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FRONT PAGE  |  8/6/2020
THURSDAY, APR 23, 2020  |  15 comments
Entertainment-driven church 'making people feel good all the way to Hell'
Prominent pastor and author Michael Youssef issued a blistering condemnation of the entertainment-driven church, warning that the judgment of God will fall heavily upon the Church if it fails to return to His plan for discipleship.

“The Apostle Peter said that the judgment of God begins in the household of God, so we really need to start with the Church and begin to clean house,” the 71-year-old founder of Leading The Way television ministry and pastor of the 3,000-member Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, told The Christian Post.

“So-called evangelicals have departed from the biblical orthodoxy and all sorts of falsehoods have crept into the pulpits. We’ve basically decided that we're going to choose which part of the Bible we like and which part we don't like. And this is really all across the board; it’s a very sad day for the Church.” ...


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News Item4/23/2020 6:34 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Diane wrote:
Frank writes:
In order for Christ to return, there must be a great falling away. IMO, this has been accelerating during my lifetime. Doctrines that are not socially acceptable are thrown to the side and replaced by something that is socially acceptable. Our culture is defining scripture instead of the other way around.
So true! It’s amazing how apostasy has increased so much since I was young. Here in the Bible Belt you have to search far and wide to find a preacher who speaks truth from Gods word.
Thanks for your agreement! I am 73 years old and all I can say is it is amazing how many changes I have seen in the Christian movement. Christians hate the word progressive but at the same time they accept the word of God as being progressive.

I live in Fla. If you are southern then we are close. Hope these tornadoes haven't affected you.

John UK. Thanks brother and fellow pilgrim!

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News Item4/23/2020 3:55 PM
Diane | Southern USA  Find all comments by Diane
Frank writes:
In order for Christ to return, there must be a great falling away. IMO, this has been accelerating during my lifetime. Doctrines that are not socially acceptable are thrown to the side and replaced by something that is socially acceptable. Our culture is defining scripture instead of the other way around.

So true! It’s amazing how apostasy has increased so much since I was young. Here in the Bible Belt you have to search far and wide to find a preacher who speaks truth from Gods word.

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News Item4/23/2020 3:09 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
We've been here before.

"Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their “earnestness” (to use an unhappy cant phrase) makes many think they must be right.
There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgement, by believing novelties. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong. There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers: they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense. There is a morbid craving in the public mind for a more sensuous, ceremonial, sensational, showy worship: men are impatient of inward, invisible heartwork. There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly, and earnestly, and a determination to forget that Satan is often “transformed into an angel of light.” (2Cor.2:14)" (J C Ryle)(Knots Untied)

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News Item4/23/2020 2:42 PM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
Frank wrote:
In order for Christ to return, there must be a great falling away. IMO, this has been accelerating during my lifetime. Doctrines that are not socially acceptable are thrown to the side and replaced by something that is socially acceptable. Our culture is defining scripture instead of the other way around.
If there is something you don’t like, simply look around and you will find a church that will accommodate your thoughts.
“Most” pastors are simply hirelings in my opinion. They preach what the congregation wants to hear and as long as they prosper and grow, then they justify what they are doing. Just like most in the secular workforce, they are more concerned about their salaries, health benefits and retirement.
For anyone who is offended by my thoughts, please remember I am not saying all are like this. What a wonderful thing it is to worship our Lord in spirit and truth!
Come quickly my Lord and Savior, come quickly.
Amen to all the above Frank, fellow pilgrim and saint, stranger upon the earth, and sojourner. Especially the last sentence.
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News Item4/23/2020 12:13 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
In order for Christ to return, there must be a great falling away. IMO, this has been accelerating during my lifetime. Doctrines that are not socially acceptable are thrown to the side and replaced by something that is socially acceptable. Our culture is defining scripture instead of the other way around.

If there is something you don’t like, simply look around and you will find a church that will accommodate your thoughts.

“Most” pastors are simply hirelings in my opinion. They preach what the congregation wants to hear and as long as they prosper and grow, then they justify what they are doing. Just like most in the secular workforce, they are more concerned about their salaries, health benefits and retirement.

For anyone who is offended by my thoughts, please remember I am not saying all are like this. What a wonderful thing it is to worship our Lord in spirit and truth!

Come quickly my Lord and Savior, come quickly.

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News Item4/23/2020 11:27 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
It is refreshing to see that Michael Yousseff, a major pastor, of what I suppose would be classed as a small mega church in the USA (rather a large church for the U.K.!!), has come out strongly against this kind of seeker sensitive approach.

Unfortunately, unwittingly, and being very genuine, his church and others like it may be part of the problem. I was impressed by his sermon in the very early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, before restrictions came in and he had a full congregation, which was a very insightful and profound address.

I then watched a portion of his “virtual” Palm Sunday service, but haven’t got round to the sermon part yet. I assume he preached to an empty church for live downloading, but the worship part of the service had been pre recorded and tacked on to the rest of the service. Regrettably, while not being loud and heavy, it was of the “CCM Worship Band” variety, and moderately worshipful but not theologically deep choruses, repeated a number of times.

It would have been much better to have heard some of the solid old hymns of faith and psalms of the church, with a plain accompaniment.

Having said that this pastor has made some good stands as he did some years back against the heretical book, “The Shack”.

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News Item4/23/2020 11:20 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
This entertainment model is one that works in terms of numbers. With traditional or anything that resembles true corporate worship too often being associated with a mainline denomination or for others we know, a viewpoint they no longer agree, the contemporary church is an attractive lure.

Its like they used to say about the Missouri River, a mile wide and an inch deep - too thin to plow and too thin to drink. Or maybe like that salt that lost its savor....

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News Item4/23/2020 10:46 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Don Goertzen wrote:
....
Calvinism vs. Arminianism

This issue relates to how we see God and how we see ourselves. First, we must examine the role of God (a Trinitarian God is assumed). Is God sovereign or is He subject to any condition outside Himself? The "short hand" description of these two major views can be summarized as Calvinism or Arminianism. Calvinists (the name is taken from John Calvin, circa 1550 A. D.) believe in God's sovereignty in all things, even the salvation of the lost. Arminians (the name is taken from Jacob Arminius, 1560-1609 A. D.) believe God adjusts His plan based on what man does.... the popular trend is toward a man-centered theology-thus Arminian. This is evident in the self-help agenda that has become so popular in the last ten years. The (Arminian) result is that man has ceased to be dependent on God's truth and has been taken captive by the thoughts, plans, ideas and solutions proposed by men which are to solve his problems. There is no simple test for this view but the following question may cover the issue. "Do you believe in God's electing work for salvation?" Of course the answer should be yes....

excerpt from,"What to Look for in a Church"

https://tinyurl.com/y7jwz2ql

Neil, 👍❗

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News Item4/23/2020 9:39 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Churches today are little more than small businesses, usually with sole-proprietor pastors (some with toadying nominal elder boards) calling all the shots, who like salesmen, hawk Christianity as if it were an Edwardian elixir, and drive out those who object to their ways. Rick Warren is only the most extreme example of this, for I've seen it repeatedly with local churches too.

We are told to read the Bible, but when I do, I find the Pastoral Epistles calling for church practices very different from today's.

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News Item4/23/2020 7:52 AM
JD Saved by Grace | Florida  Find all comments by JD Saved by Grace
My comment was "snatched" from me just before I was near to completing it, but I will definitely go the "Local" button here as soon as I post this comment. Thank you both for your genuine concern and your suggestions. Blessings to all the saints of GOD.
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News Item4/23/2020 7:47 AM
JD Saved by Grace | Florida  Find all comments by JD Saved by Grace
God's great blessings to DXD from Youngstown and to John UK for reaching out to me. Yes to John UK. Another friend and I have tried to do what you suggested but we couldn't get anyone else who were really as serious as we were, but the other person and I get together via telephone calls 2-3 times a week and fellowship and from time to time we'd try attending a church separately and each report back to the other about the experiences we had and so far neither of us has been able to report anything positive.

To DXD, no, I had not used the "Local" button here on SA but will now do so, for trying to locate

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News Item4/23/2020 5:34 AM
DXD | Youngstown, Ohio  Find all comments by DXD
JD, Did you click the “Local” button on the bottom of the screen ? It should map churches that download sermons to Sermon Audio in your area. I used it to find a church while on vacation. You can pre-screen them & choose from there.
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News Item4/23/2020 5:08 AM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
"Prominent pastor and author Michael Youssef issued a blistering condemnation of the entertainment-driven church, warning that the judgment of God will fall heavily upon the Church if it fails to return to His plan for discipleship."

He may be right, or it might just be that the Lord will write Ichabod over the entrance and walk away.

JD, it is how things are at present, and likely to get worse. Have you asked the Lord if there is anything you can do locally, such as getting together with a few like-minded Christians for an informal but edifying time of Bible study and praying together, eating together and enjoying fellowship?

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News Item4/23/2020 2:22 AM
JD Saved by Grace | Florida  Find all comments by JD Saved by Grace
I am a sad, disappointed, frustrated, living witness to what this article is describing. And I refuse to be a willing participant in this ungodly kind of congregation. In my neighborhood this is all that can be found. I am surrounded by several groups of these so-called churches. I must travel outside of my neighborhood in order to attend a congregation that practices sound Bible-based teachings. And it is not at all easy to find these biblically sound places of worship. Very sad.
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News Item4/23/2020 12:40 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John MacArthur wrote:
QUESTION: Over the course of your ministry, why have you remained committed to expository preaching over other preaching paradigms?
Well first, because it is a biblical mandate. It doesn't fluctuate with culture, with expectations, with times or seasons. Expository preaching is the best way to preach the Bible. If every word of God is pure, if every word of God is true, then every word needs to be dealt with. And expository preaching is only way you actually come to grips with every word in the Scriptures....
....
The bottom line is that expository preaching confronts the amorality of postmodernism with an authoritative message of absolute truth. It's not a question of debating. It's not a question of trying to find some way to sneak that in. It's an issue of confronting this kind of thinking with the absolute authority of Scripture and then letting the Spirit of God make the application to the heart....
excerpt from,"Expository Preaching in a Postmodern World, Part 1"

https://tinyurl.com/y795ru69

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