Monday, May 26, 2014

Seduced Church II: The Entertainment Church

Isaiah 28: 7- 10 ~ 7- But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8-For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean. 9-Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10-For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

In my previous post "The Seduced Church: The Prostitution & Sale Of The Psalmist" I point out the problem of the secularization of those who claim to be worship and praise leaders within the body of Christ. As we can see, to whatever degree, this need to be secular is vast and is taking in almost as many praise leaders as there are that come up. Everyone is for sale to the next bidder and a "sanctified musician" is nearly an oximoron. In and for what is deemed "ministry" we have praise leaders and musicians following secular artists and producers hoping for their "big break" or to become "Sunday's Best" at the expense of the anointing of God and true union and fellowship with HIS Spirit. 

In this post I would like to look at another aspect of the problem very briefly. It is twofold. It is the need for the church to align itself with "entertainment" for success and the failure of the church as it seeks and prefers entertainment oriented "experiences" over sound teaching, instruction and leadership, contained within the word of God and set forth by his servants. 

Let The Sideshow Begin!

In the mid 70's the group named Blue Magic produced and sang the song called "Sideshow" which sold over 1 million copies and was #1 on R&B charts. The song contained the following lyrics:
"So let the sideshow begin
Hurry, hurry, step right on in
Can't afford to pass it by
Guaranteed to make you cry
Let the sideshow begin
(Hurry, hurry)
Hurry, hurry, step right on in
Can't afford to pass it by
Guaranteed to make you cry"
Well, what is happening to and within the modern day church is guaranteed to make you cry, if you knew what the church once was and what it once represented to the world and the community. In many places, Sunday morning is not only a circus where there are many sideshows, but it is also a place where academy award winning acting takes place. Sunday morning worship services are the place of top ranked entertainment and top ranked entertainment companies. 

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