This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The specificity of the Great Commission

The error of Evangelical Christianity is to extend to every believer, without distinction or discernment or concern for vocation, temperament, and ability, the implications contained in the Great Commission. The fact that Christ instructed a very exclusive and select group of men (the eleven apostles) to “go make disciples of all nations” should not be taken to mean that he intended for every believer to pursue a missionary vocation. Moreover, the apostles were told to make disciples, which is to say, students or followers. This clearly defines the line between those he instructs to teach and those who are to be taught, and does not imply that everyone who is taught is thereby ordained as a teacher, simply because they have learned something important. Christ did not say to go and make preachers of all men.

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