Friday, April 15, 2016

Church Showtime



This is an example of one of the biggest productions. Notice the Santa Clauses on parade! It looks like a bad cruise-ship or Las Vegas production. Of course they are celebrating the false holiday of Christmas. Even in small churches, I have visited, the bands, programs and stage-shows were never ending.

The IFBs seemed to pull out all stops on the "patriotic" holidays, and this included videos of jingoistic veterans, flag-waving, pictures of Ronald Reagan and jets streaming across the Jumbo-tron. Christmas and Easter produces some of the biggest "shows" and the churches where I live locally do advertisements to the twice-a year crowd to get them in their seats.

 One local Emergent-Mega church even rented out the local college concert hall where traveling Broadway shows go for an Easter extravaganza. The churches are competing harder and harder for filled seats and money to fill the coffers and now that includes a lot of show-time offerings. Of course I used to think visiting some of these places, why don't we ever get to talk or pray with one another or actually get to know the fellow "concert-goers"?

Much of the "entertainment" is dumbed down lowest common denominator stuff. Let's not forget while the evangelicals have patterned themselves after Hollywood, the Catholic and Orthodox church went deep into their rituals, fancy outfits and hats to attract the crowds too.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What better way to keep Christians preoccupied with entertainment. They love pleasure rather than God. 2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God...
Everything is a distraction from seeing what is truly taking place right under our nose. Even religious ceremonies making people out to be workers of their own salvation, leaving Jesus out of the picture. I remember doing confirmation as a child. The priest slapped you on the face so you could receive the Holy Spirit. Now the catholic church is passing out the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The last one is fear. They say God's Holy Spirit gives you a gift of fear, opposite of what God's word says. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Any Gospel apart from the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a false Gospel and is of the devil. They want you to have fear so you never leave the false system and church. God is portrayed as a tyrant who will leave you hanging until you face Him on judgment day. It is an evil and wicked religious system that keeps those in darkness from ever knowing true salvation.

Anonymous said...

Many showtime churches have masonic pastors who use their hand signs along with horn signs. They are all over the place but people flock to these churches. They are easy to spot, even in the first five minutes of their sermons. There was a church where a pastor bragged how someone in their congregation was so nice to give his worship pastor dungeons and dragons which he loved so much. People are still attending even knowing that the worship pastor is into occult practices. Talk about denial or is it the love of belonging and acceptance? Should we not love God more than man?

Anonymous said...

Hi BB

It is sad that majority of churches are now focusing on "celebrating" Christ and/or mass/Eucharist depending on where one falls. But I love the word of God that is life unto us... Jesus was very specific in his word:

John 14:15-21 "If ye love me, keep my commandments... He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."

It is only those who "keep" Jesus Christ's commandments that love him and not those who "celebrate"...

People really need to wake up!

God bless!

J

Anonymous said...

Does Jesus really desire to be 'celebrated' like this? Where is the Gospel in all of this pomp and circumstance I wonder?

Anonymous said...

People represent money for churches, so the more people they attract...the more money they can get out of them. So the bigger the bang, the bigger bang for their buck. But the goers are not innocent in all of this. They have lost their first love.

Grammy G Gould said...

Isn't this Jack Graham's church? That is sickening to say the least. Blasphemy!

Bible Believer said...

Yes looks like it is Jack Graham's church
http://www.prestonwood.org/about/our-staff/lists/church-leadership/dr-jack-graham

Aren't the dancing Santa Claus's a bit much?

It's not even good entertainment according to secular rules, but watered down mush but it's to keep the audience coming. The religious ceremonies sell the false rituals and these churches sell the Republican politics, Christian Zionism, tithing and other false teachings with the entertainment.

I got slapped on confirmation too. They confirmed me even as an atheist, the religious ritual counting more then a doubting 13 year old who had moved on far from God and would become a UU only 4 years later. [really a lateral move when it comes to Catholicism] Sure they want you to be scared not to leave. I paid heavy prices leaving the Catholic church long ago, think full ostracization from relatives and more. Leaving the Catholic church can be like leaving any other cult especially if you have a gung-ho Catholic family with deep ties to the system. The threat of Purgatory [really hell] keeps many in the pews in line too. It is a fear based system.


The freemasons in pulpits are wide ranging. I saw the guy with the freemasonic ring in a SBC I visited. Some are so overt in their hand signaling and rest I don't know how people miss it? One church I visited acouple years ago even out in the boonies where you'd think you'd find a real church, was marked in so many freemasonic signs, I wish I could have snuck a few pictures and posted about it here. Even the stained glass had the compass. There's a church around here with a giant Pentagram stained glass window, it was built in the 1800s and it's not Mormon but it's so overt it's shocking. They bragged of Dungeons and Dragons, wow, that's considered "evil" even in liberal churches probably more widely accepted now. I had friends who played Dungeons and Dragons, it's not "Satanic panic" it does have visualization exercises, points and rolling the dice to have the supernaturally based characters battle each other.

They want to belong. Humans are social creatures and sadly with churches, people stay in for those social ties, it's even stronger if they have family in a church. Sure many are focusing on the Eucharist or communion rituals. I was taught in the RCC eating the wafer was the main way God's grace came to you, and you had to do this ritual to be right with God.
There's no gospel in the showtime, it is about money, and people want the entertainment. Some of these churches have paid professionals putting on the shows even.