As a pastor, I’ve heard a lot of excuses “why” someone doesn’t want to visit a church, my favorite is “man, you all are so old-fashioned, so old school and judgmental”. Oh, to be hip, modern, and of course not “judgmental”. Recently, I got a lot of push back and private messages over an article I posted on social media, from ‘Christianity Today’ about how many of the more popular churches today are so seeker focused, they are “worshiping in the dark”. I’ve even visited a few of these recently – with the house lighting so low you can barely see those people around you, let alone read anything… well that was until the worship experience began, then all the concert style lighting and fog machines fired up, you know, adding to the “over-all experience”.
The “over-all” worship experience… I have witnessed large moves of God without having anything like this, have we lost our minds?
Now before you get the tar and feathers out – this article is not ‘railing’ against lighting, music, or even fog machines, but against this ‘false culture’ of having to have this to reward a seeker with this type of entertainment, that is not what being a follower of Christ is about. It’s not all about the presentation or the drama, or the lighting (or lack thereof) that matters… we are to proclaim the message of the cross. It’s not about how modern, or how old-time country church your facilities are. It’s not about the media apps or technologies your congregation has in place. It’s all about the gospel, and what it has done in you, and what it can do for those present. What did you say pastor?
Here, let me try it like this, “inclusivity” is the popular buzz of the day. So, as you attend a church where this style of worship is found, I’ll go out on a limb and say that, a politically correct narrative is being professed too. (by the way, Jesus was never politically correct) You will hear a pastor of this mindset and ‘false culture’ say, “I am a sinner just like you… its cool, I’m not holier that you, I’m just like you”. To me, I hear: “Hey, I am the pastor and even though I’ve been doing this Christian thing for more years than you, nothing has really changed… I’m still like I was when I started!” Isn’t that portraying the incorrect thought? Wouldn’t you be discouraged as a seeker?
This mindset is a foothold of the devil. This ‘false culture’ waters down the gospel, and shows the truth that these PC pastors are afraid to preach the word, so as not to offend the human nature of fallen men. It would also profess that they too may not have been changed when they met Jesus, maybe they are still a sinner, full of this world. We are who we dine with, Jesus or Satan. [Ephesians 4:27, Revelations 3:20]
As a body of Christ followers – I’m not calling for pitchforks and torches, to be taken to these “dark churches” and I am not saying that we need to scold the pastoral staff – but I am saying that we must proclaim the positive power of the gospel, standing on the saving grace of our Lord, encouraging all who are followers to be salt and light. We must profess, “YES, WE WERE” sinners – we were of the world, but we were changed, transformed, set apart – we are no longer slaves. The old has passed away, and the new has come [2 Corinthians 5:17]
“For we know that our old self was crucified with Christ, so that the body given to sin might perish, so that we no longer live as slaves to sin – because whoever has died has been set free from sin.” Romans 6:6-7
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