up today, if not physically then emotionally and spiritually, by churches that encourage a wife to run off and pursue her potential on her own.
It is time for the church to stop encouraging people to seek their own potential, and start seeking the Face and the Will of God.