Lauren Daigle Isn’t A Whore.

I don’t know Lauren Daigle or her heart for God. And here’s the kicker: NEITHER DO YOU!

But she’s the latest casualty along with Joel Osteen, Steven Furtick, Prosperity Preachers, Grace Preachers, Word Of Faith Preachers, and so many others by Christian Keyboard Warriors.

Why is it that you, in a public forum, feel it’s your job to shout the sins (or doctrinal disagreements you have) about other Christians on social media for the world to see? You look like an absolute fool to anyone outside of Christianity. And you make Christianity look as appealing as a colonoscopy.

Let me be completely clear at what I’m saying here. It’s not your job to “call out” by name any other Christian in the public arena. Period. No exceptions. It’s not scriptural and it’s damaging to the church.

I question your motives and your endgame. You’re puffing out your chest in unadulterated pride to build yourself up at the expense of a brother or sister. Proving you’re correct is never more important than building someone up. And you’re also playing judge and jury. Thank God for His grace!

Screaming about other people’s interpretation of scripture or their sin isn’t okay. Neither is taking someone’s statement out of context and crucifying their character. And isn’t it funny how you’ll scream the loudest about the things YOU don’t struggle with?

Don’t try to justify your behavior, it’s completely fruitless. We’re not their judge. We’re not the Holy Ghost. Do you think so little of the Holy Ghost that you think you can convict better than He can?

Wouldn’t it be more productive to take that same passion and zeal and share the actual Gospel of Christ?

If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. Matthew 18:15-16

The opinions of this blog are mine and mine alone. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of the church where I serve, the pastoral staff, my family, our golden doodle, or my first grade teacher. I earned a secular degree from a state college so you’re probably smarter than me. If you disagree with me that’s fine. I’m a big boy and I’m able to have cordial conversation with you. 

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“Worshiptainment”

There’s a blog written in 2014 by Mike Livingstone making its rounds on social media again called, “The Heresy of Worshiptainment.

It warns against lights, smoke machines, props, and performances among other things in modern worship services. He says, “The great heresy of the church today is that we think we’re in the entertainment business.”

I have been in full time ministry since 2008 as a youth pastor and quite frankly, anywhere I was needed.
In February of this year, our minister of music stepped down. Having a background in music ministry, I accepted the position of worship pastor.
I have incorporated lights, a smoke machine, multi-tracks, lyric videos, and “cool” music.
I have ideas from time to time that can be off the wall.
Thankfully my Pastor is forward thinking and at least considers some of the more “out of the box” ideas I have.
Once, he asked me the question, “What makes an idea a gimmick?
After some thought, I concluded that it’s really the heart and motivation behind an idea that defines it.

In Mr. Livingstone’s piece he quotes David Platt.
What if we take away the cool music and the cushioned chairs? What if the screens are gone and the stage is no longer decorated? What if the air conditioning is off and the comforts are removed? Would His Word still be enough for his people to come together?”

I’ll one up his question.
What if we take away the building, meet outside every Sunday morning at 5 a.m. in the rain or snow?
What if we sat on hay bales with no instruments only singing Psalms?
Livinstone goes so far as to say A.W. Tozer got it right in saying “Heresy of method may be as deadly as heresy of message.”
This type of thinking is backward, and quite frankly dangerous, for a myriad of reasons. One being it’s based on the assumption that their church is closer in structure to the first century church of Jesus’ time than ours today.

For whatever reason there’s a whole sect of Christianity that enjoys eating their own.
You know them.
They’re the “Oh my God you serve donuts and coffee in your foyer?” crowd.
They’re the “You go to that church where the Pastor dresses too trendy, his wife is too pretty, he preaches with an iPad, and uses The Message translation so it must not be inspired” bunch.
When will we ever get past this way of thinking in the church?
Unless your heart is the wrong place, God will absolutely show up with the lights, lyric videos, and “cool music.” Some of my closest friends are pastor’s and incorporate these things in their services. I know them personally, and I know they have a heart for God. As a matter of fact, they probably do more in a week for the Kingdom of God than most christians do in a year.
Click tracks, smoke machines, lights, and loud music don’t hinder the Holy Spirit…
People do.