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First Baptist Maryville, IL, Sends Team To Switzerland to Make Justin Timberlake Video

In a never-ending onslaught of worldliness and entertainment creeping into the Church, it is becoming more and more clear that the church is caving into full-blown apostasy. Why any church that claims to believe God’s word would spend the amount of time, money and resources that it took to produce the following video is beyond me. Some may say, “well, they’re reaching people.” This is critically important to understand that those you reach with a false message, will only have a false hope to hold on to. We do not reach the world by becoming the world. Worldliness and entertainment are merely means to attract false converts. If it isn’t Jesus Christ that they are attracted to, then they are not Christians.

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! – Romans 10:14-15

I don’t know what else this “team” did while in Switzerland. Perhaps there was some preaching–I don’t know. But there was an inordinate amount of resources that went into producing a video of this stature, and one that promotes the worldly, sexually immoral Justin Timberlake at that. While grown men and women, youth, etc., spend time singing and dancing, gyrating their pelvises to this ridiculous display of unholiness, countless others are dying daily, who have never heard a true Gospel message, and this is how this church decides to spend their resources. This could have just as easily been an advertisement for Heineken beer.

Take a look.


From their Facebook page, the following was posted:


Apparently, this is how they “invest in the lives of our next generation.”

The following is from Charles H. Spurgeon in his article, Feeding the Sheep, or Amusing the Goats?

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). That is clear enough. So it would have been if He had added, “and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel.” No such words, however, are to be found. It did not seem to occur to him.

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