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Parody of a Modern Church

This video of the parody of the modern church is rather funny but also somewhat true. Are we seeking to be conformed to the world or conformed to our King? I can’t say that any one element of the modern church is wrong in and of itself – we simply need to be very careful that we remain true to the Word of God in everything that it says. Our goal is not to be contemporary or relevant or even “contemprevant”.  It is so easy to fall into just “going to church” and “fellowshiping” that we can quickly lose sight of the amazing King that we serve. So, the opening song is OK and so is the closing song – but let us never lose our first love – Jesus our King is coming soon.

“However, I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first.” (Rev 2:4)

– Doug

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  1. Fits my church exactly! Except they didn’t mention the 7/11 aspect. 7 verses repeated 11 times, or often more till I am totally bored. I get angry that no word is ever said about today’s world or prophecy. Everything is kept cushy and safe. I feel obligated to go to church because God said we should gather together, but the service is torture.
    I look around and others have such bored expressions yet they get outside after the service and say it was wonderful. I often like the songs, and the instruments, but there is something about playing to a church group that is luke warm that ruins the atmosphere. When I was young no one needed to go on bathroom breaks or go for coffee refills during an hour service. Now there is a constant stream of people walking about, coming in late, or chatting during the sermon. Oh the formula forgot the “greet session” where we all jump up and introduce ourselves. And, there are greeters outside who warmly welcome. I went to one church for years and never really got to know anyone but we all put on a false front of being best friends.
    I get a little from the sermon but get far more from my time on the internet. I just discovered your site to add to my collection. God is so good to provide the internet resources when the churches have dried up. I have been led deeper and deeper into Bible study by sites like yours. I have also found very few people in my church Bible studies want more than a p’shat level of study. I have sampled every church in my area and find the same thing. I am so glad to have sites like yours I can turn to. Many thanks!

  2. Oh man, this hits home. So much in fact that I can’t really laugh at it. If anybody can’t see what is wrong with our churches these days they are completely blind. Oh and Doug, Rev 2:4 has been really in my mind lately. Thanks!

  3. Actually it does matter singing what songs, concerning the song being “old”…scripture plainly says

    “O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1

    “A Psalm. Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” Psalm 98:1

    “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3

    “Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.” Psalm 33:3

    No where, I repeat no where – does it say anything remotely like “sing old and tried songs of tradition to the Lord”…it is always sing a new, fresh, contemporary, now to the Lord. If anything God doesn’t like stale, uninspired, old songs that do not bring a fresh excitement & current interest to Him…because faith is always in the now. Yes we are to remember the great things He has done, but that is purely to inspire us to trust in Him today!

    As far as the video, kinda lame if you ask me. This silly nitpicking on methods reeks of flesh oriented reasoning on what it means to reach people with the gospel. Just be yourself, if it means you relate to certain social groups better, then do it.

    “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1st Corinthians 9:22

    Quit getting so pseudo-religiously hung up on methods, just because a more contemporary generation uses more flashy methods doesn’t make it anymore “worldly” than using more constrained methods that was popular in the world during the 40s & 50s. If the word of God is not compromised by philosophies of the world in the teaching for believers & the gospel is being proclaimed without compromise to the lost…the only problem I see is carnal believers with a false sense of what it means to be walking in the spirit whining.

  4. It is all about what is going on in the heart, that is what God is looking at…If people are totally focused on Jesus and worshipping him, it doesn’t matter if I song is from the 1800’s or recently written in 2012. Young people relate to modern hymns and music and just as someone from Victorian days wouldn’t want hymns from the Stone age, we like hymns relavent to our time in history. I admit far too many books and CD’s seem to make christians rich nowerdays, it is a question I have for the Lord when I see him in heaven. We are so quick to judge, even the leaders are not perfect.

  5. I liked it, and though I’ve never been to such a service (I don’t know whether they have them in Britain), I’ve seen video clips of churches in the States who do things this way. I don’t know whether the commenter who would like to see “sermon and worship one seamless, collective event where everyone’s input is solicited and encouraged” was joking, but I imagine that this would be like Bedlam. I think he was probably being sarcastic — particularly when he says, “Songs are spontaneously composed to solidify the emerging thread of the
    message. But this is way too risky and unpredictable for most folks.”
    . A song I’d “spontaneously composed” would be an embarrassment to sing… And the video wasn’t targeting predictability so much as the cringe-making attempts by the church to be “relevant”: there’s nothing inherently wrong with predictability, and I think that one of the problems of the modern church has been thinking that there is — and trying to do unpredictable things rather than just sticking to the script God gave us.

    • No, I wasn’t being sarcastic at all. Dead serious. Why be embarrassed by something spontaneous? Sounds like you’ve got some issues with perfection and control, to be frank.
      The Holy Spirit can’t be contained like we Americans so want to and need to do to everything we put our dirty fingerprints on.

  6. This reminds me of every church in the area I live in. There is one that I know of and go to that is small and focuses on bible teaching. Their worship music is as in this video but no big electronic screens. The pastor is more concerned with teaching the bible and focusing on the true gospel message. Nevertheless, this video is so true…I guess I’m not the only one who see’s this in the day and age we live in and how different things used to be even just say 20 years ago. You can see the great falling away in America and the rest of Christendom but also in the generic watered down, lukewarm, touchy feely, Starbucks serving, good time rock n roll church with the occasional “praise Jesus” added in for tradition and cohesion among the “one foot in other out” congregations. This reminds me of the parable of the sower and the seed that fell amongst the thorns, Matthew 13:22.

  7. It’s even worse than the video portrays! We have a rule. We won’t go to a church with a big screen in the sanctuary, or rock music, or – in fact – any sign of “worship songs” led by a “worship group.” Or any mention of Rick Warren and friends, or their books, cds, etc.
    It took a while but we have found a small country church that actually reads from the Bible, has Sunday School classes that teach from the Bible, has a piano and organ and song leader, sings hymns, and has a pastor (one) who preaches straight out of The Book … and he takes no prisoners.
    This world is surely not my home, nor is the Church of The Ninety Percent”
    Nice post!

    • You are so ignorant. Who do you think the LEVITES were ??? They were the WORSHIP LEADERS who led people into God’s presence through SONG, DANCE, LIFTING THE HANDS, etc…in fact,
      READ PSALM 150…and see how many different
      instruments were used to PRAISE THE LORD !!!!!
      In fact read ALL THROUGH the BIBLE !!!
      Who wants to hold an “ancient hymnal” when you
      can have the words on the screen and your hands
      FREE to clap and raise your hands in worship and DANCE in the Presence of The Lord !!!
      Or here is a novel thought…how about KNOWING the WORDS to the SONGS because YOU LOVE to LIFT UP YOUR VOICE TO PRAISE HIS NAME ???
      But then…SCRIPTURE SAYS…”TO SING A NEW
      SONG TO THE LORD!!!! Or how about singing
      “in the Spirit in other tongues” 1 Corinthians 14:15
      Those keep things FRESH and ALIVE while
      in God’s Manifest Presence…BUT so many churches are DEAD and have NO ZEAL…or
      are sooo religious they do the same thing all the time and the Spirit of God ain’t allowed to move
      cause the pastor has the service “timed down
      to the micro – second”….pitiful leadership!!!!!!

      IF a pastor is truly seeking God, HE WILL READ
      THE BIBLE MUCH and TEACH IT MORE THAN A
      20 minute sermonette !!! It has NOTHING to do
      with a BIG SCREEN, or LIGHTS, or a BIG WORSHIP TEAM, or any of that!!! It is the HEART
      of the PERSON seeking HARD after GOD that matters!!! David DANCED before the LORD and was MOCKED & LAUGHED AT….and God did NOT
      take kindly to David being ridiculed.

      MANY “pastors” are “SLAVES TO THE PEOPLE”…
      meaning they are AFRAID to offend them cause they’ll leave or won’t give finances or help in the various ministries!!! Laodicea means:
      “Laity Ruled”…”People Ruled”…..PATHETIC !!!

      God needs men who SERVE HIM and who are
      NOT pansies to the masses! Men who move in
      the Gifts of the Spirit and have The Demonstration
      of the Spirit and of POWER !!!
      1 Corinthians 2:4-5 and 4:20 Romans 15:18-19
      Hebrews 2:4 I corinthians 12-14

      Most churches are WEAK in the WORD and
      SHALLOW in The THINGS of THE SPIRIT !!!

      TIME TO SEEK GOD LIKE WE’VE BEEN SAVED
      FROM HELL….

      Kirk

  8. My idea of church (up ’til now untested and untried) would be to make the sermon and worship one seamless, collective event where everyone’s input is solicited and encouraged. Songs are spontaneously composed to solidify the emerging thread of the message. But this is way too risky and unpredictable for most folks.
    I suppose the main point of this video is that church, at least those considered hip, is totally predictable. From the sound to the dress to the message itself, it’s as cliched as pew-sitting and pastor droning was in the 50s and 60s when I was a kid.

    • You should read “Pagan Christianity” by Frank Viola and George Barna. talks so much about your vision of the Church. we are missing so much in todays western ‘church’

      • I’ll check it out. If there’s a church in America like I described, I’d drive days to visit it.

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