In part one, I showed the problems of the Church of Corinth. Add to that, the people were obviously oblivious to it, and that is common today as well. Paul rebuked that by telling them in 1 Cor. 5:2, "ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned" and in v.6, "Your glorying is not good." They prided themselves in being a loving, accepting Church where no one felt condemned. There are many of those around in our time. Here are some of the statements concerning the seeker sensitive, mega churches from the Fox article dated February 3, 2004 by Amy C. Sims.
"These massive holy houses attract churchgoers by the thousands with celebratory services that tout contemporary music, television screens and sermons that aren't 'churchy'...but critics say the sin-free pep rallies don't encourage personal transformation and reflection, keystones of religion."
"Instead of a pulpit, pews and a group of familiar faces found at traditional community churches, mega churches can resemble a campus."
"They are so large you can select the activity that you like...If you want to lose weight Jesus' way, you can join the weight-loss program or join a basketball team...Not everybody can afford to join a country club."
"Pastor Joel Osteen preaches to some 25,000 people each week--and sin is not on the menu." "We believe in focusing on the goodness of God," Osteen said. "Critics say mega churches' party-like atmosphere takes the spirituality out of Sunday services." Ken Woodward of Newsweek said, "It tends to be a guilt-free, sin-free environment...These places are a bit too bubbly...It's very chummy with God." Osteen defends his Church saying, "the lively and inclusive atmosphere is attracting a whole new generation of parishioners... The seriousness of traditional Churches scared many parishioners away...I think it's a place of life and victory...they want to be encouraged and uplifted."
Last week, I asked, "Back to what?" Here is the answer. They are attracted back to Church, but not to Christ nor to the life of a Christian as outlined in God's Word!
Now listen to Paul's charge to Timothy in 2 Tim. 3:16, and 4:2-5, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:...Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables."