The seeker-driven model for 'church' is the most expensive and financially wasteful church model ever invented by man (its not the Biblical model). It costs 10's of millions of dollars each year to dress the stage, pay for cameras, cameramen, lights, smoke machines, musicians, production crew, etc. That's why so many of these churches entertainment venues with a thin Christian-ish veneer end up doing things like this...
Look up high above the stage. What is it? Is it a vulture, a bat? No. It's Spider "Pastor"!
Pastor or more accurately wannabe Broadway sensation David Hughes of Church Circus by the Glades, this past Sunday decided that it was time to recreate the famous kiss scene from the Spiderman movie during church. You can see the video below or watch the entire "sermon" by clicking on this link.
This certainly is a strange 'praise and worship song' to be singing in a "Christian" church. We thought that praise and worship songs were supposed to be about Jesus, but in today's narcissistic self-help centers, like Ignite "church" in Joplin, MO it makes sense to sing a praise song like this.
Here's a teaching on that important "Christian" doctrine of the carrot and donut. This ought to give you an idea as to what kind of 'church', Ignite is...
Do you see anything wrong with the picture below?? You should.
That photo is of NewSpring "Church's" praise band opening up their worship service with Kiss's rock anthem I Wanna Rock & Roll All Night.
God warns us in his word in 1 Corinthians 3:16–20:
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.””
The temple being discussed in this passage is the gathering of believers in church. The "you" in the phrase "you are God's temple" is plural, not singular. Another way to translate that phrase would be "do ya'll not know that ya'll are God's temple".
To get an idea of just what Perry Noble, "pastor" of NewSpring, decided to bring into God's Temple watch the video below. It contains footage of both NewSpring's praise band and concert footage of Kiss, the band who wrote the song.
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”” (2 Corinthians 6:14–18)
Apparently Rick Warren hasn't learned that the scarlet thread of redemption that runs through all of scripture is about Jesus Christ, oh and it was Jesus that taught us this.
“And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:25–27)
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” (John 5:39–40)
The Apostle Paul, also understood that all of scripture is about Christ and the Cross. Here's what Paul wrote:
“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
We also find it very telling that Rick Warren has publicly critiqued those faithful pastors who preach Christ and the Cross from every passage of scripture but he hasn't said ONE WORD in criticism of his disciples like Steven Furtick, Perry Noble and others who, Sunday after Sunday, read THEMSELVES into every passage of scripture, including the Gospels. Click Here to hear an egregious example of this from the Code Orange Revival.
After listening to that "revival sermon" read this: “we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5)
With the return of warm weather, longer days, and summer vacations has come the return of Movie Preaching 'season' in Seeker-Driven "churches". Here's one of the first movie sermon preview trailers of the new season. Grab some popcorn and enjoy.
It's difficult to be a Purpose-Driven "pastor". For instance, that job requires you to make really difficult decisions such as "which historical event will you preach about on Easter Sunday"? That decision becomes further complicated by the fact that the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic conflicted with Easter this year.
Sooooooo, Lawrence Neisent of Destiny Christian Center, made the tough call and decided that the Titanic was more important to preach about on Easter sunday than Jesus and his bodily resurrection from the grave.
***The Last Word*** If you'd like to hear this sermon, it was featured on the Fighting for the Faith radio program and it is the fourth entry in this year's Worst Easter Sermon of 2012 contest. Click Here to listen.
We're beginning to wonder if Seeker churches are places for people without talent to pretend that they're TV stars so that they can have the pseudo-experience of living out their Hollywood dreams.
One thing is certain, these churches are like a perpetual never ending Jr. High drama production...A VERY EXPENSIVE perpetual never ending Jr. High drama production.
Why do we say they're expensive? Because the cost of admission to these churches is 10% of your gross income (a.k.a. the tithe). Ask yourself this question, if you make $60,000 per year is it worth $6,000 for you to sit through these 3rd rate Jr. high level drama productions followed by a self-help pop-psych pep-talk with 4 to 5 Bible verses ripped from context? Does God really expect you to sacrifice 10% of your income to support this?
Sure does sound a lot like's Lucifer's praise of himself:
““How you are fallen from heaven, Lucifer, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.” (Isaiah 14:12–15)
Relevance fail. Flash Mob fail. This church self-help center needs to jettison the cheesy and badly executed attempts at relevance and do what Christ has called the church to do, proclaim repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus name.
There is a tradition in seeker-driven churches youth groups for people who are chronologically older than 18, and that tradition is preaching about movies during the summer. Here is a trailer to kick of this year's Summer Movie Sermon season. Thanks to folks at Crosspoint Community Church in Decatur, AL for creating this video and putting the "super" in superficial.
Who needs to hear about Jesus' death and resurrection during an Easter service? Yuck!! That "Bible stuff" is sooooo old school. Thankfully, Ed Young, Jr. has something better to offer you this Easter, you can attend Fellowship Church Self-Help Center and get Swaggerfied. Here's the promo video. Oh and please remember that a significant percentage proceeds from this year's Swaggerfied Easter service will go to support the Ed Young, Jr. Private Jet Fund.