Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Consumer-Driven Church

In has been sometime that we observed the rise of so called "consumer-driven" church where the church is organized like entertainment center with a lot of multi-media presentation, catchy worship music, and rock style performances. One can see many of this type of churches in the US. Closer to home, there are several mega churches in Singapore following such formula. Nothing wrong about attracting the younger worshipers with modern music and performances. The problem comes when people believed that activities equate spirituality. In fact, Willow Creek in the US in their 2007 survey found that this was the strategy they employed, they planned to make changes. Believers in such churches seem to be attending church because they are attracted to the entertainment elements of worship, rather than really worshiping God with all their hearts. The trap is that these churches accede to the "demand" of those who attend in order to keep them in church. When the church is too entrance in such activities, they will lose sight of the main objective of church - making disciples of the nations. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matt 28:18-20. These verses in the Bible did not say the church is to entertain their members. The important thing is that such church may not be helping the believers to be real Christians as defined in the Bible. To worship God with all our heart,mind and soul.

The lesson here is that as Christian we have to be discerning, and be aware that we attend church to worship God, not to go after activities or the entertainment elements, lest we make idols of these elements.

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