Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Thriller Sermon: Entertaining Ourselves to Death

The purpose of the Church is to glorify God. We (the Church) come together to praise God, to worship Him and to build one another up and encourage each other in the knowledge of Him. The pulpit is set apart for the ministry of the Word. That Word is vital to the Church. It is what nourishes the people of God, strengthens them, and transforms them.

At various times on this site and in conversation with other believers I have expressed concern about the infiltration of our marketing and entertainment culture into the worship and ministry of the Church in America. In large sections of evangelical America, we have lost sight of the holiness of God, of reverence for His Word, and of Him as the central object of our worship.

There are no perfect churches just as there are no perfect people. We all struggle with the infiltration of sin in our lives and in our churches. It is not my place or anyone else’s to sit in judgment over the ministers of the Lord as each one will have to give his own account. Nevertheless, we do have a biblical responsibility to respond when those claiming Christ act in ways that dishonor our Savior and the witness of His Church.

Rather than write another article on the unhealthy and unbiblical influence of worldly culture on the Church today I simply ask that you watch this video, taken at the Potters House Church in Denver. This, my friends, is what I have been talking about. Outrageously, at the end of the performance the pastor even says, “If I wasn't the Pastor of this church; I would become a member, Amen. We done brought Michael Jackson back, Amen.” He says this without any indication that he understands the misguided (and borderline blasphemous) nature of those remarks.

(If you do not see the video you can find it here)

Lord God, please have mercy on us, your children. Forgive our weakness and our irreverence. May your Holy Spirit be poured out upon us so that we may stand in awe of your glory, your holiness, your love. Help to open our eyes that we may see the majesty of our Lord Jesus Christ and be filled. May your light so shine in our lives that, as the song says, the things of the world grow strangely dim. 


  1. I watched the video. Some churches are more or less pure in doctrine and worship, and some churches are the nothing less than the synagogue of the Devil. I have no problem judging The Potter House as such. My name is Newman Ireland and I approve this post.