Entertaining Churches Gone Wild
Published : August 28, 2018
Last week you heard one of the most heart-wrenching stories I’ve tackled since we began this Christ and Culture series. The Roman Catholic Church is reeling from the massive sexual abuse cover-up that has continued for decades.
But many Evangelical and Protestant churches have also gotten off track. We’ve generally lost our reverence for a holy God, have practically abandoned the once-solid foundation of the teaching of Scripture, which is the primary purpose of the church.
Many conferences and church services today barely resemble what the Bible teaches, let alone point to Jesus Christ. Some people create gods and church services to suit their own interests while others rewrite Scriptures to justify their lifestyles.
Last month in St. Louis, a controversial conference took place called “Revoice,” apparently aiming to normalize homosexuality and affirm those claiming to be “LGBTQ Christians.” Can you say, “oxymoron”?
Christian talk show host, Janet Mefferd called for the unbiblical movement to be repudiated, saying:
“Revoice is incremental gay activism, designed to eventually lure conservative evangelicals into accepting ‘gay Christianity,’”Next, there’s a progressive church in Santa Cruz, California that not only sells beer, but plans to donate proceeds to big abortion business, Planned Parenthood. Maybe the consumption of alcohol helps the pastor’s sermons sound better.
This is a guy who preaches that Jesus was a Palestinian “killed by white supremacy.”
And who can forget our expose back in May on the San Francisco church that hosted what they called a “Beyoncé Mass?” It was quite an interesting take on worshiping, “Our Mother who art in heaven…”
Then there’s a church in Atlanta that put a new twist in their Sunday morning worship show by adding scantily-clad aerialists as a regular part of their services. Why? Self-appointed “Apostle” Bryan Meadows actually said:
“Because they shouldn’t have to go to the circus to use the gifts that God gave them!”Just one more or we’d be here all day. Serita Jakes, wife of controversial, megachurch minister, T.D. Jakes, gleefully posted photos on social media of women doing yoga at the church during a women’s event on wellness.
Never mind the practice of yoga is a rooted in Hinduism, a 5,000-year old polytheistic religious system. Its purpose is to bypass the mind and yoke or “unite” a person’s spirit with the Hindu god, Brahman.
Heather Clark at Christian News Network reminds us:
“… Even the traditional Hindu greeting, Namasté, that is said at the end of yoga classes, is spiritual. When translated, it means, ‘The god in me bows down to (or salutes) the god in you.’”
The Spirit of Christ bows down to no one; He alone is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the only true, living God who is worthy of our true worship.
Romans 8:9 states:
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
Prior to building one of America’s first mega-churches, author, pastor, and motivational speaker, Robert Scheuller literally went door to door in the 1970s in Orange County, California, and asked people what they wanted in a church. Not what lost, hurting sinners need, but what they ‘want.’
This has been a recipe for disaster in the American church, and has led to comparisons to the lukewarm church of Laodicea in Revelation chapter 3.
We need to get back to the basics.
The early church focused on four primary things: teaching the word of God including the gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection, prayer, communion, and fellowship with other Christians (Acts 2:42). They made disciples and they went out and shared the good news.
Today, too many churches water down the gospel and use entertainment to attract people, but rather than being fed, hungry souls are going away empty. This must change.