Many popular celebrity preachers such as Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, and T,D, Jakes preach a message of purpose and destiny. They say, based on Psalms 90:10 that you should live at least 70 years.
Psalm 90:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Others preachers have taught this same doctrine, implying anyone who lives less than threescore and ten years did not have God's favor. Some who taught destiny, purpose and long life died under age 70 and did not live out what they taught their followers. Ken Clement, Eddie Long, Zachary Tims, and Miles Monroe just to name a few, drew in millions of dollars as well as devotees by telling the listener that God had a great divine purpose for them which included being rich and living a long life. These men were rich because churchgoers gave them money through offerings and purchasing their products, but the Almighty did not grant them the long successful lives they believe they deserved.
This is why telling large numbers of people that God promised them a wonderful financially lucrative lifestyle is misleading because we all have our own paths to travel. I cannot begin to tell you how many people I know who died, under age 70 believing for that which never materialized, The coronavirus pandemic is exposing many misconceptions that have been taught in the church. This is why it is important to know what the Bible says about the life that believers in Christ are promised.
Our ultimate destiny is eternal life
John 3:16 tells us from the King James Bible: "For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life". This indicates that all who believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God will have eternal life when they pass from this one. Those who don't believe will reap eternal damnation. Whether you are rich, poor, successful and famous, or homeless does not matter. Faith is Christ gives assurance of a better life to come.
Jesus did not promise this life would be easy as He said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Each of us will have different trials while on the earth but we have the assurance that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Our destiny is to see Him in all His glory.
The Christian purpose
I John 3:8 tells us in the King James Version
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Christ came to earth with a specific purpose and many preachers wrongly use this scripture to have Christians believe we all have a great divine purpose. The truth is we all make choices because of free will and none of us like Christ is 100% obeying His Father's will.
While it is true that many celebrity preachers, sports figures and entertainers who are rich and famous say God gave them their "blessing" there are many successful people who do not believe in Jesus Christ, who Himself said in Luke 12:15 that the measure of a man Is Not in the abundance of what he owns. The Christian purpose is not to pursue riches, but can be found in these scriptures: Mark 16:15-16.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Each of us have gifts and talents and some will be more successful than others but the one thing every believer can do is share the Gospel of Christ in their corner of the world.
In Matthew 5:16 Christ said to let our lights shine before men. Sadly today the church as a whole has the members of the congregation believing that what they do inside the building in front of their pastor and other Christians is letting their light shine. This is why many act just like the secular world Monday thru Saturday. They have never been taught to allow His light to shine at all times. Believers have been taught to dress up for Sunday service and to say Hallelujah, God bless, and other catchphrases, but thata is not what Christ commanded.
The bottom line for believers in Christ
For those who believe that Christ is the only way to salvation, there is one purpose and destiny. Don't have itching ears, and please remember this when wolves in sheep clothing try to tickle your fancy. They want you sitting in their building or giving large sums of money to their ministries. They tell you that you must connect to them and have them as your spiritual father so that you can discover your purpose. Thsi is not true. I've known that I like to write since age 12, and my husband has been taking photographs and working as a DJ for almost all of his life. We did not need a preacher to tell us or lay hands and launch us into our destiny and purpose.
As an individual human being, you can choose to pursue whatever dreams you desire, but as a blood-bought child of the Most High God, through Jesus Christ his Son, your purpose is to live your life to please Him and lead others to salvation. This includes Mark 16:17-18
7 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
These are the signs that are to follow believers and now you know.
Live your life pleasing Him that's your purpose and your final destination is a reward in the afterlife.
Always remember we are to make His Name great and not make a name for ourselves by misrepresenting His life, crucifixion and resurrection.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 02, 2021:
Thank you for reading Brenda.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 30, 2021:
This is a very interesting article.
It is hard sometimes to stand up for one's beliefs in this world of ours.
But the promise is definitely there for those who believe in God.
They will receive everlasting life.
I'm not certain about the laying on hands by ordinary people, although I have known a few who can cure things but I would not say they were 100 percent Christian.
If we could heal others...I think we would have beat this coronavirus for a few...like a minister here in in my town who sadly passed away & went to be with our father in Heaven.
Great message though.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on July 30, 2021:
Thank you for reading
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on July 30, 2021:
The teaching is a misconception and has been orchestrated at leading astray the hearts of the naive ones in the faith...this is why it is crucially crucial for individuals to personally have affinity with his or her God through Jesus, then we (they) won't be able to be bamboozled by anyone...
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 21, 2019:
Yes so true
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on September 21, 2019:
Concerning "The Misleading Doctrine," Cheryl, you are very correct about Psalms 90:10. We must recognize the entire Bible is a book of Metaphors, Allegories, Parables and Symbol-types of world events. Therefore that Psalm is about how to determine the nearness of the end of the world. It relates to "the parable of the fig tree" for revealing the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and ultimately the world after Jerusalem is restored (Isaiah 11:1-12) after that destruction.
Concerning "Our ultimate destiny is eternal life": We are destined to everlasting life provided "we follow the instructions and example of Jesus the Christ such as Matthew 8:19:22, 12:46-49, 19:29 and John 3:8 to show a few of his instructions and examples.
"The Christian purpose:" is summed up with "Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" The only thing you need to add is "While Being the Example Jesus was" in Matthew 12:46-49.
"The bottom line for believers in Christ:" we can't become a Christian (meaning in the likeness of Christ as given them in Acts 11:1-19) until we have followed the Christ's likeness as Isaiah 7:14-21 so clearly points out. It is as explained in my first paragraph, the Bible is about the end of this world so we, during the finial days, will be either the 10 virgins who either survives in Armageddon or become "the dead in Christ" (Rev. 14:13) who replaces Revelation 6:9-12's or "the rest of the dead" that began to reincarnate after the 1000 years resurrection of the presently awaiting foolish virgins who were following their destinies.
Thanks for being straight forth, I am pleased to add what I understand to it.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 21, 2019:
Yes so true and thank you for reading and commenting.
Kathy Henderson from Pa on September 21, 2019:
We do not live to prosper for self but rather humble ourselves to the purpose of a mighty King. Thank you for the truth in this article. It is a bold and beautiful truth that we seek to follow and learn more of each day.