Kerry Shook, Purpose-Driven icon, and ringmaster at Fellowship of the Woodlands Church Circus recently sent out an email to the members of his congregation big top that read:
Faith is like a trapeze act: you've got to let go of what you've got in order to take hold of what you have not! To help me illustrate this in my message of faith I've asked the Wallenda-Cortes Team to join us this weekend...This weekend the Flying Wallenda and Cortes family are returning but this time on the trapeze! That's right. We are setting up a flying trapeze at church!
In addition, there will be inflatables for the kids and plenty of food vendors available for the whole family.
Ooooh aaaah. We're sure that this circus performance will be a delight to children of all ages. Too bad Jesus Christ and sound edifying Biblical doctrine taught via an expository Bible sermon didn't make the marquee. But then again you can't expect to grow a church nowadays by preaching Christ and Him Crucified for Our Sins. Yuck who wants to hear about that when you can have a circus at church instead?
Are you looking for a "Bible study" that will appeal to men? Well we've got a "Bible study" for you!! The Braveheart "Bible study" is chalk full of testosterone and includes full blown discussions on the major themes of the movie. Thankfully the staff at Christianity Today also found some Bible passages that sort-of fit the themes of the movie so that participants will feel like they've done something godly and the women folk can't complain about this being a completely pagan pursuit.
If you're starving for the Word of God and feel like you are spiritually running on empty then don't go to South Hills Church in Corona, CA. PastorLife-Coach Chris Sonksen isn't interested in actually preaching from the Bible and teaching God's Word. He's much more comfortable teaching pop-psychology and self-help. Many of the members of his church Self-Help Center will wind up in hell because they were never told the actual truth of the Christian Gospel, but at least they will feel good about themselves in this life.
Satan loves making his victims feel comfortable as he distracts their attention away from Christ while he drags them to the fires of hell. Afterall, ignorance of the coming wrath of God against sinners is bliss (for a while).
Keystone Church in Keller, Texas just finished a sermon series based upon the songs of the Beatles. Unfortunately, the sermon series was chock full of Pop-Psych with proof-texted verses ripped from context.
The issues addressed by these 'sermons' include...Control Issues, Worry, Negativity, and Insecurity.
We think that Pastor Life-Coach Brandon Thomas should be charged with practicing Psychology without a license.