First Elvis, now Superman, or should I say “Super Pastor”, is taking over the mega church pulpit. Once again inovations of men are replacing the mandates and commands of God regarding His own worship. Here at Grace Church Worship, you can watch the video of a singer with an out of tune guitar with an even more out of tune voice sing a song about Superman and the pastor give a sermon on the Superman comics. After you have watched 10 min. of the video (which is about all I could take), feel free to post and answer the poll at the top right of the page.

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Last Saturday, I was given the opportunity to attend my Christian Home School graduation in my area. I had many friends graduating and moving on in life (Unfortunately, many of them are leaving home for secular college.). At the particular church it was hosted at, there was a room in the back part of the building called the ‘Jr. & Sr. High Room’. Immediately my thoughts turned into, Uh oh, this is going to be a typical no-Bible, no-sound doctrine room. To a large degree I was indeed right, but what I saw literally frightened me.

I have indeed been in room such as these before. In the last ‘church’ I attended, they had a similar room. In reality, I was not exactly surprised by what I saw, but I was indeed shocked to see the extreme proportions to which it extended. I will attempt to give you an idea of what this room looked like:

  • Band stage, complete with drum set, bass guitar, electric guitar, mikes, and other instruments.
  • Large projector screen
  • Projector
  • Flat screen (approx. 30″) HD TV
  • Pool table, ice hockey table, ping pong table, foosball table, another table similar to the pool table
  • Popcorn machine
  • Lava and glitter lamp
  • Two sets of round, black bar tables with four chairs each
  • Two large rows of unmatched lazy chairs, couches, and love seats arranged in front of the band stage

If I had simply given the list at the beginning of this post without a name, what would it remind you of? A teenage recreational center is what it made me think of; and in reality, that’s all it really is. I couldn’t find a Bible or doctrinal book of any sort, or any form of a stand for holding papers a teacher might use to talk to the teens. I can’t imagine that there is any sort of true, sound, Biblical teaching given in that room at all.

This room created thoughts in my head. I have had other thoughts about this rubbish before, but this time I had something solid to ponder on. That room offers no truth whatsoever. Is it any wonder that the vast majority of teens in the church leave when that is the kind of ‘Sunday school’ they are receiving? They are getting Bible stories from church and not true sound doctrine and the answers that they need to be giving to the world when they are challenged. Does not Peter say ” Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:13-17, ESV)

I hope that this will encourage those who read this would seek to read the Scriptures, and earnestly seek after truth, and set aside this rubbish the modern ‘church’ has to offer. I certainly look forward to spending my Sabbath worshipping the Lord in spirit and truth tomorrow morning, and I certainly don’t need any entertainment to do so.

Can’t Preach That!

May 16, 2008

I just came across this little song today posted by Tominthebox News Network. It has a very catchy tune and fun lyrics, but pay attention. Even though it is fun, there is a lot of truth and fact to the satire they make of preachers like Osteen, Warren, Hybels, McLaren, or Schuller. ‘Preaching’ may be how they describe it, but it is not the true exegetical preaching of God’s Word.

Click here to listen to Can’t Preach That! or view entire post to read the lyrics.—> Read the rest of this entry »

TomintheBox News Network

How true? (Yet you laugh)

 

The Purpose-Driven Church plus any other churches on that downslide are still going farther still. At this Old Truth post, he certainly does a good job exposing the ways churches today draw people in: entertainment. Sometimes it is every shocking to hear the ways they try to draw people in for entertainment and fun. Does worship need to be fun? Should it be fun? No. It shouldn’t be ‘fun’, but it is something we ought to desire to do. Churches are trying to get people desire to ‘worship’ God by giving them something fun to do while they are ‘worshipping’. Is this the right approach to Scripture?

Tom Chantry has written a series of blog posts on the approach all Christians ought to have on worhsip. You can read it at the CRBC website here.

Worship is not to be approached lightly. We must remember we are coming before the God who created the universe with His word, is so glorious that no man can stand in His full presence and live, who can destroy thousands upon thousands of men in a single night, and can save the hearts of rebellious and totally depraved men and bring them to salvation. Should we approach our God with a sense of ‘this is worship because it is fun’? NO! In The First Commandment (Part 2), Mr. Reisinger makes it clear from Scripture that we have a duty to woship God. Why? Because He commands our worhsip.

Not only are we to approach God is respect and fear, we ought to remember to worship Him correctly. What happens to men who do not worship God the way he commands? Some examples: Cain, Nadab and Abihu, Hophni and Phinehas, Ananias and Sapphira. All these men and women did not worship God the way he commanded, and they all were punished or killed for their sin. Is the modern church today looking at these examples of worshipping God in any way they so choose? Apparently not. Mabye they need to actually pick up a Bible and read it sometime…and mabye after that to obey it…

In the mail two days ago, I received two postcards for a Saturday night ‘Bible study’ called The Journey: Why Walk Alone. Neither postcard bothers to mention the Scriptures or God, rather they say they are ‘searching for answers together’ and trying to ‘do what we feel Jesus is asking of us’. On the front of one of the postcards, there is a store-front sign which says “Yes, we’re Open-Minded”. Open-minded to what? The whims and ideas of the world? That certainly is what the meaning implies.

My question is, what is the point of a Bible study if you don’t bother to mention the Bible, the Bible’s authority, the name of God, or the Gospel? Is this Bible study edifying? Is it truly going to study the Scriptures as the name implies? If they are, they aren’t doing a very good job.

Body Count Evangelism

March 4, 2007

More Absurd ‘Seeker-sensitive’ Facts:

Quote:
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” which has sold 25-million copies, is perhaps the most famous evangelical pastor in America. He writes often about church growth, leadership, and related issues. Here’s something Warren wrote for the Mar. 16, 2004, “Leadership Journal”:

“Three key responsibilities of every pastor are to discern where (and how) God’s Spirit is moving in our culture and time, prepare your congregation for that movement, and cooperate with it to reach people Jesus died for. I call it ‘surfing spiritual waves’ in The Purpose Driven Church, and it’s the reason Saddleback has grown to 23,500 on weekends in 24 years. You don’t criticize a wave; you just ride it as best you can. When Mel Gibson showed me his film, The Passion of The Christ, last year, I knew a huge wave – a spiritual tsunami – would hit when the film debuted on February 25 2004, and we began praying and preparing to surf it.”

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