As a follow-up to my previous post, “Ow, C’mon, All Ye Faithful, regarding bad theology in Christmas hymns, here are five takeoffs on the subject.
Where did they get “contemporary” worship music and practices? From the celebrity and entertainment world.
How do we get ready for the return of Christ? By entering the Most Holy Place as a community with our praise and thanksgiving to God and supplications for our needs.
Music is viewed as a means to facilitate an encounter with God; it will move us closer to God. In this schema, music becomes a means of mediation between God and man. But this idea is closer to ecstatic pagan practices than to Christian worship.
So too, today, churches are now like shopping malls. And the smaller, more traditional churches that can’t afford the lights, cameras and action watch their congregations run off to the biggest, latest mall that’s just been built on the outskirts of town. The problem is, you can see a mall that was built just a decade ago and it’s already out-of-fashion. Its shops are closing one by one because the consumers have now moved over to the latest megamall.
Testimonies are popular because preaching Christ and the gospel has become not just unnecessary, but “boring” to many evangelicals.