I saw this video on CNN’s Web site and I wasn’t sure what to think. I was little annoyed, a little angry, but more than anything, I was disappointed.
All I know is that there is something very wrong with this ideology. Now we’re bribing people to go to church? Raising $2 million to give away, is always a great concept, especially when the money is given away to feed the homeless, purchasing toys for a needy family or just to simply bless someone. But for the sake of gaining numbers in the name of ‘winning people to Christ?’
That’s just wrong.
As Christians we always tend to justify our not-so-great choices (killing abortion doctors or raising up Christian militias) by throwing Jesus and the Gospel in the mix.
Let’s do concerts with secular artists, Christian musicians, all for the sake of the Gospel…Let’s serve coffee and donuts at church…or let’s PAY people to come.
There are just certain lines that we shouldn’t cross. The Gospel is that Jesus, THE Son of God, came, died and rose again for the sins of the world. But this pastor (nothing against him) is saying that the world isn’t “heavenly minded” so using the said “weaknesses” of the world to draw them into the church is okay? Somebody please tell me.
Who knows, God is pretty good at using our silly ideas and turning them into something useful. So only the Lord knows if this will actually do something. At the end of the day, it’s Jesus who changes people’s hearts, not us.
There are some great ideas about there, but not all of them belong in the Church. That’s all I’m saying.