1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
As I look across the landscape of Chrisitanity I can’t help but think, “what in the world is going on!??” So many professing Christians have become enamoured with themselves. They attend chruches that make them feel good. The lights are dimmed and the stage is set for a performance instead of a sermon. Many church’s have gotten rid of their pulpits and pews. The church has become a mall type building complete with a coffee bar, a indoor playgrounds, and the sanctuary can become a gym for your recreational needs, complete with basketball hoops and soccer nets. The sanctuary is no longer a holy ground, to which the God of the Bible is worshipped. Don’t get me wrong none of these things are bad in and of themselves, but where in the Bible is this type of chruch building supported? Other chruches have become like the YMCA or a community center instead of a place that the saints meet to worship God. Pastors are dressed in their casual clothing as if this is just another place to “chill.” I just find this so cavaliar and irreverent. Like wise this is how worshipping THE KING has become. Cavalier and casual. The chruch has started to worship emotionalism and pragmatism, convincing itself if they just sound sencere then they will convince people they are Christians, even if they look and act like the world. No where in scripture does God tell us to be like the world and to follow our heart.
The church reminds me of that old Frank Sinatra Song…. “I Did It My Way”