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-The Seduction of the Evangelical Church!

Posted by Scott on October 1, 2007

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A quote from Al Mohler Jr, in 1996:

“The ubiquitous culture of consumerism and materialism has seduced many evangelicals into a ministry mode driven by marketing rather than mission.  To an ever greater extent, evangelicals are accommodating themselves to moral compromise in the name of lifestyle and choice.  Authentic biblical worship is often supplanted by the entertainment culture as issues of performance and taste displace the simplicity and God-centeredness of true worship.  Our churches are worldly in lifestyle, worship, and piety.  We have seen the worship of God too often made into a human-centered entertainment event.”

That quote sums up most of my personal on this topic and what is occurring in the churches today.  To find a church that has what is now called a “Traditional” church service are few and far between.  Some fifty years ago it was simply the way church was to be, now it has a label that has become negative to many “believers” or those “churchy” minded people.  John MacArthur has said in a warning thatthe rush to make churches user-friendly has become as excuse for importing worldly amusements into the church in an attempt to try to attract non-Christian “seekers” or “unchurched Harry’s” by appealing to their fleshly interest.”  He is absolutely correct on that.  The idea is to appeal to that “positive” thinking, money grabbing, over sexed, high maintenance person out there by making the programs in the church look more like the world.  I know that toes might get worn out here and I have had some of the same “stinkin thinkin” myself and believe me my toes have been sore for years.  Whenever you get serious about God and knowing Him and worshipping Him, your eyes and heart will be open to truths that the world and its “church” does not want you to see.  Right now much of the world has lost all respect for the church and Christianity.  They see us as spoiled, money loving, over spending, arrogant, hypocritical demons.  They have no respect for a god that looks no different than the world and cannot offer them anything different from what a psycologist can.  The contemporary church of today has dumbed down the scripture and dumbed down God.  For most their point of view is that He cannot be all knowing and everywhere.  Guys, the God I serve knows all things and is everywhere…He is sovereign.  He was, is and always will be the same.  God has never waivered on His word.  His design for worship has not changed with the times.  His methods are up to date.  All we need to do is present the gospel and get out of the way.  This is the same with musical worship….present the songs that draw people to Him, that glorify Jesus, that speak of His wonderous ways and terrific creation and removes us from the picture totally.  A great song that just came out not long ago is called “Wash Me Away” by Brett Rush.  Get it and listen to it.  That is worshipful….it does not attract attention to me or you.

Now, many of the church leaders today I must say are running church like a business as they think they are suppose to and they truly believe it is for God’s greater glory, but remember that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of God.  To quote A.W. Tozer, who was a very wise pastor, of what he saw over fifty years ago:

“I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb.  To great sections of the church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program’.  This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.”

The attitude found by many contmeporaries when questioned about this type of worship is that we are either a Pharisee, a legalist, or a hypocrite.  I try to refrain from calling anyone anything negatively, but in this case a “sham Christianity” has taken over our churches worship services and what a sad legacy the church is leaving behind. 

I say all of this and have researched this in love.  It is my goal to worship in any way God allows.  I cannot see in the bulk of contemporary music or worship services today anything biblical or God glorifying.  Trends come and go.  Worship styles have come and gone before.  However, God’s word and His way remains the same.

Yesterday at our home church in North Texas we had the privilege of singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”.  Then our beloved pastor had us all pray those same words.  The song is a prayer you know.  This was absolutely a moment I will never forget in my worship experiences.  To sing and pray of His great faithfulness.  God’s mercies and fresh and new each and every morning.  He is faithful and true at all times.  I hope that someday we can all worship together in heaven in the truest form of worship that is most likely not known to man.  What a glorious time that will be.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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One Response to “-The Seduction of the Evangelical Church!”

  1. Nice one! If I could write like this I would be well chuffed. The more I see articles of such quality as this (which is rare), the more I think there could be a future for the Net. Keep it up, as it were.

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