Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed, and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 24:45-51
Why squander away precious time on unimportant things like the expository preaching of the Word of God, or rightful worship in spirit and truth, when there are more important things to do during a Christian worship service? Things like….a yo-yo performance?
Meet Ed Young, senior pastor of Fellowship Church, a multisite megachurch spread across Texas and Florida. During a recent “worship service,” Ed’s congregants got to hear the Word of God rightfully divided and faithfully preached, leaving no doubt that he is not a man-pleaser, but a God-pleaser, and stands apart from the world.
Just kidding, no they didn’t. Instead, they got to see a kid, who appears to be about 8 years old, perform a yo-yo act. What did the rest of us have to agonize through on the Lord’s day? That pesky Gospel message…you know, that one where those boring preachers tell us that unless you repent of your sins and turn to Christ, you’re going to spend eternity in Hell. Who wants to bore themselves with that stuff, right?
Here’s the video:
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Folks, in case you didn’t pick up on it, the commentary above was sarcasm. This seeker sensitive movement is a sick and perverted way of presenting Christ to the world. How does this equip the saints, and prepare them to take the message of the cross to a lost world?
All it does is attract lost souls to a dead church, to die a slow, agonizing spiritual death. This is exactly what Revelation 3:1, to the church in Sardis speaks of, “you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” The world thinks this church is alive. It’s entertaining. It’s attractive. It has great music and puts on great shows. Lots and lots of people show up and leave entertained. But where is Jesus? Is he just a sideshow act?
Is Ed Young being a faithful and wise servant? Is he feeding his sheep solid food, and preparing them for the kingdom? Or is he sitting around putting on performances and entertaining the world? What if this pastor were encouraging his sheep to spend just half as much time in the Word as this kid spends with a yo-yo in his hand? Maybe he does, I don’t know. But why are we replacing the sacredness of worship on the Lord’s day with worldly entertainment that has nothing to do with our Savior?
If you have people showing up to your “church” for the performances, shows, and music, instead of the solid food of Christ revealed in Scripture, then you don’t have a church–you have a Sunday morning nightclub. This isn’t Christianity, this is worldliness. Of course, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).”
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[Contributed by Pulpit & Pen]