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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Tuesday
    Jun072011

    Selling Christianity Part 2: The Church "Service"

    Churches have become great at sales pitches for Christianity. Technically smooth sound and light shows, which supposedly connect people with God for emotional highs and good vibrations.

     

    Where the pastor strolls out right on time and never goes over his allotted hour. The praise and worship band are perfect-sounding musicians.

     

    The people are beautiful, the body is diverse with young and old, and there is almost always a full house with several services to accommodate all or those with alternative schedules. The pastor is funny, charming, and well-spoken; an expert in public speaking skills and diplomacy. (See “Sunday’s Coming” video )

     

    (Come to think of it, the above description sounds a lot like the Medieval Catholic masses I’ve been reading about. But I thought Protestants broke from all that years ago?)

     

    These are sales-pitch churches. They put on a great show and everyone is full of enthusiasm, but when the show is over (just like any theater) everyone is quick to head out. The escapism has worked its spell while the people are watching, but as soon as they are back in the car, or back home, what are the people like? Is this really what church is all about?

     

    According to Acts 2:42-47, the first churches were simply a gathering of fellow Christians to talk, share, eat, encourage, pray for, and learn from one another (not just one teacher/pastor) what God was doing in their lives, what the Bible said, and how to take care of one another. Let us get back to that.

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