A Very Interesting History Lesson

December 1, 2010

American Church, False Religion

I know, I know….History is boring!  But trust me, it isn’t always boring!!  This video is look at where we get our modern-day Church services.  Still sound boring?  Well, it isn’t.  It is an extremely interesting and fairly thorough tracing of how we got to where we are today, and in my opinion, it is a must-watch video for today’s Christian. You need to know this stuff, and even if you don’t, I guarantee you know people who need to see this video.  So, kick off your shoes, throw a log on the fire (if your weather is fitting for that type of thing) and put up your feet.  Get ready to be fascinated, challenged (and maybe even horrified) at the history of what we now call “church”!

 

 

 

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2 Comments on “A Very Interesting History Lesson”

  1. Delwyn X. Campbell Says:

    Interesting, and so, having diagnosed the affliction, what is the remedy? Jesus said that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against” His Church. According to this program, the gates of hell have not only prevailed, but are now occupying it. Has God stood idly by while all this was taking place? Should I therefor think that dullness is a sign of divine favor? Are emotions demonic?

    We have become saturated with media images, and have grown accustomed to media methodolgy. Is this generation lost, doomed to perish in a wilderness of empty messages filled with gratuitous titillation?

    I, for myself, believe that I can proclaim the truth as it is in Christ, in a way that engages the mind as well as the emotions. In addition, as an African American, I have no problem with “giving them something they can feel” as well as understand. I think that this presentation, by showing the extremes, then describing those extremes as the norm, have done a disservice to the vast majority of churches whose worship services do not look like a rock concert.

    Finally, I would point out that even early Christianity was marked by its personalities, most notably, of course, Jesus Christ, Himself. The multitudes followed Him, not his message, but HIM. The book of Acts is basically a study of personalities, not of the message. The books that we have are those which were written by apostles – the leading personalities of 1st century Christianity. Paul did say, “follow me as I follow Christ,” not “ignore me, and just read my words.”

    I think that the methods of Whitfield and Edwards were appropriate to the times in which they lived. If you did “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in the style that Edwards did it, people would tune you out. They do, after all, have other options, especially in Southern California. You can never go forward while looking backward, which is what it sounded like that program tried to do.

    Of course, we could just all go back to attending Mass in Latin…

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Hi Delwyn,
      I am trying to catch up on blogging and comments here today, so here it goes…

      First, concerning your statement “According to this program, the gates of hell have not only prevailed, but are now occupying it. Has God stood idly by while all this was taking place?“, I think it would be good to remember the difference between the visible church, and the true church, that is the body of Christ as made up of true believers. You are implying that God would not sit idly by if this were wrong, yet I must point out the fact that God is not intervening in the Mormon church, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, or countless other false churches proclaiming Christianity. The Lord’s patience can not be interpreted as approval.

      Secondly, I would give serious re-consideration to the use of emotion as a means of bringing about a decision. Any good speaker or musical group can whip up emotions, it means nothing. First someone must understand their guilt before God, then they must believe and repent after understanding the Gospel. The Word teaches us that the Spirit is the one that “convicts the world of sin”, so where do emotions have a legitimate role? We are emotional humans, and of course emotions will be coming out as this process plays out, but emotions should never be used to try to bring about salvation. It is unbiblical, and will only result in great visible results every Sunday, but very few authentic conversions. We preach… and the Spirit convicts… we shouldn’t be confusing up our roles.

      Thirdly, I do not recall anywhere in the video did the producers paint all modern churches as being this way. They were discussing the habit of focusing on visible results and using emotional tactics to achieve them, rather than solid doctrine and leaving conviction to the Holy Spirit. They were denouncing specific methods. I do not recall them “describing those extremes as the norm” and thereby doing “a disservice to the vast majority of churches“. Although, you have to admit, there are a LOT of churches like these ones. All things must be done reflecting Holiness, they must done in such a way as to give glory to God and keep in adherence with Scripture. Visible results or a shrinking church mean nothing. Our Lord never once put mandates on as to visible success or numerical goals… but He did put mandates on us as to our need to build churches that reflect His holiness to those around us.

      Lastly, I agree we have the freedom & responsibility to reach people in our generation. But if we have to rely on emotional hype, or the imitation of carnal means, then we are not obeying our Master. We must be Holy as He is Holy. Law and Gospel must be preached, we then need to let the emotions stay where they are until they come out in sincerity.

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