Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.
The millennial generation's much-talked-about departure from church might lead those of us over 30 to conclude that they have little interest in Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Unfortunately, their spiritual coming of age has coincided with many Protestant pastors relying on a consumer business model to grow and sustain their churches. This template for doing church and the millennials' hunger for authenticity has caused an ideological collision.
NOTE: This ministry has called on evangelicals to stick to gospel preaching and teaching for a decade and stop the social gospel train. We are delighted to see that not all evangelicals are responding to the NAE-driven agenda for immigration, global warming, social justice, etc.
Merritt notes that some prominent officials of evangelical groups, often working through the Evangelical Immigration Table, have toiled strenuously for immigration legislation. But they have failed to excite their constituency:
Lights, camera, action!
To boost the mood for the Praise and Worship segment of the service, a large number of churches feature a worship leader and several backup singers accompanied by a live band. I've been in services where the Praise Band could be the opening act for Switchfoot!
To help spice up worship, a team of want-to-be actors treat the audience to a short skit that ties in with the message (sermon). As the lights dim and the actors scurry off stage, a hip cool pastor wearing skinny jeans, a logo T-shirt, and a five o'clock shadow ambles out to preach the "new" Good News. Hip cool pastors aren't your average run of the mill ministers.
Movies about God are making big bucks at the box office, and the film adaptation of The Shack will more than likely be a top ticket seller when it hits the big screen. I can already imagine The Shack Bible studies and busloads of small groups fellowshipping and praising “Papa” for another opportunity to share Jesus.
But which Jesus? We know that the Jesus of the Bible is very different than the one author William P. Young wrote about in his mega-bestseller.
“The Shack” is the fictional story of a man who meets God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and is cured of his deep emotional pain.
Hollywood likely will promote it as a Christian film, but a respected theologian told WND “The Shack” does not present the Gospel truth.