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Letter On Mega Churches
With regard to your reference to the popularity of mega-churches today, I would say there is nothing wrong with an assembly being large, but I would not want to go down that road of making numbers our object and compromising the Bible to attract people. One can see in most cases the appeal to great numbers is in giving people what they want of the world; and together with a modern version of Christianity people feel quite comfortable there ----and are deluded in to thinking all is well, when their soul may be lost; besides, it is dishonoring the Lord with worldliness (2 Cor. 6:14-18; James 4:4; etc.). It is making merchandise of souls (2 Pet. 2:1-3) by worldly tactics, deceiving, and of advertising and promotions. That is unholy and affront to God, I see.
Yes, there are some real Christians therein, but that is also true in many religious cults. The mega-church near to our Christian meeting place has many hundreds of members, and one of the members left it and started coming to our meetings. He is now gathered and settled. He said he saw only a few Bibles in the auditorium over there. People don't bring Bibles, for the minister displays verses he wants to show on a huge screen overhead. He preaches social issues and good works mostly, and told this brother that the overseers wanted him to disband his Bible class, for it was not the goal of the church; that is shocking! They said they are only after making disciples of Christ ---faithful followers. I have seen that modern christendom often imitates the true church by calling souls to 1. Confess a belief in God; 2. Be baptized; 3. Support the programs; 4. Join the fun. That is all of man, not the Spirit. Christ seems to be presented more as an example to follow, rather than the only Savior and one to know and worship in devotion.
Most of the members in the mega-churches, we are told by those who have been there, are brought in by means of their hobbies and activities; e.g. motorcyles; biking; hiking; fishing; golf; various sports, etc. They meet with their own interest group and try to make it spiritual, then all gather once on Sunday for the minister's sermon. Satan, no doubt, loves this religion. It is nothing like God's testimony in His Word, but it makes people happy. Well, just some thoughts of caution to consider here.
- Sincerely in Christ, Robert DeWitt: GL13; 3/07; add: 04/17