I recently viewed a news report from a London, England television station. It was quite disturbing as I evaluated the impact of what was being presented as a very real and seeker friendly report. I use the term seeker friendly intentionally to drive home the seriousness of what the church in America is presently experiencing from its many pulpit/stage settings.
It showed a rather large atheist church gathering in an empty church building. There were similarities of their stated goals and reasons for meeting that were common to modern seeker friendly churches in America.
Here’s an outline of the report:
Commentator: “It’s Sunday morning and a time for going to church, but there’s no talk of righteousness or sinners here. This is a gathering of atheists meeting in an old church building not occupied by any Christians.”
As you listen to the comments from those attending as well as their leader, they have a strange and creepy realm of familiarity with what we are witnessing in the American church today. (Please keep in mind that what I am referring to as the church is that which encompasses all denominational and non-denomin-
ational type church gatherings.)
These are the viewpoints and beliefs of both the atheist gathering and the American seeker friendly churches today:
- Celebration of life.
- Live better, help often, wonder more.
- Singing and dancing to music that is not aimed at glorifying God.
The commentator said, “They give moralistic tales told by stand up comedians. The funny teacher said, “We must not forget that we need to be welcoming. (They did have a greeter welcoming people arriving.) We are like a community in our fellowship, it’s just that we are ashamed of the God part.””
In this report they emphasized that there’s no mention of Jesus, no God, and no hell One of the atheist members being interviewed said, “There’s no cross visible except for the one I saw on the First Aid kit.” How often have I heard of congregations that pride themselves in never teaching Christ and the cross, the infallibility of God’s Word, and the existence of a literal hell.
Thus they gather to hear interesting stories; they have a desire to personally improve; and they enjoy singing with others. And as the leader of that group testified, “and to have a cup of tea with people at the end, for that is really all the best things about church but without the one thing that I’m uncomfortable with….which is the religious part.”
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “But know this, in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves….despisers of good….lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. And from such people turn away!” He went on to write, “And they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy, chapters 3 and 4)
Dear saints of the Living God, many are attending churches that never preach the Gospel. They are hearing another Gospel that has “no Jesus, no God, and no hell.” But…they are jamming on their tunes and having their cup of tea (or Starbucks) afterwards.