Dutch Sheets: Mother of All Inventions is Dreaming

Rick Warren spewed forth his Purpose Driven Life proclaiming a gospel which was unbiblical (and which is no gospel at all) and using supposed Bibles, like The Message, which likewise were unbiblical rubbish. Warren's thesis was not God's purpose for your life but your purpose for your life. It is not surprising to find clones of this false gospel and here is one in the form of Dutch Sheets who tells us that: Necessity Isn't the Mother of Invention, Your Dreams Are! Dutch has modified the saying "Necessity is the Mother of Invention", which is a worldly saying of relatively unknown origin and meaning that when a need is found someone will "invent" something to fill that need. Most inventions have come about because the technology of the day could not fill the void. So what is Dutch Sheets talking about?

Dutch Sheets proclaims here on the Elijah List You may or may not be aware of it, but you have a dreaming nature. You inherited this part of your disposition from your Creator. He created us in His image and likeness so our hearts could relate to His and His dreaming heart could find millions of expressions. You were designed to dream and you must dream-both for yourself and for God. In fact, if you don't dream with Him, He can't experience all of His dreams, and you'll never achieve your destiny. First of all, the Bible never says that we have a dreaming nature. Joseph dreams and Peter had dreams and Peter, of course, also quoted Joel saying Your old men shall dream dreams Acts 2 v17. None of this mentions men and women having a dreaming nature and yet Dutch Sheets is saying: You were designed to dream and you must dream-both for yourself and for God. In fact, if you don't dream with Him, He can't experience all of His dreams, and you'll never achieve your destiny.

What the bible tells us is The LORD saw how great man's wickedness had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. Genesis 6 v5. Dreams and imagination are both inter-connected. If you have certain ideas in your head, it is quite likely that you might dream about those ideas. Nowhere in scripture has this view changed. In fact the Apostle Paul even warns Christians regarding thoughts when he says: and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2Corinthians 10 v5b. It seems quite clear that what is going on in our minds often needs to be subdued or as Paul puts it taken captive.

How then is it that God cannot experience all of his dreams unless we dream for him as Dutch Sheets claims? Is God sovereign or not? A God which is dependent on our dreams and ability to dream(?) is not the sovereign Lord at all. Dutch Sheets is preaching another Jesus and another Father which is another gospel.

Divinely inspired dreams, on the other hand, will guide you to the destiny He intended for you. How do we know when a dream is divinely inspired? When we are dreaming we cannot exercise any self-control and we certainly cannot rationalise the dream itself and form a right judgement of it. If we could, then we would not be dreaming. We could possibly make a rational judgement when we wake up, but this yields yet another problem. Charismatics have long believed that because they are filled with the spirit they cannot say anything other than that which is the Lord's will. Phew! This belief is layered into the psyche of these people such that they believe that one day spirit-filled men and women will rule the world. It is certainly some belief and it takes some believing to believe that there are people who actually believe it. The main group who believe this lie from hell is dominionists. Their mindset is that once there is peace on earth, established by their retaking the dominion which Adam supposedly lost, then they can invite Jesus back to reign over all. This, one supposes, must be their ultimate dream.

There are many problems in believing that the Spirit in us will ensure that everything we say and do is godly and righteous. Firstly, the Apostle Paul did not believe it when he wrote Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption Ephesians 4 v30. Clearly Paul believed that we could be wrong and wrong to the extent that the in-dwelling Holy Spirit would be grieved. Paul then continued by saying: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every kind of malice. Ephesians 4 v31. So Paul illustrates how bad a believer can get. People do make mistakes and people can be wrong, even with the in-dwelling Holy Spirit. This is not to say that we should indulge in these things but our true love and worship appears out of how we handle ourselves when faced with adverse situations. Secondly, this is not the purpose of the in-dwelling Holy Spirit. In John chapter 14 Jesus referred to him as the counsellor and some translations say comforter. The purpose is When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. John 15 v 26. Neither in this passage nor any other in scripture is there a guarantee that you will always be right if filled with the Holy Spirit.

Finally, there is this question of destiny. "How can we achieve our destiny if we don't dream it first?" is what many modern preachers say. There is even a Destiny Doctor whatever that is. But destiny is one of the buzz words in dominionist circles these days. Where in scripture does it refer to "our destiny"? In fact, it appears nowhere in scripture. Joseph, in the Book of Genesis dreamed that one day his father and brothers would bow down to him. However, he made absolutely no effort to achieve his destiny. His efforts were aimed solely in trusting the Lord to take care of him from moment to moment. He was not working in Potiphar's house thinking "I must do this because I am dreaming about my destiny." He was working solely for the Lord. When he interpreted the dreams of the servants of Pharoah he was not thinking "This is my way out, if I get the interpretations right." He had accepted his lot and was simply waiting on the Lord not knowing what or how things were going to work out. In other words Joseph was unaware that he had a destiny until he stepped into it. Joseph did not dream, he simply waited on the Lord. Dutch Sheets tells us to dream which is not supported by scripture.

Yet in all of this Dutch Sheets ignores the simple scriptural statements and prefers his own nuanced ideas because he believes that the domionionist agenda is right. Sadly, it is wrong because dominionist escatology does not fit with scripture. He and his followers are doomed to never seeing the fulfillment of their destinies because they will not read scripture as Jesus taught us to when he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18 v3.

15th July 2013

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