vs. Interactive-style Christianity
by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on this article.
Today, in a majority of churches, we see the result of the seeker-friendly, "purpose-driven", church growth, Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation methods and teachings and their product I am calling "Entertainment-style Christianity" (ESC). But ESC churches are not only missing out on the cutting edge of true Christianity, but are heading down the road to apostasy.
True biblical Christianity is "interactive". Those in ESC are taught to be spectators at mega-church entertainment events. They are not taught the Bible but rather to be enamored with the oratorical skills of the preacher, and to not dare question anything that is shoved down the throats of the "laity" by the ruling "anointed" elite. They are treated to a circus atmosphere including wild CCM music with people flailing around and acting like they are on drugs, to preachers who tell endless stories about themselves and joke about everything while actually making profundity mundane, to hula dancing, to banners and marching in the church and around it, to the blowing of shofars, to slain in the spirit and wild manifestations. Theirs ears are tickled by guest speakers who make up sermons out of their own imaginations instead of the written Word. They are entertained with gold dust, gold fillings, "angel" feathers, "angel" footprints, drunk in the spirit antics, and during these displays they can go out and get a latte and a snack at the church snack bar. They come into these mega churches and leave without being personally challenged other than with tired worldly psychology, and without anyone being able to find out what they are doing in their private lives. A small percentage attend "cell groups" where they are diapraxed into consensus instead of challenged to be Bereans and think and act for themselves. They live like the world during the week, then come to church where the world is not only welcomed but accommodated.
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